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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




Michael Bauer is the Director of 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: 2020-2021




Past President


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: 2020




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









Colleen Kapsimalis Doyle has worked in injury and violence prevention at the Colorado state health department since 2013 and has been a member of Safe States since 2015. Since 2016, she has served as Safe States Policy Committee Chair. During this time, she gained state/national policy experience, improved member engagement, and contributed to Safe States’ policy priorities. As Secretary of the Executive Committee, Colleen will remain committed to advancing the Safe States Strategic Map, especially related to strengthening the workforce, advocating for policy solutions, and engaging in cross-sector collaboration. She applies her strategic and organizational skills to participate in discussions to set the direction of Safe States that represents the interests of members and the future of the injury and violence prevention field. Term: 2020, 2021







Kirstin McFarland is the program director for the Rape Prevention Education Program at the Washington State Department of Health. She is responsible for budget development and oversight, contract development and management, and expense tracking for eligibility/grant alignment. In previous state roles, she provided administrative support to non-profit organizations who offered prevention and direct client services in local communities. Kirstin has served on the Safe States Executive Committee for the past two years as a Member At-Large and desires to offer further leadership to Safe States because of its reputation in the field, and her ability to bring her intentional injury experience to the board. She brings a strong analytical, collaborative approach to her work and is detail-oriented.

Term: 2020, 2021




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


Mighty Fine’s passion for injury and violence prevention runs deep. He is committed to working towards a society where we dismantle the social structures that widen health inequities and continue to impact the public’s health. Mighty fully supports the mission of Safe States, which is to strengthen the practice of injury and violence prevention. By building our collective capacity we will be able to meet current and emerging public health challenges. As a member of the Executive Committee, Mighty plans to bring his experience and heartfelt commitment to helping Safe States become a recognized leader and driving force in preventing injuries and violence. Term: 2020, 2021







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


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: 2020, 2021



At-Large Member


Nidhi Sachdeva, Senior Research Program Leader in Duke’s Department of Population Health Sciences, manages a portfolio of implementation science and evaluation projects to reduce the harms of drug use. She has worked in public health for the past 15+ years within government (local and state), health systems, and research universities; and, has served as a STAT member three times and on the Annual Meeting planning committee for four years. Nidhi looks forward to representing and serving Safe States Alliance’s diverse members; connecting IVP work across communities, health systems, and academic institutions; and working to better translate data to action. Term: 2020, 2021







At-Large Member


Mandy Slag is the Injury Prevention Program Director at the North Dakota Department of Health. She has enjoyed working in public health for eight years. Mandy has served on several Safe States committees, including chairing the State Designated Representatives Special Interest Group from 2017-18. In 2017, she participated in a STAT visit. As a policy fellow she valued participating in Hill Day. Mandy feels fortunate to have been a part of many Safe States opportunities. Participating on the Executive Committee is her opportunity to give back as well as continuing to drive injury and violence prevention efforts. Term: 2020, 2021








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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