Traffic Safety Education


Keynote Speaker

Griff Jones

Dr. Griff Jones is an emeritus professor of science education in the College of Education at the University of Florida. He received his Ph.D. and M.Ed. degrees in science education from the University of Florida and his bachelor’s degree in biology from Florida Southern College. While at UF, Dr. Jones held joint appointments as a Faculty Fellow with the University of Florida’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and as an Affiliate Faculty member for the College of Engineering’s Transportation Institute. With two decades of experience teaching all science subjects to K-12 students, college students, teachers, school administrators, and teacher-educators throughout the U.S., Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Dr. Jones specializes in designing effective inquiry-based, interdisciplinary science programs. He has authored several highly successful and nationally-disseminated inquiry-based science textbooks, curriculum guides, online-course materials, and science lab teaching materials. As a K-12 classroom teacher and science department chair from 1987-2007, Dr. Jones developed successful high school physics and elementary science programs for a diverse range of learners. In addition, through his work with the science education program at the University of Florida’s College of Education, he developed effective science methods courses and numerous academic linkages between K-12 and post-secondary education. His most well known collaboration has been with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (an independent, nonprofit, scientific and educational organization). As part of his work with this organization, Dr. Jones developed two educational films and an innovative website focusing on the practical, and potentially life-saving, application of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in car crashes. The award-winning films are used by thousands of teachers throughout the U.S. and impact millions of high school science students each year. Dr. Jones received state and national-level recognition for his efforts as a K-adult science educator, including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching awarded by the National Science Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences, and The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. In 2017, the University of Florida awarded Dr. Jones professor emeritus status.

Session Presenters

Erica Dow and Bill Warner

Erica Dow is employed at Klamath Community College (KCC) where she oversees the non -credit and workforce departments which include driver education. Erica has been an instructor and the program coordinator for driver education at KCC for nearly three years. She is also a member of the state’s Driver Education Advisory Committee (DEAC). Erica is excited to share how KCC has worked with the Oregon Department of Transportation – Transportation Safety Division to offer Driver education to the rural communities at an affordable cost.

Bill will celebrate his 9th year with Oregon DOT this February as the Program Manager for Transportation Safety Division’s Driver Education Program. Before joining ODOT, he was the Coordinator of the Driver Education program for Bandon School District. Bill also worked as a Lead Trainer for Western Oregon University, a School Bus Driver Trainer, First Aid/CPR Trainer, and Campus Safety Officer for the 13 years prior to taking his position at the DOT. Bill is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the national American Driver and Traffic Safety Educators Association (ADTSEA).

Troy Costales

Troy has a short bio if needed, however the team of presenters will self-introduce during the workshop time.

William Warner, Mary DeFerrari and Jeff Denton

Bill will celebrate his 9th year with Oregon DOT this February as the Program Manager for Transportation Safety Division’s Driver Education Program.  Before joining ODOT, he was the Coordinator of the Driver Education program for Bandon School District.  Bill also worked as a Lead Trainer for Western Oregon University, a School Bus Driver Trainer, First Aid/CPR Trainer, and Campus Safety Officer for the 13 years prior to taking his position at the DOT.  Bill is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the national American Driver and Traffic Safety Educators Association (ADTSEA). 

Mary’s past training and experience as a Health Physicist for Oregon Health Authority and as a certified Mammography Quality Standards Act inspector for the federal Food and Drug Administration provided the background she used to create Oregon’s driver education compliance program in 2007.  Since then she has continually improved inspection methods, tools, and tracking systems.  Mary advocates for providers and instructors, and at the same time holds them accountable. She prides herself in balancing compliance with mentorship and in creating a supportive atmosphere.

Jeff Denton serves as the lead technologist and web developer for The Research Institute. Prior to his employment with TRI in 2005, he managed his own web consultancy, Upstart Productions, since 2000.  Jeff’s primary responsibilities include the design, management, and development of several TRI project websites and mobile applications. He is skilled in UI/UX design, PHP, JavaScript, VB.Net, mobile app development, database design and maintenance, project management, infographic design, and digital strategy development.


