Dee Allsop, Ph.D.
Dr. Allsop is CEO and Managing Partner for Heart+Mind Strategies. Over his 25-year career, Dr. Allsop has had experience providing market positioning and communications strategies for some of the world's largest companies and organizations, including the largest companies in the following industries: automotive, aerospace, hotel and lodging, chemical, telecommunications, pharmacy benefit management, banking, travel and tourism, as well as several of America's largest industry associations. Dr. Allsop also specializes in large public communications and education campaigns impacting behavioral change on important issues such as cybersecurity, distracted driving, rape prevention, public transportation support and funding and more.
In 2000 the American Association of Political Consultants honored Dr. Allsop as "Pollster of the Year". He is also a two-time recipient of the Advertising Research Foundation's David Ogilvy award for excellence in developing impactful campaigns. Heart+Mind Strategies has also been recognized for its values-based communications strategy driving the "What Happens Here, Stay Here" campaign for Las Vegas.
Grant T. Baldwin, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Grant Baldwin is the Director of the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He has served in this capacity since September 2008. Dr. Baldwin joined the CDC Injury Center in November 2006 as acting Deputy Director. He began his career at CDC in September 1996. Dr. Baldwin received his Ph.D. in Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan School of Public Health in 2003. He also received a M.P.H. in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in 1996.
The Honorable Michael J. Barrasse
Judge Barrasse is in his second ten (10) year term as a Judge in the 45th Judicial District of the Court of Common Pleas of Lackawanna County, Scranton, Pennsylvania. Prior to taking the bench Judge Barrasse was elected three terms District Attorney for Lackawanna County. He previously served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, Special Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and senior trial Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia. Judge Barrasse received his B.A. and M.A. in History from the University of Scranton and his J.D. from Dickinson School of Law. His present responsibilities include Administration of the Criminal Docket and the handling of Treatment Courts (Adult, Family, D.U.I., Veterans and Co-occurring.) Judge Barrasse is presently on the Board of the National Drug Court; teaches for the National Drug Court, as well as on the National Drug Court Institute Veterans Curriculum Committee for 2010.
Ralph S. Blackman
Mr. Ralph S. Blackman is the President and CEO of The Century Council. Mr. Blackman began his tenure at The Century Council in 1996 as Vice President for Public Affairs. Prior to his work at The Century Council, Mr. Blackman was appointed by President George Bush as the Assistant Administrator for Private Enterprise within the U.S. Agency for International Development. Mr. Blackman oversaw a staff of 100 professionals, a program budget of nearly $40 million, and a $220 million portfolio of U.S. government loans designed to stimulate growth in developing countries around the world. Mr. Blackman represented the agency on the President's Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee and at meetings of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.
His career has also included a presidential appointment under President Ronald Reagan as the Associate Director of the White House Conference on Small Business and Director of Business Programs at the Republican National Committee. Mr. Blackman holds a B.A. degree from Western Illinois University and an M.A. degree from the University of Illinois, Springfield.
John D. Bodnovich
John D. Bodnovich was named Executive Director of American Beverage Licensees (ABL) in 2010 after nearly seven years of service to the association. He works closely with ABL's 34 state and regional affiliates and nearly 20,000 on- and off-premise beverage licensee members on matters of concern to beverage alcohol retailers. John oversees ABL's federal government affairs efforts, grassroots advocacy, support for sensible retail business policy and public affairs strategies on behalf of "America's Beer, Wine & Spirits Retailers." He is also responsible for outreach and strategic communication between ABL and its affiliates, industry trade associations, alcohol suppliers, wholesalers and importers, as well as social responsibility organizations and other industry stakeholders. During his time with ABL, John has led a number of association programs and initiatives including responsibility campaigns and public awareness and policy efforts addressing alcohol issues. He is active in leadership roles with the Responsible Hospitality Institute, Responsible Retailing Forum and the Sky Ranch Foundation. John holds a B.A. in Government & International Relations from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master's degree in Political Management from The George Washington University. He is a resident of Washington, D.C.
