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BOARD OF TRUSTEES BIOGRAPHIES
The FASF Board of Trustees reflects a remarkable diversity of backgrounds and
A prime asset of any nonprofit Board is a diversity of
educational and occupational backgrounds, talents, and skills of its Board
members and officers. The 8-member FASF Board of Trustees, all deeply committed
to the preservation and restoration of a national historic treasure, the First
Aero Squadron Aerodrome, reflect this desired diversity as exemplified below.
The brief biographical statements below are simply highlights from each member's
President William Wehner is a
retired landscape architect. He taught for 30+ years and published numerous
articles in his field of expertise. His many philanthropic and civic activities
over the years included serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the
Davenport Iowa Chamber of Commerce, a
Commissioner on the Davenport Historic Preservation Commission, and currently,
Chairman of the Columbus Historic Preservation Commission. Bill is an aviation
enthusiast, airplane owner and pilot.
First Vice-President Ric Lambart became a pilot in 1944, accumulated over
13,000 hours in the US Air Force and as a commercial pilot and instructor. A
graduate of Columbia University, he is retired after 40 years as a management consultant. Ric served as CEO
and helped found several nonprofit charitable and educational foundations, was
Board Chairman and President of an electronics manufacturing and research
corporation and has volunteered in a number of other nonprofit and civic
organizations over the years. firstname.lastname@example.org
Second Vice-President and Historian Jim Davis
In a masterpiece of understatement, Jim's business card reads:
Retired Government Clerk. Actually, he worked in almost every area of the
FAA, including Tower Controller, and when he retired was the chief of the
FAA Rapid Response Team. His responsibilities included responding to
every major crisis, and then reporting to the President and to the FAA
Administrator. He is an active pilot and an aviation historian.
Treasurer Martha Skinner has served as Mayor of the Village of Columbus,
serves on the Board of Directors of the New Mexico Border Authority, the Luna
County Commission on Aging, the Luna County Tourist Development Committee, and
the Columbus Historic Preservation Commission. She is a licensed real estate
broker and operates a bed and breakfast facility in
(Col. Orton's picture & bio coming.)
Secretary Col. John Orton
Trustee (and past President) Gene Valdes is
retired from the State of New Mexico where his last position was Personnel Director of the New Mexico Human Services
Department. Gene, who has a Master's Degree in Government, has extensive experience chairing and/or serving on
nonprofit boards including United Way of Santa Fe County, St. Vincent Regional
Medical Center and, currently, the NM State Personnel Board, the Columbus
Historic Preservation Commission and the Columbus Historical Society.
Trustee (and past Second Vice-President) Ken Emery
Ken retired from a career as a cultural
archeologist to a part-time job in a fire watch tower near Globe,
Arizona. He presently serves on the Village of Columbus Historic
Preservation Commission. email@example.com
Trustee Scott Schmid
Scott was born and raised in Massachusetts, where he still has a home, but he
now spends most of his time in Deming, New Mexico. He attended High School
at Berwick Academy in Maine and earned his Bachelor's Degree in Mass
Communications at Emerson College, in Boston. In 1987 Scott bought a home in
Deming, New Mexico where his grandfather had been stationed in WWI. In 1991 Scott
created and continues to operate the Deming Medical Transit & Charter service.
He is the latest addition to the FASF Board of Trustees.