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Safe States Alliance Executive Committee

The Safe States Executive Committee is responsible for the following activities:

  • Provide leadership and direction for programs, committees, activities and events
  • Conduct meetings every other month
  • Set priorities & annual budget


Our Leadership




Lindsey Myers, MPH, is the Branch Chief of the Violence and Injury Prevention - Mental Health Promotion Branch at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). Ms. Myers provides leadership in reducing injuries and deaths in the general population by coordinating and implementing prevention strategies recommended in the Colorado Injury and Violence Prevention Strategic Plan and serving as a consultant on injury and violence prevention for stakeholders statewide. She oversees the deliverables of seven federal grants, including Colorado’s Core Violence and Injury Prevention grant. She directs several injury prevention multidisciplinary advisory committees and manages the Colorado Child Fatality Prevention System. Ms. Myers has bachelor degrees in Biochemistry and English from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a Master’s degree in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology from Yale University. Term: 2018, 2019






Michael Bauer is the Section Chief of Epidemiology and Surveillance in the Bureau of Occupational Health and Injury Prevention at the New York State Department of Health. Mr. Bauer has been working in injury prevention since 2002, moving research to practice ensuring evidence-based programs are reaching the populations of need. He is the Principal Investigator on several grants, including the Core State Violence and Injury Prevention Program. He has co-authored several peer-reviewed journal publications and given numerous presentations at state and national conferences. He is the State Designated Representative (SDR) for New York and has had multiple leadership roles in the Safe States Alliance, including: two terms as Vice President, two terms as Member-At-Large, and previous Chair of Cross-Cutting Committee, the 2014 Annual Meeting Planning Committee, and the SDR Special Interest Group, and previous Vice-Chair of the Policy Committee. Michael is also the Chair of the Injury Epidemiology and Surveillance Subcommittee for the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists. Term: 2019




Vice President


Peg Ogea-Ginsburg is the Injury Prevention Program Manager for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. She has 20+ years of involvement with Safe States which includes serving on the Executive Committee as Secretary and as Member at Large, and as chair or co-chair of several committees. It is that experience, along with her 20 years of experience in the field of violence and injury prevention, that she applies as the organization continues to grow, to develop new partnerships, and strives to meet the changing needs of the membership. Term: 2019, 2020








Lori Haskett is the Assistant Director for the Kansas Prescription Drug Monitoring Program or K-TRACS at the Kansas Board of Pharmacy.  The goal of the K-TRACS program is to improve pain management and reduce diversion by giving prescribers and dispensers access to controlled substances claims history for their individual patients. Ms. Haskett is a Safe States Alliance Past – President, has served as a Member – At –Large and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee. She is also the Treasurer for the Kansas Public Health Association. Previously she was on the National Child Passenger Safety Board and volunteered at the local level with the United Way and the American Business Women’s Association. Term: 2018, 2019







Becky Turpin is the Director of Home and Community Safety for the National Safety Council. She previously worked as the Adult Injury Prevention Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, and prior to that as the Injury Prevention Coordinator at both the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and a Master’s Degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She has been an active Safe States Member since 2006, serving on multiple committees and STAT visits. Term: 2018, 2019






At-Large Member


Jolayemi Ahamiojie, Jola for short, has worked in violence and injury prevention for almost two years with the Rhode Island Department of Health. Jola brings her perspective and experience working in traumatic brain injury and intimate partner violence to Safe States. She is excited to play an active role in the ongoing advancements of injury prevention on a larger, national scale. Term: 2019, 2020









At-Large Member

Jeanne Bietz has worked in public health for over 20 years and has always enjoyed and taken the opportunity to participate in new challenges. These opportunities have increased her understanding of public health and have grown her network of fellow public health professionals. Ms. Bietz feels that being a part of the Executive Committee would be another opportunity to continue to grow professionally. Her experience in public health includes being the Safe Kids Nebraska coordinator, a hospital car seat coordinator, and currently the Motor Vehicle Safety Coordinator for Nebraska. Because of her different experiences, she believes she can bring a varied perspective to the Executive Committee. Term: 2018, 2019







