OUR LEADERSHIP

Chair of Board

Andrew Robinson

Andrew Robinson is currently the Chief Human Resources Officer at CKE Restaurant Holdings and most recently held the same position at Starr Restaurant and TGI Fridays. He has three decades of senior leadership experience in the restaurant and retail industry as a strategic business leader driving corporate core mission and values. His connection to the MADD mission is due to his sister-in-law’s untimely death in a crash that was caused by a drunk driver in 2017.

Interim CEO

Ellen Willmott

Ellen Wilmott is the interim Chief Executive Officer of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). She is a strategic and results-oriented executive focused on building and supporting empowered teams, collaborative processes and shared learning to reach mission objectives. As a non-profit executive for over 20 years, she has served in diverse roles at all levels of an organization.

Previously, Ellen held roles of increasing responsibility with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, including interim CEO. Prior to that she was Vice President, General Counsel & Assistant Corporate Secretary for Save the Children USA. She holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Rhode Island, Kingston.

Ellen is a sought-after speaker and has numerous published works on the topics of not-for-profits and legal matters.

Board Members

In a nod to MADD’s beginning as a grassroots organization, board members serve as volunteers during their tenure. During the three-year term, national board members oversee MADD’s road map to reaching No More Victims®.

We salute our board members for donating their time, talents and energy to the MADD mission and thank each and every one of them for their integrity, dedication and vision.

Vice Chair of Board

Matthew Bretz

Matthew Bretz is a personal injury attorney in Kansas who has seen the devastation caused by drunk drivers in the numerous cases he has handled over the years. He has served on the boards of the United Way and the Red Cross and TECH for over 10 years and has a passion for helping the community by volunteering for local and national non-profits. He is motivated by the devastation and loss which he has seen his clients experience at the hands of drunk and drugged drivers, and is dedicated to preventing further loss of life and to holding drunk and drugged drivers accountable for their actions.

Nathaniel “Nat” Beuse

Nat Beuse is the Head of Safety for Aurora Technology and he was formerly an Associate Administrator for Vehicle Safety Research at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. He brings a unique understanding of federal policy and how policy relates to broad public acceptance of new technology, such as self-driving. His connection to the MADD mission stems from a drunk driving crash that significantly impacted his family.

Season Atkinson

Season Atkinson brings a breadth of experiences to the MADD National Board of Directors.  As a  personal injury attorney at Tatum & Atkinson, PLLC in Raleigh, North Carolina, she takes a special interest in helping victims of drunk and drugged drivers pursue compensation through the civil justice system and also supports them in navigating and understanding their role in the criminal justice system.  Many times, this additional personal attention and assistance helps the county prosecutor in obtaining a criminal conviction against the impaired driving offender.

Season is also the proud wife of a North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper, Derek DelCastilho, who has previously served on his troop’s DWI task force and has been honored at the North Carolina Law Enforcement Recognition Awards Ceremony for his role in removing impaired drivers from North Carolina roadways.  He regularly apprehends and arrests impaired drivers and, all too often, the arrest is the result of a crash in which there is a fatality or serious injury.  Impaired driving, its consequences and how to reduce or eliminate it is a frequent topic of conversation in their household.

Season has also been an active member of the North Carolina MADD State Advisory Board and co-chairperson of Raleigh Walk Like MADD for several years. She remains active with North Carolina MADD and continues her commitment locally by lobbying the North Carolina General Assembly for tougher DWI laws and raising funds for improving services to North Carolina victims.

Most importantly, Season has personally been affected by an impaired driving tragedy.  On August 8, 1980, she lost her father, James “Jim” White, when he was killed in a drunk driving crash. Season was 6 years old.  As a result of this loss and her background in helping victims of impaired drivers, Season is committed to MADD’s mission of No More Victims and the goal that drunk and drugged driving be eliminated within her lifetime.

Martha Frye

Martha Frye is the Senior Vice President of Personal Lines Claims for Nationwide. She has served in this role since October 2019. Prior to this opportunity, Martha served for Nationwide as Senior Vice President of the Southeastern Regional Operations, Senior Vice President of Property & Casualty Customer Service and Sales Solutions, and as the Enterprise Controller and Chief Accounting Officer.

Martha has an extensive background in insurance including strategic business planning, finance, and business operations. Prior to joining Nationwide in 2006, Martha held a variety of senior leadership positions at Genworth/General Electric Company, Universal American Financial Corporation and KPMG. She has successfully led major operations, business re-engineering initiatives, merger execution and integration efforts.

