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Board of Directors

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 and Environmental Regulatory Policy, American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association
  • Mark A. Schulze, Vice Chair
    Vice President, Safety, Training and Operations Support, BNSF Railway Company
  • Suzanne M. Rohde, Secretary
    Senior Vice President, Government Affairs and Policy, American Bus Association
  • John Walsh,Treasurer
    Director of Hazardous Materials Programs, Short Line Safety Institute
  • Margaret Cannell, State Coordinator on the Board
    Executive Director, North Carolina Operation Lifesaver
  • Rachel Maleh, Ex-Officio, Non-Voting
    Executive Director, Operation Lifesaver, Inc.
  • Kelly Clough
    Chief of Police, U.S. Operations, Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC)
  • Martin Conway
    Deputy Chief, Amtrak Police Department
  • Andy Elkins
    Executive Director of Hazmat Compliance, Association of American Railroads
  • Jessica Feder, National Advisory Council Co-Chair
    Executive Director, Indiana Operation Lifesaver
  • John Fleps
    Vice President Safety & Environment, Norfolk Southern Corporation
  • Shayne Gill
    Program Director for Multimodal Transportation, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)
  • Polly Hanson, Transit Representative
    Senior Director of Security, Risk, and Emergency Management, American Public Transportation Association
  • Emma Moser, National Advisory Council Co-Chair
    AVP, Compliance & Safety, Genesee & Wyoming Railroad Services, Inc.
  • Brandon Myers
    Assistant Chief of Police, Canadian National Railway
  • Robert Rohauer
    Senior Manager of Strategic Projects and Community Affairs, CSX
  • Larry Wenko
    Sr. Manager Public Safety, Union Pacific Railroad


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]