Traffic Safety Education

Session Presenters

Tim Beckham

Tim Beckham has been in traffic safety since 2012. He was an instructor at Oregon Driver Education Center (ODEC) and worked his way up to the Vice President of the company until August of 2021. At ODEC he trained teens, adults, and instructors. He became a Trainer of Trainer with Western Oregon University in 2016, where he loves training adults to become instructors. He now works at Highway Safety Services (HSS) as a Project Specialist.  HSS manages the American Driver & Traffic Safety Education Association (ADTSEA) and has contracts with National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) where they work on national driver education initiatives.

Mary DeFerrari

Mary DeFerrari has provided compliance activities to ODOT’s teen driver education program since 2007, when she was hired into a new position approved by the state legislature just that year. After laying down the foundation of the compliance program she has continued to make improvements, to assure state-wide compliance, to provide mentorship and support to providers and to support overall program efforts. Previously, Mary worked for Oregon Health Authority for 14 years where she inspected x-ray machines and radiation safety programs across the state, and served as an FDA certified Mammography quality standards act inspector. She has a BS in Business Management and has worked nearly 35 years serving the State of Oregon.

Travis Gordon

Travis started his driver education career as a certified instructor in 2014 for Oregon Driver Education Center. Travis joined Western Oregon University as a Trainer of Trainer in Summer of 2018. Travis has presented at multiple conferences throughout the state. He is enjoying his time helping turn great students into Driver Education 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

Bob Jones

Bob is the founder of Southern Oregon Driver Education and has been an educator of driving instruction for over 25 years.  He was a certified public school teacher with twenty years of experience and recently retired in order to place all of his focus on Southern Oregon Driver Education, Inc.  Bob is committed to the instruction of youth and adults to ensure our roads are safe and drivers have a lifetime of crash-free driving.

Amy Joyce

Amy Joyce became the Governor's Highway Safety Representative in July 2021 when the Transportation Safety Office became part of DMV, where she has been the Administrator since 2020.  Amy was ODOT's legislative liaison for Transportation Safety (and other parts of ODOT) from 2010-2019.  In that time she worked with advocacy groups, legislators, and others on issues including teen driver education, DUII, occupant protection, distracted driving, motorcycle safety, and more.  She is proud to have been part of the successful 2013 legislative effort to secure greater access to teen driver education through adaptive strategies and increased subsidy for lower income Oregonians.

Cheri Kimball

Cheri Kimball began her journey in the Driver Education world in July 2015. Since then has been what she calls “the best decision I’ve made in a very long time”. She started as the General Manager of a private commercial driving school conducting driver education classes for teens in Lane County and the Greater Portland areas. She still holds this position and has since added a position as the Chair of the Driver Education Advisory Committee, President of our state association, ODTSEA, and Western Oregon University Trainer of Trainers. She holds each of these positions with pride and looks forward to a long career in driver education.

In her very little personal time she most enjoys spending time with her family especially her two grandchildren, attending as many concerts as possible, running, hiking, paddleboarding, dancing and anything that has to do with the ocean

Traci Pearl

Traci has over twenty years of highway safety grants experience, starting out as the Occupant Protection Program Manager for Nevada’s Highway Safety Office, and moving to Oregon in 2016 to work for ODOT’s then Transportation Safety Division as the Highway Safety Programs Section Manager.  She grew up in Nevada and earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada-Reno.   She is very passionate about transportation safety, and is commonly referred to by friends and family as ‘the traffic safety lady;’ most notably by her husband and stepchildren who did not regularly wear safety belts ‘BT,’ or before Traci came along 18 years ago!  Traci is married with a blended family of five adult children, eight grandchildren, and even two great-grandchildren, who you can be assured are riding properly restrained in the car, every trip, every time.  

Jody Raska

Jody Raska has been with the ODOT Transportation Safety Office since June 2015 and became the Driver Education Program Manager in July 2020, in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this time, she has continued to learn about the challenges of addressing highway safety. Prior to public service, she worked 30 years in the private industry specializing in accounting and business/office management. She has a BA in Business Administration, Accounting from Eastern Oregon University and an MBA from Corban University. 

Doug Reed

Doug is an experienced educator with a passion for teen learning. He has been teaching STEM in public high schools for over 20 years. In 2014 he began teaching novice drivers for Southern Oregon Driver Education (SODE) in Medford and discovered anew the joy of teaching teens a life-long skill while making the community a safer place. He immediately knew that he wanted others to experience this demanding but rewarding career, so in 2016 he joined the Western Oregon University Traffic Safety Education Trainer of Trainers team. Doug makes his home in the Rogue Valley with his wife and four children, where he lives out his values of faith, family, and a passion for education.

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.

Todd Sholty

Todd is a teacher at Rex Putnam High School, in Milwaukie. Previous to that, he and his family lived on the Oregon Coast, where he managed an alternative high school in Lincoln County. Todd has been a classroom and behind-the-wheel teacher for the past five years.

Tony Summers

Tony is currently the program manager for the High Desert Education Service District’s Driver Education Program in Central Oregon. Tony took over this role in 2019 and prior to that had worked in education as an English and reading teacher, high school football and powerlifting coach, and high school principal. He understands the important role that driver education plays in keeping Oregon’s roads safe for everyone and more importantly the impact it can have on reducing the number of traffic fatalities among teens. Oregon driver education programs cannot be successful without knowledgeable and competent instructors. This is why he feels working as a Trainer of Trainers at Western Oregon University is so important.

Tony lives in Sisters, Oregon with his beautiful wife where he enjoys spending as much time outdoors in the beautiful Central Oregon landscape. His hobbies include competing in strongman and powerlifting competitions, riding his bike (AKA motorcycle), and any other activity that gets him outside and on the mountains, trails, rivers, and lakes in our beautiful state.