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Safety Series #3: Safety Advisory Board

HopSkipDrive Safety Advisory BoardSafety is at the heart of everything we do at HopSkipDrive. With this, the third blog post in a series highlighting some of the many ways we prioritize safety as our number-one value, we’re exploring HopSkipDrive’s Safety Advisory Board. 

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: We don’t do anything without asking ourselves: “What would it take for me to feel comfortable putting my own child (or niece or nephew or other child I love) in a HopSkipDrive ride?” 

As is the case with the development and implementation of many of our safety-driven standards, processes and technology, the founding of the Safety Advisory Board came about due to our obsession with safety — and our deep commitment to always doing everything we can to ensure the well-being of everyone who uses the HopSkipDrive platform.

The idea behind the Safety Advisory Board, which was founded in 2019, was to collaborate with — and gain ongoing strategic guidance from — a team of industry leaders and experts in the youth transportation space. As HopSkipDrive continues to expand, innovate and launch new safety features, we see this kind of industry expertise as a critical, and invaluable, part of our evolution as a company.

What does the Safety Advisory Board do?

The Safety Advisory Board supports HopSkipDrive by providing regular, ongoing advice and recommendations on safety policies, processes and technology. We aim to be, and remain, an innovative leader in the safe youth transportation space. With the help of our Safety Advisory Board, we hope to maintain and continue to build on our standing in the industry. 

The Safety Advisory Board also helps us position the company for the future by offering guidance on safety initiatives in both the short and the long term. “The productive dialogue we have with — and the actionable results we get from — our Safety Advisory Board is key to our mission,” says HopSkipDrive CEO and Co-Founder Joanna McFarland. 

HopSkipDrive Safety Advisory Board Members

Our Safety Advisory Board is a hand-picked group of youth transportation leaders who are at the very top of their respective fields. We’re proud to be aligned with some of the most well-respected organizations focused on youth transportation safety today.

Safety Advisory Board member Dr. NanaEfua Afoh-ManinDr. Nana B. Afoh-Manin

Founder, Shared Harvest Fund

The guiding force behind COVID-safety and community well-being initiatives at HopSkipDrive, Dr. Nana B. Afoh-Manin is a community-centered emergency doctor, social entrepreneur and humanitarian disaster relief consultant with an extensive track record of being a champion for equity in higher education. She has trained clinicians and field officers and participated in disaster/humanitarian teams across the U.S., Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. She was a clinician for the U.S. National Disaster Management Team and served in Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy and the Ebola Crisis Center base as part of the CDC. Pivoting in her career, Dr. Afoh-Manin founded the Shared Harvest Fund, an innovative, community-centric fintech platform that helps get people out from under massive student debt.

Safety Advisory Board member Theresa AndersonTheresa Anderson

Region 5 Director
National Association for Pupil Transportation

When it comes to school transportation, Theresa Anderson has truly done it all. Starting as a bus driver, she moved through the ranks of several large Colorado school districts to become Central Director. With 30 years in the industry, she is a frequent presenter and instructor at local, state and national conferences. Currently the Region 5 Director for the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) and a Trustee for the Colorado State Pupil Transportation Association (CSPTA), she is also Writing Chair of General Operations for National Congress School Transportation (NCST).

Safety Advisory Board member Torine CreppyTorine Creppy

Safe Kids Worldwide

Torine Creppy is the president of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global nonprofit dedicated to protecting kids from preventable injuries. For more than 20 years, she has worked with funders, legislators and community leaders around the world to develop and implement strategic initiatives, create meaningful partnerships and change behavior. Under her leadership, the Safe Kids Buckle Up® program has evolved into the most comprehensive child passenger safety program in the world, and the Safe Kids Walk This Way® pedestrian safety program has reached more than 17 million children in 10 countries. She led a blue-ribbon panel and convened a consortium to ensure children are considered as autonomous vehicles are being developed. She is also a passionate advocate on the Hill and in the media for vehicular heatstroke prevention. 

Safety Advisory Board member Diana HollanderDiana Hollander

Retired Director of Transportation
Nevada Department of Education

In her role at the Nevada Department of Education, Diana Hollander supported school districts for 24 years, helping transportation teams navigate complex federal, state and local regulations to get students to school safely and on time. She served on the Nevada Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board and the Nevada Executive Committee on Traffic Safety, where she promoted student safety in all modes of transportation. A fierce champion for women in student transportation leadership roles, she is also a past president of the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS).

Safety Advisory Board member Lisa RobinsonLisa Robinson

Director of Government Contracts & Programs
HAAS Alert

Lisa Robinson is an experienced public speaker with expertise in successfully addressing behavior change with the topic of roadway and transportation safety. She is an expert in and spokesperson for occupational transportation safety, building solid relationships within the employer and transportation communities, including governmental agencies. In her previous role with the National Safety Council, she was the subject matter expert in the area of Safety on the Road, working with public and private organizations to address preventable motor vehicle crashes. 

Safety Advisory Board member Steve Simmons IIISteve A. Simmons III

President Elect
National Association of Pupil Transportation

Before joining the National Association of Pupil Transportation, Steve Simmons served as Director of Transportation for Columbus City Schools, where he cultivated a reputation among his peers as a safety-focused leader. During his 11-year tenure, he repeatedly implemented new technology to make buses safer, such as installing GPS hardware and cameras on every bus in his fleet.

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