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.

Annual Reports


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.

Executive Director         Mike McCarron          (510) 521-8448 ext. 238         Michael.McCarron@uss-hornet.org

Institutional Advancement


Director of Development                     Will Wyman          (510) 521-8448 x 422       will.wyman@uss-hornet.org

Development Manager                         Rachel Torrey          (510) 521-8448 x 286       rachel.torrey@uss-hornet.org

Corporate Relations Manager            Mark Epperson       (510) 521-8448 x417           mark.epperson@uss-hornet.org

Membership Office                                                                   (510) 521-8448 ext. 286          Membership@uss-hornet.org

Marketing & Communications                 Rainie Lao                (510) 521-8448 ext. 234        Rainie.Lao@uss-hornet.org


Private Events

Private Events                         Jamelle Dube           (510) 521-8448 ext. 211         jamelle.dube@uss-hornet.org

Private Events Manager        Diana Tweddale            (510) 521-8448 ext. 263          Diana.Tweddale@uss-hornet.org

Visitor Experience


Education Director             Heidi Schave          (510) 521-8448 ext. 224          Heidi.Schave@uss-hornet.org

STEM & Grants Manager    Charlotte Dickert     (510) 521-8448 ext. 282          Charlotte.Rodeen-Dickert@uss-hornet.org

Lead Education Instructor    Alissa Doyle     (510) 521-8448 ext. 414         alissa.doyle@uss-hornet.org

Collections & Exhibitions

Collections & Exhibits Director         Holly Gallagher          (510) 521-8448 ext. 239          Holly.Gallagher@uss-hornet.org

Exhibitions Manager                       Laura Fies                 (510) 521-8448 ext. 280          Laura.Fies@uss-hornet.org

Museum Registrar                            Amy Jacoby              (510) 521-8448 ext. 277          Amy.Jacoby@uss-hornet.org

Research Library &
Exhibits Technology                         Keith Hedley             (510) 521-8448 ext. 235           Keith.Hedley@uss-hornet.org


Public Programs

Public Programs Director           Jenya Jawad        (510) 521-8448 ext. 414          Jenya.Jawad@uss-hornet.org

Public Programs Coordinator   Carrie Osborn       (510) 521-8448 ext. 242          carrie.osborn@uss-hornet.org

Community Outreach Coordinator   Alissa Doyle          (510) 521-8448 ext. 414   alissa.doyle@uss-hornet.org

Volunteer Coordinator            Leigh Ann Davis         (510) 521-8448 ext. 243        LeighAnn.Davis@uss-hornet.org

Visitor Services

Visitor Services Director                        Carrie Santell           (510) 521-8448 ext. 247           Carrie.Santell@uss-hornet.org

Visitor Services Lead Associate            Jose Ferreira

Visitor Services Lead Associate            Denise Thomas



Human Resources

HR Director                                    Isy Anschutz             (510) 521-8448 ext. 260          Isy.Anschutz@uss-hornet.org

IT                                                   Noah Froio                (510) 521-8448 ext. 345          Noah.Froio@uss-hornet.org

Chaplain                                        Wallace Whatley



Controller                                   John De Zago          (510) 521-8448 ext. 240         John.DeZago@uss-hornet.org

Accounting Staff                           Bill Lewis


Museum Operations

Museum Operations Director          Howard Saud           (510) 521-8448 ext. 266           Howard.Saud@uss-hornet.org

Government Liason &
Aircraft Restoration Manager          Rick Thom              (510) 521-8448 ext. 268            Rick.Thom@uss-hornet.org

Electrician                                       Rich Nabuda           (510) 521-8448 ext. 267            Rich.Nabuda@uss-hornet.org


Ship Restoration                           Bob DesMeules

Security                                         Dave Nolthenius

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.”