Board of Directors Biographies

EXECUTIVE BOARD

 

Chairman

Lisa Gray (Elected to the Board in 2008. Chair since 2011) is the Principal in Rooftop Consulting, providing project management and business capture services. She was previously a Senior Program Manager for Harris IT Services and the director of Air Force Programs, Southwest Region for Unisys Federal Systems. She also held positions as the J-Tech program manager for Unisys and the chief information officer of JT3 LLC. Ms. Gray holds a M.S. degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California and a B.S. degree in Management Science and Computer Systems from Oklahoma State University. Ms. Gray is a member of Project Management Institute with certifications in both Risk Management and Project Management. Lisa is a Life Patron of the Flight Test Historical Foundation.

 

 

 

Vice Chairman

Art Thompson (Elected to Board 2013) is the Chief Executive Officer for Sage Cheshire, Inc. and the Red Bull Stratos Technical Project Director. Art was Felix Baumgartner’s earliest collaborator in 2005 envisioning Red Bull Stratos, a free-fall from 128,000 feet. Felix’s record free fall took place on October 14, 2012 from a pressurized capsule, breaking the speed of sound (Mach 1.25) and reaching terminal velocity at 843.6 mph. Art studied engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles, and attended the University of La Verne and Northrop University. Art co-founded his own company, Sage Cheshire Aerospace, Inc. to provide a wide range of aerospace needs from initial design and engineering to finished product. Sage Cheshire, Inc. provides engineering, development and fabrication services for the USAF, Northrop Grumman Corp., Lockheed Corp., Gulfstream, Raytheon, Boeing, Scaled Composites, Xcor, Wyle Labs, NASA Dryden, NASA Ames, Percussion Air and others for programs such as X37, F35, missile avoidance tail cones for G5 aircraft, medical devices or private space programs.
Art is also president of A2ZFX Inc. He worked at Northrop Corporation Advanced Systems Division as manager for RCS R&D LO. Art is a member of the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), National Aeronautical Association (NAA) and the Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP, corporate member). Art is the recipient of the “2013 Jerome Leder Pioneer Award” from the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS); 2012 Collier Trophy nominee; 2012 Laureate Award nominee; 2013 Excellence in Aviation Award from the Flight Test Historical Foundation; Hall of Fame 2013; Inductee, San Diego Air and Space Museum; Honorary U.S. Army Golden Knight; and recognized by both the New Mexico and California Senates for contributions in aerospace and human physiology egress from high altitude. Art is a Life Patron of the Flight Test Historical Foundation.

 

 

2nd Vice Chairman

George “Bud” Reams, Ph.D. (Elected to Board 1994) is the property manager for a major Antelope Valley Development Company. George has a B.A. Degree in Education and a M.A. Degree in Education Administration, both from Fresno State College. He has his Doctoral Degree in Institutional Management. He served in the United States Army on Active Duty and Reserve assignments. He was an Artillery Officer, Transportation Officer and an Army Aviator flying both fixed and rotary winged aircraft. Bud advanced through the military ranks from enlisted private to Full Colonel. Colonel Reams earned the prestigious award “The Legion of Merit” for Command Service in the 6th U.S. Army. Bud was a professional educator serving as a teacher, principal, Director of Educational Services, and Superintendent in three different school systems. He has contributed his time and talent to many community activities. He is an EAGLE SCOUT, former Scoutmaster and B.S.A. District Chairman. He is a Past President of the Antelope Valley Board of Trade, the Antelope Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross and is the Treasurer of the Edwards Air Force Civilian/Military Support Group. Bud is a Life Patron of the Flight Test Historical Foundation.

 

 

Treasurer

Wanda L. Killian (Elected to Board 2012) is a Senior Engagement Manger with Unisys Federal Systems responsible for Air Force West programs. She is also the J-Tech Unisys Program Manager, responsible for technical performance on the Joint Test and Technical Range Support contract at the four western test ranges. Wanda received a M.S. degree in Information Systems from Golden Gate University, and a B.S. degree in Computer Methods from California State University Long Beach. Wanda holds the Project Management and Risk Management certifications from the Project Management Institute. Wanda is a Life Patron of the Flight Test Historical Foundation.

