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We use aviation as a gateway for people to embrace adventure and innovation while using tools of science to explore how the physical world works and how the dream of flight is made into reality.


Management Team

Lanie Agulay – Private Events Manager –
Ms. Agulay joined the Hiller Aviation Institute & Museum in 2004. She plans and manages all aspects of daytime and evening private events from large scale to small meetings and functions. She also coordinates vendors, onsite resource and event logistics for private events held at the Museum.

Jeffery Bass, President and CEO –
Jeffery Bass joined the museum in 2007 with over 20 years of science museum experience in exhibit and program design, planetarium show production, museum operations management and direction of a dome IMAX theater. Previous employers include Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and Milwaukee Public Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is knowledgeable in aviation, physics and astronomy. Jeff studied at San Jose State University with graduate degrees from University of Michigan. He also holds a Private Pilot Certificate.

Duncan Chadwick – Director of Merchandising and Retail Operations –
Mr. Chadwick joined the Hiller Aviation Institute & Museum in 1998. He has many years of retail experience both in the UK and the United States. He created the Hiller Aviation’s retail store and he is responsible for the management of all retail merchandising and retail staff.

Katherine Garcia – Development Associate: Membership Manager –
Ms. Garcia manages the museum's Membership program, building on a professional background including seven years with KQED. She received a B.S. Degree from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from San Francisco State University.

Lindsay Lutman – Visitor Experience Manager –
Lindsay Lutman develops and oversees public museum programs, exhibit demonstrations and special visitor activities that incorporate science, engineering and technology. Ms. Lutman's prior experience includes lead instruction at The Tech museum in San Jose. She holds a BA degree from San Jose State University.

Katie McGee – Program Specialist and Registrar –
Katie McGee is the museum's Registrar and serves as a lead Instructor in the museum's Education Department. She earned her B.A. in History at the University of Oregon in 2005 and a M.A. in Museum Studies from San Francisco State University in 2009.

Jen Roger – Volunteer Coordinator –
Jen Roger joined the Hiller Aviation Museum Staff in 2014.  She is responsible for recruiting, scheduling and training the museum's approximately 150 volunteers.  Jen has an extensive background in non-profit work and volunteer coordination, both in the public sector with California Department of Parks and Recreation and in the private sector with various Bay Area educational non-profits. Ms. Roger holds a BA in History from Menlo College.

Willie Turner, VP of Operations –
Mr. Turner joined the Hiller Aviation Institute & Museum in October 1995. He manages the overall marketing department and creates the promotional events supporting the organizations overall mission. He has successfully developed, the Museum’s premier events including Vertical Challenge, Biggest Little Air Show, Day of Drones, Noon Years and the lecture series. A graduate of California State University, Chico, he also holds a Private Pilot Certificate.

Jon Welte – VP of Education and Public Programs –
The Hiller Aviation Museum welcomed Jon Welte aboard in June 2007. Jon is responsible for the development and implementation of Aviation Camp, school field trip programs, and other Museum-related experiences for children. Jon was captivated by aviation and science at a young age. He logged his first hour of dual instruction at age thirteen and received his first telescope that same year. Jon holds a BS in Astronomy, an MBA, and a Private Pilot Certificate.

Lauren Weston – VP Development –
Ms. Weston is a professional with a breadth of experience in leadership development, program design,financial management, fundraising, board development, marketing and communications. She is a graduate of UC Davis and NYU, and has performed in a variety of development roles with notable Bay Area non-profit institutions, including Big Brothers Big Sisters and the YMCA, as well as provided project management for Sacramento area political campaigns.



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