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Address/Phone Numbers

Air Zoo
6151 Portage Road
Portage, MI 49002
866.524.7966 (toll-free)

Staff Contact Information

Troy Thrash, President & CEO
Oversees all operations of the Air Zoo.

Kim Robinson, Director of Experience Fulfillment
Oversees overall guest experience, attractions, facilities and grounds.

Mary Lawrence, Director of Talent Management and Finance
Responsible for human resource and financial activities.

Nate Melvin, Director of Engagement
Oversees fund development, donor relations, and member services.

Clayton Lyczynski II, Director of Sales
Oversees sales operations and is responsible for new business.

Nikki Statler, Director of Marketing
Contact for marketing and public relations needs (For Donation Requests or similar, please refer to Maria Newhouse's contact info below).

Maria Newhouse, Development Associate
Assists with donation requests, development, fundraising, & donor services. All Donation Requests must be made via an Air Zoo Donation Request Form, which can be downloaded HERE.

Tamra Stafford, Talent Engagement Manager
Responsible for recruitment, training and engagement for all employees and volunteers.

Michael Martin, Member Engagement Manager
Oversees the Air Zoo's membership program and member satisfaction. CLICK HERE to view the amazing benefits included with an Air Zoo membership!

Group & Events Department

Responsible for school, group and special event bookings.
General Inquiries
Dan Patnode, Sales Associate
Bretten Bailey, Sales Associate
Alyssa Dunn, Sales Associate

Kathleen Larsen, Education Manager
Manages the Air Zoo's education team and programming.

Al Hollaway, Technical Services Manager
Responsible for Information Technologies and Technical Resources.

Greg Ward, Restoration Manager
Responsible for care of the aircraft and restoration facilities.

Derek Menchinger, Operations Manager
Responsible for repair and maintenance activities of museum attractions.

April Bryan, Exhibits and Collections Manager
Responsible for overseeing exhibit and collections programs.

Christy Kincaid, Collections & Exhibits Coordinator
Responsible for taking in donations and managing collections.

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