About Us

Meet the Future of Flight Foundation

The Future of Flight Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, provides exhibits, education programs, and student exchange programs using commercial aviation to inspire innovative thinking and to explore solutions to critical global issues.

In 2003, the Future of Flight Foundation (FOFF) was established by a group of interested citizens led by Barry Smith, the former Executive Director.

Two years later, Snohomish County, with assistance from the Snohomish County Public Facilities District, built the Future of Flight Aviation Center, and The Boeing Company agreed to lease space and operate The Boeing Tour from the center. In this uniquely public, private, and non-profit partnership, the Future of Flight Foundation provided $17 million worth of exhibits and collections, and was invited to operate the Aviation Center. From its inception, the Foundation's focus has been to provide interactive, experiential learning through its education programs and exhibits, and to encourage interest in aviation and aviation-related issues.

The Aviation Center continues to achieve top status as a premier visitor attraction in the United States. According to CNN and others, the Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour is consistently rated as one of the top ten aviation attractions in the world, hosting more than 240,000 local and international visitors in 2013.

 

Meet Our FoFF Board of Directors
The Future of Flight Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors, comprised of area leaders from the private and public sectors, as well as from government and institutions of higher learning.

Board Officers

Board

President
Visakan Ganeson
Executive Director International Education,
Everett Community College

Visakan Ganeson is currently the Executive Director for International Education at Everett Community College. Visakan earned his BBA in Finance/Banking from the University of Louisiana and MBA in Marketing from Washington State University. His leadership at Everett Community College has grown the program over 500% in five years. Originally from Malaysia, he has traveled widely to over 22 countries and lived overseas for 22 years (including study in Sri Lanka).

With over 25 years of experience working both at a university and community colleges, Visakan's marketing, recruiting, programming and advising in international programs have been extensive: 2002-03 Chair of Study Washington (a group cooperating with the U.S. Commercial Service and the Washington State Office of Trade to raise the State's profile as an education destination for international students), member of the 2003 Governor's Trade Mission to China, and steering committee member of the International Education Exchange Community College Consortium (country coordinator for Japan, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan). In 2000, he received the “Nafsan of the Year” award for Region 1-Association of International Educators. In 2007-08, he received the “Staff of the Year” award from Skagit Valley College. He served both as a member of the Rotary Club of Lewiston, Idaho and the Kiwanis Club of Mount Vernon for over 10 years.

Visakan currently serves on three boards, Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle, The Future of Flight Foundation and the Northwest International Educators Association. He also chairs the Partners in Global Education at Everett Community College.



Board

Vice President
Louise Stanton-Masten
Executive Director,
Washington Tourism Alliance

Louise Stanton-Masten is Executive Director of the Washington Tourism Alliance (WTA), a statewide organization focused on promoting and developing the Washington State tourism industry.  Before joining the WTA in 2012, Louise served as President/CEO of the Everett Area Chamber of Commerce and as business development director of Economic Alliance Snohomish County.  Prior to that, she founded and managed a planning and public policy consulting firm providing services to local, regional and state government clients throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Louise has been a Snohomish County resident since 1983 and lives in Lynnwood, WA.  In addition to serving on the Future of Flight Foundation Board of Directors, Louise is on the Board of Directors of the Mukilteo Community Orchestra.

Louise has a B.S. degree from the University of Vermont, a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois, and is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Organization Management.


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Secretary
Shaiza Damji
Managing Director,
360 Hotel Group

Shaiza Damji is Managing Director for the 360° Hotel Group and has held senior positions for the group since 1999. As Managing Director, she oversees operations, sales, financing and capital improvements of the group’s hotels.

Shaiza graduated from Yale University with a BA in History. She then attended Harvard Law School where she received a JD law degree. She practiced international corporate law at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in New York before returning to the West Coast to join her family's hospitality business.

Shaiza previously served as the Chairperson of the Washington State Hotel and Lodging Association and was a board member of the Seattle Hotel Association for several years.  She currently also serves as a Trustee of the UW Medicine - Northwest Hospital & Medical Center. She is also a member of the Yale Alumni Schools Committee. 



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Treasurer

Paul Pitre
Dean
Washington State University,
North Puget Sound at Everett.

Paul Pitre is leading the initiative to expand and develop the University Center of North Puget Sound in Everett. Pitre is also an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Counseling Psychology at WSU. Prior to accepting a faculty appointment at WSU, Pitre served as an Assistant Professor at Auburn University.  He has worked in Community Relations and Public Affairs at the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, and as Program Management Analyst at the U.S. Department of Education. He has also held several administrative posts in higher education. His research interests center on P-20 education policy, college access, and governance in higher education.

