Board of Directors

2016 CVF Board of Directors

Joe Hensler

Owner, Maranello Bar & Kitchen 2011 to 2013
President, Team Power Forklifts, 1987 to 2009
Board Member, Power Inn BTA, 2000 to 2009
Chairman, Power Inn Alliance, 2006 and 2007
Vice Chair, Regional Advisory Committee, Power Inn Redevelopment District, 2005 – 2007
Member, Clark Material Handling Company Dealer Advisory Group, 1992/1993 and 1997/1998

A lifelong car enthusiast, Joe restores and owns an eclectic mix of cars which he enjoys showing and driving. Additionally, he has raced enduro carts, autocrossed and road raced for over 30 years. Joe hopes to combine the interest in cars with a lifetime of business and non-profit Board experience to help make the California Automobile Museum a world-class museum to celebrate the history of the automobile.

Porsche Club of America, Pierce Arrow Society, Austin Healey Club of America, Sports Car Club of America, Plymouth Owners Club, Chrysler 300 Club, Ferrari Club, BMW Club, Lincoln Highway Association, Golden Gate Lotus Club, United British Sports Car Club, Alfa Romeo Owners Association


Jeffery Swain
Vice President

Sr. Project Analyst, Intel Corporation 1999 to Present
Director of Engineering, Utilimaster Corporation, 1998 to 1999
Sr. Project Engineer, Peterbilt Motors Corporation, 1986 to 1999

Jeff has been an automotive enthusiast since childhood, and pursued his passion through earning a Mechanical Engineering degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and working for over 15 years in the design and manufacture of Heavy and Medium duty trucks.  Jeff is also a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of California. He has been involved in various forms of motorsport as both a consultant and participant.  A career change to the tech industry brought Jeff and his family back to California, where he has stayed involved with cars via involvement with marque clubs, EuroSunday, and the museum.

Current Member:
EuroSunday, Porsche Club of America, BMW Car Club of America, Placer County Porsches

Former Member: 
Society of Automotive Engineers (NorCal section Chair 1994, North Texas section Vice Chair 1996 to 1998), Sports Car Club of America, Shelby American Automobile Club, Cal Poly Sports Car Club


David Felderstein

Staff analyst, from 1976 to 2009, for the California Legislature (State Senate) Committee on Public Employment and Retirement. Served on the Board of Directors of the now-defunct Sacramento Symphony from 1991 to 1996, Board of Directors of CAPPAC (Sacramento’s bi-partisan gay and lesbian political action committee) from 1990 to 2007, Tenor member of the Sacramento Choral Society since 1976.

Clubs: Freewheelers Car Club, Airflow Club of America, WPC (Walter P. Chrysler) Club, California Chrysler Products Club, Oldsmobile Club of America.


Jerry Godfrey

Regional Manager for a locally based national financial institution 1999-Present
Prior to that 23 years in the restaurant business including being Chef/Owner of a high end restaurant on California’s North Coast.
Currently President of the local chapter of the Alfa Romeo Owners Club.

A lifelong fan of auto racing and interesting cars. Now that the 24 hours of Daytona and the Indianapolis 500 are scratched off the bucket list sights are now set on Le Mans. With numerous track days and a handful of 24 Hours Of Lemons races under his belt Godfrey looks forward to his next day on track.

Affiliations include:
Alfa Romeo Owners Club-Delta Sierra Chapter, Alfa Romeo Association, NRA, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation


Matt Eagan

Co-Founder, Owner – IDMLOCO, 2011 – present
Creative Director – ID Media and Activate Direct, 2007 – 2011
Director of e-Communications on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s successful re-election campaign, 2006

A motorsports enthusiast, Eagan in 2012 launched a grassroots sports car racing team that has competed at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Sonoma Raceway and Thunderhill Raceway.

A Sacramento native, Eagan attended Jesuit High School and played tennis for the Sacramento City College Panthers. After passing the competitive U.S. Marine Corps’ Aviation Selection Test Battery, he attended Officer Candidates School in Quantico, Va. Eagan studied international relations at the University of California, Davis, focusing on national security policy and East Asian culture.  He lives in Sacramento with his wife, Alicia.

Affiliations include:
Communications Chair for Metro EDGE, a program of Metro Chamber.


Tupper Hull

Vice President, Strategic Communications, Western States Petroleum Association

After 20 years as a reporter for major daily newspapers in Texas and California, Tupper made the transition to communications in 1995 when he joined the San Francisco-based public affairs firm, The PBN Company.  When PBN decided to shutter its California offices and move its headquarters to Washington, D.C., he brought the entire office into what was then the Kahl-Pownall lobbying firm where he continued to provide communications consulting services to a number of associations, businesses and campaigns.

In 2006 Tupper joined WSPA as Vice President for Strategic Communications where I brought my newspaper and writing skills, my work in the natural resources and energy fields, and my experience in politics, public relations and trade associations to the petroleum industry.

In addition to the California Automobile Museum, Tupper volunteers with an organization called Wonder Inc. that mentors children and young adults in the foster care system.  When not doing that, he enjoys watching and participating in motorsports activities.