Michael L. Brown
Michael L. Brown is the Director of the Office of Impaired Driving and Occupant Protection at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This office is responsible for coordinating the nation's policy and programs concerning impaired driving prevention activities and strategies to improve occupant protection. The office is involved in developing public policy in these areas and managing demonstration projects designed to evaluate improvements in traffic safety. He also served as the Deputy Secretary for Public Safety at California's Business, Transportation, and Housing Agency. As such, he advised the Agency Secretary and the Administration on public safety issues involving the Agency and its departments. He has worked on the state's strategic highway safety plans, emergency planning, homeland security, goods movement activities and other issues in this capacity. Prior to this assignment, Mr. Brown served as the Commissioner of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) where he was responsible for the operations of one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the nation for over three years. This capped a thirty one year career within the CHP where he was assigned a myriad of commands and responsibilities all over California.
Troy E. Costales
Mr. Troy Costales is the Chairman of the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and Administrator of the Oregon Department of Transportation's Transportation Safety Division. He has over 20 years experience in transportation safety. Under Troy's leadership, Oregon has seen a dramatic decline in traffic fatalities and injuries, to the lowest level since 1944. Oregon continues to post one of the highest safety belt use rates in the nation at 97 percent. With the decline in the overall fatality toll, the number of alcohol-involved fatalities has also decreased by double digit percentages in this past decade.
Mr. Costales has served as a member of the board for GHSA and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials' Standing Committee on Highway Safety; and as a team member for the revisions to the NHTSA Impaired Driving program management course. He is also currently serving as a member of the Transportation Safety Management Committee and the NCHRP Panel 17-18 for the Transportation Research Board (TRB), a member of the AASHTO Strategic Highway Safety Plan initiative, and on the International Association of Chiefs of Police - Drug Evaluation and Classification Program - Technical Advisory Panel.
Warren Diepraam, J.D.
Warren is the chief prosecutor of the Trial Division, supervising prosecutors in eleven felony and misdemeanor courts. Additionally, he is the chief of the Vehicular Crimes Section. Warren was the first person in the state to successfully prosecute a habitual DWI offender for first degree murder rather than the traditional DWI homicide approach, and he has handled more of these fatal crash cases than any prosecutor in Texas. Additionally, Warren created the "No Refusal" program, which has now been recognized by the Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as the leading model for DWI enforcement in the nation. Due to his creation of the No Refusal concept and work on the program, Warren was given a national award from the Governor's Highway Safety Association in 2011.
From 2008-2011 Warren was the National Association of Prosecutor Coordinator and NHTSA's Traffic Safety Prosecutor Fellow where he served as a liaison between state prosecutors and NHTSA. Warren has also trained thousands of police and prosecutors on traffic safety and the science involved in those cases. He received a Bachelor of Arts Political Science from the University of Houston and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law.
Robert L. DuPont, M.D.
For more than 40 years, Robert L. DuPont, M.D. has been a leader in drug abuse prevention and treatment. He served as the first Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (1973-1978) and as the second White House Drug Chief (1973-1977). Following this distinguished public career, in 1978 Dr. DuPont became the founding President of the Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing illegal drug use. He has also been since 1985 Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical School. He is the principal author of "Drugged Driving Research: A White Paper" developed for the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
As Senior Vice President for Public Policy for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Mr. Griffin leads MADD's efforts to shape federal, state, and local policy toward the goal of eliminating drunk driving in the U.S. Mr. Griffin helps lead MADD's Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving. He has overseen the passage of laws in over 30 states which are proven to significantly reduce drunk driving crashes. At the federal level, he has successfully lobbied the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate as well as the administration for stronger measures to reduce impaired driving. Before joining MADD, Mr. Griffin was a senior staff member on the congressional staff of Congressman Frank R. Wolf (R-VA). Mr. Griffin received a bachelor's degree in political science from Mary Washington College - now the University of Mary Washington.
