2022 MAMA Board of Directors
Harvey Briggs, President
As President, Harvey 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.
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.
Robert Duffer, Senior Vice President
As Senior Vice President, Robert 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.
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.
Jennifer Newman, Vice President, Membership
As Vice President, Membership, Jennifer is in charge of reviewing membership applications and maintaining MAMA's membership directory.
Jennifer spent more than a decade as an ink-stained wretch, aka a copy editor, in the newspaper industry, wrapping up her print career as the Sunday copy chief at the Boston Herald and a weekend copy desk chief at the Chicago Sun-Times. In 2008, she made the leap to Cars.com to work as a copy editor. In 2015, she was promoted to managing editor and moved into the editor-in-chief role in 2017. Jennifer is a certified child passenger safety technician and created Cars.com's Car Seat Check series.
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!
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.
Jim OBrill, Communications Director
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.
Damon Bell, President Emeritus
As President Emeritus, Damon is serving in an advisory capacity for the current board.
A lifelong car enthusiast, Damon Bell joined the staff of Consumer Guide in 2000 as the Research/Acquisitions Editor of Collectible Automobile magazine. In his current role as Senior Auto Editor for the Consumer Guide website and The Daily Drive blog (and co-host of the Consumer Guide Car Stuff Podcast), he drives and reviews a wide variety of new vehicles. Damon is a sucker for any film or TV show with a good car chase, and admits to seeing every single Fast and Furious movie… in the theater.