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2012 Annual Meeting
Public Health + Highway Safety:
Saving Lives Together
Baltimore, Md., August 26 - 29
MADD National President
As National Presdient of MADD, Jan Withers speaks to lawmakers across the country about the importance of legislation requiring ignition interlocks for all drunk driving offenders and advocates for federal legislation that provides research funding for technology that will turn cars into the cure for drunk driving. In addition, Withers continues to raise awareness for MADD’s victim support services – even leading a monthly support group – while also expanding the reach of MADD’s underage drinking prevention programs.
Withers joined MADD in 1992, after her 15-year-old daughter, Alisa Joy, was killed by an underage drunk driver. Withers first volunteered by sharing her story and lobbying for tougher legislation. She campaigned to lower the illegal limit of blood alcohol content for drivers from a .10 BAC to a .08 BAC, both on the national level and in her home state of Maryland, and she was present in the Oval Office when President Clinton signed the federal bill into law in 2000.
Before becoming National President in July 2011, Withers served as a victim advocate for MADD Maryland, facilitating a support group for victims, while also participating in the MADD Maryland Operations Council. She joined the MADD National Board of Directors in 2005 and served on numerous committees, including Communications and Branding, Public Policy, and Victim Services.
Prior to joining MADD’s Board of Directors, Withers served as Director of Victim Services with the Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Colorado Women’s College and has been trained in group facilitation, crisis response, victimization, bereavement and trauma. Withers was born and raised in Colorado. She and her husband reside in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, and together they have five surviving children and five grandchildren.