Advisors & Advocates

Meet the people behind We Save Lives and its efforts to change driving behavior.

PAUL ATCHLEY, PH.D.

PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS


Dr. Paul Atchley has been conducting research and teaching about cognitive factors related to driving for over 20 years. He is currently on faculty at the University of Kansas. 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 research, teaching and student advising.

Dr. Atchley’s work has been highlighted by national and international press such as the BBC, NPR, Rock Center with Brian Williams, “Katie” with Katie Couric, and the New York Times. He is part of efforts at the state and national level to reduce distracted driving.

Dr. Atchley also works with groups including the National Safety Council, LifeSavers, FocusDriven and the Distraction Advocate Network to provide clear, compelling and consistently well-received talks about the science of distracted driving.

ALEX DAHLGREN

STUDENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS


Alex Dahlgren is a junior at the University of Kansas studying Strategic Communication, Business and Art History. Alex is the Director of Social Media with The Agency, a Journalism School Ambassador and advertising club member. She spent her summer interning in Account Management at an advertising agency in Kansas City.

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.

BARRY LOGAN, PH.D., DABFT

PRESIDENT OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF FORENSIC SCIENCES FREDRIC REIDERS FAMILY RENAISSANCE FOUNDATION


Dr. Logan is Board Certified by the American Board of Forensic Toxicologists (ABFT), and has over eighty publications in toxicology and analytical chemistry.

Dr. Logan is Executive Director of the Robert F Borkenstein Center for Studies of Law in Action at Indiana University, hosting the Borkenstein Alcohol and Drug Courses. He also sserves as Executive Director at the Center for Forensic Science Research and Education at the Fredric Rieders Family Renaissance Foundation in suburban Philadelphia.

ALEXIS ORTIZ

ADVISOR TO THE COURAGE TO INTERVENE CAMPAIGN


Alexis is a recent high school graduate from St. Charles, Illinois who dedicates her time to a variety of volunteer work in her community. In May 2016 she organized the Sam Shelton Benefit Concert in honor of a friend who recently passed after being a passenger in a car that was hit head on by a drunk driver. She raised funds and spread awareness about the true dangers of drinking and driving. She is currently a Freshman studying International Business at Coastal Carolina University. Her dream is to one day start her own international charity.

TODD POLYNIAK

PARTNER, SAXBST DIRECTOR, FIST TO FIVE


Todd is an accounting and strategic partner at SaxBST overseeing the Nonprofit Service Group in New Jersey, Manhattan, and Albany. His vast knowledge and experience taught him that his natural ability to assist leadership, board members, and key stakeholders reach consensus is an effective way to solve fundamental problems. As a result, he founded Fist to Five Advisors, a group that harnesses the power of consensus to enact change, achieve alignment, and ensure vitality into the long term.

As founder, Todd casts long term visions for the group, brainstorms and creates workable ideas, and recruits others to join the movement. He applies the Fist to Five method in his role at SaxBST every day.

http://www.fisttofive.com/

JOSH ROSA

MANAGING DIRECTOR, ELEVATE PUBLIC AFFAIRS


Josh Rosa is a public affairs consultant with expertise in California politics and public opinion. He has worked with some of California’s most influential companies and associations to guide the media narrative and grassroots advocacy on a range of legislative and consumer issues. Josh’s unique background includes managing successful statewide political campaigns, advocating for clients before the State Legislature and regulators as a lobbyist, and building stakeholder coalitions and crafting their message on hard-fought public issues. Between these campaign and advocacy experiences, Josh has also served as an advisor to elected officials of both major political parties, at the highest levels of both state government and local government. Josh holds a Master’s degree in public policy and administration, and teaches public affairs at the University of California, Davis-Extension.

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.

Website: www.kevinsabet.com
Twitter: @kevinsabet

HARDY SMITH

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.

drlindatucker.com

ED WOOD

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS (DUID) VICTIM NETWORK WSL LEGISLATIVE LIAISON


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.

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.