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Meredith K. (Meri-K) Appy

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Meri-K Appy is President of the Washington-based Home Safety Council, the only national organization solely dedicated to preventing unintentional home injuries. Since joining the Council in March 2003, Appy has redefined the organization's mission and strategic vision with a sharp focus on organizational partnerships to reduce home injuries. Under her leadership, the Home Safety Council is steadily expanding its role as a valued and respected safety resource, reaching broader venues all the time.

Appy is often tapped as a broadcast safety spokesperson. She has appeared on many national networks and programs, including the Oprah Winfrey Show, TODAY Show, CNN, Dateline NBC, the Early Show, Good Morning America and HGTV. She is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and has been recognized for her dedication and accomplishments by many organizations and disciplines.

In her previous position as Vice President for Public Education at the nonprofit NFPA, Appy was credited with launching the NFPA Champion Award Program in 1994, and with creating Risk Watch, a unique safety curriculum for school-age children, their families, and communities. Prior to joining NFPA in 1989, Meri-K was employed by what is now FM Global, an international commercial and industrial property insurance company, where she directed the public relations and marketing communications group.

Before joining the Council, Appy was a charter member and officer of the Home Safety Council's Board of Directors. She currently serves as immediate past chair of Safe USA, a national alliance of federal and nonprofit organizations dedicated to reducing injuries and deaths related to injuries in our nation's homes, schools, work sites, transportation areas and communities. Appy was recently appointed to the Advisory Board of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Injury Research and Policy, and serves on the steering committee of the nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition. In 2006, Appy received the Mason Lankford Fire Service Leadership Award and was also named as the 2006 Fire Sprinkler Advocate of the Year. She represents the Home Safety Council on the Congressional Fire Services Institute's National Advisory Board, the Public-Private Fire Safety Council and the Natural Disaster Education Coalition.

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