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: 

Last Thursday of each month

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.

David Felderstein

Vice President

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.

Jeff Swain


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.

Joe Hensler


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.


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.

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.

Alan Galbraith

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.

Christian Simon

​Christian is the General Manager at Lexus of Sacramento.  He is an active member of the Greater Sacramento New Car Dealers Association.  Like many of his peers on the Museum Board, he is an avid automobile enthusiast.

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).

Don Tollefson

Don grew up in Southern California in the 60s, so it was always about cars, surfing and music.  Cruising Whittier Blvd. on a Friday night was either in a jacked up loud car or a slow VW Bus with surfboards on the top.


After college and 15 years of restaurants it was time for Minnesota where Don turned an egg farm into a state of the art hog farm, producing over 95,000 pigs a year.  Northfield, Minnesota, cared about how big your John Deer tractor was, not your car.


So back to California where 25 years ago Don opened up Batteries Plus Bulbs.


Don is married with six kids and has been on the Sunrise MarketPlace Board for over 20 years.


Besides volunteering at church, Don is a member of the Porsche Club of America (PCA) and 356 Club.  Don is currently restoring a VW Bug.

Paul Faleschini

Paul is an Engineering Manger for Able Services.  He is a graduate of both the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) apprenticeships and his trade for the last 18 years is Stationary Operating Engineer.  Paul's mechanical knowledge of cars from a young age led him into his career as it's centered towards building mechanical maintenance and repair. 

Paul has been working on hot rods and muscle cars since before he could drive and has been involved in numerous car clubs in the SF Bay Area since the mid 90’s.  Paul is currently part of EuroSunday and the Museum since moving to the Sacramento area last May.

Paul is a current member of the Porsche Club of America (PCA), Mustang Club of America (MCA), Shelby American Automobile Club (SAAC), GoodGuys Rod & Custom Association as well as recently joining the  California Automobile Museum Board.

Steve Meyer

Steve has been an automotive enthusiast since his mid-teens when he was a member of a stockcar pit crew at the Placerville Speedway in the mid 1970’s.

Steve graduated from Cordova High School and American River Collage with a degree in Welding Technology.  He worked at Palm Iron and Bridge Works for 8 years before a 30-year career at Los Rios Community College District in the Facilities Management Department.  During his tenure at Los Rios, he was active in his union (SEIU), serving as a Shop Steward and trustee of the local. He also served on many Los Rios committees (Budget Committee and Chancellor’s Cabinet).

Steve is an Eagle Scout (1973), volunteers on the Sacramento Southern Railroad (at the California State Railroad Museum), and is a member of the Sacramento Modular Railroaders.

Steve has been a Docent at the California Automobile Museum since 2018.

Glenn Rondeau

Glenn has been a car enthusiast almost since birth, and definitely addicted since he began reading
about them by age 5. Building soap-box cars and go-karts at age ten and working on his first car,
an Isetta, in high school.

Moving to Silicon Valley in 1967, he began working in the electronics industry while attending
San Jose State University, graduating with a degree in Industrial Design with minors in
electronics and business administration. His ID thesis project was a D sports-racer which he
raced in SCCA regionals. He also autocrossed a Sunbeam Tiger and was a founding member of
STOA – Sunbeam Tiger Owners Association.


After retiring from Silicon Valley to the Sacramento area, Glenn discovered the California
Automobile Museum. He became a docent, graduating with the class of 2011. He also serves on
the Exhibits Committee and edits the Docent Newsletter. His garage currently hosts a 1960
Jaguar MK IX and a 1956 Chris-Craft “woody”.

Perry Knopf

Perry was raised in Ventura, California.  His father worked in the “oil patch” in San Joaquin and Ventura Counties and he had his own Mobil Gas Station for few years.  Perry always “helped” his dad on his cars as a youth, asking many questions.  This qualified him as a shade tree mechanic


Perry graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, with a degree in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering.  His first employment was in St. Louis, Missouri, in the area of Air Force ground support equipment and traditional heating and air conditioning design.  After moving to the Sacramento area he was involved in supermarket refrigeration design and installation with the Carrier Corporation. 


Perry is a member of the docent class of 2007, and works with the Museum Pit Crew assisting in the maintenance of museum cars.  He enjoys working on older cars, specifically Studebakers.  He is currently getting the carcass of a 1950 Business Coupe back into operating condition.  He and his wife are the original owners of a 1967 Triumph TR4A they purchase in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1966.