Members of the Technical Working Group: Table of ContentsHomenhtsa

Art Friedman
Editor, Motorcycle Cruiser magazine
Emap USA, Inc. Publishing

Art Friedman has been riding motorcycles for more than 35 years, amassing more than 1.5 million miles of street riding. He also spent 14 years roadracing motorcycles semi-professionally. He rides a motorcycle daily.

After graduating Beloit College in 1971, he started his career as a motorcycle journalist in 1972 at Cycle News, a weekly newspaper. In 1974, he moved to Cycle Guide magazine. In 1978, he was hired at Petersen Publishing Company (now Emap USA, Inc.) first on the editorial staff of Motorcyclist, which during his tenure became the largest U.S. magazine devoted exclusively to street motorcycles. In 1993 he oversaw the launch of Sport Rider magazine. After 13 years as Motorcyclist’s editor-in-chief, he started a companion title, Motorcycle Cruiser, where he currently serves as editor.

As editor of Motorcyclist, Friedman made riding skills and safety features a standard component of that magazine’s format, and motorcycle safety continues to be a regular part of Motorcycle Cruiser.

Steve Garets
Team Oregon Motorcycle Safety Program

Steve Garets has been an active year-round motorcycle rider since 1963. He came into motorcycle safety in 1981 as an advocate for education and training. His involvement has included rider and instructor training, motor officer training, curricula development, community and state rider training program development and administration, licensing system development, license examiner training, state rider training program assessment, and all-terrain vehicle (ATV) rider, instructor and chief instructor training.

Garets is a member of the Transportation Research Board subcommittee on motorcycles and a past Executive Committee member and Chairman of the National Association of State Motorcycle Safety Administrators (SMSA). He is also a past member of the Oregon Governor’s Motorcycle Safety Advisory Committee.

Kathleen N. Jensen

Insurance Services Counsel
National Association of Independent Insurers

Kathleen Jensen has worked in the property/casualty insurance industry for more than 15 years. She is currently Insurance Services Counsel for the National Association of Independent Insurers (NAII) and is the staff liasion for the NAII Motorcycle Insurance Committee. The NAII is a national insurance trade association representing more than 675 property and casualty insurance companies across the country. NAII member companies range from large national companies to regional companies to companies writing in a single state. The association was created to promote the economic, legislative and public standing of its members and the insurance industry, to provide a forum for discussion of problems which are of common concern to its members, to keep members informed of regulatory and legislative developments, and to serve the public interest through appropriate activities, including the promotion of safety and security of persons and property. The member companies of the association include more than 50 of the property casualty insurance companies that write motorcycle insurance in the U.S.

Prior to joining the NAII, Jensen worked for CNA Insurance in Chicago, Illinois and Zurich Insurance in Schaumburg, Illinois.

Sean Maher
Legislative Affairs Specialist
American Motorcyclist Association

Sean Maher has been with the staff of the American Motorcyclist Association’s (AMA) Government Relations Department since 1995. As a Legislative Affairs Specialist, his primary focus is on street motorcycling issues and policies. Maher is the AMA representative to the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) and is active on both the Safety and Human Factors Committee, and Advanced Vehicle Control and Safety Systems Committee.

Maher holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Ohio State University.

Ralph Martin
Colorado State Patrol

Ralph Martin has been a member of the Colorado State Patrol since 1970. He has a degree in the Administration of Justice and in 1981 graduated from the Traffic Police Administration Training Program at the Northwestern University Traffic Institute.

Captain Martin has served as a field troop commander and is currently Officer In Charge of the Patrol’s Operational Development Section at State Patrol Headquarters. He is also coordinator of the Patrol’s Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Program.

Robert L. Muelleman
Chief, Section of Emergency
Nebraska Health Systems

Robert L. Muelleman, M.D., FACEP, is Medical Director for Emergency Medical Services for Nebraska Health Systems and Professor and Section Chief of Emergency Medicine for University of Nebraska Medical Center. He has been involved in motorcycle safety and rural motor vehicle research and most recently has worked on the Safe Communities program with NHTSA Region VII.

Robert Rasor
Vice President, Government Relations
American Motorcyclist Association

Robert Rasor is the Vice President of Government Relations for the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA). He has been with the association for 26 years and has played an important role in promoting safe motorcycling and providing strong representation and advocacy for the AMA’s 264,000 members. He also serves as the President of the Commission for Mobility, Transport, Road Safety, Industry and Public Affairs for the Fédération International de Motocyclisme (FIM), the world governing body for motorcycle sport.

He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Economics and Sociology from Morehead State University. In his more than 35 years of motorcycling involvement, he has been an amateur motocross racer and toured extensively in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

David Thom
Senior Program Manager
Head Protection Research Laboratory

David Thom has been riding motorcycles, both on- and off-highway since 1970, when a friend introduced him to what would become a lifelong pursuit. He is a believer in rider training and has taken the MSF Experienced RiderCourse several times.

Professor Harry Hurt recruited Thom from a motorcycle dealership for the research team doing the Hurt Report at the University of Southern California in 1977. This began his career in the study of motorcycle safety, injury mechanisms and protective gear that continues today at the Head Protection Research Laboratory. While at USC, he earned a Bachelor and Master of Science in Safety Science.

His research over the years includes studies of rider braking performance, motorcycle conspicuity, car driver attention, helmet crash performance, retention system design, testing and standards, and how people get hurt in motorcycle crashes.

Lonnie J. Westphal
Colorado State Patrol

Lonnie Westphal joined the Colorado State Patrol in 1974. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1978, Lieutenant in 1981, Captain in 1983, Major in 1991 and Lieutenant Colonel in 1992. He was given his current appointment, to the rank of Colonel, and position of Chief of the Colorado State Patrol in 1995.

Colonel Westphal holds a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration from the University of Denver. He is a former board member for the State Patrol Protective Association, a former member of the board of officers for the Colorado Council of Law Enforcement Associations, an active member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, a former International Chair of the Police Traffic Services Committee of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, a graduate of the National Executive Institute of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and graduate of the John F. Kennedy school of Government for Senior Executives at Harvard University.

Steve Zimmer
Motorcyclist-Rights Activist

Steve Zimmer began riding street motorcycles while serving in the U.S. Navy. Riding for recreation and transportation, he has covered 23 states and gone from coast to coast and border to border. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Missouri.

Zimmer has been active in the motorcyclist-rights movement since early 1983 when he joined Freedom of Road Riders of Missouri (FORR). He served as State Newsletter Editor for FORR and held several local positions including Vice President and Central Committee Representative. At the end of 1989, he assumed the vacated position of State Legislative Coordinator and began lobbying in the Missouri State Capitol for FORR.

At the end of 1997, Zimmer was named Vice President of Government Relations for the Motorcycle Riders Foundation in Washington, D.C., serving in that capacity until June of 2000.

He currently enjoys riding in the Mid-Atlantic region and plans to continue working for the advancement and protection of motorcycling and motorcyclists.

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