Our Team

Mountain States Driver's Education is run by a group of skillful and friendly driving instructors. We are backed by decades of experience in teaching new drivers the fundamentals of road safety. The safety and success of our students are our top priorities at MSDE. All of our instructors are listed below. We invite you to get to know them!


Anthony Smith

Anthony is a Northern Colorado native and has lived his entire life in Fort Collins and the surrounding areas. He has been a driver's education instructor since 2000. Throughout the years he has been on over 15,000 driving appointments, over 1,000 driving tests, and trained more than 100 motorcyclists. He finds the MSDE staff, as well as the students and parents he meets, to be a constant joy in his life.

On his off-time, he enjoys spending time with his family, church community, and focusing on his hobbies, which includes motorcycling, cars, traveling, and exercise.


Jim Brown

Jim is a longtime area resident. He joined Mountain States Drivers Education with previous behind-the-wheel and classroom experience. Currently, he is a behind-the-wheel instructor and also teaches Driver's Awareness and Comprehensive Driving courses for MSDE. He is proud to be a member of our team because of our well-trained instructors and strong team approach. Jim believes student safety always comes first, along with real driving experience and knowledge of the driving rules.

On top of driver's education, Jim is a huge dog lover and real estate expert. He has over 35 years worth of experience as an educator in real estate studies, consulting, and brokerage, as well as a practicing broker. He is a former adjunct faculty member with several colleges as a senior instructor of real-estate courses and general business studies.


Mindy Gebauer

I have lived in Colorado since 2008 and have enjoyed being outdoors with my family. My husband, two sons and our dog Cash. I enjoy camping, atv,  archery, painting and reading. Our family travels as much as we can with our camper.
I started teaching in early childhood and then into elementary. I have also taught art though out the years.  I have Education in Art and ECE Education.
I have always enjoyed trucks and working with students.  I am excited to encourage you in this new adventure of driving.

Bill Snow

Here at MSDE, Bill is an instructor who does everything! He is certified by both the state of Colorado and the National Safety Council to teach Defensive Driver's Awareness courses, the 32-hour Comprehensive course, tutoring first-time students, and administering drive tests.

Bill grew up as an Army brat and lived in several places like Fort Devens, MA, Hunter Army Airfield, GA, and Fort Huachuca, AZ. He has also lived in places like Honolulu, Okinawa, and on a small island in the China Sea. He has had out of this world experiences in all of these places. He recalls the night he landed in Okinawa. He experienced an earthquake, saw the famed SR-71 take off, and was under a Typhoon warning! He graduated from Arkansas State University with a degree in Journalism and English. He has worked as a photojournalist for several newspapers throughout Missouri, Arkansas, and Texas. He and his wife of 25 years eventually settled down in Loveland. He has past experience as a teacher for the Thompson Valley School District where he taught English and Reading for eight years.


Michael Ortega

Mike is an exceptional member of the Mountain States Driver's Education team. His calm and patient personality helps him easily guide his students through their driving instruction. He takes an individualistic approach to his instruction and takes their experience and prior car driving knowledge into consideration. Mike also greatly emphasizes car safety. He wants his students to not only pass their test, but to also become safe and competent lifetime drivers.

Mike was raised in Northern Colorado and graduated from Poudre High School and Colorado State University. He loves cars. His coworkers always say that he has the best sense of humor!


Bruce Vik

Bruce grew up in the northern part of Colorado Springs. After graduating from Air Academy High School, attended University of Colorado in Colorado Springs and majored in History.

He started his teaching/coaching career in Hugo, Colorado. After two years there, he was lucky enough to obtain a middle school teaching position at Estes Park Middle School.  He kept busy coaching baseball, football, volleyball, and basketball. He sees the changes of seasons as a change of sports, not weather.  After 27 years years of teaching 7th grade social studies he retired from teaching.
Bruce continues to be proud of his 19 year old daughter named Sadie Rose.
Bruce is excited to be working with Mountain States Driver's Education as a classroom teacher and driving  instructor.  He generally works out of the Windsor office and looks forward to meeting your son and/or daughter.

Randy Jutte

Randy brings over 30 years of educational experience to Mountain States Driver's Education. His diversified background as a teacher, counselor, coach, and driving instructor ensures that you will have a successful learning experience.

Randy and his wife, Lori, moved to Colorado in 2015, after a successful education career in Ohio. They currently live in Loveland. When he is not helping students learn to become good defensive drivers, Randy loves to travel, do outdoor activities, and visit his daughter. If he isn't in a white Mountain States' car, then you'll probably find him on a hiking trail!

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Kaleb Schmidt

Kaleb grew up in Fort Collins and enjoys everything outdoors!  He also enjoys traveling and has lived for extended periods of time overseas.  Kaleb is married to the love of his life, and best friend, Ana Cristiana.  Together they have three boys (JD, JR, & JP).  Kaleb is passionate about raising up the next generation of leaders and has experience both in and outside the classroom, teaching, and leading youth.  Kaleb is currently working on his P.hD. and desires all students to maximize their potential in life.

John Owens

John Owens work history: 22 years corporate business management, 19 years secondary educator, 9 of which includes driver education experience, formerly with S.V.V.S.D. Enjoys driving and teaching enthusiastic teens safe driving skills.

Robyn Sloan

I'm a MN transplant who has been in CO 35 years.  I've taught Middle and High School Science in St. Vrain School District for 25 years, Driver Ed for 5 years, coached and officiated Girls Swimming for 13 years. My husband Mike and I live in the mountains NE of Lyons, love to travel, ride motorcycles, and visit our grandkids. I garden, knit, sew, and  post game camera videos of the wildlife on our mountain on Vimeo as a hobby.

Melissa Flynn

Melissa is a prize-winning barrel racer, putting that same hard work and dedication for the sport to use here at MSDE. She rotates between all four locations helping with all aspects of the office. Whether you need to schedule drive times, a permit or driving test, or have any other questions, Melissa will work her magic to get you what you need and on the road.

Melissa was born and raised in Colorado. Like many other state natives, she has a passion for animals, especially horses and her little dachshund Maya. With her horse Scat in tow, Melissa enjoys traveling across the state of Colorado and competing with some of the best barrel racers out there. She even won a competition in Las Vegas!

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Nola Davis

I moved to Colorado in 1984 from Texas.  I have 3 wonderful children, and I just became a grandma for the first time.  I have an AAS degree in business from Aims Community College.  In my spare time I love spending time with my dog, working on hot rods and going to car shows.


Maria Chavez

Maria Chavez was born and raised in Loveland, Colorado. She and her husband, Luis, have been married for 10 years. They recently bought a new Habitat for Humanity home 2 years ago, where they plan to raise their 3 young boys Julian, Luis and Benito. Maria enjoys spending time with her family, listening to music, and reading romantic novels. Maria learned to drive at the age of 20 yrs. with the help of Mountain States Driver's Ed. "I am thankful to be part of the team"- Maria