Colleen Sheehey-Church

National President, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)

Colleen Sheehey-Church is the National President of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and joined the MADD effort in 2005, a year after her 18-year-old son Dustin drowned in a car crash. Dustin was riding in a car driven by a teen with alcohol and drugs in her system. The car crashed into the Housatonic River and Dustin was trapped in the vehicle. Before becoming National President in 2015, Colleen served on MADD’s National Board of Directors beginning in 2010.

Daisy Robles Johnson

Director of Public Relations

Dan Orzechowski

Senior Manager, U.S. Coalition Network

Dan started his career at Safe Kids 12 years ago and now has two boys of his own who benefit from the work of the organizations. He oversees the U.S. Coalition Network, offering technical support in coalition-building, lead organization relations, grant funding from headquarters and strategic direction. In other words, Dan’s the man when it comes to working with the incredible parents and professionals who make up our coalitions.

Daniel Aboagye

Media Intern

Daniel is a rising junior at the College of William and Mary. He is a public policy major, minoring in public health. He is a member of  the sailing team, and performs in an improv drama group. 

Deborah Hersman

President and CEO, National Safety Council

Deborah Hersman is president and chief executive officer of the National Safety Council, an organization focused on saving lives and preventing injuries at work, in homes and communities and on the roads. Prior to joining the Council, Ms. Hersman served as chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. Among her many initiatives as chairman, Ms. Hersman focused attention and actions on distracted driving, child passenger safety and helping victims and their families.



Emily Samuel

Program Manager

“My job gives me a chance to contribute to two things that are important to me: keeping kids safe and educating families.”

Emily Tuite

Communications Intern

Emily is a senior at American University, studying public health and marketing. She is interested in analytics and global health issues. She also enjoys traveling and has been a part of Relay For Life for the past six years.

Gary Barnes

Staff Accountant

“Accounting is a lot more fulfilling when you know that the money is going to such an important cause.”

Gary coordinates day-to-day financial operations, including accounts payable and accounts receivable, and works closely with Children’s National Medical CenterGary has more than 15 years of experience working in the accounting field

Gary Karton

Director of Communications

Gary started his career as a reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the last 18 years working in the world of nonprofits to help children and families. He brings that same passion to Safe Kids, creating messages for a variety of audiences to ensure that more kids can explore, have fun and still stay safe. He is also the author of The Last Akaway, the first book in an award-winning fantasy adventure series for kids.