His current research interests have also led Dr. Romano to pursue the development of the following projects: a quantification of the interaction between drowsiness and alcohol as co-determinants of crash risk; disparities in the effectiveness of GDL policies across teenagers of different racial/ethnic groups; risk perceptions and impaired driving among recent Latino immigrants (a collaboration with Dr. Mario De La Rosa, from Florida International University); the analyses of developmental trajectories toward drinking and driving outcomes (a collaboration with Dr. Robert Zucker, University of Michigan); a study of the role that vehicle access may have as a conduit to non-traffic related risky outcomes (also a collaboration with Dr. Zucker). Dr. Romano is a reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals and the AA2 group (NIAAA). He is a member of the Research Society on Alcoholism, the National Hispanic Science Network, the TRB Committee on Women’s Issues in Transportation (ABE70), and the scientific committee of the 5th conference on women’s issues in transportation (Paris, 2014). Lauren Rowe, Director of Child and Club Safety, Boys and Girls Club of America As a 2017 Panel member, Lauren Rowe was the National Senior Director of Victim Services for MADD. Her responsibilities included developing and growing the implementation of the Victim Services model and strategy for the organization. Before coming to MADD, she dedicated her time providing hope to child victims of abuse and neglect and touching the lives of North Texas foster children through case management and program development for Dallas-area nonprofits. Through her career, she has become successful in program development, administration and evaluation, trauma-informed care, training development and implementation, grant writing, fiscal management, and volunteer and staff management. Lauren holds a Bachelor’s degree in sociology from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Texas at Arlington. Colleen Sheehey-Church, MADD National President Colleen Sheehey-Church joined MADD in 2005, a year after her 18-year-old son Dustin drowned after the car he was riding in, driven by a teen with alcohol and drugs in her system, crashed into a river, trapping Dustin in the vehicle. Before becoming National President in 2015, Colleen served on MADD’s National Board of Directors, beginning in 2010. As a devoted volunteer for MADD Connecticut serving on the State Advisory Board, she has spoken at Victim Impact Panels and in high schools, and with her husband Skip, she has urged legislators for stronger drunk driving laws. Her tireless advocacy on a local, state and national level resulted in her being named National President. Prior to joining MADD, Colleen worked as a senior sales and training consultant for more than 35 years, serving as a director for several companies including GP Strategies, Allen Communications, Franklin Covey and AT&T. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in business management from the University of Phoenix and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in counseling and psychology from Liberty University.
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