NEW ENGLAND AUTO MUSEUM BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Michael E. Scheidel
Michael E. Scheidel is the Founder, President and CEO of the New England Auto Museum. He is a mechanical engineering graduate of Hartford State Technical College, and owner of Scheidel Enterprises, an internet marketing company. His love and passion for antique automobiles inspired him to create this organization to share his passion with others. Mike’s prior activities included being the 8-year President of the Burlington Chamber of Commerce, a board member of the Central CT Chambers of Commerce, co-chairman of the Make A Mark Region 10 Enrichment Fund, and advisory board member for the business school of Lincoln College. Mike remains as advisory board member of the Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra. Some of his many dream cars include 1929-1934 Packards, 1940 Fords and 1949-51 Mercury customs.
Christine Scheidel is a founding partner and Vice President of the New England Auto Museum. She is a graduate of Cornell University with a degree in mechanical engineering, and has earned a Master’s of Business Administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master’s of Science in Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy from Baypath College. Although she did not grow up around antique cars, she immediately offered to help in building the business when her husband, Mike, admitted to having the lifelong dream to start this auto museum. Chris works full-time at Pratt & Whitney, and enjoys hosting friends, kayaking and reading at her cottage. Her favorite car is one that is reliable and dependable, and is a convertible in the summer, and has heated seats in the winter!
Dean Miller is a retired financial executive who spent most of his career at GE Capital after earning his CPA in public accounting. He graduated summa cum laude from Syracuse University.
He is Board Chair & President of Meals on Wheels of Ridgefield where he has been active in various roles including Chair of Ways and Means and Driver Coordinator. He is also board member and Treasurer of Thrown Stone Theater Company and board member of RVN Health, and he is a former board member and Board Chair of Ridgefield Library. Dean and his wife Theresa have lived in Ridgefield since 2001. In his spare time, Dean enjoys traveling, fine wine, music, reading, playing softball, walking/hiking, and driving his car on the racetrack with the Porsche Club.
Rick Theriault is a self-taught restoration enthusiast with over 35 years of metal fabrication experience. He specializes in restoring automobiles from 1940-1970 and has come to be a well-respected encyclopedia of knowledge for that era of automobile production. A strong believer in passing on his knowledge, Rick has volunteered his time teaching restoration skills to high school students at WAMOGO Regional High School in Litchfield, CT for the last 10 years. He took the initiative to start the WAMOGO Tractor Restoration Team and has lead the Team to restore 10 tractors to date. This Team was featured on the Discovery Channel’s Chasing Classic Cars in 2014 as they restored a tractor for Wayne Carrini, which is now located in Roxbury Farm Museum in Roxbury, CT. Rick lives in Plymouth, CT with his wife of 31 years and when he is not fabricating metal or teaching students, you can find him writing articles for auto magazines, traveling the country to seek out old cars, auto museums and auto shows with his family and friends.