Teen Brain at the Wheel
Karen Williams, MSSW, is an educator, writer and speaker known for her ability to explain the latest neuroscience and apply it to real life situations. Her current focus is on three areas: brain development and behavior; the impact of substances, traumatic stress, and traumatic brain injury on development and behavior; and the developmental readiness of youth to protect themselves. She is the curriculum developer of Protecting You/Protecting Me, a SAMHSA Model Program based on the latest brain research, and a founding member of Brain Trust Alliance, which brings together researchers, educators and youth service professionals dedicated to making the latest research accessible to non-researchers.
Licensed for Life
Deputy Chief Mike McNamara is a 31 year veteran of the Park Forest Police Department. He has an M.S. in Criminal Justice and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va. In his career McNamara has made hundreds of DUI arrests and also handled hundreds of child sexual and physical abuse cases while working as a detective. In 1998 McNamara and Cheryl Baczek formed a speakers group of police officers who go into high schools and community organizations to talk about DUI and alcohol abuse. The organization, called "Licensed For Life", has given over 7000 presentations with the motto "Bring them in laughing but leave them sober". Chief McNamara has also given presentations before the National Driver's Ed conferences in Illinois and St. Louis, Mo., along with the South East Regional Conference in South Carolina, the North East Regional Conference in New Hampshire and State Conferences in Wisconsin, Kansas, Virginia, Minnesota and Illinois, along with speaking before the Electric Insurance employees at their plants in North Carolina, New York and Mass. The Licensed For life presentation has also been aired on National Public Radio. In 2003 the program was awarded the Law Enforcement Award by the Illinois Bar Association.