ThinkFirst Staff

Debby Gerhardstein

RN, BSN, MA, Executive Director

Debby has been the executive director for the ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation since 2007. She has a master’s degree in organizational leadership and a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, starting her nursing career with eight years of acute care, ten years of brain and spinal cord rehabilitation nursing, and is now in her 25th year of injury prevention education with ThinkFirst. She is a member of the American Trauma Society, the National Trauma Prevention Coalition, and the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS) Task Force on Injury Prevention. Prior to her current position, she was an injury prevention manager and ThinkFirst state chapter director, providing 180-200 injury prevention presentations in schools each year and active on state trauma and injury prevention coalitions. Debby is married with two grown sons; among her favorite pastimes are family, friends, gardens and art fairs.

Susan Crotty

Program Development Manager, Traffic Safety

Susan is responsible for developing and enhancing ThinkFirst For Teens and a parents of teen driver traffic safety program. Prior to ThinkFirst, she worked for the National Safety Council, moving from a business development role up to spearheading the new strategic initiative to eliminate roadway fatalities by 2050 called Road To Zero (RTZ) with the United States Department of Transportation, including the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Susan is a graduate of Michigan State University and served on the Naperville 203 Board of Education. She and her husband of 26 years have three grown children and two adopted shelter dogs. In her free time, she likes to hike, bike (always with a helmet on), garden, and visit national parks.

Meghan Lyon

Chapter Development Manager

Meghan has been responsible for recruiting, engaging and developing new U.S. chapters. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in American studies from the University of Dayton and has more than twenty years’ sales and marketing experience. She is also the founder and operator of Brown Street Marketing, a promotional products company. Meghan and her husband have two boys, ages 12 and 13, and in her free time, she plays competitive tennis on a USTA team.