Raul Almeida Raul Almeida is the owner and president of Almeida’s Consulting & Training, LLC. Mr. Almeida retired from the City of Mabton as the Chief of Police in August 2006 and currently serves as a Captain for the Hanford Patrol. Mr. Almeida is a Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC) Instructor Trainer, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) Advanced Driving Instructor, and National Training Center Master EVOC Instructor Trainer.
Gerry Apple I have been teaching driver education for forty five years and have been the adviser of our Shelton High School and Oakland Bay Junior High School SADD clubs for thirty years. My favorite hobbies are lifting weights, announcing sporting activities at Shelton High School, training people to be driver education teachers and walking my greyhounds. I am happily married to my wife, Helen Johnston and have one daughter, Amy, who is forty three years old.
I have been attending National Student Safety Program (NSSP) and SADD national conferences for the past thirty five years. My favorite SADD club activities are the Relay for Life, producing videos on such topics as problem Gambling, Texting and Driving, Advocacy Day in Olympia and providing Christmas gifts for needy children.
I would like to teach several more years and to continue to be the advisor of our SADD club during that time. I have been president and board member of the American Driver and Traffic Education Association (ADTSEA) which sponsors the NSSP organization. In Addition, I am on the PASS and TOGETHER boards. Finally, I am the Coordinating Secretary for WTSEA which is a group of commercial and public school driver education teachers in our state who share the same goal: To keep kids safe.
David Browne David Browne retired after 27 years of service with the Washington State Patrol, and had a degree in Police Administration. Has worked for Department of Licensing for 8 ½ years in Engineers and Land Surveyors , Dealer Services, and now Business Resources Section – Drivers Training Schools.
Shelley Campbell Shelley is an RN, Coordinator for Trauma Prevention and Outreach Education. She has over 40 years of experience in nursing. For 27 years she was the Pediatric Nursing Coordinator in the Operating Room and In charge of an Adult Trauma Team at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, a Level 1 Trauma Center. For the last 9 years she has been an Injury Prevention Educator with Trauma Services for Trauma Nurses Talk Tough (TNTT) at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center providing Injury Prevention Education for all ages from pre-school through college and beyond. Her presentations also include Drivers Education Classes; Traffic Safety Classes for all age groups; Brain Injury and Concussions and Helmet Use; presentations to businesses and organizations interested in injury prevention. Shelley provides presentations for Court Required education for those receiving citations for Reckless Driving, DUII, Improper Use of Safety Belts, Distracted Driving, MIP, and Adult Furnishing Alcohol to Minors. She conducts presentations for the Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington county Juvenile courts in Oregon, to juveniles and their parents and/or guardians regarding drugs and alcohol. Recently she has conducted presentations regarding the resurgence of violence and gangs in Oregon, to youth, their guardians, parole officers, police, judicial courts and community leaders. She also conducts “Train the Trainer” training seminars for other medical professionals interested in bringing Injury Prevention Presentations to their communities. Shelley participates on the Oregon Governor’s Advisory Council on DUII and the City of Portland DUII Work Group. She sits on the Advisory Board for SAFE KIDS of Oregon. She has been the Key Note Speaker at National Conferences offering new perspectives on Injury Prevention and Life Skills for the Prevention of Trauma. Most recently Shelley was interviewed on ABC Nightline speaking on Teen Girl Binge Drinking.
She also has the duties of Coordinator for Educational Programs, Educational Outreach and Marketing for TNTT. She is also a Child Passenger Safety Seat Technician (CPST) and assists at CPS clinics throughout the Portland Metropolitan area teaching families on proper installation of CPS seats, which seat is best for which child and how to properly fit a safety belt on children.
Mischelle Davis Mischelle is an outspoken community safety advocate; the current chair of the Washington State Advisory Board for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD); and the Director of Operations & Client Communications at Davis Law Group in Seattle, WA.
Her husband is Chris Davis, the nationally-known attorney and founder of Davis Law Group. Her primary focus is increasing awareness of public safety and legal issues through understandable, jargon-less language and modern communication/social media technologies. She is also a frequent speaker and consultant within the legal community attempting to revolutionize how law firms communicate with their clients—putting an end to ‘legal-speak’.
Prior to beginning this work in 2007, she spent more than 15 years as a public relations, communications and product planning professional in the high-tech industry in the US, Europe, and Australia working with such companies as Summit Software Corporation, Microsoft, Vulcan, Inc., and others. Mischelle holds an undergraduate degree in Marketing/Advertising from Murray State University and has studied technology systems and marketing through executive programs at Cal Tech and UC Berkeley.
