Meet Our IF Staff Members
The Institute of Flight (IF) is grateful for a wonderful staff, dedicated to inspiring our community.
Kyle is an educator for Future of Flight hired in November 2013. He is a recent transplant from the midwest, and holds a bachelor's and master's degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan. As an educator he is responsible for curriculum components of the Barry Smith Gliding Into Innovation and Aerospace Maker Project programs. He has run the Future of Flight Makerspace since its creation in September 2014, and teaches weekly drop-in classes for anyone interested in 3D printing and design. Kyle's professional background is in metallurgical research (correlating thermopower and fatigue life with microstructure) and undergraduate education in materials science for the University of Michigan, as well as outreach education for the Hands-On Museum in Ann Arbor.
In his free time Kyle volunteers for Velocity Dance in Seattle, enjoys Tae Kwon Do, yoga, rock climbing, hiking, and complex board games, and spends time with his wife and two rescue rabbits.
Operations & Exhibits Director
Peter Bro was born and raised in north suburban Chicago and has had a keen interest in aviation since his first flight with his father at age six. He graduated from Parks College of St. Louis University with a BS in Aeronautics and from Bradley University with an MBA. Peter also attended the Disney Institute and the Getty Museum Leadership Institute, and holds a private pilot license with multi-engine and instrument ratings. Peter started his career in airport management serving in a variety of administrative and management roles at Greater Peoria Airport Authority for twelve years. Subsequently, he went to work in private sector management and consulting roles before a new aviation related opportunity presented itself. At the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Peter co-managed a project to create a new one-of-a-kind aviation exhibit, featuring a functional Boeing 727 cantilevered from a balcony operating in conjunction with a multimedia show. Peter went on to serve as Director of Operations for the museum, managing the day-to-day functions of: Visitor Services, Security, Exhibit Maintenance, the IMAX Theater, and Office Services. He also played key roles in expansion projects and exhibit design. In 2001, Peter moved to Seattle to join the management team at the Museum of Flight. As Director of Facilities he helped manage the museum's dramatic expansion, in addition to his operational responsibilities. Peter also co-managed the design and construction of the museum’s exciting Aviation Learning Center and served as Acting VP of Operations and COO. In 2007, Peter assumed the newly created position of Facility Director for the Future of Flight Aviation Center and Boeing Tour.Peter’s free time is dedicated to his family with two college aged daughters, serving as vice president for Alpha Eta Rho International Aviation Fraternity, judging flight competitions and having a passion for antique boats and automobiles.
Chief Financial Officer
Molly joined the Institute of Flight on September 6, 2016 as the organization's first full-time Chief Financial Officer. She brings a diverse finance background, having held senior leadership roles in the financial services, consulting, aerospace, higher education and nonprofit industry sectors. She is a member of the Washington State Society of CPAs (WSCPA) and the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), and is a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). She likes to work hard and to have fun doing it.
Molly was born and raised in Washington state and now lives in Snohomish with her husband, David, and their two dogs. She has two daughters and one granddaughter. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends and dogs, traveling, hiking or just enjoying the outdoors.
Events & Logistics Associate Manager
Annie was born and raised in Leavenworth, Washington and graduated from Washington State University with a degree in marketing. During her time at WSU, she held the title of student event manager for the Office of the President at WSU. Additionally, through her work as a marketing intern for WSU Athletics, Annie helped organize promotional events and build marketing plans for Cougar sports teams including men’s and women’s basketball, track and field, and football. Along with her experience, she brings the desire to be a contributing member of a team and assist the Institute of Flight with reaching and exceeding our current goals. Outside of work, Annie enjoys hiking, running, and biking trails throughout the Pacific Northwest as well as supporting Seattle sports teams.
Chief Financial Officer
Bob Cooper has spent most of his life in the Everett area, attended Cascade High, Everett Community College and later received certificates from a computer programming institution. Bob was then hired by the City of Everett where he enjoyed a 32-year long career in two positions; Program Manager for the City of Everett Computer Services Department for 12 years; Parks and Recreation Department Director where he served for 20 years. It is interesting to note that his move from computer expert to parks and recreation expert was a result of his experience on the City of Everett’s annual budget team. This allowed him to use his keen understanding of budget and finance to place Parks and Recreation on a path to success. After Bob retired from the City of Everett, he was tapped again by the Everett City Council to serve as the City of Everett’s Executive Director, a position from which he retired (again) in 2003.
