Board of Directors

Board of Directors

KID’s 2017 board of directors at the annual Best Friend Award Night

  • 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.
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    Amy Hogan
    Executive Director, Consumer Brand Strategy, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
    Amy Hogan serves as the Executive Director of Consumer Brand Strategy at the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association where she is the consumer advocate throughout the organization. She focuses on helping the Plans deliver a superior and differentiated consumer experience through innovating based on consumer needs. Prior to her work at BCBSA she worked 15+ years in consumer marketing and management consulting. Her experience as a business professional makes her an exceptional addition to the KID Board of Directors.
  • 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.
  • Heather L. Mason
    Executive Vice President, Abbott Nutrition
    Heather is the Executive Vice President at Abbott Nutrition. She brings a career of distinction, business expertise, and her enthusiasm for healthcare to KID.
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    Donald Mays
    Managing Director of Product Safety, Deloitte & Touche LLP
    Don Mays currently serves as a director of supply-chain management and risk management at Deloitte. His experience in risk assessment has helped him engage companies and individuals in understanding how to reduce the risk levels of their products. He has also used this experience inform the government about important issues regarding product safety. With all of his professional and leadership experience in risk assessment and product safety, Don will be an invaluable asset on the KID Board of Directors.
  • 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 her dedication to quality to KID.
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    Marisol Pantoja
    Vice President, Internal Audit at the GATX Corporation
    Marisol currently leads 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 is currently pursuing her MBA at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. She specializes in risk management services and project management; KID is lucky to have her expertise in these skills, as well as her commitment to child product safety in her role as member on the Board.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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    David Zivan
    Editor-in-Chief, CS Magazine
    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 Group Editor overseeing six different lifestyle magazines for Modern Luxury Chicago. He has taught courses at Columbia College here in Chicago, contributed biographies for ESPN SportsCentury, a commemorative book, and is a published poet. He has volunteered here 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.


  • 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 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.

Advisory Board

Sonny Garg
Energy Solutions Lead, Uptake

Kristina Paschall
CIO, Ferrara Candy Company

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

Judy Sage
Executive Beauty Director, Teen Vogue

Lisa Turano Solano, 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