The National Child Passenger Safety Board

The mission of the Board is to maintain the quality and integrity of the National Child Passenger Safety Certification Training Program. This program is used to train and certify child passenger safety (CPS) technicians and instructors. The Board works collaboratively with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), who has the ultimate authority over the curriculum, and with the Safe Kids, who has ultimate authority over the certification and re-certification processes. The Board channels insight from their representative organizations to NHTSA and Safe Kids.

History of the Board

In the mid-1990s, a small team of child passenger safety professionals was tasked by NHTSA to look at the national state of child passenger safety. The group, the Patterns for Life Team, recommended a standardized national curriculum and a national certification process for technicians. A standardized curriculum was created and AAA became the initial national certifying body.

This still left a need for input from those out in the field, and a group of CPS stakeholders including representatives from national and local organizations, vehicle and car seat manufacturers and injury prevention professionals. The group was formalized and the National Child Passenger Safety Board was created. The Board currently oversees the certification curriculum and makes recommendations to both NHTSA and the certifying body, now Safe Kids Worldwide.

 2015 Board Applications

Thank you for your interest in applying for membership to the National Child Passenger Safety Board. At this time we are not accepting applications. The application process is scheduled to open again on April 1, 2015. Please continue to check our website for ongoing updates and information. Thank you!

Board Meeting Minutes

January 2015

November 2014

September 2014

July 2014

May 2014

March 2014


The CPS Board welcomes 5 new members for 2015

2015 Board Members

    • Chairperson
      Jennifer Booge

    • Vice-Chairperson
      Audrey Eagle

    • Immediate Past Chair
      Sarah Haverstick

    • NHTSA Headquarters
      Carole Guzzetta

    • Certifying Body
      Kerry Chausmer

    • Board Secretariat
      Amy Artuso

    • NHTSA Regions
      Sherri Cannon

    • AAA
      Diana Imondi Dias

    • American Academy of Pediatrics
      Marilyn Bull, MD

    • At-Large
      Sarah Tilton

    • At-Large
      Thelma Kuska

    • Child Restraint Manufacturer
      Dave Sander

    • CPS Advocate
      Amber Kroeker

    • CPS Advocate
      Carol Meidinger

    • Diversity
      Helen Arbogast

    • Diversity
      Angela Brown

    • Governors Highway Safety Association
      Joshua DeFisher

    • Injury Prevention/Healthcare
      Dina Morrissey, MD, MPH

    • Injury Prevention/Public Health
      Emily Lee

    • Public Safety/Fire/EMS
      Robert White

    • Public Safety Law Enforcement
      Corporal Laurie Ludovici

    • *For Board Member Contact Information scroll over the member’s name or see complete PDF contact list under “Board Materials”

    • Safe Kids Worldwide
      Alexis Kagiliery

    • Vehicle Manufacturer
      Audrey Eagle