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Lorrie Thomas – University Director

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.

Phone# (954) 599-5178  Email: lorriemthomas@aol.com

Norm Vandame – University Assistant

Margaret (Maggie) and I have been married for 50 years with three grown children, two boys and a girl, and six grandchildren, all girls.  We first got started in motorcycles after my son riding a 500, dropped it and his wife informed him it was time to go. So I had a chance.  We bought it and after six months decided it was too small and went to a Kawasaki 1500. We joined GWRRA in 03 and after a little goading by the members decided it was time for our move up to a Goldwing.  We purchased a used 2002 Illusion Red. Boy what a great bike.

After joining GWRRA like most new members found ourselves totally involved with the Chapter.  Starting out as Assistant Chapter Directors and progressing up to Chapter Directors for six years.  We have served as the Chapter Ride Educator and then Ride Coordinators. Maggie now services as our Chapters Sunshine lady and jokester. On the District level we started as the District Leadership Trainers, which went into University Coordinator.  We are now Senior University Coordinator within the District and I am a ITCP Instructor Trainer. We are Level Four Master Tour Riders and I am a Medic First Aid and CPR Instructor as well.

Training has always been and continues to be one of my most important backgrounds.  I firmly believe that without training we become stagnant and stop growing within our motorcycle habits but ourselves as  well.                                                                            Phone:  813-833-8038  Email: nvandame@verizon.net


Rick and Joy Hebner – University Assistant

Joy and I live in Bay City MI, and have been married since 1976. I retired from the Air Force after serving 20 years, and after 23 ½ years at my second career, semi-retired last June.  In my spare time, I enjoy volunteering for our local Naval ship/museum.    Joy works full time in the credit union industry.  We have two grown children, Tracy and Rick, and six grandchildren (3 boys and 3 girls).   We are very active in our church; I presently serve on the TV Ministry/Sound and Joy sings in the choir, but both of us have served in many other capacities since returning to Michigan in 1995.

We joined GWRRA in June 2008 at the recommendation of a great friend from our church.   Our home Chapter is Chapter V – “The Chapter that has the Most Fun!”  We consider all our GWRRA friends our second family.

We currently serve at Senior University Coordinators for the MI District.  We were honored to receive a GWRRA Merit Award at Wing Ding 41.  We’ve also served at Senior Chapter Directors, District Trainers, CDs, ACDs, Couple of the Year, Ride coordinator and Secretary.    We are very passionate about training.  We firmly believe that the GWRRA training we received played an integral role when I had a devastating motorcycle accident in 2014.  You just never know when your training will be needed.

Besides, training is fun (as well as educational)!

Rick and Joy Hebner

Team GWRRA University Assistants

Melissa Catron – Social Media Coordinator for GWRRA University

Graduated from Clarke Community High School-Osceola IA

                              AIB – Associate Degree- Computer Programming and Accounting

                              William Penn College for Working Adults-Bachelor’s Degree- Business Management

Partner:  Mark Smidt- been together for 15 years

3 Children

7 Grandchildren

Current employer-Unitypoint Health Des Moines employed for 15 years

Current position- Public Safety Officer, CPR Instructor, MOAB Instructor, Communications Specialist

Hobbies- cross stitch, designing custom cross stitch projects, painting, reading, riding motorcycle, spending time with the grandchildren

GWRRA positions: Iowa Chapter A MEC and Assistant Director

Sam Belinoski – University Webmaster

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