Traffic Safety Education

Keynote Speaker

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Mike Studer

Mike Studer,PT,MHS,NCS, CEEAA, CWT, CSST received his physical therapy degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1991. He received his post-professional MHS degree in physical therapy with neurologic emphasis from the University of Indianapolis. He has been board-certified as a Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy since 1995 and has been designated a Certified Exercise Expert in the Aging Adult (CEEAA) designation by the Academy of Geriatric PT since 2011. Mike has served as the Vice-president of the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy of the APTA and has been the chair and vice-chair of several special interest groups at the national level in each of the Academies of Neurologic and Geriatric PT, including Balance and Falls, Stroke, and the Practice Committee in neurology. He is a full-time treating therapist at and founder of Northwest Rehabilitation Associates, in Oregon. Mr. Studer has presented courses and published numerous articles on neurologic and geriatric rehabilitation since 1995 and has authored and co-authored several book chapters on stroke, PD, and preventative care as well. Mike is now regularly a guest lecturer on a national and even international basis covering 8 different countries on topics including aging, stroke, motor learning, motivation in rehabilitation, cognition, balance, dizziness, and Parkinson’s Disease. His lecture at the Pacific NW conference will be leaning on his unique writings and experience in training automaticity in the face of distractions.  

Mike is also scheduled to present at TEDx Salem on January 4th, 2020.  Tickets are available here:

Session Presenters

David Beatty

David Beatty is a retired police sergeant from Texas with over 35 years of public safety service who has spent the past 10 of those years leading the SFST training program in Oregon. As Oregon's Traffic Safety Training Coordinator his job includes traveling around the state training police officers and, frequently, getting people drunk in the interest of science and education. He speaks at training sessions and conferences on traffic safety topics, especially related to Impaired Driving. He is a member of the IACP DRE Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) and a liaison to the Oregon Governor's Advisory Committee on DUII. He currently serves as the vice-chair of the Oregon DUII Multi-Disciplinary Training Task Force and is Oregon's designated Law Enforcement Liaison. He lives at the Coast with his beautiful wife Lorena and her stupid dog.

Tim Beckham

Tim Beckham has been a Traffic Safety Educator for Oregon Driver Education Center (ODEC) since 2012. He instructs for both teens and adults. He has taught classes and driving simulations for multiple fleet companies and state agencies. He is currently serving his second term as president of Oregon Driver and Traffic Safety and Education Association (ODTSEA). He is the only person in the state of Oregon that can teach the National Safety Council defensive driving class (4 hours) and teaches that class throughout the state.

He has been the Vice President of ODEC since 2014 and has been a Trainer of Trainer (ToT) for Western Oregon University since 2016. Having 7 children he has created a passion in traffic safety to keep his children protected from the number one cause of death for teenagers. He sees his roles as VP of ODEC and as a ToT as a way to influence the state in traffic safety to make the roads safer for everybody.

Megan Braze

Megan Braze has been with ODOT in the Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division (DMV) for over five years, beginning as a Drive Test Examiner in the Hillsboro field office. Megan currently serves as the program coordinator for photo licensing content and security, and is the lead policy analyst for Oregon’s Real ID project. Megan is a technical expert in driver license and identification card requirements and is passionate about making complex government requirements understandable for laypeople. Ben Kahn is the Transformation Manager at the Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicles Services Division, and leads the Service Transformation Program (STP). This 10-year, $90 million program will transform the way DMV does business today to better meet the needs of Oregonians through innovative service delivery. Previously, he spent 25 years with the Oregon Health Authority and held key positions in technology, research and project management.

Sheila Brown

Sheila is the Employee Development Coordinator at Chemeketa Community College. She earned a BS in Elementary Education from Corban University and a Special Education Endorsement from City University. Sheila coordinates, develops and presents training sessions focused on areas of employee professional development. Sheila is a certified QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) facilitator who has presented for a variety of populations including college students, staff, and faculty.

Morgan Cihak

Morgan Cihak manages the National Safety Council’s teen initiative, which focuses on leading causes of teen fatalities: car crashes and substance misuse. Morgan holds a bachelor’s degree in community health education from Western Michigan University and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in public health. She has been working in injury prevention for close to 5 years and is also a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician.

Andrew Crites

Andrew is no stranger to traffic safety and driver education. He has spent 11 years as a certified instructor. He began his career in 2006 working for Oregon Driver Education Center, holding every position in the company over the years. In fact, since 2014 he has been an owner of the company. Andrew also served as the Oregon Driver and Traffic Safety Association (ODTSEA) president in 2010-2011, and is currently the president of the Driving School Association of Oregon (DSAO).

