DRIVE SMART is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing traffic related fatalities and injuries. We accomplish this by developing solutions to transportation safety issues and changing driving attitudes and behaviors, in partnership with schools, businesses, civic, community and government agencies.
This chapter was established in 1993 using CDOT funding through DRIVE SMART Colorado. Since then, DRIVE SMART has achieved sustainability and received national, state and local recognition for its work.
It is our philosophy that ‘It takes a generation to make a change’. We feel that our steady influence in the community allows to achieve our ultimate goal of saving lives one driver at a time, one car seat at a time, one booster seat at a time, one seat belt at a time, one vehicle at a time, one pedestrian at a time, one stop light at a time.
DRIVE SMART Staff
Amy J. Nichols, Executive Director
Following an extensive recruiting process DRIVE SMART has appointed Amy J Nichols as the agency’s new Executive Director. 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.”
Amy Jacobs, Administrative/Financial Assistant
DRIVE SMART Program Coordinators
Child Passenger Safety Coordinator and Child Passenger Safety Presenter
Teen Motor Vehicle Coordinator for Conifer High School and Platte Canyon High School
Teen Motor Vehicle Coordinator for Clear Creek High School
Experienced Driver Coordinator
Ride Smart Motorcycle Safety Program
Drivers Education Scholarships
Volunteer Coordinator and Child Passenger Safety Presenter
Brian Grall – Board Member
Born in Wisconsin, Brian has lived in the West since he was 12. After college, Brian moved to Colorado to pursue professional challenges and a masters degree. Brian met his wife Kelly in Colorado, together raising three children. Professionally Brian has managed three different businesses over the years and is presently building a promotional advertising agency. Brian strongly believes in giving back, so he has actively volunteered for worthy causes over the years, serving on several boards, including Drive Smart.
DRIVE SMART Board of Directors
Joy Grissom – President
Sergeant Joy Grissom has been a member of the Colorado State Patrol for over sixteen years. She is currently stationed at the Colorado State Patrol Training Academy overseeing continued education for members. She enjoys residing in the Evergreen area with her husband Jeremy, son, and two dogs. Sgt. Grissom is passionate about safety education and fully supports Drive Smart mission and programs. Sgt. Grissom cares a great deal for the members of her community and is proud to serve as the law enforcement liaison to the Drive Smart Board of Directors.
Annette Aldridge – Vice President
Born in Florida, Annette moved to Colorado in 1985 and has worked in Rocketry communications, taught math and science, managed businesses, written and raised her children in the mountain community she loves. Since 2014 she has been the Director of Sales and Marketing for CornerStone Autoglass and loves helping save lives by educating people about transportation safety. Her passion for animals and people drives her to actively participate in several non-profit organizations, including DRIVE SMART. Her philosophy….”For others: Do what you can—where you are—with what you have.”
Anna Ryan – Treasurer
Anna was born in Minnesota and has since lived in Wisconsin and Indiana but now calls Colorado home. After college graduation she found her passion for running and has participated in multiple full and half marathons. This lead to her career of Race Directing and she currently produces the REVEL Rockies Marathon & Half. REVEL Rockies’ beneficiary is DRIVE SMART and Anna is pleased to collaborate on the synergies of each organization.
Lurlie Bickford – Secretary
After years working in the volunteer sector including with PTA, Brownies and Girl Scouts, Odyssey of the Mind and Little League, I feel fortunate to have become a member of the founding board of DRIVE SMART. Transportation safety affects everyone. Everyone has a story of a friend or relative who has been impacted, and although car crashes are the most avoidable of all accidental injuries and fatalities, somehow they have been accepted as something that just happens. I work in prevention to change this perception, and to stop the tragedy of crashes that are not accidents. An Evergreen resident since 1990, I have worked in local businesses and have also supported several other local non-profits.