von Galen, Count Ferdinand—Chairman

Count Ferdinand von Galen—Chairman of the Board

A long-time aviation enthusiast and successful investor, Count Ferdinand von Galen serves as Chairman of the Arizona Aerospace Foundation.  

Born near Muenster, Westphalia, Germany, Count von Galen was educated at Oxford University in England and Bonn University Law School. He currently owns and operates the Rail X Ranch in Patagonia, Arizona. Count von Galen is a private investor and served as Chairman of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. (Now the German Stock Exchange)

He chaired one of the largest private investment banks in Germany. He also served on the Board of Directors of several European and American Corporations and Institutions including, the United States Trust Company, North American Rockwell, US Filter Corporation, Bangor-Punta Corporation, Lone Star Industries, Man-Roland AG and Georgetown University.

Count von Galen resides in Patagonia, Arizona.

Drachman, Boyd—Vice Chairman

Boyd P. Drachman—Vice Chairman

Boyd P. Drachman is President and owner of Drachman Insurance Services, a commercial insurance brokerage agency in Tucson specializing in property, casualty, surety and employee benefits for businesses. He began his career at the age of 21 in 1977 with a regional brokerage firm and completed an internship with a large London broker in 1979. In 1984 he founded Drachman Leed Insurance and in 2011, started his present company.

Mr. Drachman has been active in many local private and governmental organizations and committees including past director of the Tucson Conquistadors, past member of the Centurions, current vice chairman of the Arizona Aero Space Foundation/Pima Air Museum, past member of the Tucson/Pima County Historical Commission, and current member of the Pima County Trial Courts Nominating Committee.

Mr. Drachman is an avid pilot, hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman. A lifelong resident of Tucson, Arizona Mr. Drachman lives with his wife and children on Tucson's east side.

George Henderson—Treasurer

George Henderson—Treasurer

George Henderson graduated from the University of Arizona with a BS in Business Administration. A shareholder with Beach, Fleischman & Co., P.C., Mr. Henderson has planned and performed audits, reviews and compilations of numerous privately held companies during his twenty-four years in public accounting. He coordinates income tax planning and compliance services, and performs other business consulting. He has industry experience with construction, employee benefit plans, manufacturing, real estate, retailing, service industries, transportation, water companies and wholesaling. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Henderson came to the Arizona Aerospace Foundation Board in February 2003. In addition to serving as the Treasurer of AAF, he is the Treasurer of the Verde Ranch Homeowners’ Association and was the Treasurer of the Children’s Museum Tucson for nine years. His past executive duties with other agencies includes roles of President and Treasurer of the Sahuaro Optimist Club and Tucson Pop Warner.

Maxfield, Sandra C.

Sandra C. Maxfield

Ms. Maxfield has resided in Tucson for 40 years. She has extensive volunteer experience that began with involvement in her own children’s schools and activities. Her efforts today include the Angel Charity for Children, Arizona Theatre Company, Amerind Museum, The University of Arizona Art Museum, The University of Arizona College of Medicine Steel Children’s Research Centre, the Deans Fine Arts Board at the University of Arizona, and Tucson Medical Center Art Committee. Mrs. Maxfield has worked in the past with Tucson Museum of Art, St. Lukes Board of Visitors, Las Familias, and Silver and Turquoise Ball. Mrs. Maxfield began serving on the Arizona Aerospace Foundation Board in February 2002.

Murphy, Tom—Secretary

Tom Murphy

Tom Murphy is a third generation Tucsonan who graduated from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1972. Murphy practices general corporate and commercial law with an emphasis on healthcare law at Gust Rosenfeld. Prior to joining Gust Rosenfeld, Murphy served as General Counsel for the Carondelet Health Network, the oldest and largest nonprofit healthcare provider in Southern Arizona.

In addition to healthcare law, Murphy also has expertise in nonprofit corporation law. He is a life member of the Tucson Fiesta Bowl Committee and of the St. Mary's Centurions. A member of the DM-50 since 2001, he has served as Secretary, Vice President and President and he is currently the immediate Past President.

Abrams, Gary L.

Gary L. Abrams

Gary L. Abrams was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. He began his career as a second generation leader of Abrams Airborne Manufacturing, Inc., a precision sheetmetal manufacturing company that was founded by his father in 1965. Gary currently serves as the President of Abrams Airborne. Gary is also the President of Vltor Weapons Systems, a weapons manufacturing company that supplies weapon accessories to the US Military and many law enforcement agencies. He is an owner and the President of Milkor USA, Inc., a manufacturer of the M32A1 multi-shot grenade launcher.

