GERRY APPLE SUCCESSFUL BTW TEACHING STRATEGIES Gerry has taught traffic safety education for fifty-one years. He has been a member of WTSEA since 1973. Currently, he is the coordinating secretary of our state association. He has served on the WTSEA board since 1977.
Gerry has also been involved with ADTSEA since 1977. He has served as President and Coordinating Secretary of this national association. This is the fourth time he has served on the ADTSEA Board of Directors. Next year the ADTSEA conference will be held in Vancouver, Washington. He will be the conference chairperson for this annual event.
Gerry has been very involved in youth activities at the local, state and national levels. He was the advisor of the Shelton SADD club from 1985 to 2018. He was also the state SADD coordinator for ten years.
BILL HALEY SUCCESSFUL BTW TEACHING STRATEGIES Bill has taught driver’s education since 2000. I received my training at CWU and have been teaching TSE in public schools ever since. I’ve joined the Washington Traffic Safety Education Association immediately after getting certified to teach traffic safety and have been blessed to be A representative for ESD 171 for the last four years.
SHELLEY CAMPBELL (Coordinator, Injury Prevention and Outreach Education Youth and Families Trauma Services, Trauma Nurses Talk Tough Legacy Emanuel Medical Center) EFFECTS OF THE PANDEMIC ON DRIVER SAFETY Shelley has been an RN for over 45 years. 27 of those years were in the Operating Room with the main role as Pediatric Nursing Coordinator in the Operating Room and Coordinator of an Adult Trauma Team. Her entire nursing career has been in critical care at a Level 1 Trauma Center.
Shelley is currently Coordinator of Injury Prevention and Outreach Education, Youth and Families, with Trauma Services and the Trauma Nurses Talks Tough Program at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. She conducts injury prevention education presentations to all age levels from pre-school to adults. Some of the areas that Shelley covers are Driver Education Classes, Parenting Classes, Supervision for Safety, and Responsibility for Safety, Substance Use and its effects on Adolescent Brains. She also provides presentations for court mandated classes such as for Distracted Driving and Safety Belt violations, Minors in Possession, Young Drivers Improvement, and DUII classes. Shelley also presents to groups concerning violence and gang activity in the community and to court remanded youth working with Healing Hurt People. She presents to the Juvenile Court Classes on Youth and Alcohol and Marijuana in Columbia, Lincoln, Multnomah and Washington Counties and the Beaverton Oregon Peer Court. Presentations to MS and HS students focus on the Adolescent Brain and stages of maturation and the effect of Alcohol and Marijuana on the developing brain. Shelley provides Injury Prevention Education to businesses, church groups and conferences. She has been the Keynote Speaker at National Conferences bringing with her the information that “Injuries Can Be Prevented”.
MIKE HAHN SUCCESSFUL BTW TEACHING STRATEGIES Earned BS in Physical Education Major with a Social Studies and Coaching minors, MS in Physical Education (Athletic Administration) and Administration/Principal Certification from WSU. Started teaching, coaching and district athletic director for the Granite Falls district in 1983 and currently still teaching in the Granite Falls school district. Received Traffic Safety Endorsement from CWU in 2002. Started teaching BTW for Lake Stevens High School in the summer of 2002. In 2003, started teaching both classroom and BTW for Granite Falls High School. Became a DOL examiner in 2013 and have been administrating the DOL Knowledge and Skills test for the past 8 years. Was appointed to the WTSEA board in 2017 and elected as the president elect in 2018. Currently serving as WTSEA president since 2020.
RODGER ANDERSON SUCCESSFUL BTW TEACHING STRATEGIES Rodger has been teaching Traffic Safety Education since receiving his training through CWU in 1989. All of these years have been at Lake Stevens High School doing both classroom and BTW instruction. He is also a DOL master examiner and the TSE coordinator for the Lake Stevens School District.
DOUG DAHL ADAS TEACHING STRATEGIES Doug is a Target Zero Manager for the Washington Traffic Safety Commission and a self-confessed traffic safety nerd. He authors a weekly traffic safety column that runs in news outlets across Washington, and he hosts a traffic safety website called TheWiseDrive.com. Doug’s passion for traffic safety began during his previous career as a deputy for the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office, and his fascination with driving began much earlier; at age five he dreamed of becoming a race car driver as he slept in pajamas covered with Indy cars. He’s been to racing school, but he spends most of his recreational time on a bicycle.
