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Sramek to retire from top Operation Lifesaver post in November


Operation Lifesaver Inc. (OLI) announced that Helen Sramek, who’s served as the national nonprofit rail safety education organization’s president since 2007, will retire on Nov. 1. A search is under way to find her successor.

OLI officials lauded her contributions to the organization. During her tenure as OLI’s leader, Sramek helped:
• develop “ProDriver Challenge,” an interactive online tool that teaches professional truck drivers safe driving behaviors at grade crossings;
• raise awareness of distractive behaviors that cause crossing and pedestrian incidents;
• introduce new technologies to reach younger audiences and strengthen the role of community-based volunteers;
• streamline organizational processes and procedures to expedite the development of new outreach materials; and
• implement a national online database used by volunteers and trainers to track presentations and more effectively target activities in each state.

“We are indebted to Helen for her leadership and vision in reshaping Operation Lifesaver to more effectively deliver rail safety education information through volunteer community outreach and with digital technologies, like e-Learning, social media and the website,” said OLI Chairman Reilly McCarren in a prepared statement.

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