Martha is a Certified Public Accountant and earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Martha serves on the Board of Directors for MADD and has a passion for keeping drivers safe and serving victims of drunk and drugged driving. Martha serves as the Finance Committee chair and Treasurer of the Executive Committee. Additionally, she previously served on the Board of Directors for LifeCare Alliance and the Executive Board of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.

About Nationwide
Nationwide, a Fortune 100 company based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the U.S. and is rated A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s. The company provides a full range of insurance and financial services, including auto, commercial, homeowners, farm and life insurance; public and private sector retirement plans, annuities and mutual funds; banking and mortgages; excess & surplus, specialty and surety; pet, motorcycle and boat insurance. For more information, visit www.nationwide.com.

Heather Geronemus

Heather Geronemus began her career at Ultimate Software in Marketing in 2010, promoting the company’s pioneering Software as a Service HR and Payroll systems. Heather now serves as the Director of Public Relations & Corporate Social Responsibility, setting the strategic direction for media relations, customer public relations and philanthropic initiatives at Ultimate Software. Ultimate is one of South Florida’s most respected technology businesses, supporting customers including Bloomin’ Brands, Feeding America, Major League Baseball, and Yamaha Corporation of America.  The company is regularly recognized as an employer of choice, ranked in the top 25 in Fortune Magazine list of Best Places to Work for eight consecutive years.

Heather is one of Broward County’s leaders, remaining constantly and actively involved with the South Florida community. Following the loss of her father, Dr. Robert Geronemus, to a drunk driver in 2009, Heather took a leadership role in Fort Lauderdale’s Mothers Against Drunk Driving organization. Heather established the Annual Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash Fort Lauderdale in 2011 and has since then continually chaired the event. The walk has raised more than $2 million to date. In addition, she regularly represents MADD with local, state and federal elected officials, travelling to Washington D.C. to meet with Florida’s Congressional and Senatorial delegations. Heather’s efforts were recognized at MADD’s 2012 national conference, where she was awarded the Linda Kitazaki Volunteer Fundraising Award. She was named Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals at their National Philanthropy Day 2014 for her work with MADD Broward. She also received the 2011-’12 and 2014 MADD Florida Hero Awards for outstanding achievement, recently this award was renamed the Geronemus/Unfried MADD Florida Hero Award in honor of Heather & Linda Unfried’s dedication to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Heather is thrilled to chair Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash Fort Lauderdale for the tenth year in a row and is proud to assume the chair position on the National Board of Directors of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Heather’s charitable commitment extends to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, where she has volunteered since the age of three and served as committee member and mentor to community members for the organization’s South Florida chapter, supporting both fundraising and awareness events. Heather serves on the Board of Trustees of her alma mater, Pine Crest School, after years of service to the Advisory Council and Alumni Advisory Council.  Heather is a member of the Advisory Board of Cystic Fibrosis as well as the American Heart Association’s Executive Cabinet. She also serves on the Broward Sheriff’s Foundation Board of Directors and the Winterfest Boat Parade’s Boards of Directors.  Heather serves on the Emerging Leaders Council of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance. She previously served as Co-Chair of the Steering Committee for the Broward Center for the Performing Arts  Ghost Light Society.

Her work has been profiled in People Magazine, the Sun Sentinel, and she has appeared on NBC, ABC and CBS to discuss issues and efforts to fight drunk driving. Heather is a graduate of Leadership Broward Class XXX, a 2013 Cystic Fibrosis South Florida’s Finest Honoree and a 2013 Florida Panthers Hero Among us Honoree.  Heather was honored to be named as one of South Florida Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 in their 2014 Class.  In 2015 Ms. Geronemus was recognized as an Up & Comer for Public Relations by South Florida Business & Wealth Magazine. In 2016 Heather was featured as one of Gold Coast Magazine’s Powers for Good. In 2017 Heather was featured as one of inWeston Magazine’s 20 Under 40 and was named a Woman of Distinction by March of Dimes. In 2018, Heather was named Humanitarian of the Year by the Emerald Society.

In her spare time, she is an avid athlete and spends every minute possible with her friends and family in New York.

 

 

Nicole Hutchinson

Nicole Hutchinson’s world changed forever on Sept. 13, 1996, when her little sister Darcie was killed by a three-time drunk driving offender. For more than 23 years, Nicole has worked tirelessly with MADD in several states, raising more than $250,000 primarily through Walk Like MADD events in Arizona, Connecticut, North Carolina, South Carolina and Maine. She has attended an average of eight to 10 Walk Like MADD events per year and worked with MADD locally and nationally to establish a chapter in her home state of Maine.

