Our Mission

Aircraft Carrier Hornet Foundation preserves and honors the legacy of USS Hornet, a national historic landmark, and its role in naval aviation, the defense of our country, the Apollo Program and exploration of space.  The USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum connects the greatest generation of Americans with future generations, educating and inspiring them to meet their challenges.

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The USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum is now a Smithsonian Affiliate!

The partnership includes object loan assistance, professional development, co-branding opportunities, and more. The USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum joins 216 organizations in 46 states, Puerto Rico, and Panama that are part of the Smithsonian Affiliations program, all working to preserve heritages, expand knowledge and inspire learning.

USS Hornet Phone Number (510-521-8448)

Executive Director, Mike McCarron, x 238


Institutional Advancement


 Director of Development, Will Wyman, x 422


Membership & Development Manager, Rachel Torrey, x 286


Marketing & Communications, Rainie Lao, x 234


Grant Director, Charlotte Dickert, x 282



Private Events

Private Events Director, Jamelle Dube, x 211


Private Events Manager, Diana Tweddale, x 263



Visitor Experience


Education Director, Heidi Schave, x 224


STEM & Grant Manager, Charlotte Dickert, x 282



Collections & Exhibitions

Collections & Exhibits Director, Laura Fies, x 280


Museum Registrar, Amy Jacoby, x 277


Research Library, Keith Hedley, x 235


Public Programs

Public Program Coordinator, Carrie Osborn, x 424


Community Events & Outreach, Alissa Doyle, x 414


Volunteer Coordinator, Leigh Ann Davis, x 243


Visitor Services

 Visitor Services Director, Carrie Santell, x 274


Visitor Services Lead Associate, Jose Ferreira



Human Resources

Human Resources, Isy Anchutz, x 260


Ship Chaplain, Wallace Whatley



Finance Controller, John De Zago, x 240


Accounting Staff, Bill Lewis


Museum Operations

Government Liaison & Facilities, Rick Thom, x 268


Engineering & Facilities, Leroy Savoie, x 266


Electrician, Rich Nabuda, x 267


Ship Restoration, Bob DesMeules, x 261

Security, Dave Nolthenius, x 226

Air Group, Hal Lewis

HARC, Jerry Inman


Ray Fortney, Chairman, Former CEO Vectra Technologies

Glenn Gabel, Vice-Chairman, CAPT U.S. Navy – retired Webcor Builders, Inc., Retired Vice President

Tim Lutz, Treasurer, CPA / Financial Consultant

Duane Doyle, Peterson Holding Company, CEO

Robert Fish, High Tech Entrepreneur Author of Hornet Plus Three

Kurt Libby, UC Berkeley, Purchasing Manager CAPT U.S. Navy – retired

Rob McHenry, COO at PARC



Sue Roderick, Secretary

Rolf Sabye, Hornet Association Liaison

Mike McCarron, Executive Director

USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum Advisory Board

The USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum’s Advisory Board is made up of extraordinary individuals, each with remarkable personal and professional achievements. Their experience and vision will provide important strategic assistance to the Museum in carrying out our mission. The Advisory Board’s distinguished members are:


COL Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr., USAF (ret)

Buzz Aldrin is best known as the Lunar Module pilot for the Apollo 11 mission who, along with Neil Armstrong, were the first two men to land on the surface of the moon. In addition to his Apollo mission, Col. Aldrin served as pilot on the final Gemini mission, Gemini 12. Aldrin has also served as Commandant of the US Air Force’s Test Pilot School. Col. Aldrin is a vocal advocate of a manned mission to Mars.


Mr. Tom Hanks

Born in Concord, California, Tom Hanks graduated from Oakland’s Skyline High School. After attending Chabot College and Sacramento State, Tom set out to make a name for himself as an actor. Starting with small bit parts and eventually a situation comedy, Mr. Hanks first rose to prominence with the movie Splash. As he transitioned from light comedy to more dramatic roles, he become the first actor since Spencer Tracy to win back-to-back Best Actor Academy Awards, first for Philadelphia followed up the next with Forest Gump. An avowed “space geek” he was able to live out his astronaut fantasies by playing Jim Lovell in Apollo 13. Mr. Hanks is remains an unabashed supporter of the U.S. military and the space program.


