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Board of Directors

Directors

“Although I have not been directly associated with aviation, I am proud to be a part of this organization with its valuable contributions to our community.”

Jim Allen

Retired US Army Colonel / Newspaper Publisher

Larry was a founding board member, a private pilot, and an aviation and military enthusiast.

Larry Bailey

Chairman BG Warren County & Kentucky Tourism / USAF

AHP honors the memory of important area aviators. I’m honored to be a director emeritus.

Rob Barnett

Director Emeritus
Retired Airport Manager

Larry is a private pilot.

“My passion for AHP is to see education of our youth and community about aviation and its contribution to our nation’s freedom. “

Larry Beam

Director Emeritus
Retired Controller Houchens Industries / USAF

Bonnie joined the board in 2006. “I think it is important to honor Kentucky veterans, educate children and keep history alive.”

 

Bonnie Berman

Director Emeritus
Daughter of an Air Force Fighter Pilot

“AHP is a visual and physical reminder to the public of the dedication and sacrifices local aviators have made for us to enjoy our freedom and our American way of life.”

Jim Bohannon

Retired Business Owner / Former Pilot / BG-WC Airport

Ray was an original organizer and remains as a Director Emeritus.

Ray Buckberry

Director Emeritus
Retired Attorney / US Air Force

Kris served in the Field Artillery of the US Army. “It is important to celebrate the rich history of South Central Kentucky, and to honor the great accomplishments of our local veterans and aviators.”

Kris Bucy

Computer Scientist

“AHP is important to me… my entire family has been involved in aviation, both private and military, virtually my entire life.”

Keith Carwell

Attorney / Private Pilot/ US Army

Founding member, past president and Director Emeritus. “The AHP concept of honoring real people with real stories from our community is very important to me.”

Dan Cherry

Director Emeritus
Retired USAF Brigadier General, Fighter Pilot, Vietnam Veteran, Commander of the Thunderbirds

Mike joined the board in 2017. “Using aircraft to tell the stories of people from our community is important to me.”

 

Michael Cowles

Retired petroleum company executive

” It is a high honor to be a small part of the AHP mission to ensure the legacy of our proud aviation history.”

 

Barbara Deeb

Multimedia Journalist

A veteran of the Air Force, Alvin has been a board member and supporter since AHP’s inception.

Alvin Ford

Retail Furniture

A longtime board member, past president, Director Emeritus, and past Hangar Party chair. “By volunteering at AHP I’m still serving my country.”

Arnie Franklin

Director Emeritus
Retired USAF Colonel, Fighter Pilot / AFJROTC High School Teacher Post Retirement

Susan is serving as secretary of AHP.

 

Susan Harmon

Bowling Green / Warren County Regional Airport Manager

Carroll was a founding member, the first president and currently Director Emeritus. AHP is “an integral part of Bowing Green.”

 

Carroll Hildreth

Director Emeritus
Retired Petroleum Businessman / USAF

Long time board member. “I have great respect for those who have served our country and made it safe and secure for all of us and being involved with AHP is a way to show my appreciation…”

Tim Hurst

Owner SOKY Happenings

“My interest in AHP is… education of our youth in the local contribution of servicemen… to expand the knowledge of the military’s role in the development of our country.”

Basil Jones

Retired Assistant Superintendent of Bowling Green Schools

Joining the AHP board allows me to serve our community by sharing the rich history of local aviators and inspire future generations to make a positive impact through a career in aviation.

William King

CIO Bowling Green Independent Schools

Kim was instrumental in gaining original tax-exempt status, and provides financial guidance.

Robert Kim Kirby

CPA Kirby & Moore / AHP Treasurer

“Our Aviation Heritage Park is a fantastic way to serve the local community and honor our aviation heroes”

William Lane

Retired USAF Colonel, Master Navigator/Combat Systems Officer; USAF Special Operations Air Commando

Bob is a private pilot and a longtime board member serving as a past president.

 

Robert B. Pitchford III

Retired US Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer, Submarine Service / Newspaper Publisher

Gerald is the Artifact Restoration and Maintenance Chairman. “AHP honors local aviators and veterans as well as inspiring the next generation.”

Gerald Roark

Retired USAF Colonel, Master Navigator/Combat Systems Officer; USAF Special Operations Air Commando

“AHP offers so many opportunities to educate visitors. Telling the stories of pilots from South Central Kentucky is both inspirational and engaging for park visitors. What a wonderful mission!”

 

Dr. Julia Roberts

Mahurin Professor of Gifted Studies at WKU, Executive Director of The Center for Gifted Studies and The Gatton Academy of Mathematics & Science

 

“My position on the AHP board is a great honor. I would like to honor the area’s aviation greats with my service to the proposed museum.”

Mike Steen

Construction Management

Wendell served in the United States Army as Combat Infantry in Vietnam.

 

Wendell Strode

National Corvette Museum, CEO (Retired)

Joe Tinius joined the board in 2009. “I serve on the AHP Board to honor the service of my Father and Father-in-law in the US Army in WWII.”

 

Joe Tinius

Retired Bowling Green School Superintendent

“I deeply appreciate the contributions and sacrifices our veterans have made for our way of life.”

 

 

Dr. Joe Tucker

Doctor of Optometry at Vision Source in Bowling Green, KY

“AHP is important… to honor aviators… inspire future generations and show respect for those who served…”

 

 

Jim Wright

Director Emeritus
USMC CH46 Helicopter Pilot / Retired American Airlines Pilot

Consulting engineer and construction manager. “I enjoy sharing my expertise by leading the construction of the Museum.”

 

J. Mac Yowell

Freelance Consulting Engineer and Construction Manager, Retired from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet & Warren County Public Works.

Key Staff

Christine graduated from The Ohio State University with a BA in Art History and has been working in the museum field for the past decade. “I am the granddaughter of two WWII veterans, one of whom was a Naval pilot. I place a lot of importance on our past… and honoring the significant contributions that were made so that we can enjoy living the life we are able to today.”

Christine Bobco

Executive Assistant Since 2017

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