Meet our Team

  • Jeffrey Vaughan

    President/Executive Director

    Jeffrey is an occupational safety and health professional with 30 years’ experience in a variety of industries. Jeffrey has also managed teams of people throughout his career and has been responsible for multi-million dollar budgets, production facilities and high performance work teams. With regard to policy-making, Jeffrey has the unique experience of serving more than 15 years as a local elected official, visiting with legislators and agency representatives to help with public policy development and securing resources for municipal projects.

    Jeffrey Vaughan

    President/Executive Director

  • Clarey Maus

    Business Manager

    As business manager, Clarey Maus is responsible to lead her team in promoting our products and services across each of our customer facing business units. Clarey is adept anticipating and meeting our customers expectations for program content, quality and value. Clarey’s prior background in construction estimating, retail sales and management have made her a valuable asset as a manager at Evergreen Safety Council.

    Clarey takes great pleasure in identifying new opportunities and in making sure our customers and members get what they need in short order. When Clarey isn’t helping make our world a safer place, you can find her applying her creative talents in interior decorating, crafts and cooking. She knows how to throw a legit party too.

    Clarey Maus

    Business Manager

  • Stephanie Dyck

    Sr. Administrator, Records & Certification

    Stephanie started at Evergreen in February 1995. Throughout the years she has been responsible for many of the Council’s programs and now as a Records and Certification Administrator, ensures the integrity and accuracy of our training and certification processes and records.

    Stephanie spends her free time volunteering with her local Girl Scouts and working on her family’s genealogy.

    Stephanie Dyck

    Sr. Administrator, Records & Certification

  • Tina Bacon

    Sr. Administrator & Trainer, Occupational Safety

    Since starting work for Evergreen Safety Council as a Roadway Programs Coordinator, in February 1996, Tina has worn many other hats, which has made her invaluable to the rest of the team.

    The programs she has managed include Work Zone Flagger and Traffic Control Supervisor for Idaho, Oregon and Washington as well as the Washington State Pilot/Escort Program. She was also the in-house graphic designer and lead project coordinator for all of Evergreen’s training materials.

    Her most recent role is that of a trainer. She currently teaches Flagger, Pilot/Escort, EverSafe and First Aid & CPR courses.

    Tina Bacon

    Sr. Administrator & Trainer, Occupational Safety

  • Chan Lee

    Staff Accountant

    Chan joined our team in 2019. He graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor’s of Art degree in Accounting and Finance in 2016. He practiced his accounting in a tax accounting firm for two and a half years. He has also served in the U.S. Army from 2008–2012.

    Chan Lee

    Staff Accountant

  • Ana Zavialova

    Specialist, Customer Service

    Ana is the friendly face and happy voice that our customers and friends have come to appreciate at Evergreen Safety Council. Prior to joining our team, Ana honed her customer service skills in high-paced retail establishments. Her expertise in customer relations really shows when she works to ensure that our customers have a pleasant and productive experience with our people and products. Ana has an associate’s degree in Business Administration from Edmonds Community College, and is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in International Business at the University of Washington. She loves to travel, and has especially enjoyed the time she has spent in Costa Rica and Japan.

    Ana Zavialova

    Specialist, Customer Service

  • Nara Hohensee

    Sr. Administrator, Curriculum Development

    Nara helps make Evergreen’s classes accessible and fun. She joined the team in 2019, bringing a background in higher education and a love for learning and technology.

    Nara is an art and architectural historian and likes to create videos about local urban history in her spare time. She also likes to write and play music with her partner, and go on adventures together with their two kids.

    Nara Hohensee

    Sr. Administrator, Curriculum Development

  • Tony Terjeson

    Marketing Administrator

    Tony is a Marketing professional with a business degree from the University of Oregon and a minor in multimedia. Prior to joining the Evergreen Safety Council team, Tony worked for Nike and also as a video content creator on a popular YouTube channel with nearly 900,000 subscribers. Tony is at the center of our Council’s marketing efforts and has produced a number of videos and other multimedia assets for our website, social channels and training classes.

    Tony Terjeson

    Marketing Administrator

  • Ryann Carney

    Specialist, Graphic Design

    Ryann works behind the scenes on the design of course materials for our students. Ryann is passionate about design that is accessible and visually appealing. An eye for detail and strong graphic skillset makes her an important part of the team.

    Ryann Carney

    Specialist, Graphic Design

  • Ashley Kachmar

    Specialist, Customer Service

    Ashley is one of Evergreen’s friendly and upbeat customer service specialists who helps ensure our customers have a great experience. She attends Edmonds Community College in pursuit of a Diagnostic Ultrasound degree. In her spare time she enjoys reading, traveling to new places, and spending time with her cat.