 

 

Recording Secretary

Gail Mitchell (Elected to Board 2002) is retired from Federal service after 35 years at the Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards Air Force Base, California, serving at various levels of executive-level administrative support with 29 years as the executive assistant to 16 Air Force Flight Test Center vice commanders. Gail has an Associate’s Degree in Business Management. She is married to Tom Mitchell and served as CFO for Tom Mitchell/Tom Mixx Trucking in the Antelope Valley area until 2009. She served as Recorder for the Aqua J Mutual Water Company, a local water district for 14 years and is currently the treasurer of her high school alumni association.

 

 

Corresponding Secretary

Lisa Sheldon Brown (Elected to Board 2013) is an education publishing professional and instructional designer with two decades of experience in the Higher Education Publishing industry. She lives in the Antelope Valley with her husband J.B. Brown, former Air Force Test Pilot and aerospace professional, and their youngest daughter. Together they have six daughters, three sons-in-law, and two grandchildren. Professionally, she has held management positions at Sage Publications, McGraw-Hill, Pearson Education, and is currently a Digital Solutions Manager for MacMillan Higher Education. She has extensive experience designing courses and implementing training programs of online learning modules and digital material for educational departments in colleges and universities throughout the United States. Lisa holds a BA in Secondary Education and English Literature from the University of South Florida, attended graduate school in English Literature at Hunter College, and received a MS Ed in Learning Design and Technology from Purdue University. Her work with the FTHF includes management and course design for the museum’s online Junior Test Pilot School, the curriculum for the Edwards AFB Museum and Black Bird Air Park, and STEM outreach in the AV and nationally. All learning modules and curriculum design are focused on promoting engagement and interest in STEM subjects through the aircraft, flight test experiments, and aerospace advancements at EAFB. Lisa is a Life Patron of the Flight Test Historical Foundation.

 

 

Parliamentarian

Rex Moen (Elected to Board 1999) is a retired District Director for State Senator, William J. “Pete” Knight, retired Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army and retired manager, Southern California Edison Company. Rex and his wife Janine have 12 children, 29 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren; Rex has been a Private Pilot since 1959. He has an A.A. Degree from Barstow College; a B.S. Degree in Business Administration from California State University, Northridge; and Certificate In Business Management from U.C.L.A. Rex is an Alumnus of the National Security Forum at the Air War College. He is the Immediate Past California State President of the Air Force Association (AFA), a Past President and currently the Vice-President for AFA Community Partners for the William J. “Pete” Knight Chapter. He is the President of the East Kern County Integrated Technology Alliance. He is a life member of the Air Force Association, Navy League of the United States, Association of the United States Army, National Guard Association of California and the Military Officers Association of America. Rex is a Life Patron of the Flight Test Historical Foundation.

 

 

Current Past Chairman

Gary Aldrich (Elected to Board 2002) is a former chairman of the Board of the Flight Test Historical Foundation. He is a contract Flight Test Instructor at the Test Pilot School where he continues to educate new military flight testers. Gary and his wife Anne, of 40 years have two grown daughters. Gary holds a B.S. Degree in Aerospace Engineering from Syracuse University and a M.S. Degree in Aviation Safety from Central Missouri State University. He was commissioned in the United States Air Force through the ROTC and he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. During his 22 years in the Air Force, he served as a missile combat crewmember and astronautical engineer before attending the USAF Test Pilot School. As a Flight Test Engineer, he tested several Air Force aircraft, some on display at the Air Force Flight Test Museum, before becoming a flying and academic instructor at the Test Pilot School. Gary was awarded the prestigious Clarence L. “Kelly” Johnson Award from the Society of Flight Test Engineers in recognition of his extensive lifetime contributions to the field of flight test. Gary is an accomplished commercial pilot and flight instructor. He has been flying since 1970 and has logged over 5,300 hours in the air. Gary is a Life Patron of the Flight Test Historical Foundation.

