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, Regulatory and Environmental 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.
- Katie Chimelewski
Director, Safety & Membership Engagement, American Road & Transportation Builders Association
- Kelly Clough
Deputy Chief of Police, Canadian Pacific Railway
- Martin Conway
Deputy Chief, Amtrak Police Department
- Stephen Covey
Chief of Police and Chief Security Officer, Canadian National
- Sean Douris
Chief of Police, Public Safety, and Infrastructure Protection, CSX
- Andy Elkins
Director of Hazmat Compliance, Association of American Railroads
- 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
Senior Director of Security, Risk, and Emergency Management, American Public Transportation Association
- Helen Hart
Assistant Vice President Safety & Environmental, Norfolk Southern Corporation
- Barry E. Morton
Assistant Vice President Health & Safety, The Kansas City Southern Railway Company
- Emma Moser, National Advisory Council Co-Chair
Director, Safety & Reporting, Genesee & Wyoming Railroad Services, Inc.
- Lawrence K. Wenko
Sr. Manager Public Safety, Union Pacific Railroad
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]oli.org 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]oli.org