Bob became involved with the Future of Flight Foundation in 2004 when it was referred to as the National Flight Interpretive Center (NFIC). Because of his strong budget and finance skills, he was called upon as an advisor to look at the fledgling organization’s financial model, a process that was critical to Snohomish County’s support of what was to become the Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour, one of Washington State’s premier visitor attractions, and an economic driver of state and regional significance.
Bob joined the Future of Flight Foundation in 2005 (its second employee) as Operations Director and shortly after became the organization’s Chief Financial Officer. Bob lives in Everett with his wife Chris. He is an avid golfer and enjoys bowling, traveling, gardening, and spending time with his grandchildren.
Administrative and Project Specialist
Pamela has spent the majority of her career in the healthcare field working for Providence Hospital. She started out as a unit clerk, but quickly advanced to management as she obtained her BA in business. As a manager she was responsible for the operations of the Northwest Cardiovascular Network, a combined hospital-physician partnership. Their mission was to improve the cardiovascular health of the residents of the region through the delivery of cardiac health services that were high quality, cost effective, and well-coordinated across the continuum of care.
She also worked closely with the American Heart Association and the city council on fundraising events in Everett and Seattle. She organized and managed community health fairs and worked with a nonprofit to provide health education events to underprivileged women.
One of her enduring projects at the hospital was an annual nursing education conference. She established and successfully managed this conference as a self-sustaining endeavor which delivered high quality, low cost education for nurses and other clinical staff across Washington.
Her last project at Providence was to implement a wound care center. She successfully led a team of physicians and operational staff through a multi-hospital needs assessment to the program implementation.
She is currently working on obtaining her PMI Certification.
In her spare time Pamela enjoys traveling and walking on the beach with her husband, working in her rose garden, and spending time with family and friends. She is an avid reader of murder mysteries.
As a child, Gabriella J. Ducamp lived in many cities and grew to consider travel, especially by plane, an opportunity to connect with new people and ideas. She quickly learned that the hands-on nature of having learners complete student-driven activities improved their understanding, persistence, and creativity, while teaching elementary school in North Carolina for nine years. In graduate school, she explored ways to improve communication between homes and schools, and she consulted with a local school district as they designed Makerspaces where students could create objects to demonstrate their knowledge. She became increasingly interested in learning more about engineering education and the ways in which technology helps us understand science. For example, technology helps us comprehend things that are invisible or operate at very large scales, like the forces that allow heavy planes to fly or the challenges of exploring far-away planets. She designed curricula and ran enrichment classes about some aerospace concepts, interned at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum, and continues to collaborate with students and teachers as they use new tools to learn about STEM topics. A life-long learner and dedicated educator, Gabriella enjoys creative challenges. With an Educational Specialist Degree, she now looks forward to managing projects and creating an even more complete set of educational offerings at the Institute of Flight.
Melvin's journey exposed him to various fields, including television, technology and writing. He now embarks on a new path with the Institute of Foundation and will serve as the Membership Coordinator.
Prior to the Institute, Melvin worked for KITV4 (Hawaii television news station) and managed a web development business that served various non-profit clients.
Melvin graduated with a Master's Degree from Hawai‘i Pacific University and a Bachelor's Degree from Drake University, both in the communications field.
Beyond work, Melvin enjoys traveling the world, writing about those experiences, and loves to nurture his cinephilia (i.e., passion for film).
Career Technical Education Program Administrator
In January, 2016, Amanda became the first Career Technical Education Program Administrator, leading the planning and execution of our career exploration tours. Amanda served as the Director of Education for the Future of Flight Foundation from 2011 to 2015. In 2010, Amanda became the program educator for the Future of Flight Foundation and was promoted to the position of Education Director in 2011. Prior to joining the Foundation, Amanda was an eighth grade math and science teacher in the Mukilteo School District, a job she held for six years. Before becoming a teacher in Mukilteo, she was a fifth grade teacher in the Snohomish School District.
Amanda is a skilled curriculum and grant writer and is an experienced presenter for the National Science Teachers Association and has served as a panelist for the Aerospace Futures Alliance of Washington and the Governor’s Aerospace Summit. She is a member of the Int’l Technology & Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA), Women in Aviation International, National Science Teacher Association, and the Association for Science an Technology Centers. She served on Northwest Girls Coalition Leadership Council from 2011-2014, and currently volunteers with the National Girls Collaborative on their Fab Fems project.
