The Super Safe Kids book series is aligned with national safety initiatives. The series focuses on family participation and self-advocacy as tools to improve safety for children, especially those with disabilities or complex medical needs.
Written by a patient advocate and educational psychologist who is also the parent of a medically complex child with a disability, the Super Safe Kids book series engages children and families in improving safety and quality in the hospital, in the community, and at home.
About the Author, Charisse N. Montgomery, M.A., M.Ed., GPAC
Charisse Montgomery is the author of the Super Safe Kids book series. She is a writer and editor who lives in Ohio with her husband, Dr. Richard Montgomery, and their son. Both her son and her late sister, Chavon Hodges, were born with congenital fiber-type disproportion myopathy, a debilitating neuromuscular disease that results from a rare genetic condition. Charisse writes books that engage children, parents, and their families in improving safety and advocacy in the hospital, the community and the home.
A former educator, Charisse Montgomery has earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English, along with a master’s degree in Educational Psychology, with research focused on informing and empowering parents of medically fragile children. She completed a graduate certificate in Patient Advocacy and serves on the board at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, where she is also on the safety committee and serves as president of the hospital’s Patient and Family Partnership Council. In addition to her work at her local hospital, Charisse is on the Global Patient and Family Advisory Board for the Beryl Institute, and she is the project coordinator for the Beryl Institute’s Patient Experience Policy Forum.
Awarded the honorable mention for the Patients’ View Impact Award, presented by the Patients’ View Institute and The Leapfrog Group, Charisse has written for Complex Child magazine and is a contributor to The Mighty, in addition to a blog series called Teachable Moments that she wrote for ProMedica HealthConnect. She is the founder of Madvocator Educational and Healthcare Advocacy Training, a nonprofit that trains families and professionals on educational and healthcare advocacy. Charisse Montgomery on LinkedIn
About the Author, Richard (Richie) T. Montgomery, III
Richie Montgomery is an elementary student who lives in Ohio. Richie enjoys reading, watching race cars and learning. Richie wants to be an astronaut and a physicist when he grows up. Spine Surgery for Kids is Richie’s first experience with book authorship, and he looks forward to writing more books in the future.
About the Illustrator, Jason Smithery
Jason Smithery is a digital artist living in central Maryland. He enjoys drawing and playing video games.
About the Illustrator, Davina Westbrook
Davina Westbrook, raised in Omaha, Nebraska, has been drawing since she was nine years old. Davina is a Scholastic Art and Writing Award Gold Key winner, and won with her piece entitled, “The Parlor.” Davina is attending high school and looking forward to higher education with a major in sports nutrition.