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Conference Planners, Safety Coordinators – References Regarding My Safety Talks

Posted on 07 March 2012 by Monica Zech

Dear Conference Planners, Safety Managers, and Safety Coordinators, and Teachers:

If you are interested in making a request for me to make a presentation to your Company Conference, Company Safety Briefing, to your group or school meeting, class or assembly, and would like references to contact –  I have listed several below.

These are people I have  delivered talks for here in the County.  I’ve listed their email and/or phone contact information:

As follows:

Professor Sheila Mitra-Sarkar:  I worked with Ms. Sarkar at San Diego State University conducting research on road rage, and speaking on behalf of NETS (Network of Employers on Traffic Safety):

  • Monica Zech is a dedicated safety advocate who is passionate about traffic safety.  She was one of our distinguished speakers who would visit workplaces and talk about the importance of traffic safety. Her talks were engaging but eye-opening.  I always received positive feedback after her talks. Case in point, a non-profit that serves underserved youth had their crashes go down after her talks. She has given safety talks at Camp Pendleton, MCAS Miramar and to many private and public agencies. I would strongly recommend Monica Zech as a speaker to any employer who is willing to spend an hour every month on safety talks. It does make a difference.                                                           Sheila Mitra-Sarkar, PhD –                                                                                                                                                Contact through LinkedIn:


Professor Gerald Graf  – he is a professor for San Diego State University and National University in San Diego, California.  I’ve spoken to his classes for 15 years or more.  He also hosted a TV Cable show and a radio show in which I was a frequent guest expert on safety issues, and back-up host.

Mr. Gerald Graf –

Office – (760)  918-9303


Ms. Polly Rose is the Community Education Coordinator, Student Health Services at Mesa College in San Diego.  For the past few years I have been a keynote speaker for her Safe Driving & DUI Awareness days at their Mesa College Campus, most recent was 10/27/10.

Ms. Polly

Office – (619) 388-2762


Mr. Bart Schwarz is a Driver Education teacher at Valley Center High School, and Palomar College in San Diego County.  I have been speaking to his driver education classes each year for about 20 plus years.

Mr. Bart Schwarz –


Ms. Lisa Augello is a probation officer in San Diego County, and also teaches Traffic School for teens.  I have been speaking to her classes for about ten plus years.

Ms. Lisa Augello Duchow


Mr. Andy Crossland is the Safety Compliance Official for a major hotel group, and he is a member of several safety organizations in San Diego.  I’ve delivered safety lectures to his groups for the past 12 to 15 years.

Mr. Andy


*Visit my Lecture Feedback page on this website – I have posted some recent comments below.


My most recent feedback/comments:

Since 1984 I have spoken to thousands of people, of all ages, on injury prevention, my favorite topic & expertise being  driving safety.  It’s great to hear and see the feedback, especially if my talks have made a difference.  Below are some of the wonderful comments I’ve received through the years to date.

On January 4, 2016 I spoke at a Safety Stand Down at North Island.  Some of my presentations, like this one, are arranged through MADD.  I was forwarded the email below sent to MADD San Diego following my talk:

Dear MADD,

Could you send me an address where we can send Monica Zech a thank you letter for presenting at our Safety Stand Down?

By the way, she delivered the best Traffic Safety/MADD brief I have ever seen!!  It was outstanding!!

Thanks again,

J. Colwell CIV HSC-3, N4

U.S. Navy – North Island

(Thank you Jim!  Bless you for your comments!  As always, I am VERY honored to speak to the military! – Monica)

Below a letter from the Commander of this same lecture:

Ms. Zech

Please accept my sincere appreciation for your support of our squadron’s Safety Stand-Down on January 4, 2016.  Stand-Downs provide an opportunity to reflect on a wide variety of safety issues including Traffic Safety Precautions.  Your presentation to over 640 individuals provided an opportunity for our sailor’s to reflect on the seriousness of driving safety and the impact of unlawful driving choices.  Your training was very effective and will assist them with their decisions.  Thank you again for taking time out of your busy schedule to present a very constructive presentation.