 

BOARD MEMBERS

 

Isaac G. D. Barcelona (Elected to Board 2013) is the District Director for State Senator Steve Knight. Isaac and his wife Shawny have 7 children, 15 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He was the President/CEO of the Palmdale Chamber of Commerce, managing 925 members for a city of 145,000. He was the District Spokesman for the fourth largest elementary district in California as Director of Public / Relations / PIO / Spokesman /District Translator. He performed as an actor, entertainer, musician, writer, singer and producer for 28 years throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. Isaac was inducted into Mexico’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He was the featured recording artist on “Legends of Tijuana” CD. Isaac’s public service includes the Antelope Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Co-Founder, Public Relations Director and President; Antelope Valley PROz (Public Relations Officials) Organization President; and, the United Way, Board of Directors & Campaign Co-Chair. He was appointed to the Los Angeles County Citizen’s Economy & Efficiency Commission by L.A. County Mayor/Supervisor Michael Antonovich, and then was elected Commissioner presently serving is 5th consecutive term.

 

 

Edward L. Burnett (Elected to Board 2008) is the Senior Fellow for Modeling, Simulation and Controls at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company Palmdale, CA. His principal duty is to develop real-time Man-In-The-Loop and Hardware-In-The-Loop simulations for the Skunk Works. He has a B.S. and an M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Ed’s career started with Lockheed Martin in 1981, working a wide variety of projects including the F-117A, F-22A and the JSF X-35 and F-35. Ed is a Co-Lead for the Lockheed Martin Corporate Engineering Process Improvement Test and Evaluation Sub-Council. Ed is currently an Associate Fellow of the AIAA and a member of its Modeling and Simulation Technical Committee; a member of the Cal Poly Aerospace Departments Industrial Advisory Board; a member of SAE, SFTE, and AOPA and a former Board Member of the Palmdale Lockheed Martin Leadership Association. Ed enjoys flying, sailing, skiing (snow and water), scuba diving and traveling. Ed has also worked as a consultant on several aircraft simulation computer games and movie special effects. Ed is a Life Patron of the Flight Test Historical Foundation.

 

 

Kent Burns (Elected to Board 2014) is currently Lockheed’s program manager for the MAD X-56 Aeroelasticity Demonstrator Development Program and NYB programs where he is responsible for development and implementing program plans, managing assembly and fabrication and ensuring successful customer relations. Kent previously served at the F-117 low observables IPT lead for the past 7 years culminating in a successful transition as the program was retired. Kent is a skilled engineer and program manager with experience managing complex programs and teams in the $30 to $50 million range. He was the chief engineer and deputy program manager for the reactivation of the SR-71 aircraft while supporting NASA’s test SR-71 operations and was the chief engineer of the operational support of the SR-71. He brings 32+ years of experience over a range of programs such as JAASM, Desert Hawk, U-2, SR-71 and other classified programs. Kent began his career as an F-117 RCS design engineer responsible for the surface RAM treatment installation design. Kent has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. He has successfully completed the DSMC Program Manager’s Training Course, Lockheed Martin’s Leadership Institute, Leadership Skills Institute and Program Management courses. Kent is a Life Patron of the Flight Test Historical Foundation.

 

 

Louis “Lou” D’Elia, Ph.D. (Elected to Board 2008) has long had an interest in aviation, and has served as consultant to several aircraft equipment manufacturers regarding the examination of test pilots. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Dr. D’Elia participated in research that resulted in the modification of the Age-60 Rule allowing pilots to continue flying after age 60. He has published on issues related to the assessment of cognitive functioning in aging pilots and has consulted for the FAA. Regarding Dr. D’Elia’s connection to Edwards Air Force Base, he is the legal custodian of the Estate of Pancho Barnes, and through Pancho Barnes Enterprises, Inc., owns the copyrights and trademarks related to Pancho Barnes and her various businesses. Pancho Barnes is perhaps best remembered as the proprietress of the famous ‘Happy Bottom Riding Club’ that is now on Edwards Air Force Base. The club was on the property of her Rancho Oro Verde and was created so that her test pilot friends, who risked death every day, could have a place where they could relax. Pancho decided to name her place the ‘Happy Bottom Riding Club’ after General Jimmy Doolittle told her that her horses had the best saddles in the Antelope Valley. Lou is a Life Patron of the Flight Test Historical Foundation.

