Board of Directors

 

Leslie M. Batterson, CSP, CPEA

Senior Consultant, AON Global Risk Consulting
Safety has always been a passion for Leslie, as she has over 25 years of experience in the environmental, health, and safety profession. KID is a perfect fit for her values and commitment to child safety advocacy. She currently works as a Senior Consultant at Aon Global Risk Consulting and still finds the time to serve as an essential member of our Board of Directors.

headshot-rose-cammarata

Rose Cammarata

Assistant Corporate Controller at CDK Global
Rose Cammarata currently serves as the Assistant Corporate Controller at CDK Global. She has a record of providing extensive support in team building, financial strategy, and advocating for people development and employee empowerment. Rose is a valued partner to a number of organizations where she has identified opportunities to improve efficiencies and support growth. Rose holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting from Loyola University Chicago and a Master of Business Administration from University of Chicago Booth School of Business. KID is pleased to have Rose join the KID Board.

headshot-larry-golden

Larry Golden

Sr. Maintenance and Compliance Engineer at GATX Corporation
Larry Golden is the Sr. Maintenance and Compliance Engineer at GATX Corporation. In his role, he works closely with various governing bodies responsible for the regulatory landscape of the railroad industry. He currently sits on the Arbitration and Rules Committee for the Association of American Railroads. Larry obtained his Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University and has a Master’s of Business Administration from Bellevue University.

headshot-amy-hill

Amy Hill

Executive Director, Injury Prevention and Research Center, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital
Amy Hill is Executive Director of the Injury Prevention and Research Center at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. In this role, she is Director of Safe Kids Illinois and Chicago and project coordinator of the Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Chicago. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University of Chicago and a Master of Science in Public Administration from DePaul University. She is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health from the University of Illinois Chicago. She is the mom of two school aged kids (who always wear their bike helmets) and has been married to Mark for 18 years.

headshot-ben-hoffman

Ben Hoffman, MD

Professor of Pediatrics at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and Oregon Health and Science University
Ben is a nationally recognized expert in child passenger safety, and leader in the field of community health and advocacy training for pediatric residents. He is a Professor of Pediatrics at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and Oregon Health and Science University. There, he is the Vice-Chair for Community Health and Advocacy, Director of the Oregon Center for Children and Youth with Special Heath Care Needs, and Medical Director of the Tom Sargent Safety Center. He is also currently the Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Injury Violence and Poison Prevention, and Director of the AAP’s Community Pediatrics Training Initiative. His knowledge and experience is greatly valued at KID.

headshot-prashanth-kamath

Prashanth Kamath

Sr. Leader of Product Management at CoreLogic
Prashanth Kamath is the Senior Leader of Product Management at CoreLogic. He is a high energy business leader with experience in developing and executing product strategies in healthcare and technology. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Strategy, Marketing, and Finance from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. Prashanth brings experience in product management, new product introduction, and strategic marketing to KID’s Board.

Shawn Kasserman

Shawn S. Kasserman, Esq.

Partner, Tomasik Kotin Kasserman
Shawn was honored with our 2013 Best Friend Award. He served as counsel to our co-founders, Linda Ginzel and Boaz Keysar, in their lawsuit against the manufacturer and licensor of the portable crib that killed their son Danny. Shawn is currently a Partner at Tomasik Kotin Kasserman and serves as the President of KID’s Board of Directors.

headshot-brendan-keefe

Brendan Keefe

Global Process Internal Audit Director at Mars Incorporated
Brendan is currently the Internal Audit Director of Global Processes at Mars. Previously he held a number of finance, accounting, and audit roles at AbbVie, Abbott, and Andersen including roles in developing markets. His experience managing risk, finding practical solutions to complex challenges, and fostering collaboration across diverse teams and geographies make him an important member of the KID Board. Having a school aged son and 12 young nieces and nephews, the mission of KID is very personal for him.

Heather Mason

Heather L. Mason

Executive Vice President, Abbott Nutrition (Retired)
Heather is a former Executive Vice President at Abbott Nutrition. She brings a career of distinction, business expertise, and enthusiasm for healthcare to KID.

headshot-don-mays

Donald Mays

Chief Safety and Quality Officer, Samsung Electronics America Inc
Don Mays currently has oversight of enterprise quality and product safety. He works to identify and mitigate product risks to Samsung, its customers, and consumers. Most recently, Don was Managing Director at Deloitte where he led the firm’s product safety and quality advisory services. Don was also the former Senior Director, Product Safety and Technical Policy for Consumer Reports. With over 40 years of professional and leadership experience in risk assessment and product safety, Don is an invaluable asset to the KID Board of Directors.

