What is a MACPS CPS Hall of Fame Member?
Up until 50 years ago, the methods used to transport infants and very young children in passenger vehicles were the SIMA (Safe in Mother’s Arms) and the MRA (Mom’s Right Arm) systems. As our culture began to recognize the need to improve adult passenger protection it also began to recognize the need to properly protect our young passengers.
Since then, a number of individuals have come to stand out as those who went far above and beyond with an unlimited passion to change the way children are protected in all vehicles. The Child Passenger Safety Hall of Fame (HOF) is an assembly of standout individuals who have contributed to the advancement of Child Passenger Safety (CPS). Here, these leaders are recognized and remembered for the indelible impressions they have left on their community, our nation, and even the world to change and improve child passenger safety. Each member has made a significant impact on the evolution, development, and perpetuation of CPS.
The CPS Hall of Fame honors those who have contributed to CPS in all facets. Included are members that were manufacturers, government and public and private agency specialists, advocates, designers, researchers and many others. All have made contributions that have been regionally, nationally or internationally significant and of enduring value.
These HOF members are the dreamers of what could be, a safe place for our children. They also were the people that made those dreams live as did the many children whose lives were changed because of their actions. There are many HOF dreams in all of us and we look forward to one day recognizing todays dreamers for making their dreams a reality.
Scroll to the bottom of the page to see the requirements for induction into the CPS Hall of Fame.
Click an inductees’ name below to see their photo and CPS biography.
*Arnold Siegel (CA)
Kenny Cheng (Taiwan)
Joseph Colella (SC)
Thelma Kuska (IL)
Kathy Kruger (WA)
Carol Meidinger (ND)
Barbara Baines (Canada)
Tomi St Mars (AZ)
Denise Donaldson (WA)
Charlie Vits (IN)
*Irene Rodríguez (TX)
Terry Emerson – Dorel Juvenile Products (Ret)
Kim Herrmann – Safe Kids Worldwide (Ret)
Dr. Ben Hoffman – Oregon Health Sciences University
Beth Warren – WayB
- Deborah Baer – The Car Seat Lady
- Dr. Marilyn Bull – Automotive Safety Program, Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health
- Judy Hammond – NHTSA
- Charles “Chuck” Hirata – Maui Police Department (Ret)
- Mike James
- *Mark McCracken – New Mexico State Police (Ret)
- *Dr. Robert Sanders
2017 Inaugural Inductees
- Barbara Birkenshaw – Volkswagen Group of America
- *Joel Bolton – NHTSA
- Paul Butler – Ford Motor Company
- Dave Campbell
- *Emilie Crown – Safe Kids Montgomery Co. MD
- Bill Hall – NC Transportation Research Center
- Carol Helminski – Graco
- Charley Kennington – Pupil Transportation
- Artie Martin – General Motors
- *Cheryl Neverman – NHTSA
- *Annmarie Shelness
- Deborah Stewart – Safe Ride News Publications
- Stephanie Tombrello – SafetyBelt Safe USA
- Lorrie Walker – Safe Kids Worldwide
- Robert (Bob) Wall – NUNA Baby
- Kathy Weber
- Howard Willson – Chrysler
- Cheryl Wolf – Special Needs Pupil Transportation
Requirements for Nomination
Any person who has been active in a principal role with any Child Passenger Safety program/activities for approximately 20 years will be considered for candidacy. A principal role is a director, chief executive officer, program coordinator, instructor/educator, technician, volunteer, designer, etc. and makes decisions and/or leads others.
Former principal players that are not currently active may also be nominated. It is not feasible to list every possibility regarding principal role. Through the vetting process of the applications, the CPS Hall of Fame Selection Committee will examine all the credentials; however, the Committee will use a target of 20 years of CPS involvement as its initial benchmark and guideline to help assure the nominee qualifies for consideration in the MACPS CPS Hall of Fame.
Selection of Nominees
Selection to the Hall of Fame will consider many different factors including: heart, leadership, dedication, compassion and impact. Examination will include the influence and significance of the nominee’s contributions to the development and perpetuation of CPS. The committee will review each nomination with the following criteria:
- Criteria 1:
Made significant and enduring contributions to the field of CPS: These contributions must be exemplary. What difference did the nominee make that would make future generations think his or her achievement was outstanding? Are these contributions normal for an individual in their field or well beyond normal? Were these achievements extraordinary within the context of the time in which it occurred? Will these accomplishments stand the test of time? Will this nominee represent a significant and enduring accomplishment 50 years from now? If yes, nominate them. Verify facts concerning the candidate. Do not make assumptions. (40%)
- Criteria 2:
Elevated the status of CPS and helped open new frontiers for other individuals: Highlight how individuals were positively impacted by this nominee’s accomplishments. How did the nominee enhance society’s view of CPS? What changed as a result of this nominee’s actions? What did he/she accomplish that changed the future for CPS? (40%)
- Criteria 3:
Inspired others in CPS by their example: Highlight this nominee’s impact on others. Describe the characteristics that make them a role model for others. Explore the depth of that impact by talking with others (peers, colleagues, historical groups). Find out what positive and lasting changes occurred based on the nominee’s achievements locally, statewide, nationally, or internationally which serve as the basis for the inspiration. (20%)