 

 

 

Jimmy Doolittle III (Elected to Board 1998) is a former chairman of the Board of the Flight Test Historical Foundation. He is employed as an engineering test pilot by Denmar Tech Services of Reno NV and as a tow pilot by Skylark North Glider School of Tehachapi. Jimmy and his wife Pat have been married 47 years, and as former Scout Leaders, they are the proud parents of two Eagle Scouts and also very proud grandparents. He is a graduate of USAF TPS Class 79B and was a member of the Cadet Corps at Texas A&M completing a B.S. degree and M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering. Jimmy’s first careers were 30 plus years with the U.S. Air Force and 6 plus years with Southwest Airlines. His Air Force duties included: Air Force Flight Test Center Vice Commander, USAF Test Pilot School (TPS) Commandant, Test Wing Deputy for Operations, TPS Operations Officer, A-7/F-5E/F-20 Experimental Test Pilot, A-1/A-7 Fighter/Attack pilot, T-38 and F-16 Instructor Pilot, Forward Air Controller, F-15, A-10 and YF-17 Flight Test Project Engineer. He flew EC-18, EC-135 and YC-141 in USAF global transoceanic test support and the Boeing 737 for Southwest as a line pilot. Jimmy flew more than 200 combat missions in the A-1 Skyraider flying all over Southeast Asia from Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Base. Jimmy has more than 12,000 hours of flying time in over 100 different types of aircraft and is a Fellow and former President of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, a member of the Air Force Association, Experimental Aircraft Association, and the Daedalians. Jimmy is an avid outdoorsman. Jimmy is a Life Patron of the Flight Test Historical Foundation

 

 

Keith Jamieson M.D. (Elected to Board 1993) practices occupational medicine in Los Angeles. Keith attended the College of Marin and Foothill College. He then went to the University of California, Davis and the University of California Berkeley obtaining his B.S. Degree in Zoology. Dr Jamieson earned is Doctor of Medicine at the University of California, Irvine, and College of Medicine. He did his Internship and Residency at Highland General Hospital in Oakland. His specialty is in Spinal cord injuries. He had an American Heart Association grant to study outcomes of coronary artery surgery at Stanford University. Keith is an EAGLE SCOUT. He is the founding member of the Far West Professional Ski Patrol Association and was a professional Ski Patrolman and avalanche controller. His summer experiences included fighting forest fires and driving ambulances. Keith has been a life long collector and student of military and flight helmets. His collection numbers about 1,000 helmets from 400 B.C. Greek helmets to modern space helmets. Keith is a Life Patron of the Flight Test Historical Foundation.

 

 

 

 

John F. Patton, J.D., LL.M. (Elected to Board 2015) is a Lead Tax Attorney for ZipTax LLC, a national tax consulting firm emphasizing its practice in tax controversy.  He has been instrumental in the development of the firm’s controversy department, wherein he also leads the firm’s externship program with Whittier College School of Law and Chapman University School of Law.  Prior to joining ZipTax LLC, Mr. Patton practiced bankruptcy litigation for Cooksey, Toolen, Gage, Duffy & Woog (2007-2011) and civil litigation for Bremer, Whyte, Brown & O’Meara (2011-2012).  He is published in the areas of constitutional, family and bankruptcy law and has been legal commentator for the Orange County Weekly Magazine.  Mr. Patton holds a B.A. degree in Business Administration from Azusa Pacific University, a J.D. degree from Whittier College School of a Law, and a LL.M Tax degree from Chapman University School of Law.

