About Us

About Us

The Safe America FoundationTM is a 501(c)(3) non-profit licensed by the state of Georgia. Chartered in 1994, with headquarters in Marietta, Georgia, the foundation partners with corporate, governmental, public and private sector organizations, and other nonprofits to improve the safety awareness and preparedness of Americans nationwide.

Our Focus

The Safe America Foundation has roots in injury prevention when, in 1992, the Travelers Foundation underwrote a $1 million campaign to counter a significant increase in infant fatalities in car crashes. While always remaining committed to the issues of injury prevention, the Foundation focused additional effort in another direction in 2001. Preparedness for a national catastrophe, whether man-made or natural, took on new meaning after 9/11, and the foundation responded.

Our Mission

Safe America’s mission is to educate the public and thought leaders on existing and emerging health and safety issues; and to develop, distribute and facilitate programming that impacts personal behavior and extends life.

Meet the Team


Len Pagano

Founder & CEO


Bob Surrusco

Executive Vice President General Manager

Will Brown

Will Brown

Chief Creative Office


Mary Lou Pagano

Chief Operating Officer

Gwen McDaniels

Gwen McDaniels

Senior Vice President


Mel Dowdell

IT Director & Webmaster


Ted Waldbart

Executive Vice President Facilities Manager  Veteran's Assistance


Angie Haddad

 Vice President of Communications


Virginia Spinks

Event Manager