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Molly Clifford is Executive Director of Community Health Strategies. Previously Molly served as Director of Fire Administration for the Rochester Fire Department (RFD), supporting fire prevention programs, code enforcement and community outreach. A graduate of Cornell University, she has also been active in the disabilities community as a Board member of the Regional Center for Independent Living and as the City of Rochester representative on the City-County Council for People with Disabilities. Molly is also on the Board of Directors of Mary’s Place Outreach, which supports refugee families recently resettled in Rochester.

Robert Cole, Ph.D. is President of Community Health Strategies. He is a research psychologist, Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center School of Nursing, and one of the nation’s leading experts in fire safety education. His extensive research experience includes serving as the Principal Investigator on the CDC-funded studies “Socialization Strategies, Temperament and Childhood Injury” and “A Dynamic Model of Supervision and Injury Among Children,” and as co-investigator on the long- term evaluation of two community based nurse home visitation programs to support poor, first time mothers, the Prenatal Early Infancy Program and the Memphis New Mothers Study (now known as the Nurse Family Partnership). His publications include Juvenile Firesetting: A Community Guide to Prevention and Intervention.

Lt. Robert Crandall (Ret.), Vice-President, is a retired 30-year veteran of the fire service and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fire Administration. As a line division company officer with the Rochester Fire Department, he helped the Department develop and evaluate innovative community fire and life safety interventions, including the start-up of the Adopt a School Program. Bob was named Firefighter of the Year in 2000 for his community-based prevention and education efforts and career achievement. He is a co-author of Juvenile Firesetting: A Community Guide to Prevention and Intervention, and has delivered numerous fire safety trainings including Safety Training for People With Developmental Disabilities and Making the Most of a Home Visit: Firefighter Neighborhood Outreach, funded through FEMA.

Jen Glanton Ralph, Training Coordinator and play safe! be safe! Program Coordinator is responsible for coordination and scheduling of our various training programs including the play safe! be safe! workshops. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from SUNY Geneseo and serves on the Board of Directors of Prevention 1st, a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of unintentional injuries. She is also the talented illustrator of the children’s book Mikey Makes A Mess.

Julia Engstrom, Program Coordinator for Safe at Home, implements this training program developed for Prevention 1st to provide home fire safety and injury prevention curriculum for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities who are new to independent living. She holds a BA in Sociology from the University at Albany and has worked for 10 years in case management and service coordination for individuals with mental health and developmental disability diagnoses.

Kate Dill, Office Administrator, is responsible for administrative functions at CHS, including play safe! be safe! order fulfillment, purchasing and IT. Kate has been with CHS since 2008 and holds two Bachelor’s degrees, one from the University of Colorado (Medical Technology) and one from the University of Arizona (Music).


Additional Training Partners for Safe at Home: Safety Training for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Lindsay Eksten has more than ten years’ experience in service coordination, resource development and social work.  In addition to her clinical expertise, she holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.

Latasha Wade has been a direct care professional supervisor for more than five years.  She has trained individuals with disabilities to live more independently, and worked with staff to improve their training and motivational skills.

Sheryl Watts has been a fire safety coordinator and quality specialist for nearly twenty years.  She has developed and implemented training programs for individuals with intellectual disabilities, including successful CPR and First Aid certification classes.

Advisory Board

Holly Brown, NP, RN, NPP is a Doctor of Nursing Practice and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing at the University of Rochester School of Nursing. At Hillside Family of Agencies, she works as a mental health nurse practitioner with children and youth dually diagnosed with intellectual disabilities and mental disorders. She and co-trainer Bob Crandall have trained new fire inspectors in providing effective fire safety education to people with developmental disabilities as part of the New York State Office of Fire Prevention & Control program at the State Fire Academy.

Maria Figueroa is Manager of MAFI Consulting Services in Miami, Florida, providing training and assistance with implementation of NFPA codes and standards. She managed communication and advocacy activities for the Fire Sprinkler Initiative: Bringing Safety Home campaign of the National Fire Protection Association. Captain Figueroa was a firefighter for more than 25 years, served as Public Education Bureau Officer in Charge of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, and founded the firesetter intervention coalition in Miami-Dade County.

Daryl Sharp, PhD, RN, FAAN is Professor of Clinical Nursing, Director of Care Management for Accountable Health Partners, and a psychiatric nurse practitioner with more than 20 years of clinical experience in psychiatric/mental health nursing. Her research interests lie in the areas of health promotion/injury prevention and facilitating motivation for health behavior change.

Carolyn Kourofsky, owner of Excelsior Editorial/ Doing Good By Writing Well, is a Rochester, NY-based writer and the author of Mikey Makes a Mess. Her articles on fire safety have appeared in Fire Chief, Firehouse, Young Children, and Children and Families. She serves on the Board of Directors of Prevention 1st, a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of unintentional injuries.


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