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6151 Portage Road
Portage, MI 49002
Staff Contact Information
Troy Thrash, President & CEO
Oversees all operations of the Air Zoo.
Kim Robinson, Director of Operations
Oversees attraction and sales operations and is responsible for new business.
Sue Markus, Director of Finance
Responsible for financial activities.
Maria Suszynski, Director of Advancement
Responsible for Development, Fundraising, Donor Services, & Donation Requests. If you are requesting a donation, please review the Air Zoo's donation request guidelines by clicking HERE.
Patrick Brent, Marketing & Communications Manager
Responsible for all marketing and public relations (Please contact Maria Suszynski for Donation Requests).
Tamra Stafford, Membership Services and Volunteer/Community Resources Manager
Oversees membership programs,volunteer activities, and internships.
Debbie VanGemert, Customer Service Manager
Responsible for maintaining customer satisfaction.
Group & Event Sales Department
Responsible for school, group and special event bookings.
Michael Martin - Group & Event Sales Manager
Danielle Baughman - Group & Event Sales Coordinator
Dan Patnode - Group & Event Sales Coordinator
Kathleen Larsen, Education Manager
Manages the Air Zoo's education team and programming
Laurie Burkhardt, Collections Manager
Manages the museum's artifact collection and archives.
Al Hollaway, Technical Services Manager
Responsible for Information Technologies and Technical Resources.
Greg Ward, Senior Conservator
Responsible for care of the aircraft and restoration facilities.
Marshall Beachler, Attractions Superintendent
Responsible for repair activities of museum attractions.