Meet the Experts

Avery Ash: Bio

Director, Federal Relations

Expertise: gas prices, energy, environment, AAA Fuel Gauge Report, federal legislation, transportation funding, infrastructure investment, tolling issues

Avery in action:

Christian Science Monitor:  Gas Prices hit new low for 2013.  Who’s paying under $3?
Wall Street Journal Blog:  Gasoline Should Cost Less in 2014, Travel Group Says

To interview Avery Ash, contact Michael Green, 202-942-2082,
mgreen@national.aaa.com

Bill Sutherland: Bio

Vice President, Travel Services

Expertise: Travel industry analytics, domestic and international travel, cruising, air travel, touring, hotels

Bill in action:

Fox Business: Travel Prices are Going to Skyrocket

To interview Bill, please contact Heather Hunter, 407-444-8005,
hhunter@national.aaa.com

Bill Wood: Bio

Vice President and Executive Editor, AAA Publishing

Expertise: AAA Publishing, Travel Planning

To interview Bill, please contact Heather Hunter, 407-444-8005,
hhunter@national.aaa.com

Jake Nelson, MPH, MPP : Bio

Director, Traffic Safety Advocacy & Research

Expertise: Traffic safety, road safety, driver safety, older driver safety, senior mobility issues, drunk driving, drugged driving, drowsy driving, impaired driving

Jake in action:

Headline News:  Senior Driver Safety Interview
U.S. News & World Report:  Older Workers Who Drive Top Traffic Death List:  CDC
Forbes.com:  Americans Think Driving is Safer When It’s Actually More Dangerous

To interview Jacob Nelson, contact Nancy White, 202-942-2079,
nwhite@national.aaa.com

 

Jennifer Huebner-Davidson: Bio

Manager, Traffic Safety Advocacy

Expertise: child passenger safety; car seats and booster seats; pedestrian safety and school safety, including AAA School Safety Patrol.

Jennifer in action:

The Car Connection:  Does Your Child’s Car Seat Weigh Too Much for LATCH
ParadeDo You Let Your Dog Sit on Your Lap in the Car?

To interview Jennifer, please contact Erin Stepp, 407-444-8013,
estepp@national.aaa.com

Jennifer Ryan: Bio

Director, State Relations

Expertise: child passenger safety; car seats and booster seats; child passenger safety laws, distracted driving, teen driver safety, graduated drivers licensing (GDL), state policy, automated enforcement (including traffic cameras)

Jennifer in action:

VIDEO: Child Passenger Safety | Booster Seats
VIDEO: Importance of Rear-Facing Car Seats
VIDEO: Allowing Toys in the Car

To interview Jennifer, please contact Erin Stepp, 407-444-8013, estepp@national.aaa.com

Jill Ingrassia: Bio

Managing Director, Government Relations & Traffic Safety Advocacy

Expertise: advocacy and government, federal legislation, transportation funding and infrastructure

Jill in action:

CNN/Money: Proposed gas tax increase fires up debate
Fox News: Obama Highway Plan Fuels Talk of Gas Tax Hike

To interview Jill, please contact Nancy White, 202-942-2079,
nwhite@national.aaa.com

John Nielsen, CMAT, L-1: Bio

Managing Director, Automotive Engineering and Repair

Expertise: automotive engineering & technology, automotive repair, car buying

John in action:

VIDEO: AAA Green Cars
VIDEO: Driving Costs
Forbes.com: Dos and Don’ts When Dealing With An Auto Mechanic
Fox Business: Cutting a Big Car Repair Bill

To interview John, please contact Heather Hunter, 407-444-8005,
hhunter@national.aaa.com

Michael Petrone: Bio

Director, Tourism Information Development

Expertise: AAA Diamond Ratings, restaurant and hotel inspections, hospitality industry

Michael in action:

Hotel News Resource: AAA Updates Approval Requirements & Diamond Rating Guidelines for Lodgings

To interview Michael, please contact Heather Hunter, 407-444-8005,

hhunter@national.aaa.com

Mike Calkins: Bio

Manager, Technical Services

Expertise: vehicle technology, auto maintenance/repair and driving costs

Mike in action:

USA Today: AAA study finds driving costs get small increase
CBS MoneyWatch: 5 Questions to Ask Your Mechanic
AAA Talk Radio: Save Money and the Environment

To interview Mike, please contact Heather Hunter, 407-444-8005,
hhunter@national.aaa.com

Patrice Vincent: Bio

Manager, Regulatory Affairs

Expertise: Federal agencies, federal transportation regulations, truck safety, AAA history

Trice in action:

VIDEO: Policymakers Role of Improving Transportation Safety
VIDEO: Importance of Safe Transportation to Economy
VIDEO: Public Role in Transportation Safety and Efficiency
VIDEO: Public Awareness of Transportation Improvements

To interview Patrice, contact Michael Green, 202-942-2082,
mgreen@national.aaa.com

Rhonda Shah: Bio

Project Manager, Traffic Safety Advocacy

Expertise: bicycle safety; older driver safety; CarFit

Rhonda in action:

VIDEO: Senior Driver Safety | CarFit
VIDEO: Bicycle Safety | Safe Cycling Tips for Adults
VIDEO: Bicycle Safety | Bicycle Friendly America
AAA Talk Radio: Bike Safety Tips

To interview Rhonda, please contact Erin Stepp, 407-444-8013,
estepp@national.aaa.com

William Van Tassel, PhD: Bio

Manager, Driver Training Operation

Expertise: driver education, driver training

Bill in action:

VIDEO: Adjust Mirrors for Proper Safety
VIDEO: Get a Grip on the Right Way to Hold a Steering Wheel
The New York Times: Driver Education Resource for Parents
The Car Connection: The Best Place for Teens to Learn How to Drive

To interview Bill, please contact Heather Hunter, 407-444-8005,
hhunter@national.aaa.com

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