Jacqueline Hackett, M.P.P.
Ms. Hackett is the Deputy Director for Policy for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), Office of Intergovernmental and Public Liaison-a component of the Executive Office of the President where she works closely with state and local government, as well as law enforcement and substance abuse organizations to provide strategic outreach related to the Administration's policies and priorities. Before joining ONDCP, Ms. Hackett was selected as a member of HHS' Emerging Leaders Program which encourages young professionals to serve in public service roles through the federal government. She previously worked for substance abuse prevention non-profit organizations where she assisted with youth prevention, training and outreach.
A two-time graduate of The George Washington University, Ms. Hackett completed her BA in Political Science (Public Policy focused) and Human Service, and her Master of Public Policy while serving as a Presidential Administrative Fellow at the University.
James Hedlund, Ph.D.
Dr. Hedlund is Principal, Highway Safety North, Ithaca NY, and Special Consultant for Safety Coordination for the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) of the National Academy of Sciences. He spent 22 years at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in various research and management positions, most recently as Associate Administrator for Traffic Safety Programs. He has published over 60 research studies, conference summaries, research syntheses, and guides on a variety of behavioral traffic safety subjects, including Countermeasures That Work, Traffic Safety Performance Measures for States and Federal Agencies, Distracted Driving: What Research Shows and What States Can Do, and Drunk Driving: Seeking Additional Solutions. He holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Michigan.
The Honorable R. Gil Kerlikowske
R. Gil Kerlikowske was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. In his position, Mr. Kerlikowske coordinates all aspects of Federal drug control programs and implementation of the President's National Drug Control Strategy.
Mr. Kerlikowske brings 37 years of law enforcement and drug policy experience to the position. He most recently served 9 years as the Chief of Police for Seattle, Washington. When he left, crime was at its lowest point in 40 years. Previously, he was Deputy Director for the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, where he was responsible for over 6 billion dollars in Federal assets. Mr. Kerlikowske was also Police Commissioner of Buffalo, New York. The majority of his law enforcement career was in Florida where he served in the St. Petersburg Police Department and later as Chief of Police in Port St. Lucie and Fort Pierce.
Chief Frederick Mahony
Chief Frederick Mahony has served as the Chief of the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission Enforcement Division since 2000. In 2004 he was named the National Liquor Law Enforcement Agent of the Year and in 2010 was elected to serve as President of the National Liquor Law Enforcement Association. Chief Mahony is responsible for implementing the National Liquor Law Enforcement Association's alcohol law enforcement data project, which is in its fourth year of developing enforcement data from state alcohol enforcement agencies throughout the United States. In Massachusetts, Chief Mahony has developed strong data-driven enforcement programs toward the prevention of impaired driving and underage drinking. Chief Mahony represents the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission on the Massachusetts Governors Interagency Council on Substance Abuse and Prevention, and the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association.
Steve Martin is the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles for the Province of British Columbia, Canada, and has held this position since 2007. He is a career public servant and holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Queen's University. Mr. Martin has 30 years of experience with the Ontario and British Columbia governments, and has served in a variety of senior roles in departments of Treasury and Economics, Treasury Board, Health, and Justice. He is a past President of the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators and currently serves as the board member representing British Columbia.
Anne T. McCartt, Ph.D.
Dr. Anne T. McCartt is senior vice president for research at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Dr. McCartt has worked in the highway safety field for more than 25 years and has been with the Institute since 2002. She has authored more than 150 technical reports and scientific papers in such areas as distracted driving, alcohol-impaired driving, large truck safety, young drivers, side air bag effectiveness, and occupant restraints. Dr. McCartt is a former president of the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine and has served on numerous expert committees. She received a bachelor's degree from Duke University and a doctorate from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, State University of New York at Albany.
