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The CPS Team

Lindsey A. Wolko, Founder/CEO.  A long-term pet safety advocate, Ms. Wolko leads a mission that is personal to every pet owner. With a keen understanding of the pet products industry, she has authored safety standards for pet products, launched a certification program, counseled pet product manufacturers around the globe and works tirelessly for consumer and companion animal safety. Ms. Wolko holds a bachelors degree from George Mason University.

She currently leads the product research division of CPS.

Public Relations and Media Contact.  LWolko@CenterforPetSafety.org

Chris Sherwood – Biomechanics/ Passenger Safety Consultant. Chris Sherwood is a former senior research engineer for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). He is currently employed by Biocore, LLC, a biomechanics consulting and research firm. Mr. Sherwood holds a Master’s Degree in Biomechanics and has been actively involved in the research and development of automotive child safety standards.

Robin Burkett, Creative/Photography/Videography.  Ms. Burkett is an award-winning photographer specializing in pet photography.  The owner of Paw Prints Photography, Ms. Burkett brings her endless creative energy to capture the important work of CPS.  Her work has been featured on NBC Today Show, Bark Magazine, Elan, Cat Fancy, the Washington Post, and covers for NOVA Dog Magazine.

Irina Smirnova, Creative/Photography/Videography. Ms.Smirnova is a visual storyteller. Her work has been featured in numerous high-profile publications and she has joined the CPS creative team to help us tell our story using her unique skillset.

Jeff Symanski, Fabricator.  Mr. Symanski supports the CPS mission with hard-good fabrication services.  The owner of Commercial Tool and Die his role is mission-critical and includes the development of proprietary test equipment and specialty fixturing.

Heidi Bartruff, Award Winning Plush Designer.  Ms. Bartruff lends her extraordinary talents in toy and plush design to further the marketing and educational potential behind the CPS mission.  The owner of Heidi & Co, her creations include the development of our crash test dog personalities, plush prototypes, and other creative roles within the organization.  Ms. Bartruff’s creations have been featured on NBC Today Show.  Her first illustrated Children’s Book “The Wish” won the DOVE organization’s highest rating and won the Mom’s Choice Award in 2010.

CPS also works engages professional consultants supporting graphic design, communications, social media, engineering, survivability, and veterinary on an as-needed basis.

The Center for Pet Safety wishes to acknowledge our wonderful team of volunteers – your dedication to our mission is inspiring.  Thank you!