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:

  • Robert C. VanderClute, Chairman
    President & COO, FirstRail International
  • Jo Strang, Vice-Chair
    Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association
  • John Allberry
    General Director Safety, Union Pacific Railroad
  • Nicole B. Brewin
    Vice President, Government Affairs, Railway Supply Institute
  • Katie Chimelewski
    Director, Field Support, CSX
  • Martin Conway
    Deputy Chief of Amtrak Police Department, New York Division
  • Steven 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 Chair-elect
    Executive Director, Indiana Operation Lifesaver
  • Denise Gauthier, National Advisory Council Chair
    Manager, Field Safety Support, BNSF Railway
  • Shayne Gill
    Sr. Program Director, Aviation, Passenger Rail & Public Transportation, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)
  • Kenneth Glover
    Senior Vice President of Safety & Compliance, Genesee & Wyoming
  • John Irwin
    AVP Safety and Environmental/Chief Safety Officer, Norfolk Southern Corporation
  • Suzanne Te Beau Rohde
    Vice President of Government Affairs and Policy, American Bus Association
  • Mark A. Schulze
    Vice President, Safety, Training and Operations Support, BNSF Railway Company
  • Nancy Sheehan-McCulloch, State Coordinator on the Board
    California Operation Lifesaver
  • Jeffrey M. Songer
    Chief Operating Officer/Executive Vice President, Kansas City Southern


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, please contact our national headquarters office at 703-739-0308. If you are a reporter on deadline, please contact: