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RiderCoach Staff

All RiderCoaches at Motorcycle Training Academy are seasoned riders and have been hand-selected for their experience, attitude, ability and dedication to excellence in training. Each RiderCoach has been certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and the Colorado Motorcycle Operator's Safety Training program through an intensive process including 75+ hours of hands-on training. All RiderCoaches are regularly evaluated and also attend annual skill updates.

Click any RiderCoach to find out more about them.

  • David "B" Bernheim

    Caught the fever when I was 10 years old with a Puch moped. That moved to a Honda 70 two years later, and then the bikes just kept cycling through my life. Raced dirt bikes, built a 49 Panhead; but I’ve moved on to comfy, fun, and dependable. I ride a 2015 H-D Ultra Limited Low. My wife rides a Can-Am Spyder and together we are American Legion Riders. We enjoy Tour of Honor rides together whenever we get the chance. I enjoy working with MTA as a Rider/Coach Trainer helping others find safety and joy in a sport I love. I look forward to sharing your class at MTA and being along for your ride of a lifetime.

  • Phil Chastagner

    Phil “Chaz” Chastagner grew up in Augusta, GA. His love for motorcycles started with his first job, sweeping floors in Vic Krenshaw’s Harley Davidson in Augusta. Although his parents hated motorcycles, Phil started riding at 14 and has never stopped. Riding is his passion. He tours on his Harley Davidson Road Glide in the US and has traveled “backcountry” in the US, Canada, Alaska, Mexico and South America on adventure bikes. While in the Marines he rode in Europe and Australia. Phil believes that educated riders are good and safe riders. “Educated and well trained riders are good for our motorcycle community.” Phil is a retired Marine SNCO and currently resides in Denver, CO and Spearfish, SD.

  • Eric Devault

  • Earl Edwards

    I started riding motorcycles in 1980 in Grand Rapids, MI. My first motorcycle was a 1980 Honda 500 CX Deluxe, modified with a Vetter fairing with radio and luggage rack. After returning from Germany, I bought my first Goldwing in El Paso TX. I took some safety classes to learn how to ride safely. After several tours overseas, my family and I settled in Colorado Springs, CO.

    I became instructor in 2001 to teach people how to ride safely. Over the years, I have owned five different Goldwing motorcycles. I currently ride a 2005 Anniversary model Goldwing. Ride safe and keep the shiny side up.

  • Dan Foster

    Hi, my name is Dan Foster. I’ve been riding motorcycles since 1968. Although I favor sport bikes like my 2018 Kawasaki H2 SX SE, I also have a 2012 BMW K1600 GTL, which I’ve ridden across the U.S. I’ve also rented and driven motorcycles across Europe. I have greatly benefited from taking several MSF motorcycle courses and enjoy teaching as a MSF RiderCoach. My motto is to keep learning and practicing. I hope to see you at any of the many MSF motorcycle courses that MTA conducts.

  • Tony Galles

    Tony's love for motorcycling began at the age of 14 when he worked after school and weekends for a BMW and Yamaha dealer. A military career kept him away from bike ownership at times, but his passion for motorcycling has endured. Tony is a BMW GS rider and a former PPIHC competitor. He'’'s ridden extensively in Europe and South America and enjoys helping others advance their riding skills.

  • Wayne Gilstrap

    Retired Army after 22 years Wayne has been riding since 1976, or before he could reach the pegs. His main reason for teaching is to watch individuals succeed and comprehend the reasoning behind the bike. Safety is his number one goal and will strive to reach this with every student. Wayne is happily married with two daughters and 1 granddaughter. In his free time he loves spending time with his family camping and traveling!

  • Adam Hays

  • Scott Headrick

  • Leslie Larson

    I started riding dirt bikes when I was knee high to a grasshopper, and rode on Dad's '52 shovelhead every chance I got. I was born with a passion for motorcycles, and rode every chance I got, and continue to ride when ever the opportunity presents itself.

    I currently ride an 883 Custom Sportster that I've had for almost 10 years, but am thinking of upgrading to something bigger in the near future! I became a RiderCoach in 2004 and after an extended break, am ecstatic to be back! I love being a RiderCoach and seeing the growth of the students skills from the first exercise to the last! Hope to see you soon!

  • Garrett Larson

    Garrett is a Colorado native, born and raised here in the Springs. He was an Arabic and Pashtu (Afghan dialect) linguist for 10 years in the regular Air Force and is now working full time at Peterson AFB in the Reserves as a Personnel Systems Manager. Garrett's first experience with motorcycles as a young boy was riding on the back of his dad's touring bike and going camping in the mountains of Colorado. This instilled a desire to learn how to ride in him that was not realized until he was already over 30 in March 2013 when he took a Basic RiderCourse with MTA. He enjoyed the class and riding so much that he came back for the full line up of courses offered at MTA. He also fell in love and married his amazing RiderCoach, Leslie, later that year. They have four teenagers who hope to ride one day and carry on their parents' legacy (and inherit their bikes I'm sure!). Garrett has been a RiderCoach with MTA since May 2016 and you can catch him coaching all year long in many of our Basic, Advanced and Police Style (his favorite!!) RiderCourses. He started riding later in life than many, but he is passionate about riding and helping others get the most out of the experience and stay safe on the streets. He rides a Harley Softail Heritage Classic (pictured) and a Harley Ultra Classic Electra Glide (depending on his mood on which one he rides almost every day).