 

 

 

Angella Raisian (Elected to Board 2014) is a Flight Test Engineer with Lockheed Martin on the F-22 program. Angella has worked for a number of aerospace companies including McDonnell Douglas, Hughes/Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, and Lockheed Martin. In her 20+ years engineering career Angella has worked on several military programs and held positions such as: Flight Test Engineer on the F-22 and C-17 aircraft programs, System Engineer on a SBIRS Low satellite program, FLIR pod Field Support Engineer on USS Nimitz Navy carrier, and a Lead Test Engineer on the JSF (F-35) program. Angella is also the owner/Broker of Paragon Realty & Investments, and has been investing in real estate since college. In her spare time she is a Social Media Consultant and provides Internet Marketing training, blog design and setup, and online business development services to entrepreneurs, small business, and real estate Brokerages. In addition, Angella periodically holds speaking engagements at Real Estate Investment Clubs, instructing investors and realtors on using Internet Marketing and Social Media for business expansion. Angella, who is fluent in four languages, graduated from California State University, Fullerton, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. She has been a licensed California Real Estate Broker since 1994 and a Financial Planner since 1997. Angella is a Life Patron of the Flight Test Historical Foundation.

 

 

William J. “Bill” Simone (Elected to Board 2012) has over 45 years of experience in the aerospace industry. He has 2 sons, 4 grandchildren and a great grandson. He graduated from the Northrop Institute of Technology with a B.S. Degree in Aerospace Engineering and attended the University of Southern California where he was commissioned in the United States Air Force. He earned a System Engineering Certification from the California Institute of Technology and a Flight Test Engineer Certification from the University of Kansas. Bill grew up in an aviation-orientated family where he was the Cadet Commander of a Civil Air Patrol Squadron. He soloed at the age of 16 ½ and later earned his private pilot license, flying his first jet aircraft shortly thereafter. He flew numerous aircraft in the Air Force, having logged about 1,000 total hours. Bill, now retired, has worked for a number of aerospace companies including Rockwell, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and Lockheed Martin. The list of aircraft he worked with is diverse and includes the B-1A, Space Shuttle, F-20, RF-5E, F-5, T-38, T-6, JASSM, U-2, F-117, X-47B, B-2, F-35 and a number of other programs. He is a published photographer, author and an aircraft historian, having written numerous magazine articles and a book on the North American F-107A. Many of his photographs are in several books and magazine articles. He served as the U-2 historian for the Lockheed Skunk Works and helped organized the U-2 50th Anniversary event and assisted the CIA to honor the U-2 test pilots at the CIA Headquarters. Bill is a Life Patron of the Flight Test Historical Foundation and Museum Committee Chair.

 

 

Robert “Bob” Slade (Founding Member of FTHF 10/1/1983) is a retired Airport Manager for Fox Field, County of Los Angeles and a retired Reserve Sergeant Deputy Sheriff for the Kern County Sheriff’s Office. He was also the Manager for the Edwards Air Force Base Flying Club. He has been a Commercial Pilot since 1960. Bob and his wife Michelle have 4 children and 5 grandchildren. He has an Associate Arts Degree from Reno College and Certificates in Aircraft Crash/Rescue, Training and in Supervision. Bob completed the Rio Hondo Police Academy. He is the past President of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce, the Rosamond Chamber of Commerce and the Lancaster Rotary club. In addition to being a Founding Member of the Flight Test Historical Foundation, Bob has been on the Board of Directors for both the Edwards Air Force Base Civilian/Military Support Group and the Exotic Feline Breeding Center in Rosamond for over 25 years. He is a member of the William J. “Pete” Knight Chapter of the Air Force Association and the Navy League of the United States. Bob is a Life Patron of the Flight Test Historical Foundation.

