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Wisconsin Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association

The mission of the Wisconsin Driver Traffic Safety Education Association is to be a vital partner in traffic safety and driver education programs. This partnership will support the education community in improving student safety performance by modeling effective leadership, promoting professional development, and collaborating with special interest groups to promote driver and traffic safety education for all people.

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OFFICERS

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BILL STUESSEL | PRESIDENT   2021-2022

wstuessel@yahoo.com | 715-425-1582 H | 651-983-2072 C

Name: Bill Stuessel

Education: BS UW River Falls. MS UW River Falls. Adm. Certificate St. Mary's University

History: Retired School Counselor after 30 years from St. Croix Central High School. Coached Football, Cross Country, and Track. Officiate Track and Cross Country.

Current: Teaching Driver Education at St. Croix Central and with NWTC Rice Lake.

Personal: Have two adult children, Adam 35 and Emily 32 and 2 Grandchildren - 1 yr and 5 yrs.

Hobbies:Golfing, Fishing, Hunting, Gardening and Home-Improvement Projects.

Resides: River Falls, WI

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KAREN SORENSON | PAST PRESIDENT   2020-2022

kmsoren@gmail.com | 715-635-7042

Name: Karen Sorenson

Education: UW-EC 1975, UW-Stout 1999

History: Taught Physical Education for Spooner Area School District 1976-2008 and Driver Education from 1999-2015. Coached Volleyball, 7th Grade and JV Basketball and Track. Officiated Basketball and continues to officiate Softball and Volleyball

Current: Teaches Driver Education for Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College-Rice Lake for Spooner Area School District and Northwood School District-Minong

Resides: Spooner, WI

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 NEEDS TO BE FILLED | Southeast 2021-2023

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CATHY KRULL | NORTHEAST  2021-2023

ckrull@kimberly.k12.wi.us | 920-833-6682

Education: UW-Stevens Point class of 1988

History: Taught 30 years at Kimberly High School, teaching Driver Education, Health Education and Physical Education.  In the past coached volleyball, led AODA groups, and SADD advisor. Also taught Driver Education for Appleton, Menasha, and Seymour.

Current: Teaches at Kimberly High School, member of the Outagamie County Safety/Traffic Commission

Personal:  Married to Pat for 24 years.   Have three sons: Jonathon, Daniel and Nathaniel.

Hobbies:  I like to ride bicycle, go on nature walks, travel with my family, and watch the boys in their sports.

Resides:  Seymour, Wi

 

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MIKE MESSERLI | NORTHWEST 2021-2022 

MESSERLIM@MARSHFIELDSCHOOLS.ORG | 715-490-0098

Education: UW-Stevens Point 2017

Current: Marshfield High School Driver's Ed & History - 4 years, Tennis & Soccer Coach

Personal: Married to Lizzie - 2 years

Hobbies:  Married to Lizzie - 2 years

Hobbies: Biking, disc golf, fishing

Resides: Stevens Point, WI

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KEVIN KIRBY | Business Manager 2023

skkirby@charter.net | 715-490-2194

Address: 5386 Manor Rd, Rhinelander WI 54501

Education: UW-SP 1980 BS, UW- Stout 2001 - MS

Employment: Driver Education at Rhinelander High School 1999 - 2017, Traffic Safety Point Reduction, Group Dynamics, MOP Nicolet College 2001 - present

Recognition:  WDTSEA - Teacher of the Year, ADTSEA - Teacher of Excellence, Chairperson for Oneida County Traffic Safety Commission, Officiating for WIAA since 1977

Personal:  Married Sue Scheller in 1980 - Daughter, Shannon & Ryan have Reid, Stella, Nico and Enzo. Son Scott & Callie have Elton!

Hobbies:  Hunting, fishing, making maple syrup and watching grandkids grow!.

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CHRISTINE BERGAN | Secretary   2020-2022

Christine.bergan@cesa2.org

DRIVER EDUCATION DIRECTOR | 608-290-4663

Education:M.S. degree in Education from University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, B.S. degree in Education (Specialized Education: Learning Disabilities and Social/ Emotional Disabilities)

History: 16+ years in Traffic Safety and Driver Education working in both commercial and DPI Driver Training/Education programming. Secretary for WDTSEA since 2010. Many years as a high school special education teacher and as a disability accommodation specialist in higher education; several years as part-time adjunct faculty in the Wisconsin Technical College System in the Adult Basic Education and GED programs.

Current: Director - Driver Education at CESA 2, Member of the Dane County Traffic Safety Commission

Hobbies:Singing/music, bicycling, reading, spending time with family and friends

Personal:2013 WDTSEA Teacher of the Year, 2013 ADTSEA Teacher of Excellence

BETTY SHAFFER | DELEGATE AT LARGE 2021-2022

BETTY.SHAFFER@NORTHWOODTECH.EDU | 715-651-8998

Education: Driver Education UW-Stout

History: Worked for the Railroad in Chicago before moving to Wisconsin. Started working for Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in 1996 and started the Drivers Ed program for WITC in 2006. We currently have contracts with 15 school districts throughout the Northwood Technical College eleven county region.

Current: Traffic Safety Manager for Northwood Technical College and oversees all Traffic related courses for WITC including Drivers Ed, Motorcycle safety, OWI related courses and Point reduction classes.

Resides: Stone Lake, WI

DAVE PETROWITZ | SOUTHWEST 2021-2023

Dilkirk@mediacombb.net | 608.379.1492


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