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Meet the MEPER Mentors

Meet the MEPER Mentors

James Takacs joined CUTR at USF as a Traffic Safety Outreach Specialist. He earned a doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction from West Virginia University, and he has a strong commitment to adult learning theory and learning style research. He is interested and involved in motorcycle safety training and research; Dr. Takacs has over 10 years of experience as an effective MSF Certified RiderCoach.

He started in the FDU Motorcycle Safety Education Program at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey and worked with the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program (PAMSP) at Tobyhanna. In 2006, he relocated to Tampa and joined the ranks of Tampa Harley-Davidson as a Rider’s Edge Instructor where he has taught both New Rider Courses (NRC) and Experience Rider Courses (ERC) at the dealership. In early 2015, he became trained in the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s updated curriculum and continues to teach as a Harley-Davidson Riding Academy Coach. Dr. Takacs has a wide variety of experience in transportation, technology, teaching, research, and curriculum development. He is heavily involved in program outreach and in designing and disseminating safety training education materials for the Motorcycle Injury Prevention Institute.

Originally hailing from East Tennessee, EJ Chedester discovered riding later in life and never looked back. After taking the Basic RiderCourse on a whim, she fell deeply in love with the sport and finds her work as a Harley-Davidson Riding Academy instructor immensely gratifying. She is especially inspired to introduce women to the community and is dedicated to making the joy of motorcycling accessible to all.

EJ has ridden all over the United States, recently completing a 12,000 mile solo cross-country trip; when off the bike she can be found planning her next long-distance adventure. Whether on the road, track or dirt, two-wheel pursuits bring great joy to her life.

Formerly a college preparatory social sciences educator, EJ holds a Master of Arts degree in Education and is certified as a Motorcycle Safety Foundation RiderCoach. Her hobbies outside of motorcycling include aviation, severe weather-spotting and amateur astronomy. She hopes to pay forward the incredible experiences riding motorcycles has brought to her life.