She has appeared in the 20/20 Hindsight Series depicting the devastating impacts of drinking and driving sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Transportation, Governor’s Highway Safety Association and MADD. She was recognized in 2014 as a Lenovo Community Champion at a Carolina Hurricanes game for her work with MADD in her community. Nicole has presented to the Carolina Panthers incoming rookie class, several victim impact panels, youth groups and local schools in North Carolina and Maine.

Nicole started a nonprofit in Darcie’s memory, The Darcie Hutchinson Foundation, to provide education programs based on the needs within the community of Houlton, Maine. A resident of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Nicole has been a MADD volunteer in North Carolina since 2004, serves on the MADD North Carolina State Board, is a victim advocate, and serves as WLM co-chair in North Carolina and WLM chair in Maine.

In addition to working with MADD, she is passionate about mentoring women in business by serving on the WILL Board (Women in Lenovo Leadership) and the KNOW Committee (Knowledgeable Network of Women) with the Morrisville Chamber of Commerce in North Carolina. A graduate of Westbrook College, Nicole leads sales teams for a multinational technology company in North Carolina. She has been a challenge soccer coach for over 24 years, enjoys going to the movies and hanging out with her family and friends. She lives with her husband and two pups in Chapel Hill.

Carol Leister

When Carol’s youngest child, 21-year old son, Scott, was killed by a drunk driver in 2008 in a fiery crash on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, she turned to MADD who provided much needed support and guidance as the family navigated the criminal justice system.

Carol has shared Scott’s story with many audiences, including NFL team trainings, US military safety awareness seminars, Every 15 Minutes programs, regional and state law enforcement recognition events, “Avoid” enhanced DUI enforcement kick-off dinners, and various television news stations.

The family car in which Scott was killed was donated to create a MADD crash car trailer, which has been displayed at countless schools and community events throughout Northern California in order to raise awareness and prevent others from making the decision to drink and then drive. The California Highway Patrol produced a 90-second public service announcement featuring Scott’s story, which is used at law enforcement training, driver education and diversion programs.

Carol has served on the MADD San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate’s Advisory Board for six years and has co-chaired three annual Walk Like MADD fundraising events. She answers MADD’s national 24-hour Victim/Survivor Help Line to provide immediate support in the wake of a drunk or drugged driving crash. Carol has also been trained and serves as a MADD Victim Advocate, helping other families as they face the impact of a substance-impaired crash.

Erica Linn

Erica Linn has an extensive background in media sales and marketing in the New York City area. Erica has served on the MADD New York Board of Directors and has been a vocal advocate for MADD in New York. She is a stage actress and singer and started an annual benefit concert in New York for MADD that she has produced and performed in since 2018. Erica lost both her parents in a drunk driving crash on October 28, 2016, which drives her passion for MADD’s mission.

Iesha Berry

Iesha Berry serves as the DocuSign Vice President and Chief Diversity and Engagement Officer (CDEO).  In this role she directly engages with DocuSign’s executive staff, and team members around the globe.   As the CDEO Iesha will focus on accelerating the DocuSign Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging strategy as well as oversee and continue to evolve DocuSign IMPACT and sustainability efforts. She and her team will support continued amplification and impact of employee resource groups, inclusive talent development along with diverse pipeline sourcing and outreach.

Iesha is a human capital executive with over 20 years of experience in the human resources and diversity, equity and inclusion space. Most recently Iesha served as the first Chief Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Officer for Slalom where she led the company’s diversity and inclusion programs, as well as its environmental, social responsibility, and sustainability efforts. Prior to her work at Slalom, Iesha was the Senior Vice President of Market and Site Human Resources at Bank of America and previously served as a HR Executive for the Retirement, Business Controls and Operational Excellence teams as well as Head of Diversity and Inclusion for BofA’s Wealth Management division. In addition, Iesha has served in a variety of related global roles across various companies and industries including Pfizer, Microsoft and Prudential Financial.

