Executive Committee

Founder and President

Rochelle Sobel

First Vice President

Judith Kranz

Vice Presidents

Andrew D. Koblenz
H. Randall Morgan


Paul J. Blank


Linda Katzper

Board of Directors

Isabel Einzig
David Feinman
Dr. Stephen Hargarten
Kimberly Harrington
Mariana Maguire
Hernan Rosenberg
Dr. Maria Vegega

Advisory Board

Mike G. Dreznes
Bill Frederick
Jackie Gillan
Ambassador Marc Grossman
Ambassador Stuart Jones
Marje Lemmon
Stein Lundebye
Natalie A. Mello
Dr. Margie Peden
Robert Wexler


ASIRT was founded in 1995 in response to the death of Aron Sobel, a 25-year old medical school student who was killed in a bus crash in Turkey along with 22 other passengers from many countries.

The bus driver was speeding down the wrong lane of a narrow, ill-maintained road with a sharp curve and no guard rail. The road had long been on a government list of “black spots” in need of repair. Aron’s graduation from the University of Maryland Medical School would have taken place two weeks from the day he was killed.

Employment & Volunteer Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

No opportunities are available at this time. Please submit a resume and writing sample for future consideration to csilberman@asirt.org.

Internship Opportunities

Students interested in government, public health, writing or research, are encouraged to apply for positions for fall and spring semesters, as well as summers. Located in Montgomery County, interns can arrange their work hours according to their schedules. If you are interested, please send a resume and writing sample to ASIRT Executive Director Cathy Silberman at csilberman@asirt.org.

Volunteer Opportunities

We rely on volunteers to help with events and administrative tasks. Please email us at asirt@asirt.org and tell us about yourself and your project interests.

The Project Team


Ms. Sobel founded ASIRT in response to her son Aron’s death in a 1995 bus crash in Turkey. Aron, a twenty-five year old medical student, and 22 other passengers were killed in that crash.


Ms. Silberman oversees all administrative, fundraising and programmatic efforts for the internationally recognized U.S.-based NGO.


Ms. Nadler oversees the education abroad membership programs, in addition to administering fundraising, sponsorship, internship, communication and event planning activities.



ASIRT encourages governments in developing countries to reduce road traffic deaths and injuries through ongoing dialogue and knowledge sharing. ASIRT promotes U.S. government involvement in road safety abroad through the efforts of the Congressional Caucus on Global Road Safety, increased technical assistance by U.S. agencies with road safety and injury treatment expertise and the involvement of U.S. embassies in road safety initiatives in host countries.


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