In the toy industry’s take on “The View,” six senior executives — all
moms themselves — engage in a conversation that helps parents and other
caregivers better understand topics such as how toy makers design safety
into toys, how to select the correct toy for a child, and how to
use toys safely once they are at home.
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NOTE: Bios as written at the time the “Moms of
Toy Safety” video was produced.
KATHRIN BELLIVEAU, HASBRO, INC.
Kathrin P. Belliveau is vice president of product safety and
government affairs for Hasbro, Inc., a $4 billion leader in children’s
and family leisure time entertainment products and services. Since
joining the company in 1997, Kathrin an attorney, has held a number of
positions, including managing attorney for global operations. In her
current role, she is responsible for leading Hasbro’s global government
affairs practice and for representing Hasbro before policy makers and
regulators worldwide (she testified before Congress in 2007 in support
of more stringent toy safety laws). She is also a member of the
company’s Corporate Social Responsibility Committee.
Kathrin sits on the Toy Industry Association (TIA) Government Affairs
Committee and TIA Sustainability Committee. She also is a member
of the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education.
Prior to joining Hasbro, Kathrin practiced corporate, environmental,
and public finance law. She is a Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
graduate of Wellesley College, and she received her law degree from
Boston College Law School. She also completed the Executive
Education Program at the Amos Tuck School of Dartmouth College.
Kathrin is married to Jim Belliveau and the proud mother of two young
girls, Sophia and Ana.
Elizabeth Borrelli served as vice president of Corporate Social
Responsibility for Toy Industry Association through August 2010.
Betsy rejoined the association in May 2008; from 1992 to 1998, Betsy
served as TIA’s director of standards and regulatory affairs and
secretary of the International Council of Toy Industries. During that
time she managed revisions of ASTM and ANSI toy safety standards,
organized TIA’s first toy safety seminars in China, managed TIA’s Safety
Standards Committee, was Secretary of the ISO U.S. Technical Advisory
Group on toy safety, and served on the Board and as Vice Chair/President
Elect of the International Consumer Product Health and Safety
In the ten years between her positions with TIA, Betsy led a team
focused on issues, crisis and reputation management at Washington Mutual
and led Corporate Social Responsibility and Public Affairs at Eddie
Bauer. While at Eddie Bauer she developed and led the retailer’s
comprehensive global factory labor compliance program and served on the
Board of the Fair Labor Association
SUSAN DERAGON, SPECIALIZED TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES, INC.
Susan DeRagon is the associate director of the toys and premiums
group for Specialized Technology Resources, Inc. (STR); since 1985, she
has specialized in safety, design and international regulations for toys
and children’s products. In her current position, Sue oversees a
global team of professionals based in the U.S., China and Hong
Kong. This dedicated team is made up of human factors specialists,
risk analysts, manufacturing and quality engineers, technical
specialists, and project coordinators, and provides clients with the
highest level of quality service in the areas of product testing,
quality assurance, safety evaluations and inspections.
Ms. DeRagon has been a presenter at numerous professional seminars on
product safety, as well as client specific technical seminars and
webinars. She was involved in a research study related to risk and
toy premiums, and is a ‘blogger’ for Playthings on-line magazine.
Sue has also been interviewed by various media organizations as an
expert in toy safety, including NBC, CNN, the New York Times, and
Associated Press, and presented at a series of product safety seminars
in China sponsored by the China Council for the Promotion of
Sue is an active member of the Toy Industry Association (TIA),
American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), and International
Consumer Product Health & Safety Organization (ICPHSO). She
has taught product safety as Adjunct Professor at the Fashion Institute
Sue received a B.S degree in business administration from Bay Path
College, Magna Cum Laude.
She is the proud mom of two grown daughters (ages 27 and 23) and a
MYUNG KANG-HUNEKE, SESAME WORKSHOP
Myung Kang-Huneke is executive vice president and general counsel at
Sesame Workshop and Secretary to the Board of Trustees. In this
position, she developed and continues to oversee the organization’s
product safety assurance program. From 1998 to 2005, Myung was on
staff in the Legal Department and provided legal services for Sesame
Workshop’s various divisions, including the licensing division, where
she supported the expansion of Sesame Workshop brands through product
licensing and promotional, retail and representation agreements for
Sesame Street and Dragon Tales products both domestically and
Ms. Kang-Huneke began her legal career as an associate for the law
firm of Proskauer Rose in New York City. She graduated from the
Columbia University School of Law as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.
