Keynote

Wednesday  |  October 20, 2021

Keynote Luncheon

11:30 PM – 1:00 PM
Traffic Trends, Opportunities, and Safety Solutions

An overview of national data, behavioral research, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) current activities with an emphasis on safety culture and applying an equitable Safe System approach to protect all road users.

Presenter: Nanda Srinivasan, NHTSA Associate Administrator for Research and Program Development

Nanda Srinivasan, NHTSA’s Associate Administrator for Research and Program Development, oversees four offices within the agency that formulate, implement, and evaluate traffic safety programs. His team provides national leadership and technical assistance to states and other stakeholders in the identification, research, planning, development, demonstration, implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of highway safety programs. The programs are designed to prevent or reduce traffic-related crashes and the resulting fatalities, injuries, property damage, and associated costs. Srinivasan oversees the development of programs to increase seat belt use, decrease impaired driving, and improve the safety of motorcyclists, bicyclists, pedestrians, older drivers, and emergency medical services.

Srinivasan previously served as the director of statistical methods and research at the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). He led the office in overseeing survey development, statistical methods, data integration, and quality assurance for all EIA products. Prior to his time at EIA, he served for more than six years as a senior program officer at the Transportation Research Board (TRB). There, Srinivasan oversaw programs and projects related to transportation research, including the development of guidebooks for states and local agencies on transportation planning and policy. Prior to TRB, Srinivasan significantly contributed to the development of transportation data, including national resources such as the census transportation planning package and the national household transportation survey.

Srinivasan holds a master’s degree in transportation engineering from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

 

Hiking to the Top of Mt TBI

Presenter: Holly Kostrzewski, Hope Humor Inspiration

Holly Kostrzewski, owner of Hope Humor Inspiration, says with a smile, “I did not choose my career, my career chose me!”

Holly’s path forever changed, when at the age of 18, she sustained a life-changing traumatic brain injury, as a result of a motor vehicle crash. Significant challenges followed during her ongoing recovery.

Through faith, determination, tenacity, a positive attitude, and a great sense of humor, Kostrzewski graduated college with honors, went on to earn a master’s degree in public health, and is currently writing her dissertation to complete a Ph.D. in Public Health/Community Health.

Holly has been consistently named one of the top presenters at brain injury conferences in the United States and Canada, medical professional conferences, correctional institutions, colleges, and high schools. Holly is the founder of Helmet Use and Grab your Seatbelt (HUGS), a brain injury education and prevention program for children.

After taking a nearly decade-long break from public speaking to concentrate on her career and graduate school, Holly is back with a new perspective based on living with a brain injury over time. Through her frank and entertaining presentation, Holly will explain the challenges she has encountered in living with a brain injury including challenges related to working, dating, seizures, and how grief and trauma have affected her life. She will also review how she faced the issues and helped herself succeed. In addition, Holly will share the journey she and her family have traveled through her traumatic brain injury and resulting fractured self, and her father’s spinal cord injury, hospitalization, rehab, and associated everyday challenges for her father and her family.

 

Thursday  |  October 21, 2021

Special Presentation

10:15 AM – 11:00 AM
Burning Shield

Presenter: Jason Schechterle

After serving four years in the Air Force, at the age of 26, Jason achieved his goal to work on the streets of Phoenix as a rookie police officer. Then, only 14 months into his career, Jason’s life took an unexpected tragic turn. On the night of March 26th, 2001, a taxi cab crashed into the rear of Jason’s patrol car. Upon impact, Jason’s car burst into flames, trapping him inside. Through a series of miraculous and fateful circumstances, Jason survived the crash and ensuing physical and emotional catastrophe. He suffered severe burns to over 40% of his body, which drastically altered his appearance. He has undergone more than 50 surgeries just to have the ability to accomplish simple daily tasks we often take for granted. Jason’s journey chronicles his fight for life, his triumph over tragedy, and the inspiration that enables him to continue to overcome unimaginable adversity. His personal narrative exemplifies that the power of the human spirit can never be underestimated or extinguished.