Jenna L. McMahon
Ms. McMahon is representing the National Organizations for Youth Safety. In 2008, Ms. McMahon was arrested for driving while intoxicated and mandated to perform community service by the Nassau County court system. For her community service she became part of the district attorney's program "Choices and Consequences." Besides speaking for that program she also worked with the Community Parent Center's program "Driving in the Safe Lane," which is presented in high schools across Nassau County and addresses the dangers of impaired and distracted driving. Currently, Ms. McMahon works with the Community Parent Center in North Merrick, NY, to provide parents and families with education, resource information and the support they need to raise resilient children who are confident, non-violent and drug free and continues to support the its "Driving in the Safe Lane," program. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Tampa in May 2011.
Jeffrey P. Michael, Ed.D.
Dr. Jeffrey P. Michael is the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's associate administrator for research and program development. As such, he is responsible for developing programs to increase seat belt use, to decrease impaired driving, and to improve the safety of motorcyclists, bicyclists, pedestrians, and older drivers. Mr. Michael oversees four offices that formulate, develop, and evaluate a range of traffic safety programs. The research office investigates traffic behaviors and tests behavior change strategies; the criminal justice office develops tools and programs to facilitate effective traffic law enforcement and adjudication; the impaired driving and occupant protection office focuses on programs that address these two critical safety behaviors; and the emergency medical services office works with first responders across the nation to ensure effective and consistent prehospital care for crash victims. Mr. Michael has a doctorate of education from West Virginia University and a bachelor's degree in design and industry from San Francisco State University. He has served in the Federal government for 20 years.
Mayor Arlene J. Mulder
Arlene J. Mulder has served as the mayor of Arlington Heights, Illinois, a Chicago suburb with a population of approximately 77,000 residents, since 1993. Her political career began in 1979 when she was appointed to the Arlington Heights Park District Board, where she served for 12 years as commissioner and later president.
Mayor Mulder is a 2005 recipient of the Jay Hollingsworth Speas Airport Award for her contribution of achieving compatible relationships among O'Hare International Airport and neighboring communities and 2007 Gilfillan Award for her valuable perspectives concerning the environmental impact of aviation on communities. Mayor Mulder also is vice president of the Illinois Municipal League; executive board member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and secretary of Metra, the Chicago area commuter rail service.
Jacob Nelson, M.P.H., M.P.P.
Jacob Nelson is the director of Traffic Safety Advocacy and Research for AAA, where he directs the analysis and application of scientific research to AAA's traffic safety activities, including programmatic offerings and advocacy at the national and state levels. Additionally, he serves as the association's top safety expert in scientific and academic venues, with transportation stakeholder groups, and before Federal agencies and Congress. Mr. Nelson is a Mid-American Public Health Leadership Fellow alumnus and member of the National Public Health Leadership Society. He is a current member of the American Public Health Association, the Society for Public Health Education, and the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health. He was an undergraduate at the University of Michigan and completed his graduate studies in public health at the George Washington University and in public policy at the University of Chicago, where he was named a McCormick Tribune Leadership Fellow.
Technical Sergeant Douglas J. Paquette
Technical Sergeant Doug Paquette has been a member of the New York State Police since 1986. He was one of the first officers in New York to participate in the Drug Evaluation and Classification program and has been certified as a DRE/DRE instructor since 1988. Currently, he is the program manager for drug and alcohol training and enforcement programs as well as underage drinking enforcement efforts for the New York State Police.
T/Sgt. Paquette is a past General Chairman of the IACP's Drug Recognition Expert Section. He holds an Associate of Science degree in Community Health from Dutchess Community College and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from St. John's University.
Representative Jan Pauls
Representative Jan Pauls, from Hutchinson, has served in the Kansas House of Representatives since 1991. Prior to that time: she served as an attorney in and then later as the director of Legal Services in Hutchinson; was then in private practice; then an assistant prosecutor; then a District Judge. In the legislature she is the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee; the Vice-Chair of the House (floor) Rules Committee; a member of the Kansas Sentencing Commission; a member of the (National) Uniform Law Commission, as well as being active in the National Conference of State Legislatures. Representative Pauls served as one of four legislators to serve on the Kansas DUI Commission from 2010-2011.
