Who we are
Beverly Losman, Director of Safe Kids Georgia, has over 25 years of non profit management experience which she likes to say is pretty good for only being 29! Currently she is serving in the capacity of Director of Safe Kids Georgia for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Her position is to enhance the business acumen of 30-plus coalitions throughout Georgia who provide education and advocacy on injury prevention the number one killer of ages 19 and under.
Previously, she served at the Starlight Children’s Foundation as the Executive Director of the Atlanta chapter; the Director of the Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities. Prior to that she was the Executive Director of the Cultural Affairs Department for the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce for over seven years and developed the Metro Atlanta Arts Fund, a three million dollar grant organization that provided stabilization grants to arts organizations. Beverly is a uniquely qualified professional with extensive experience in fund-raising, public relations, marketing, strategic planning and community development.
Mahwish Javed – Program Coordinator
Mahwish holds a Master’s degree in Public Health Informatics (MPH) from University of Illinois at Chicago & Masters of Science degree in Agriculture. She has hands-on public health experience in the field of the built environment, community health and social determinants of health. Previously, as a Public Health Analyst with Desighning4Health, she worked on analyses for the Health Design Assessments and for Healthy Food Access in South Carolina and Delaware.
She is a member of Healthcare Association of Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce (Cumming, GA) and has worked on key initiatives including “Walk with a Doc” & “5K Boulder Dash”.
She started her career in a non-for-profit, as an evaluation analyst for UNICEF by working on Universal Primary Education (UPE) especially for girls between the ages 5- 10 years.
Later she worked as a Project Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist with UNDP program activities in the areas of Health, Social Mobilization and Women and child health geared towards polio eradication, routine immunization and malaria prevention and control.
Laura Coleman – Safe Kids Georgia Trauma Business Operations Coordinator
Laura received her Bachelor of Science degree from Toccoa Falls College in Communications. Her previous work history includes the Department of Family and Children Services, Legacy Link, and Circle of Hope. During that time, Laura also joined the local volunteer fire department and returned to school to obtain her Firefighter 1 and EMT degrees. Recognizing that she had a passion for the above, she was then hired with the Forsyth County Fire Department where she served as a Fire Prevention Training Officer. While at the fire department, she assisted her agency in adopting and implementing the Safe Kids program in Forsyth County. Active in her community serving as a Firefighter/Advanced EMT with Lumpkin County Emergency Services, as well as her church; Laura resides in Dawsonville with her husband James and two incredibly energetic daughters, Launie age eleven, and Reyanne age seven.
Wende R. Parker – Safe Kids Georgia Program Consultant
Wende has her Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health Education and Exercise Physiology, and will complete her Master’s in Public Health in May 2017. She is a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician Instructor and an American Heart Association CPR & First Aid Instructor. Wende currently serves as a Child Passenger Safety Technician Instructor for Cobb & Douglas Public Health, a Lifestyle Instructor with WellStar Health System, and is a Consultant with Children’s Healthcare of Georgia/Safe Kids Georgia. Prior to becoming a public health contractor, Wende worked with the Georgia Child Fatality Review Panel for five years. Wende has extensive experience as an injury prevention advocate working as the local Injury Prevention Director and Safe Kids Coordinator in Cobb/Douglas counties, and managed the Child Occupant Safety Program for the Georgia Department of Public Health. Wende has held multiple leadership positions including the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Occupant Safety Task Team Chair, Chair of the Child Passenger Safety Board in Georgia (2010-2011), and sits on the EMS for Children Advisory Council for the state.
Danna Thompson – Lead Program Coordinator & Webmaster
After graduating from Auburn University, Danna Thompson worked on several political campaigns in Alabama and Georgia, then went on to work in the Communications office for Governor Sonny Perdue. Before leaving the Governor’s office, Danna spent just over a year as the liaison to local counties and municipalities around the State of Georgia. Later, she joined a former colleague at her boutique public affairs firm as Senior Advisor and Lobbyist, allowing her to work with clients such as Atlanta Beltline, Amerigroup, CISCO and the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce. Danna joined Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta/Safe Kids Georgia in 2006, where she built the website Safe Kids Georgia uses today along with creating their social media pages and email template design. She is currently responsible for marketing initiatives around the Safe Kids Georgia statewide injury prevention network. If you have questions related to the website, please email Danna.