Benjamin Hoffman, M.D., F.A.A.P., has been the Safety Center medical director since 2011. He attended Harvard Medical School and completed his pediatric training at Seattle Children's Hospital.
He is a nationally recognized expert in child passenger safety and a leader in community health and advocacy training for pediatric residents. Ben and his wife Jane, also a pediatrician, are most proud of their three hilarious kids, although technically two of them are adults. Dr. Hoffman’s positions include:
- Professor of pediatrics at OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital
- Director of Doernbecher’s Oregon Center for Children and Youth with Special Heath Care Needs
- Director of professional development at Doernbecher Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Injury Violence and Poison Prevention
Adrienne Gallardo, B.S.W., M.A., is the center’s program manager. She completed undergraduate studies in social work and earned a master’s degree in organizational management. Gallardo has focused her career on injury prevention and child advocacy. She has been a child passenger safety technician since 2002 and an instructor since 2012. Gallardo led the development of Doernbecher’s Injury Prevention Program, which includes an injury-control program for patients and their families as well as injury-prevention outreach in metro Portland, Oregon and southwest Washington.
Cari Wolverton, M.S.W., is the Safety Center coordinator. When her first child was born, she opened a store focused on babies and children. Her passion for helping families led her to become a certified child passenger safety technician in 2011. Wolverton is trained in transporting children with special health care needs. She enjoys giving families the education and resources they need to provide a safe environment for their children.
Injury prevention educators
Marlee Chovich, B.P.H., is an injury prevention educator and a certified child passenger safety technician. She is trained in transporting children with special health care needs. She offers families with newborns in OHSU’s Mother-Baby Unit education and resources for infant safety.
Michelle Nichols, an injury prevention educator, is a certified child passenger safety technician trained in transporting children with special health care needs. Nichols works with the Doernbecher discharge team to provide education and resources to patients and their families.
Devery Gruter is an injury prevention educator. She is a certified child passenger safety technician and is trained in transporting children with special health care needs. Gruter also supports the Kohl’s Sleeping Safe program. She previously worked closely with children while volunteering at outreach events.
Kohl’s Sleeping Safe coordinator
Marianne Bridwell Chapman, the Kohl's Sleeping Safe coordinator, has been involved with the Safety Center since 2006. She has worked with many community groups to promote injury-prevention education. Bridwell Chapman is a certified child passenger safety technician trained in transporting children with special health care needs. She also supports Doernbecher’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit families with education and resources.