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Lee Parks, Chief Instructor

Lee has been racing for over 16 years, and he won the 2001 G.M.D. Computrack National Endurance Series Championship in the Lightweight class. He also finished 2nd in the 1994 AMA 125GP national championship in its exhibition year. He spent five years as the editor and chief test rider of Motorcycle Consumer News where he road tested every new street motorcycle available in the U.S. and became one of the top performance-testing journalists in the world.


Alan Lapp, Oakland, California

Alan Lapp has been riding for almost 30 years. He has nearly a half-million street miles and has sport-toured the US, Canada and Mexico. He lived in Mongolia for a year and owned a Ural there. He raced for 6 years and still enjoys the occasional track day. Al worked with both Lee Parks and Tracy Martin at CycleShark.com in 2000. He was one of Lee's early students, and in 2001, became an instructor for Total Control Advanced Riders Clinic. A true suspension geek, he has been known to shout "It's NOT DAMPENING it's DAMPING" at unsuspecting victims.


Stacey Brown, Yuba City, CA

Stacey Brown is a retired Air Force Security Policeman who learned to ride while stationed in Italy in the early 1980s, touring Italy, Switzerland, Austria, and Germany. After a long break from riding to focus on a family and his military career, he returned to riding 10 years ago. Realizing that his fellow Airman were lacking motorcycle training resources, he became an MSF RiderCoach 2006. In 2008 he found Total Control Advanced Riding Clinic and considers it the course best suited for continuing motorcycle education for not only his fellow military riders, but everyone. Stacey completed the Total Control ARC instructor certification in July 2009 at Camp Pendleton, California. He is currently a Civil Service employee as Security Forces Instructor for the U.S. Air Force. An enthusiast of all bikes, he focuses most of his riding in the sport touring category on his Kawasaki Concours 14.


Christine Marafioti-Firehock, Dutchess County, New York

As a fourth generation female motorcyclist, Christine began her road riding career at age 16 in 1980. At 21 Christine joined her mother as a motorcycle instructor at the American Motorcycle Driving School, Inc. As an instructor for beginner and intermediate motorcycle riders, Christine is also a certified Motorcycle Safety Foundation RiderCoach and New York State DMV certified instructor to teach both automobile and motorcycle operation. Christine has had numerous articles about beginner riders, women motorcyclists and AMDS published in national magazines. AMDS has been featured on many national news shows and motorcycle magazines. Christine's goal is the safety of all motorcyclists through rider education.


Ed Busse, Dutchess County, New York

Ed started long ago with a 125 Java, which grew to a GL1800 that currently shares duty with his VFR 750. All the while he was taking numerous ERC's, had one fun filled track day, took an Iron Butt ride, logged many miles riding around the USA, Canada and 5 European countries and has served more then a few years as president of the Lost Wheels MC Club. In 2005 he took part in his first Total Control Advanced Riding Clinic. By 2008 he achieved certification to teach the TCARC, and is now having an absolute blast sharing this knowledge with other riders.


Dennis Kreps, Columbia, Maryland

Dennis has been playing with motorcycles for over 40 years now, owning examples of most major brands. Over the years, he has participated in amateur enduros, motocross and road racing, finally settling on long distance touring on a Honda GoldWing and trail riding on a dual sport Suzuki. Originally self-taught, he became an instructor with the Yamaha Learn-to-Ride Program while working for a motorcycle dealership in the '70's, and took his first official MSF ERC in the late '80's, discovering that you're never too old to learn something new. After taking the Total Control class in 2005, the notion of motorcycle instruction as a way of giving back to motorcycling some of the pure pleasure he has enjoyed over the years led him to become a Total Control instructor. Dennis is currently a member of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association, the Gold Wing Touring Association, and a Charter Life Member of the American Motorcyclist Association.


John Colandrea, Troy, New York

John believes that motorcycling is about the most fun you can have with your clothes on. Besides teaching, his passion is advanced riding (High speed and super low speed) on his GL1800 Gold Wing. "I love the look on peoples' faces when they see me hanging completely off the inside of my Wing in a corner, or hanging completely off the outside in a u-turn at idle" As an MSF Certified RiderCoach, John has taught nearly 1500 riders (Basic and experienced) in his career. He believes in learning something new about motorcycling, every chance he gets. He is Vice President of Capital Area Motorcycling School, Inc., which trains over 1100 people each year. He was personally trained by Lee Parks, and went on to become a Total Control ARC Instructor. When he can't ride in the long NY winters he pursues his other passion; the Winter Olympic sport of "Curling."


David Beyer, Watertown, New York

David is an avid rider and participant in all forms of motorized recreation. Riding ATV's and Snowmobiles since age 6, he got on two wheels at age 12. His bike adventures have ranged from +100-mile competition enduros, to 1000-mile random sightseeing days. David took his first formal training with the MSF program in the military in 1984. After several bikes and many years, David worked in his local region to re-establish the MSF Rider training program and become a coach. He also is a certified ATV Program and Dirt Bike School instructor. In rapid succession, David took the TCARC and the Penguin Racing School. He felt that it makes sense to share the knowledge that has made his own riding so much better. In 2006 he became a certified instructor for the Total Control Advanced Riding Clinic.