Pitre received a doctorate in Education Policy and Leadership from the University of Maryland. He also received a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from New York University and a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Western Washington University.


 

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Immediate Past President
Tom Sanger
Partner,
Moss Adams, LLP

Tom is a partner at Moss Adams, where he started public accounting in 1994. He is a partner in the Tax Specialty Group which is a group of 70+ professionals who provide tax services that serve all clients throughout the firm.

Tom is in charge of the firm’s Federal Credits and Incentives Group overseeing the Research Credit, Cost Segregation and Other Federal Credits and Incentives groups.  Tom also serves on the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance board and acts as their Treasurer.





Board Members

family stem nightKevin Austin
Founder
Aero Law Group

Kevin Austin founded the Aero Law Group in 2000 after an extensive career in Aviation and Law with Cooley Godward LLP in Palo Alto, California and The Boeing Company in Seattle, Washington. His practice has spanned aviation, emerging growth companies, venture capital financing, public securities and initial public offerings, and equity and debt financing transactions.

Mr. Austin’s practice currently focuses exclusively on aviation, where he represents numerous clients in domestic and international transactions involving the sale, lease and exchange of commercial and executive aircraft, including the acquisition of the first ever Boeing Business Jet. He also represents investment bankers in their aircraft and airline investments and has worked with emerging and established commercial airlines in equity, debt and lease financings. He also has experience in the application of the bribery provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

During Mr. Austin’s 19 years at Boeing he served as Regional Director of Aircraft Contracts for Africa and the Middle East (Commercial and VIP), as well as contracts director for Boeing’s then-primary customers UPS, Southwest and IFLC. He also managed Boeing’s delivery and closing processes and customer flight operations, overseeing nearly 1,000 closings involving Boeing’s entire commercial product line, the 707, 727, 737, 747, 757 and 767. His closings included the introduction of many first-of-model aircraft, and delivery of the last production 707 and 727 aircraft.

Mr. Austin left Boeing to attend Stanford Law School in 1990 and received his J.D. from Stanford in 1993. He attended the University of Washington and received a B.A. in business administration (accounting) from Seattle University in 1980, while working full time at Boeing delivering aircraft.

Mr. Austin currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Future of Flight Foundation in Mukilteo, Washington, a leading center of learning and innovation for science, technology and aviation.
Mr. Austin is a member of the state bars of California, Colorado and Washington, the American Bar Association - Forum on Air and Space Law and Aircraft Financing Subcommittee, and the National Business Aviation Association.

 

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Mary Kaye Bredeson
Executive Director
Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced      
Manufacturing

Mary Kaye Bredeson is the Executive Director for the Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing. As the Executive Director, Mary Kaye provides leadership in promoting and maintaining the Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing as a recognizable and highly valuable component in Washington's economic and workforce development initiatives.  
As the Executive Director, Ms. Bredeson works to encourage educational programs to share best practices and resources as well as providing a clear point of contact for industry employers to share their workforce needs with all 34 community and technical colleges as well as other education and training providers.  


As the CoE executive director, Mary Kaye has developed a variety of workshops and projects focusing on K-16 outreach and developing awareness around career opportunities in the aerospace and advanced manufacturing industry.
In 2013 she was awarded the Exemplary Leadership Award from the Chair Leadership Academy.

 

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Human Resources Director, Airplane Programs, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
The Boeing Company

Jo Drake leads the Human Resources team that partners with the 747 and 767 programs, 747/767/777 Engineering and Everett site Human Resources Service Delivery. Prior to this role, Jo led the Engineering, Operations and Technology Human Resources Strategy and Functional Excellence team and provided Human Resources leadership for the Environment, Health and Safety organization. Before joining Boeing, Jo was a Senior Operations Manager with the Seattle Times newspaper where she was responsible for hiring, employee development, leadership programs and performance excellence. Jo has a B.A. in Organizational Leadership from Antioch University and an M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. Jo is also a volunteer mediator and facilitator with the Federal Executive Board as well as a volunteer mediator with the Dispute Resolution Center of Snohomish, Skagit and Island Counties.