 

 

David G. “Jester” Smith Ph.D. (Elected to Board 2013) is the Installation Support Director for Edwards AFB. He is retired from the United States Air Force. Colonel Smith presently serves as the Commander of 163rd Reconnaissance Wing Support Unit for the California Air National Guard Reserve at March Air Reserve Base, California. Dave and his wife Denise have 6 children and 4 grandchildren. He was commissioned through Officers Training School. He was a Master Navigator and Instructor Navigator on B-52’s with over 3,000 hours and is a private pilot. Jester completed the Squadron Officers School, the Air Command and Staff College and the Air War College at Maxwell AFB, Alabama. He earned his B.A. Degree in General Studies/Chemistry from Chaminade University of Hawaii. He has a Masters of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and a Doctor of Business Administration specializing in Aviation from Northcentral University. Dr. Smith also attended the National Test Pilot School in Mojave, California. He is the Immediate Past President of the William J. “Pete” Knight Chapter of the Air Force Association. David is a Life Patron of the Flight Test Historical Foundation.

 

 

 

Leslie Uhazy, Ph.D. (Elected to Board 2012) is the Dean for the Division of Mathematics, Science & Engineering at Antelope Valley College. Les and his wife Jane have 1 son and 1 daughter. Jane is a Senior Academic Advisor for Brandman University. Les Uhazy received his B.Sc. degree with Honors and his M.Sc. degree from the University of Alberta, Canada. He was a Research Assistant at Cornell University. Dr. Uhazy received his Ph.D. from the University of Guclph, Canada. He was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles. Les is the Antelope Valley College Liaison for the SOAR Early College High School program. Dr. Uhazy is an alumnus of the National Security forum at the Air War College and serves as a Community Liaison to the Commanding General of the Air Force Material Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio. He is a Board Member of the Aerospace Academy, the Aerospace Office, the Civilian/Military Support Group, and Edwards Community Alliance/East Kern Educational Resources Network. Dr. Uhazy is a member of the Edwards AFB Restoration Advisory Board; the Math, Science, Engineering and Technology Consortium; Antelope Valley Union High School District’s Career Prep Council; and Edison International Education Advisory Council. Dr. Uhazy is a Selection Panelist for the NASA Educator Astronaut Program. He is also the Treasurer for the Wildlife Disease Association and the Assistant Editor for the Journal of Wildlife Diseases. Les is a Life Patron of the Flight Test Historical Foundation.

 

 

David L. “Dave” Vanhoy (Elected to Board 2014) is the Technical Director of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School (TPS) at Edwards Air Force Base. Dave has a B.S. Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a M.S. Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland. He started his career at Edwards working on the X29 program, and has worked on many F-16 programs, the X-32 and the X-35 test programs. Dave was the Flying Qualities Master Instructor at the TPS and than was the Performance and Flying Qualities Flight Chief for the Engineering Group. His duties for the Engineering Group included supervising the civilian and military flight test engineers, responsible for leadership and providing technical direction, motivation, personal development and implementation of the Air Force Flight Test Center’s strategic vision. Dave has over 600 hours as a Flight Test Engineer in over 30 different military and civilian aircraft. He has over 800 hours in light aircraft with more than half being aerobatic time. Dave and a partner built an unlimited class aerobatic monoplane and he is a certified Sports Class racer in the National Air Races in Reno.

 

 

Don Weiss (Elected to Board 2014) is the Chief Test pilot for the Northrop Grumman B-2 Bomber and a retired Marine. Don and his wife Constance Anne have 5 children and 7 grandchildren. He is a graduate of the US Naval Academy with a B.S. degree in Aeronautical Engineering and was commissioned a U.S. Marine. He then earned his Masters in Aeronautical Engineering at the Naval Post Graduate School. Don became a Naval Aviator and did tours with MAG 31/ VMFA 333, MAG 46/ VMFA 134 flying F-4s and FA-18s. He is a USAF Test Pilot School graduate class 82A at Edwards Air Force Base. He was an Operational Test Pilot with OPTEVFOR/ VX-4 flying the F-4, F-14, and FA-18. Don is a Life Patron of the Flight Test Historical Foundation.