Trainers (All DrivingMBA trainers are MVD Certified)
Kathleen Ryan – Director of Curriculum & Instruction – Kathleen has 12 years of experience working with children and adolescents in a variety of settings including seven years in the public school system. She has experience in special education as well as working with cross categorical special needs students. Her goal is to individualize instruction to meet and support all students. She places a high emphasis on establishing rapport with students by creating a safe learning environment that facilitates the students’ learning process. Kathleen has been with DrivingMBA since it’s inception. She has been instrumental in developing programs and adaptations to programs to meet the needs of students and she is particularly adept at working with students with special needs.
Maggie Shelton – Gilbert Branch Manager, Beginner, On-Road & Defensive Driving Programs Trainer – Maggie was born in California but spent her childhood and young adult years in Africa, South America and the Middle East. After obtaining a degree in business she and her husband supported their family of six by running their own businesses. Sharing a taste for adventure, they took their family around the world to scuba dive, sail, and fly in one of the several small airplanes they owned while the children were growing up. Maggie has received various licenses and certificates as an operator for various modes of transportation including powerboats, sailboats, airplanes and motorcycles. She’s always enjoyed driving, starting with the Willy Jeep she learned in while living in Brazil, to the Land Rovers she drove on game reserves in Africa, the 2-cylinder Citroen Geon she owned in Iran, mopeds in Asia, and her dirt bike in Baja, Mexico. Maggie is a published author, and her works have appeared in print and online magazines as well as in stand alone publications of both fiction and non-fiction. She lives with her husband in Gilbert, AZ and enjoys the opportunity to work with young people at DrivingMBA teaching them to be capable and safe drivers.
Richard Starr – Lead Trainer – Beginner, Defensive Driving & On-Road Programs – Richard has taught in the public school system since 1999, including 10 years teaching English in Gilbert and 5 years teaching computer skills in Escondido, CA, his home town. He is married and has three adult children, a son living in California and a son and daughter attending Northern Arizona University. He is a fan of the Diamondbacks and the Padres and enjoys camping and movies in his free time. He loves teaching and driving and is grateful for the opportunity to help his students develop skills to make them safer behind the wheel.
Zachery Green – Beginner & On-Road Programs Trainer – Zachery has been working as special needs provider for the past three years. He also does a lot of work with charity groups, organizing and customizing events for kids and individuals in need. Zach has begun a new chapter with DrivingMBA and is excited to work with teenagers to help them develop safe driving skills.
Devrae Rowan – Beginner, On-Road and Classroom Programs Trainer – Dev was born and raised here in Scottsdale, AZ, and absolutely loves it. She graduated from Saguaro high school in 2008. After high school, she went on to college for her degree in special education. In 2013, she graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Elementary and Special Education. Once out of college, she started working for a middle school in Scottsdale Unified School district, as a Special Education teacher for students with Autism. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering with a non-profit charity group that promotes children’s literacy through cosplay. She really loves working with students and helping them develop skills that will ensure that they are safe and responsible people.
Cole Dulas – Beginner & On-Road Programs Trainer – Cole grew up in rural Minnesota, learning to operate all kinds of vehicles, from Sail-Boats to ATVs to Airplanes. This turned into a great love for driving and keeping the roads safe through training new drivers. He graduated from Arizona Christian University in 2014, and has since worked as a stockbroker, a youth-director for The Salvation Army, and now has shifted gears into the world of driving instruction. In his free time, Cole spends a lot of time writing in coffee shops and volunteering at his church.
Annette Strmic – On-Road Program Trainer – Annette was born and raised in Chicago. While growing up she was involved in sports and developed a love for music and began playing piano. Annette was a chauffer for a professional limousine service in the late 1980’s. Annette has been happily married for 25 years. She, her husband and her son moved to sunny Arizona in 1996. Annette owned and operated a Child Care Center for 10 years where she cared for children from newborn to 12 years of age. As an instructor at DrivingMBA she is utilizing the skills she has developed over the years to teach students how to be safe and responsible drivers.
Art Eckstat – Defensive Driving Program Trainer – Art is a retired automotive and aerospace engineer with multiple engineering and business degrees including an earned doctorate. Art has been teaching defensive driving classes for over 8 years in Arizona with the goal of making our roads safer for everyone. He joined DrivingMBA for the opportunity to further this goal by teaching and evaluating defensive driving techniques to both new and experienced drivers utilizing our state-of-the-art simulators. Art also serves as a consultant and expert witness in engineering, business, and product liability matters. He was honored as a Contributor to Aviation History at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum in 1997.
Larry Urbanek – Defensive Driving Program Trainer- Larry, is a retired police officer with 29 years of service in Illinois. He moved to Arizona in 2004. He specialized in accident reconstruction and traffic safety. Having been a certified police motor officer/instructor and a MSF (Motorcycle Safety Foundation) instructor where he taught both Motorcycle and ATV training. Larry has helped many learn the safe and responsible way to ride. Larry also developed a 2 day driver awareness class which is still being taught to high school student in the south suburbs of Chicago. After seeing what DrivingMBA had to offer the students it was an easy transition and he has now refocused his training to helping our students here at DrivingMBA.
Ken Zwilling – Defensive Driving & On-Road Programs Trainer – Ken moved to Arizona from Minnesota in 1993 after selling his auto repair business of 18 years. He joined Universal Technical Institute as an automotive instructor in 1993 and became Campus Education Director in 1996. Ken moved to the UTI home office in 1999 as Director of Education and then as Curriculum Director 3 or 4 years later. He then moved to Regional Education Director until he retired from UTI in 2010.
Linda Hulverson – Classroom Trainer – Linda was born in Wisconsin and moved to Arizona after graduating from the Univiersity of Wisconsin-Stout in 1985, with a Bachelor’s of Business Degree in Business Administration. While attending Arizona State University for her Post Baccalaureate degree in Elementary Education she worked in the pool industry. In 1995, she received her Post Bac degree and has been teaching in the public school system in Arizona for 16 years. She received her master’s degree in Elementary Education in 1999 from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. She is also a certified CPR and First Aid training instructor as well as a swimming instructor. Linda has one son, Matthew, who has just entered the navy.