2200 Front Street Sacramento, CA 95818

Hours: 10am to 5pm | Last Admission at 4pm | Closed On Tuesdays

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Board of Directors

The California Automobile Museum's Board of Directors is a collection of car enthusiast dedicated to our mission of preserving, exhibiting and teaching the community about the impact of the Automobile. 

Monthly Board Meetings: 

Every Last Thursday

Jeff Swain

President

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. In 1986, Jeff started working for Peterbilt Motors and became a Sr. Project Engineer, as well as the Director of Engineering at Utilimaster Corporation. 

 

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.

Susan Oliver

Vice President

Susan Oliver is a native of Sacramento and has also been a small business owner in Sacramento since 1996. She has watched the city and museum transform over the years. For almost 20 years, her business assisted residential communities and developments with management. Susan now provides management consulting services for businesses and non-profits.

Susan has more than 25 years of experience in non-profit organizations.  She founded a nonprofit in her late husband’s name to award scholarships to youth entering the Law Enforcement field. 

Susan is an avid car enthusiast stemming from her experiences with family and friends, and their love for the automobile. She has helped restore, modify, and collect cars – new and old. She brings her skills learned from business and her love of cars to the Museum to help build a strong and vibrant organization. 

Joe Hensler

Treasurer

Joe has been a car enthusiast since his older brother had him going to races and working on cars before age 10. Went to high school in Miami Florida and graduated with an accounting degree. Spent 35 years in the forklift and equipment business selling the last dealership in May of 2019.

 

Competitively raced an E mod Autocross car, sprint and enduro Karts, ran SCCA road races ending in a Spec Miata in 2009. Currently owns 24 classic cars and enjoys touring in them most but also shows car, having been invited to two Pebble Beach concours.

 

Joe has been involved in the museum since 1987 but has been very active since 2006, spending 9 years as Board President and currently serving as Treasurer. Married now 43 years with 4 kids and 4 ½ grand kids.

Mike Ritenour

Secretary

Mike is a Certified Arborist and Licensed Contractor, and has worked on 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 currently develops multi year Tree Care Management Plans using GPS for commercial properties and Homeowner Association's throughout Northern California. 

 

Mike enjoys “anything that has an engine” including cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats and airplanes. He uses his passion and skills to coordinate charitable events such as the annual Rally4Kids toy drive and the EuroSunday display at the Sacramento International Auto Show that benefit the Shriners Hospital for Children. Mike is currently the Chair for the annual CruiseFest on Fulton that benefits the auto museum. 

Mary Davis

After attending the University of Michigan, Mary worked for 7 years as a nurse for an Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon. She then added a degree in Marketing and joined Clark Equipment Company for 18 years working with dealers in the field and relocated to Sacramento. In 1991, Mary joined NGK which included opportunities to work various events for Motorsports events. 

 

Mary is involved in multiple organizations, including President of the Croatian American Woman’s Club and Board of Trustee at the Croatian American Cultural Center. In 2008 she was the first woman elected to California Automotive Wholesalers Association’s Board of Directors, and also served on their Manufacturers Advisory Council.

 

Mary has had a passion for racing since the 1970s.  She was a member of the Porsche Club of America (PCA) in Michigan and raced her 912/911 at Mosport in Canada, Mid-Ohio, Michigan International Speedway, Watkins Glen and more. When she moved to California, Mary joined the CSRG Vintage Racing Club out of Sonoma Raceway where she raced vintage cars.

David Felderstein

David Felderstein, born in Rochester, NY, and graduated Cornell University Labor Relations School in 1973.  David moved to Sacramento in 1976 and he worked at California Legislature as the state Senate’s analyst on public employee retirement and state employee benefit issues from 1976 to retirement in 2009. 

Met Dan Hoody (a Nurse Practitioner) in 1990 and married him in 2008 when it became legal. David sings Tenor in the Sacramento Choral Society His interest in cars goes back to childhood.   First car was a new 1969 Fiat 124 convertible and first “old car” is a 1981 Fiat 124 convertible, purchased in 1995. Other cars in collection: 1935 Chrysler Airflow Imperial sedan, two 1936 Chrysler Airflow coupes (one an Imperial), 1941 Chrysler Saratoga coupe, 1952 Dodge Coronet coupe, and 1963 Dodge Polara 2-door hardtop coupe.

John Smith

Docent Council Chair

John grew up in Sacramento, graduating from Foothill High School and later, University of the Pacific in Stockton with a BA degree in Business Administration.  While there, Governor Reagan appointed him to the first Youth Commission of the State of California.

 

John was an independent contractor insurance agent for State Farm Insurance in the Sacramento area and earned the Chartered Life Underwriter designation in 1982.  He retired in 2015 and became a real estate agent with Realty World.

 

John has been very active with various Sacramento non-profits.  He has been a member of the Board of Directors for Christmas in April and Tierra de Oro Girl Scout Council and on the steering committee for the Empty Bowls fundraiser for River City Food Bank.  His other volunteerism includes St. Francis High School Booster Club and the School Expansion and Academic Evaluation Committees.

