BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Loxley Browne

Loxley Browne

Founder, Board President & CEO

Loxley has two decades of experience in the business world specializing in innovation, design, and publicity. She started her career in Design and Construction working her way up through the ranks of the male-dominated fields gaining experience on small specialized teams and within large corporations. In 2006 she ventured out on her own in joined the 3% of women in the board game industry by designing, manufacturing, and launching her own card game which was an editorial feature in Cosmopolitan Magazine. Her expertise in entrepreneurship gained traction as she worked in Atlanta, San Francisco, and Austin before moving to San Diego. She mentors young women from across the United States and is leading Athena Racing into the future as Founder, Board President and CEO.

John Hayes

John Hayes

Director & Secretary

Pushing the limits of all things mechanical started at age 7, when John began disassembling bikes, clocks, and radios. Decades later, he designed the world’s first sequential shifter, the world’s largest plotter, improved yacht sailing systems, developed the Infiniti Analyzer for high-speed DNA sequencing, and is currently listed as co-designer on a Dexcom patent for his work in developing the next generation of continuous glucose monitors (CGM), to help diabetics manage their disease.  

After several years of racing windsurfers and large racing yachts, John experienced autocrossing and was hooked. After winning several SCCA Pro Solo west coast events, he acquired the ’91 Pro Solo Championship and ’96 SCCA Solo 2 Nationals Championship along with podium finishes in ’93, ’94 (missing the win by .012 seconds), and ’95.

Sandra Bauler

Sandra Bauler

Director & Treasurer

Sandra has over 25 years of workforce development and program/design management working with funding from local, state and government agencies through the San Diego Workforce Partnership. Her company of 35 years, Driven2Dare, is a collaboration of  powersports professionals who use their sport to promote safety, responsibility and quality of life.

She has been named “Top 50 people in San Diego” by the San Diego Magazine, featured on the cover of the San Diego Family Magazine recognized for Women in Alternative Sports, “Top 100 Business Women in San Diego,” “Top 100 Women Who Use Their Sport to Mentor in the U.S.” recognition by the National Girl Scouts Council, and spotlighted at the MADD convention as a leading program that decreased teen DUI and street racing by 70% in the Chula Vista/National City area.

Hannah Grisham

Hannah Grisham

Director

Hannah began riding motorcycles at the age 4. From there she started racing karts and eventually moved up to the Spec Miata series, now in her fourth year of competing. She has over 800 competitive starts spread across more than 300 races in cars and karts from the club to the national level. Blended in are multiple karting class championships, one of which is from IKF Expert designation. She is one of two women to win an IKF Lake Speed Achievement of Excellence in Karting award, earned the So-Cal Sprinters Driver of the Year, the High Point Eagle award, is a two-time National Champion Spec Miata/TMC racer. In 2018 she competed in the “Mazda Road to the 24 Shootout.” With over 80 competitors from across the country, Hannah took 17th overall and in the process earned herself a Teen Mazda Challenge (TMC) podium. In 2019 she tested for the all-women F3 W Series.

Mike Miller

Mike Miller

Director

During Mike’s career he lived and worked at customer’s locations all over the world, 25 of those years outside the United States. His entire career centered around jet engine operations, maintenance and warranty in the Aerospace Industry. He progressed from Technical Field Representative to Director of Customer Services in the Mediterranean Rim to Engine Quality Assurance Manager at the Pratt & Whitney Manufacturing Division in Long Beach. His early career was spent working with the United States Navy and Air Force, including time in Pakistan and Israel. Later assignments were with air lines throughout the USA, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

His racing career started in boats with him winning the American Power Boat Association, New England Region, Rookie of the Year 1970. Upon retiring he returned to racing as Team Owner and Driver of USA Racing in the Champ Car and Lucky Dog Endurance Racing series.

BOARD OF ADVISORS

Alexander Becker

Alexander Becker

Advisor

Alex oversees the San Diego County Office of Education’s employer engagement and work-based learning activity coordination for K-12 schools across the county. The role of his team is to support schools in modifying their curriculum and expanding their employer partnerships so that students are aware of the labor market opportunities available to them and are equipped with the skills necessary to enter into and succeed in those careers. He is particularly interested in how humans identify their purpose and using that information to help students select and pursue jobs that align to their skills, interests, and values. Prior to SDCOE, Alex worked in operations for a foster family and adoptions agency in Los Angeles and then at the San Diego Workforce Partnership as their STEM workforce development program manager. While not a racer or car enthusiast, Alex does appreciate his Honda Civic for reliably taking him from point A to B, and he participates in other sports – soccer and surfing.

Dave Stall

Dave Stall

Advisor

If you have any questions about cars, Dave is the go-to man for answers! As a Service Manager at Toyota, he spent his 30-year career improving the customer experience. He started the New Owner Clinic in 1979 and set the program for other dealerships to use resulting in high customer satisfaction index success.

