I have had the privilege and pleasure of working in transportation at both the state and national level for more than 25 years. Before starting my own consulting firm specializing in transportation safety, outreach and education in January 2011, I served as director of the NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety and chaired the NJ Teen Driver Study Commission. Prior to that, I led the AAA New Jersey Automobile Club's Public Affairs team, which provided public relations, marketing and legislative support to the membership organization, for twenty years.
Currently, I lead the NJ Teen Safe Driving Coalition (www.nsc.org/njteens-gdl4u), an initiative funded by The Allstate Foundation in partnership with the National Safety Council. The Coalition, through its more than 120 individual and organizational members, works to engage, educate and mobilize communities to develop and improve safe teen driving programs, practices and activities based on the proven principles of Graduated Driver Licensing.
When I'm not working on safety initiatives at the state and national level or speaking at conferences or to community groups, I'm cheering on my son's (West Morris Central HS & The Freeze) and husband's (head coach at Montville HS) ice hockey teams. I'm also an avid reader (mystery and legal thrillers) and long distance walker as well as an extremely mediocre golfer.
I hold a B.A. in English from Lebanon Valley College, a M.A. in Leadership and Public Administration from Centenary College and a certificate in Advanced Management from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. I'm also a nationally certified child passenger safety technician (yes, I can help you learn how to properly install your child's car seat!), a CarFit instructor (that's a seat check for older drivers) and a "Share the Keys" (parent/teen driving orientation program) facilitator.
I've lived in Long Valley (Washington Twp., Morris County) for the past 14 years and love the community. Hershey, PA is my hometown (it's not a good day if I don't have a Hershey bar) and I'm proud to be the daugher of a Milton Hershey School Alumnus ('54). If you don't know about MHS -- the school that Milton and Kitty Hershey founded as their legacy (not chocolate) -- be sure to check out www.mhs-pa.org.