Dominic Dobson

Dominic Dobson is a former racing driver instructor and IndyCar and Sports Car racer who made 7 consecutive starts in the Indy 500 from 1988-1994, winning the "Fastest Rookie in History" award in 1988. He has over 60 starts in the CART IndyCar Series, winning "Rookie of the Year" in 1986. He also drove numerous IMSA and other Sportcar races, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Daytona 24 hours and the Sebring 12 hours numerous times. More recently, he raced at the 2005 Baja 1000 and the 2015 Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, where he won the Unlimited Class, and also won the “Rookie of the Year” award as well. Dobson was Founder/CEO of Motion Research Technologies, a pioneer in Augmented Reality and invented the world's first wireless heads-up display named "SportVue" for motorcycle riders. He sold his three patents to Google in 2013 and was an early adopter in VR, using it to train for his Pikes Peak victory. He has two college-aged children who both learned to drive and he is deeply committed to driving safety.

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Ronald Fredrickson

Ron has spent 36 years in the insurance industry, primarily in claims management.  He has spent 13 years in consumer protection with the Oregon Insurance Division (now the Division of Financial Regulation).  Ten of those years he managed the consumer advocacy team and three have been as a senior policy analyst for advocacy and education

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Candice Scott and Gary Glassenapp

Candi and Gary each have over 30 years of experience in the youth development field, supporting children and youth with a variety of diverse learning needs. They have provided professional development for K-12 and 21st Century Community Learning Center educators. They also are certified Youth Work Methods trainers, supporting youth development professionals in effective instructional practices.


Pat Hahn

Pat Hahn is communications and outreach manager for Team Oregon Motorcycle Safety Program. He is currently responsible for internal and external communications including strategic planning, brand management, media and public relations, website management, curriculum development, program evaluation, stakeholder engagement and community outreach. Formerly an information officer for the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Pat was first trained as an MSF instructor in 1996. He has written five books about motorcycle safety and motorcycles. He also serves as a team member for NHTSA motorcycle safety technical assessments and has conducted assessments in California, Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina and Ohio.

Griff Jones

Dr. Griff Jones is an emeritus clinical associate professor of science education in the College of Education at the University of Florida. He received his Ph.D. and M.Ed. degrees in science education from the University of Florida and his bachelor’s degree in biology from Florida Southern College. While at UF, Dr. Jones held joint appointments as a Faculty Fellow with the University of Florida’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and as an Affiliate Faculty member for the College of Engineering’s Transportation Institute. With two decades of experience teaching all science subjects to K-12 students, college students, teachers, school administrators, and teacher-educators throughout the U.S., Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Dr. Jones specializes in designing effective inquiry-based, interdisciplinary science programs. He has authored several highly successful and nationally-disseminated inquiry-based science textbooks, curriculum guides, online-course materials, and science lab teaching materials. As a K-12 classroom teacher and science department chair from 1987-2007, Dr. Jones developed successful high school physics and elementary science programs for a diverse range of learners. In addition, through his work with the science education program at the University of Florida’s College of Education, he developed effective science methods courses and numerous academic linkages between K-12 and post-secondary education. His most well known collaboration has been with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (an independent, nonprofit, scientific and educational organization). As part of his work with this organization, Dr. Jones developed two educational films and an innovative website focusing on the practical, and potentially life-saving, application of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in car crashes. The award-winning films are used by thousands of teachers throughout the U.S. and impact millions of high school science students each year. Dr. Jones received state and national-level recognition for his efforts as a K-adult science educator, including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching awarded by the National Science Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences, and The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. In 2017, the University of Florida awarded Dr. Jones professor emeritus status.

