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
CEO of Morgan Language Services Corp.

Treasurer

Linda Katzper
Community Activist; Computer Programmer, Computer Systems Analyst and Computer Specialist for the Department of the Army, Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration and National Institute of Health, Rt.

Board of Directors

Isabel Einzig
David Feinman
Director Government Affairs Conservation Lands Foundation, Formerly Washington Representative for the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) and World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO)

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

Kimberly Harrington

Mariana Maguire
Public Relations Officer San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), Multifunctional professional with a decade of policy, advocacy, and public affairs experience in government and non-profit, leading high-impact campaigns, programs, and projects

Hernan Rosenberg
Vice President for Finances and Advisor Development Outcomes Organization LLC, a consultancy, founding member and Treasurer of Global Health International Advisors; former Team Leader of the Strategic Planning, Resource Coordination and Program Support group of the Pan American Health Organization; helped establish the Global Fund against AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM); Professor Agregado in the School of Public Health of the University of Chile

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

Advisory Board

Mike G. Dreznes
Bill Frederick
Founder and Principal of Lodestone Safety International. Former Director of Safety at The School for Field Studies (SFS), Former Project Leader for the Forum on Education Abroad pilot incident database and Co-Chair for several consecutive Forum Standards Institutes on Health, Safety, and Security

Jackie Gillan

Ambassador Marc Grossman
Vice Chairman, The Cohen Group
Former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs and U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan

Ambassador Stuart Jones
President, Regions and Corporate Affairs, Bechtel Group of Companies,
Former State Department’s senior diplomat for Middle Eastern Affairs, Acting Assistant Secretary Former US Ambassador to Iraq and Kingdom of Jordan

Marje Lemmon
Risk Manager, Office of Risk Management, Yale; President of the University Risk Management and Insurance Association (URMIA)

Stein Lundebye
Road Safety Consultant, USA – IRF India chapter

Natalie A. Mello
Forum on Education Abroad, Rt.

Dr. Margie Peden
Senior Research Fellow & Head Global Injury Programme at The George Institute for Global Health (UK) Steventon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom; WHO, Rt.

Robert Wexler
President of the Washington-based S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace, Former U.S. Congressman representing Florida

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

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.

CATHY SILBERMAN
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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

GAYLE NADLER
DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP AND SPECIAL PROJECTS

Ms. 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

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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