As a lifelong pilot, Gary’s passion of flying and his drive for business enabled him to establish two companies in the field of aviation. Gary is the President of Pima Aviation, which acts as the long term lease holder of the Marana Regional Airport, as well as the President of a FBO at Marana Regional Airport, titled Tucson Aeroservice Center. Gary has been an active member of the Pima Air and Space Museum for many years serving as a past President, and currently serving his third term as the Trustee on the Board of Supervisors.

Gary continues to be an active member in the aviation industry, military and community through the various businesses. He has inspired youth through flight programs at Tucson Aeroservice Center and Pima Aviation. Milkor USA and Vltor Weapon Systems serve as a voice for Gary’s immense support for the Nation’s armed forces. Finally, through Abrams Airborne, Gary continues to improve and give back to the very community in which he grew up.

Acorn, Kim B.

Kim B. Acorn, AIA

Mr. Acorn graduated, in 1973, from the University of Arizona, College of Architecture. In 1977, Mr. Acorn established Acorn Associates Architecture, Ltd. Practice areas consist of retail, multifamily, institutional, industrial, and office buildings. The firm has developed a reputation for professional services which are creative, dependable, on time and on budget.

Today, as Principal in Charge and President of Acorn Associates Architecture, Ltd., he is the leader on all projects undertaken by the firm. With an office staff of seven, including four registered architects, the firm primarily serves local government, institutional and development clients. Active in community affairs, Mr. Acorn financially supports and contributes his time to many civic causes and nonprofit entities.

Bhudabhatti, Chanda, FAeSI

Chanda S. Bhudabhatti, FAeSI

Chanda Bhudabhatti was brought up to equal her two brothers—breaking the traditional mold of India women by becoming the third woman commercial pilot of India. Chanda was the Founder/President of the Indian Women Pilot’s Association and has been a member of many aviation organizations. Chanda was the first non-US candidate for Presidency of the Ninety-Nines, Inc. Chanda pioneered and chaired major events such as the 1986 & 1994 World Aviation, Education & Safety Congress. Chanda’s effort to promote aviation amongst women worldwide and especially in India is evident. After fifteen years of continuous efforts by Chanda, the Indian Air Force opened the doors for women pilots. Chanda was the first Asian woman to receive the “Chuck Yeager Aerospace Education Award.”

Dorland, Graham

Graham Dorland

Graham Dorland graduated from Arizona State University in 1965. He is a successful entrepreneur who founded and served as the CEO of ABX Air, Inc., dba Airborne Express, the third largest package express carrier in the US and the only air carrier to own a Cat II Airport. Mr. Dorland later partnered in the development of DC-9 Hush Kits and then he went on to found and serve as the CEO of Nautamatic Marine Systems, Inc., a marine autopilot manufacturer. His most recent venture is the Inde Motorsports Ranch in Wilcox, Arizona, the only sanctioned track in Arizona by the Sports Car Club of America.

Fishkind, Dr. William

William J. Fishkind, MD, FACS

William J. Fishkind, MD, FACS is a Clinical Professor at the University of Arizona and the University of Utah. He is a Director of the Fishkind, Bakewell, Maltzman, Eye Care And Surgery Center in Tucson, Arizona.

He attained his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine and completed an internship in medicine at Mount Auburn Hospital, both in Boston. He then completed the Harvard Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency, and taught at Harvard. He is board certified in internal medicine.

He practiced general medicine and was medical director at the USPHS Indian Hospital in Sacaton, Arizona. He was awarded the USPHS Commendation Medal during his tenure there.

He subsequently completed and ophthalmology residency at a combined program of the USPHS Hospital and Louisiana State University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Dr. Fishkind is board certified in ophthalmology, a Fellow of the American Board of Ophthalmology and has been awarded their senior honor award. Additionally he is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a member of multiple committees of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He is past president of the Outpatient Ophthalmology Surgery Society.

Presently, Dr. Fishkind practices in Tucson, Arizona, but travels extensively teaching both nationally and internationally. He has been a visiting professor at many universities, given many scientific presentations, and has authored many articles as well as book chapters on phacoemulsification and intra-ocular lens implantation.

He has authored numerous textbook chapters but is most proud of his accomplishment as editor of his textbook, Complications in Phacoemulsification; Avoidance, Recognition, and Management which has been published by Thieme Publications in New York City.
He is one of America’s top doctors from 2009 to the present and is listed in “Who’s Who in America.”

Dr. Fishkind is married to Wendy Weston Fishkind, a physical therapist. They have two children and 3 grandchildren.

