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Alexandra Ricca – Interim Director of Safe Kids Georgia
Alexandra Ricca has almost 15 years of experience in public health and currently serves as the Interim Director of Safe Kids Georgia and as Child Advocacy Project Manager at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Her primary responsibility as Interim Director is to ensure the financial and governmental compliance oversight of the State Office, ensuring alignment of the mission, vision and strategy.
Most recently, Alexandra served as Project Consultant for the Chief Administrative Officer at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, where she was responsible for managing long-term, cross-functional projects.
Previously, Alexandra was a member of the Programs and Research in Sexual Minority Health (PRISM Health) research team at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health where she managed multiple research studies investigating HIV prevention methods. She also managed the websites, AIDSVu.org and HIVContinuum.org, both interactive, online maps of HIV surveillance data in the United States.
Alexandra holds a Master of Public Health in Global Health and Epidemiology from Emory University and a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from Miami University. In her spare time, Alexandra enjoys riding horses, hiking, riding her bike and Peloton, Pilates and spending time with her husband and miniature Goldendoodle.
Laura Coleman – 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 Paramedic degrees. Recognizing that she had a passion for fire safety, 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.
She is active in her community serving as a Firefighter/Paramedic with Lumpkin County Emergency Services and an instructor for the Georgia Fire Academy.
Debbie Mekonnen – Wellness Program Coordinator
Debbie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Promotion from the University of Georgia. Debbie has several years of volunteer experience and a strong passion for public health education particularly the importance of preventing unintentional injuries among children. She continues to show her desire to provide aid to children and families by traveling to different counties across the state of Georgia and educating residents on best practices in Child Passenger Safety. Debbie has a strong background in program development, technical writing, and community engagement.