This award-winning, all-girls, extracurricular program with its inaugural 2019-2020 team of young ladies welcomes new Board Directors and Advisors.
Athena Racing – a non-profit, award-winning extracurricular STEM program, whose mission is focused on providing training and mentorship to young ladies in high school interested in pursuing innovative careers in the transportation, automotive and motorsports industry – announces the addition of two new members to its Board of Directors and ten new members to the Board of Advisors. The members are all esteemed business and education leaders, selected to serve alongside an already impressive list of the San Diego community’s civic and business influencers to guide Athena Racing into a successful future.
Board Directors are:
Sandra Bauler – Driving Instructor, Business Consultant, Speaker and Educator
Diana Tracy – Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, and Coach
Hannah Grisham – Professional Race Car Driver, College Student, and Brand Ambassador
Loxley Browne – Entrepreneur, Writer, Speaker, Athena Racing Founder & CEO
“Our team looks forward to the guidance that our new Directors and Advisors will provide to enhance and grow our program,” said Loxley Browne, Board President & CEO of Athena Racing. “We are confident that our current Board is equipped to guide us into a future that continues and strengthens our efforts to bring diverse programming and relevant conversations to Athena Racing, while reaching more students and community members than ever before.”
Board Advisors are:
Derron Cyrus – Cisco Global Training Lead, Engineer, Driver, Fabricator, Mechanic
Lance Smith – Entrepreneur, Fabricator, Inventor, Race Car Driver, Car Collector
John Hayes – Dexcom Automation Engineer, Inventor, Mentor, Professional Driver
Gary Clasen – Retired AAA Auto Club District Manager, Civic Leader, Fundraising Specialist
John Loewenberg – Miramar Community College Autotech Instructor
Dave Stall – Automotive & Motorsports Journalist, Mentor, Car Collector
Alexander Becker – San Diego Office of Education Workforce Specialist
Mike Miller – Retired Engineer, Team Owner, Race Car Driver
Les Werling – Retired Mortgage Banker, Car Restorer, Race Car Driver
Jenifer Swanson – Commercial Real Estate & Business Attorney, Small Business Owner, Vintage Race Car Driver
Receiving the “Outstanding Engineering Project of the Year” award from the San Diego County Engineering Council on February 21, 2020, Athena Racing is currently expanding the reach of its programs to benefit more students in San Diego County with after-school programs and in-school events.
“I look forward to continuing to aid in facilitating impactful STEM education and programming in the San Diego County,” said newly appointed Director, Diana Tracy. “Reaching more young ladies who are interested in pursuing a STEM-related career in the male dominated field of automotive, motorsports and transportation remains a Board priority, as we work together to expand our audience and grow this non-profit for the benefit of all.”
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.
Over the past decade, she has volunteered in the non-profit sector producing events for American Cancer Society, Make-a-Wish, and Easter Seals; she has led an experiential marketing campaign around the world through five countries, and has been on the founding teams creating publicity and traction for multiple startups across multiple sectors.
She is a member of the San Diego Women In STEM ecosystem. She has volunteered with the Veterans Museum to chair the kidFUNfest, and volunteers with La Jolla Concours d’Elegance, as well as TEDx in Southern California. She mentors young women from across the United States and is leading Athena Racing into the future as Founder, Board President and CEO.
Hannah began riding motorcycles at the age of 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. 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, and 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.
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 for Women in Alternative Sports, “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.
Diana is a third-generation San Diegan with an accomplished career in contract management. With over 20 years in Supply Chain Management at Scripps Health, she managed contracts and negotiations system-wide overseeing five hospitals and thirty clinics with a primary focus on facility services, furnishings and ergonomic standards. She transferred her knowledge and expertise to the development of the first healthcare-focused business model for a commercial furniture dealership in San Diego.
Full bios of all of the Athena Racing Board can be viewed at: AthenaRacing.org/Board-Members
Based in San Diego with teammates from Los Angeles to Chula Vista, the Athena Racing team is working with school districts, community partners, private donors and corporate sponsors to generate interest for all young ladies interest in exploring STEM-related careers in automotive, motorsports and transportation industries. You can learn more about the team at AthenaRacing.org.