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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






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: 2021







Vice President


Lisa Roth is the Deputy Director at the University of Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center. Having worked for 20 years in the field of injury prevention, she has experienced the value of the collaborative work between researchers and practitioners. Taking an active role and enhancing these partnerships is her priority. Membership in Safe States has been integral to her work and Lisa continues to encourage everyone working in the field to join and connect with the people and resources this organization brings together. Term: 2021, 2022








Colleen Kapsimalis Doyle is the Program Integration and Evaluation Unit Manager  at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. She has been a member of Safe States since 2015 and has served as the Safe States Policy Committee Chair. During this time, she gained state/national policy experience, improved member engagement, and contributed to Safe States’ policy priorities. Colleen remains 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 previously served on the Safe States Executive Committee as a Member At-Large and enjoys bringing her intentional injury experience to the board. Term: 2020, 2021







At-Large Member


Toska Cooper is a Research Project Coordinator for the University of North Carolina Injury Prevention Research Center. Of Safe States' core values, collaboration and excellence resonate most with her. Professionally and personally, Toska has worked consistently to build partnerships with organizations and agencies on all levels. She is committed to excellence through creating professional development opportunities that will allow herself and others to become leaders in our society. She is passionate about advancing the field of injury and violence prevention plans to use her efforts on a national scale to contribute to a healthier, safer place for all people. Term: 2021, 2022






At-Large Member


Mighty Fine serves as director for the Center for Professional Development and Partnerships at the American Public Health Association. With deep passion for injury and violence prevention, 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 brings his experience and heartfelt commitment to help Safe States become a recognized leader and driving force in preventing injuries and violence.  Term: 2020, 2021




At-Large Member


Jennifer L. Martin is the Injury and Violence Prevention Project Manager at the Illinois Department of Public Health where she provides statewide leadership to address the prevention of both unintentional and intentional injuries. Her expertise is focused on coalition development, strategic planning, conference planning, program development, and succession planning. Jennifer has been part of the Safe States family for over a decade and has served on various committees over the years. Term: 2021






At-Large Member


Lindsay Pollok is an Injury Prevention Coordinator at Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin, TX. As a mother and IP professional, Lindsay’s interests include program development, research, and policy change to help keep children and families safe. Lindsay served as a Safe States STAT member in 2019, was a Safe States 2020 Policy Fellow, Vice Chair of the Policy Committee, and is currently serving as a mentor in the Safe States mentorship program. Lindsay enjoys problem-solving, collaborating, and looks forward to the opportunity to serve on the Executive Committee to represent the voices of Safe States members and further the great work happening within the organization. Term 2021, 2022





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 Conference Planning Committee for four years. Nidhi enjoys 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

Belinda-Rose Young serves as a Project Director for the Injury Prevention Research Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Belinda has a passion for creating and enhancing pathways that bridge injury and violence prevention practice and research and increasing the capacity and visibility of practitioners. She has had the honor of serving in a variety of national and global leadership positions and in both academic and federal sectors. Additionally, she has both served on and evaluated non-profit boards. Through these experiences, Belinda has acquired a rich and diverse skill set to help advance the Safe States mission and 2019-2021 strategic plan. Term: 2021, 2022



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