Chris Lemmon

Vice President, Newmark Cornish & Carey, 2005-Present

Chris has been working as a Commercial Real Estate Agent for over 12 years, consistently recognized as a Top Producer.  One of the most active brokers in South Placer County, Chris was named Young Professional of the Year by the Roseville Chamber of Commerce in 2014.  He is a member of the Association of Commercial Real Estate (ACRE) and the Sutter Club. He is also a past active member of the Active 20-30 Sacramento No. 1 Club and a proud alumni of Jesuit High School.

Chris has always had a passion (more of an obsession) for automobiles since his youth. When he’s not  spending his free time with his wife and daughter, he enjoys driving and restoring classic cars.


Sally Rice

Owner and president of Eres Rice Communications for more than 20 years, specializing in marketing consultation, media relations, public relations and event coordination. Partnered with Sacramento photographer Tia Gemmel at eight Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegances, and coordinated the marketing and media relations for several Shriners Concours d’Elegance events. Co-creator and coordinator of the annual Race for the Arts, a fund-raiser benefiting all California arts and schools.   It is now in its 17th year.

Achievements and affiliations include:  Past president for The Sacramento Ballet Guild and past board member of The Sacramento Ballet , and a current board member of Camerata California. A finalist for the Sacramento Arts & Business Council Leadership Award, Certificate of Recognition from Sacramento City Council.


Mike Ritenour

Senior Project Manager, Business Development Manager, Certified Arborist, and Licensed Contractor for projects  throughout the western United States and Baja Mexico including public and private golf courses, master planned communities, transportation, sustainable energy, levee and riverbank restoration, phytoremediation, mature specimen tree transplanting, erosion control, habitat restoration and mitigation. Mike is currently the Certified Arborist for ValleyCrest Companies Tree Care Services Sacramento Division.

Mike uses his skills to coordinate car and motorcycle based charitable events such as the annual Rally4Kids to benefit the Shriners Hospital for children, the EuroSunday Display at the Sacramento International Auto Show that benefitted the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and the EuroSunday Hampton Inn Folsom event benefitting a Make-A-Wish recipient going to the Ferrari Factory in Italy.  He now wants to use his skills to help the museum grow into a leading auto museum destination and education facility.

Current Member: EuroSunday as Director of Events, Porsche Club of America, International Society of Arboriculture. Former Member: SCCA, NASA (National Auto Sport Association), ASRA (Arizona Sports Racing Association)


Carl Stein

President: CB Stein Company, Inc – General Contractor, Real Estate Development & Management
Board Member: Power Inn Alliance
Committee Member: Power Inn Alliance – Planning Advisory & Zoning Committee
Committee Member: Army Depot Redevelopment Advisory Committee – City of Sacramento

SCCA – Sports Car Club of America, Pantera Owners Club, Pantera International, Capitol Pantera Club, Shelby American Auto Club, Norcal Shelby Club, River City Shelby Club, Historic Motor Sports Association, General Racing, Historic Trans Am Racing Group, California Auto Museum, Arden Hills Country Club, Sutter Club, Point West Rotary


Ron Vogel

Owner of Vogel Architecture, Davis, CA since 1994
Registered Architect in State of California since 1987

Ron has been working in the field of architecture since 1971, including time spent as a graphic artist and as a researcher/designer in the Solar Industry of the 1970’s while working at the University of Nebraska, School of Engineering and Technology.

Graduate of our museum’s Docent Traning Class in 2007, as well as teaching classes on “Automotive Styling and Design” to docent trainees.  Docent of the Year in 2010.  Current CAM Docent Council Chairperson.  Forever a student of automobile history and design.


Brian P. Whitmore

Brian P. Whitmore, AIA – LEED AP is a licensed architect and President of BCA Architects in Sacramento. Brian is a lifelong car enthusiast with a passion for performance and design. His interest in automobiles began as a young boy, where his father, a California Highway Patrol officer, taught him how to build, modify and enjoy antique and modern cars. Brian’s interest in hands on projects, coupled with his natural artistic skill lead him to a career in architecture. Brian attended the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, was named one of Sacramento’s Top 40 Under 40 and serves on various local boards as well as the Rocklin Planning Commission. Brian was the architect of the Benvenuti Performing Arts Center, Sacred Heart School, and multiple other award winning commercial projects in the Sacramento Region. Brian can often be found in Placer County, were he resides, spending time with his wife and three young children, or behind the wheel of any of his growing collection of cars.


John G. Tennyson

John has been a CAM docent for more than 5 years, serves on the Docent Training Staff, Exhibits committee, and the Car Club Cavalcade.  He is new to the board as of 2016. With a life-long love of cars, he belongs to the WPC Club, the Chrysler 300 Club, is secretary of the CA Chapter of the DeSoto Club and president of the Imperial Owners Club of Northern CA.  Before retirement, John was a legislative consultant at the State Legislature for 28 years, analyzing and writing local government and housing legislation.  A graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and McGeorge School of Law, John served the U.S Army in Vietnam, and has also been a freelance writer and photographer.  He has been involved in community theatre, a scoutmaster and counselor in Boy Scouts, and a church Sunday School teacher and volunteer.  Residing in Sacramento with his wife, Nancy, John is also a board member of Resident Owned Parks, Inc., which helps preserve lower income housing in mobilehome parks for seniors.