Johnston, Lt. Gen. Robert

LtGen. Robert B. Johnston, USMC (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Johnston joined the Marine Corps in 1961 and has served various tours in Vietnam, Lebanon and in the Persian Gulf. During the Gulf War, Lieutenant General Johnston was the Chief of Staff to General Norman Scwarzkopf and was instrumental in the liberation of Kuwait. Following that assignment, he commanded the US multinational force in Somalia. He retired from the Corps in 1995 and Lieutenant General Johnston serves on the Governor's Military Affairs Commission and is a member of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council. Lieutenant General Johnston came to the Arizona Aerospace Foundation Board in February 2003.

Meger, Col. James P.

Colonel James P. Meger


Colonel James P. Meger is the Commander of the 355th Fighter Wing, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. He is responsible for one of the largest installations and flying operations in the United States Air Force, with more than 7,500 Airmen, 3,200 civilians, and more than 100 aircraft. He is responsible for organizing, training, and equipping a 22-squadron wing, including two fighter squadrons. The wing provides A-10C aircraft for close air support and forward air control, combat support, and medical forces for combatant commander requirements worldwide. He is also responsible for training A-10C pilots for the entire Total Force and is the Air Combat Command executive agent for Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces and Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty compliance.

Colonel Meger entered the Air Force in 1992 upon graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.  He is a command pilot with more than 3,200 hours in fighter aircraft.  As a staff officer, Colonel Meger has held positions at the Group, Wing, Major Command, and Air Force levels.  In 2007, Colonel Meger commanded the 1st Operations Support Squadron, Langley AFB, Va., and later served as the 355th Fighter Wing Vice Commander at Davis-Monthan AFB from 2011 to 2013.  Most recently, Colonel Meger served as the 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force Vice Commander in Kabul, Afghanistan, where he oversaw more than 6,900 Airmen directly engaged in combat operations.   

EDUCATION
1992 Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1996 Distinguished Graduate, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2004 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
2005 Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan., awarded Masters of Military Arts and Sciences.
2007 Air War College, by correspondence
2011 National War College, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C., awarded Masters in National Security Strategy

ASSIGNMENTS
1. July 1992 – July 1993, student Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, Reese AFB, Texas
2. August 1993 – April 1994, student A/OA-10 FTU, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
3. May 1994 – May 1996, A/OA-10 Flight Lead, Assistant Scheduler, Weapons Officer, Wing Plans Officer, 25th Fighter Squadron, Osan AB, Republic of Korea
4. June 1996 – July 1999, A/OA-10 Flight Examiner, Instructor Pilot, Chief of Stan Eval and Battalion Air Liaison Officer, 81st Fighter Squadron, Spangdahlem AB, Germany
5. August 1999 – March 2002, AT-38B / T-38C Flight Commander, Flight Examiner and Instructor Pilot, 49th Fighter Training Squadron, Columbus AFB, Miss., and Moody AFB, Ga.
6. October 2002 – June 2005, F-15C Flight Examiner, Instructor Pilot, Chief of 1st Fighter Wing Stan Eval and Assistant Operations Officer, 71st Fighter Squadron, Langley AFB, Va.
7. June 2005 – June 2006, student, Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
8. July 2006 – August 2007, Speechwriter to the Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force and Communications Team Chief, HAF/CX SECAF/CSAF Executive Action Group, Headquarters Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
9. November 2007 – March 2009, Commander, 1st Operations Support Squadron, Langley AFB, Va.
10. April 2009 – July 2010, Executive Officer to the Commander, Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va.
11. August 2010 – June 2011, student, National War College, Fort McNair, Washington D.C.
12. July 2011 – July 2013, Vice Commander, 355th Fighter Wing, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
13. July 2013 – June 2014, Vice Commander, 9th Air Expeditionary Task Force, Assistant NATO Air Commander-Afghanistan, Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff Air, ISAF Joint Command, Deputy Air Component Coordination Element, Kabul, Afghanistan
14. August 2104 – Present, Commander, 355th Fighter Wing, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Rating: Command Pilot
Flight hours: 3,200
Aircraft flown: A-10C, A/OA-10, F-15C/D, AT-38B, T-38C

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit
Distinguished Flying Cross with two oak leaf clusters
Bronze Star
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with 11 oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal
Army Achievement Medal

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
Distinguished Graduate, Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, Reese AFB, Texas
Distinguished Graduate, Top Academic Award and Class Top Gun, A/OA-10 FTU, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
Distinguished Graduate, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
Company Grade Officer of the Year 1998, Spangdahlem AB, Germany
USAFE Life Support Officer of the Year 1998, Spangdahlem AB, Germany
1999 Co-Winner, Jolly Green Association, Rescue Mission of the Year

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant     May 27, 1992
First Lieutenant    May 27, 1994
Captain    May 27, 1996
Major    November 1, 2002
Lieutenant Colonel    December 1, 2006
Colonel    October 1, 2010

Romero, Col. Margaret M.

