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Mary King | Program Administrator
Mary King became the Program Administrator for YOVASO in August 2007, when the Virginia State Police Association became YOVASO’s administrative agency. Mary had served as a consultant to YOVASO in 2006 and Interim Manager in early 2007, before taking the full-time position. Mary brought 11 years of experience in highway safety to YOVASO as a former Public Relation’s Specialist with the DMV Transportation Safety Administration (now the Virginia Highway Safety Office) in the Roanoke District. In that position, Mary helped the state develop a Comprehensive Community-Based Program concept (CCBP) for highway safety. Her work led to new initiatives for the Roanoke/Southwest District; including the REACH America youth drug prevention conferences, the Preschool Introduction To Traffic Safety Program (PITTS), and the Blue Ridge Transportation Safety Board. Mary also was a founding member of the Roanoke Area Youth Substance Abuse Coalition (RAYSAC). Mary has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism/Mass Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has served on various boards, including Safe Kids, United Way of Roanoke Valley, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and To the Rescue Museum. In 1992, she helped found the Blue Ridge Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and served as its President in 1997. She currently serves on the Roanoke Prevention Alliance, the Blue Ridge Transportation Safety Board, Virginia Coalition for Distraction Free Driving and other local and state safety organizations. Mary has three children ages 17 to 23 and lives in Roanoke.
Contact Mary at 540.375.9581 | Email Mary
Casey Taylor | Program Development & Event Coordinator
Casey Taylor joined YOVASO in February 2015 and works in the Salem Office as the Program Development & Event Coordinator. She develops, oversees, and evaluates YOVASO’s statewide safe driving campaigns for member schools. Casey also assists with YOVASO’s annual summer leadership retreat, a week-long educational camp held each summer for approximately 200 student leaders. In addition, she is YOVASO’s webmaster. Casey graduated from Bluefield College in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication – Marketing, and minors in Graphic Communication and Psychology. While at Bluefield, Casey wrote for The Rampage, and served as a member of the Student Government Association, Baptist Collegiate Ministry Council, Alpha Delta, and Bonner AmeriCorps. Prior to coming to YOVASO, she worked as Director of the New Opportunity School for Women at Bluefield College and as an Associate Producer for WDBJ Television in Roanoke.
Contact Casey at 540.375.3596 | Email Casey
Sarah Westphal | Marketing & Training Specialist
Sarah Westphal joined YOVASO in June 2014 and works in the Richmond office as the Marketing and Training Specialist. She manages and develops the YOVASO training program for member schools, supervises Regional Trainers and Youth Advisory Council students, and oversees membership services. Additionally, she promotes and markets the YOVASO program in the Richmond, Tidewater, Northern, and Southside areas of Virginia and assists with overall statewide marketing strategies and initiatives. Sarah graduated from Virginia Polytechnic and State University (Virginia Tech) with a B.S. in Marketing Management in 2009 as well as graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a B.A. in Spanish in 2013. Sarah lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Contact Sarah at 804.674.8026 | Email Sarah