Robert Saltz, Ph.D.
Dr. Robert Saltz (Sociology) is a Senior Scientist and Associate Director of the Prevention Research Center (PRC) which is one of fourteen national research centers funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Dr. Saltz's work has centered on ways in which drinking contexts may influence the risk of subsequent injury or death, with special emphasis on drinking in licensed commercial outlets and on college campuses. Dr. Saltz's research topics have included alcohol-impaired driving, responsible beverage service in retail businesses, and the design and implementation of comprehensive community prevention interventions to reduce alcohol-involved trauma. He is currently the Principal Investigator of a multi-campus college prevention randomized trial funded by NIAAA, and another community-level randomized trial funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) aimed at reducing excessive drinking among youth and young adults. Among his professional activities, Dr. Saltz has served on several NIAAA, CDC, and NIH review committees, served as a board member for the Society for Prevention Research, has served on several committees for the Research Society on Alcoholism, and as a reviewer for many academic journals. He also served on the Surgeon General's Workshop on Drunk Driving as well as NIAAA's Task Force on College Drinking.
Jeanne M. Salvatore
As senior vice president for Public Affairs at the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.), Ms. Salvatore works closely with national and local media, appearing often on radio, TV and in print as a spokesperson for insurance-related issues that directly affect the consumer, both individual and commercial. She also serves as the industry liaison to numerous consumer, education, safety and community-based organizations. Ms. Salvatore has fulfilled a variety of roles since joining I.I.I. in 1988. Among her earlier achievements, she became an expert on the issue of insurance fraud and was instrumental in the development of a national agenda to combat it. She also has served as I.I.I.'s director of crisis communications, and produced a series of state-specific auto-safety conferences that culminated in a national conference. She also directed communications programs on insurance topics such as claim filing, disaster preparedness and home safety. She holds a B.A. in English from Villanova University and an M.A. in Communications from Columbia University.
Mary Jane Saunders, J.D.
Mary Jane Saunders serves as general counsel for the Beer Institute, the national trade association for the brewing industry representing both large and small brewers, importers, and industry suppliers. She is responsible for legal and legislative matters affecting the U.S. beer industry. Prior to joining BI, Saunders served as general counsel for the Subway Franchisee Advertising Fund Trust, the marketing and advertising arm of Subway restaurants. Before that, she was a partner at the Washington, DC law firm, Venable LLP. Saunders graduated with a B.A. from Virginia Tech and earned a J.D. from the Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University. She is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Connecticut and Virginia.
Darlene Schwartz has served for over 20 years with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation in varying capacities and currently is an information system supervisor in the Division of Motor Vehicles. She began her career as a data analyst in the Traffic Accident Section. Since 2001, Ms. Schwartz coordinated and supervised the development and implementation of the Traffic and Criminal Software (TraCS) in Wisconsin. She is currently the program manager for the Wisconsin implementation of TraCS, which is in use in over 400 law enforcement agencies across the state. Ms. Schwartz also manages the Administrative Suspension Program for operating a motor vehicle with a prohibited alcohol concentration and oversees the Wisconsin Crash database and works with the violation, withdrawal and driver data.
Terry T. Shelton
Ms. Shelton is the Associate Administrator for the National Center for Statistics and Analysis for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration within the U.S. Department of Transportation. In her current position, she is responsible for collecting, analyzing and disseminating data and information to support sound decisions and policies to improve motor vehicle safety. Ms. Shelton has worked in statistical analysis and information systems in the traffic safety arena for almost 26 years, both at NHTSA and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. In addition to her work at these DOT safety agencies, she has acted as interim Director of the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Ms. Shelton graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in Mathematics and attended graduate school in mathematical statistics at the George Washington University.