Amanda has a Masters in Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Seattle Pacific University, a B.S. in Elementary Education and Child Development from Western Washington University, and holds a Professional Teacher Certificate for Middle School Math & Science, and Endorsement in Early Child Education for Washington State. She is currently working in formal education as a faculty lecturer at Central Washington University in the Information Technology and Administrative Management (ITAM) program.
In her spare time, Amanda enjoys spending time traveling, wine tasting and enjoying the great outdoors with her husband and family, including their dog Maxwell.
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Bonnie Hilory assumed the role of Executive Director of Institute of Flight (formerly called Future of Flight Foundation) on February 17, 2014.
Bonnie is the second Executive Director of the non-profit since its opening December 17, 2005. As Executive Director she is responsible for overseeing the management agreement with Snohomish County of The Future of Flight Aviation Center, and to work closely to promote the Boeing Tour (Everett) while operating the 501(c)(3) nonprofit (Institute of Flight) which promotes the Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour, including offering K-20 education programs, exhibits, events and meeting spaces, and philanthropic activities.
Bonnie leads Institute of Flight transforming the nonprofit through a deep commitment of collaboration and dedicated Board of Directors, Emeritus, staff, and volunteers in order to implement the Board-approved Strategic Plan which has provided the framework for our new direction. Bonnie’s work in the nonprofit sector reflects her commitment to education equity and access to learning, particularly the under-served; inspiring all learners to explore careers in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math).
“I am thrilled to be leading our aerospace and STEAM-themed organization which is focused on future innovation within aerospace that captures the imagination of young and old alike. In 2015 through our rebranding experience, our Board and staff defined our essence. With our tagline 'Where imagination soars' and our new name 'Institute of Flight,' we are better poised to differentiate our nonprofit from others. It's all about education.“
Bonnie brings thirty-plus years of experience with various nonprofit organizations in various roles including; Interim Executive Director on an eight-month assignment with Northwest Association for Biomedical Research (NWABR), (Seattle, Washington); VP of Development for USS Missouri Memorial Association (Pearl Harbor, Hawaii); Executive Director of HPU Alumni (Honolulu, Hawaii); Executive Director with a private foundation which she helped to change its status to a public charity (InvestED.org) (Seattle, Washington); served initially as Education Manager, and then Director of Education for Museum of Flight (Seattle, Washington), and later National Director for Aviation Learning Center which developed with over 200+ volunteers, consultants and staff (Seattle, Washington); and 14 years with three YMCAs (Northshore, Highline and Lake Wenatchee YMCA Camp), with a highlight being a Capital Campaign to help build the Northshore YMCA and the creation of the master plan for the YMCA camp. For detailed career background see her LinkedIn profile.
In her free time Bonnie enjoys learning more in the Salesforce ecosystem, learning about her Apple iPhone and iWatch, riding her Vespa scooter, traveling (enjoys flying), walks with her dogs, photography, and spending time with her husband Kevin and their adult son Ian, and grandsons, Rainier and Leo, and their mom Lana.
Gary W. Hauff
Philanthropy Events & CRM Manager
Gary Hauff joined the Institute of Flight formerly the Future of Flight Foundation in late 2015 as Philanthropy, Events, and CRM Manager. His background and experience provide an excellent backdrop for fulfilling the organization's mission to be the leading center of learning and innovation for S.T.E.M. and S.T.E.A.M education.
Gary brings over 25 years of sales and service experience to the organization and has served as Regional Director for Junior Achievement of Washington; General Manager of the Snohomish County Business Journal, and Key Account Manager for Overall Laundry Services. He has been involved with business communities throughout Snohomish County for many years – both personally and professionally.
Gary has been deeply involved with business and financial education for nearly two decades. He was involved with Washington Business Week for 13 years as a company advisor and chairperson. He also has also served as a DECA judge at the State level for 14 years. Currently, he teaches at-risk youth at Everett Community College and serves as a mentor to local high school students..
When not working, Gary and his wife (Jeannette) volunteer throughout their community and can be found traveling to all corners of the globe, seeking new adventures while learning about other cultures.
Public Relations and Social Media Associate Director
Jody is a graduate of The Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University with a Bachelor's degree, Cum Laude, in Integrated Strategic Communication.
Jody is thrilled to be a member of the Institute of Flight’s team and to have the chance to experience the breathtaking beauty of the Cascade Mountain range, Paine Field and Boeing from the Strato Deck at The Future of Flight - every day! What a dream!
