Meet the people behind We Save Lives and its efforts to change driving behavior.
DIRECTOR OF LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS
Ed Wood is an expert on issues related to drugged driving — which is chief among the reasons Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper asked him to support a task force charged with recommending regulations of marijuana to the state’s legislature.
How and why Mr. Wood developed his expertise — and his relentless pursuit of legal reform surrounding impaired-driving laws — is tragic: His own son, Brian, was killed at age 33 in 2010 by drug impaired drivers. Brian braked and swerved in a way that saved the life of his wife, Erin, who was pregnant with their first child. The book Mr. Wood published in 2011, Deception Pass, recounts the tragedy and the legal realities that followed.
Mr. Wood works in his son’s memory with the hope of ensuring others won’t have to experience the heartbreak he and his family have endured. He has launched the Driving Under the Influence of Drugs (DUID) Victim Voices, which promotes effective per se laws to define DUID.
MARK C. SEGERSTROM, D.C.
As a Chiropractor in Portland, Maine for twenty years Mark saw and treated patients of motor vehicle crashes. He helped thousands recover from the musculoskeletal injuries you might expect to see from such crashes. He has spent the last ten years speaking and educating corporate employees about driving safely to prevent such injuries.
Recently, as the Director of Nebraska’s Highway Safety Office, he specialized in creating partnerships with statewide organizations including local health departments and hospitals. Public health is a large component to a successful driver safety campaign and part of the 4E’s; Emergency Medical Services, Education, Enforcement and Engineering. Mark developed many campaigns working closely with family survivors in sharing the importance of being a careful and engaged driver to prevent such tragedies.
PAUL ATCHLEY, PH.D.
PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN FLORIDA
Dr. Atchley has been conducting research and teaching about cognitive factors related to driving for over 25 years. He is currently on faculty at the University of South Florida. Dr. Atchley received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside in 1996 and completed postdoctoral training at the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois in 1998.
Dr. Atchley has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and chapters on issues of vision and attention including their relationship to driving. He has also received awards for his service, research, teaching and student advising.
Dr. Atchley’s work has been highlighted by national and international press such as the BBC, NPR, and the New York Times. He is part of efforts globally to reduce distracted driving.
Dr. Atchley works with groups including the National Safety Council, LifeSavers, FocusDriven and We Save Lives to provide clear, compelling and consistently well-received talks about the science of distracted driving.
ROBERT DUPONT, M.D.
ROBERT L. DUPONT, M.D., PRESIDENT, INSTITUTE FOR BEHAVIOR AND HEALTH, INC.
For more than 40 years, Dr. DuPont has been a leader in drug abuse prevention and treatment. He is President of the Institute of Behavior and Health, Inc. (IBH), a non-profit organization that identifies and promotes new ideas to reduce illegal drug use. Reducing drugged driving is an IBH priority (see www.StopDruggedDriving.org). Dr. DuPont previously served as first Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the second White House Drug Chief. He is also Executive Vice President of Bensinger, DuPont and Associates and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical School in Washington, D.C.
STAN L. FRIEDMAN
BRANDING & ISSUE PROFILER, PIVOTAL COMMUNICATIONS
Pivotal’s Stan Friedman delivers bespoke messaging solutions for a disparate array of private and public sector enterprises. He is a multiple branding campaign award winner for his practice, most recently Corporate Branding Campaign of the Year for PepsiCo’s Sabra Dipping Company, besting global brand strategy, branding and communications behemoths WPP, Omnicom and Interpublic.
Stan distills and amplifies the essence of a business case—then synopsizes concise, compelling narratives for brands and issues that resonate with relevant audiences across multiple channels. He consistently adds definition to evolving brands and issues and adeptly clarifies market and issue perceptions.
His strategic and tactical campaigns include: Issues Advocacy; Consumer Packaged Goods; Personal Brand; Media/Publishing; Sustainability/CSR Issues; Technology/Innovation; Entertainment/Culture; Government/Public Sector/NGOs.
KEVIN A. SABET, PH.D.
DIRECTOR, DRUG POLICY INSTITUTE ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, COLLEGE OF MEDICINE PRESIDENT, POLICY SOLUTIONS LAB, CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS
Dr. Sabet is the Director of the Drug Policy Institute at the University of Florida and an Assistant Professor in the College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. With Patrick J. Kennedy, he is the co-founder of Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana). He is also a policy consultant to numerous domestic and international organizations through his company, the Policy Solutions Lab.
From 2009-2011, he served in the Obama Administration as the Senior Advisor to Director Kerlikowske at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). Representing his non-partisan commitment to drug policy, he previously worked on research, policy and speech writing at ONDCP in 2000 and from 2003-2004 in the Clinton and Bush Administrations, respectively. He remains the only staff member at ONDCP to hold a political appointment in both the Bush and Obama Administrations. He is also a regular columnist at at HuffingtonPost and contributes to the New York Times and other editorial pages.
HARDY SMITH, NONPROFIT CONSULTANT, AUTHOR, & SPEAKER
Hardy is a consultant & speaker who maximizes performance of nonprofits and associations and their essential leadership teams.
DR. LINDA TUCKER
PSYCHOANALYST AND LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER
Dr. Linda Tucker is a Psychoanalyst and Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is a UC Berkeley honors graduate who has co-founded, developed, facilitated and coordinated many non-profit programs in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has a full time private practice, an Award Winning iTunes Podcast, and is an active member of numerous professional organizations, associations, and Advisory Boards.
DENNIS P. ZINE
RETIRED, LOS ANGELES CITY COUNCIL & LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT
Dennis P. Zine has dedicated his entire professional career to serving the residents of Los Angeles, California. Dennis spent 33 years on the front lines of the Los Angeles Police Department before being elected in 2001 to represent Los Angeles 3rd Council District. He was an early supporter of Candace Lightner as she grew MADD from a small California grass roots organization into to an international corporation. As a Los Angeles City Councilmember, Dennis originated the idea for California legislation to help law enforcement save lives and alert family members in the event of a tragic car crash.