 

John is a graduate of the 2017 Docent Training Class of the California Auto Museum and have been active in Education Tours, Events and Docent Training.  He has also been on the Docent Council serving as Secretary/Treasurer and currently serves as Chair.

Gary Bulfinch

Gary is a Sacramento native and from an early age been involved in the local car culture. By 16, Gary’s after school / weekend “job” was maintaining the Day & Night race car with a bit of track time as a bonus. That and buying, building, and trading cars got him through high school and college.  Gary became an apprenticeship at Park Sheet Metal learning the heating and air conditioning trade, which led to Gary and a partner establishing Garick Air Conditioning which he still operates today. Cars remained an integral part of life. This led to a second business, GLB Racing, which owned and campaigned a full midget through the 80’s and early 90’s. Along the way, a variety of cars, trucks, boats and motorcycles passed through. Some stayed around to form a modest collection of keepers.

Gary has maintained some form of involvement with the Museum since the first loads of Towe Fords rolled in. His automotive affiliations also include: Past president of Burgiemen Car Club, Past BCRA & USAC owner / driver member, Founding member of BCRA vintage division, Charter member of West Capitol Alumni Association, Vintage Chevrolet Club of America, Antique Motorcycle Club of America, Various marque clubs over the last 50 years.

Alan Galbreath

Alan Galbraith was raised in a motorsports family. Alan’s father, Arthur Galbraith, sought hot rodded thrills on the streets and dirt tracks of Southern California as many other returning WWII vets did in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. Alan’s addition to the Galbraith Family didn’t slow things down one bit and some of his earliest memories are from the pits as Arthur raced flatbottom drag boats. Throughout Alan’s life the family kept a revolving stable of hot rods, classics, race cars/boats and restoration projects. The whole family started racing together in the early 2000’s when Art, Alan and his wife Melissa went to the Bonneville Salt Flats and set over a dozen World Land Speed Records on vintage and modern motorcycles. After retiring from a career in Film/Television and Music business, Alan purchased and expanded the Billetproof Hot Rod and Custom Shows and founded the Concours d’Lemons. The latter being a worldwide series of car shows that highlight the worst of the automotive world in a tongue in cheek manner.

Steve Koonce

Steve reckons that he must have always had a subconscious interest in cars from the many hours spent in the back of one, traveling cross country with his family. His father’s aerospace career took him to a number of cities across the United States, as well as to England and Australia. But it was in Road & Track magazine that his fascination with cars came into sharper focus. In the 1970s and 80s, Steve and his wife owned a series of clapped out old sports cars which they drove, worked on, and sold to buy the next project car. Currently they maintain a small collection of mostly late model high performance cars, their kinetic art.

 

Steve graduated from UC Riverside and McGeorge School of Law and worked as Counsel for a local firm before starting his own practice. IN addition to the Museum’s board, Steve is also a board member for Capital Stage in Sacramento and is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Carmichael.

 

Besides buying and selling cars, Steve’s main interests are local philanthropy, music (he play electric bass guitar), and traveling with his dogs. Steve has been a docent at the Museum since 2014.

Christian Simon

Michael Tatro

Michael Tatro is a classic vehicle collector, The CarMichael Vintage Vehicle Collection of classic and sports cars. 

Michael's collection consists of over 100 Classic and Sports Vehicles. Michael is Chairman of the Sacramento region of the Golden Gate Lotus Club, member of Porsche Club of America, BMW Club, Shelby Club, 356 Registry, Austin Healey Club and the United British Car Club, Aston Martin Club and a track day racer in the Red Bus Miata and Red Bus Crusader Vintage Formula V.

 

Michael is a retired Businessman with varied interests -- cars, motorcycles, wooden boats, music and fine wines. Lives in Fair Oaks with his partner in crime Susie B Couch , dogs Pooh and Bipper and kitties Buddy and Sisie.

Tom Tyer

Tom has been with Colliers International, an international full-service commercial real estate company for over 30 years. Specializing in industrial facilities, Tom’s crowning achievement was receiving the Association of Commercial Real Estate (ACRE) Broker’s Choice Award in 2015. 

 

Tom graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a major in business administration with emphasis in marketing and a minor in economics. In addition, he also graduated from a 4-year program at the Sheet Metal Workers School with his journeyman’s card. Tom first served in the Air Force Reserve as an Aircraft Structural Repair Specialist. Tom was also the owner and operator of a sailboat dealership in Rancho Cordova before deciding to get into commercial real estate instead.

 

As a kid, Tom remembers his dad getting up at the crack of dawn to listen to the Indy 500 on the radio and helping with the Pinewood Derby and Space Derby. With his dad’s help, Tom competed in the 1964 and 1965 Soap Box Derby held at Aerojet General, winning the “Most Creative Engineering Features” trophy in 1964. Tom and his dad attended the 1971 running of the Indianapolis 500. In 2015, Tom and his son Cameron attended the 99th running of the Indy 500.  Tom is a 28-year member of the Porsche Club of America and a long-time member of the Sacramento Area Miata Owners Association (SAMOA).

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