Board of Directors

Board of Directors

          • Leslie M. Batterson, CSP, CPEA
            Senior Consultant, AON Global Risk Consulting
            Safety has always been a passion for Leslie, she has over 25 years of experience in the Environmental, Health and Safety Profession. Kids In Danger 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.
          • Linda Ginzel, Ph.D
            Clinical Professor of Managerial Psychology at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
            The co-founder of Kids In Danger, 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.
          • Shawn S. Kasserman, Esq.
            Partner, Tomasik Kotin Kasserman
            Shawn was recently 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 Partner at Tomasik Kotin Kasserman and a vital member of KID’s Board of Directors.
          • Kristina Paschall
            CIO, Ferrara Candy Company
            Kristina joined forces with KID after meeting Linda Ginzel at the University of Chicago, and being inspired by her story and easily moved to action, having three small children of her own. Kristina works as the CIO of Ferrara Candy Company. Having raised money for KID through several Chicago marathons, she and her husband have started the KID Running Team. In 2013 at the Naperville Marathon we had 26 runners raise over $15,000 for KID.
          • Geoffrey Phillips
            Vice President & Group Executive, NA Rail Services & Logistics, GATX Corporation
            With Geoff’s passion for delivering safe and effective transportation services to the industrial producers, it comes as little surprise that Geoff is an expert at steering his clients to safety. As a member of KID’s Board of Directors, Geoffrey brings that expertise to help steer KID in the right direction and bring child product safety to the forefront of our nation’s priorities.
          • 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.
          • 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.
          • 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.
          • Steven W. Swibel, Esq.
            General Counsel, Mazzetta Company LLC
            The General Counsel for Mazzetta Company LLC, Steven has had a distinguished career as a lawyer. He is a leading figure in the field of tax law. This has kept his calendar very full and yet he finds a way to devote his time and expertise to our Board of Directors.
          • Drew Weller
            Director, Risk Management & Trust Operations, The Boeing Company
            At Boeing, Drew is the Director of Risk Management & Trust Operations. At KID, he is a crucial member of our Board of Directors. We our grateful that Drew utilizes his experience at a Fortune 500 company to move KID forward. His professional drive and commitment to excellence continue to push children’s product safety forward.


        • 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.

Advisory Board

Kristine Anderson
Of Counsel, Kirkland & Ellis, Chicago

Sonny Garg
Director, Exelon Corporation

Howard Haas
Chairman, Haas Associates; adjunct professor at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business

Judy Sage
Executive Beauty Director, Teen Vogue

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

Lisa Turano Solano, Esq.
VP, Legal Operations, Turano Baking Company