Bret Tkacs, Olympia, Washington

Bret seeks out to improve his riding every year by attending a variety of track and street schools . He currently operates Puget Sound Safety, one of the largest motorcycle schools in the Pacific Northwest training over 5000 riders per year. His philosophy that "we ride motorcycles to have fun, so improving our riding should be fun too" is evidenced in his teaching style. You are guaranteed to have a blast when you take the Total Control Advanced Riding Clinic with Bret. In addition to being a Total Control instructor Bret has also been a WMSP & MSF instructor since 1997, is a certified Dirtbike School RiderCoach, the Chief instructor for the Advanced Street Skills program, and is one of the instructors for the Motorcycle Care and Maintenance course taught at Puget Sound Safety. In addition to teaching he also guest speaker at rallies and event occasionally offering clinics on riding techniques and suspension theory.


David Grant, Atlus, Oklahoma

United States Air Force and has performed ground-breaking Air Force motorcycle mishap study and developed an advanced training course for the Air Force. He has been published at the annual Popular culture Association and BMWMOA news, been MSF-certified since 2001 and a Total Control Instructor since 2006. Being a club road racer has give him the actual knowledge to enhance the theoretical knowledge presented in the class. For those who want a level of energy and enthusiasm in the class to the next level, he's the instructor to want.


Tealdo Teal, Gilbert, Arizona

Tealdo has been street-riding for 23 years. He also did some drag- and road-racing in the early '90s, but knew a racing career was out of the question the day Scott Russell screamed past him on essentially the same bike at Portland International Raceway. Since then, motorcycling has become a lifestyle for Tealdo. He enjoys all aspects of riding, from commuting to long-distance tours to track days. Tealdo is also a mechanic and although he has ridden and worked on all types of bikes his favorite is a Kawasaki ZRX 1200. Tealdo came across Total Control in a bookstore a few years ago and the principles changed his riding dramatically. He knew he wanted to teach Total Control to others and is thrilled that the wish has become reality. Total Control is his favorite gift to other riders.


Rob Hephner, Gilbert, Arizona

Rob "Birdman" Hephner got into and out of motorcycling at a young age thanks to his introduction to motorcycles by watching Evel Knievel jump Greyhound busses. After a 15-year hiatus he decided that he matured enough to be responsible while riding. In a relatively short amount of time he has logged over 150,000 miles and is a self-proclaimed student of riding. His nickname comes from the over 100 bird strikes that have occurred since returning to riding. Rob loves the Total Control curriculum’s ability to give riders more confidence and better more relaxing riding experience. He also has noted that since more masterfully applying the Vision lessons taught in the Clinic, he has had far fewer bird incidents.


Curt Cummings, Denver, Colorado

Curt began riding on cow paths on his dad's ranch in the mid 1960's. His first bike was a Honda Trail 70. In the early 1970's, most of his riding time was spent at Rampart Range, west of Castle Rock, Colorado. Throughout his adult life he rode both street and dirt bikes. In the mid 1990's, Curt and his boys, Craig and Cory, raced motocross up and down the front range. When the boys entered college, racing stopped. But they all continued to ride at the track for fun. In 2005, Curt became an MSF instructor and in 2007 a Total Control ARC instructor. Total Control methods have changed the way Curt rides street bikes. With the new understanding of Traction Managment by Body Positioning, Mental State and Suspension introduced in the course, he has found that fun and safety factors have gone way up. Curt rides motocross, enjoys helping people experience motorcycles for the first time and experienced riders discover new ways to ride with more control.


Ty Piz, Denver, Colorado

Ty is a Colorado native, fourth of six kids, in a family that worked together building a business. He learned to ride a mini-bike at 7. He played quarterback, shot hoops, wrestled, played soccer, snow and water skied. Ty began racing moto-cross on a Yamaha DT 125 at twelve and learned to ride the woops, berms, and jumps. Ty attended Warren Vocational school for motorcycle mechanics training. He wrenched for nine years in local Colorado shops while racing, then moved to Arizona and taught at MMI (Motorcycle Mechanics Institute). At nineteen, Ty took his love of racing to the asphalt tracks. His dirt experience blossomed on road courses around the country. He rode different bikes while climbing the ladder from amateur to expert, and eventually was three time Regional MRA champion. While Ty's true passion will always will be riding motorcycles and teaching people to ride, he works a day job with special needs students for Jefferson County Schools, where he is a soccer coach and referee. Ty has taught at Jason Pridmore's STAR school and Doug Chandler's On Track School. Ty became a MSF Rider Coach and Total Control instructor in 2007. Ty is proud of his three daughters, and his wife Robyn, an award winning author and lifelong equestrienne.


Jude Schnexyder, Austin, Texas

Jude Schexnyder has been a motorcycle enthusiast for over 40 years, and rides over 25 thousand miles annually. He is a retired traffic safety professional and is actively involved in motorcycle safety training and motorcycle legislative issues in Texas. Jude is a MSF RiderCoach and owner of Motor Pro Training, the only training sponsor certified to offer Total Control clinics in Texas. He views Total Control as the evolutionary next step from MSF training for riders who want to become more proficient in their abilities, and improve their enjoyment of this great sport.