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Photo: Tammy Franks (left) and Krystal Phillips
ITASCA, IL - Tammy Franks has been named secretariat and Krystal Phillips has earned a seat on the National Child Passenger Safety Board.
Franks brings an intimate knowledge of the board’s inner workings to the role after having served as board chair from 2019 to 2020.
Since completing her tenure as chair in May, Franks has continued to work closely with the board in her role as a program manager with the National Safety Council and through a partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. She is leading efforts to develop and update child passenger transportation safety curriculum.
Franks replaces Amy Artuso as board secretariat. Artuso is stepping down after 10 years with the board, including serving as chair in 2012. Artuso will remain active in child passenger safety circles through her work as an NSC senior program manager.
“Tammy Franks brings years of experience in strategic planning and programming to the National Child Passenger Safety Board, and we look forward to working with her in this new role,” Board Chair Lonny Haschel said. "We thank Amy for her service and wish her all the best in her future endeavors with the National Safety Council."
Franks has worked in the injury prevention field for more than 20 years. Prior to joining NSC in 2018, she was the child passenger safety coordinator at Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel in Portland, Oregon. She developed and coordinated child passenger safety inpatient, out-patient and community outreach services for the multi-hospital system. During her time in Oregon, she also served as the state’s child passenger safety training coordinator.
Franks holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and German from Wittenberg University and master’s degree in international politics from the University of North Texas. She has been a nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technician Instructor since 1999 and active in special needs transportation safety since 2005.
Phillips, in her role as administrative manager at Safe Kids, supports the executive office and works in collaboration with colleagues on a number of other projects across the organization. Before moving into her current role, she was the program operations lead and worked closely with the road team to support the Safe Kids Buckle Up Program.
Phillips fills the position previously held by Alexis Kagiliery, who is retiring from Safe Kids and stepping down after serving on the board for six years.
“We’re excited to have Krystal join our team,” Haschel said. “She has been a dedicated child passenger safety advocate for many years and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the board. At the same time, we would like to thank Alexis for her service. We wish her all the best as she opens the book and turns the page on a new chapter in her life.”
Phillips recalls working one-on-one with families every day when she was a new Child Passenger Safety Technician and the uplifting feeling she took away from an early encounter. A newborn baby boy came into a car seat checkup event restrained only by a seat belt. She made sure he left in a convertible car seat – and that his safety was made a priority. Since then, she has taught certification classes in Germany and other places around the world.
At this moment, when reaching and educating families has become more challenging, she is inspired by opportunities for forward-thinking solutions. She is excited to help shape the future of child passenger safety and considers it an honor to join the board in this effort.
Phillips earned a degree in interdisciplinary studies in social sciences from Michigan State University.
About the National Child Passenger Safety BoardThe National Child Passenger Safety Board, a program managed by the National Safety Council, seeks to maintain the quality and integrity of the National Child Passenger Safety Technician Certification Training. The program is used to train and certify child passenger safety technicians and instructors.
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