The Operation Lifesaver, Inc, (OLI) Board of Directors consists of representatives of the primary interests involved in the conduct of Operation Lifesaver programs.

The OLI Board of Directors is the governing body of the organization. It is responsible for determining OLI’s overall mission, priorities and direction and provides oversight to ensure that programs and services are carried out effectively. The Board also works to ensure that the organization has adequate resources that are managed with appropriate financial controls, and promotes OLI’s public standing so that the organization can carry out its mission to save lives and reduce injuries at highway rail crossings and on or around railroad property.

Current Board members include:

  • Jo Strang, Chair
    Senior Vice President, Safety & Regulatory Policy, American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association
  • Mark A. Schulze, Vice-Chair
    Vice President, Safety, Training and Operations Support, BNSF Railway Company
  • Nancy Hudson, Secretary/State Coordinator on the Board
    Executive Director, Alabama Operation Lifesaver
  • John Walsh, Treasurer
    Assistant Vice President Safety & Security, Genesee & Wyoming
  • Rachel Maleh, Ex-Officio, Non-Voting
    Executive Director, Operation Lifesaver, Inc.
  • Nicole Brewin
    Vice President, Government Affairs, Railway Supply Institute
  • Katie Chimelewski
    Director, Safety & Certification, American Road & Transportation Builders Association
  • Martin Conway
    Deputy Chief, Amtrak Police Department
  • Stephen Covey
    Chief of Police and Chief Security Officer, Canadian National Railway
  • Kenneth “Andy” Elkins
    Manager of Hazmat Compliance, Association of American Railroads Bureau of Explosives
  • Jessica Feder, National Advisory Council Co-Chair
    Executive Director, Indiana Operation Lifesaver
  • Shayne Gill
    Program Director for Multimodal Transportation, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)
  • Polly Hanson, Transit Representative
    Director of Security, Risk, and Emergency Management, American Public Transportation Association
  • Jason M. Morris
    Assistant Vice President Safety and Environmental, Norfolk Southern Corporation
  • Barry E. Morton
    Assistant Vice President Health & Safety, Kansas City Southern
  • Suzanne M. Rohde
    Senior Vice President, Government Affairs and Policy, American Bus Association
  • Jim Schwichtenberg
    Vice President & Chief Safety Officer, CSX
  • Lawrence K. Wenko
    Public Safety, Union Pacific Railroad

About Operation Lifesaver

Operation Lifesaver is a nonprofit public safety education and awareness organization dedicated to reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail crossings and trespassing on or near railroad tracks. Our team consists of nationwide network of volunteers who work to educate people about rail safety, state coordinators who lead the efforts in states across the U.S. and a national office in Washington, D.C., that supports state programs, develops education materials, and creates public awareness campaigns for audiences of all ages. 


National Office

Operation Lifesaver, Inc.
425 Third Street SW, Suite 915
Washington, D.C. 20024

Fax: 703-519-8267
Email : [email protected]

Media Inquiries: [email protected]

Transit Inquiries: [email protected]

Our Staff

Media Contact

Operation Lifesaver, Inc. understands the importance of the news media’s role in helping the public make safe decisions around tracks and trains.

To request further information about Operation Lifesaver’s activities, or for additional safety information, email general[at] or contact our national headquarters office at 703-739-0308.

If you are a reporter seeking information for a local news story, view our list of state Operation Lifesaver program contacts.

If you are on deadline for a story and would like Operation Lifesaver, Inc.'s perspective on a highway-rail safety or trespass prevention topic, email news[at]