is to create a safe community in which to live, play, and work.Our mission
is to prevent injury, disability, and death through advocacy, education, legislation, and partnerships.
- Reduce injury incidence by building community awareness about injury prevention
- Establish priorities for the Injury Prevention Coalition based on relevance, scientific soundness, and feasibility to reduce injury incidence
- Secure resources needed to carry out the Injury Prevention Coalition's mission
- Expand and strengthen the Injury Prevention Coalition
The Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition has been working to prevent injuries in Lee County since 1995. Today the group is comprised of more than 100 different health and safety agencies and experts. A community partner of Healthy Lee, the Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition is a multi-disciplinary cooperative of private and public partners that include fire and rescue agencies, emergency medical services, law enforcement agencies, hospital outreach programs, health agencies, and public and private schools. This strong partnership provides increased resources, efficiency, and consistent delivery of unified safety messages to the public. Contact Information:
Board Members Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition:
Chairperson: Syndi Bultman, R.N.,M.S., CEN.
Injury Prevention/Resource Manager Emergency Services, 239-343-3797 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Syndi Bultman has been an R.N. for the past 28 years, the last 22 of which have been working in the Emergency Department at Lee Memorial Health System. This extensive Emergency Department experience allowed her to see first-hand the devastation of preventable injuries and led her to her current role of providing injury prevention education to all age groups in Lee County and the surrounding areas. Her responsibilities include coordinating her injury prevention efforts with those of the Lee County Health Department, Emergency Medical Services, and local Law Enforcement agencies.
Vice-Chairperson: Dan Moser
Dan is a long-time promoter of pedestrian and cyclist rights and bike/ped educator. He is the Program Manager for Florida Bicycle Association (FBA) and a League Cycling Instructor (LCI) for the League of American Bicyclists, Bike Florida, and Lee County EMS. Previously he was the Bike/Ped Coordinator for the Lee County Health Department. Since the early 1980s Dan served on many transportation, transit, and bike/ped boards and committees and is a past-president of Fort Myers Track Club. He and his wife, Maria, are avid runners and cyclists.
Secretary: Mark Tesoro
Mark Tesoro has extensive experience developing and implementing complex projects and public health programs. He has more than ten years of experience coordinating clinical, research, and grant activities in the Neurology Department of The Johns Hopkins Hospital. In Washington, D.C., Mark worked as a Senior Analyst for the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) where his responsibilities included coordinating the activities of national experts to establish behavioral health quality assurance standards for managed care organizations; improving the quality of mental health care for millions of citizens. Mark is currently working toward his Ph.D. in Clinical Neuropsychology and has participated in numerous peer-reviewed presentations on a variety of health related topics. Since moving to Florida he has been involved in both public and private settings and has worked with a broad spectrum of the population. He previously led the Injury Prevention Program for the Lee County Health Department, in addition to Safe Kids Lee/Collier Counties and the Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition. Currently, Mark is employed as an Analyst/Health Educator with the Lee Memorial Hospital Department of Trauma Services where he develops and promotes injury prevention programming throughout a five county region and drafts and supports various grant efforts. Mark is a founding member of Lee County Medical Reserve Corps, and is a past president of the local Kiwanis Club.
Former Chairperson: Lowell W. Gerson
Lowell is a Lee County resident and President of the Southwest Florida Medical Reserve Corps. He is Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology at the Northeast Ohio Medical University and Senior Scientist in the Emergency Medicine Research Center at Summa Health System Hospitals in Akron, Ohio. He received his Ph.D. from Case-Western Reserve University and held appointments in the faculties of medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland and McMaster University prior to moving to Ohio. Dr. Gerson is a pioneer and leader in geriatric emergency medicine with particular interests in prevention. He was a Visiting Senior Scientist at the CDC National Center for Injury Prevention and Control and the South Australian Ageing Project. He was a member of the steering committee for the Ohio Commission on the Prevention of Injury. Dr. Gerson was the senior writer for emergency medicine on the American Geriatrics Society project setting a research agenda for surgical and related medical specialties. He represents the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine on the American Geriatrics Society Council for the Section for Enhancing Geriatric Understanding and Expertise among Surgical and Medical Specialists. He is a Senior Associate Editor of Academic Emergency Medicine. Professor Gerson is author of over 200 papers, book chapters and scientific presentations.
