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Michelle Walker – State Leader of Safe Kids Georgia
Michelle Walker has 16 years of pediatric nursing experience at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, with 13 of those years in the Pediatric ICU. Currently, Michelle is a manager in the child advocacy department and oversees all illness and injury prevention programs within Strong4Life and serves as the State Leader for Safe Kids Georgia. Her primary responsibility as State Leader is to direct initiatives of Safe Kids Georgia and ensure alignment of the mission, vision and strategy.
Michelle earned her Associate of Science in nursing from North Georgia College and State University and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Western Governors University. She is also board certified in nursing professional development (NPD-BC) and has her certification in pediatric nursing (CPN).
When not working, Michelle enjoys watching her sons play sports, working out, playing tennis and cheering on the Atlanta Braves and Georgia Bulldogs.
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. She is responsible for managing the relationship between our statewide coalitions and community partners. Debbie also serves as a liaison for the Teens in the Driver Seat program. Debbie has 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.