Jody is passionate about people and their stories! One of her favorite moments as an Institute of Flight intern was her chance to interview Joe Sutter, the Father of the 747, for a video presentation for The Future of Flight’s 10-year Celebration.
Grants, Communication and Sponsorship Officer
Louise Kincaid has worked in nonprofit management and development for over 20 years. Prior to joining the Future of Flight Foundation, she was the Executive Director for Mercer Island Center for the Arts where she brought a wide range of arts and nonprofit management skills, initiating the $25 million capital campaign through community outreach and fundraising efforts. With a passion for the arts and musical theatre, Louise was Village Theatre's Director of Development for 10 years, where she oversaw both the $2 million annual fund and the multi-faceted $11 million capital campaign fundraising efforts for both Issaquah and Everett. Joining the Northwest Chamber Orchestra in 1992 as Executive Director, she led the organization to a 10-year period of remarkable organizational growth, fiscal stability and artistic excellence. She graduated from the University of Michigan with two graduate degrees in Musicology and Music Performance.
Louise is devoted to her husband and three daughters, two grandsons, and Brinkley the Labradoodle. An avid Seattle Mariners and Seahawks fan, Louise's free time is also spent gardening, traveling, and volunteering at Driftwood Players in Edmonds.
Finance and Budget Manager
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Melody Meyers is a Puget Sound native who has worked in banking, finance, and tourism in the Everett and Mukilteo areas throughout her life. She started her career at local area banks and has an associate’s degree in accounting from Everett Community College. She was an administrative assistant at the Snohomish County Tourism Bureau, a position she held for eight years where she was responsible for handling the business of the board of directors as well as budgeting and finance. She has been with the Future of Flight Foundation since 2005 managing finances and budgets, and has been an important part of front desk management and the organization’s reservations and ticketing systems as well.
Melody lives in Arlington with her husband, Steve. She has three daughters, one son and nine grandchildren. In her spare time she enjoys all kinds of crafts, especially quilting, and riding her Harley 883 Sportster on adventures with her husband.
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Daughter of an Air Force pilot, Toni Olson was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and grew up the eldest of six siblings in suburban Philadelphia. In the 1970s, she moved to Alaska during the oil pipeline boom and spent nine years in Fairbanks as a newspaper advertising secretary for the Daily News-Miner. There she met her future husband, Keith, a Snohomish native who spent six years as a New-Miner sports writer and editor. In 1983, they became engaged and moved to Snohomish, where they married in 1984 and raised their daughter, Kate. As Kate was growing up, Toni spent 20 years at a Snohomish law firm working as a secretary and paralegal. She joined the fledgling Future of Flight staff in 2005 as an administrative assistant and became the Communications Manager in 2014. An avid reader and music/art lover, Toni and her husband have been active in greyhound adoptions and fostering since the mid-1990s and have adopted seven ex-racers of their own over the years. They are also active members of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Snohomish and regulars on the local karaoke scene.
Gita Pokhrel began her work with the Institute of Flight as a volunteer in October 2014. In March of 2015 she was hired in a database support position. Later she got involved in the nonprofit's auction and her title changed to database and auction support. She currently has been promoted to Bookkeeper.
Gita has an associate degree in Business Technology from Everett Community College and she is a certified web developer, a title she earned at Edmonds Community College in 2016. Gita enjoys listening to music, watching movies, and hanging out with her family. She also loves watching sunsets and walking on the beach.
Family Engagement Manager
Gus Posey is a certified teacher, holding both a CELTA certificate for ESL instruction and a CTE certificate awarded by the Washington State Board of Education for 6,000 hours of museum course-work. This work was accomplished during ten years at Seattle’s Museum of Flight where Gus worked as a camp counselor, an educator, and most recently, as the Museum’s Outreach Education Coordinator. Gus was also fortunate enough to complete his education internship at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, where he studied robotics, microgravity, and space-farming, as well as methods for discussing these topics with students of all ages. His love of robotics and machines allowed him to teach an Introduction to Robotics course at Raisbeck Aviation High School for five years. Before joining the Education team at Future of Flight, Gus was living and working in Ecuador, where he taught English to pilots.