Susan Nied

Susan Nied

Founding Member, Eastern Illinois University, School of Family and Consumer Sciences, Advisory Council
Susan is a founding member of the Eastern Illinois University School of Family and Consumer Sciences Advisory Council. She brings her distinguished professional record, consumer protection expertise, and dedication to quality to KID.

pantoja headshot

Marisol Pantoja

Vice President, Chief Audit Executive, Transunion
Marisol is currently VP, Chief Audit Executive at Transunion. She previously led the Internal Audit function at the GATX Corporation, and worked as Risk Assurance Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers for 15 years. Her background is in accountancy, and she holds an MBA at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. KID is lucky to have her expertise in these skills, as well as her commitment to child product safety, in her role as Treasurer on the Board.

Kyran Quinlan

Kyran Quinlan

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Rush University Medical Center
Kyran is an academic general pediatrician and has been a long time advocate for children’s safety. He trained at the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control researching children’s motor vehicle related injuries and programs to prevent such injuries. He is the Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on Injury Violence and Poison Prevention. He currently works as an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Rush University Medical Center. Serving as a Board Member for KID, Kyran shares his passion for improving children’s safety and brings invaluable experience and expertise towards fulfilling KID’s mission.

Ayesha Rafique

Ayesha Rafique

Partner, US Advisory Leader – Consumer Products, Deloitte & Touche LLP
Ayesha currently leads Deloitte’s US Advisory practice for consumer products. She has extensive working with consumer product companies and retailers including those selling children’s products. Ayesha’s in depth understanding of the global consumer products sector and financial acumen makes her a vital member of the KID board.

Julius E. Rhodes, SPHR

Founder and Principal, mpr group
Julius is a lifelong resident of Chicago who has served our community in many different endeavors. He is the founder and principal of mpr group and has received a Lifetime Senior Professional in Human Resources certification, the highest official recognition of his profession. Julius brings his stellar community service record and professional excellence to our Board of Directors.

Shehnaz Safiuddin

Vice President, Marketing & Product Development, Precious Moments Company
Shehnaz currently leads the brand marketing, product development, and eCommerce functions at Precious Moments Company. In addition she has over 16 years of experience in the toy industry at Fisher-Price and TOMY International. With her extensive background in toy marketing and new product development she is passionate about child development and children’s product safety, a perfect fit with KID’s mission.

Karen Sheehan, MD, MPH

Professor of Pediatrics (Emergency Medicine) and Preventive Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Karen is a Professor in Pediatrics (Emergency Medicine) and Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, as well as Medical Director of the Injury Prevention and Research Center at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. She has committed herself to a life of advancing the health of children. Her experience in working on childhood injury prevention is an invaluable addition to KID’s board.

zivan headshot

David Zivan

Editor-in-Chief, wineandwhiskeyglobe.com
David’s background is in magazine publishing, and he has sat on the editorial boards of magazines such as Chicago, Music Inc., and currently as Editor-in-Chief of wineandwhiskeyglobe.com. He has taught courses at Columbia College in Chicago, contributed biographies for ESPN SportsCentury, a commemorate book, and is a published poet. He has volunteered in Chicago with Little Brothers and Friends of the Elderly. KID is pleased to have his leadership and collaborative experience on our Board of Directors.


Co-Founders

Boaz Keysar, Ph.D

Professor of Psychology at The University of Chicago
The co-founder of KID, Boaz has been championing children’s product safety since the tragic death of his son Danny in 1998. Boaz continues to advance our cause even as he advances his field of study as a Professor of Psychology and the Chair of the Cognition Program at the University of Chicago, where he has been a faculty member since 1991.

Linda Ginzel, Ph.D

Clinical Professor of Managerial Psychology at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
The co-founder of KID, Linda has been advancing children’s product safety since 1998 after the tragic death of her son Danny. While championing our cause, Linda has also been advancing her field of study as a Clinical Professor of Managerial Psychology at The University of Chicago, where she has been a faculty member since 1992.


Advisory Board

Leslie M. Batterson, CSP, CPEA

Senior Consultant, AON Global Risk Consulting

Sonny Garg

Energy Solutions Lead, Uptake

Amy Hogan

Vice President, Brand Marketing, Solera Health

Kristina Paschall

CIO, Ferrara Candy Company

Geoffrey Phillips

Vice President, Group Executive, NA Rail Services; Logistics, GATX Corporation

Julius E. Rhodes, SPHR

Founder and Principal, mpr group

Judy Sage

Executive Beauty Director, Teen Vogue

Karen Sheehan, MD, MPH

Professor of Pediatrics (Emergency Medicine) and Preventive Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Lisa Turano, Esq.

VP, Legal Operations, Turano Baking Company

Steven W. Swibel, Esq.

General Counsel, Mazzetta Company LLC

Robert Tanz, MD

Professor of Pediatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago