About

Governance

Executive Committee

Founder and President
Rochelle Sobel

First Vice President
Judith Kranz

Vice Presidents
Andrew D. Koblenz

Executive Vice President of Legal and Regulatory Affairs and General Counsel National Automobile Dealers Association’s (NADA)

H. Randall Morgan
CEO of Morgan Language Services Corp.

Secretary
Paul J. Blank

Educator

Treasurer
Linda Katzper

Community Activist

Board of Directors

Isabel Einzig
Organizational Leadership and Life Coach
Unique Pathways

David Feinman
Director Government Affairs
Conservation Lands Foundation

Dr. Stephen Hargarten
Professor of the Department of Emergency Medicine and Associate Dean for Global Health and Director of the Comprehensive Injury Center
Medical College of Wisconsin

Kimberly Harrington
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary Bureau of Energy Resources
U.S. Department of State

Mariana Maguire
Public Relations Officer
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA)

Hernan Rosenberg
Vice President for Finances and Advisor
Development Outcomes Organization LLC

Dr. Maria Vegega
Road Safety and Injury Prevention Consultant
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Retired

Advisory Board

Michael Dreznes
Executive Vice President 
International Road Federationd (IRF), Retired

Bill Frederick
Director of Safety
Guarini Institute, Dartmouth College

Ambassador Marc Grossman
Vice Chairman, The Cohen Group
Former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, 

Ambassador Stuart Jones
President, Regions and Corporate Affairs
Bechtel Group of Companies
Former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq and the Kingdom of Jordan

Marje Lemmon
Risk Manager
Office of Risk Management, Yale

Stein Lundebye
Road Safety Consultant

Natalie A. Mello
Vice President for Programs, Services and Training
Forum on Education Abroad, Retired

Dr. Margie Peden
Senior Research Fellow & Head Global Injury Programme
The George Institute for Global Health (UK), United Kingdom

Robert Wexler
President
S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace
Former U.S. Representative (D-FL)

History

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. View a matrix of suggested online projects and learning outcomes.

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 Team

ROCHELLE SOBEL
FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT

Rochelle 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.

CATHY SILBERMAN
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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

GAYLE NADLER
DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP AND SPECIAL PROJECTS

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

DEBRA BOKUR-RAWSTHORNE
RESEARCHER, JOURNALIST

VALERIE EISENSTEIN
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DEVELOPMENT

JAIME MCKENNA
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE

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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