At 50 he retired from the dealership to pursue his dream of being an Automotive Journalist. For more than a decade, he has been the Automotive Consumer Host on KUSI TV educating the masses all about automotive consumer information and bringing new vehicles and charity automotive events and products to the San Diego viewer. He hosts the longest-running automotive and motorsports radio show in San Diego covering, local, regional and nationally motorsports.

Derron Cyrus

Derron Cyrus

Advisor

Derron was born in London, England, and at an early age went to work for British Telecom while studying telecommunications. In the late ’80s, Derron left England and moved to Canada to further his career in the IT industry. Thirty-six years later his career at Cisco has grown from engineering to leading the Global Training team mentoring and developing young engineers to understand how to determine their customer’s business needs and have longevity in a challenging industry. His love of cars and ability to engineer, fabricate and build keeps him busy in his garage as an owner of three classic cars, one he build himself from the ground up.

Gary Clasen

Gary Clasen

Advisor

Gary began racing quarter midgets at 11 after convincing his mother that he could pay for it with his earnings from his paper route. Unbeknownst to her, he worked out a financing plan that he paid off over three years, she never expected him to maneuver that deal. He and his dad raced for the next twenty years in half midgets, TQ midgets, pro karts and drag racing. As his career as District Manager with AAA Auto Club flourished, it took precedence over racing as he grew through the ranks over his 40-year tenure with the insurance agency.

An established civic and business influencer in Le Mesa, Gary has spearheaded capital campaigns to fund the Sharp Grossmont Hospital Cancer Center, the Le Mesa Parks Project, and the Boys & Girls Club. He received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Rotary Club of Los Angeles.

Kristen Finley

Kristen Finley

Advisor

Kristen is no stranger to Athena Racing. Introduced to CEO & Founder Loxley Browne by Mark Maynard, Finley has been working closely with Loxley since her junior year of college.

 

Now, as a 2020 graduate from California State University, Monterey Bay, Finley’s done a lot to specialize her resume in hopes to earn her dream job as a professional automotive journalist. In college, she started and solely maintained a weekly automotive column in her school’s newspaper, earned original publications with Team Valvoline, and landed a job as a freelance automotive writer. Additionally, she stumbled upon her dream internship and current job at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca with the media center, where she commands the social messaging her writing and photography skills.  

 

Lance Smith

Lance Smith

Advisor

As a successful entrepreneur and owner of an advertising and marketing agency in Philadelphia, Lance spearheaded campaigns working with Fortune 100 corporations in the 80’s and 90’s. Retiring early, Lance moved to San Diego two decades ago to start the treasure hunt for historic cars which he now restores and races in SVRA, HMSA, HTA and HGN. As a business-minded designer, fabricator, racer and investor he brings a plethora of real-world experience and skills to our team.

Les Werling

Les Werling

Advisor

Les worked in the mortgage banking business in the Midwest and San Diego. Upon retiring, he started pursuing his passion of restoring classic cars. He owns the Mercury Capri that Lyn St. James drove, exhibited his Mercury Merkur rally car at the Air & Space Museum, owned the winning Comer Racing Camaro of the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2000, and is known for building incredible reproductions from scratch including a 1970 Trans Am Boss 302 and Ford C-Series Car Hauler. He is a past President and member of the SoCal Shelby Club and is currently building a Cobra, Kirkham body #37.

At 80 he is still in the driver’s seat racing in the HSRA West, HSMA, SVRA, BMW Club and Rolex Monterey Reunion Historic Racing. He received the award of “Closest to the Wall Without Scraping” at the Coronado Speed Festival 2012.

Jenifer Swanson

Jenifer Swanson

Advisor

Jeni started her career in commercial real estate as a property manager more than 20 years ago. Ten years ago, she went back to law school and has been a practicing real estate attorney since 2012. She has been involved with vintage cars her entire life, with her dad taking her to her first race when she was six-years old. Jeni has been wrenching on her own cars and racing since she was 18. She has won the John Fitch Corvette Excellence Award, Admiral’s Cup – Coronado Speed Festival, Sonoma Historic Racing & Preservation Award, and is a multiple time Rolodex Monterey Reunion Masters Historic Racing driver.

John Loewenberg

John Loewenberg

Advisor

John has experience in the education world specializing in mentoring young men and women whom want to make careers in the automotive industry. He is a born and raised San Diego native whose passion for automobiles can be tracked back to his pre-professional days restoring old muscle cars with his father and grandfather, both who have professional backgrounds in the motorsports and aviation industries.

Like most gear heads, after full day of work he is found elbow deep under the hood of his Classic 1967 Chevelle Super Sport, one of his current resto-projects. John is enthusiastic to provide any support possible to this impressive all women’s racing team.