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Meet the Current Board of Directors

Paul Anderson
Region Executive

My name is Paul Anderson and I am the R.E. to the Board of Directors. I have been a member of the Washington DC Region for over 40 years. I’ve served as the Asst. RE this year and as BoD liaison to the Club Racing Committee for the past two years, and have held a National F&C license for many years.

Below is a list of Region positions I have held:

  • Served on the Board of Directors in 74-75; 80-81 and 82-83 - was Secretary in 80 and Asst. RE in 81 & 82

  • Co-chaired the committee that developed the MARRS series

  • Served 5 years as Asst. Flag Marshal

  • Chaired the Annual Awards banquet for 3 years

  • Organized the Columbia Mall SCCA racing car show for 3 years

  • Also served at various times as Membership Chairman, Social Chairman, Merchandise Chairman and Region representative to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Sports Car Clubs

One of my priorities when I ran for the board two years ago was to improve Region communications, which had, in my opinion, not been as good as they should be. With the hard work of Bob Crawford (Membership Chair) and Eddie Amatucci (Editor) we have resurrected and published the new electronic Straightpipe. 

I bring a historical perspective to the Board that none of the current members can duplicate. I’m mostly from the racing side, though I have run solos and rallys in the past and am very supportive of those activities – as well as the PDX and RallyCross programs. I believe I can be an asset to the Region and the BoD as a member of the Board.

Now retired, I spent my professional career in logistics and distribution management, most recently with Connections Education as Senior Manager of Downstream Vendors.

Chuck Edmondson   
Asst. Regional Executive
I am a retired submarine officer, and a civilian faculty member at the Naval Academy. I attended my first SCCA club race at Laguna Seca more than 30 years ago.

I have been a member of the WDCR Board of Directors for the past 4 years. I am currently the Assistant Regional Executive. I club race a Honda in ITA. I am a member of the region PDX/Time Trials organizing committee, and an occasional participant in both the region Solo program and Autocrossers Incorporated. I am also lucky that, the SCCA is a family activity that involves my son and daughter, as well as my wife. Once your kids reach their twenties, it’s hard to find common activities.

While I consider club racing to be the corner stone of the SCCA, I believe that the SCCA Solo program is the strongest motorsports activity in the country. I consider PDX to be the crossroads of the Club Racing and the Solo programs. Many of the PDX students come from Solo seeking their first high-speed track experience. Without the selfless contributions of members of the club racing organization to instruct, and work the events, PDX and Time Trials would not exist. I am fortunate to have this opportunity to work with such great folks. I also strongly believe that a driver that works his way up to solo driving status in our PDX program will be a far safer and successful driver at a club racing drivers’ school.

After having a high speed meeting with the tire wall in June, I would like to say in a public forum, THANK YOU WOKERS!

I like the direction that the region has headed for the last 4 years and I plan to help continue to push it in that direction.

Lin Toland   

For those who do not know me; my name is Lin Toland and I am seeking reelection to the Board of Directors. My experience with SCCA actually dates back to the early 1970's. I started as a Solo Driver and flagger out in the San Francisco Region, but a military career got in the way and my membership lapsed after a transfer back to Sea Duty. It was at the ‘96 Labor Day event, while spectating with the family, I met Josh Cockey and the rest is history, as three weeks later I was "in whites" at Station 8. Since then the entire family has gotten involved. My wife, Janet, works in T&S and my son Jim is a Race Mechanic with WISKO Race Engineering.  

I have served on the Region’s PDX/CT/TT Committee as the Chief Steward since the program began in 2005, I am a Flagger & Steward in Club Racing and as of this year I am pleased to say that I am now the holder of a Full Competition License as a competitor in the SSM Class. In my 6 yrs on the BoD I have served as the Assistant RE, BoD Rep to the PDX, Rally Cross, Solo Programs, the Grand Prix of Baltimore and currently as the BoD Representative for the 2014 Awards Banquet.

The DC Region has established and continues to maintain some of the best Regional programs in SCCA. These programs excel because we have competitors that want to compete and we have truly amazing groups of volunteer workers in each program making the events happen. But just like everywhere else in SCCA we have seen slight drops in both our worker and entrant counts. I want to continue to work with the teams that manage our events to get all of our programs back stronger and larger than before.

I believe we can better market our Brand and our Logo. We need to continue to look for better ways of marketing who we are and what we do. One of the advantages of SCCA is we compete for the Passion of the sport and not a paycheck. Our workers do it because they love it, not because there is a paycheck. There’s lots of competition out there for the motorsports enthusiast and we need to continue to look for new ways to attract more of them to our events.  I would also like to look for ways to market and better display the DC Region and the MARRS Logos. These could be items our workers and drivers can have when they participate in events elsewhere in the club. Not just the Worker Gift, but let’s make them available for sale somewhere within the region.

