and spinal cord injury prevention education Rehabilitation
following head and/or spinal cord injuries Child
passenger safety education
Kay Reed, R.N., M.P.A., has been employed at SIU School of Medicine
for 18 years, holding positions of Instructor, as well as Administrative
nurse and clinical staff nurse. She developed and has been program
coordinator for the Head and Spinal Cord Injury Prevention Program
at SIU School of Medicine since it began in 1990
Ms. Reed earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from Illinois Wesleyan
University in Bloomington in 1979 and her master's degree in Public
Administration in 1999 from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville.
She is licensed as a registered professional nurse in Illinois.
She is also a certified CPR instructor with the American Heart Association.
In addition, she is certified by the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration as a Child Passenger Safety Instructor.
Ms. Reed has been the coordinator of the Think First/Risky Business
program since 1990. This program is a chapter of the national "Think
First" head and spinal cord injury prevention program. This multi-faceted
injury prevention program focuses on the following: motor vehicle
safety, bicycle safety, swimming safety, violence prevention, and
Ms. Reed's interest and professional experience focuses on: prevention
program development, public speaking and teaching, grant writing
and Spinal Cord Injury Prevention Education Crash
Reenactment pre-prom & alcohol activities Recruit,
train, and supervise other persons with injury related disabilities
to participate as speakers.
with DUI Task Force, Victim Impact Panels, and Safe Community
J. Hicks has been employed at SIU School of Medicine on a contractual
basis for ten years as a program speaker. He started full-time employment
with SIU School of Medicine as a Community Affairs Specialist with
the Risky Business Program in June 2001. Danny shares his experiences
with individuals of all ages after sustaining a head and spinal
cord injury in July, 1990.
Mr. Hicks partners with The IL State Police Safety Education Officers
in central and southern Illinois to present Risky Business Presentations
in collaboration with the Operation Cool school programs.
Danny's public speaking focuses on giving his testimony while sharing
with his audiences the fact that once an injury has occurred, life
will change never be the same again.