About us

The Viper Owners Association is a non-profit 501 c(7) mutual benefit corporation. The board of directors consists of the four national elected officers and presidents of the local regions. The national club officers are:

President - Alex Ristanovic Alex Ristanovic lives in the northern Scottsdale, AZ. He owns a successful IT consulting company with clients spanning the entire nation. He has been a Viper Club community member since its first year in 1994. Ristanovic has been an avid volunteer and leader within the club realm serving as IL VCA region webmaster and graphics designer for over 10 years, president the IL VCA for 8 years, VCA Midwest Director at Large for 6 years, and a national Vice-President for 2 years. He is co-founder of the Viper Owners Association (VOA) and is well known for his approach with creating a strong and active club culture. With his first Viper bought at age 19, he’s lived longer with Vipers in his life than without! He’s known to be a track rat as he loves racing his cars on road courses and autocrosses. Among the Vipers he’s owned are the 1994 roadster, 2003 convertible, 2008 convertible, and has now added a 2014 T/A edition to the stable.

Vice President - Beth Perry Sewell Beth Perry Sewell lives in Houston, Texas. She owns a successful energy management company with clients across the nation in almost all the energy deregulated states. She has been a Viper Club member since purchasing her first Viper roadster in 2008. She has been very active for the past 5 years in the Houston Region serving as Secretary, Treasurer, and now the current regional President. Beth is also a track rat and loves road courses with her 2010 ACR-X. As a roadster lover, she never gave a thought to a Gen V until the Medusa was unveiled at NVE1, where she immediately purchased Medusa #1. She doesn’t share well with others so her husband Richard has his own cars as well. All-in-all, they are a multi-Viper family with 5 Vipers in their stable (and they even have a funny quirk with naming all their cars).

Secretary - Sandi Manning-White Sandi Manning-White lives about 40 miles north of the Viper plant in Michigan where she was the seventh Chrysler employee to be hired there in 1991. She filled many supervisory positions there before she retired in 2007. While she was the Shipping/Receiving supervisor, she opened and operated the Company Store at the Viper plant. She’s been a Viper club member since 2002 and held the regional club positions of Apparel Director and Secretary in the past. In addition to helping with many regional events, Sandi and her husband helped organize NVE1. They own "his and hers" vipers and have a Gen5 on the way!

Treasurer - Brad Homen Brad Homen lives in central California. Homen is a founding member of the VCA Central California Region and served as Treasurer since its inception. Homen is a practicing CPA and is a partner in a CPA firm that specializes in small business accounting and tax preparation. Homen has owned 5 Vipers to date and currently drives a 2009 VOI 10 edition Gen IV coupe.

There are also a number of significant national responsibilities appointed within the national club. Our directors are:

Bylaws - Jim Johnson
Jim Johnson lives in the mountains S/W of Denver for the last 39 years. He Cofounded the Colorado Viper Club in 1995 along with Jim Roppo. He has been Vice President from 1995 to 2003, and President from 2004 to present, as well as Southwest zone director for the last 8 years. He’s also attended all of the VOIs. Jim has been married to Shirley for 35 years and has two children, both married. Jim has been active in the Republican Party as a District Captain for 35 plus years, involved as a member of the executive committee of the Jefferson County Open Space Foundation, and has also been involved in Kiwanis and Sertoma for 30 plus years. He’s owned several Vipers over the years including a 1996 and 2003, but he still has his first Viper which is a 1994.

Tech Team Director - Chuck Tator
Chuck Tator lives in South Salem, NY and has been a member of the Viper Club for nearly 20 years. He’s served as Technical Director for both the NY and NE Viper Clubs and is currently the Vice President of the NY/CT club. He is the third generation of Tator’s Garage, EST 1908. With a mechanical upbringing, a wrench in his hand is second nature to him. In a past life, he was also enlisted in the Air Force [SAC 1975] where he worked on KC-135’s & FB-111’s. When the first Viper hit the Auto Shows in 1989, that was all it took to spark his now Viper passion. In 1994 he purchased a new RT/10 and has had venom running in his veins ever since.

Sponsorship Director - Brian Oppenheimer
Brian Oppenheimer lives in the Florida Keys after serving a long career in the Fire/Ems field in the Denver area. Brian is a Viper owner who has been a member of the VOA since it’s started, and previously the Viper Club since 2007. He drives a 1997 Blue GTS w/white stripes. Brian is married to his wife Lisa of 17 years. When Brian is not driving his Viper, as a diehard boating enthusiast, you’ll find him out on the water enjoying his boat.

Forum Director - Scott Grayson
Scott Grayson lives in midtown Manhattan. He has been a New York / Connecticut Viper Club member since 2001 where he was the president for 6 years. He was also on the club’s national website committee where he worked to develop forum rules, regulations and protocol. He is a partner in The Vortex Group, LLC, a New York City based commercial real estate firm. Grayson has been a car fanatic for his entire driving life. He was formerly a region president and competition director of the Jaguar Club of North America. His first Viper was a Gen 2 Roadster which, after 50,000 miles, was retired for a Gen 4 Convertible.