Richard Rosenberg

Richard Rosenberg was chairman and CEO of BankAmerica Corporation from 1990 until he retired in 1996. He is a member of the California Bar Association, a trustee of the California Institute of Technology, a past chairman of MasterCard International, and a past president of The Bankers Roundtable, the Bank Marketing Association, and the Federal Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve System. He is a director of the Buck Institute for Age Research, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Naval War College Foundation. He is a retired commander in the US Naval Reserve and is a member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a recipient of the Horatio Alger award.


CAPT Michele Lockwood, USN (ret)

Prior to retirement, CAPT Lockwood co-authored nine management and organization studies for flag level commanders in the Pacific and Atlantic Fleet. While on active duty, she served as Operations Officer for the Naval Oceanography Command Center/Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Guam, and was responsible for the day-to-day running of the Operations Department consisting of eight divisions, 80 personnel and a major computer center. She has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, three Navy Commendation Medals, Navy Achievement Medal, National Defense Medal, Sea Service Ribbon, and Overseas Service Ribbon.


CDR Dean “Dizz” Laird, USN (ret)

Dean “Dizz” Laird served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam, operated in 175 combat and training missions, served on 12 different carriers, flew in the Navy’s first jet squadron, was the first person to land a jet-powered aircraft aboard USS Midway and has the most arrested landings on a straight-deck carrier. The 29-1/2-year veteran is also famous for being the only single-known ace to achieve victories against both German and Japanese aircraft during WWII, and later, in 1969, becoming a stunt pilot for 20th Century Fox film Tora Tora Tora.


Mr. Ian Toll

Ian W. Toll is a writer and independent scholar. He is the author of three highly regarded works of American military history: Six Frigates, Pacific Crucible, and The Conquering Tide. The latter two titles are the first two volumes of a nonfiction trilogy about the Pacific War. The third and concluding volume, Twilight of the Gods: War in the Western Pacific, 1944-1945, will be published in 2018. Six Frigates was the 2007 recipient of the Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature, the William E. Colby Military Writers Award, and was placed on the New York Times “Editor’s Choice” list. Pacific Crucible received the Northern California Book Award for Nonfiction in 2012. The Conquering Tide was a New York Times bestseller and was named the best book of 2016 by the editor of the Financial Times. Mr. Toll received an undergraduate degree (B.A.) in American History at Georgetown University (1989) and a Master’s in Public Policy (M.P.P.) from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government (1995).


RADM Thomas Brown, USN (ret) 

Admiral Brown is a Naval Aviator who flew 343 combat missions in Vietnam. He was awarded the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit with Combat V, four Distinguished Flying Crosses, thirty-six Air Medals, and the Navy Commendation Medal. He is also the former Commanding Officer of the USS Midway (CVA-41), as well as the former Commander of Battle Force, U.S. Seventh Fleet. Admiral Brown serves on a number of non-profit boards, and was the Chair of the Commission responsible for the commissioning of the USS America aircraft carrier.


LT William Sharp

A native of Dinuba, California, William Sharp was commissioned in 1963 through Aviation Officer Candidate School after graduating from Fresno State. While flying the F-8 “Crusader” on November 18, 1965, he was shot down over the Gulf of Tonkin. After parachuting into the water, he was captured by a North Vietnamese fishing boat, but he was able to escape as other U.S. aircraft provided cover. During his career as a Naval Aviator, he was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross, twelve Air Medals, a Purple Heart and the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat “V” (valor) attachment. After leaving the Navy, he became a pilot with United Airlines and in 1999 was named the air carrier’s “Pilot of the Year.”