Meet the people behind We Save Lives and its efforts to change driving behavior.
Our Board of Directors
PRESIDENT OF WE SAVE LIVES AND FOUNDER OF MADD
Candace Lightner, founder of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and We Save Lives is recognized nationally and internationally as the moving force behind reshaping the nation's attitude toward drunk driving. She has been credited with saving more than 400,000 lives. After her 13-year-old daughter, Cari, was killed by a multiple repeat offender drunk driver who threw her 125 feet and left her in the road to die, she learned that he was still driving on a valid California driver’s license despite his prior convictions. She also learned that he was out on bail from another hit and run drunk driving crash and that probably nothing would happen to him “because that’s the way the system works”. Armed with just her anger and passion she set out to change the system and the prevailing attitude of societal acceptance about the most often committed crime in the country.
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.
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 successfully called for the California Governor and The President to form Commissions to solve the drunk driving problem and served on both. She also conceived, organized and or implemented visionary national programs including: Project Graduation, Victim Services, Alcohol Server Training, leadership conferences, volunteer recruitment and training, courtroom monitoring and speakers' bureaus.
Candace Lightner founded We Save Lives 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. Ms. Lightner 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.” People Magazine called her “the Conscious of a Nation” and books have referred to her as the “Mother of Movements.” 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, CNN, Fox News, 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 an Emmy nominated T.V. movie, entitled Mothers Against Drunk Drivers: the Candy Lightner Story. Time honored Ms. Lightner as one of "Seven Who Succeeded;" Esquire picked her as one of "America's New Leadership Class;" and Ladies Home Journal listed her as one of the "Top 100 Women in America. She was chosen by Life Magazine as one of "The Original Thinkers of the 80's" Her many other honors include: The Jefferson Award for Public Service, the President's Volunteer Action Award, the YWCA "Woman of the Year" Award, The President’s Volunteer Action Award, the Women’s Center Annual Leadership Award, and The Frank Carrington Champion of Civil Justice award in recognition of her exemplary service to victims of crime.
Ms. Lightner also has received Honorary Doctorates from Kutztown University, Marymount University and Saint Francis College. She also joined a select group of participants in a groundbreaking global think tank, Filling Leadership Gaps in Health Promotion, Prevention and Care at Harvard University as a component of the Advanced Leadership Initiative co-chaired by Dr. Howard Koh, former Associate Dean for Public Health Practice.
An internationally popular speaker, Ms. Lightner has inspired positive community action for many causes. Among the organizations she has addressed are: The American Lawyers Association, American Academy of Judicial Education, Association for the Care of Children's Health, the Center for Creative Leadership, the National League of Cities, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, the National Association of Broadcasters, The Center for Creative Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School, the National Organization of Victims' Assistance, State of Enrollment National Conference, Physicians for Informed Consent, 2017 International Boating and Water Safety Summit and Grandparents Against Gun Violence. She is a frequent guest lecturer at the Columbia University’s Institute for Personal Leadership.
She has helped found numerous organizations and believes strongly in active community participation. Her philosophy of turning tragedy into triumph has served as an example to many other individuals who continue to reach out to her for advice and help when starting a movement.Read Candace Lightner's Full Bio
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”