Clara Boldt

Director of Training

Me and my husband Fred have been married for almost 49 years. We live in a small town in central Iowa, Toledo. We have two children, Sandy and Brad. We have two absolutely amazing grandchildren, Kassi and Riley. Oh, and did I mention, 3 step-grandchildren, 5 step-great grandchildren and 1 step-great-great grandson? In 1992, after working for a company for 20 years as a transportation safety director, the company downsized/consolidated locations and I found I needed a new career.  I opened my own safety consulting firm, specializing in OSHA training.  At the same time I got my MBA.  I was an American Heart Association Heartsaver Instructor for over 45 years. 1992 Fred and I bought our first Gold Wing.  We immediately joined GWRRA.  We have traveled in all the lower 48 states and most of Canada on our Gold Wing. Over past 20 plus years, yes we are life members; I’ve held numerous positions in GWRRA. Fred & I were chosen Chapter Couple of the Year in 2003 and again in 2015. We’ve been Chapter & District Membership Enhancement Coordinators, International Public Relations Coordinators, National Membership Enhancement Administrative Assistant, Assistant District Directors, twice, Assistant Chapter Directors, twice. District trainer and in 2014 was named International Leadership Trainer of the Year. I am a Master University Trainer; I’ve presented seminars at Wing Ding, Region rallies, District workshops and at the Chapter level.  In 2013, Fred and I were honored to be the recipients of the Ralph Swank Award, the highest honor given to an individual or couple in the Iowa District.  I’ve been a newsletter editor for the District and Chapter more years than I can remember. I am a Level III in the Rider Education Leve’s program. I’ve been a part of the Program Strategy Team and last but not least the newest adventure ~ Assistant Director, GWRRA University Certifications.  Email:  toledotriker@gmail.com

Bob Berry

Director, RE & Safety

Bob wears two hats for GWRRA. He is the Assistant Deputy Director, Overseas Training working with Overseas Deputy Director Dan Sanderovich, and is Director of the GWRRA University School of Rider Education and Safety. He is a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Rider Coach, a National Safety Council Traffic Survival School Instructor, a GWRRA Master Instructor Trainer, Master Tour Rider, author and/or editor of many of the GWRRA Rider Courses, and was 2001 Educator of the Year. In 2011, Bob was inducted into the first class of the Rider Education Hall of Fame. Like many of our members, Bob began his GWRRA Officer track at the chapter level as a Chapter Educator, then District Educator, Assistant Region Educator, and for 10 years, Director of Rider Course Programs. He served as an infantry paratrooper Lieutenant with the Airborne Brigade of the First Calvary Division in Vietnam where he earned the Bronze Star with V device, the Air Medal and from the Republic of South Vietnam, the Vietnamese Gallantry Cross.

Ed Nahl

Dean, School of Training

Life Members 053394. Ed is retired from the United States Postal Service after 38 years with the last 25 years involved with the delivery, development and management of corporate-wide technical training. Ann is a retired business manager-owner with 40 years’ experience in sales and equine training for horse owners and riders. Ed is a Master University Trainer, Certified Officer Trainer, and Master Tour Rider 2533. Ann is a Senior University Trainer, Certified Officer Trainer, and Level 3 Co-Rider. Ed is also the Region H Treasurer and Ann is the Region H Chapter of the Year Coordinator.  Email: enahl@cox.net

