Meet Our Staff

Executive Office

Burt Field

President & CEO

Lt. Gen. Burt Field, USAF (Ret.), is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Air & Space Forces Association, leading the Association’s professional staff in its mission to advocate, educate, and support the Air & Space Forces. As CEO, he oversees operations and resourcing for AFA and its 113,000 members, including events, publications, and the Mitchell Institue for Aerospace Studies, the nation’s only think tank dedicated to air and space power. Read More

Douglas L. Raaberg

Executive Vice President

Maj. Gen. Doug Raaberg, USAF (Ret.), is the Executive Vice President of the Air & Space Forces Association, providing strategic direction to AFA as the premier professional military and aerospace education association in the nation. Read More

LeSean Carey — Director of Strategic Action

Air & Space Forces Magazine

Tobias Naegele — Editor in Chief

Chequita Wood — Assistant Managing Editor

John Tirpak — Editorial Director

Greg Hadley — News Editor

Chris Gordon — Pentagon Editor

Mike Tsukamoto — Photo Editor

Dashton Parham — Senior Designer

Eric Lee — Production Manager

David Roza — Staff Writer

Unshin Lee Harpley — Reporter


Amy Hudson — Communications Director

Patrick Reardon — Communications Manager

Jud McCrehin — Studio Manager

Kyle Lee — Videographer/Video Editor

Creative Services

Zaur Eylanbekov — Creative Director

STEM Education Programs

Stuart Pettis — Director of Aerospace Education Programs


Rachel Zimmerman — Senior Director, Business Operations

Frank Zaborowski — Senior Director, CyberPatriot Operations

Lisa O’Loughlin — Manager, CyberPatriot Competition Systems

Tyonna Andrews — Coordinator, Program Administration

Franz “Alex” Epp — Coordinator, Competition Operations

Lauren Murray — Specialist, Cyber Education

Lisa Ferencak — Manager, Program Engagement and Outreach

Taylor Crouch — Specialist, CyberPatriot


Rebecca Dalton — Director, StellarXplorers Operations

Alexander Edgar — Manager, StellarXplorers Program Administration

Jessica Robertson — Program Manager


Rob Clapper — Chief Development Officer

Julie Siegel — Director of Development

Leslie Mazeska — Senior Director of Development

Katie Ibraliu — Director of ShopAFA

Helen Mercedes — Development Coordinator

Paul Schneider — Individual Giving Manager

Doolittle Leadership Center

Patrick Donley, PhD. — Director

Luke Forister — Operations Manager


Joseph Stangl — Chief Financial Officer

Yetta Hughes — Director of Finance

Michael Price — Staff Account, Accounts Payable

Eric Phillips — Accounting Manager

Human Resources/Administration

Sharrón Dean — Senior Director Human Resources/Administration​​​​​

Alyssa Goodwin — Human Resources Specialist / Talent Engagement and Outreach

Brian McNeil — Specialist, HR Benefits

Information Technology

Tony Witzel — Deputy CIO

Evan Hines — Director, Information Technology

David Huynh — Senior Network Administrator

Ted Yorkshire — Senior Multimedia Manager

Casey Allison — Business Solutions Engineer

Legislative Affairs

William Castle — Vice President, Legislative Affairs

Kassidy Lemminn — Legislative Affairs Policy Coordinator

Events & Operations

Amanda Grandel — Vice President, Events & Operations

Christy Sitter — Director of Sales

Cynthia Escobedo — Senior Manager, Events and Operations

Katie Storm — Senior Manager, Event Registration

Joe “JP” Plantamura — Manager, Media & Event Activation

Craig Duclos — Manager, Event Protocol

Connie Lau — Manager, Events

Katie Certain — Manager, Marketing

Allison Skodi — Manager, Event Speaker & Production

Vinson Povlitz — Sales Coordinator

Member & Field Relations

Kari Voliva — Vice President, Member & Field Relations

Christine Brown — Senior Manager, Community Outreach

Kris Phillips — Director, Volunteer Engagement

Abigail Remy — Director, Membership Operations

Joseph Peel — Manager, Aerospace Education

Alex Panduro — Coordinator, Corporate Membership

Miranda Roberts — Coordinator, Board and Volunteer Support

Amanda Lewis — Coordinator, Community Outreach

Sharon Baldwin — Junior Salesforce Administrator

Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies

Lt. Gen. David Deptula, USAF (Ret.) — Dean

Douglas Birkey — Executive Director

Gen. Kevin P. Chilton (Ret.) — Explorer Chair, Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies Spacepower Advantage Research Center (MI-SPARC)

Maj. Gen. Larry Stutzriem, USAF (Ret.) — Director, Research

Mark Gunzinger — Director, Future Concepts & Capability Assessments

Heather Penney — Senior Resident Fellow

John “Mike” Dahm — Senior Resident Fellow for Aerospace and China Studies

Charles Galbreath — Senior Resident Fellow for Space Studies, Spacepower Advantage Center of Excellence (MI-SPACE)

Kamilla Gunzinger — Senior Program Director

Shane Thin — Digital Media Content Assistant

Aidan Poling — Research Analyst

Ana Maria Waldo — Operations Coordinator