Prior to starting her professional career, Iesha earned an M.A. in HR/Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, a B.A. in Psychology from Tougaloo College in Mississippi, and received a Diversity Practitioner/Advanced Practitioner certification from Cornell University.  Berry is a Diversity First  2021 and 20222 Top Diversity Officer recipient, Winter 2022 Diversity Woman Elite 100 honoree,  2019 30 Black Stars in Industry Awardee, active member of (2018-2020) for the Charlotte, North Carolina Chapter of the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources. Iesha is a former Advisory Board Member of the International Network for the Professional Development of Women and previously served as a member of the Conference Board Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Council along with serving on the Councils’ Executive Board. She is a 2022 member of Chief(www.chief.com) as well as  Board Member of MADD(Mothers Against Drunk Driving) and the Racial Justice Institute.  In 2017, she co-authored a book titled We Walk by Faith and Not by Sight: Women of Faith in the Marketplace and is working on her second book to be co-authored with her mother Antoinique D. Bowman.

Iesha is a wife and mother of three girls, Hannah (5), Gabrielle (13) and Chloe’ (18).  She and her husband Leroy reside in Prosper, TX

Marc Benardout

Marc Benardout is a writer/producer/director whose career in the entertainment and advertising world spans over 37 years on both sides of the Atlantic. A creative entrepreneur, rainmaker and strategist, Marc has lived in Los Angeles since 1997 when he left his native home in London, England for the sunnier shores of California for his ‘American Dream’. Unfortunately that dream scenario became a nightmare when on the night of August 1st, 2019, his beautifully talented 24 year old son Noah was killed instantly by a speeding drunk driver, as Noah waited as a pedestrian to cross Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood.

“That night, my entire family’s life was destroyed, upended and dramatically changed forever. Every parent’s nightmare of being woken up at 3am by two police officers to tell us our son has been tragically killed became a reality. From that moment onward the only way I could process my grief was to immerse myself into why and how this could have happened. I immediately set up a Foundation in Noah’s name to help in any which way to prevent this horror perpetuating for other parents and began working very closely with MADD. I am very honored and motivated to have been invited to the National Board to bring my conviction and determination as a victim to finally stop DUI tragedies forever in the honor of those that are no longer with us and for the legacy of my son, Noah.”

Erika Bennett

Erika has sparked conversation, shaped opinion and driven results for some of the world’s most prestigious entertainment and consumer brands through insights-driven campaigns that have created meaningful and mutually beneficial brand/consumer relationships. She was recognized in 2018 as one of AdAge’s 40 under 40 and in 2016 as one of the Holmes Report’s Innovator 25.

Erika currently serves as Instagram’s Global Culture and Community Marketing lead where she drives the development and growth of a new department at Instagram designed to activate, enable and amplify emerging culture on the platform by amplifying underrepresented communities who are often at the epicenter of culture but do not often get the credit for it. To date, she is responsible for leading the lionshare of creative output for the department and remains instrumental in developing Instagram’s community strategy.

Prior to joining Instagram, Erika served as Global Head of Entertainment, Education and Diversity Creator Marketing for YouTube where she oversaw YouTube’s creator marketing programs in
the entertainment, education and diversity and inclusion verticals. This includes working cross-functionally to drive business strategy, product innovation and developing diversity marketing
programs that super-served these audiences against business and creator goals. She recently led the successful global integrated launch of the #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund as part of YouTube’s $100M commitment to uplifting and illuminating Black Voices on- and off-platform.

Also while at YouTube, she was the Global Head of Social and Influencer Marketing, where she oversaw global digital marketing and influencer strategy for YouTube Originals (globally) and YouTube TV. In her tenure, she delivered YouTube Original’s first breakout scripted hit, Cobra Kai, while leading social and influencer efforts in support of YouTube TV’s tentpole sports marketing sponsorships of the NBA and MLB.

Previously, she was senior vice president of Allied Moxy, a division of Allied Integrated Marketing, dedicated to developing and executing best-in-class marketing campaigns that speak to the full diversity of the African-American consumer. Under her nearly five-year leadership, she shepherded the division to unprecedented year-over-year growth in new business and helped drive groundbreaking campaigns that delivered record-breaking results for such successes as ABC’s “black-ish”, NBC’s “The Wiz Live!” Netflix and Marvel’s “Luke Cage” and theatrical phenoms HIDDEN FIGURES, FENCES, STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, RIDE ALONG and the FAST AND FURIOUS franchise. The unparalleled evolution of the division was driven by innovation where Erika worked to expand the department’s capabilities across a spectrum of marketing disciplines including content creation, digital, influencer marketing and social strategy.

Other career highlights include launching the PR campaign for Call of Duty’s Black Ops 2, supporting key product launches for Beats By Dre and launching the most successful iteration of the
wildly popular “Get Crackin’” Campaign for Wonderful Pistachios

Erika attended Northwestern University where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in communications with a focus on radio, television and film.

