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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

Larry has been on the board for 11 years and 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

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

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

Retired Attorney / US Air Force

Kris served in the Field Artillery of the US Army. “I am honored to be a part of the Aviation Heritage Park.  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

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

President Mike joined the board in 2017. “Using aircraft to tell the stories of people from our community is important to me. We get to entertain and educate many people of different generations with the displays.”

 

Michael Cowles

Retired petroleum company executive

A veteran of the Air Force, Alvin has been a board member and supporter since AHP’s inception. The original “Save 550” were a local walking group who discovered Dan Cherry’s derelict Phantom  at a VFW in Enon, Ohio.

Alvin Ford

Retail furniture

A longtime board member, past president, Director Emeritus, and past Hangar Party chair. “I loved teaching the future leaders of our country. Volunteering at AHP is a natural follow-on. I’m still serving my country.”

 

Arnie Franklin

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… I consider it a real honor to have played a part in it’s inception and continued growth.”

 

Carroll Hildreth

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

William’s father served with the US Army and did a tour in Vietnam 1965-1966. Growing up in a military family I have always had a deep appreciation for our veterans and their service to our nation.  Being appointed to 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. “I have great admiration and respect for our area aviators who served with distinction.”

 

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. “I am proud to be a part of AHP, sharing the rich and important history of our region’s aviators.”

 

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, Command Pilot, Vietnam /Gulf War

Board member for many years. “My interest stems from opportunities to share stories of local heroes who flew… in the service of our country.”

 

Dr. Julia Link Roberts

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

Mike has been on the AHP board for 5+ years.

“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

Joe Tinius joined the board in 2009 and has served as president for the past 3 years. In 2021 he will serve as past president. “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

Board member for several years. “I deeply appreciate the contributions and sacrifices our veterans have made for our way of life. AHP is important to educate and motivate younger generations.”

 

Joe Tucker

Doctor of Optometry at Vision Source in Bowling Green, KY

Past President – “AHP is important… to honor very accomplished aviators… inspire future generations and show respect for those who served…”

 

 

Jim Wright

USMC CH46 Helicopter Pilot / Retired American Airlines Pilot

Consulting engineer and construction manager. “…I have 60 years experience in engineering and construction. I enjoy sharing my expertise by leading the construction of the Museum.”

 

J. Mac Yowell

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

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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