John “Jay” F. Anderson, II, TSP
Traffic safety professional Jay Anderson, is the executive director of STAY ALIVE …. JUST DRIVE!™
A U.S. Army veteran and retired Lee County, FL, EMS Captain, he serves as an elected Fire Commissioner with the South Trail Fire District, vice-chair of the Lee County Community Traffic Safety Team (CTST), vice-chair of the Traffic Management Operations Committee (TMOC), and the Lee County Sheriff’s Youth Activities League (SYAL). He is also a member of the:
• American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association (ADTSEA)
• American Trauma Society (ATS)
• Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020
• Executive Committee, Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP)
• Florida Injury Prevention Advisory Council (FLIPAC), Distracted Driving Committee
• National Safety Council Florida Teen Safe Driving Coalition (FTSDC). Co-leader
• Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS)
• The Florida Providers for Traffic Safety (TFPTS)
• Traffic Incident Management Team (TIM)
Recognized by U.S DOT Secretary Ray LaHood and former Florida Governor Charlie Crist, Jay writes articles on traffic safety and distracted driving for numerous publications’ is a certified Car Fit Event Coordinator and an instructor for the Lee Memorial Health System Trauma Services Young Drivers Program and the court ordered High Risk Drivers Course.
Administrative Finance Manager, Public Safety, EMS
David Kainrad has been employed with Lee County Public Safety/EMS for 34 years. He has chaired and co-chaired the IPC for a total of 8 years. David has been instrumental in the continued success of the IPC and has done extensive mission work in India. He has been married 33 years and has two daughters.
Advisory Council, National Drowning Prevention Alliance
Diane Holm is the Founding Vice President and Past president of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance, in addition to being a former Chairperson of the Lee County Drowning Prevention Task Force. While she was chairperson, the task force brought the pre-school age drownings to zero in 2005, and hosted Lee County’s first National Drowning Prevention Symposium in 2006. She encouraged formation of a statewide drowning prevention program, and the stockpiling of temporary fencing to be used around home pools following hurricanes. She produced and directed the bi-lingual video production “Prevent Drowning…Protect with Layers!” found on the IPC and other web sites. She brought the Life Jacket Loaner program to Lee County for boaters, which continues today at the city-owned Cape Coral Yacht Club boater gas pumps. Diane worked professionally in the area of drowning prevention for seven years. She continues to volunteer for the American Red Cross as a Water Safety Instructor Trainer and Lifeguard Instructor. She also volunteers as CPR Instructor for the Edison Sailing Center, and formerly as a US Sailing Certified Dingy Level I sailing and power boating instructor.
Diane is employed by the Lee County Health Department as the Public Information Officer and Coordinator of the Healthy Communities Healthy People program. She is accredited through FEMA as an Advanced PIO, and teaches the FEMA’s Basic Level PIO course. Her HCHP work is focused on battling obesity with healthy lifestyles including nutrition and physical activity. She is a graduate of Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.
Scott Strachan is a Registered Nurse with a BS in Nursing from Penn State. He has worked in a variety of hospital settings including Oncology, Hospice, Med-Surg, Medical ICU, Surgical ICU, Neuro ICU, and Cardiac ICU's. In 2004 Scott left the clinical hospital setting to work with Abby Services, a family owned and operated Home Health Service started by his father in 1997. He has served as the Administrator of Abby Services since that time. His responsibilities include overseeing day-to-day operations and ensuring strict compliance with state mandated regulations. Scott believes in supporting public safety initiatives both professionally and personally and is proud to support the Lee County IPC and the community his business serves.
Senior Planner – GIS Specialist
Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization
Judith Hartner, M.D.
Director, Lee County Health Dept.
Bruce L. Scheiner
Attorney, Associates of Bruce L. Scheiner Law Firm
Mike Scott, Sheriff
Lee County Sheriff’s Office
Board Members for Safe Kids - Lee County:
Chairperson: Michele King
Director, Child Advocacy Program
Michele is the director of the Child Advocacy Program at The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida that includes three major areas of focus: Unintentional Injury Prevention, Child Abuse Prevention and Health Education. Also under her direction at the Child Advocacy Program are the Child Life Program, Music Therapy Program, and the Hospital School Program. She and the hospital are committed to achieving lasting improvements in lives of our community’s children and families.
Vice-Chairperson: Alise Flanjack
Program Manager, Lee County Dept. Parks and Recreation
Alise Flanjack is one of the few people who was born and raised in Lee County. Needless to say she has a love for the area and for the past 21 years she has been employed with Lee County Parks & Recreationfocusing mostly inAquatics, but involved in all aspects of water safety.Since the Injury Prevention Coalition’s inception she has been a strong, consistent supporter of the issues and activities of the coalition.
Kim is a CPS Certification Specialist with Safe Kids Worldwide certification department. She is primarily responsible for assisting State Farm Course Grants and Reunions or technical updates. She has been a child passenger safety technician instructor since 2001 and a Certified Health Education Specialist since 1993.