President, Wil Shellenberger

A native of Alliance, OH, Wil entered the Navy after a short college coaching career. He served 20 years as a Surface Line Officer, including seven ships’ company tours and one afloat staff tour. Following his command tour, he retired as an O-5. Wil then embarked on a 20-year financial services career during which he built his own company and worked extensively with small businesses and venture capital companies. A college history major, Wil has always maintained his interest and enthusiasm for history. The Pacific Northwest Naval Air Museum provides him a means to convert a “pastime” into a productive pursuit that makes a contribution to preserving our nation’s Naval Heritage.

Vice President and Secretary, Jim Siggens

Born and raised in the Chicago area, Jim completed a Bachelor’s Degree at Northwestern University. After a six-year tour with the U.S. Marine Corps, he returned to Northwestern to do post-graduate work in Psychology. Upon recommendation from Northwestern, a 3M Company recruiter hired him and a move to company headquarters in St. Paul followed. His 18-year career with 3M  included many trips to the Pacific Northwest. The attraction of this area was too great to ignore and a move to Washington followed. Since 1980, Jim has been the promotions director for Bellevue Square mall, a Financial Planner for American Express, an assistant manager of a bus company serving three communities in the suburban Seattle area and most pleasantly retired. He and his wife, Cori, divide their time among the Whidbey Playhouse, Whidbey Presbyterian Church, and the Pacific Northwest Naval Air Museum.

Treasurer, John Solin

John is from Ironwood, Michigan and was commissioned through the NROTC program at the University of Idaho with a BS in Mathematics. He was designated a Naval Flight Officer and flew as a Bombardier/Navigator in the A-6 Intruder with VA-85 based at NAS Oceana, VA and flew off the USS Forrestal during two Mediterranean cruises. Later tours included one as an Instructor of Naval Science at UCLA where he obtained an MBA Degree in Finance and Investments and a follow-on tour as Hanger Deck Officer aboard the USS Ranger. He continued his Naval Reserve Service at NAS Whidbey Island flying as a P-3 Navigator and completed 26 years of active and reserve service. He was an Associate Professor at Embry-Riddle University and for Chapman University teaching finance, mathematics, and statistics as well as various aviation courses. He has owned two airplanes and was a commercial flight instructor. He has been a resident of Oak Harbor since 1976 and is a local business owner.

Trustee, Michael Nortier

Michael Nortier is a native of Sodus, New York. He received a commission through the Naval ROTC program and served over 26 years as a Naval Aviator and officer rising to the rank of Captain. Mike flew and instructed in a variety of aircraft and served in various leadership positions including command of the “Raptors” of HSM-71 and Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. Over his career, Mike accumulated 4300 flight hours flying in support of various operations around the globe including Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief operations off the coast of Japan. After retiring from the Navy in 2016, Mike and his family settled in Oak Harbor where he currently serves as the Director of Operations for Navy Region Northwest.

Trustee, Heidemarie M. Stefanyshyn-Piper

Captain Piper was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. She received her degrees in Mechanical Engineering from MIT in 1984 and 1985. She served in the U.S. Navy for 30 years, retiring in July 2015. As an Engineering Duty Officer, she served at various ship repair facilities and on maintenance staffs. She also is an experienced Navy Diving and Salvage Officer. Selected as an astronaut by NASA, she is a veteran of two space flights: STS-115 in September, 2006 and STS-126 in November, 2008; logging almost 28 days in space. She has completed five space walks, totaling 33 hours and 42 minutes of Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA) time. She and her husband, Glenn, currently reside in Oak Harbor, WA.

Trustee, Wayne Crider

Wayne Crider attended the University of Arizona where he majored in Business and Public Administration. After 24 years of naval service he retired from the US Navy at NAS Whidbey Island where he and his wife Sheilah chose to make their permanent home. During his service he saw action during the evacuation of Vietnam and during the Grenada invasion and liberation from pro-communist Cuban forces occupying the island. He is currently the Executive Director of the Skagit/Island Counties Builders Association (SICBA) and has served in that position for the last 20 years.

Trustee, Svend Raun

Svend was born in Denmark and immigrated to Canada in 1961 where he worked in the accounting profession, both public and industrial/commercial accounting. On obtaining Canadian Citizenship he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force (Primary Reserve) in 1967 and served in a variety of appointments concurrently with his civilian employment. He retired from the civilian employment in 1997 having reached the position of Vice President, Finance of the Coast Ferries Group of Companies and eventually retired from the Royal Canadian Air Force in 2005 with an honorable discharge at the rank of Major.

Trustee, Ruth Schoonover

Ruth is a Washingtonian, born and raised in Whatcom County, with the exception of three years in Florida.  She attended Western Washington University and received a BA in chemistry, a BA in Education, and a MS in Biochemistry.    She worked for Northwest Petrochemical Co. in Anacortes, WA, for 6 months as a chemist, in a medical lab for 5 years as a lab technician, and for Western Washington University for 28 years in the Chemistry and Geology Departments as a science instruction tech and a research tech.  Volunteering has always been a part of her life, including 4-H, VFW Ladies Auxiliary, a drill team, other youth and adult organization s and now the Pacific Northwest Naval Air Museum.  After retiring from WWU in 1995 she was elected as Supreme (national) President of the Women’s Auxiliary to the Military Order of the Cootie.  She was married to the late Lt.Col. Bill Schoonover (43 yrs service) and resides in Oak Harbor.


Trustee, Larry Duckert M.D., Ph.D

Larry Duckert M.D., Ph.D. was a surgeon in the Department of Otolaryngology – University of Washington School of Medicine ( Ear Nose and Throat – Head and Neck Surgery ) for 40 years until his retirement in July 2018. Outside of his professional career he has maintained a special interest in aviation history and has authored articles in aviation journals as well as accumulating a large collection of aviation artifacts over 50 years. He has coupled his microsurgical skills and aviation interests to build small and large scale aircraft models some of which are on public display. Other interests include vintage automobiles and bonsai cultivation which he shares with his son-in -law. He is blessed with a supportive family consisting of wife LaRayne, adult children and grandchildren who enrich his life in retirement.



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