Col. Margaret M. Romero

Colonel Romero is the Commander of the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona. She leads a 670 person workforce dedicated to aerospace storage and preservation, aircraft parts reclamation, aircraft regeneration, depot-level maintenance overflow, and aircraft disposal in support of the Department of Defense and other government agencies including NASA and the Department of Homeland Security. The group encompasses 2,600 acres, providing secure storage for 4,000 aircraft, strategic missiles, and production tooling valued at $34 billion. Colonel Romero directs financial activities for an annual operating budget of approximately $122 million in both operations and maintenance and depot maintenance activity group funds.

Colonel Romero graduated from University of Pittsburgh in 1993 and was awarded a regular commission through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. She has served at various base level aircraft maintenance and transportation organizations and has worked on F-16s, A/OA-10s, C-5s, HH-60s and C-130s. She has served on staff at both the wing level and Headquarters Air Force and commanded at the squadron level twice.

Colonel Romero is married to retired Lieutenant Colonel Craig Romero and has two step children, Taylor and Rhys.

EDUCATION:
1993 Bachelor of Science, Mathematics, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
1993 Bachelor of Arts, German, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
1997 Basic Developmental Education, Squadron Officers’ School, Correspondence and Maxwell AFB
2002 Masters of Science, Aeronautical Engineering, Maintenance Management, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Correspondence
2004 Air Command and Staff College, Correspondence
2006 Masters of Science, Logistics Management/Intermediate Developmental Education, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright Patterson AFB
2008 Senior Developmental Education, Air War College, Correspondence
2013 Master of Strategic Science, Army War College, Carlisle, PA

ASSIGNMENTS:
1. October 1993 – October 1996, aircraft maintenance officer in various positions, 20th Fighter Wing, Shaw AFB, SC
2. October 1996 – April 1998, Sortie Support Flight and Sortie Generation Flight Commanders, 36th Fighter Sq, 51st Fighter Wing, Osan AB, Korea
3. April 1998 – October 1998, Commander, Propulsion Flight, 436th Component Repair Squadron, 436th Airlift Wing, Dover AFB, DE
4. October 1998 – May 1999, Chief, Wing Protocol, 436th Airlift Wing, Dover AFB, DE
5. May 1999 – September 2000, Commander, Vehicle Operations Flight, 436th Transportation Sq, 436th Airlift Wing, Dover AFB, DE
6. September 2000 – August 2002, Commander, Vehicle Ops and Combat Readiness Resources Flights, 347th Trans Sq, 347th Fighter Wing, Moody AFB, GA
7. August 2002 – August 2003, Operations Officer, 347th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 347th Rescue Wing, Moody GA
8. April 2003 – Aug 2004, Chief, EUCOM Operations Branch, Air and Space Operations, HQ AF, Pentagon VA
9. Aug 2004 – June 2006, Student, Graduate School of Logistics Management, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright Patterson AFB, OH
10. June 2006 – June 2008, Commander, 86th Maintenance Squadron, 86th Airlift Wing, Ramstein AB, Germany
11. June 2008 – Sep 2009, Commander, 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 86th Airlift Wing, Ramstein AB, Germany
12. September 2009 – July 2012, Deputy Director, 560th Aircraft Maintenance Sq, Robins AFB, GA
13. December 2010 – December 2011, Chief, Director’s Action Group, Iraq Train and Advise Mission - Air, Sather AB, Iraq
14. July 2012 – June 2013, Student, US Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Carlisle, PA
15. June 2013 – June 2014, Logistics Panel Chair, Directorate of Resource Integration, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Installations, and Mission Support, HQ USAF, Pentagon, Washington D.C.

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:
Distinguished Graduate, Air Force Institute of Technology/IDE, 2006
USAF Transportation Company Grade Officer of the Year, 2001
Distinguished Graduate, Reserve Officer Training Corps, 1993
Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, with 6 oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal, with 2 oak leaf clusters

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:
Second Lieutenant 9 September 1993
First Lieutenant 9 September 1995
Captain 9 September 1997
Major 1 January 2004
Lieutenant Colonel 1 June 2008
Colonel 1 September 2014

Rusing, Mick

Michael Rusing

Michael “Mick” Rusing is a founding member of the law firm Rusing Lopez & Lizardi, P.L.L.C., formerly Rusing and Lopez, P.L.L.C. Mr. Rusing is a graduate of Stanford Law School. He has received many top honors and awards in the legal field and has also authored numerous professional legal publications. Among his major practice areas is Business Ligation, including Construction, Real Estate, Labor and Employment Law and Environmental Law.  Some of his community and social activities include board membership in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Los Charros del Desierto, senior member of the Tucson Conquistadores, as well as serving as a lifetime member of the Tucson Fiesta Bowl Committee.

