SAVIR Board of Directors

The SAVIR Board of Directors is an elected Board composed of 13 members: four members from the Executive Committee, six members elected by and drawn from the general membership, and the remaining three members appointed by the Executive Committee-to consist of one Chair or Co-Chair of the Council of Centers, one student representative and one member-at-large. Elections are held annually.

Executive Committee Officers

Carri Casteel, PhD, MPH (view biography)
Associate Professor, Occupational and Environmental Health
College of Public Health, The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA

Shannon Frattaroli
Associate Director for Outreach, Center for Injury Research & Policy
Associate Professor, Health Policy & Management
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Baltimore, MD

Doug Wiebe, PhD (view biography)
Associate Professor of Epidemiology
Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA

Jingzhen (Ginger) Yang, PhD, MPH (view biography)
Associate Professor, Center for Injury Research and Policy
The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital Department Of Pediatrics
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Columbus, OH

Board of Directors

Mary E. Aitken, MD MPH (view biography)
Director of the Injury Prevention Center
Arkansas Children’s Hospital
Little Rock, AR

Linda C. Degutis, DrPH, MSN, FRSPH (view biography)
Executive Director, Defense Health Horizons
Atlanta, GA

Rebecca Spicer, PhD, MPH (view biography)
Senior Research Scientist
Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation
Calverton, MD

Marizen Ramirez, PhD, MPH (view biography)
Associate Professor, Occupational and Environmental Health
The University of Iowa, College of Public Health
Iowa City, IA

Karen Sheehan, MD, MPH (view biography)
Medical Director, Injury Prevention and Research Center
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Professor of Pediatrics & Preventive Medicine,
Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL

Jon Vernick, JD, MPH (view biography)
Professor & Associate Chair, Dept. of Health Policy & Management
Co-Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research
Deputy Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Baltimore, MD

Council Chair

Joyce C. Pressley, PhD, MPH (view biography)
Department of Epidemiology Practicum-Thesis Program
Columbia University Medical Center
New York, NY

Member at Large

Rebecca Cunningham, MD (view biography)
Professor, Emergency Medicine
Associate Chair, Research
Director, Injury Research Center
University of Michigan Injury Center
Ann Arbor, MI

Student Representative

Alison Culyba, MD, MPH (view biography)
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania


Past Presidents

Deb Houry (2014)
Frederick Rivara, MD, MPH (2013-14)
Richard Sattin, MD (2012-13)
Andrea Gielen, ScD, ScM (2011-12)
Michael J. Mello, MD, MPH, FACEP (2010-11)
Corinne Peek-Asa, PhD (2009-10)
Charles Branas, PhD (2008-09)
Hank Weiss, PhD (2007-08)
Steve Hargarten, MD (2005-07)
David Grossman, MD (2004-05)
Don Marion, MD (2003-04)

Past Treasurers

Catherine McDonald, PhD, RN (2013-16)
Deb Houry (2012)
Michael Yonas DrPH (2010-2011)
Charlie Branas, PhD (2009)
Jim Helmkamp, PhD (2005 - 2008)


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