Sophia Toh

Sophia Toh is a Leadership Coach and Business Consultant.  She is the Chief Executive Officer of Illuminate U Coaching and Consulting, LLC. Before this role, Sophia served as the Vice President of Finance Transformation and Chief Financial Officer for the Enhancers, Specialty, and Away from Home business unit for the Kraft Heinz Company.  She was also with Procter & Gamble for fifteen years, serving in various finance and enterprise project leadership roles such as the Chief Financial Officer of Walker & Company Brands, a P&G subsidiary, and finance and accounting leadership roles in brand commercial delivery such as Braun & Crest, supply chain, information technology, retailers, global business service, accounting policies, etc. She was a DEI champion for twenty years in her corporate career, serving on the ERG board, a mentor, and coach.  Sophia is a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and is certified as an Associate Diversity Coach and a Marshall Goldsmith’s Stakeholder-Centered coach.

 

Sophia is a Certified Management Accountant, Certified Finance Manager, and certified in Strategy and Competitive Analysis.  She earned her Master of Business Administration from Krannert School of Management from Purdue University and her Bachelor of Business Administration from Clayton State University. She also earned her Executive Certificate in Diversity & Inclusion from Cornell University and is currently working on her Nonprofit Leadership executive certificate at Harvard Kennedy School.  She is affiliated with the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP), serving on the leadership team currently in the capacity of interim chief financial officer.

Senior Leadership

Vice President of Strategic Initiatives

Catrina Clemens

Catrina Clemens currently serves as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives with Mother’s Against Drunk Driving.  In this position, Mrs. Clemens helps lead and direct the strategy, development and execution, and expansion of MADD’s lifesaving mission services and prevention programming.  Catrina takes a vision and breaks it into accomplishable steps through sound strategy development.  She instinctively sees the strands of opportunity that weave themselves throughout the organization and braids them together into a coherent whole.

Catrina is inspired by the resiliency of each of the victims and survivors that she has had the privilege of working with during her tenure with MADD.  They truly are the daily motivation that drives her work.  This intense drive paired with her abilities to tackle challenges head on; build consensus, teamwork and support at the local and national levels allow her to develop and implement big picture strategies that are anchored in the practical application of mission programming.

Most recently Catrina served as the National Field Relations Director for the Central and Southeast Regions.  In these roles she led, managed and provided the vision collaborative guidance and direction to field leadership, employees and volunteers regarding fiscal responsibility, grant management, fund development, human resource needs, training and delivery of victim services, capacity building efforts, crisis management, underage drinking prevention programming, and volunteer management.  Catrina’s forward thinking and acute understanding of the field made her transition into her current position seamless and a win for the organization.

Prior to joining MADD, Mrs. Clemens led the budget development, campaign planning, oversight, management and reporting requirements for the DFW State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) and the City of Dallas Charitable Giving Campaign.  In addition, she provided strategic support to the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). These public sector campaigns distributed vital mission funding to thousands of local, national and international nonprofit organizations on a quarterly basis.  Within this role, Catrina oversaw the administration and adherence of agency policies, procedures and guidelines for compliance to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and State of Texas regulatory bodies.

Mrs. Clemens graduated with her Master of Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Services with minors in Psychology, Sociology and Substance Abuse Prevention from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.  In her free time, Catrina loves spending quality time outdoors with her husband and son.

 

Chief Information Officer

Brim Basom

Brim Basom is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).  In this role he is responsible for driving innovation strategy, ensures technology excellence, leading efforts to enhance core IT solutions to further MADD’s mission through digital and data transformation.

He has over eighteen years of information technology, banking, finance, healthcare, and non-profit industry experience.  He has held several senior leadership roles in information technology and led all aspects of information security, data, and analytics. He has managed large teams, worked with Fortune 500 companies as well as small startup organizations. The last ten years of his career have been dedicated to the non-profit space and empowering social good. He is a results-driven leader, passionate about empowering his teams and building great solutions to achieve the organization’s business goals.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from Texas Tech University and has professional certifications in Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL), Project Management Professional (PMP) and Professional Scrum Master (PSM).

Brim was selected by Forbes as one of the leading technology and non-profit experts to serve on the Forbes Nonprofit Council, an innovative community built to help the world’s most influential non-profit executives discuss and solve pressing business challenges.  He is also an Advisory Board Member for Elevate IT Xchange.

Brim enjoys traveling, snowboarding and spending time outdoors with his family.