Smith, Dr. Peter H.

Dr. Peter H. Smith

Dr. Peter H. Smith is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Arizona, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory in Tucson, Arizona.  He received his master’s degree in optical sciences from the University of Arizona in 1977 and a doctorate in 2009. He has participated in numerous space missions including the Pioneer missions to Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn, but most notable has been his long term involvement with Mars instrumentation starting with the Imager for Mars Pathfinder in 1993.  After a successful mission in 1997, he built cameras for the Mars Polar Lander and a 2001 mission although neither mission successfully made it to Mars.  From 2002 to 2009 he led the Phoenix mission to the northern polar region on Mars.  In the summer of 2008, this mission was operated from a facility at the UA and led to several important scientific discoveries.  Currently, he is a member of the OSIRIS-REx sample-return mission to a nearby asteroid, a mission that launches in 2016, arrives at the asteroid in 2020, and returns to Earth with a precious sample in 2023.  Dr. Smith has been a member of the Pima Air and Space Museum for more than a decade and his interest is in promoting the Space aspect of the museum.

Stilb, Micheal A.

Michael A. Stilb

Mr. Stilb is President and Owner of M.A.S. Real Estate Services that develops and manages office, retail, light industrial, self-storage and hospitality facilities throughout Southern Arizona. He has over 40 years of experience in real estate development, management and brokerage. He retains ownership interests in various commercial properties including Hacienda del Sol. Mr. Stilb studied landscape architecture and land planning at the University of Arizona. His community and social involvement includes Los Charros del Los Desierto, the Mountain Oyster Club, Tucson Country Club and was formerly a board member of both the Tucson Museum of Art and the Southern Arizona Chapter of Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs. Mr. Stilb became a Trustee for the Arizona Aerospace Foundation in February 2002 and is a current Member of the Tucson Airport Authority.

Tallichet, John

John Tallichet

John Tallichet graduated from the University of Southern California and he also holds MBA degrees from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and the Columbia Business School at Columbia University. Mr. Tallichet has over 25 years of restaurant industry experience and he is the CEO and President of Specialty Restaurants Corporation where he is responsible for the company's restaurant, real estate and aviation divisions. Mr. Tallichet is a member of the California Restaurant Association and has served on the CRA's Orange County Board of Directors. He also serves as a board advisor to The Sam Pievac Company and he is a Trustee of the Flight Test Historical Foundation which supports the development of the Air Force Flight Test Museum at Edwards AFB, California and the museum's Blackbird Airpark Annex at USAF Plant 42 in nearby Palmdale.

Violett, Maj. Gen. Russell

Russell L. Violett

Former United States Air Force Major General Russell L. Violett holds a Bachelor of Arts in Building Industry and Real Estate from the University of Denver.  He also completed Armed Forces Staff College in 1973, and the Air War College in 1978.  Russ had more than 300 combat hours serving two tours flying F-105’s against targets in Laos and North Vietnam.  He has logged over 3,600 flying hours in combat aircraft including the F-100, F-105, F-106, F-4, A-10, T-33, T-38, and T-39.  A long-time resident of Tucson, Russ retired from the Air Force in 1987 and consulted with the Aerospace Industry in marketing and management services until 2007.

Zaccaria, Bert L.

Bert L. Zaccaria

Bert L. Zaccaria has been a venture capital investor, and an entrepreneur, CEO, and value-added board member of technology companies for more than 30 years.

He was a co-founder of Xidex Magnetics, which became the world's largest manufacturer of both flexible magnetic media and hard disks. Mr. Zaccaria then went on to serve as Chief Operating Officer, Chief Executive Officer of Xidex Corporation. With his leadership, Xidex became a Fortune 500 company through internal revenue growth and by acquiring over 20 companies.

 

Anticipating the growth in CD-ROM technology, Mr. Zaccaria founded Triptych CD Corporation and served as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer until it was acquired. Mr. Zaccaria has served on the Board of Directors of numerous other public and private companies.

