Training Manager and Technical Advisor, Safe Kids Buckle Up Program
With more than 26 years of experience, Lorrie Walker is one of the country’s most respected authorities in child passenger safety. Before joining Safe Kids in 2004, Lorrie served as the director of the Florida Traffic Safety Resource Center and assistant professor of research at Florida Atlantic University. Now, she oversees the national training program for more than 300 Safe Kids Coalitions throughout the United States and is expanding her work to provide guidance to other countries on issues of child passenger safety.
Margarita came to the United States from Russia at the age of 10 and received her B.A. degree in psychology from the College of William and Mary. Having grown up in an environment that wasn’t always safe for children, Margarita is thrilled to be working with the international team to make a difference for children’s safety around the world. She is responsible for regular communication with network members, coordinating international projects and providing support to the international team.
When Martha used to buckle her young son, Rob, into his car seat, or reach for his hand to cross the street, she would say, “What’s my job?” Rob would answer, “To keep me safe!” Now, two decades later, Martha’s job is to keep all kids safe. She oversees all aspects of marketing and communications with energy and creativity that are truly contagious. In addition to an innate drive to help parents keep their kids safe, Martha has extensive experience in marketing and communications, including leading major campaigns for the USO and the American Red Cross.
Melissa is a rising junior at the University of Michigan majoring in International Studies with a concentration in Global Health and minoring in Chinese. At Safe Kids she works closely with Home Safety and Pedestrian/Bike Safety Programs. As Programs intern, she is able to explore her interests in public health, non-profit management and education.
Priti has been committed to improving global health since the first time she visited her extended family in Nepal at age 13. Since then, Priti has devoted much of her personal and professional time to seeing this change, and has worked with various governmental and non-governmental organizations in the United States and internationally to address the health needs of the most vulnerable populations.
Rennie’s passion for injury prevention research began when she worked at the National Capital Poison Center as program associate and educator. She acquired new skills in her master’s program at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, which allowed her to study trends in childhood injury risk areas. In her work at Safe Kids, Rennie explores emerging trends in the field and collaborates with injury prevention leaders to reduce childhood injury.
Roshan comes to Safe Kids Worldwide from Wellesley College, where she majored in political science and minored in psychology. Roshan has interned with Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., as well as Rep. James P. Moran, D-Va. At Safe Kids, Roshan uses her passion for policy to push for legislation, regulatory action, and educational programs on the state, national, and local level that promote child safety.
A strategic thinker with a unique ability to educate and inspire, Shannon leads a creative team of professionals passionate about the cause of child safety. She has more than a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector and managed fundraising programs at the National Parkinson Foundation and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure. Shannon is a graduate of Dartmouth College (Go Big Green!) and has an MBA from the University of Houston (Go Coogs!)
Tareka started her journey in injury prevention seven years ago when she became the program coordinator for Safe Kids Austin in Austin, Texas. Working closely with a Level 1 trauma center at her lead agency allowed Tareka to get a close look at how injuries to children profoundly affect families and communities, and how those injuries could be prevented by partnering with local and state agencies, developing strategic plans and mobilizing the community.
Torine started her career at Safe Kids 13 years ago, and has been the heart and soul of the organization ever since. One of her many accomplishments has been growing the child passenger safety program into the most comprehensive child passenger safety program in the country. As the most tenured member of Safe Kids, Torine understands our work from every possible angle. So it makes perfect sense that she now leads the strategic planning, development and implementation of all U.S. programs.
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