    Ashley Kachmar

    Specialist, Customer Service

  • Chris May

    Program Specialist

    Chris is Evergreen Safety Council’s in-house motorcycle mechanic and facilities manager, responsible for the ongoing care and upkeep of our fleet of 60+ bikes. He’s also one of our in-house motorcycle instructors, and handles site prep for classes across multiple locations. Chris’ first job in the industry was as a parking lot attendant at Bellevue Suzuki, where he eventually worked in parts sales and as a mechanic. He’s been riding motorcycles since the age of 13, and is an accomplished road racer on two and three wheels. A lifelong Washintonian, Chris has also spent extensive time in Germany, where he enjoys visiting his extended family. He lives in the Seattle area with his family and three chocolate Labrador retrievers.

    Chris May

    Program Specialist

  • Katie Fries

    Specialist, Content Creation

    As Evergreen Safety Council’s in-house content creation specialist, Katie works with both the development and marketing teams. She draws on her years of experience in the journalism and trade publishing industries to tell Evergreen’s story in an appealing and engaging way. Outside of work, Katie enjoys writing, running, and hiking and traveling with her husband and two sons.

    Katie Fries

    Specialist, Content Creation

  • Sophie Merwick

    Sophie Merwick

    Sophie is the Operations Manager at Evergreen Safety Council,
    After graduating from Whitworth University with a BA in Business and Hospitality management, she honed her management skills working through the ranks of a local restaurant group. She enjoys developing systems and tools to help streamline operations and make them more efficient, finding creative solutions to problems, and building synergistic teams—all of which culminate in a strong workplace culture. Sophie is a lover of the great outdoors, and can often be found hiking, fly fishing, skiing, and enjoying life with her Australian Shepherd pup, Lolo. She also loves cooking for family and friends and cheering for the Seahawks.

    Sophie Merwick

    Sophie Merwick

  • Rolf Vitous

    Sr. Administrator & Trainer, Motorcycle Program

  • Bob Bennett

    Motorcycle Instructor

    Bob is a life-long motorcyclist who started out riding dirt bikes up in Alaska. Now sport bikes and adventure bikes are his favorites. Living in the urban core of Seattle, Bob is a big believer in the practicality of motorcycles and regards them as more than a source of entertainment. Bob has been an instructor at Evergreen for 3 years. A lifelong student of motorcycling himself, Bob continues to improve his own riding skills with track days and long trips up North in the summer. He enjoys motivating his students and helping his classes to appreciate the concept of motorcycle riding as being “serious fun.” Besides teaching motorcycle safety classes, Bob enjoys hiking with his two dogs, playing tennis and drumming.

    Bob Bennett

    Motorcycle Instructor

  • Bruce Brown

    Motorcycle and Sidecar/Trike Instructor

    Bruce started riding when he was 8 years old. In his teens, Bruce raced flat track professionally on the East Coast until graduating to the street where he took up drag racing against his parents best wishes!

    After practicing Anesthesia for almost 30 years, Bruce retired in 2015 and needed an excuse to get out of the house to save more lives. Certified as a MSF Motorcycle Instructor, Sidecar/Trike Education Program (S/TEP) Instructor and a Harley-Davidson Riding Academy Instructor, Bruce uses what little free time he has as the owner and engineer of a Mastering Studio.

    You might see Bruce out on the road or trails aboard his BMW GS or you could catch a glimpse of him dressed as a Winnie the Pooh character during Halloween handing out candy riding his Can-am Spyder!

    Bruce Brown

    Motorcycle and Sidecar/Trike Instructor

  • Boris Chong

    Motorcycle Instructor

    It’s just possible that if you mixed Speed Racer with a bike obsession (and a dash of Hello Kitty), you’d end up with someone like Boris. He’s been teaching riders how to improve for over 15 years, loves every kind of bike there is and (just to prove a point) owns an impressive cross-section of all things 2-wheeled, including a Kawasaki ZRX1200, Triumph Tiger 800, Harley Davidson XR1200 and a BMW R80.

    When he’s not teaching classes (or riding), he works with Audi dealerships, enjoys spending time with his family and smoking the odd cigar.

    Boris Chong

    Motorcycle Instructor

  • Craig Jones

    Motorcycle Instructor

    Mild-mannered UPS Store owner by day, daring motorcycle instructor on some other day, Craig has been teaching people how to ride for a year and a half and enjoys seeing his students “get it”: seeing them realize that, daunting though it might be at first, they too can learn how to ride. He takes great care to keep abreast of the latest motorcycle safety developments (for his students and his own sake) and thinks him and Homer Simpson might have a lot in common.

    In his spare time, him and his wife ride their 2016 Ultra Limited Harley (though they are thinking of expanding the roster with a dual-terrain bike a well); and enjoy golf, rooting for the Huskies, hiking, cycling, riding the family scooter and traveling to warmer climes.

    Craig Jones

    Motorcycle Instructor

  • Patricia Kaviani

    Motorcycle and Sidecar/Trike Instructor

    With 14 years of sidecar/trike and 13 years of 2-wheel experience, Patricia is a veteran instructor who also happens to treat veterans, as an Orthoist / Prosthesist at the Madigan Army Medical Center. She is of the firm belief that all bikes are created equal, but finds trikes and sidecars 33% more exhilarating to ride. As an instructor, she loves imparting knowledge and seeing riders improve both their skills and handling. Just like “Peppermint Patty” (of Peanuts fame), Patricia excels at all things hands-on, but, quite unlike her, she also has a wealth of motorcycle knowledge and can be counted on to know the answer the trickiest questions at a moment’s notice.

