Scottsdale AZ
9089 East Bahia Drive #102
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Gilbert AZ
3303 South Lindsay, Suite 105
Gilbert, AZ 85297
Enrollment: (480) 305-7935
Support: (480) 948-1648

Meet Our Staff

Executive Team

Maria Wojtczak

Co-founder, COO

Maria has over 20 years of organization development experience working with a wide range of organizations. In addition to the use of traditional organization development techniques, she is highly skilled in large systems change and organization learning, with formal training in both specialties. She has extensive experience in the field of adult learning concepts, and in the design and facilitation of adult learning experiences and interventions at all levels, and sizes of organizations. Maria coached senior leaders in a variety of companies and consulted in this capacity with senior executives of large automotive business units, high level education personnel, and senior personnel in other organizations. Maria is certified in the use of the Myers Briggs Personality Indicator (MBTI) assessment. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan. Maria is responsible for the DrivingMBA operation as well as marketing for the organization.

Richard Wojtczak

Co-founder, CEO

Richard has over 30 years of diversified information systems experience and over 20 years of management experience within the automotive industry. His experience in Information Technology provides him with a solid appreciation of the possibilities for application of high technology tools. He brings a solid business background and possesses an MBA. Richard has training and practical experience in Organization Development and has consulted with diverse companies in the general area of organization development, including strategic planning, executive and team development, and skill building. Richard is highly skilled in problem analysis and change implementation. He is responsible for the emphasis on utilizing high end simulation as a tool to produce safer, better equipped drivers to make our roads safer for all users.

Charles Sobczak


Charles has a diverse background ranging from a traffic agent responsible for weight and balance of aircraft to hazardous material coordinator, customer service supervisor as well as sales for Flying Tigers in Detroit Michigan. From 1993 to 2003 Charles was in charge of certification and on-going training of sales personnel in automotive retail. Charles has significant experience in customer interaction, both from his time in automotive sales and from his efforts in conjunction with his wife in the restaurant business. He is particularly adept at developing strong working relationships with a wide variety of contacts. Charlie and his wife Laura came to DrivingMBA as investor/partners in August 2005.

Laura Sobczak

Partner, Scottsdale Site Manager

Laura's responsibilities include office management and book keeping for DrivingMBA. She also handles various administrative functions. Laura has a diverse background of experience ranging from being the first female traffic agent for Flying Tigers in Detroit Michigan to real estate and property management while living in Arizona. From 1992 until 2004 Laura managed the accounting and administrative aspects of her family's restaurants.

Enrollment Counselors

Sharon Dukes

Enrollment and Marketing Specialist

Sharon is a dedicated and energetic professional with over 25 years of experience in the fields of marketing and sales, workforce development, employment services and training and education. She has administered state and federal grants along with many community based projects. Sharon especially enjoys working with people of different cultures and backgrounds. She loves to travel and thrives on building diverse and productive relationships with businesses and community organizations. Sharon, born in Bremerhaven, Germany, relocated to Gilbert, Arizona 13 years ago after living in California, Chicago, Hawaii and Michigan respectively. During her travels, she has gained valuable experiences in working with a diverse base of business and non-profit organizations seeking products and services toward fulfillment of mission and financial goals. Her educational studies are in the areas of Public Administration and Sociology.

Admin and Front Desk Team

Heather Penwell

Front Desk Administrator

Heather moved to Arizona in 1996. She earned her bachelors in healthcare administration in 2015. She previously pursued a career in security for 20 years. She took a break from security in order to pursue her desire in healthcare as well as to take care of her 4 children. She spends her free time at home with her children and her many pets. She is also CPR certified.

Gerardo Quintero

Front Desk Administrator

Gerardo Quintero AKA Gerry was born in Orange County California, graduated from Loara High School in 2008. He then attended Everest College where he obtained his degree as Administrative Assistant in 2011. Before moving to Arizona he worked as Administrative Assistant at a MRI center for over 4 years. Even though Gerardo misses the nice California weather he does not miss the traffic. His hobbies are going on road trips to meet new people and see new places. He also enjoys going for hikes. He is enjoying working at DrivingMBA and being able to have an impact on driver safety.

