Welcome to the TAI Instructor Section
instructors hold many certifications and are highly qualified
individuals who have been selected foremost for their love of
teaching. Our students do not want to 'waste' their
learning time, our teachers do not want to 'waste' their teaching
time and our clients do not want to 'waste' their training time -
with this in mind our teachers have been trained to present the
material in a format designed so that the students "get it".
Karen Rohrbach is the TAI office manager and one of the instructors.
Before retiring from The Statesman Group, Karen was an Assistant Vice
President and spent 25 years working
in the MIS department as a computer programmer. She
supervised and trained computer operators and other company employees on
the computer systems. Karen works on program
development and is also responsible for formatting the workbooks and
designing the PowerPoint Slide Presentations.
Bob Adkins worked with the Birmingham Jefferson County
Authority for 27 years before retiring and coming to work with
TAI. Bob started his career with the BJCA as a Bus Operator &
Route Trainer then moved on to Road Supervisor/Dispatcher later
becoming a Defensive Driving Instructor for them. He
investigated & reported accidents, trained the new operators,
administered & monitored the Drug & Alcohol Program and helped with
procurements. He was an Assistant in the Safety & Training
Department, inspecting the operation & safety of new vehicles and
developing & implementing new training programs before being
promoted to Safety & Security Manager. Bob is a gifted
individual who knows how to train on the student's level - he
"trains" not "lectures."
Nancy Hudson is a past president of the Alabama Section of
the Institute of Transportation Engineers and has over 25 years
experience in traffic engineering with the City of Birmingham
Traffic Engineering Department, the Alabama Highway Department, and
as a Traffic Analyst with Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. Nancy is
currently with Alabama Operation
Lifesaver and teaches for TAI in her spare time. In her capacity with AOL Nancy has trained
thousands of people and hundreds of trainers. Nancy is one of
those wonderful people that you have to say are "born teachers."
Morgan Earley was a junior-high school teacher before becoming an RN. Morgan holds a college degree in
education. He brings a combination of his love for young
people and his love for teaching.
Conrad Howell joined the Training Associates team in 2012.
Before that, he spent a career in faith-based, non-profit
administration. His work included all aspects of personnel,
facilities management, fleet management and other general
responsibilities. As an adjunct instructor with four different
colleges, he has long enjoyed the interaction between teacher and
student. From his perspective, the opportunity to teach/train is
also an excellent opportunity to expand his own knowledge. TAI
appreciates his belief that in a connected, interactive classroom,
Michelle Smitherman is one of our youngest instructors. She and her
husband, Terry, have been married for over 20 years and have two
children, Andrew and Caitlin. Michelle attended UAB with a major in
criminal justice. She is passionate about animals; regularly
volunteering with local animal rescue agencies, fostering and
adopting furry friends. Michelle spent 32 years in foodservice
management and has owned several businesses during her career. She
loves teaching defensive driving classes and with two teenage
drivers in her home she is extremely aware of the challenges facing
the younger drivers and their families. Michelle strives to help
everyone become a safer driver and her quirky sense of humor
adds a pleasant touch to her classes.
Richard Cezar joined the TAI staff in April, 2015. Prior to
that time he retired from the United States Post Office after 30
years. His educational background includes matriculation at
Pittsburg State University, Wichita University, and Southeastern
University in Lakeland, Florida where he spent 5 years. He graduated
from Southeastern summa cum laude, was class valedictorian, was
listed in “Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, and was
elected to a prestigious honor society. His military service
included graduation as the honor student with the highest overall
proficiency from basic training at Ft. Ord, Ca. and graduation from
Officers Candidate School at Ft. Benning, Ga. on the Commandants
list for leadership skills. He served a tour of duty in South Viet
Nam as a platoon leader with the 1st Division conducting
daily search and destroy missions. Richard has served in the past as
a Minister of Christian Education, and in that capacity has taught
seminars on Christian leadership and Theology. In various other
ministry positions he has taught and preached for over 45 years and
has, of late, begun teaching and preaching internationally in
several eastern European countries; that and other ministry
opportunities are ongoing.
Dr. George Hand, Jr.