When I originally ran for the Board of Directors I made the promise that when it became necessary I was not afraid of making hard and unpopular decisions if they benefited the interests of the Region as a whole. You have my word I will continue to make those decisions that need to be made.

Professionally, I am a retired Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer, who continued to serve as a consultant up until March of 2012 when I retired again for good. To help defray the costs of my new Race Car I work as a Flagger for both Bill Scott Racing and 2x4 Safety Services. I have served as Captain of the Bus Stop Chicane flag crew for the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona for the past 11 years and pride myself on being able to expose some of our new flaggers to Pro Racing as I historically host 10-12 DC Region Flaggers at the Bus Stop each year. Of course the benefit for me is I get to be the Shift Captain with the DC Region Flaggers. But then our DC Region Flagger patches look good on TV.

Lastly; not many race organizations would welcome a 6 year old child to the race track, then train them to be a valued member of the worker team, our region does it on a regular basis. It's been said that it takes a village to raise a child and the Washington DC Region was the “village” that raised "JimAAAA". I want help to continue to see our village grow and to see more of our youngsters enjoying it; be it Summit Point, Fedex Field, Blue Crabs Stadium, A RallyCross venue or who knows where a Road Rally might end. It is the membership that makes us what we are and it is my hope that those members will allow me to serve on their behalf.

Mike Snyder

I’m 53 years old, married with a son and daughter residing in Burtonsville, MD. I hold a degree in Business Administration, with a minor in Computer Science and Management. I am an owner of Advantage Electrostatic Refinishers, Inc., a painting company I co-founded in 1984. I also have a Baltimore City Development Company called Chester Street Associates.

I joined the Sports Car Club of America and AutoCrossers, Inc (a DC Region chapter club) as a working member in 1992. By 1996 I was in charge of our autocross events at Camden Yards. At the time they were the largest events in the area. I started doing National level events, both Pro Solo and Tours in 1996. I have been to Nationals and the Pro Finale 17 times, trophying four times. At Nationals, I have served as Grid Chief, Chief of Course, Operating Steward and Assistant Chief Steward. I have served two year stints as President, Treasurer and Vice President of AutoCrossers, Inc. I have been a Solo 2 Safety Steward for 15 years. As a DC Region member I have helped operate the National level events in Petersburg and FedEx Stadium.

I am currently on the Board of Directors of the DC Region serving as the Treasurer. I have served on the Board for over 5 years. My goal is to always try to provide what each Program needs to survive and grow. I enjoy being actively involved in SCCA organization, not just competing, but in making the SCCA a better value for all its members.

Dave Fitzgerald

Hello, my name is Dave Fitzgerald and I’m running for a seat on the Board of Directors for the Washington DC Region SCCA.

I have been involved in the SCCA for more than 10 years and was first introduced to our club through the Auto-X program in 1995. Not knowing what to expect I was impressed with the camaraderie of the event organizers and participants and knew right then that this was the type of organization I wanted to be a part of. From there it was a slippery slope from track days to Club Racing in a relatively short period.

In 2006 I attained my Competition license and again found the SCCA Club Racing family welcoming and willing to help me get through the first few events. Honestly, I think I was a little too overwhelmed to concern myself with just how these events were run and who was behind the curtain pulling all the strings. From my early perspective, I showed up, unloaded my car, registered, raced and went home but I soon realized that putting on a Club Racing weekend was a result of months of planning and a small army of well-organized volunteers to man the grid, registration, flag stations, emergency services and timing and scoring and to whom all racers should be eternally grateful.

In addition to Club Racing I have been involved with the Performance Driving eXperience program (PDX) for the past 4 years; first as a participant, then an instructor and more recently a member of the PDX/Time Trials Organizing Committee. Not to disparage any of the other fine programs, I believe there is no better introduction to our sport than a PDX. Driving your own car in the (relatively) safe environment of an open racetrack with the calm guidance of a seasoned instructor in the right seat talking you through your session. As an Instructor, watching a Novice student progress through the weekend is very gratifying and has also sparked many new friendships over the years.

So why am I running for a seat on the Board of Directors?

Having stepped back from the PDX program I still want to be involved with some aspect of our club and the region. For the past 19 years, my day job is to manage the I.T. infrastructure of a mid-sized family owned company. I provide technical support, planning and implementation of new initiatives, develop and manage the I.T. budget and negotiate contracts and terms with vendors. These attributes, I feel are all very relatable skills for a position on the board of a regional organization.

