After 35 years of service with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) — nearly 30 of that in a management position — Russell Henk resigned as program manager of the Youth Transportation Safety (YTS) Program effective June 30.
“Creating the Teens in the Driver Seat® Program and leading the YTS team for the past 20 years has been very rewarding,” says Henk. “It has been an honor and a privilege to lead such a talented group, and I know the program is in great hands.”
Henk will continue working for TTI on a part-time basis in the Center for Transportation Safety.
Stepping into her new role as program manager of the YTS Program is Lisa Minjares-Kyle. Minjares-Kyle has worked at TTI for 12 years specializing in young drivers, impaired driving and safety education and outreach. She is a master-certified health education specialist and received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas A&M University in psychology and health education. Minjares-Kyle was also part of the second graduating class from Clemson University earning her second master’s degree in transportation safety administration this past spring.
“I’m very excited to lead YTS and continue to work alongside this phenomenal team,” says Minjares-Kyle. “We are continuing to combat one of the leading causes of injury and death for youth — car crashes — through the peer-to-peer programs that are the foundation of YTS. It’s my hope to continue expanding YTS efforts into health prevention, safe systems and traffic safety culture to better achieve our mission and effectively address the continually changing landscape young drivers are facing on our roads.”