Working to keep teen drivers safe in New York State

NYSDTSEA Conference


Keeping Safe and Fit As We Drive Towards the Future


Saturday, March 2, 2024
8 AM - 5 PM

Join driver educators, driving schools, and leaders in driver education at our annual conference in Verona. Learn about new products, services, and organizations dedicated to keeping our nation's drivers safe.

Conference Location

Shenandoah Club House
Turning Stone Resort and Conference Center

5218 Patrick Rd, Verona, NY 13478

Directions:
Next to Lodge. Follow around to the rear of the resort property.

Conference Rates

  • $50 per person if you are already a NYSDTSEA and ADTSEA member
  • $100 per person if you are not a NYSDTSEA and ADTSEA member (includes purchase an annual NYSDTSEA membership)

There is a $15 additional charge for a meal ticket.


Location Map

Location Map

Accommodations

Located in Verona, Turning Stone Resort is approximately 20 minutes from the Syracuse airport. If you are having trouble finding accommodations, please look nearby Utica and Syracuse options.

Regional points of interest include Utica Rome Speedway, Whisper Wind Equestrian Center, Verona Beach State Park, and Airborne Adventures Ballooning.

Conference Speakers

  • Jackie Townsend: Sharing the Road with Snowplows
  • Brett Robinson, ADTSEA: Safe System Approach and How It Fits into Driver Education
  • Alec Slatkey, AAA: What the Stats Are Telling Us
  • Ramsey Gouda and Mark Hahs: KarChing Parent Involvement
  • Jayson White: Donate Life
  • Ross Friedmann, Nissan: Electric Cars - The Future is Now
  • Vanessa Waldron, Highway Safety Program Representative, Governor's Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC): Young Drivers Toolkit
  • Preston Richie, Franklin Upper Rochester High School: Exploring Key Highway Safety Resources from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
  • Dr. Jessica Carlson: "Oh My Aching Back" Posture and Erogomics for Driver Pain Prevention
  • Suzanne Stegich, Mike DeMay, and Troy M. Townsend: DERIC How End Users Are Using the Latest Curriculum
  • Troy M. Townsend: Exploring Resources for Driver Education Teachers

Photos from Previous Conferences

Conference Speakers

Speakers

We are looking for dynamic speakers to give us interesting information or tools to enhance driver education programs. We appreciate those who volunteer to speak at our conference at no cost, keeping registration fees low for our teachers.

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Conference Sponsors

Sponsors

Without our sponsors we would have a hard time putting on our annual conference. Sponsorship levels start at $250 with additional opportunities available. Gain great exposure for your business; sponsor the conference today!

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Conference Exhibitors

Exhibitors

Attend our conference for FREE! As an exhibitor, you get a 10' x 10' booth space (with 8-foot table, table linen and skirting, and two chairs). Meal tickets can be purchased during registration. Please let us know if you need access to electrical outlets.

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Partners

Drivers Ed Solutions New York State DMV New York State Education Department - Driver & Traffic Safety Education Students Against Destructive Decisions

About NYSDTSEA

Since 2009, New York State Driver Traffic Safety Education Association (NYSDTSEA) has advocated for excellence in driver education.

We are composed primarily of high school and college driver education teachers, supervisors, coordinators, and safety enthusiasts throughout New York. We are growing and hope to soon have members that represent over 200 driver education programs throughout New York state.

  • To improve and upgrade the teaching by high school and college teachers of traffic safety and driver education in the high schools and colleges of New York State.
  • To promote research which attempts to solve problems associated with driver and traffic safety and publish the information for use in high school and college driver education programs.
  • To cooperate with other agencies which are concerned with traffic safety, driver education and young drivers in the high schools and colleges of New York.

Traffic Safety Education Association Serving:


Map of NYSDTSEA Region
  • Capital Region
  • Central New York
  • Finger Lakes
  • Long Island
  • Mid-Hudson
  • Mohawk Valley
  • New York City
  • North Country
  • Southern Tier
  • Western New York

Quick Resources

DERIC Curriculum

The Driver Education Research and Innovation Center (DERIC) provides free, standardized driver education resources to help reduce crashes and produce safer teen drivers in New York State. The DERIC curriculum was developed by teen driving safety, teen behavior, driver education, and curriculum development experts through a partnership between the New York State Departments of Health, Motor Vehicles, and Education, as well as the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee.

Learn more about the curriculum.


Frank Beyer Memorial Membership Award

Each year we will draw a name from those members who are in attendance at the annual conference. That person will be awarded a year's membership for the following year in honor of Frank M. Beyer. Learn more.

Hall of Fame Award

The Hall of Fame Award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated long-term commitment and dedication to driver education and traffic safety.The nominee should be or have been a member of NYSDTSEA.

Nominate an individual for this award.

Past Recipients

  • 2024: Abe Kestenbaum
  • 2023: Gerald Goulet
  • 2022: Scoot Kingsbury
  • 2021: Jeff Baier
  • 2020: Lynne Renner
  • 2019: Alice Weele
  • 2018: Gary Kocher
  • 2017: Mike Bowman
  • 2016: Lee Stanley
  • 2015: Roger Dacey
  • 2014: Bart Badalucco, Frank Beyer, and Jane Townsend
  • 2013: Jeff Young
  • 2012: Thomas Beach
  • 2011: Steve Brown

Board of Directors

Brad Basal

President

Jeff Baier

Treasurer

Jill Green

Vice President

Troy Townsend

Secretary

Mike DeMay

Past President

Committees

Awards/Nominations Committee

NYSDTSEA Board of Directors

ADTSEA Representative

NYSDTSEA Board of Directors

Fundraising Committee

NYSDTSEA Board of Directors

Legislative Committee

NYSDTSEA Board of Directors

Hall of Fame Committee

NYSDTSEA Board of Directors

Constitution Committee

Brigitte Nesteroke

Membership Committee

Cathy Occhinoi

Vendors/Corporate Committee

Mark Rothwell/Doron

NSSP Representative

Jackie Townsend

Higher Education Committee

Jane Townsend

Elections Committee

Dan Twentyman

Conference Committee

Jill Green

Marketing Committee

Troy Townsend

Curriculum/DERIC Committee

Mike DeMay