Leadership

Lawrence Klamecki
Founder and President, Chairman of the Board
Larkspur, CA
Lawrence launched Racing4Vets in December, 2011 to benefit disabled U.S. Military veterans. As a long-time amateur race car driver, he shares his passion for motorsports with Veterans to achieve success and happiness in their lives. Lawrence comes from a family with a long history of service in the U.S. military. Both grandfathers served in the Pacific during World War II. His grandmother ran the USO overseas gift program for Northern California for three wars. His father and cousin both served in the U.S. Army.  Lawrence works in technology sales and marketing.

John Vann
Co-Founder and Vice President, Regional Director, Board of Directors
Tampa, FL
Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army (retired)
John joined Racing4Vets in Summer 2012 as our first Race Driver. He became Co-Founder and Vice President of Racing4Vets in September 2012 and was the first Regional Director in the Cincinnati area. John served with the U.S. Army infantry in Iraq from 2001-2007, during which he suffered combat injuries including TBI and PTSD which required 2-3 years in rehabilitation. John has significant experience with nonprofits benefiting service-disabled veterans and brings his knowledge of veterans’ needs to Racing4Vets.  He has participated in the VA’s National Veterans Sports Clinics, and was a participant-organizer of Team River Runner.  John resides in Tampa, Florida where he leads the Racing4Vets automotive training and competition program.  

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Regional Director, Board of Directors
Cincinnati, OH
Kerin joined Racing4Vets in 2013 as the Regional Director and head of the Karting program in Ohio. She has worked with hundreds of service-disabled Veterans with Racing4Vets and as an internationally recognized wheelchair rugby referee with the United States Quad Rugby Referees Association. Kerin is an active go-kart racer with Ohio Valley Karting Association and holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Dayton. Kerin is a CPA and lives in the Cincinnati, OH area.

Mike Shatynski
Regional Director, Board of Directors
Oceanside, CA
Mike joined Racing4Vets in 2015 as the Regional Director and head of the off-road program in California. He retired from the Navy in 2012 as a Rear Admiral. Since retiring, Mike competed in the 2015 Mexican 1000 off-road race down the length of the rugged Baja peninsula with a team of wounded warriors and disabled veterans. Mike finished 1st or 2nd in his last eight races prior to retiring. Since 2014, Mike has been the team mentor for the Warrior Strong Race Team. WSRT is a team of wounded warriors who race a side-by-side UTV buggy in off-road races in America’s southwestern desert. Mike lives with his family in Oceanside, CA.

Phara E. McLachlan
Board of Directors
Phara joined the Racing4Vets Board of Directors in 2015. She has over 20 years of strategy and operations, innovation, marketing, technology and consulting experience. Phara lives in the Tampa Bay, FL area.

Pete Blum
Webmaster and Social Media Manager
Tampa, FL
Pete Blum joined Racing4Vets in 2016 as the Webmaster and Social Media Manager​. Originally from Cincinnati Ohio, Pete joined the military​ at age 17. After serving 11 years he received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Marines and pursued a career in technology. Currently as the CIO of a Tampa Bay small business Pete brings his technology skills and leadership to help Racing4Vets maintain a strong online presence.​ Pete lives with his family in the Tampa Bay, FL area.