Myung is the proud mom of two children.
JOAN LAWRENCE, TOY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION
Joan Lawrence is the Toy Industry Association (TIA) vice president of
standards and regulatory affairs. In this role, she manages the
association’s product safety and quality programs, including standards
development and industry and consumer education. She is an
advocate for uniform national standards in the U.S. and was actively
involved in helping to advance federal consumer product safety reform
legislation; she is now directly engaged in TIA’s government advocacy
efforts at the state level.
Joan’s experience and leadership within the toy industry spans a
broad range of issues – from product safety and quality to corporate
social responsibility, environmental, and customs and trade
issues. She led TIA’s and the industry’s efforts in response
to the 2007 toy recalls, working with the American National Standards
Institute (ANSI) to develop recommendations that would strengthen the
toy safety assurance system for products sold in the U.S. market.
These efforts led to the development of the new TIA Toy Safety
Certification Program (TSCP) that is being launched in 2009.
Joan currently serves as chairman of the ASTM Subcommittee on Toy
Safety, which is responsible for the continuing development of toy
safety standard ASTM F963. Congress recognized the work of this
Subcommittee in 2008 by adopting the ASTM Toy Safety Standard as a
mandatory U.S. national standard. In addition, she serves as executive
administrator of the International Council of Toy Industries, Inc.
(ICTI), a group of 22 toy associations from around the world. She
is also a board member and former president of the International
Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO), a
public-private forum for the advancement of consumer product safety, and
a member of the Consumer Interest Forum of ANSI.
Joan is a guest lecturer on toy safety to students in the
undergraduate Toy Design Program at Fashion Institute of Technology
(FIT) in New York, has authored several articles on toy safety and
standards, and serves as TIA’s toy safety spokesperson.
Joan is the proud mother of three young children . . . a nine-year
old girl and five-year old brother-sister twins.
KITTY PILARZ, MATTEL/FISHER-PRICE
Kitty Pilarz is senior director of Mattel/Fisher-Price worldwide
product safety in East Aurora, N.Y., which designs, manufactures and
markets toys and family products sold in more than 150 nations around
the world. Since assuming her current position in 2001, Kitty has been
responsible for the safety of the Mattel and Fisher-Price product lines,
assuring that all products conform to corporate safety requirements. She
also develops safety standards and policy for her firm.
Kitty chairs ASTM Committee F15 on Consumer Products as well as the
F15 group on play yards and children’s folding chairs. She also serves
as vice chairman of the board of ASTM International and as vice chair of
the Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association Certification Committee.
She is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the
American Society for Quality Control. Through ASQC, she has earned the
designations of certified reliability engineer (1993) and certified
quality engineer (1986). In addition, she works on a number of
committees responsible for juvenile product safety standards for the
American National Standards Institute and Underwriters Laboratories.
Ms. Pilarz has served as symposium chair for the International
Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization, and as president and
board member of that group, which works to promote product safety
through education and communication.
She is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo with
a B.S. in mechanical engineering and holds an M.B.A. from Canisius
College in Buffalo, N.Y.
Kitty is the proud mom of two daughters (ages 20 and 17) and a
15-year old son.
The Moms of Toy Safety panel moderator, Alan Korn, served
as the executive director and general counsel for Safe Kids USA, a
member of Safe Kids Worldwide’s global network of organizations whose
mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury, a leading killer of
children 14 and under.
Mr. Korn is an attorney and a member of the Missouri and District of
Columbia Bars. Before joining Safe Kids USA (formerly the National SAFE
KIDS Campaign) in 1994, he practiced law for five years in St. Louis,
Missouri, specializing in health law, consumer protection and
Alan makes presentations around the country on government’s role in
child injury prevention and liability issues associated with
community-based safety programs. He has testified many times before
Congress, federal agencies and state legislatures on issues of injury
prevention and has appeared as a child safety expert on the Today Show,
Good Morning America, the CBS Early Show and NPR as well as in dozens of
magazines and newspapers.
He received his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and his
J.D. from the Washington University School of Law. He is married and is
the proud dad of a 9-year old son.