Our Team

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

We Save Lives Team

Our Board of Directors

Candace Lightner

PRESIDENT OF WE SAVE LIVES AND FOUNDER OF MADD


Candace Lightner, founder of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is recognized nationally and internationally as the moving force behind reshaping the nation's attitude toward drunk driving.

As MADD's Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman of the Board, Lightner masterminded MADD from a small California grass roots organization into an international corporation with more than 400 chapters worldwide and an annual budget of over 12 million dollars. Under her leadership, MADD’s membership base grew to more than two million. She managed a staff of more than fifty employees and thousands of volunteers.

Equally important, Lightner provided the solution-- vision, legislative strategy and consensus-building skills---necessary to move lawmakers into proactively changing the laws and saving lives. Ms. Lightner's political acumen led to the successful passage of more than 500 bills at the state and national levels, including legislation raising the drinking age to 21 -- a move credited with saving thousands of lives. She has testified before Congress, statehouses and committee hearings and has formed coalitions, such as SOS (Save Our Students) as powerful political tools. She also conceived, organized and or implemented visionary national programs including: Project Graduation, the National Poster and Essay Contest, Victim Services, Alcohol Server Training, leadership conferences, volunteer recruitment and training, courtroom monitoring and speakers' bureaus.

Candace Lightner founded WeSaveLives.org, in 2013, as a representative voice on highway safety issues, focusing on the 3 D’s, drugged, drunk and distracted driving. We Save Lives works with more than 60 partners at the local, state, national and international levels, to reduce deaths and injuries on the highways. They have advocated for the successful passage of anti-distracted driving bills in several states and are the only national advocacy organization to initiate and support anti-drugged driving bills. They also produced the international award winning and widely acclaimed video, Reflections from Inside that has been seen by more than 200 million people around the world.

Lightner’s ability to empower people to move beyond their grief and make a difference in their community and state earned her national acclaim. Recognizing her years of dynamic leadership, the media voted Ms. Lightner as “one of the most influential American citizens of the twentieth century.” Her cutting-edge leadership ability has been recognized by the Franklin Covey Leadership Center, the Center for Creative Leadership and the Columbia Business School’s Institute for Personal Leadership.

Lightner has contributed knowledge, expertise and personal experience to virtually every newspaper and talk show in the country including the Today Show, Good Morning America, 60 Minutes, Nightline, NBC News with Lester Holt and was featured in a several documentaries, including The Twentieth Century Project, by the famous Oscar winning director Bob Zemeckis and Seeds of Resiliency featured on NPR. She has co-authored Giving Sorrow Words: How to Cope with Grief and Get On with Your Life (Warner Books) and she was the subject of a T.V. movie, entitled Mothers Against Drunk Drivers: the Candy Lightner Story.

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LORNE ADRAIN, MBA, CLU

MANAGING DIRECTOR AT BALLENTINE PARTNERS, LLC


Lorne Adrain has a national life insurance practice focused on estate planning and corporate applications. He has worked with entrepreneurs and businesses across the country. Mr. Adrain has also been an executive at AT&T and worked for ten years as an entrepreneur in the technology and environmental sectors. He was the founder of KindMark, a leader in the creation of software and technologies advancing philanthropy.

Mr. Adrain is an active philanthropic and community leader. He was appointed by Rhode Island’s Governor Chafee as Chairman of the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education and to the Rhode Island Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education. He was a candidate for Mayor of Providence. He served as vice president and director of the Harvard Business School Alumni Association and serves as Chairman of the University of Rhode Island Foundation and as a Director of The Rhode Island Foundation, Big Picture Learning and The Business Innovation Factory. He is also founder of National Neighborhood Day and is co-founder of Social Venture Partners / Social Enterprise Greenhouse – Rhode Island and BetterProvidence. Mr. Adrain has served as Chairman of the Rhode Island Special Olympics and President of the University of Rhode Island Alumni Association. He has climbed Mounts Kilimanjaro, Elbrus, Aconcagua, Denali (McKinley) and other peaks in recent years to raise funds in support of women’s education, economic and health programs on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala and to support aspiring inner-city students from Providence.