Vice President of Field Operations Field Relations

Rich Mallow

Rich Mallow is the Vice President of Field Operations. Rich will lead the Field Organization in building strategic plans, staff development and drive revenue development in an effort to move the mission of Mothers Against Drunk Driving forward.

Rich Mallow joined Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) in September 2013 as the New York State Executive Director and assumed responsibilities as the Executive Director for New York and New Jersey in January 2019. Over the years, Rich has accumulated a considerable amount of non-profit experience, serving Autism Speaks, United Way of Long Island and the Cancer Center for Kids through Winthrop Hospital. He also spent an entire career (24 years) in the printing industry. Beyond Rich’s career achievements, he believes his personal mission is to help MADD achieve its goal of No More Victims.

He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and has been married for over 32 years to his beautiful wife. He is the proud father of 2 children and has been blessed with 2 grandchildren. But most importantly he loves to spend time with his family and enjoys the simple things in life as he knows all too well how life can change in the blink of an eye.

Director of Field Operations

Denise Blake

Denise Blake is a Director of Field Operations for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), where she supports the activities of 13 states. Denise has held a variety of key positions in nonprofit, corporate and governmental management. She has extensive experience in many facets of program management and community engagement. Her areas of specialty include media production and outreach, program administration and evaluation, writing and research, curriculum design and training, and fund development.

 

At the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, she served as Education and Training Coordinator, where she was responsible for designing training curricula for adult learners. She also led important research on the philosophy of nonviolent social change. At the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Ms. Blake held the position of Manager of Special Programs. In this role, she managed the Foundation’s educational scholarship, internship and fellowship programs, from recruitment to program implementation. Denise was Executive Director for the FaithFactor program at the Interdenominational Theological Center, where she exercised coordination of outreach ministry education to churches and other faith-based, government, and community partners. Denise was also a Senior Development Director at United Negro College Fund (UNCF) and held senior leadership positions in organizations addressing education and food insecurity.

 

Denise holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Spelman College, a Certificate in Divinity from Interdenominational Theological Center, and a Masters of Public Administration, with a concentration in Nonprofit Management, from Georgia State University.

 

In her spare time, Denise is an avid traveler and gardener and is learning to play guitar.

Chief Government Affairs Officer

Stephanie Manning

Stephanie Manning has specialized in traffic safety policy for twenty-five years. She has worked on both behavioral safety and vehicle safety-related policy, including the establishment of a national .08 Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) standard, and more recently legislation to mandate advanced drunk driving prevention technology. Stephanie began her career working with another traffic safety organization, and in that capacity worked alongside MADD on .08 BAC. It was during the latter stages of the successful .08 BAC campaign – back in 1999 — that MADD recruited Stephanie to open its Washington, DC office and serve as the organization’s Director of Federal Affairs. During her time at MADD, Stephanie worked closely with Congress and the Administration to strengthen policies for victims’ rights, and to secure funding for drunk driving and underage drinking prevention.

In 2004 Stephanie was recruited to serve as a Senior Policy Advisor for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Stephanie’s portfolio included the authorization of programs for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and safety programs within the Federal Highway Administration. Her proudest achievements as a Committee staffer, acting on behalf of her boss Ranking Member and then Chairman Jim Oberstar, were securing increased funding for NHTSA’s traffic safety programs, and the establishment of the first long-term authorization for high-visibility law enforcement mobilizations.

In 2007, Stephanie left Capitol Hill to spend time with her family. For fourteen years Stephanie provided transportation consulting services to just a couple of clients at a time. As a consultant for MADD, she played a major role in securing Congressional endorsements in MAP-21 – and via the appropriations process – for the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving. This included the authorization and funding for a research program on drunk driving prevention technology, incentives to states to adopt all-offender ignition interlock laws, and high visibility law enforcement programs. More recently Stephanie has led efforts for MADD to mandate advanced drunk driving prevention technology on new vehicles.

In January 2021, Stephanie rejoined the MADD family as an employee, now serving as MADD’s Chief Government Affairs Officer.

Stephanie lives in Loudoun County, VA, with her husband Drew, and their three kids Clara, Owen, and Vivian. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys hiking, live music, and spending time with family and friends.

Senior Director, Field Operations

David Pinsker

Dave Pinsker is Senior Director, Field Operations. Dave will lead his Regional team in the building and development of Strategic plans, staff development and also drive revenue development in an effort to drive the mission of Mother’s Against Drunk Driving forward.