Facilities and Exhibits Manager
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Ashley Rolph, a Seattle native, is a graduate of the University of Washington, holding degrees in Communication, emphasizing Society and Technology, and Technical Theatre. Following graduation, she completed the year-long Seattle Repertory Theatre’s Professional Arts Training Program (PATP) in Stage Management. Before joining the Future of Flight team, she worked on Stage Management teams for many Seattle theatres including 5th Avenue Theatre, and Seattle Children's Theatre. She has served on production crews for touring shows as the Lead Technician at Kirkland Performance Center. Production and event credits include the World Premiere of Disney's Aladdin (5th Avenue Theatre) and the 2013 Microsoft Intern Signature Event featuring Macklemore and DeadMau5, hosted at the Future of Flight. In her free time, Ashley volunteers as the Production Manager for Macha Monkey Productions, a theatre company focused on producing new works featuring strong female roles.
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Christine Russell is a true Puget Sound native. Born and raised in the North Seattle region, she has immersed herself in the culture, natural surroundings, and innovative business direction the region is famous for. Having passion for aviation has enhanced her career since 2011, when she assumed responsibility of the Events Department at the Future of Flight. With her skills, ambition, and strong performance values, she has grown the Events Department to a highly-regarded, first-class experience for productive business meetings and social events. As the Events Director, her core responsibilities include sales, logistics management, contracts, and customer relations.
Christine brings 25 years of sales experience with added emphasis on detail management to her current position. She has served as a leader in the promotional advertising and branded merchandise industry focusing on branded marketing campaigns for corporate clients to include Boeing, Microsoft, Utility Trailer Manufacturing, Alaska Sightseeing Tours, Lindblad Expeditions, and the Washington State Wine Commission.
Christine attended Whitman College in Walla Walla providing her the necessary Liberal Arts & English degree. Psychology at Seattle University and Business Marketing at Seattle Pacific University provided her the enhanced inner framework to launch a successful career working closely with people, initiating solutions, and mastering the business model of profitability. Christine's personal skills are enhanced by her favorite motto, "Safety First," which explains why she became a Certified Rescue SCUBA Diver as well as a Remote Wilderness First Responder.
Christine serves on the Snohomish County Lodging Association (SCLA), is a member of the Washington State Chapter of MPI (Meetings Professionals International), and is a member of the Paine Field Community Council Marketing Roundtable.
Outside of work, Christine has a life full of family and adventure. If she isn't climbing mountains, snow-shoeing, or skiing, you will likely find her immersed in, on or near the sea. Certified SCUBA 24 years ago, and upwards of 3,000 dives, Christine has dove around the world to include Fiji, Australia, Mexico, Canada, and Caribbean. She enjoys international travel (particularly Italy and Spain) for their history and great wine regions!
Director of Sales and Marketing
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Sandy Ward, a 30+ year veteran of the travel, tourism and hospitality industry, is the sales and marketing director for the Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour, one of Washington State's premier visitor attractions. She was appointed by Washington’s Governor Christine Gregoire to serve as a member of the Washington State Tourism Commission, currently serves as a director on the executive board of the Puget Sound Attractions Council, is a former director on the board for the Experience Network (formerly known as National Council of Attractions), part of the US Travel Association, and is a founder of the Washington Tourism Alliance (WTA).
Prior to joining the Future of Flight, Sandy served as the Snohomish County Tourism Bureau’s founding executive director, a position she held for nine years. During her tenure at the Snohomish County Tourism Bureau, her agency was honored on two separate occasions by Washington State Tourism for the Best Tour Planner’s Guide in Washington State. Additionally, the state gave the Bureau two awards in 2000 for Best Niche Marketing Campaign and Best of the Best Industry Award for direct mail marketing campaigns and online reservations programs.
Previously, Sandy was vice president of the Bellingham Whatcom County Convention and Visitor Bureau and executive director of the Kitsap Peninsula Visitor and Convention Bureau. She was also the founding executive director of the Ogden, Utah Convention and Visitor Bureau and the four-county Golden Spike Empire Travel Region in Utah.
During her career in the travel and tourism industry, Ms. Ward also has developed and delivered customer service training programs to thousands of front-line staff, volunteers and supervisors in the hospitality industry throughout Utah and Washington State. She is a certified hospitality and customer service master trainer.
Sandy has been recognized as Woman of the Year by Utah Business Magazine, named Professional Manager of the Year by the YWCA of Northern Utah, and was named Tourism Professional of the Year by Washington State Tourism.
Sandy is a graduate of UCLA’s Institutes for Organization Management, a master’s level leadership development program.