2023 MAMA Board of Directors
Robert Duffer, President
As President, Robert shapes the direction of MAMA and is responsible for presiding over the monthly meetings. He's also one of the main organizers of the MAMA Rallies.
Robert Duffer is an award-winning writer, editor, teacher, and the Senior Editor for The Car Connection. As the former autos editor for the Chicago Tribune, Robert's syndicated auto review column appeared in hundreds of publications in print and online. He has written for Forbes.com, Cars.com, US News Autos and publications ranging from the New York Times to Canadian Builders Quarterly. A master’s graduate of Columbia College Chicago and Skip Barber Racing School, Robert believes in the Oxford comma, electrified powertrains, and the minivan as the greatest utility vehicle. His most enduring automotive lesson was imparted by his father, who would speed up to sports coupes and luxury cars and say, "Don't look. Don't give the jerk the satisfaction." The elder Duffer is the jerk driving the ‘68 Mustang convertible.
Robby DeGraff, Senior Vice President
As Senior Vice President, Robby is responsible for programming MAMA’s monthly meetings and organizing association events, including the MAMA Rallies. The Senior VP also serves as the Sponsorship Director.
Off the clock, you can find him backpacking, skiing, biking, wrenching on cars, and traveling with his wife and beloved rescue dog, Jazz. Robby lusts to own a classic Volkswagen Bus, Mazda MX-5 Miata, or Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack. Ask him someday about his adventures across Iceland with a Suzuki Jimmy.
Cherise Threewitt, Vice President, Membership
As MAMA Secretary, Cherise maintains meeting minutes, coordinates the e-newsletter (Up to Speed), and provides a year-end overview at MAMA's annual business meeting in January. Cherise also recaps each MAMA event and includes the description in the News section of the MAMA website.
Cherise has nearly two decades of experience as a writer and editor, crafting automotive features and reviews for publications such as the Chicago Tribune, HowStuffWorks, Carfax, CarGurus, and Hagerty. In 2020, she joined the Best Cars team at U.S. News & World Report as Features Editor... though she often daydreams about her time working as an official LEGO model builder.
Kelley Enright, Treasurer
As MAMA Treasurer, Kelley is the keeper of the checkbook, balancer of the books and primary financial contact with OEMs helping to keep MAMA on an even keel.
Loyal and true is she…Kelley Enright began her career as a public relations intern on the Chrysler Group account back in the early ‘90s. A few years later, she became the Midwest PR Manager for Chrysler. While she took a temporary sabbatical to stay home and raise her young kids, she came back in 2015 to serve in the same role as Midwest PR Manager for Stellantis (formerly FCA). Born and raised on the Southside of Chicago, Kelley takes pride in her Irish heritage and large family. From off-roading to track driving to being on the drag strip, Kelley has experienced it all with the plethora of vehicles from Stellantis. Her favorite memory is off-roading in the Jeep Gladiator with fellow MAMA friends at The Badlands!
Jim OBrill, Communications Director
Instagram: @jpcars22 and @forgotten_survivors.312
As Communications Director, Jim's role is to manage MAMA communications efforts, the website and social media channels including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Jim is a co-host of Drive Chicago Radio on WLS 890 AM Chicago and also Director of Marketing for the Chicago Automobile Trade Association and Chicago Auto Show. His passion for cars started young and he’s often referred to as the ‘car-guy’ among family and friends. As a former auto detailer, he has an eye for identifying solid used cars and tags along on many car buying adventures. Early in his career he worked at several car dealerships in various areas of the business. Jim has had opportunities to attend track school and drive vehicles on tracks such as Road America and Gingerman Raceway. With a background in photography, taking pictures of vehicles has always been a hobby. His vehicle reviews can be found at DriveChicago.com and on the Drive Chicago YouTube channel.
Jim also enjoys the trails and taking trucks like his 4Runner off the paved streets of Chicago. He has a special appreciation for older cars and can often be found spending free time at cruise nights or home washing one his four vehicles. Jim resides in the northwest suburbs with his wife and three kids.
Afaf Farah, Secretary
As MAMA Secretary, Afaf maintains meeting minutes, coordinates the e-newsletter (Up to Speed), and provides a year-end overview at MAMA's annual business meeting in January. Afaf also recaps each MAMA event and includes the description in the News section of the MAMA website.
Afaf has more than two decades of experience as a communications professional in the automotive industry, starting with Ford Motor Company in Design & Technology Public Affairs, then with Weber Shandwick & Chevrolet supporting the media launch of both the C7 Corvette and the 2014 Silverado, and now leading Industry Relations for CARS, Inc. While Afaf lives in the metro Detroit area with her beloved Golden Retriever Rocky, she is regularly in Chicago to be with the CARS team in the company's Riverside office.
Harvey Briggs, President Emeritus
Harvey is an automotive enthusiast, Emmy Award winning writer, producer, and on-air presenter whose passion for cars was ignited in 1968 when his father drove home in a Guards Red Porsche 911. The original Road Warrior at Car and Driver Magazine, Harvey worked for the legendary David E. Davis, Jr. before moving into the world of automotive advertising. Harvey worked at several agencies in Detroit including Campbell-Ewald where he rose to the position of SVP/Creative Director on the Chevrolet account at the ripe old age of 29. Harvey returned to the editorial world six years ago and recently launched Rides & Drives, a website dedicated to all types of vehicles, the places they take us, and the people we meet when we get behind the wheel to explore the world.