We are excited to announce that Debbie Weir has been named MADD's new Chief Executive Officer. Debbie joined MADD in 2002 as the Vice President of Victims Services, providing support and guidance to the MADD field and to drunk driving victims. Under her leadership, the number of victims MADD serves each year has more than doubled—now serving one victim every nine minutes. Debbie also created and launched the 1-877-MADD-HELP victim support line where specialists are available 24-hours-a-day to answer calls and provide emotional support.
In 2005, Debbie was promoted to Chief Operating Officer where she oversaw field operations, fundraising, volunteer and program development, in addition to victim advocacy and support.
"I am honored by the opportunity to lead MADD, which has achieved so much in changing the way our country looks at traffic fatality and injury prevention by showing that there are real people behind the statistics,” Debbie said. "With a focus on advocating for proven data-based countermeasures, our staff and volunteers, some of whom are victims and survivors of drunk driving crashes, have helped save hundreds of thousands of lives, and our ongoing Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving and underage drinking prevention programs will help us save even more lives."
"Debbie knows the heart and soul of what makes MADD work," said MADD National President Jan Withers, who lost a 15-year-old daughter in a drunk driving/underage drinking crash and serves as the organization's principal spokesperson. "Her compassion and dedication to victims and to the pursuit of eliminating drunk driving fatalities are a perfect fit."