 

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Deputy County Executive
Snohomish County

August 2010 - June 2013 – US Marshal, Western District of Washington
May 2009 – Recommended by Senator Murray and Senator Cantwell
June 2009 – Forwarded by the White House for background investigation
June 2010 – Formally nominated by President Obama
July 2010 – Confirmed by the Senate Judiciary Committee; full Senate Confirmation vote
August 2010 – Appointed by President Obama
September 2010 – Sworn in by the US Marshals Service Director
October 2010 – Sworn in by the Chief U.S. District Court Judge Robert Lasnik
State Representative (three terms, 2005 - 2010), 1st Legislative District (North King County/South Snohomish County)
Committees Assignments (2009 - 2010 Term):
Vice Chair – Ways & Means
Chair – State Information Technology Workgroup
Chair – Capitol Campus Facility
Finance
Rules
Member – CERB (Community Economic Revitalization Board)
State House representative to the NCSL (Nation Conference of State Legislatures), Budget and Revenue Committee
Previous Committees:
Appropriations
Capital Budgets

 

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Vice President
Everett Field Operations & Delivery
747/767/777/787 Programs

Jeff Klemann was named vice president of Final Assembly for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in April 2012. He leads the team responsible for implementing a comprehensive operations plan for assembling 787s, ensuring an integrated build schedule and factory readiness for production ramp-up. Klemann came to this assignment after serving as the vice president of the Everett Delivery Center, where he oversaw operations for delivery of all Boeing airplanes built in Everett including the 747-8, 767, 777 and 787. Earlier Klemann held positions including Director of Everett Paint, Preflight, and Delivery Operations responsible for the 747/767/777 Programs; director of Quality at the Everett site; and director of Quality for the 767 program. His Boeing career began in 1984. Klemann graduated with honors from Oregon State University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He also graduated from the Executive Program at the Haas School of Business at Berkeley in 2003 and completed the Aerospace Industry Manufacturing Seminar at the University of Washington.

 

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Senior Vice President - Commercial Team Leader
Peoples Bank

Mr. Lewis currently serves as Senior Vice President, Commercial Team Leader, Peoples Bank. He is responsible for commercial banking in the bank’s Seattle region.  Peoples Bank is headquartered in Bellingham, WA. Lewis has been active in civic and charitable causes. He previously was appointed by the King County Executive to serve on the initial Board of 4 Culture. He also previously served on the Board of Shoreline Community College. He was Chairman from 2005-06. Prior community affiliations include: Community Bankers of Washington, Seattle World Trade Center, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, and Shoreline Breakfast Rotary Club. Lewis is a graduate of the University of Washington where he received an MBA in 1993 and an undergraduate degree in Communications in 1981.

 

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Project Manager – 767 Program
Boeing Commercial Airplanes
The Boeing Company

In 2004, Dan was assigned as the Boeing Project Manager for the formerly named National Flight Interpretive Center (NFIC). Working closely with Snohomish County Airport, The Museum of Flight and the nascent foundation, the NFIC became the Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour. This partnership brought forward a unique experience for visitors from around the world. In early 2006, Dan was elected to the Future of Flight Foundation Board of Directors, serving as President from 2008-2010.

Dan, just off KC-46 Tanker Program assignment, currently works in project management for the 767 Program. From 2000-2009, he served as the 767 Military Derivatives leader in Boeing Commercial Airplanes Program Management Office. He worked closely with Boeing Defense, Space & Security, Washington DC Office, Corporate, and within Commercial Airplanes on variations of 767 military platforms for strategic and tactical purposes. From 2009 to 2011, Dan worked assignments on the 747-8 Program, 787 Program, and in Supply Change Management Organization.

 

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Council Member
Snohomish County

Elected to the Snohomish County Council in November 2007, Brian Sullivan took office in January 2008. He is currently serving his second term in office. Brian represents the 2nd Council District, which covers the cities of Everett and Mukilteo, the Tulalip Indian Reservation, as well as areas of unincorporated Snohomish County. Brian chairs the Finance and Economic Development Committee. His priorities include: preserving affordable housing, alternative energy sources, aerospace and ‘common sense’ economic growth policy.

Before beginning his service at the Snohomish County Council he most recently served in the Washington House of Representatives as a State Representative from 2001 to 2007.

 

Ex-officio

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Senior Manager - Visitor Relations
The Boeing Company

David K. Reese is the senior manager for Visitor Relations for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. He was named to this assignment in February 2007. In this position, he leads a team of visitor relations professionals who host thousands of public and VIP visitors each year at the company’s manufacturing facilities in Everett, WA, Renton, WA, and Charleston, S.C.

Prior to this assignment, he was manager of Federal and International Government Relations for the Boeing Company in the Northwest region.

In 1981, he joined Boeing as a defense systems analyst in Seattle, WA. David was transferred to the company’s Washington, DC, office in 1985 where he was a business development manager for defense programs. While in DC, he worked for one year in the U.S. Senate as a congressional fellow.

David earned a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautics and astronautics from the University of Washington in 1974 and served in the U.S. Navy for six years. He also earned a Master’s degree in national security studies from Georgetown University, Washington DC.