The Board is doing a phenomenal job and I hope my attitude, aptitude and experience will only enhance what is already a very competent group.

Thanks for listening (reading). Vote early and often!

Brian Garfield

As a Washington D.C. Region SCCA Member since 2000, I have been devoted to the club since first joining the SCCA for the discipline of Solo (autocross).  I joined the WDCR Solo Committee in 2001 and immediately began to tackle the need for schools to educate new drivers and bring in new members. I have organized, taught, and run over one hundred schools to date, with as many as 20+ in a season. 

My entire family has also been actively involved over this same time period with my father, Craig Garfield, having served as the Solo Region Chairman for 10 years, in addition to my mother Jane, wife Lisa, and now older son Julian having served on the region's Solo committee.   Currently, Julian and I are the Novice Coordinators for the region and Craig and Lisa actively remain on the committee as well.  In 2011, Julian began Club Racing at the age of 13 with the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) where I crewed for him and learned about the environment of a major competing organization.  In 2013, we spent an equal amount of time Club Racing with the SCCA.  During those Club Racing years, my family and I still participated in SCCA Solo with the Washington D.C. Region. 
During the last 15 years, my family has traveled the Eastern half of the country for National level SCCA events, including 14 Solo National Championships, one of which saw six Garfield family members compete (Craig, Jane, Lisa, Brian, Julian and his younger brother Carson).  I have also served on an SCCA Solo National Advisory Committee for several years to help make rules, rule changes, and solve issues within some of the classes. 

At 43 years of age, I consider myself a traditionalist at heart but know that the younger generation is what will continue to be important to a growing program.  I see the need for each of the SCCA disciplines, and appreciate the connections that can be made to help each program thrive and grow.
Anne Callihan

So some 25 years ago I was a single parent living in the suburbs, working for a living and filling my spare time as a Girl Scout leader, theater mom, swim team ribbon writer, and occasional Masters swimmer. What I knew about cars and auto racing could be written on a dipstick , which I did (barely) know how to use.

One day along came some silver tongued snake oil (automotive paint) salesman, who whispered sweet nothings – “I drive a race car” and “Want to see my garage?” And with promises of excitement and free gourmet track food, he lured me out to Summit Point one fine spring weekend. What he didn’t tell me was that his race car was an old British MG that had yet to make it through one full race without blowing up. And that I would have to make the track food myself.

Still hadn’t learned my lesson when he said “Oh, you will be so bored sitting in the paddock” and dragged me off to Timing and Scoring. And then to the Pit Lane….

Long story short, I managed to find my own way after that. To a thank-you FATT from Bill Scott for the race workers who volunteered at the Jefferson 500, where one of our finest driving instructors taught me all about track in and late apexes, and where I learned without a doubt that my competitive drive did not include driving fast on a race track. To the specialties of Registration, and F&C, and Start, and lately Tech. To race tracks around the country, both as a worker and as crew. To the Grand Prix of Baltimore, my first pro event. To the Competition Committee several times, and to head of the Charity Committee for about 8 years, where I (and about 50 of my closest friends) helped raise nearly $200K for various worthy charities including the Summit Point Library, my very first cause. And eventually to the position of Assistant and then Director of Club Racing. Along the way I also worked with both the PDX and the AutoX leadership, and have developed a familiarity with how the those programs function and an appreciation of their unique contributions to the DC Region.

Through all those years in the trenches, I think I have learned a few things. About people, mostly, and what drives them to the race track (besides a tow vehicle) and what keeps them coming back. I think I have a few good ideas left in me, and would like to try to serve this club and this region in yet another way. I have no agenda, hidden or otherwise, only a desire to keep this region growing, to be the best we can be, and to be responsive to the needs of our members.

I am retired from a career as an accountant and business manager, mostly in non profit environments, a background which I believe will serve me well as a member of the Board of Directors. I am also an active volunteer with the AARP Tax Aide program which provides free income tax preparation services. My husband Gary and I between us have four adult children and six of the world’s most amazing grandchildren. (Just ask, I’ll show you pictures!)