Mr. Zaccaria's accomplishments have been recognized by several organizations, including the Harvard Business School Alumni Association, which honored him with an Entrepreneur of the Year award, and Rochester Institute of Technology who elected him Alumnus of the Year. He is a fellow of the IMC, and a past member of the American Business Conference.

He is an active pilot with over 6000 flight hours in more than 40 aircraft. He founded and was CEO of Sierra Warbirds, a company which imported, refurbished and sold former military and historic aircraft.

Mr. Zaccaria served three tours of duty off the coast of Vietnam as a Naval officer.

Count Ferdinand von Galen—Chairman of the Board CountvonGalenRGB A long-time aviation enthusiast and successful investor, Count Ferdinand von Galen serves as Chairman of the Arizona Aerospace Foundation. Born near Muenster, Westphalia, Germany, Count von Galen was educated at Oxford University in England and Bonn University Law School. He currently owns and operates the Rail X Ranch in Patagonia, Arizona. Count von Galen is a private investor and served as Chairman of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. (Now the German Stock Exchange) He chaired one of the largest private investment banks in Germany. He also served on the Board of Directors of several European and American Corporations and Institutions including, the United States Trust Company, North American Rockwell, US Filter Corporation, Bangor-Punta Corporation, Lone Star Industries, Man-Roland AG and Georgetown University. Count von Galen resides in Patagonia, Arizona.
Boyd P. Drachman—Vice Chairman Boyd P. Drachman is President and owner of Drachman Insurance Services, a commercial insurance brokerage agency in Tucson specializing in property, casualty, surety and employee benefits for businesses. He began his career at the age of 21 in 1977 with a regional brokerage firm and completed an internship with a large London broker in 1979. In 1984 he founded Drachman Leed Insurance and in 2011, started his present company. Mr. Drachman has been active in many local private and governmental organizations and committees including past director of the Tucson Conquistadors, past member of the Centurions, current vice chairman of the Arizona Aero Space Foundation/Pima Air Museum, past member of the Tucson/Pima County Historical Commission, and current member of the Pima County Trial Courts Nominating Committee. Mr. Drachman is an avid pilot, hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman. A lifelong resident of Tucson, Arizona Mr. Drachman lives with his wife and children on Tucson's east side.
George Henderson—Treasurer George Henderson graduated from the University of Arizona with a BS in Business Administration. A shareholder with Beach, Fleischman & Co., P.C., Mr. Henderson has planned and performed audits, reviews and compilations of numerous privately held companies during his twenty-four years in public accounting. He coordinates income tax planning and compliance services, and performs other business consulting. He has industry experience with construction, employee benefit plans, manufacturing, real estate, retailing, service industries, transportation, water companies and wholesaling. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Henderson came to the Arizona Aerospace Foundation Board in February 2003. In addition to serving as the Treasurer of AAF, he is the Treasurer of the Verde Ranch Homeowners' Association and was the Treasurer of the Children's Museum Tucson for nine years. His past executive duties with other agencies includes roles of President and Treasurer of the Sahuaro Optimist Club and Tucson Pop Warner.
Tom Murphy is a third generation Tucsonan who graduated from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1972. Murphy practices general corporate and commercial law with an emphasis on healthcare law at Gust Rosenfeld. Prior to joining Gust Rosenfeld, Murphy served as General Counsel for the Carondelet Health Network, the oldest and largest nonprofit healthcare provider in Southern Arizona. In addition to healthcare law, Murphy also has expertise in nonprofit corporation law. He is a life member of the Tucson Fiesta Bowl Committee and of the St. Mary's Centurions. A member of the DM-50 since 2001, he has served as Secretary, Vice President and President and he is currently the immediate Past President.
Gary L. Abrams Gary L. Abrams was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. He began his career as a second generation leader of Abrams Airborne Manufacturing, Inc., a precision sheetmetal manufacturing company that was founded by his father in 1965. Gary currently serves as the President of Abrams Airborne. Gary is also the President of Vltor Weapons Systems, a weapons manufacturing company that supplies weapon accessories to the US Military and many law enforcement agencies. He is an owner and the President of Milkor USA, Inc., a manufacturer of the M32A1 multi-shot grenade launcher. As a lifelong pilot, Gary's passion of flying and his drive for business enabled him to establish two companies in the field of aviation. Gary is the President of Pima Aviation, which acts as the long term lease holder of the Marana Regional Airport, as well as the President of a FBO at Marana Regional Airport, titled Tucson Aeroservice Center. Gary has been an active member of the Pima Air and Space Museum for many years serving as a past President, and currently serving his third term as the Trustee on the Board of Supervisors. Gary continues to be an active member in the aviation industry, military and community through the various businesses. He has inspired youth through flight programs at Tucson Aeroservice Center and Pima Aviation. Milkor USA and Vltor Weapon Systems serve as a voice for Gary's immense support for the Nation's armed forces. Finally, through Abrams Airborne, Gary continues to improve and give back to the very community in which he grew up.