In 2011, Andrew first joined the Trainer of Trainers team, bringing his instructional expertise along with his many years of traffic safety experience. Andrew is passionate about helping candidate instructors realize their goal of teaching teens the ODOT approved curriculum throughout Oregon. Additionally, he provides quality mentoring through his dynamic leadership.

Garrett Dow

Officer Garrett Dow has been a member of the Portland Police Bureau for 18 years. After serving 7 years on patrol, he worked 8 years in the Bureau’s Strategic Services Division bringing technology to patrol officers including computer-aided-dispatch, electronic field reporting, automatic license plate recognition, dash cams, body cams, and new mobile data computers. For the past 3 years, Officer Dow has been assigned to PPB’s Traffic Investigations Unit as a crash reconstructionist. He has been the primary investigator in 42 fatal collisions. He is certified by Bosch as a Crash Data Specialist and Analyst. He is also certified by Cellebrite as a Certified Operator and Physical Analyst.

Ronald Fredrickson

30+years insurance industry experience primarily in claims and claims management in the Pacific Northwest, Connecticut, Ohio, California and Illinois. 14 years as a regulator with the Oregon Insurance Division, now the Division of Financial Regulation. At large member of the ODOT Driver Education Advisory Council for the past three years.

Tim Glascock

Tim is Project Director of the Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Promotion grant for Western Oregon University. He earned his Master of Public Health and Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Oregon State University. Tim’s primary expertise is in mental health and wellness programming in education-based settings. Tim is a certified QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) facilitator who has presented for a variety of populations including college students, staff, and faculty, county health providers, K-12 transportation staff, etc.

Travis Gordon

Travis Gordon started his driver education career as a certified instructor in 2014 for Oregon Driver Education Center. He has helped English language learners from 5 different continents practice their driving skills and learn the rules and laws of driving in Oregon. Travis joined Western Oregon University as a Trainer of Trainers in Summer of 2018. He is enjoying his time helping turn great students into Driver Ed Instructors. Travis is also a certified DMV drive tester who has helped drivers of all ages receive their driver license. He’s helped teach defensive driving classes for many fleet companies and state agencies. Travis also teaches a Traffic Safety class in Portland for licensed drivers to better educate the community.

Richard Greene

US Navy 1980-2000, Intel Corporation 2000-2016, DE Instructor 2018-Current Managing member of Columbia River Driver Education. In 2019 CRDE was authorized to add Virtual Reality training to Playbook curriculum. Equipment has been ordered, new flow chart approved by ODOT.

Wendy Greene

Wendy has worked in the technology industry as a Senior Business Analyst for the last twenty years and is currently a Program Manager at Intel. In 2019 she became a licensed driver education instructor and is a managing member at Columbia River Driver Education.

Kevin Haas

Kevin Haas is the State Traffic Standards Engineer and Unit Manager working out of ODOT's Technical Leadership Center in Salem. He is a statewide expert on traffic engineering issues including traffic laws, engineering standards, and the future of connected and autonomous vehicles on our transportation system. Kevin has been a registered professional engineer in Oregon for 20 years and prior to his 22 year career at ODOT worked for both the Washington State DOT and Pierce County in Seattle and Tacoma respectively. Kevin is a civil engineering graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle.

Lauren Houslet

Although a relative newcomer to the world of Driver Education, Lauren is a seasoned educator. She taught math and science to middle and high school youth for the past 20 years. She has a passion for supporting these young people especially as they learn and create habits leading to a lifetime of safe driving. She is also passionate about providing instructors with the knowledge and skills they need to provide quality instruction.  Lauren makes her home in Bend with her husband and two children. She loves to read and to enjoy all Central Oregon has to offer.

Lindsay Huber

I have been working at The Street Trust on various education and encouragement programs surrounding Safe Routes to School and driver education for over two years. This Oregon Friendly Driver program was developed by The Street Trust, Commute Options, and Lane Council of Governments in partnership with the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Kim Johnson

Kim Johnson works with visually impaired/blind youth. As an orientation & mobility instructor she teaches students how to travel and navigate in a variety of settings. As orientation & mobility instructors, they teach students how to cross streets, ride buses, and travel independently. They use traffic and auditory skills to navigate. Orientation and mobility instructors work closely with a variety of organizations to improve pedestrian and driver safety.

Ben Kahn

Ben Kahn is the Transformation Manager at the Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicles Services Division, and leads the Service Transformation Program (STP). This 10-year, $90 million program will transform the way DMV does business today to better meet the needs of Oregonians through innovative service delivery. Previously, he spent 25 years with the Oregon Health Authority and held key positions in technology, research and project management.

Heidi Manlove

Heidi works at ODOT - Transportation Safety Division. She is the program manager for the pedestrian and bicycle safety program and for the Safe Routes to School Program. The goals of these programs are to educate and encourage all road users to practice safe behaviors on the road. To do this, Heidi collaborates with city, county, non-profit, and law enforcement partners to deliver education, training and best practice messaging.

