ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS
Phil Steinkamp, lead instructor for the program, has over 31 years of experience behind the wheel of a semi and has logged over 2 million miles. Phil has air brake, double/triple, tanker, and hazardous materials endorsements. He worked six years as a dispatcher and regional planner. Phil served ten years on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools, two of which he served as President. He also was on the Board of Directors for Commercial Vehicle Training Association for one year. Phil holds the following certifications – Driver Finisher/Train the Trainer from Des Moines Area Community College; Skid Pad and Train the Trainer from Central Tech in Drumright, Oklahoma; Tractor/Trailer Jackknife Avoidance and Decision Driving Techniques from Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Wisconsin; First Observer Training and Supervisor Substance Abuse and Compliance Certification. Phil is also a certified instructor of the National Safety Council Defensive Driving.
Larry Daggs has driven more than three million miles in his 31 years as a truck driver. He holds certifications in Reasonable Suspicion Testing and Hazardous Materials. Larry enjoys the things he has seen as a truck driver and the paycheck.
Carroll Harms, with over 39 years of Class A CDL driving experience, has more than 3 million miles behind the wheel. Carroll has Train the Trainer and Skid Pad certifications from Drumright, Oklahoma. He also is certified in Reasonable Suspicion Testing and First Observer. Carroll has received National Safety Council Defensive Driving training. He has driven flat bed trailers, tanker trucks, and reefers, and has experience with hauling hazardous materials. Carroll’s favorite things about trucking are the paycheck, the scenery, instructing students, and his twenty-one years as an operations night dispatcher.
Ron Humphrey is the newest member of the Truck Driver Training faculty. Ron recently retired after spending thirty years as a transportation safety director. He has held a Class A CDL for 40 years and has logged over 1.5 million miles. Ron has been recognized in many ways, such as being named Missouri Safety Director of the Year; receiving a letter of commendation from the U.S. Department of Transportation for dedicated and sustained commitment to highway safety; receiving numerous letters of recognition from various fleet insurance companies; and participating in a physician training session on lifestyle and the job requirements of a commercial truck driver. He has published an article on vehicle inspections and was published twice in Mid America Transporter on Safety Compliance. Ron has been Chairman of the Missouri Council of Safety Supervisors and has served on the JWCC Truck Driver Training Advisory Council. He participated in a panel discussion with Senator John Danforth on CDL requirements, as well as one on CDL effectiveness. Ron has several certifications, including Reasonable Suspicion Testing and First Observer. He has judged in several truck driving championships. Ron has enjoyed the freedom and income from being a truck driver. When he became a safety director, his goal was to improve highway safety and save lives.
Rhonda Owens has been a truck driver since 1990. She has been a Certified Defensive Driver Instructor for semis since 1991, and started teaching for JWCC in 2005. Rhonda has been a tester for the Chicago CDL. She has received 18-Year Safe Driving Awards and has been trained as a trainer through the Train the Trainer program. Rhonda has a certificate in First Observer. She has been a dispatcher for Company Wrecker and Truck Recovery for three years.
Donny Roush has been driving a semi for over 30 years. Donny has hauled grain, livestock, dry bulk, and liquids, with experience driving dump trucks, low boys, flat beds, and drop decks. Donny’s favorite thing about trucking is meeting different people.
William Wooten, Jr. was certified in Reasonable Suspicion Testing, Train the Trainer, and Skid Pad in 2010. During his ten years driving experience, in which he logged over one million miles, Bill enjoyed all the sites and places he saw. Another plus of being a truck driver is the great paychecks, Bill says.