Chanda S. Bhudabhatti, FAeSI Chanda Bhudabhatti was brought up to equal her two brothers—breaking the traditional mold of India women by becoming the third woman commercial pilot of India. Chanda was the Founder/President of the Indian Women Pilot's Association and has been a member of many aviation organizations. Chanda was the first non-US candidate for Presidency of the Ninety-Nines, Inc. Chanda pioneered and chaired major events such as the 1986 & 1994 World Aviation, Education & Safety Congress. Chanda's effort to promote aviation amongst women worldwide and especially in India is evident. After fifteen years of continuous efforts by Chanda, the Indian Air Force opened the doors for women pilots. Chanda was the first Asian woman to receive the "Chuck Yeager Aerospace Education Award."
Graham Dorland AAFGrahamDorland2013 Graham Dorland graduated from Arizona State University in 1965. He is a successful entrepreneur who founded and served as the CEO of ABX Air, Inc., dba Airborne Express, the third largest package express carrier in the US and the only air carrier to own a Cat II Airport. Mr. Dorland later partnered in the development of DC-9 Hush Kits and then he went on to found and serve as the CEO of Nautamatic Marine Systems, Inc., a marine autopilot manufacturer. His most recent venture is the Inde Motorsports Ranch in Wilcox, Arizona, the only sanctioned track in Arizona by the Sports Car Club of America.
William J. Fishkind, MD, FACS William J. Fishkind, MD, FACS is a Clinical Professor at the University of Arizona and the University of Utah. He is a Director of the Fishkind, Bakewell, Maltzman, Eye Care And Surgery Center in Tucson, Arizona. He attained his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine and completed an internship in medicine at Mount Auburn Hospital, both in Boston. He then completed the Harvard Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency, and taught at Harvard. He is board certified in internal medicine. He practiced general medicine and was medical director at the USPHS Indian Hospital in Sacaton, Arizona. He was awarded the USPHS Commendation Medal during his tenure there. He subsequently completed and ophthalmology residency at a combined program of the USPHS Hospital and Louisiana State University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Fishkind is board certified in ophthalmology, a Fellow of the American Board of Ophthalmology and has been awarded their senior honor award. Additionally he is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a member of multiple committees of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He is past president of the Outpatient Ophthalmology Surgery Society. Presently, Dr. Fishkind practices in Tucson, Arizona, but travels extensively teaching both nationally and internationally. He has been a visiting professor at many universities, given many scientific presentations, and has authored many articles as well as book chapters on phacoemulsification and intra-ocular lens implantation. He has authored numerous textbook chapters but is most proud of his accomplishment as editor of his textbook, Complications in Phacoemulsification; Avoidance, Recognition, and Management which has been published by Thieme Publications in New York City. He is one of America's top doctors from 2009 to the present and is listed in "Who's Who in America." Dr. Fishkind is married to Wendy Weston Fishkind, a physical therapist. They have two children and 3 grandchildren.
LtGen. Robert B. Johnston, USMC (Ret.) Lieutenant General Johnston joined the Marine Corps in 1961 and has served various tours in Vietnam, Lebanon and in the Persian Gulf. During the Gulf War, Lieutenant General Johnston was the Chief of Staff to General Norman Scwarzkopf and was instrumental in the liberation of Kuwait. Following that assignment, he commanded the US multinational force in Somalia. He retired from the Corps in 1995 and Lieutenant General Johnston serves on the Governor's Military Affairs Commission and is a member of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council. Lieutenant General Johnston came to the Arizona Aerospace Foundation Board in February 2003.
Yvonne C. Morris is the Executive Director of the Arizona Aerospace Foundation, which oversees the Pima Air & Space Museum and the Titan Missile Museum. In addition, she serves as the Executive Director of both museums and as an ex officio member of the Board of Trustees. Yvonne was among the first women selected for duty in the U. S. Air Force Titan II missile program. She was a Missile Combat Crew Commander and instructor throughout her Cold War service. In 1998, Yvonne found further use for her Air Force training by volunteering at the Titan Missile Museum. In 2002, she was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Arizona Aerospace Foundation where she chaired the committee that provided oversight for the Titan Missile Museum. In 2004, she was appointed Director of the museum. She was appointed Executive Director of the Arizona Aerospace Foundation in 2008. Yvonne was a featured speaker at the first Cold Culture Symposium, an international symposium on new approaches to Cold War research, education and expression at the Diefenbunker Museum in Ontario in 2008. She has also appeared in various history and tourism themed television shows, including Secret A-Bomb Factories for the History Channel, Mysteries at the Museum on the Travel Channel, and Anthony Bourdain's show, No Reservations, on the Travel Channel.