    Between her work at the Medical Center, her course load as an instructor and her church, she does not have a lot of spare time. Whenever the chance arises, however, she likes to catch up on woodworking, home repair or reading up on the latest developments in motorcycle and trike safety.

    Patricia Kaviani

    Motorcycle and Sidecar/Trike Instructor

  • Rachel Lytton

    Motorcycle Instructor

    With 1 year of experience, an affinity for dual-sport and road bikes, and a passion for undiscovered routes, new adventures and everything in between, Rachel teaches with the sort of infectious enthusiasm that cannot leave anyone unaffected. As an instructor, she loves students “lighting up” when they grasp a new concept or achieve a new goal; seeing them improve their skills, engage in discussions and have fun riding outside of class.

    MSF certified, when she isn’t kindling people’s love for riding, Rachel works for a large pharmaceutical company (CAR-T/Immunotherapy, for all you science nerds). She loves riding off-road in the summer and doing as many Back Road Discovery Routes as possible on her BMW F800R, WR250 or NX250. She also enjoys riding abroad and makes it a point to visit a new country every year (so far, she’s checked off Vietnam, Guatemala and Costa Rica). Riding aside, she likes to draw, read, volunteer, paint and study intriguing topics, such as psychotherapy and psychology.

    Rachel Lytton

    Motorcycle Instructor

  • John Mattson

    Motorcycle Instructor

    A veteran instructor in more ways than one, at 77, John is probably the oldest Motorcycle Safety Foundation Instructor in Washington State. And yet, every time he throws a leg over his bike and heads out for a new adventure, he feels as if he was still 16.

    That’s how old he was when he first started riding, on a used 1954 Harley Davidson KH. He’s owned many bikes (and scooters) since then, including a 2003 Harley Road King, a 2008 Harley Road Glide and a 2013 Harley Road King (which is what he rides now). He has clocked well over 300,000 HOG miles, earned 2 Iron Butt awards (riding 1,180 miles in 24 hours and 1,560 miles in 36) and is aiming to get a third this year (for 1,500 miles in 24 hours). Long-distance riding and helping others ride safely is his life-long passion and the depth and detail of his knowledge about it is second to none.

    John Mattson

    Motorcycle Instructor

  • James Nakatsu

    Motorcycle Instructor

    An accomplished IT professional, President of the Saab Club of Seattle, bass guitarist, dog lover, traveler, gourmet and hopeless Moto GP fan (forza Valentino!), James believes in living life to the fullest and, after 30 years of riding bikes, wanted to help future riders feel some of his own excitement about riding motorcycles. With his boundless energy and love of biking, he’s a natural at getting new riders invested in the sport in the right way.

    In his spare time, he rides sport and naked standards (like his BMW S1000RR), explores the ins and outs of motorcycle and auto maintenance, spends time with his family and keeps on constant lookout for memorable new experiences.

    James Nakatsu

    Motorcycle Instructor

  • Eric Shields

    Motorcycle Instructor

    The joy of helping students become motorcyclists keeps Eric coaching, something he’s done for the past decade+ because no one ever forgets the exhilaration of controlling a motorcycle for the first time. With a passion for life on two wheels, seven motorcycles in the garage, and a desire to see it all in one lifetime, Eric does equal parts commuting to Olympia and long distance riding, getting upwards of 30K miles/year across all the odometers. Eric likes to primarily teach new (novice) riders and persons interested in becoming riders; he is also an active Riding Academy coach in the Harley Davidson program and works to mentor new riders in the Eastside Harley Owners Group. Spare time is spent tinkering in the garage on art projects, hanging out at the Touratech Rally West, or planning the next trip to Newfoundland.

    Eric Shields

    Motorcycle Instructor

  • Chris Cimino

    Motorcycle Instructor

  • Ernest Coloussy

    Motorcycle Instructor

  • David “Lee” Davidson

    Motorcycle Instructor

  • Steve DelVecchio

    Motorcycle Instructor

  • Robert Garrison

    Motorcycle and Sidecar/Trike Instructor

  • Kathy Gill

    Motorcycle Instructor

  • Angela Goodman

    Motorcycle Instructor

  • Jeffrey Jung

    Motorcycle and Sidecar/Trike Instructor

  • Thomas Monroe

    Motorcycle Instructor

  • Rick Oswald

    Motorcycle and Sidecar/Trike Instructor

  • Kelsi Pothier

    Motorcycle Instructor

  • Richard Pothier

    Motorcycle Instructor

  • Bruce Scott

    Motorcycle and Sidecar/Trike Instructor

  • James Sullivan

    Motorcycle and Sidecar/Trike Instructor

  • Daniel Weber

    Motorcycle and Sidecar/Trike Instructor

  • Kristen Wegielewski

    Motorcycle Instructor

  • Dawnna Weight

    Motorcycle Instructor

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