  • Dennis Mellinger

    Motorcycling has been a part of my life for more than 40 years. I've been a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Instructor since 2003 and enjoy every class that I teach. A 20 Year Retired US Air Force NCO, with tours in Texas, Okinawa, Viet Nam, Germany, Greece, Saudi Arabia and Maryland. I'm also a software troubleshooter for MCI & World Com, a security officer for Citadel Mall & US Olympic Training Center and a Motorcycle Rental Agent for Pikes Peak Harley-Davidson.

  • Christie Moss

  • Kelly Moss

    Kelly has a background in archaeology. She is a Colorado native, but currently works remotely from Rhode Island. In her free time she enjoys hiking with her dog and fiancé.

  • Jeff Portwood

    Motorcycling has been a part of my life ever since I can remember holding on to the back of my Dad’s bike on the way to baseball practices. I earned my first dirt bike when I was eight years old and have been riding ever since. Hopefully that 1986 Honda XR80R is still making kids smile somewhere. Riding on the dirt or on the street is a passion that I love sharing with my family and friends. Also, being a rider coach allows me to share that passion and love with my students. I currently ride a Honda CBR929RR and a 1981 BMW R65 for my street fun. When playing in the dirt I take my KTM 250 EXC. Sincerely, Jeff Portwood

  • Ed Ricord

  • Devyn Ratliffe

    Devyn has a background in customer service and can help you answer any questions or inquiries you may need! She is happily married and has one daughter! In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and being outside!

  • Nick Schleinkofer

    Nick grew up in a small Pennsylvania town and his passion for motorcycles began at a very young age when he was introduced to mini bikes and dirt bikes. After separating from the Marine Corps in 2016, he moved to Colorado Springs. Aside from helping people improve their motorcycle skills, Nick also coaches at Palmer High School and is a government contractor. Nick has riden a wide variety of motorcycles throughout his life. Currently, if he isn't taking a relaxing cruise on his Harley, Nick enjoys the thrill of his GSXR 1000. Nick's enthusiasm for motorcycling and eagerness to learn is second only to his enjoyment of helping others learn. Nick looks forward to working with riders of all experience and skill levels.

  • Greg Schmitz

    Greg started riding in 1994 after taking an RSS (former BRC course), purchasing a Honda Gold Wing GL1500 as his first bike. He became a RiderCoach with CMSP and MSF in 1996 after taking an ERC course and realizing he had picked up too many bad habits. Currently riding the ‘Yellow Submarine’ a 2003 Honda Goldwing. Primary riding is and has been commuting to and from work, sometimes as much as 200 plus miles per day riding between customer sites. The only riding that he manages to get in during the weekend is teaching the BRC and ERC courses when not spending time with his family.

  • Sharon St Charles

  • Stu Smith

  • Mick Sullivan

    My name is Mick Sullivan and I have been riding motorcycles for the last 15yrs and currently ride a 2014 Ducati 899 Panigale. Being in the Army has kept me from riding at times, but I always look forward to getting back on the road and the peaceful feeling of being on a motorcycle. I’ve always gravitated towards sports bikes because of their sharp, clean looks and style. I have been a RiderCoach for the MTA since 2018 and I owe the majority of my riding ability to the courses I have taken with them as well as learning from the vast experience of the other RiderCoaches. I enjoy teaching new riders and ensuring their learning experience is extensive, fun, and above all, safe.

  • Harrison Sundgren

    My name is Harrison Sundgren and I have worked for MTA since 2009. I started riding dirt bikes when my family moved to Colorado in 1995. I have been riding street bikes since 2003. I currently ride a BMW F650.

    My favorite part of riding is getting to experience the beautiful scenery of Colorado and getting to spend time with family and friends.

  • Kent Sundgren

    I have ridden motorcycles since I was about 12, started on a Honda 50 that I begged my dad to get for me. Since moving to Colorado Springs in late 1995, I've been involved with both off road and on road riding. I've had the good fortune of participating in the training of new motorcycle riders for 16 years and hope to continue for many more.

  • Dave Tolbert

    As the owner of Motorcycle Training Academy I am blessed to be able to do what I love everyday!

    I retired from the Army after 20 years and was fortunate enough to started MTA. I now teach motorcycle classes full time to local students. I am a RiderCoach and RiderCoach Trainer and am certified in many of the MSF additional certification courses, most notably the Advanced RiderCourse, 3-Wheel Courses and the Street RiderCourse. I recently served as a RiderCoach Trainer for the MSF RiderCoach Trainer Preparation Course.

    In my free time I also enjoy woodworking using the lathe and scroll saw, as well as spending time with my family. After almost 30 years of riding Harleys, I now ride a 2007 BMW R1200GS Adventure. I really need a SportBike now.