In 2011 Dave joined Mother’s Against Drunk Driving as Florida State Executive Director and quickly took the State of Florida in many new and exciting directions. Dave helped to create a new Regional Structure in the State which has led to better Statewide communication and Results. Today MADDD Florida has 7 Regions which work together synergistically to create a world of NO MORE VICTIMS. Dave was also instrumental in expanding the Walk Like MADD presence in Florida from 4 events in 2011 to the current 13 events in 2021. Walk Like MADD is the organizations premiere fundraising and awareness event and provides vital funding to help accomplish the organizations mission. These funds are used to provide staff and recruit volunteers for the free programs and services offered by MADD which include Victim Services for families affected by drunk driving crashes as well as youth prevention programs which help to explain the dangers of Underage drinking.

Dave has spent the last 30 years as an innovative leader in the non-profit arena. Dave was with the YMCA of Broward County from 1989 -2010 and spent the last 9 years of that tenure as District Executive Director helping to lead a 8.5 million dollar Capital Campaign for construction of a 42,000 square foot membership facility in Weston. The facility opened in 2005 and Dave was instrumental in launching the programs and services provided at the new facility. Dave was responsible for the day-to-day operations for 4 + years. The facility today remains a pillar of the community it serves in Weston, Florida.

In November of 2020 Dave was promoted to Senior Director of Field Operations where he now works closely with 10 States across the country. This new role is part of MADD’S National Regionalization strategy also implemented in 2020.

Dave resides in Weston, Florida and is married to his beautiful wife Caroline and they have three daughters Carli, Kate and Sofia.

Senior Director of Field Operations

Traci McMillan

Traci McMillan is a Senior Director of Field Operations for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).  Traci joined MADD as a member of the Field Relations Team in March 2016 and has guided field leadership with budgeting, program services, capacity building, fundraising and personnel management.  Her proudest accomplishment is the impact she has made with Executive Director Staff Development and Team Building.

 

Before joining MADD, Traci spent 16 years with The Muscular Dystrophy Association.  She held many different roles including Health Care Services Coordinator & Camp Director, State Executive Director, Regional Field Representative and Divisional Director.   She brings expertise in the planning and execution of special events, sponsor development and analytical problem solving. Beyond her professional skills and accomplishments, Traci has a strong passion to end drunk driving and is dedicated to serving those impacted by drunk and drugged driving.

 

In her free time, Traci enjoys spending time with her family, reading and cheering for the Arizona Cardinals.  She is currently pursuing continuing education at Western Governors University.

Director of Field Operations

Meghan Carter

Meghan Carter currently serves as a Director of Field Operations for the Midwest / DC region.  In this role, she leads and strategizes with field leadership, employees and volunteers in fiscal responsibility, grant management, fund development, delivery of victim services, underage drinking prevention programming, and capacity building efforts.

Meghan began her career with MADD in August 2008, starting as the Executive Director of the Gateway Affiliate of MADD, overseeing programs, events, growing revenue, and managing staff and volunteers in St. Louis region.  In September 2012, she was promoted to the Missouri State Executive Director and was responsible for the overall operations of the entire state.  In her role, Meghan grew Missouri, expanding to five service regions including four staffed offices and one volunteer chapter.

In 2020, Meghan was honored as a NHTSA Public Service Awardee.  She along with Lt. Scott Roach of the St. Louis County Police Department were recognized for their efforts in creating MADD’s high visibility enforcement campaign, Saturation Saturday, a campaign that was first launched in Missouri in 2016 and has since grown to a national campaign.

Meghan is a graduate of Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations and Media Management and Sales.  She loves spending time with her large family to include her three beautiful children, Cole, Liam and Audrey.

General Counsel

D.J. Merino

D.J. Merino currently serves as the General Counsel of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. D.J. is responsible for the Legal and Risk functions and he provides strategic legal counsel to the program and operational leaders at MADD, as well as the Board of Directors.

Before joining MADD, D.J. served as Corporate Counsel at Susan G. Komen where he focused on Cause Related Marketing and Sponsorship Agreements. Prior to Susan G. Komen, D.J. worked at the Small Business Administration as an Attorney Advisor. He is a graduate of the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government from the University of Texas at Austin where he was a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society.

Chief Development Officer

Jennifer Dunn

Jennifer Dunn is the Chief Development Officer responsible for the strategy, management, and implementation of all fundraising efforts at Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). She is motivated by the fact that drunk driving is 100% preventable and is dedicated to advancing revenue initiatives to support MADD’s mission as the premier organization fighting to end impaired driving.