Mr. Adrain has twice received Northwestern Mutual Life’s national Community Service Award and was recognized as their Most Exceptional Volunteer in the Nation. He has also been honored with the Rhode Island Foundation Inspiring Partner Award, the Jefferson Award for Public Service, Leadership Rhode Island’s David E. Sweet Leadership Award and the Providence Rotary’s 100th Anniversary Community Leadership Award. He is also an Eagle Scout.

Mr. Adrain earned his MBA from the Harvard Business School, and a BS from the University of Rhode Island. Mr. Adrain and his wife, novelist Ann Hood, live in Providence, RI and have four children.

JAMES EVANS

SENIOR STRATEGY CONSULTANT


James Evans spent the last 10 years working in external relations for forensic science clients in the US and international markets, and regularly consulted with members of state legislatures, legislative staff, state agency officials, and a variety of interest groups throughout the world. James now serves as a Project Manager for the Washington State Department of Commerce, working on defense industry adjustment issues.

THE HONORABLE STAN MARKS

PRESIDENT, BEGAM & MARKS, CO-FOUNDER OF MADD OF ARIZONA, MAGISTRATE JUDGE OF PARADISE VALLEY, AZ


Stan Marks practices in all areas of personal injury litigation though representing the victims of crimes has been his specialty in his more than 35 years of practicing law. Mr. Marks is certified by the Arizona State Bar as a Specialist in Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation. He is President-elect of the National Crime Victims Bar Ass’n, and past president of the Arizona. Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Marks is very active in the community, investing his time, energy, and expertise into improving the lives of people in Arizona and across the country.

CINDY SCHREIBMAN

PRESIDENT, ON ASSIGNMENT


Cindy Schreibman has held executive leadership positions at Cónde Nast Publications and Time Inc. and now runs On Assignment, a marketing services firm. A seasoned 360 strategist, Cindy specializes in developing integrated solutions and experiential events for blue chip brands and organizations. She has effectively integrated non-profits and arts organizations with major companies including MADD with General Foods, Alvin Ailey with Time Warner, The Museum of the City of New York with Essence and El Museo del Barrio with Meredith Hispanic Media.

Cindy currently serves on Central Synagogue’s Shofar Award Committee, which honors leaders in social activism, science, politics, business, art, and journalism, and is Chair of JDRF’s NYC One Walk.

SHARON SIKORA

ARIZONA MADD/SADD CO-FOUNDER, COMMUNITY ACTIVIST


Sharon Sikora, a survivor of a drunk driving crash, is a national activist and speaker on traffic safety and victim’s rights. Ms. Sikora is a co-founder of the Ashes to Life support group and the Arizona Children’s Burn Camp.

STEPHEN TALPINS

ATTORNEY – RUMBERGER, KIRK, & CALDWELL, P.A.


Stephen K. Talpins is a Miami, Florida based attorney with Rumberger, Kirk, & Caldwell, P.A. He previously served as National Director of Public Policy for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Director of the National District Attorneys Association – American Prosecutors Research Institute’s National Traffic Law Center (NTLC), a National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and National Association of Prosecutor Coordinator’s (NAPC) Prosecutor Fellow, and an Assistant State Attorney with the Miami-Dade County (Florida) State Attorneys Office. Stephen is a frequent lecturer and the author of numerous articles, monographs and two book chapters. He has received numerous awards and commendations including a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Public Safety Award, National Commission Against Drunk Driving (NCADD) Adjudication Award for Outstanding Prosecution, Citizens Against Drug Impaired Driving (C.A.N.D.I.D.) Award for Outstanding DRE Achievement, and MADD Florida Outstanding Prosecutor Award. In 2014, he was named a White House Advocate for Action by the Office of National Drug Control Policy and in 2012 The Century Council named him one of the “Twenty People to Watch.”