DEBI BESSER ADAS TEACHING STRATEGIES Debi Besser is the Automated Vehicles Program Manager at the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission. With over 7 years working in behavioral traffic safety, she has spent the last 18 months learning everything she can about advanced driver assistance systems, highly automated vehicles, and how people feel about them and interact with them. She also staffs the Washington State AV Safety Subcommittee, a diverse group of public and private sector partners focused on enabling the safe introduction of automated vehicle technology.
BREE AMMERMAN SUCCESSFUL BTW TEACHING STRATEGIES Bree started teaching TSE in 2018 and was trained through CWU. She serves the WTSEA Board as director of membership. She is currently the Bellingham School District Fleet Manager organizing seven TSE cars at three locations and 11 instructors’ schedules. She also is a BTW Teacher at Squalicum High School in Bellingham Washington and logs over 15,000 miles of instructing every year. When she is not doing TSE, she enjoys her family, horses, and anything outdoors. DEREK HAHN SUCCESSFUL BTW TEACHING STRATEGIES Derek started teaching TSE in 2018 and was trained through CWU. He serves the WTSEA Board as treasure. He is currently the Bellingham School District, teaching the classroom and BTW for Sehome High School. He logs over 10,000 miles of instructing every year. When he is not doing TSE, he enjoys his family, golf, and cats.
MINDY SMITH (OSPI) WASHINGTON STATE OSPI UPDATES Mindy Smith is the Program Supervisor for Student Transportation and Traffic Safety Education for OSPI. Mindy has 16 years’ experience in student transportation, as a school bus driver, dispatcher and certified school bus driver trainer. She has also served as a Department of Licensing Third Party Examiner for School buses, an adjunct professor for Lower Columbia Community College, teaching the behind the wheel portion of their Class B CDL (Commercial Driver License program). She has been married for 30 years, has 3 grown children and 6 grandchildren.
CARA JOCKUMSEN (DOL, Curriculum & Testing Specialist) WASHINGTON STATE WEB BASED TRAINING UPDATES Cara has worked for DOL for nearly six years in various roles. In her previous life she worked for a national insurance provider for nearly 15 years and learned about driver behavior by studying records, reading crash reports, and developing underwriting rules that accounted for driving behavior and results. She is passionate about improving traffic safety outcomes and believes strongly that one of the best ways to do this is by ensuring our novice drivers receive a comprehensive and thorough traffic safety education whose lessons last a lifetime.
LONI MILLER (DOL, DTS Program Manager) WASHINGTON STATE RULE WRITING UPDATE Loni has been the program manager since 2015 and has been in the program since 2009. She came to DOL with a background in project management and account management in the telecommunication industry. Loni’s passion is with the safety of our young drivers and working collaboratively with the industry to ensure we are doing that one thing that makes a difference in traffic safety. Loni has 3 grown children and 3 grandchildren. She has lived in Washington her whole life but loves to travel whenever possible, especially to see her grandkids in England and annually to Mexico to get some rest and relaxation. RYAN FLANAGAN (DOL, DTS Auditor & Investigation Supervisor) WASHINGTON STATE AUDITS FOR TESTING LOCATION Ryan is currently the Audit/Investigations supervisor for the DTS program. He has been with the DTS program for 3 years. Ryan started with the DOL as an Auditor 2 and grew from there. He has a passion for anything traffic related. He is a fifteen-year veteran of law enforcement. His last five years were spent in a traffic unit where he was a trained collision investigator and impaired driving detection expert. He also has five years of driver education instruction experience as a classroom and BTW instructor with 911 Driving School.
DAN COOKE (Licensing, Endorsements, and Traffic Safety Section: Administrator) WASHINGTON STATE DOL, INTRODUCTION I started as the Administrator for Licensing, Endorsements, and Traffic Safety on 1 September, but I have been working for DOL since 2016. My previous position at DOL was a Senior Research Analyst focused on Young Driver, Motorcyclist, and traffic safety programs. Prior to working at DOL I retired from the US Army after nearly 23 years of service as an Intelligence Analyst and Instructor. While working at DOL, I have found a passion for traffic safety and I realize that our shared goals should not be just to have zero traffic fatalities, but to change the way the people of Washington think about being safe while on the road.