S.T. Bailey                                                                                                                                                                                       Commander, U.S. Navy                                                                                                                                                             Commanding Officer, HSC-3


Below is a very nice letter I received following my driving safety presentation at a Naval Base in Ventura on December 18, 2015 – a special thank you to Safety Officer Ms. Bradford for inviting me to speak at their base:

Dear Ms. Zech,

Subj: Letter of Appreciation

It is with great pleasure that I express my sincere appreciation for your enthusiastic efforts during the Naval Base Ventura County’s (NBVC) Holiday Safety Stand Down on 18 December 2015.

Your outstanding contributions to the United States Navy in utilizing your personal and professional experiences to educate and mentor our community onboard NBVC concerning “Drunk and Distracted Driving” were greatly appreciated.

Your energetic performance heightened the learning experience and positively enriched the subject matter to all Sailors.  I am truly thankful for your exceptional support provided to the NBVC team and extend you a hearty “Bravo Zulu” for a job well done!


C.D. Janke                                                                                                                                                                                              Captain, U.S. Navy                                                                                                                                                                                 Commanding Officer

(*Thank you Commander!  As always it’s an honor and pleasure to speak to our Military!)


Following my presentation at the Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Base off Harbor Drive & Nimitz to Navy personnel on November 24, 2015:


I just wanted to thank you again for taking the time to talk to my command. I’ve heard overwhelmingly positive feedback about the talk from my people.  It made the issue so real to them and they appreciated that.  Thank you for what  you do, and if we can help you out in the future please let us know.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Very Respectfully,

LT Amy Hunt


Following my presentation to Sage Creek High School Students and their parents on October 22, 2015. 

Hi Monica!

Thank you for being such an awesome speaker!  I loved the event and so glad it was well attended.

Thanks again!

My Best,

Mary Ellen Reulein

Sage Creek High School, Carlsbad Ca.


Following my presentation at North Island to the Wolf Pack on August 17, 2015:

Mrs. Zech,

Thank you for taking time out of your day to come speak to the Wolfpack on Monday. Your presentation was extremely impactful and provided quality education to our sailors. We greatly appreciate your effort in making our stand down a success!

Thanks again,

V/r, LTJG Andy “Pags” Pagliarulo, HSM-75 Ground Safety Officer


Following my safe driving talk assembly on the dangers of distracted driving to students at Valhalla High School on March 23, 2015

Thank you so much for speaking at Valhalla. I heard so many positive things from adults and students about your talk, thanks for helping us with our mission to change driving behavior! Hope to have you back.

J. Owens, ASB/Activities Advisor


Following a Military Talk at a Safety Stand-Down at Lemoore Naval Station near Fresno on March 20, 2015


Thank you again for taking your whole day for us.  Your presentation was the most impactful I have seen in my 12 years!  Have a safe flight home.

Commanding Officer, Safety Officer, A. Toll


“Thank you, Monica Zech, Safety Educator”

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A Mother’s Story – Losing Her Daughter Due To Texting

Posted on 06 March 2012 by Monica Zech

A mother shares tragic her story of losing her daughter.  On December 30th, 2011 her daughter was texting and driving when she lost control of her vehicle, crashed and died.

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Cell Phone & Texting Laws Saving Lives In California!

Posted on 06 March 2012 by Monica Zech

Apparently those of who “do obey” the cell phone and texting laws in California are making a difference on our roadways!  Click on the following news release from the Office of Traffic Safety…

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Parents Of Teen Who Died Texting & Driving

Posted on 05 March 2012 by Monica Zech

Parents of teen who died texting and driving: ‘Kids think they’re invincible’…Bright, outgoing college teen Taylor Sauer proved in the last minutes of her life she knew right from wrong — but still committed a fatal mistake.  Click on the following link to see their story:

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