 

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Airport Director
Snohomish County Airport

Dave Waggoner has served as Airport Director at Paine Field Airport in Everett, WA since 1992. Paine Field is home to 650 based airplanes and the Boeing plant that manufactures 747, 767, 777 and 787 aircraft. Prior to his work at Paine Field, Dave served in the Navy from 1966 to 1992, retiring as a Navy Captain. In addition to serving on the board at the Future of Flight Foundation, Dave has also served on the boards at the Snohomish County Economic Development Council, the Everett Area Chamber, the South Snohomish County Chamber, the Mukilteo YMCA and the Everett Community College AMTS. Dave holds a B.A. in International Business and an M.S. in Management (Finance) – Appropriations, Capital Budgets.

 

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Council Member
Snohomish County

Stephanie Wright has joined the Future of Flight Foundation Board as its newest board member. Stephanie is a member of the Snohomish County Council, representing the 2nd Council District (Edmonds, Lynnwood, Woodway). She currently serves as Council Chair and Chair of the council Operations Committee. Prior to her service with the County, she served on the Lynnwood City Council, and was a high school teacher and librarian.

 

Board Emeritus

family stem nightBob Drewel
Interim Chancellor
Washington State University,
North Puget Sound at Everett.

Previously, Bob served for 10 years as the Executive Director of the Puget Sound Regional Council. The PSRC was formed in 1991 by the local governments in the central Puget Sound region as a forum for making key decisions on regional growth and transportation issues. The PSRC serves as the Metropolitan Planning Organization and Regional Transportation Planning Organization for King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties and cities. The PSRC supports the work of the Central Puget Sound Economic Development District through a merger that took effect in 2003.

Bob Drewel completed his third and last term as Snohomish County Executive in December 31, 2003. He was first elected to that position in November 1991.

Bob is well known for his leadership in promoting regional solutions to the many challenges facing the Northwest, including economic development, effective land-use regulation, transportation, and environmental enhancement. In his twelve years of public service, Bob has successfully worked to build partnerships between the often-contending interests of the private and public sectors ... partnerships that are based on shared visions for a healthy and vigorous community.

Within Snohomish County, he has helped build community partnerships as a board member of the Economic Development Council, Healthy Communities Initiative, United Way, Snohomish County Tomorrow, Snohomish County Needs Assessment Project, Economic Investment Plan, SnoNet and City/County Task Force on Criminal Justice.

Other civic involvement includes the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, Rotary, Everett Area Chamber of Commerce, Big Brothers Big Sisters, YWCA, Deaconess Children's Services, YMCA and numerous other community projects.

Bob is past president and member of the executive board of the Puget Sound Regional Council, and the former chairman of Sound Transit.

Bob is the former president and chief executive officer of Everett Community College.

Bob is a 1970 graduate of the University of Washington, where he majored in history.

 

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Consultant
The Boeing Company

John Quinlivan was vice president and general manager of the 747, 767 and 777 Programs, and the senior executive responsible for the Boeing facilities located in Everett, Washington.

Quinlivan was honored as the 2002 Corporate Executive of the Year by the Everett, Washington Chamber of Commerce. In 2004 Quinlivan received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Gonzaga University.

Quinlivan retired from Boeing in 2005, and is back as a Consultant

 

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Founder and Former President
Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle

Bill Stafford is the founder and former president of the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle and has held senior leadership roles in local government, business and nonprofit organizations. Bill has significant experience in government policy formulation, management and lobbying and is a recognized leader in facilitating and strengthening international trade and business relations in the Pacific Northwest.

While working in the Seattle municipal government, Bill developed the city’s intergovernmental relations office, one of the country’s first systematic initiatives to combine metro, state, federal and international government relations under one roof. He chaired the network of lobbyists and the Urban Consortium, a group focused on urban research. Bill also served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy assessing its local government relations and programs.

Bill has received numerous awards and recognitions, including selection by the Hong Kong government for its VIP program, serving as economic adviser to the mayor of Chongqing, China, receiving the Order of the Lion from the president of Finland, and consulting the World Bank on a technical assistance project in Haiphong, Vietnam.

Bill’s community service includes serving on the boards of the Museum of History and Technology, Future of Flight, the Seattle Children’s Museum, the Burke Museum, the Woodland Park Zoo and many others. He is a member of the Washington State Economic Development Commission, and has served on the Economic Development District, District Export Council, State Community Development Advisory Board, Port Jobs, CIBER Advisory Board and Visiting Committee and the University of Washington. He is on the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for the Seattle Community College System.

Bill is an accomplished photographer. His photos have hung in the Seattle Art Museum and he has had one-man shows at the Museum of History and Industry and at the Reykjavik Cultural Festival.
Bill received his bachelor’s degree from Colorado College and an MBA from Columbia University.