Staff

Benjamin Hoffman, M.D., Medical Director
Dr. Hoffman became the Director of the Doernbecher Tom Sargent Safety Center in 2011. He attended Harvard Medical School and completed his pediatric training at Seattle Children's Hospital.  

Ben is a nationally recognized expert in child passenger safety, and leader in the field of community health and advocacy training for pediatric residents. He is a Professor of Pediatrics at Doernbecher Children's Hospital at Oregon Health and Science University. There, he is the Director of the Oregon Center for Children and Youth with Special Heath Care Needs, Medical Director of the TomSargent Safety Center, and Director of Professional Development. He is also currently the Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Injury Violence and Poison Prevention, and Associate Director of the Community Pediatrics Training Initiative. He remains very active in child health policy and community advocacy. Ben and his wife Jane, also a pediatrician,  are most proud of their 3 hilarious kids, although technically, 2 of them are adults.


Adrienne Gallardo, BSW, MA, DCH Tom Sargent Safety Center Program Manager

Adrienne Gallardo is the Program Manager for the Tom Sargent Safety Center at OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland, Oregon. She has dedicated her professional focus to Injury Prevention and advocating for children. She has been a Child Passenger Safety Technician since 2002, and an Instructor since 2012, in much of her work with families she specializes in transporting children with special health care needs. Over the past 5 years she has lead the development of the Injury Prevention Program at OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital which includes an Injury Control Program and an Injury Prevention outreach program serving Oregon, SW Washington and the Portland Metro communities. 

Cari Wolverton, MSW, Tom Sargent Safety Center Coordinator
When her first child was born in 2003, Cari began a career in business, opening a retail store focused on babies and children. Her passion for helping families led her to become certified as a Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) in 2011, and she developed an abiding interest in injury prevention and keeping kids safe. Finally circling back to her earlier career in Social Work, Cari joined the Safety Center team in 2017, eager to use her experiences helping families to serve Doernbecher and greater Portland communities.
 
Marlee Chovich, DCH Tom Sargent Safety Center Injury Prevention Educator
Marlee is a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician who supports the Mother Baby Unit by offering child passenger safety and safe sleep education to parents of newborns at OHSU. She recently graduated with a public health degree from Pacific University and previously supported the Tom Sargent Safety Center as a hospital and outreach volunteer.
 
Michelle Nichols, DCH Tom Sargent Safety Center Injury Prevention Educator
 

Michelle supports the Child Passenger Safety Program at OHSU/DCH and in thecommunity. She is trained in special needs transportation and a SeniorCertified Child Passenger Safety Technician. Michelle works with children with special needs to ensure they travel as safely as possible when in a vehicle.  Michelle also supports our DCH in-patients and their families with education and resources.

Devery Gruter, DCH Tom Sargent SafetyCenter Injury Prevention Educator
Devery joined our team in 2017 and supports the Child Passenger Safety Program at OHSU/DCH and in the community. She is a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician and trained in special needs transportation. She previosly worked with closely with children while volunteering her time at outreach events. She also supports The Kohl's Sleeping Safe Campaign.

Marianne Bridwell Chapman, Kohl's Sleeping Safe Program Coordinator
Marianne has been involved with the Safety Center since 2006. Her focus is on the health and welfare of children and she has partnered with numerous community groups to promote injury prevention education. She is a Senior Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician and trained in special needs transportation. Marianne also supports our NICU families with education and resources.