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Operation Lifesaver, Inc. Announces New Members on Board of Directors

By Operation Lifesaver

WASHINGTON, DC, June 20, 2017 – Bonnie Murphy, president and CEO of Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI), and Robert C. VanderClute, OLI board chair, announced that five new members have joined the nonprofit organization’s board of directors, as of June 12.

VanderClute said, “We are pleased to welcome new representatives to the OLI board. As the Class I railroads renew their commitment to rail safety education and OLI’s mission, we look forward to working with these individuals to raise safety awareness across the country and focus on innovative approaches to saving lives.”

New members on the OLI board include:

  • John Allberry, general director safety, Union Pacific Railroad, replaces John Simpson, UP’s senior manager grade crossing compliance;
  • Stephen Covey, chief of police and chief security officer, Canadian National Railway, fills an at-large seat;
  • Kenneth Glover, senior vice president, safety & compliance, Genesee & Wyoming, fills an at-large seat;
  • John A. Irwin, AVP safety and environmental/chief safety officer, Norfolk Southern Corporation, replaces Cayela Wimberly, NS’s grade crossing safety director;
  • Mark A. Schulze, vice president, safety, training and operations support, BNSF Railway Company, fills a seat held by Steven Neubauer, BNSF’s director, field safety support; and
  • Jeffrey M. Songer, chief operating officer/executive vice president, Kansas City Southern, replaces Danny Lites, KCS’s public safety director.

“The Board of Directors and staff of OLI are extremely grateful to the outgoing members for their significant contributions to rail safety education,” said Murphy. “This organization is fortunate to have the support of our committed board members in the rail industry and other organizations along with many other partners as we continue our important nationwide safety efforts.”



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 preventing trespassing on or near railroad tracks. A national network of trained volunteers gives free presentations on rail safety and a public awareness campaign, “See Tracks? Think Train!” provides the public with tips and statistics to encourage safe behavior near the tracks. OLI will lead a national observance of U.S. Rail Safety Week, September 24-30, 2017. Learn more about U.S. Rail Safety Week; follow OLI on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

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