DRIVE SMART volunteer and staff member Amy J. Nichols has been appointed the agency’s Interim Executive Director following the resignation of Jackie Mohr earlier this month.
“Jackie gave almost twelve years as DRIVE SMART Executive Director, and another five years as a volunteer before that,” says board member Dave Krieves. “She has grown DRIVE SMART to a large organization that has had a major impact not only in our mountain communities, but throughout our five-county service area. Because of Jackie’s leadership and passion, DRIVE SMART has literally saved lives.”
Amy Nichols joined DRIVE SMART in 2015 as an active volunteer, Child Passenger Safety associate and Traffic Safety Outreach Coordinator. She is a member of both the Messaging and Sustainability committees.
After the death of her 20-year-old son in a car crash ten years ago, Amy dedicated herself to helping other parents who have experienced the same devastation, and to preventing traffic fatalities. “My loss taught me the importance of turning tragedy and challenge into positive change,” she explains.
Amy comes to DRIVE SMART with extensive experience in traffic safety, having served on the board of the Brandon & Paul Foundation (committed to preventing teen traffic deaths) and the Colorado State Patrol Family Foundation. Her background includes fundraising, public speaking, nonprofit management, financial analysis and budgeting, and grief advising services.
“I am honored to be working for DRIVE SMART,” Amy says. “The DRIVE SMART team is a dedicated and passionate group, and I am fortunate to be a part of this organization devoted to traffic safety education for all ages. I am looking forward to continuing the mission of DRIVE SMART and to reaching out to our neighboring communities.”