Meet The Instructors and Staff
Jude is Motorcycle Riding's Cool's Lead Instructor and co-owner of the school with his wife and business partner, Naomi.
Jude was formally a faculty member and administrator at Loyola University Chicago. His mission now is to shape Motorcycle Riding's Cool into a learning community of the highest caliber.
Jude has been a motorcyclist for almost 30 years and a RiderCoach since 2005. In that time, he has trained thousands of new riders. He teaches the BRC, BRC 2 and maintenance courses. He is a dedicated safety professional who has served as a subject matter expert in cases involving motorcycle crashes. He is also the owner and Lead Instructor of CARRY312, a firearm safety program he started in 2014.
Before taking over Motorcycle Riding's Cool, he served many of the communities of Chicago as a social worker.
Naomi is also a licensed clinical social worker.
LydiaLydia is Motorcycle Riding's Cool Office Manager. She was recruited by her neighbors Jude and Naomi in 2015, and has worked closely with them to keep MRC running smoothly ever since. You can find Lydia organizing the office/classroom, tackling email and phone duties, posting on our social media profiles, spending time at the DMV, or climbing about things like Jude's truck bed and the range's storage container. She also took a BRC here in July 2017 and plans to get a license in the next year to continue riding.
When she is off duty, Lydia is a part time college student, dog walker, sitter, and coach/aide for activities under Evanston's special recreation program. She hopes to remain a part of the Motorcycle Riding's Cool team as long as possible.
Jeff is Motorcycle Riding's Cool's Sr. Instructor. He has been a certified MSF RiderCoach since 2005 and an avid motorcyclist for almost 30 years. In addition to teaching the Basic RiderCourse, he also teaches the Basic RiderCourse 2 and assists in training new RiderCoaches at the school.
Jeff is a Chicago Firefighter. He can be seen from time to time on the TV show Chicago Fire. We're pretty sure the characters Kelly Severide and Christopher Herrmann are based on Jeff. Jeff is a Marine as well. El Jefe will start a fire burning in your soul for motorcycles but he will also tend to it...because that's what he does.
Jeff is also an avid teacher and trainer of martial arts and thai boxing.
JuanJuan is a RiderCoach who learned how to ride at Motorcycle Riding's Cool! He fell in love with the sport of riding and the culture of the school. Always interested in giving back, he became a MSF RiderCoach in 2010. He has gone through a few bikes since we've known him. At the moment he rides a tricked out Bonneville.
When not teaching for Motorcycle Riding's Cool, he is a high school English teacher here in the city. He is a great teacher because he is also a dedicated student. He coaches high school sports and gets out to the race track with his bike as often as he can. He is an accomplished guitar player, but not much of a singer. Talk to him about it when you are on the range with him. __________________________________________________________________
Moses has been a RiderCoach since 2010. He has done all of his instructing at Motorcycle Riding's Cool. He teaches the Basic RiderCourse, the Basic RiderCourse2 and motorcycle maintenance. He was in the powersports industry prior to becoming a RiderCoach. He worked in sales at a motorcycle dealership and has a wealth of information about how to negotiate the purchase of new or used bike. But he really wants to encourage you to get on a track and get your knee down. No surprise, he rides a Yamaha R6.
Moses is a professional educator with CPS. He teaches high school math. He is also a nationally ranked racquetball player. He's says it's easy because its all about angles and equations.
David joined the team at Motorcycle Riding's Cool a couple season back. He had been teaching for the State MSF program as well at Harley Davidson's training program. He comes to us with a tremendous amount of experience and energy for our students.
Woody is a professor of philosophy. He currently teaches classes at Triton College but has been on faculty at many areas universities and colleges in his career. He can be heard on occasion quoting the Bhagavad Gita as a way to really help you understand the benefits of countersteering.
Nick is a freshly minted RiderCoach but a long-time rider. He decided to pursue the rigors of training to become certified by the MSF because he loves a challenge. It's not for every rider, but Nick isn't every rider. He is a law enforcement officer dedicated to public safety. He is also calm under pressure, which is what you want when you are learning this for the first time.
Nick back in school as a student himself working toward a graduate degree. He hopes to continue training for us for a long time, and so do we.
Ian has been a RiderCoach since 2014. He came to work for Motorcycle Riding's Cool after his wife Michelle learned to ride with us. Ian is a two-bike, no-car commuter who couldn't get through the winter without his heated gloves. One of his favorite aspects of motorcycling is learning to diagnose and solve mechanical problems - every noise, an opportunity!
When he's not teaching people to ride, he's teaching his high school students to read, write, speak, and listen. When he's not doing that, he's riding motorcycles with Michelle.