Mr. Steriu is a Communications and Projects Officer at the European Transport Safety Council in Brussels, Belgium where he coordinates the dissemination of activities on a wide range of programs. He is involved in the Road Safety Performance Index or PIN project that ranks European Union member states' performance on key road safety topics and manages the BIKE PAL project which analyses the safety of cyclists across Europe. Mr. Steriu holds an M.A. degree in European Politics and Policies from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium and B.A. degrees in Political Science and Journalism from the American University in Bulgaria. Before joining the European Transport Safety Council in February 2011, he completed an internship programme with the European Cyclists' Federation in Brussels.
Stephen K. Talpins, J.D.
Stephen is the Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the National Partnership on Alcohol Misuse and Crime (NPAMC), an inclusive non-profit public-private partnership that is committed to identifying, developing, and promoting criminal justice programs that improve public safety, reduce recidivism and change lives for offenders who misuse alcohol. He also is the Vice President of the Institute for Behavior and Health. In 2011, Stephen was named one of the 20 People to Watch by The Century Council.
Stephen previously served in a number of leadership roles at such organizations as Alcohol Monitoring Systems, Incorporated, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and the National Traffic Law Center. He was also an Assistant State Attorney with the Miami-Dade County (Florida) State Attorney's Office. He is a frequent lecturer and the author of several articles, monographs and a book chapter. Stephen graduated from Northwestern University with a B.S. in Speech Communications in 1989. He graduated from the University of Miami School of Law, cum laude, in 1992.
Robert E. Taylor, M.D., Ph.D., FACP
Dr. Robert Taylor is Professor of Pharmacology, Medicine and Psychiatry, and Chair of the Department of Pharmacology at the Howard University College of Medicine, as well as Director of the Howard University Alcohol Research Center. He also served as Dean of the Howard University College of Medicine from August 2005 to September 2011. Dr. Taylor has made fundamental contributions to the understanding of alcohol abuse and the role of genetics in minority populations. In addition, he has championed the introduction of Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBRIT) into the medical residency curriculum at Howard University Hospital. Dr. Taylor's scientific contributions have been supported by major grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and HRSA. During his career, he has served as a consultant for the US Food and Drug Administration and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism among others. Dr. Taylor holds a B.S. degree in pharmacy from Butler University, a M.S. degree in pharmacology from Butler University, a Ph.D. degree in pharmacology from Purdue University and a M.D. degree from Vanderbilt University. He completed residency training in internal medicine and is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Joanne E. Thomka, J.D.
Joanne Thomka is the Director of the National Traffic Law Center of the National District Attorneys Association in Alexandria, Virginia. The NTLC provides technical support and legal research to prosecutors and law enforcement across the country. Prior to this position, she was a Senior Assistant District Attorney for the Onondaga County District Attorney's Office in Syracuse, New York. She was the Bureau Chief of the DWI Unit from April 2000 - August 2006. The DWI Bureau is responsible for the prosecution of all alcohol - related crimes and all vehicular fatalities. Mrs. Thomka was previously a member of both the Special Victims and Violent Felony Bureaus within the Onondaga County District Attorney's Office.
Mrs. Thomka is a graduate of Salem State College (now Salem State University) and Vermont Law School. Mrs. Thomka teaches at continuing legal education seminars across the country on all issues pertaining to impaired driving and vehicular crimes prosecutions. In addition, she lectures to law enforcement agencies and other traffic safety personnel on all issues pertaining to impaired driving and highway safety issues. She has also coauthored several prosecutorial training manuals.
Ward Vanlaar, Ph.D.