Marissa Mark

Marissa Mark is the Manager of Education Initiatives at 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.

Bill Merrill

Bill Merrill is the Lead Worker of the License & ID Issuance Policy Team at Driver and Motor Vehicle Services (DMV). Bill leads a staff of four Program Coordinators who are responsible for a number of driver-related programs, including Real ID, Provisional Licensing, Legal Presence, and License and Permit Issuances. Bill has been with DMV since June 2002. Prior to beginning his career with DMV, Bill worked for GE Capital for 15 years. Bill holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Oregon State University. 

Drew Pfefferle

Drew is the Coordinator of the Safe Lane Transportation Coalition in Eugene, Oregon. 

Brett Robinson

Brett Robinson has been involved in the highway traffic safety arena in the areas of driver education, driver testing, commercial driver licensing and motorcycle safety for over 25 years. He is the Co-founder and President for Highway Safety Services, LLC (HSS) located in Indiana, PA. HSS is a leading company for consulting services in highway traffic safety and driver's license test administration. HSS provides management services for several national traffic safety associations. 
He worked for the Highway Safety Center at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrations (AAMVA) prior to forming Highway Safety Services, LLC in 2005. 
Among various responsibilities, Mr. Robinson serves as the Secretariat for the National Association of Stakeholders in Traffic Safety Education (ANSTSE); the Executive Director for the American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association (ADTSEA); and the Executive Director for the National Association of State Motorcycle Safety Administrators (SMSA).  

Sharon Rothacker

Sharon Rothacker has been a Traffic Safety Educator for Umpqua Community College since 2000. 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 the Western Oregon University-ODOT program for new Traffic Safety instructors since 2004. She began coordinating the Driver Education program in Roseburg Oregon for Umpqua Community College in 2016. Sharon has a passion for traffic safety and enjoys what she does.

Nathan Scott

Officer Scott has been a sworn Police Officer with the Portland Police Bureau since 2001. Since 2007 Officer Scott has worked in the traffic division and is a member of the major crash team, a DRE and SFST instructor, field training officer, and traffic enforcement officer.

Cory Stenzel

Detective Cory Stenzel has been with the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) for the last 14 years working various assignments until promoting to the rank of Detective in 2012. Detective Stenzel is a recognized expert in mobile data acquisition and analysis and assigned to the Portland Police Bureau’s Digital Forensics Unit (DFU) and as an on-call team member for Portland Police Homicide. He assisted in establishing a cooperative working group with the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office and Oregon Department of Justice for digital evidence best practices and search warrant applications. He is a national contract trainer for Cellebrite and holds a number of professional certifications in digital forensics that include: GIAC Advanced Smartphone Forensics (GASF) from the SANS Institute for Computer Information Security Training & Certification (GIAC Analyst #83), Cellebrite Advanced Smartphone Analysis (CASA) certification from Cellebrite, NAND Reconstruction from RuSolut, Chip-off and Image Analytics from H-11 Forensics, and SQLite Forensics from TEELTechnologies.

Tony Summers

Tony is a former high school principal, English teacher, and football coach. He has extensive experience in operations, organizing, scheduling, and training in an educational setting. Tony has always used technology to enhance the classroom learning experience and to streamline organization within the school. He is putting this experience to use as the driver ed program manager at the High Desert Education Services District.

Tiana Tozer

Tiana Tozer has been speaking on traffic safety for 31 years. She has presented to thousands of audiences including 12,000 people at the University of Oregon 2013 Commencement and she has given a TEDx Talk "Redefining Disability." As the Region 1 Transportation Safety Coordinator Tiana works on the education and enforcement piece of stopping preventable traffic crashes and subsequent fatalities and injuries. Her job is to help change our traffic culture in the U.S. through education and grassroots efforts that encourage people and communities to identify and address their community traffic safety issues. Tiana provides communities with information about what behaviors are causing the crashes on their local roads, and how they can become part of a proactive traffic safety culture. 

Sheryl Vanderwalker

Sheryl started her career in traffic safety as a Deputy Sheriff for the King County Sheriff’s Department.  She retired after 25 years of service.  Sheryl received her traffic instructor training from Western Oregon University and opened her own driving school in the State of Washington.  Sheryl is a Trainer of Trainer, Certified and Master License Examiner, Secretary of the Professional Driving School Association of Washington and participated on the Department of Licensing Advisory Committee.  Sheryl has been a Trainer of Trainer for the Western Oregon University Traffic Safety Education Program for 10 years.

Rachel White

Rachel White has been with High Desert Driver Education for two years. She has been instrumental in implementing many of their online systems and is the go-to person for the registration process. Her ability to problem solve and create solutions has been pivotal in helping to make the program paperless.