At-Large Member

Kimberly Everett is the Trauma Prevention Coordinator at St. Mary Medical Center, an Adult Level 2 Trauma Center in Langhorne, PA. Kim worked in Injury and Trauma Prevention at the Bucks County Department of Health for 14 years prior to joining the SMMC Trauma Program Team. Kim is the co-chair of the Pennsylvania Trauma Society Injury Prevention Committee, Coalition Coordinator of Safe Kids Bucks County, and leads the Comprehensive Concussion Team of Bucks County. Kim’s work has earned her multiple awards including the Felicia A. Gibbons Award presented by Bucks County Children and Youth, the 2011 Pennsylvania American Trauma Society Injury Prevention Award, the 2012 YWCA Women Who Make a Difference Award. Most recently the Comprehensive Concussion Education Team of Bucks County was awarded the Safe States 2013 Innovative Initiatives Award for their  comprehensive approach to education and management of mild traumatic brain injury. Kim is an active member of the Safe States Hospital-Based Injury Prevention Special Interest Group (HIP-SIG). She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Medicine from Temple University and later received her Masters of Arts Degree in Health Education from the College of New Jersey. Term: 2018, 2019




At-Large Member


Tony Gomez has 30+ years of commitment and experience with violence and injury prevention (VIP). This includes starting the Seattle-King County Traffic Safety Coalition in 1997 and co-establishing the Washington State Drowning Prevention Network along with his wonderful colleagues at Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Washington Department of Health. Tony sits on the local child fatality review team and help or lead various other injury prevention topics. Tony has done VIP research, published and presented at numerous conferences as well as served on local to international committees. Tony is a clinical faculty instructor in the School of Public Health-University of Washington (UW) where he also received his degree and have overseen training and graduate work for numerous students and CDC Associates on VIP and public health work. As a former college and semi-pro athlete (baseball), Tony enjoys playing in the annual UW alum game, coaching and appreciates the effort towards all injury prevention aspects of sports/physical activity whether one relates to Charlie Brown or Peyton Manning.  Term: 2019, 2020




At-Large Member


Kirstin McFarland has been actively involved in the movement to end gender-based violence since 2003. Prior experiences include working at a low barrier shelter for homeless women, advocating on behalf of domestic violence survivors within the legal system, and facilitating support groups. Ms. McFarland has continued to pursue her passion for advocacy within state government where she’s had the opportunity to support non-profit organizations in their work toward ending gender-based violence. She is currently serving as the Rape Prevention and Education (RPE) Program Director for Washington State and also supports youth suicide prevention initiatives in Washington. Ms. McFarland earned an Associate of Arts Degree from Spokane Falls Community College, her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Sociology from Whitworth University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from The Evergreen State College. Term: 2018, 2019




At-Large Member


Lisa Roth's goal is to continue taking an active role in enhancing the partnerships between researchers and practitioners. Having worked for 20 years in the field of injury prevention, she has experienced the value of the collaborative work between these groups. Ms. Roth has held leadership positions in several statewide advisory groups addressing injury and violence prevention. Being a member of Safe States has been integral to her work. She will continue to encourage everyone working in our field to join and connect with the people and resources this organization brings together. Term: 2018, 2019



At-Large Member


Janet Werst has been working in injury prevention for 13 years and is currently with UCHealth. Her programs have been touted as a strength of the hospital trauma program addressing needs based on data. Utilizing evidence-based programs, she collaborates with other hospital departments, fire, EMS, law enforcement, and community agencies addressing injuries, including motor vehicle crashes (child/teen), bicycle, and older adult falls. She is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Injury Prevention and Evaluation Institute and participates in regional and state-wide injury prevention committees. She is a resource for coalition building, program development/management, and event planning. Term: 2019, 2020


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