Dr. Ward Vanlaar is the Vice President Research of the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF). Dr. Vanlaar has M.A. degrees in statistics and criminology and a Ph.D. in transportation science. He has extensive experience in program evaluation, data systems and safety performance measures. Ward's main fields of interest are traffic enforcement issues, risky driving behaviors including substance-impaired driving, statistics, methodology, and data management. Ward has published in several academic journals on such topics as drunk driving, fatigued driving, aggressive driving, graduated driver licensing, elderly drivers, multilevel modeling in traffic safety, perceptual mapping and programming. Before working at TIRF, Ward worked for the Behavior and Policy Department of the Belgian Road Safety Institute (IBSR) from 1999 to 2005, where he served as Head of Research from 2001 to 2005. Ward is a Board Member of the Association of Transportation Safety Information Professionals (ATSIP); a Board Member of the Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals (CARSP/ACPSER); a member of the International Council of Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety (ICADTS); and, a member of the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA).
Robert Voas, Ph.D.
Dr. Bob Voas is a senior scientist with the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation. He has been involved in research on alcohol and highway safety for more than 40 years, initially as Director of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Office of Program Evaluation and more recently as Principal Investigator on government research grants funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism in the areas of drinking-driving, underage drinking, alcohol policy, criminal justice, environmental strategies, and community alcohol problem prevention. He is a past president of the International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety and a member of the Committee on Alcohol and Other Drugs of the National Transportation Research Board, and he has served two terms on the National Board of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
Terrence D. Walton
As Director of Treatment for the Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia, Terrence D. Walton is among the nation's leading experts in providing treatment, training, and technical assistance in the areas of substance abuse prevention, assessment, and treatment. He is currently responsible for directing the PSA operations that provide substance abuse and mental health assessment, treatment, and social services for all adults released under PSA supervision in the District of Columbia. These responsibilities include overseeing the city's adult Drug Court-the Superior Court Drug Intervention Program, as well as PSA's impaired driving initiative. Additionally, he serves on the faculty of the National Drug Court Institute and the National Center for DWI Courts. Terrence Walton holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and a Master of Social Work degree with specializations in program administration and substance abuse.
Professor Barry Watson, Ph.D.
Professor Barry Watson is the Director of the Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Queensland (CARRS-Q), which is based at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. As Director of CARRS-Q, Dr Watson is responsible for the overall management and strategic direction of the Centre. He has over 25 years experience in road safety research and policy development, arising from positions with the New South Wales Traffic Authority, the National Roads & Motorists Association and the Queensland Department of Transport. As a founding member of CARRS-Q, Dr Watson has been involved in the development and delivery of courses in road safety and traffic psychology for both undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as leading research teams examining a range of road user behaviour issues including drink driving, speeding, driver licensing, driver education, traffic law enforcement and international drivers. Dr Watson is currently the national vice-president of the Australasian College of Road Safety (ACRS) and is a member of the International Council for Alcohol, Drugs & Traffic Safety (ICADTS).
Jan Withers currently serves as National President of MADD, which she joined in 1992, after her 15-year-old daughter, Alisa Joy, was killed by an underage drinker. Ms. Withers has actively participated in campaigning to lower the illegal limit of blood alcohol content for drivers from a .10 BAC to a .08 BAC, both on the national level and in Maryland. She was privileged to be present in the Oval Office when President Clinton signed the federal bill into law. Ms. Withers is a certified victim advocate as well as a certified trainer for National MADD victim services. Prior to MADD she served as the Director of Victim Services for the Maryland Crime Victims' Resource Center. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Colorado Women's College, and has been trained in group facilitation, crisis response, victimization, bereavement, and trauma.
Abdullatif (Bud) Zaouk, D.Sc.
Dr. Zaouk is the Director of the Transportation Solutions Group at QinetiQ North America Technology Solutions Group where he guides research and product development activities in automotive, highway and rail safety. He is the Technical Manager of the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS), a multi-year research program for the Development of Advanced Alcohol Detection Technology funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety. The goal of the research effort is to develop in-vehicle technology that may prevent impaired driving. He also serves as chair of the DADSS Technical Working Group that acts as a technical advisory board to this effort. Dr. Zaouk holds a Doctor of Science degree in Transportation Safety Engineering and has published work in numerous international conferences and journals in many transportation safety areas.