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Marissa Mark

Marissa Mark is the Education Coordinator for Donate Life Northwest. With a BA in Health Education and a Master of Public Health, Marissa teaches high school students across Oregon and Southwest Washington as well as Oregon DMV staff about organ, eye, and tissue donation. Donate Life Northwest, founded in 1975 as the Oregon Donor Program, is a non-profit organization that aims to save lives and improve health through the promotion of organ, eye, and tissue donation.

Emily Purry

Emily Purry is a Life Strategist and Educator in Portland, Oregon who helps individuals living with disabilities achieve their personal and professional goals using a person-centered, holistic approach. Before joining the INCIGHT team, Emily was a County Disability Rights Advocate and Trainer in Oregon. Legally blind and in chronic pain from a recent debilitating injury, she identifies with the daily challenges faced by a person with a disability. Her experience as a person with disabilities and as a mother of a child with a disability directs her approach for helping clients overcome daily challenges and working toward long-term goals. Purry earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Easter Washington University and a Master’s degree in Business Management and Organizational Leadership from Warner Pacific College. She is a licensed Massage Therapist, a Certified Personal Trainer and a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor. Her education combined with her life experience provides unique knowledge of many aspects of rehabilitation, stress management and effective methods for coping with chronic pain. Emily offers effective in-person and online life coaching and public speaking services to individuals and families nationwide. She is also available to train groups on topics related to disability and equity.

Brett Robinson

Brett Robinson has been involved in traffic safety for over 25 years. He is the President of Highway Safety Services, LLC based in Indiana, PA. Among his roles, he serves as the Secretariat for the Association of National Stakeholders in Traffic Safety Education (ANSTSE); the Executive Director for the American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association; and the Executive Director for the National Association of State Motorcycle Safety Administrators (SMSA).

Tim Beckham and Sharon Rothacker

Tim Beckham has been a Traffic Safety Educator for Oregon Driver Education Center for 6 ½ years. He has been the Vice President/General Manager for 4 ½ years. He instructs both teens and adults in classroom and behind-the-wheel sessions. Tim also teaches defensive driving for National Safety Council and teaches advanced driving for fleets. He has been a Trainer of Trainers for Western Oregon University-ODOT program for new Traffic Safety instructors for 2 ½ years. With 7 children traffic safety has become a true passion of his as a way to keep his children safe. He wants to share, inspire, and teach all instructors in the state of Oregon and throughout the country. Sharon Rothacker has been a Traffic Safety Educator for Umpqua Community College for 18 years. She instructs both teens and adults in classroom and behind the wheel sessions. Sharon also instructs Bioptic driver training for individuals with low vision. She has been a Trainer of Trainers for Western Oregon University-ODOT program for new Traffic Safety instructors for 15 years. This past year she began coordinating the Driver Education program in Roseburg, Oregon for Umpqua Community College. Sharon has a passion for traffic safety and enjoys what she does.

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Angie Ward

Angie has served over 30 years in state government, and has worked for the Washington Traffic Safety Commission since 1993. She currently manages the Young Driver Program and assists with agency communications and media. Starting as an executive assistant to the director, she never intended to stay so long, but got sucked into the job satisfaction inherent in traffic safety work. Before her time at WTSC she worked for two Washington governors and for the Association of General Contractors, Building and Highway Divisions, in Columbia South Carolina. In addition to working at the WTSC, she is a professional musician and enjoys hiking, cooking, baking cakes, and has recently been trained as a home funeral guide. She has two adult sons and lives with her husband Olympia, Washington.

Melissa Richey and Mike Zinno William Warner

Melissa Richey has been the Driver Education Coordinator at LBCC for the past 6 years and is also a certified Driver Education Instructor.

Mike Zinno has been a DE Instructor at Umpqua Community College, and Roque Community College. Being an active listener during his time with each of these organization, has helped him to understand the needs of the communities they served. Now that he has his own business he is able to be more flexible to his community's needs.