von Galen, Count Ferdinand—Chairman

Count Ferdinand von Galen—Chairman of the Board

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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.

Murphy, Tom—Secretary

Tom Murphy

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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.

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

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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.

Marchand, Scott

Scott Marchand

Scott Marchand is the Executive Director of the Arizona Aerospace Foundation that operates both the Pima Air & Space Museum and the Titan Missile Museum. Marchand has been with the Foundation since 2002, most recently as Director of Collections and Restoration.

Marchand has a graduate degree in Art History/Museum & Gallery Studies and undergraduate degrees in Military History & Political Science. He began his career at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary where he served as the Military History Curator and Fine Art Technician. Marchand came to the Foundation in 2002 and since then he has developed an international reputation as an expert in managing aviation and aerospace collections. Under his leadership the Foundation’s aircraft collection has grown exponentially to international acclaim and the restoration department has achieved unparalleled success. Marchand oversaw the modernization of the Pima Air & Space Museum’s restoration program, including major facility improvements to the restoration hangar. As a result, museum is one of only a handful of museums in the entire world that can restore a B-36, a P-51 and everything in between. Marchand is a frequent presenter at the annual international conference of air and space museums and his advice on restoration and other museum matters is widely sought by his peers.





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.

Tallichet, John

John Tallichet

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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.