John Hughes

Secretary, John Hughes

A native of Los Angeles, CA., John enjoyed a career as a Boeing IT Specialist in software development and database administration for 35 years supporting both the Commercial Airplanes and Defense & Space, divisions. John became involved with the Pacific Northwest Naval Aviation Museum in 2012 due in part to his father’s WWII Naval aviation service in patrol squadron VP-63 and became further enthused with the storied and rich history of Naval aviation. 

John sees his support of the museum as a very rewarding and interesting experience especially as seen in the light of the recent years of museum and foundation growth. John looks forward to the building of our new museum so that the public and future generations come to know Naval aviation history both locally and regionally.

Trustee, Bob Smith

Bob was designated a naval aviator in 1985 and moved to Oak Harbor with his wife Terry to begin flight training in the EA-6B Prowler.  He completed operational deployments to the western Pacific Ocean and the Mediterranean accumulating over 300 carrier arrested landings. Following active duty, he continued his Naval Reserve service flying the DC-9 at NAS Whidbey Island and retired from the Navy with over 22 years of combined active and reserve service.

 In 1995 Bob began his second flying career with FedEx. Over the next 26 years, he flew the B-727, DC-10, B-757, and B-767 aircraft retiring in 2021 with over 13,000 flight hours.

 Bob and Terry have two grown children and have lived in Oak Harbor for over 36 years. His other outside interests include reading (especially books on military history), restoring his vintage Datsun 280Z sports car, shooting, coin collecting, and tackling all sorts of home improvement projects. “I am truly excited to continue to pursue my lifelong passion for military aviation through service to the Pacific Northwest Naval Air Museum!”

Vice-President, Kevin Dresker

Kevin Dresker is one of our two newest board members. He has been the Chief of Police for Oak Harbor since October of 2016. He was born in Kansas, lived in Illinois until he was 15 years old, then moved to Wenatchee WA.  Chief Dresker served three years as a Military Policeman and K9 handler in the U.S. Army, serving my last year in South Korea. He has been in Law Enforcement for 33 years and enjoys boating, crabbing, biking, motorcycle riding and many other outdoor activities. He also enjoys computer games, building models, and reading good books. “I’ve always been a student of history, especially military history,” he says.  “I’m a proud member of Navy League and have embraced all things Navy since being here in Oak Harbor (tough for an Army guy!).” 

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.

Chairman, 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.

President, Judy Lewis

Judy Lewis is a new Board Member and a life-long resident of Washington state.  She was born and raised in the rural community of Springdale.  Her father was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific war theater in the United States Marine Corps as a Tech Sergeant maintaining and repairing aircraft.  After graduating high school Judy wanted to follow in her father’s footsteps and join the Marines but her father forbade it so she got married.  She had a series of jobs in the next few years to include waitress, bartender, hardware store clerk, clerk-typist, fire lookout tower observer, and Department of Natural Resources night dispatcher.  This radio experience led to employment as a Stevens County sheriff’s radio dispatcher and jail matron and sometimes deputy sheriff when needed for undercover work in narcotics operations. 

Judy moved to Spokane and, while working at the Boise Cascade Plywood plant, she was offered a test for Communications Officer with the Washington State Patrol.  She was hired in March of 1973 as the first female communications officer from the civil service list.

In 1979, she was commissioned as a trooper and assigned to work the freeways of King and later Snohomish county.  Throughout her career she trained in both advanced and technical accident investigation and, in the last 5 years of her career, she was a Breath Test Technician assigned to maintain the breath testing instruments in Skagit, Whatcom, San Juan counties, and Whidbey Island.  She also taught standardized field sobriety testing and taught law enforcement officers how to successfully apprehend and prepare reports on drivers who were under the influence of intoxicants and drugs.

Lewis was hired by the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Enforcement Department in 2007 and served until 2017 when she decided to retire and get more involved in the community.  She moved to Whidbey Island in 2013 and has always been interested in history, particularly having to do with aircraft.  At one time she began to learn to fly but only was able to complete the ground school portion. 

She has always been interested in the warbirds after having heard her father tell his stories about the ones he worked on during the war. One of her good friends, John Hughes, also a Museum volunteer, asked her if she would be interested in becoming a board member and she is happy to serve.

Vice-Chairman, 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.

 

Trustee, Mike Hutchins

A Viet Nam veteran, Mike is a graduate of Central Washington State College’s Museum Management Program with majors in History and Anthropology. His working career includes management positions in a Fortune 500 Company, a Washington State Agency, and Managing Partner in a privately held company. During this period, he volunteered and worked on several museum and historic preservation projects, including the restoration of the oldest building in Washington State, master plan for Fort Nisqually Historic Site, President, member of two museum boards, docent and living history Blacksmith. Mike is an avid amateur genealogist.

Trustee, Tom Wayne

Tom is a cold war warrior veteran. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from San Diego State University, while also pursuing a commission via the Air Force ROTC program. Just before graduating, he transferred to the Navy’s Aviation Officer Candidate School (AOCS) program which led to a commission in the Navy Reserve as an Ensign. Tom graduated from flight school as a Naval Flight Officer (NFO) and successfully completed two west Pacific, Indian Ocean cruises aboard the U.S.S. Ranger flying in the back seat of the F-14 Tomcat as a Radar Intercept Officer (RIO) with Fighter Squadron One (VF-1). During his tour with VF-1, he graduated from the Navy’s Fighter Weapon School (TOPGUN). After serving as an instructor in Pensacola, Tom left the Navy to become an engineer working on multiple aerospace defense systems. Concurrently, he continued to fly with the Navy Reserve in Fighter Squadrons 1485 and 302 and then transitioned to NAVAIRSYSCOM 1294 before retiring from the Navy Reserve as a Commander. He retired as a flight test pilot from Northrop Grumman, operating the RQ-4 Global Hawk and MQ-4 Triton Unmanned Aircraft. Tom is currently retired. Tom and his wife Lissa reside in Langley, WA. Their three kids, Matthew, Patricia, and Ameil reside in the L.A. area. Tom volunteers his time with the Pacific Northwest Naval Air Museum and the Commemorative Air Force Rainier Squadron flying the AT-19 Reliant aircraft.

Our Vision Statements

  • To connect past and present using aircraft, artifacts, and exhibits to promote understanding of how we became what we are as a free nation.
  • To honor the stories of both military service members and civilians who have served and sacrificed for their country.
  • To preserve, restore, and exhibit naval aircraft that visitors can see and explore which were or are based in the Pacific Northwest.
  • To build and maintain a research library of historical naval aviation records that can be a resource to the public.
  • To create an environment where youth can be inspired to learn about and pursue aeronautical and aerospace careers.

Our Goals

  • To build a high-quality museum that houses and exhibits our aircraft and artifacts to the public.
  • To become one of the best naval aviation history museums in the nation.

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