Instructors and Trainers

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 and 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, On-Road and Defensive Driving Programs Trainer

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.

Nevar Frank

Defensive Driving and On-Road Programs Trainer

Nevar has a BA in Sociology and International studies, an MA in criminal Justice and is currently working on PHD in Criminal Justice. She has been in corrections supervising emergency procedures and supervising the safe transportation of offenders for 8 years. Nevar also has 10 years of teaching and training experience. She grew up in North Dakota and has lived in West Africa, North Carolina, California, Kansas, and Colorado before moving to Scottsdale, Arizona.

Devrae Rowan

Beginner, On-Road and Classroom Programs Trainer & Specialist

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.

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.

Linda Hulverson

Classroom Trainer

Linda was born in Wisconsin and moved to Arizona after graduating from the University 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.

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.

Zach Benn

Beginner and On-Road Programs Trainer

Zach (aka Benn) was born in Southern California, lived in Northern Nevada for 5 years until finally calling Arizona home with his family in 2008. Zach graduated from Highland High School in 2014 and continues his education in Criminology/Criminal Justice. Zach completed the Driving MBA program in 2011. He is extremely proud of his impeccable driving record and credits the Driving MBA program for his driving success. Zach enjoys target practice, road trips, gaming, camping and is a diehard Green Bay Packers fan.

Lindsay Kitchens

Beginner and On-Road Programs Trainer

Lindsay was born in Arizona; she lived in Colorado until age five, then returned to the Valley of the Sun. She spent most of her childhood and adolescence competing in a wide variety of athletics. She now studies mechanical engineering as a full time student at Scottsdale Community College. Lindsay is a free thinker, always seeking new experiences of fulfillment. Throughout these experiences, she has found joy in helping others learn and grow as individuals. This desire drove her to seek employment at Driving MBA; she brings her passion for helping others in every lesson. Through each lesson, her objective is to show each student the importance of driving safely.

Nola Reynolds

Beginner and On-Road Programs Trainer

Nola has been an Arizona resident for thirty years. She has two children. A twenty year old daughter, currently attending Grand Canyon University and a fourteen year old son enrolled in a private school. She is passionate about supporting local business' and giving back to her community. She has experience working with individuals with autism and sensory integration. She has a daily practice of meditation and gratitude. Her hobbies are art, traveling and backpacking.

Gregory C. Thompson

Defensive Driving and On-Road Programs Trainer

Greg has thirty years of transportation experience. He started driving big rig trucks in June of 1988 traveling the country delivering supplies. He has spent the last 17 years teaching at several truck schools educating new drivers. He also has spent time with large trucking companies advising them on safety related protocols and procedures. He brings a wealth of safety experience to help educate young drivers in today’s challenging driving environment. Greg has received various certifications in transportation logistics and safe driving awards. Greg is a published author and has written several science fiction books. He grew up in Southern California and has lived in many places in the United States.

Ed Cardona

Defensive Driving and On-Road Programs Trainer

Ed moved to Arizona after a 21-year career in the United States Air Force, and has now been in Arizona for 23 years. He has an Associates degree in communications and has worked as a code and building inspector for the city of Glendale prior to joining DrivingMBA. Ed has two daughters, one a graduate of A.S.U. and the other a graduate of U of A. He enjoys golfing on his time off.

Dawn Ramirez

Beginner and On-Road Programs Trainer

Dawn is a former preschool and kindergarten teacher and also worked part-time as a substitute teacher. Dawn graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She genuinely enjoys working with kids and teens of all ages, and watching as they learn new skills. Dawn’s passion for education, combined with her love of driving, means she thoroughly enjoys getting behind the wheel with her students and teaching them to be safe and responsible drivers. She is a native of chilly Brookfield, Wisconsin and she moved to Arizona in 1992. When she is not working, Dawn loves spending time with her kids, who are now grown and both pursuing careers in the medical field. Dawn can also often be found on a sunny hiking trail, enjoying the beautiful weather with her lab, Kodi.