My secrets? I have always wanted to participate in a TSD Rally. And to learn to play the drums. I think the first has a greater chance of happening, especially with a little help from my friends …

Eric Wallgren

I’ve been active with the DC Region since 2008 when I began competing in STU class in the solo series at FedEx Field and with Autocrossers, Inc., as well as doing track events with the PDX program. The next year I was instructing PDX events and doing time trials, and in 2011 took the double competition licensing school and leapt into club racing in a D Sports racer. I can’t entirely blame the SCCA and WDCR for this slippery slope; I grew up in a family with a couple old Jaguars and an aptitude for fixing and making things. I’ve raced bicycles, motorcycles, karts, RC cars…show me a nice, relaxing pastime and I’ll start racing it; generally not successfully, but enthusiastically. 

In 2011 I converted the DSR to a CSR and I learned all about the turn 8 tire wall at Summit the last weekend of 2012. After acquiring a set of body molds I rebuilt the car and set a goal of the 2013 MARRS CSR season championship, the last before the sports racer classes would be restructured for 2014. Achieving this will remain one of the hardest and most rewarding accomplishments of my life. I continue to campaign the #51 P2 car at MARRS and NEdiv events. I set a P2 lap record at Pocono on my birthday – another great SCCA/MARRS memory. 

What else do I do? I’m a laboratory instrumentation and automation designer/fabricator for NCATS, an institute of the NIH. I live with my wife/crew chief Abigail Grossman and our cats Isetta and Angus in Maryland near NW DC where I have a machine and fab shop where I make stuff for robots and race cars and enjoy cycling, rowing, cars and food. I spend a lot of time that should be spent renovating our midcentury house on maintaining the race car…

If elected to the BOD I’d like to represent the interests of the owner/driver/crew privateers that make up the majority of the paddock, and are The Club’s primary (and I’d say most important) customers. I’ve had a tremendous time participating in Solo, PDX, TT, and Club Racing and it’s been very rewarding giving back by instructing with the PDX Program and with the open wheel group of the Competition Licensing School. I’m open, direct, and always look for the best solution that makes the most of what’s on hand while simplifying the process if at all possible. I’m absolutely amenable to structure and rules, but prefer to eliminate bureaucracy that doesn’t make things easier whenever I can. The DC Region has provided me an arena in which to compete and many friendships; opportunities and challenges and the experiences which make life more meaningful. I hope to lend a hand to the WDCR to enable it to continue to do this for all its participants in every specialty.

Steve Salisbury

I have been a frequent Solo competitor in several classes and cars since 2003, and an SCCA and WDCR member since 2004. I joined the WDCR Solo Committee in late 2004. After learning the art from Greg Olsen, I designed several autocross courses per season from 2006 through 2011. I have proven (to myself, at least) that the course designer has absolutely no advantage whatsoever over other competitors.  I managed to win my first autocross in 2006 on a course that Sam Strano designed, that happened to (greatly) favor my 2005 STi. I'm still not quite sure how that happened, but I have the trophy, and I'm keeping it. 

I have attended two SCCA conventions as a WDCR representative, and have a very good understanding of how the Club works. Since 2011 I have been a volunteer for the Region at the Grand Prix of Baltimore supporting the track marshals.   

I've been a motorsports fan since my teens, first motorcycles (AMA and GP racing), then CART/Indycar. I currently follow any racing that is on 2 or 4 wheels, on any surface, and is timed, not judged. I've been racing on computers since early 90's starting with Indycar 1.0, and I currently race on iRacing.  

Outside of the club:

I am married to Evanthe Athena Irene Sophocleus Salisbury, and I have no earthly idea why sometimes people can't pronounce her name. We have two great kids, DJ and Elektra. DJ is just starting to drive an electric kart, and I am using my course design skills on our driveway.

I spent 8+ years in the US Navy in the late 80's and early 90's, and that started me on my Information Technology career. I have been in IT for 20 years, and working for a large local bank for 13 years. My team's area of responsibility is networking, security, and infrastructure. 

How I can help the club: 

My day job is in an industry that has a problem defining its core product. I observe the daily struggles of a very conservative industry fight for relevance and fail to understand what customers really want. Today's business culture and climate impart a constant drive to add "features" and "technology" to anything and everything, no matter result or relevance of the change. Many industries and companies fall into the trap of trying to provide an endless stream of new products and services, and in doing so, lose focus on the core value they provide to customers.   

The SCCA and the regional clubs have a good core product. Several, if you want to count each discipline separately. While considering new technologies, changes to the rulesets, or entirely new business plans, we must remember to always focus on the core product that we are providing, and make sure any changes serve the customers of our core product first and foremost. I can help the Region by bringing clear vision of how to use (or avoid) technology and change to serve the customer and improve the core product, because I want to go fast, and I want to have a place to do it*.

*Note: This by no means indicates that I actually CAN go fast; refer to the last 10 years of Solo results for confirmation.