Prior to MADD, Jennifer was most recently the Executive Director of Individual Giving at NPR. In this role, she managed a portfolio of high-net-worth individuals, NPR Foundation Trustees, and Member station partners – as well as led a team of individual giving officers across the country. With more than twenty-five years of nonprofit experience, Jennifer spent the early part of her career as a founding member of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, where she held various senior leadership roles in Development that broadened her range of fundraising expertise.

During her time at VH1 Save The Music, Jennifer was honored with a BizBash Event Innovator Award, the Governors Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the Emmy Award), the George Foster Peabody Award, and two Beacon Awards. A graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, she has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Telecommunications and resides in New York with her husband Sean and daughters Audrey Grace and Olivia James.

Chief Financial Officer & Administrator

Amber Kinney

Amber Kinney joined MADD in 2022 as the Chief Financial Officer and Administrator and leads Finance and Human Resources.  In her role, she builds upon and strengthens a foundation of financial stewardship, impact, and sustainability through strategic, analytical, transactional and systems contributions relevant to mission success. Amber has a passion for serving and strives to use her skills and talents to contribute a lasting positive impact on community and organizations.

She has deep experience in leading nonprofit financial and administrative functions having held executive roles in nonprofit since 1995. Most recently Amber was Sr. Vice President and CFO of Partnership with Native Americans, a national Native-serving organization, Other previous roles were as the CFO for Dallas’ AT&T Performing Arts Center where she oversaw Finance, Analytics and Shared Data Services and led critical initiatives to successfully transition systems and processes from construction to operations. Other nonprofit organizations where Amber served include the Woodall Rodger Park Foundation, Child Care Associates and the Dallas Summer Musicals and DSM Management Group where she led Accounting, HR, and IT functions.

Before transitioning to nonprofit, Ms. Kinney honed her accounting skills in private industry for several years. Ms. Kinney holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of North Texas and a bachelor’s from LeTourneau University. She is passionate about her family and her faith and loves exploring all the wonderful things to do in the DFW area.

Amber is recognized for her expertise in nonprofit fiscal management and was named as “Outstanding CFO Nonprofit Organization” by DCEO Magazine in 2014. In addition to her professional role, Amber serves the community as a volunteer and currently is Treasurer of Traffick911, a nonprofit that frees youth from sex trafficking by building trust-based relationships. Amber is a member of Financial Executives International.

MADD National President
Alex Otte

Alex Otte’s family came to MADD in 2010, not long after a drunk driver forever changed Alex’s young life, when she was run over by an intoxicated boat operator two days before the July 4th holiday.

In the years immediately following the crash, Alex was involved with MADD as a volunteer, attending annual Walk Like MADD events and connecting with students in high schools across central Kentucky. Although Alex was only 13 years old at the time of her crash, she soon dedicated her life to ensuring that there will come a day when no other child is forced to face such a tragedy.

Before becoming National President in 2021, Alex worked with MADD Kentucky staff and many other dedicated volunteers to pass state legislation requiring the use of ignition interlocks for drunk driving offenders — first in 2015 and again in 2019, making Kentucky the 34th state with an all-offender ignition interlock law. Alex spoke out again on behalf of Marsy’s Law, a crime victims’ rights bill, in the state of Kentucky in 2018 and 2020, when it was ultimately added as an amendment to the state constitution.

Alex served as a National Teen Influence for MADD in 2014 and was awarded MADD’s National Youth Activist of the Year award in 2015 for her tireless efforts to pass ignition interlock legislation in her state.

As MADD’s national spokesperson, Alex speaks to lawmakers across the nation about the importance of requiring ignition interlocks for all offenders, a cornerstone of MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving®. She advocates for high-visibility law enforcement, such as sobriety checkpoints that can reduce drunk driving deaths by 17 percent. She champions personal accountability and advanced drunk driving prevention technology in all vehicles, which has the potential to eliminate drunk driving.

Alex urges teens and young adults to abstain from alcohol until 21 and encourages parents and other role models to have this conversation with those in their sphere of influence. Alex has spent the past decade telling her devastating story, and the stories of so many like her, across the country at schools, churches, law enforcement groups and in the media. While such a personal story can be difficult to tell, Alex will spend the rest of her life grappling with the fact that she survived when so many others’ lives are needlessly lost. She chooses to believe that she has been put in this position to be a voice for injured victims and for those who have been killed as a result of this 100% preventable crime.

In addition to her volunteer work with MADD, Alex spent two years as a Research Associate for the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, focusing her attention on boating and water safety and preventing boating under the influence. She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Journalism.

Alex lives in Lexington with her husband, Zach.

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