Tim Grimes

Dean, School RE & Safety

  Anna and I joined GWRRA in the fall of 2003.  At the time, we were both volunteering with our local rescue squad; Tim as a Paramedic and Anna as an EMT-IV Tech.  In our regular jobs Tim works as an Engineering Technician for the Department of Defense and Anna works from home as a Medical Coder Lead Auditor. We were Chapter Newsletter Editors in 2004 and volunteered for the position of Chapter Educators from 2005 to 2010.  We wore a variety of different hats.  From 2007 to 2008 we were the Maryland District Motorist Awareness Division Coordinators.  We also held the position of Region B CPR/FA Coordinators from 2007 to 2010 and Maryland Senior District Educators from 2008 to 2012.  We were Region B Assistant Rider Educators from 2009 to 2010 then became Region B Rider Educators for the next three years.  From 2010 to 2013 we also were Maryland District CPR/FA Coordinator/Trainers.  In the summer of 2013 we were appointed as Assistant Directors of Rider Education.  During Wing Ding 37 we added the position of Dean of Rider Education and Safety for GWRRA University to our hat rack. We were among the first Maryland class to complete the Officer Certification Program in 2010 and were honored with a Rider Education Merit Award at Wing Ding 31, the Maryland District Director’s Award at Winter Thing 2012 and the Rider Education Director’s Award of Honor at Wing Ding 37.  We both are Senior Master Tour Riders in the Rider Education Levels Program. Tim is a Medic First Aid CPR/FA Instructor Trainer as well as a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Rider Coach.  He is a Master University Trainer with the Gold Wing University and a GWRRA Riding Course Master Instructor Trainer for the Rider Education Program.  Tim is also the lead instructor for the GWRRA Overseas Training Division.  Email: orangewing@md.metrocast.net

Kathleen Heibel

Director, Certifications & Renewals

I became the “Wing News” reporter writing articles for our District newspaper after I met Ken in 1994. Ken was the MI-O chapter Rider Educator and Ride Leader coordinator. We were asked to become Chapter Director’s in 2003, and Senior Chapter Directors in 2005.   In 2006, we became part of the Michigan District Team, as Assistant District Directors, and soon after, I became the Michigan District Leadership Trainer.  Becoming the District Trainer opened a wonderful opportunity for me.  I have learned so much through this position and really enjoy providing those opportunities for our members.  Now as the  Region D trainer I look forward to even more.  Email:  kahiball58@comcast.net

Mike Coral

Mary and I have been married for 34 years; have 5 children and 13 grandchildren. I had been riding motorcycles most of my young adult life. After we got married we started our joint motorcycle riding in 1984 with a Yamaha 650 special. As in most cases we had to trade in the motorcycle as the kids got bigger and our responsibilities changed. Once the kids moved out we started looking at buying a motorcycle again. We bought our Goldwing, joined GWRRA a few years later and have been having fun ever since. We have held many positions in our Chapter, District and Region such as Chapter Ride Educator, Chapter Director, SC District Treasurers, SC District Asst. Director, SC District and Region “A” Educators. I have been very involved in the GWRRA training program through Rider Education as a Master Tour Rider, Road Captain and a certified RCI. We are both UTCP and ITCP certified instructors and I am also certified as an ITCP Trainer and Coach.

Lorrie Thomas

A transplant from South Florida, I moved to Portsmouth, Virginia in 2009. When I met my husband, Dan Clark, he was an active member of GWRRA and invited me to my first gathering in 2012. Little did he know that a short time later I would be serving the members on a Chapter Team. As an Assistant District Trainer, I expanded my wings, so to speak. An invite to the IDEA Team, the group that is responsible for writing the new modules, brought me to the position I hold now on the GWRRA University Team. Senior University Trainer and ITCP Instructor Trainer round out the resume’. My background is varied having served as a Uniformed Police Officer in Miami, a Nurse in Ob/Gyn, managing medical offices, and owning my own retail business. With every career move, I sought out opportunities to teach and facilitate. I strongly believe that continuous learning keeps the mind young and vibrant. The GWRRA University Team welcome ideas for new modules and suggestions for improving the existing modules and seminars. Email: lorriemthomas@aol.com  

Sam Belinoski

Webmaster

Sam began his GWRRA days in the Spring of 1998 as an associate member, and became a full member that August. He has held many roles within his home chapter, as well as District Educator, Region Educator, and Region Webmaster.  He is a Life Grand Master, and has been an MSF instructor for 10 years.  He is a current GWRRA RE instructor and Seminar Presenter.  His computer background began in 1984.  He currently rides a 2015 40th anniversary Gold Wing. Email: gwu-webmaster@sambel.net