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.

2016 Board Applications

Thank you for your interest in applying for membership to the National Child Passenger Safety Board. The 2016 application period has ended.  Please visit this page again after April 1, 2017 for the next open application period.

Board Meeting Minutes

March 2016

January 2016

November 2015

September 2015

July 2015

May 2015

The CPS Board welcomes 4 new members for 2016

2016 Board Members

    • Chairperson
      Audrey Eagle

    • Vice-Chairperson
      Sarah Tilton

    • Immediate Past Chair
      Jennifer Booge

    • NHTSA Headquarters
      Carole Guzzetta

    • Certifying Body
      Kerry Chausmer

    • Board Secretariat
      Amy Artuso

    • NHTSA Regions
      Meg Miller

    • 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
      Tammy Franks

    • Diversity
      Angela Brown

    • Diversity
      Suzanne Cash LeDoyen

    • Governors Highway Safety Association
      Joshua DeFisher

    • Injury Prevention/Healthcare
      Dina Morrissey, MD, MPH

    • Injury Prevention/Public Health
      Emily Lee

    • Injury Prevention
      Lindsay Pollok

    • Public Safety/Fire/EMS
      Asst. Chief Robert White, NREMTP

    • Public Safety Law Enforcement
      Sergeant Laurie Ludovici

    • Safe Kids Worldwide
      Alexis Kagiliery

    • Vehicle Manufacturer
      Audrey Eagle


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