Clara Boldt – University Director
Greetings from Iowa! Although my title changed, my commitment to the University is as strong if not stronger than ever. I am honored to the University Director. I’ve held numerous positions in GWRRA over the years; Chapter Member, newsletter editor, Assistant Chapter Director, Assistant District Director, Chapter Membership Enhancement Coordinator, International Public Relations Director and National Membership Enhancement Administrative Assistant, Assistant Director Certifications and Director of Training. I’m married to my wonderful husband, Fred for 51 years. We have lived in Toledo, Iowa nearly all our married life. We have two beautiful children, Sandy, who lives in Washington State with her husband Jeff and our two grandchildren. Brad, our son lives only a few miles from us. We ride a 2006 cabernet red GL1800 Gold Wing with a California Side Car Trike conversion. We have been riding and GWRRA members since 1992 and have ridden in all the lower 48 states as well as all but three of the Canadian Provinces. 2006 is our third Gold Wing and second trike. I am a Level III in the Rider Education levels program. Safety has always been a huge part of my life and the safety courses that GWRRA offers are the best! As a trainer, by profession, most of my adult life, being part of the GWRRA training seemed a natural fit. As a trainer, one of my greatest joys is to see the “light bulb” when a new trainer or an established trainer gets a new concept. The joy continues when that trainer and the attendees want more and more.
“Every Days a New Adventure” Clara Boldt ~ University Director Phone: 319-240-4269 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Coral – University Assistant
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. Email: email@example.com
Bill McGowan – University Assistant
My wife Kathie and I have been GWRRA members for 25 of our 45 years of marriage. We bought our first Gold Wing in 1977, joined GWRRA in 1993 and haven’t looked back since. We lived in New Hampshire for most of our married years; I was raised in Massachusetts and met Kathie while in the US Air Force stationed in Illinois, her home state. Living so far east, we did most of our riding east of the Mississippi river, to include attending several east coast WingDings and many “Americade” rallies at Lake George, NY. Our daughter came west to Utah to attend College in the early 2000’s and upon retiring, we followed. Having a home base in Utah has allowed us the opportunity to ride the Western part of the country and experience the many differences between living and riding back East. Kathie was a school teacher for her career and I had a few different roles in manufacturing organizations over the years, ultimately retiring from the Allen Medical division of Hill-Rom as the Director of Operations. Since moving to Utah, Kathie and I have been fortunate enough to serve the membership in roles of District Directors, Chapter Directors, District Trainer, and Assistant Region Trainer among others. Kathie and I are both currently certified in the ITCP as Instructors and I also have been certified as an Instructor Trainer We currently ride a 2007 GL1800 bought new in 2008 and tricked in 2017 with a Hannigan Trike Kit. Phone: 603-249-6800 Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathleen Heibel – University Assistant
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. Phone: 616-901-2767 Email: email@example.com
Randy Reese – University Assistant
I have been riding motorcycles since age 11 and I have owned one or more motorcycles continuously for over 55 years. I met Kathy in 1981 and our first date was on a motorcycle. We got married in 1982 and for our first 20 years of marriage, we rode together. In 2003, Kathy got her own license and while we often still ride together, we each own a Goldwing Trike. We are proud to be Level IV Senior Master Tour Riders and are firm believers in ATGATT.
We have two married daughters, two granddaughters and we are blessed that they live close by. I have been an educator for 43 years, serving as a classroom teacher, Principal, and Assistant Superintendent for Pflugerville ISD. Kathy is retired from the State Bar of Texas after 34 years of service in the Continuing Legal Education Department where she planned educational programs for Texas attorneys.
Since joining GWRRA in 2002 we have served in numerous roles for our Chapter (TX-O) and District including Chapter Educators, Assistant Chapter Directors, Chapter Directors, Chapter of the Year Coordinator, Chapter Newsletter Editor, MAP Coordinator, Road Captains, District Rider Educators, UTREP, and University Instructor. One of our proudest accomplishments was being selected the 2017-18 International Couple of the Year. Phone: 512-744-3635 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 goating 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 ourself as well. Phone: 813-833-8038 Email: email@example.com
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
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
Lorrie Thomas – University Assistant
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.