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.

Executive Director         Jill Knowland Rapposelli           (510) 521-8448 ext. 413           Jill.Rapposelli@uss-hornet.org

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

Institutional Advancement

Chief Development Officer          Armando E. Zumaya          (510) 521-8448 ext. 307          Armando.Zumaya@uss-hornet.org



Development Manager          Cody Bray         (510) 521-8448 ext. 286          Cody.Bray@uss-hornet.org

Development Assistant          Mary Needham          (510) 521-8448 ext. 234           Mary.Needham@uss-hornet.org



Marketing & Communications Manager          Mike McCarron          (510) 521-8448 ext. 238         Michael.McCarron@uss-hornet.org

Community Outreach Manager          Kimberlee MacVicar          (510) 521-8448 ext. 414          Kimberlee.MacVicar@uss-hornet.org

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


Private Events

Private Events Director          Marie Riccobene           (510) 521-8448 ext. 211         Marie.Riccobene@uss-hornet.org

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

Visitor Experience

Sr. Director of Visitor Experiences          Chris Miller          (510) 521-8448 ext. 422          Chris.Miller@uss-hornet.org



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

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


Collections & Exhibitions

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

Graphics & Exhibition Design          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


Overnight Live-Aboard Program/Birthday Parties  

Public Programs Manager          Jenya Jawad        (510) 521-8448 ext. 242          Jenya.Jawad@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


Sr. Director of Operations          Christine Winge          (510) 521-8448 ext. 222          Christine.Winge@uss-hornet.org


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



Accounting Manager          Alissa Brown          (510) 521-8448 ext. 240         Alissa.Brown@uss-hornet.org

Accounting Staff        Bill Lewis


Museum Operations

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

Facilities/Engineering Manager         Lamontae Griffin          (510) 521-8448 ext. 227            Lamontae.Griffin@uss-hornet.org

Government/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

Engineer          Leo Elaog

Engineer          Luis Garcia

Engineer          Joe Keating

Engineer          Caleb White

Engineer          Terry Thomas

Facility Staff           Kyle Burris

Facility Staff           Britt McCormick

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

Alexandra Hall, Principal at Sodor Space Agency

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

Paul Reyff, Jr., Investor Technology Sector / Commercial Real Estate

Kenneth G. Winans, President, Winans International Investment Management



Sue Roderick, Secretary

Rolf Sabye, Hornet Association Liaison

Jill Rapposelli, Executive Director

USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum Advisory Board

The USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum’s Advisory Board is made up of extraordinary individuals, each with a substantial list of remarkable personal and professional achievements. Their combined insight, experience, and vision will provide important strategic assistance for the Museum by carrying out our mission and expanding our outreach and impact. Created in January 2017 to complement the museum’s Board of Trustees, the Advisory Board comprises the following distinguished members:


Senator John McCain

Senator John McCain, a retired Navy captain, flew the A-4 “Skyhawks” off of USS Forrestal and USS Oriskany (a sister-ship toHornet), is also the son and grandson of Navy admirals, and has had a life-long connection to the Navy and naval aviation.   In October 1967, while on a bombing mission over Hanoi, he was shot down, seriously injured, and captured by the North Vietnamese. He was a prisoner of war until 1973. McCain experienced episodes of torture, and refused an out-of-sequence early repatriation offer. His war wounds have left him with lifelong physical limitations. He has been a U.S. Senator from Arizona since 1987.


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.


LCDR Fred “Buck” Dungan, USN (ret)

Fred “Buck” Dungan is a World War II “Hellcat” fighter pilot who has been awarded the Navy Cross and a Purple Heart for shooting down four enemy planes and assisting with the sinking of a destroyer on July 4, 1944.  He also received the Distinguished Flying Cross for action over Guam on June 19, 1994.  In 2009, Dungan was inducted into the Golden Eagles, an elite band of naval aviation pioneers. He was recognized not just for his air victories but also as a pioneer of radar-assisted night flying.


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.”