Website Director - Kurt Balhorn
Kurt Balhorn lives in Omaha, Nebraska and has been in the Information Technology field for over 15 years. He was a founding member of the local Mopar car club and has been involved in Mopars since he was 16. In fact, he still has his high school car, a 1970 Charger R/T. Kurt is married to his wife, Melissa of 25 years and has a daughter, Amanda that is also a Mopar fanatic. He joined the Crossroads of America region shortly after purchasing his first Viper, an ’06 Copperhead Coupe, and is currently their Vice President. Kurt is also an active officer in both the local Mopar club and the regional car council that represents automobile clubs in Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa. Owning a Viper has been a goal of his ever since he saw the first one arrive at the Dodge dealership his father worked at back in 1992.

IT Director - Alex Ristanovic
Alex Ristanovic lives in the northern Scottsdale, AZ. He owns a successful IT consulting company with clients spanning the entire nation. He has been a Viper Club community member since its first year in 1994. Ristanovic has been an avid volunteer and leader within the club realm serving as IL VCA region webmaster and graphics designer for over 10 years, president the IL VCA for 8 years, VCA Midwest Director at Large for 6 years, and a national Vice-President for 2 years. He is co-founder of the Viper Owners Association (VOA) and is well known for his approach with creating a strong and active club culture. With his first Viper bought at age 19, he’s lived longer with Vipers in his life than without! He’s known to be a track rat as he loves racing his cars on road courses and autocrosses. Among the Vipers he’s owned are the 1994 roadster, 2003 convertible, 2008 convertible, and has now added a 2014 T/A edition to the stable.

Social Media Director - Kala Rexroad
Kala lives in Ojai, CA where she enjoys driving the twisty mountain roads daily. She has been a Viper Club member since 2006, and has had every Generation of Viper with the exception of the Gen IV. Her passion for Vipers crossed into the digital realm when she built the first Viper related mobile app for the Viper community. Kala serves in several key capacities within the operations of the club which includes setting up the VOA store, establishing club credit lines, and being a forum moderator since the inception of the club.

Events Director - Debbie Ruckert
Debbie Ruckert lives in central Arizona. She is retired and loves spending time with her grandkids, all 7 of them. She has been a Mopar nut since she was in her 20’s. She has been a Viper Club member since 2009 when she traded her 64 Plymouth Fury convertible for her 1st Viper, a 2006 red convertible. Since the purchase of her viper, she has become quite the track rat, participating in drag racing, road racing, and autocross. She has been very active in the IL and Arizona regions for the past 5 years, serving as AZ region Vice President, and now their current president. During her tenure, she’s helped organize many of the Arizona region’s events as well as road trips to national events. She has a passion for Viper gatherings and an energy for working behind the scenes to make great things happen for club members. When she not doing all that, she and her husband Dave are working on his 68 Road Runner drag racing.

Merchandise Director - Sandi Manning-White
Sandi Manning-White lives about 40 miles north of the Viper plant in Michigan where she was the seventh Chrysler employee to be hired there in 1991. She filled many supervisory positions there before she retired in 2007. While she was the Shipping/Receiving supervisor, she opened and operated the Company Store at the Viper plant. She’s been a Viper club member since 2002 and held the regional club positions of Apparel Director and Secretary in the past. In addition to helping with many regional events, Sandi and her husband helped organize NVE1. They own "his and hers" vipers!

Regional Development Director - Bruce Kenkel
Bruce Kenkel lives in Omaha Nebraska and works as an Incident Manager at a very large 3rd party credit card processor. He has been in the Viper club since 2008 after purchasing an 08 coupe. He is also in several Local Mopar clubs encompassing the Muscle Cars of the 60’s and Modern Mopars. Serving on the Board of all these clubs keeps him very in tune with the pulse of the Mopar Community. He spends a lot of time working on his Website Mopargarage.net and helping unify the local clubs. Currently he owns a 2000 Viper RT/10 and a 2009 ACR. He is the founding member and President of Crossroads of America Viper Association since it’s inception in 2008, and then joining the VOA as one of the first clubs to become a region.

Racing Director - Kurt Robinson
Kurt Robinson lives in San Antonio, TX. Kurt is co-owner of Robinson General Contractors, Inc., a commercial contracting company. He started in the club in 2007 with his first Viper, a Sapphire RT/10. He helped his club by organizing large events and added a ’96 B/W GTS Heffner Twin Turbo along the way. In 2010 he joined his regional board and by 2011 he was voted in as President of the South Central Texas region. He added his third Viper, a black ’09 Hennessey 650R ACR, and later an ’09 ACR Graphite. In 2014 he organized and held the first Bucket List event, Drive Circuit of the Americas. 2015 has been a busy year, he retired from regional office, added the #01 Y’Orange TA2.0 to the garage and became National Racing. Kurt is here to help with any track or insurance related questions for VOA regions.

Viper Quarterly Editor – Maurice Liang
Maurice Liang is editor of our official magazine, Viper Quarterly. Maurice lives in Los Altos, CA, and is the Founding President of the Viper Owners Association, Viper Club of America, and NorCal Viper Club. Maurice also served as President of the NorCal club and editor of their publication, Snake Eyes, for twenty years. Maurice spearheaded the project to build the Viper Café at the Walter P. Chrysler museum to give Viper its place of honor. Maurice is author/photographer of two Viper books, The Viper Buyers Guide and SRT Viper – America’s Supercar Returns and publishes two annual Viper calendars. Maurice has owned Vipers since 1993, and still has his original RT/10 roadster and GTS coupe.