Traffic Safety Education

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Tonya East

Program/Project Manager

Tonya East joined The Research Institute at Western Oregon University in 2017 as a Senior Project Manager to work specifically on the Traffic Safety Education grant funded by the Oregon Department of Transportation. Tonya's academic credentials include a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Project Management Professional certification. She has worked in a variety of disciplines including corrections, senior independent living, and healthcare.

She is a goal-oriented individual with strong leadership capabilities and experience in organizational diagnosis, design and facilitation. She is able to communicate effectively with all organizational levels, build relationships of trust and enlist the participation of team members. Additionally, she has worked as an organizational development consultant with experience in diverse workplace environments.  Needless to say, her passion is working with teams!

Aaron East

Traffic Safety Education Coordinator

Aaron East serves as the Traffic Safety Education Grant Coordinator at The Research Institute at Western Oregon University. He is responsible for the supervision of the Trainer of Trainers instructors, traffic safety education course logistics, driver education instructor certification and business functions for the traffic safety education program.

He earned his baccalaureate of science in 1987 from Western Oregon State College with a major in law enforcement and minor in business administration. Aaron's primary expertise is program and financial management. He has managed programs in the areas of military service, criminal justice, early childhood and state university grants for 30 years.

Doug Reed

Trainer of Trainers

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.

Andrew Crites

Trainer of Trainers

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.

Tim Beckham

Trainer of Trainers

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.

Sharon Rothacker

Trainer of Trainers

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.

Cheri Kimball

Trainer of Trainers

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 on the Driver Education Advisory Committee, 2 nd Vice 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.

Rich Hanson

Trainer of Trainers

Rich is a graduate of Oregon State University and taught high school for 32 years. He began teaching driver education in 1995 and became a WOU Trainer of Trainers in 2003. He has worked on many curriculum and teacher training projects in Oregon and around the US and Canada. He was part of the Teacher Training Work Group that developed the national teacher training standards and teacher training curriculum that is being used around the US. His biggest passion is seeing teens being safe and developing habits that will give them a life time of safe driving practices.

Travis Gordon

Trainer of Trainers

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.

For general questions, email or call 503-838-9237.

Fax (503) 838-8150