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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 and lives in Roanoke.
Contact Mary at 540.375.9581 | Email Mary
Casey Taylor | Program Development 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 oversees YOVASO’s Youth Advisory Council and assists with the summer leadership retreat, a week-long educational camp held each summer for approximately 200 student leaders. In addition, she is YOVASO’s social media and website coordinator. Casey graduated from Bluefield College in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication – Marketing, and minors in Graphic Communication and Psychology. Casey currently serves on the executive board for the Roanoke Area Youth Substance Abuse Coalition (RAYSAC). 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
Krys Murray | Education and Strategic Planning Coordinator
Krys Murray joined YOVASO in January 2018 and works in the Richmond office as the Program Specialist, Education and Strategic Planning Coordinator. Krys directs the development of educational outreach and leadership training programs for youth and schools and will help implement a new strategic plan to expand and broaden YOVASO’s reach and impact. Krys will work directly with schools, youth groups, and partnering organizations primarily in the eastern region of the state with the Roanoke office covering the western region, but will be working on projects that support the program statewide. Krys has a Master’s Degree in Human Services Counseling from Liberty University and a Bachelor’s in Sociology from the University of South Carolina. Krys is the co-founder of a non-profit organization called Teaching Reaching Inspiring Nurturing Igniting Today’s Youth (T.R.I.N.I.T.Y), which mentors underserved youth in the Richmond area. Krys has also worked as an education support specialist at John Tyler Community College in Midlothian and as a support counselor with Intercept Youth Services-Youth Quest in Richmond.
Contact Krys at 804.674.8026 | Email Krys
Denise Peterson | Interactive Programs and Retreat Coordinator
Denise Peterson joined YOVASO, in September 2018 and works on a contractual basis as program coordinator for YOVASO’s Interactive Teen Safe Driving and Passenger Safety Programs including ScanEd and the Distracted/Impaired Driving Simulator. Denise’s responsibilities include the development, expansion, and scheduling of these programs by partnering with schools, organizations, and local law enforcement. Additionally, Denise is responsible for coordinating the YOVASO Summer Leadership Retreat. The annual retreat prepares teens and adult advisors to lead effective peer-to-peer clubs for youth traffic safety. Students and sponsors attend multimedia presentations, participate in hands-on activities, and learn from a variety of speakers, workshops, and interactive sessions. Prior to joining YOVASO, Denise worked as a Freshman Admission Advisor at ECPI, educating and advising high school students. Over the past several years, Denise has coordinated numerous comprehensive community-based programs with the Virginia Highway Safety Office, partnering agencies and law enforcement statewide. Denise earned her degree in Business Administration from Quincy University in Massachusetts and has been a Certified Meeting Planner (CMP) since 1995. Denise currently serves as a program advisor for McShin Foundation, Virginia’s leading non-profit, full service Recovery Community Organization (RCO), committed to serving individuals and families in their fight against Substance Use Disorders.
Contact Denise at 804.512.0143 | Email Denise