2017 Club Board Members / Officers
Eric Derr - President 2017
Eric Derr (Eric)
Hello fellow LVMOC Members. I would like to begin by introducing myself to those who I have not yet had the opportunity to meet. My name is Eric Derr and I live in the thriving metropolis of Alburtis, PA with my wife, Michelle and our two Pugs. I have owned my 1993 Limited Edition (“Pepe”) since Spring of 2003 after having owned my first Miata (“Tic Tac”) prior to that. You can read about my adventure to obtain this rare Miata that I call ‘Pepe’ as the November 2005 “Miata of the Month” on Miata.net on which I volunteer in website and forum operations. Having been part of LVMOC since its inception in Spring of 2002, serving as its first President then serving additional terms as Vice President, I am proud to have been nominated to continue as your President for the 2017 year. I have witnessed many things over LVMOC’s history – the initial growing pains of a brand new regional club, the friendships formed with other Miata and non-Miata organizations, beneficial partnerships forged with local businesses, and most importantly the introduction of new LVMOC family members. What I promise to you and every LVMOC member is my dedication to the continued success of our club, ensuring that your leadership demonstrates the values we hold true, and making certain the accomplishments attained throughout the years will be the foundation for your future enjoyment of our events. Keep on zoomin’ in 2017!
Dave Povenski – Vice President 2017
Dave Povenski ( the Stig )
I started getting interested in cars when I was 12. My dad was a Chevy guy, but just the plain Jane Biscayne 4 door sedans. Because he was a Chevy guy, I was too.
My 1st car memory was when 2 ’63 Impalas with the “mystery” motors, qualified on the front row for the ’63 Daytona 500. I started following NASCAR, F1, sports car racing, and drag racing.
I was reading Car & Driver, Road & Track, Sports Car Graphic, Motor Trend, Car Craft, Autoweek and Hot Rod and other lesser known rags.
My 1st big race was the ’64 Indy 500. I’ve seen F1 in Canada, Watkins Glen & Indy. In addition to those tracks, I’ve been to Michigan, Daytona, Sebring, Talledega, Dover, Charlotte, Rockingham, Pocono, Nazareth, Mid-Ohio, Lime Rock, Indianapolis Raceway Park, Englishtown, Maple Grove, Pikes Peak, Nelson Ledges & a few bullrings including, Canfield (OH), Grandview, & Flemington.
Before I could drive, I was listening to the Indy 500 on Motor Racing Network and I also listened to the ’65 Sebring Race on that network, too. Back in those pre-internet days, it was hard to find what stations carried MRN and what races MRN broadcast.
In addition to Indy Cars & F1, I’ve watched NASCAR, NHRA Nationals, IMSA, SCCA Regionals, Can-Am, Trans-Am, Formula 5000, 6 hours at the Glen, Sebring 12 Hours, sprint cars, quarter midgets, the Pikes Peak Hill Climb & vintage racing. In the motorcycle world, I’ve seen AMA road racing, hill climbs, motocross & hare scrambles.
I have also autocrossed, raced a sprint kart, driven in TSD rallies as well as clue rallies. I’ve created and run clue rallies and I’ve created and led drives for LVMOC & another group.
I’ve been to too many car shows to mention them all, but I have been to 4 different concours d’elegance: Amelia Island, Radnor Hunt, Lime Rock and the one that at one time was at the hilltop campus of Lehigh U. The C d’E of the Eastern United States. I’ve also been to several car museums including the one in Indy, Don Garlits Drag Racing Museum and the Revs Institute.
Cars of interest that I’ve owned include a ’66 Corvair Corsa, a ’72 TR6, a ’78 Fiat 131 Brava, an ’86 Caterham 7, an ’88 Mazda RX7 Roadster and my current ’04 Miata.
Motorcycles I’ve owned include a ’90 Yamaha XT350 (on & off road), a ’96 Suzuki Bandit 600, a ’98 Honda VFR800FI Interceptor, an ’00 H-D FXDX Dyna Super Glide Sport, an ’03 Yamaha FJR1300 and an ’07 Suzuki Bandit GSF1250SA.
So you can see I’ve been quite the motorhead most of my life, and my interests are all over the place.
Professionally, I’ve had 3 different careers. My BS is in accounting from Rider College (now University). With that education, I had jobs as a cost accountant, general accountant, financial analyst and budget analyst. This career lasted about 10 years
I then took a couple of COBOL programming courses and became a mainframe computer programmer and then programmer/analyst. This career lasted about 24 years
When I got downsized in 2005, there was a glut of COBOL programmers looking for work (because of the need for them for the Y2K date problem) and I didn’t want to commute to Philly, so…
I got my CDL-A and drove 18 wheelers for 4 and a half years until I retired in 2010.
I’ve recently started working short term, part time office assignments that Robert Half’s Office Team finds for me.
Regarding LVMOC, I want to help make the club bigger, better and more fun, simple as that.
I hope to add some different types of events, also, including a clue rally and an overnighter down the Skyline Drive.
While I’m not a political animal in the slightest, I’ll try my best not to step on anyone’s toes!
Alison Schaefer - Secretary 2017
Alison Schaefer ( XOOM )
Alison Schaefer’s career has undergone several incarnations, most recently as a high school teacher. Prior to that, she was a molecular biologist, a portrait photographer, as well as a domestic goddess.
Alison decided in 2014 to buy her first Miata as a Mother’s Day gift to herself, and her first LVMOC event was the Vermont DIY in 2015. She received such a warm welcome from the other participants that she became a paid member the day after her return home.
As Secretary of LVMOC, Alison hopes to give back a little to the club that has given her such joy and great friendships.
Dave Sell - Treasurer 2017
David Sell ( Flying Dutchman )
Being a life-long car nut, I started reading Road & Track and Sports Cars Illustrated in the mid-1950s and added Hot Rod Magazine in the early 1960s. I learned to drive in my dad’s 1959 Volvo PV-544 and practiced my early “heel-and-toe” downshifts around the back roads of upper Bucks County. My various vehicles have included a 2-stroke Saab, a VW Kombi camper, a couple of Corvettes (sounded great, but not much fun to drive), a couple of Porsches (nope, no 911s) and a few motorcycles. I competed in some autocrosses in the 1960s and spent a day in an F2000 with the Bertil Roos Driving School in the early 2000s. In addition to driving, Janice and I enjoyed 35 years of cruising in our various boats, and, having replaced the last boat with a motor home, we have now become RVers. We owned a 1993 NA Miata for 17 years before replacing it with a nice, silver 2011 NC PRHT (actually, this one is Janice’s, not mine. My daily drive is a Honda CR-V. Oh, well…).
I’m pleased to have the opportunity to serve the Club as Treasurer for another year.
Jerry Brubaker - Governor 2017
Jerry Brubaker ( JerryB )
Cars have been a big part of my life even before I could drive. With the kids out of the house, my wife and I started looking for a fun convertible and purchased our Miata in 2015. I joined LVMOC in October of 2015 and have enjoyed not just the rides, but the Miata comradery as well.
After over 30 years in the Information Technology field, retiring earlier this year was easy. I am currently enjoying life and spend a few days a week taking care of our first grandchild.