JC Fawcett JC has been a Traffic Safety Instructor for 18 years.He is a DOL Master Trainer and Examiner and aProfessional Driving School Association (PDSA) President.He is extremely interested and involved in improving Traffic Safety Education in our state.
He Has been happily married for 17 years and has 3 incredibly beautiful children.Whenever he isn’t working, JC immensely enjoys spending time with his family and coaching Soccer.
Chuck Filippini I’m currently in my thirty-seventh year teaching, coaching, and advising at North Central High School in Spokane, Washington. I received my degrees in Physical Education, Health Education, and Traffic Safety Education at the University of Idaho. I received my 5th year in Special Education from Eastern Washington University and added TSE course work from Central Washington University. I have taught Traffic Safety Education at North Central High School since 1993 till the program dissolved in 2003. Currently, I work part time for 9-1-1 Driving School in Spokane, Washington. I’ve had the honor and privilege to serve as your President of WTSEA back in the 90’s. I was very fortunate and humble to be picked for the Clifford Boyce Award along with receiving the National Teacher of the Year Award from the American Driver Traffic Safety Education Association (ADTSEA) in 2001. I am married to a wonderful lady (Mary Lou) for the past thirty-two years. Our son and daughter-in-law teacher/counselor work in the West Jordan School District in Salt Lake City. We just became grandparents for the first time to “Chloe Grace Filippini”. Lastly, I’m looking forward to learning the new trends of our profession and helping to serve a wonderful group of TSE Instructors here in Eastern Washington.
Robert Fuller His professional background includes four years with the United States Air Force and 15 years in law enforcement, where he served as patrol watch commander and detective sergeant, and Robert served an additional 11 years in emergency services. For the most recent 10 years Robert served with the Department of Licensing as the Deputy Executive Director for the Board of Engineers, from 2007 to 2013. Robert also served as the DOL Director’s appointee on The Washington State Collection Agency Board as Chair and Presiding Officer from 2009 to 2013. In 2013, he accepted a promotion, as Administrator of the Business Resources Section of the Department of Licensing. Robert is responsible for eight regulatory programs which includes the Driver’s Training Program.
Skeet Gaul Skeet has a Bachelor’s Degree in History and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Educational Technology.He retired from public school instruction in 2008, after 36-years.He received his Washington State certification in TSE through Central Washington University in 1998. He currently works for the Arlington School District TSE program.He is certified to instruct both Classroom and Behind the Wheel.He has served the past 4-years as the WTSEA Treasurer. His wife and best friend, Teri, recently retired as Business Operations Manager for an Engineering firm which allows her more time to help him in his work with WTSEA. She is also a Master Gardner.They enjoy their children and grandchildren as well as traveling and exploring new places together.In addition to his work in TSE, Skeet loves to play golf, read and learn new things.He is a lifelong learner and is always open to new ideas.
Glenn Gorton I am the Program Supervisor for Student Transportation and Traffic Safety Education within the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. I have served in this position since 2009. Our office’s responsibilities include the oversight of all school district traffic safety education programs within the state.
Rob Kaufman Rob is a Senior Research Scientist Engineer at the University of Washington and for 25 years has directed and conducted many federal motor vehicle crash safety research studies evaluating crash injury mechanisms and restraint technologies. He has authored many publications examining injury bio-mechanics and vehicle crash-worthiness. Prior to his crash research, he supervised and trained hundreds of transit coach operators for six years while obtaining his degree in Mathematical Sciences.
Matthew Lindberg Matthew is a Motorcycle Safety Technical Specialist with Department of Licensing’s Motorcycle Safety Program. He is a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Certified Instructor, as well as a Washington State Certified Drive Training Instructor and Knowledge and Skills Examiner. Matt has extensive experience in teaching basic, intermediate, and advanced motorcycle training courses.
Mi Ae Lipe Mi Ae Lipe is a Seattle freelance editor and graphic designer, who also lives another life as a traffic safety advocate. She blogs about driving on her website Driving in the Real World, tweets daily driving news links and tips on Twitter at @DrivingReal, writes regularly for Roadio.com (an online magazine for UK driving instructors) and the local BMW CCA's magazine Zündfolge, and has co-written articles with Candace Lightner, founder of MADD. She is also a member of the WTSC–led Young Driver Task Force. She holds a Bronze driver qualification from Advanced Drivers of America and for the past several years has been researching training methods for many different types of driving, including street, high performance, teen clinics, evasive, autocross, and rally. Her particular interest is in holistic, experiential solutions rooted in common sense, social sciences, and psychology to raise road safety awareness and improve driver training.
