Safe Kids Worldwide - Fall 2021 Interns

Safe Kids Worldwide is excited to welcome six interns to our team this fall. These interns will be using their diverse experiences and educational training to help advance the organization’s mission by assisting the Programs, Network and Research departments across various activities and projects. We are so grateful for their time, talent, and commitment to children. Meet our fall interns:

Hilda Hadan - Hilda works with the Research Department. She recently graduated from Indiana University - Bloomington (IU) with a thesis-based master’s in informatics. She also holds a master’s in information systems and bachelor’s in automation engineering. Before joining Safe Kids Worldwide, Hilda was a Graduate Researcher at IoT Research Lab at IU where she published peer-reviewed research studies on human trust in smart cities and location sharing behavior and privacy concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic. She also worked as an Associate Instructor, teaching Python courses and mentoring student researcher projects, and previously interned for International Monetary Fund as a web developer. Outside of work, she enjoys playing video games, reading, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Canada, concentrating in video game design and its application in learning and therapy.

Camilla Molica - Camilla works with the Research Department. She has a bachelor’s from University of Memphis where she majored in psychology and minored in English literature. She is currently a graduate student in the applied behavior analysis program at Missouri State University in Springfield, MO. Camilla will be assisting with various projects throughout the organization, specifically those pertaining to open water safety. Camilla has been a water safety advocate for the past ten years and is involved with various coalitions, including Lake of the Ozarks Water Safety Council, National Safe Boating Council, and Waves of Hope. In her free time, Camilla enjoys outdoor activities, such as hiking, kayaking, and camping.

Debbie Kerns - Debbie works with the Safe Kids D.C. coalition. She is currently pursuing her master of public health at Trinity Washington University. In 2020, she graduated from The Catholic University of America with a Bachelor’s in Psychological Brain and Sciences with a minor in early childhood education. Debbie is passionate about improving the safety outcomes of children, as that is the population she wants to work with in the future. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, listening to true crime podcasts, and trying out new restaurants. 

Shivani Padhi - Shivani works with the Network Department. She is a senior at the University of Connecticut and is completing her major in physiology and neurobiology and a minor in sociology. She joined Safe Kids Worldwide because of her interest in health advocacy and preventative care. Shivani is involved in many non-profit organizations and has experience working with different populations. In her free time, she likes to do arts and crafts projects and write journals.

Elizabeth Pineda - Elizabeth works with the Programs Department. She graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s in public health and is currently pursuing her master of public health at the University of San Francisco with an emphasis on community and public health practice. Before joining Safe Kids, Elizabeth was an in tern for Susan G. Komen in San Diego, CA, and worked as a contact tracer during the pandemic for San Diego County. When she’s not working, Elizabeth enjoys traveling and spending time with her dog, Daisy.

Margaret Silvestri - Margaret works with the Programs Department. She is a rising senior at the George Washington University where she is majoring in public health with a minor in psychology. Before interning at Safe Kids, Margaret volunteered at the American Red Cross as an Administrative Assistant, where she coordinated monthly stewardship emails. Additionally, Margaret worked as a camp counselor at the YMCA, where she organized and led fun, interactive activities for children. In her free time, Margaret enjoys reading, exploring D.C., and spending time with friends and family.