Board of Directors & Staff
Telling has served as Chairman of the RARA board since October of 2017 and became the Chief Executive Officer of the Reno Air Association in February of 2018.
He is also currently the Chairman of Oragenics in Tampa, Florida and a Director of CTI BioPharma Inc., based in Seattle, WA. An avid racing fan, Telling is type rated in Citation jets and the DC-3 and is both fixed wing and rotorcraft rated and has been the Class President for the T6 class since 2007. He and his wife Barbara reside in Daytona Beach, FL, and enjoy flying their 2014 Citation M2. The couple also owns a collection of North American Aviation aircraft – “Lady B,” a 1944 P-51D, “Almost Perfect,” a stock T-6G and “Baby Boomer,” a 1940 Harvard, which Telling raced in the T-6 class in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008. From 2011 through 2013, Lee Oman raced “Baby Boomer” and for the last four years, “Baby Boomer” has been raced by Gene McNeely.
Mary Beth Sewald
Mary Beth Sewald has more than 25 years experience in the Broadcast Television industry. Having held every position from news reporting, to sales, to station management. She is the President of Nevada Broadcasters Association.
Mary Beth is a single engine-rated pilot and currently serves as Vice Chair of Sponsorships for the Reno Air Races. She served 4 years on the Air Race Foundation board and is currently on the board of the Nevada Military Support Alliance, Hot August Nights Foundation and City National Bank Advisory Board.
Joey Scolari is CEO of Scolari’s Food and Drug Company, headquartered in Reno. Joey is an accomplished pilot of both propeller and jet-powered planes. He has been a board member since 1993, is a member of the Executive Committee and serves as Secretary. He served as Chairman of the board in 2002 and 2003. Joey Scolari was named RARA’s “Man of the Year” for 2006.
Secretary/Director of Operations
Terry Matter retired from the Northrop Grumman Corporation in 1998, after a 30-year career in Product Support Services for the company’s aircraft models used around the world. He began attending the Reno Air Races in 1969 and was a pylon judge before joining the RARA Board of Directors in 2004. A licensed commercial pilot with flight instructor with 47 years of flying experience, Terry owns a vintage Cessna 182 aircraft based at the Reno Stead Airport.
Fay joined the Reno Air Racing Association in 2017 as volunteer coordinator. A fan of The National Championship Air Races since the late 1970s, Fay worked as Crew Chief and sponsor for T-6 racer “Bare Essentials” in 2012 and 2013. Fay was also on the crew and sponsor for T-6 racer “Miss Fay” in 2014 and 2015.
Fay has been a member and volunteer with the Experimental Aircraft Association/AriVenture since 1980. She is a member of the National Technical Committee – Aviation Maintenance Technology – SKILLS USA and served as its Chairman from 1986-1996. Fay also served as Airport Manager for Camdenton Memorial Airport, in Camdenton, Missouri.
Fay is a current board member for the Lone Star Flight Museum and a former board member of Warbirds of America.
John Agather is President/CEO of A.I.C., an investment company based in San Antonio, Texas. John is a multi-engine and instrument-rated pilot, and previously served as President/CEO of Absolute Aviation, an avionics company that provided cockpit voice recorder installation support for aircraft. John has served on the boards of a number of civic organizations, including the San Antonio International Airport Board, Commemorative Air Force and the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.
Bobbi’s aviation career has spanned more than 40 years. She is 4500-hour pilot (single and multi-engine and helicopters), Aviation FAI World Record Holder, has over 35 years of experience producing air shows, airport manager for seven airports, FBO owner and manager, air racer, and aviation consultant for more than 1400 airports/FBOs. Bobbi is the current VP of Strategic Planning of RARA, COO of ABS Aviation, and Minden Airport Manager.
Bobbi is also a Board member and Chair for NDOT’s Statewide Transportation Technical Advisory Committee (STTAC). She is past president of the Board of Directors for the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Nevada Airports Association and served as their state lobbyist. She has also has served on the Carson Valley Visitors Authority Board and serves as president of the Business Council of Douglas County.