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About ThinkFirst


  • ThinkFirst - SIU School of Medicine is a chapter of the ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation, sponsored by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS).
  • Started in 1989 by Dr. E. Shannon Stauffer, chair of the SIU School of Medicine Orthopaedic Surgery and Mary Kay Reed, RN, MPA - originally called Risky Business with the goal of preventing injuries through community education about the 'business and consequences of taking risks.'
  • Renamed ThinkFirst in 2001, in alignment with ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation
  • For more than 25 years, ThinkFirst has evolved to include current issues such as impaired and distracted driving, 
    child passenger safety, TBI (traumatic brain injury) awareness and helmet use.

ThinkFirst in IllinoisThinkFirst in Illinois

ThinkFirst SIU School of Medicine is one of ten ThinkFirst Illinois chapters. All chapters share the common goal of preventing brain and spinal cord injuries. Please check with the ThinkFirst chapter nearest you.


Nancy Kyrouac, MPH, ThinkFirst Director
National Child Passenger Safety Instructor
ThinkFirst for Teens educational speaker
Nate Saint, BS, ThinkFirst Educational Coordinator
ThinkFirst for Teens educational speaker
National Child Passenger Safety Technician
Danny Hicks, ThinkFirst Voice for Injury Prevention Speaker
National Child Passenger Safety Technician 
Victim Impact Panel speaker

Jeff Conant, contractual VIP Speaker

Tony Huffman, contractual VIP speaker