Meet Our IF Staff Members
The Institute of Flight (IF) is grateful for a wonderful staff, dedicated to inspiring our community.
Kyle is our Education Coordinator (serving since November of 2013).
Kyle is the founding staff member of our MakerSpace which began in 2014 through the generosity of a partnership with U of W Bothell campus on a grant.
As a 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 (AMP) 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.
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. Fainberg 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.
Marketing and Social Media Director
Jody is a proud graduate of The Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University Everett with a Bachelor's degree, Cum Laude, in Integrated Strategic Communication. Jody joined the Institute of Flight as an intern in 2015, was hired after graduation as public relations and social media associate director, then promoted to marketing and social media director in late February 2018.
Jody is passionate about people and their stories and revels in her adventures at the Future of Flight, including interviewing Joe Sutter, Father of the 747, working with pilots and NASA astronauts for special events, watching stunning airplanes take to the skies from the Strato Deck, and most recently witnessing the GOES-S Satellite launch at NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
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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?institute of Flight since 2005 managing finances and budgets.
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.
Events & Logistics Manager
Coming from a background in digital production and film distribution, Dan began contracting for the Future of Flight Aviation Center for events and exhibits in 2015. He has since moved into the Events and Logistics Manager position for the Events Department.
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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.
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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!
Jeff Van Dyck
Van Dyck comes to the Institute of Flight after 20 years at Boeing, where he served as a Boeing creative director responsible for immersive branded-experience design, and has had a longtime relationship with the Future of Flight Foundation, serving as Exhibits Committee chair, as past board president and as a Boeing loaned executive. He attended Southern Oregon University and the Art Center College in Pasadena, CA. As a long-time member of the Snohomish county community, he has lived in Edmonds for more than 30 years.