History

History2018-02-21T13:44:21+00:00

The SmartDrive Foundation is a concept conceived in 2004 by concerned individuals and organizations in the State of Delaware in response to the senseless and preventable loss of life among teens resulting from inexperience, poor driving decisions, and practices. The desired outcome for SmartDrive is for a significant number of young drivers to make the right decisions every time they are behind the wheel so they will never put themselves, their passengers, their vehicles or anyone else in harm’s way.

In order to achieve this mission, SmartDrive delivers a compelling message, multiple, flexible programs, a fun interactive approach, consistent application over time and significant incentives. The program is operated by SmartDrive with assistance from school administrators and faculty, and other concerned public safety officials and educators from the public and private sectors.

As SmartDrive moves through its second decade of operation, our programs offered to students in all high schools in Delaware, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and suburban Southeastern Pennsylvania.

SmartDrive is funded through contributions from individuals as well as grants and sponsorships from public and private organizations and government agencies. The SmartDrive Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that accepts funding from anyone who shares our goals of making Teen Drivers and their passengers safer. This funding is critical to support and improve our programs to benefit our communities.

Statement of Inclusiveness

The mission of the SmartDrive Foundation (SmartDrive) is to improve the safety and quality of life of all people who travel in vehicles in its program geographic areas. SmartDrive recognizes that safe driving is a priority that impacts everyone, regardless of background. Therefore, SmartDrive actively seeks to promote open access, equity, and inclusiveness in its programming; and to discourage discrimination in the delivery of service, based on race, ethnicity, gender, age, socioeconomic status, and other factors, which deny the essential humanity of all people.

SmartDrive has the conviction that inclusiveness benefits everyone and is not only compatible with but also promotes excellence. SmartDrive’s policies reflect the belief that organizational performance is greatly enhanced when people with different backgrounds and perspectives are engaged in an organization’s activities and decision-making process.

Leadership

The SmartDrive Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors.  Our current directors are:

Jesse Reeves (Chair) – Director of Legal Recruiting at Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Honorable M. Jane Brady (Vice Chair) – Judge, Superior Court, State of Delaware
Susan Booker (Secretary) – Development Professional
LaBarre Everette (Marketing and Development) – Business Development, Generations Home Come
Jeffrey Weaver (Curriculum) – Delaware State Police (retired), Delaware River and Bay Authority
Denise Baroski – Director, Delaware Dreams
Gloria Johnson – Director of the Annual Fund, Wilmington University
Maria Mockbee – Marketing, Bancroft Construction Company
Gary Ulrich – Financial Advisor, Financial House, Inc.

Staff

Julian H. “Pete” Booker
Executive Director
(Past President/CEO, Delmarva Broadcasting Company)

Guy A. VanderLek
Program Coordinator