Michael Rusing Michael "Mick" Rusing is a founding member of the law firm Rusing Lopez & Lizardi, P.L.L.C., formerly Rusing and Lopez, P.L.L.C. Mr. Rusing is a graduate of Stanford Law School. He has received many top honors and awards in the legal field and has also authored numerous professional legal publications. Among his major practice areas is Business Ligation, including Construction, Real Estate, Labor and Employment Law and Environmental Law. Some of his community and social activities include board membership in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Los Charros del Desierto, senior member of the Tucson Conquistadores, as well as serving as a lifetime member of the Tucson Fiesta Bowl Committee.
Dr. Peter H. Smith Dr. Peter H. Smith is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Arizona, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory in Tucson, Arizona. He received his master's degree in optical sciences from the University of Arizona in 1977 and a doctorate in 2009. He has participated in numerous space missions including the Pioneer missions to Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn, but most notable has been his long term involvement with Mars instrumentation starting with the Imager for Mars Pathfinder in 1993. After a successful mission in 1997, he built cameras for the Mars Polar Lander and a 2001 mission although neither mission successfully made it to Mars. From 2002 to 2009 he led the Phoenix mission to the northern polar region on Mars. In the summer of 2008, this mission was operated from a facility at the UA and led to several important scientific discoveries. Currently, he is a member of the OSIRIS-REx sample-return mission to a nearby asteroid, a mission that launches in 2016, arrives at the asteroid in 2020, and returns to Earth with a precious sample in 2023. Dr. Smith has been a member of the Pima Air and Space Museum for more than a decade and his interest is in promoting the Space aspect of the museum.
John Tallichet AAFJohnTallichet John Tallichet graduated from the University of Southern California and he also holds MBA degrees from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and the Columbia Business School at Columbia University. Mr. Tallichet has over 25 years of restaurant industry experience and he is the CEO and President of Specialty Restaurants Corporation where he is responsible for the company's restaurant, real estate and aviation divisions. Mr. Tallichet is a member of the California Restaurant Association and has served on the CRA's Orange County Board of Directors. He also serves as a board advisor to The Sam Pievac Company and he is a Trustee of the Flight Test Historical Foundation which supports the development of the Air Force Flight Test Museum at Edwards AFB, California and the museum's Blackbird Airpark Annex at USAF Plant 42 in nearby Palmdale.
Russell L. Violett Former United States Air Force Major General Russell L. Violett holds a Bachelor of Arts in Building Industry and Real Estate from the University of Denver. He also completed Armed Forces Staff College in 1973, and the Air War College in 1978. Russ had more than 300 combat hours serving two tours flying F-105's against targets in Laos and North Vietnam. He has logged over 3,600 flying hours in combat aircraft including the F-100, F-105, F-106, F-4, A-10, T-33, T-38, and T-39. A long-time resident of Tucson, Russ retired from the Air Force in 1987 and consulted with the Aerospace Industry in marketing and management services until 2007.
Bert L. Zaccaria Bert L. Zaccaria has been a venture capital investor, and an entrepreneur, CEO, and value-added board member of technology companies for more than 30 years. He was a co-founder of Xidex Magnetics, which became the world's largest manufacturer of both flexible magnetic media and hard disks. Mr. Zaccaria then went on to serve as Chief Operating Officer, Chief Executive Officer of Xidex Corporation. With his leadership, Xidex became a Fortune 500 company through internal revenue growth and by acquiring over 20 companies. Anticipating the growth in CD-ROM technology, Mr. Zaccaria founded Triptych CD Corporation and served as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer until it was acquired. Mr. Zaccaria has served on the Board of Directors of numerous other public and private companies. Mr. Zaccaria's accomplishments have been recognized by several organizations, including the Harvard Business School Alumni Association, which honored him with an Entrepreneur of the Year award, and Rochester Institute of Technology who elected him Alumnus of the Year. He is a fellow of the IMC, and a past member of the American Business Conference. He is an active pilot with over 6000 flight hours in more than 40 aircraft. He founded and was CEO of Sierra Warbirds, a company which imported, refurbished and sold former military and historic aircraft. Mr. Zaccaria served three tours of duty off the coast of Vietnam as a Naval officer.