Loni Miller Loni has been with the Washington State Department of Licensing since 2007. She is the Compliance Coordinator for the Driver Training School (DTS) program. As the Compliance Coordinator, Loni is engaged in Target Zero strategies by implementing them into the curriculum, guide and exams for licensure. Loni looks to embrace change within driver safety culture by analyzing worldwide research and best practices. She is passionate about her work responsibilities and the opportunities they present. Loni’s professional background also includes Project Management with Verisign and Business Account Manager for FairPoint Communications.
Miriam Norman Miriam is currently the lead DUI Prosecutor for the City of Seattle. As the Lead DUI Prosecutor, she acts as a liaison between prosecutors and law enforcement, community groups, and other stakeholders in the fight against impaired driving. She provides legal advice and trainings for prosecutors and officers on issues related to DUI. She also helps draft DUI related legislation. Miriam Norman was born in Seattle, but raised in Texas. From the age of the 8, she told people she was going to be a lawyer one day. From the time she was twelve, she had her sights on being a prosecutor. She attended as an undergrad in Texas planning to attend law school. Miriam graduated from her Texas law school (which was known as the prosecutor school) in the top of her class and moved to Washington with her husband, who was a soldier in the Army. She now has been a prosecutor for her whole career with a large focus on traffic crime. She has prosecuted in Seattle, in Jefferson County where she started a mental health court, and prosecuted felonies, misdemeanors, DV/SA cases, and honed her trial skills, and in Yakima where she began her career as a prosecutor. She also enjoys serving as a Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor, which allows her to go out and train state-wide law enforcement and prosecutors on traffic crime.
Andy Pilgrim Andy is a professional race driver and is currently a Pro driver for GM Racing’s Team Cadillac.Andy has won 5 Championships and 64 races so far in his professional racing career.
In 1989, Andy started and still owns, Electronic Computer Services Inc. a computer consulting company that is based in Fort Lauderdale, FL.The company currently has about 50 employees.
Andy started speaking to high school students and driver education teachers about 20 years ago about the traffic safety issues on America’s roads and in particular, the mounting danger of distracted driving.In 2008, he started The Traffic Safety Education Foundation.
In the last 4 years Andy has led the way in helping Parents understand the dangers of passing distracted driving habits behaviors onto their children.Andy has also created a Mobility Curriculum that is being used to help educate Grade 4 through 8 students about important traffic safety issues.
Yusuf Quidwai After retiring from the Omak School District, I have continued to teach Traffic Safety Education in Omak, Bridgeport, Oroville and Coulee School Districts and run a private Driving School with my wife, Kathy, in Okanogan, Washington.
I have had consistent involvement in the Washington State Traffic Safety Association as well as the Montana Traffic Safety Association for over 25 years.I would like to see Traffic Safety Education placed back into the public schools, as it is the only place where every child has an equal opportunity to gain exposure and reinforcement of good driving skills and habits regardless of socioeconomic status. I continue to enjoy teaching and the satisfaction associated with knowing that I have been part of young people’s most important activity – driving.As they leave the program, I hope that the education received in the Traffic Safety Education Program will keep them safe and accident/ticket free for life. I have been married to my wife, Kathy, for 31 years; we have one daughter and an 8 year old granddaughter who is the love and joy of our family.
David Scattergood Dave is an Adviser for the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, a non-profit corporation that empowers youth and adults with factual information about drugs so they can make informed decisions and live drug-free lives.
He works with law enforcement officials, schools and community groups in Washington State, providing them with free educational materials which explain:
Why people take drugs
How drugs work
How drugs affect the mind
Why drugs destroy creativity
Dave conducts open houses, school assemblies and other forums as well as meeting one-on-one with individuals interested in the Drug-Free World program.
David Slipp Dave has served with the WTSEA Board of Directors for the past several years and has recently been elected again as representative for ESD 113. He will serve in this capacity thru August 31st, 2017.
He retired from the U.S. Army in 1995, graduated from St. Martin’s University in 1999 with a degree in K-8 Education and endorsements in Instructional Technology and Traffic Safety.
He has taught Traffic Safety for Alexis Driving School (now closed) and Tumwater SD since 1999. He currently works for ESD 113 teaching at both Black Hills and Tumwater High Schools. As he puts it, “It’s the best job every—I’m having too much fun!”.
Dave has also done numerous WTSEA Conference workshops in the past.
David Weed David is the senior Motorcycle Safety Technical Specialist with the Department of Licensing’s Motorcycle Safety Program. He is also a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Certified Rider-Coach Trainer Instructor. David has extensive experience teaching basic, intermediate and advanced motorcycle training courses to riders as well as teaching motorcycle instructors how to provide training to their students.