Staff Management Team
Lanie Agulay – Private Events Manager
Lanie Agulay joined Hiller Aviation Museum in 2004. She plans and manages all aspects of daytime and evening private events from large scale to small meetings and functions. She also coordinates vendors, onsite resources, and event logistics for private events held at the Museum.
Nelson oversees the Museum’s public programs and special visitor activities that incorporate science, engineering, and technology, particularly involving the museum’s Invention Lab and Drone Plex on weekends. Nelson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Francisco State University and is an ambitious educator with over 15 years of experience working in a museum setting, including roles as instructor and interpreter at Wells Fargo History Museum and Friends of the Cable Car Museum in San Francisco.
Jeffery Bass – President & CEO
Jeffery Bass joined the Museum in 2007 with over 20 years of science museum experience in exhibit and program design, planetarium show production, museum operations management, and direction of a dome IMAX theater. Previous employers include Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and Milwaukee Public Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is knowledgeable in aviation, physics, and astronomy. Jeffery studied at San Jose State University and earned graduate degrees from University of Michigan. He also holds a Private Pilot Certificate.
Logan Davis manages the Museum’s Membership program, building on a professional background including more than ten years of advancement and development work with several Peninsula nonprofits. She received a BA Degree from San Francisco State University.
Rebecca Duran – Vice President of Development
Rebecca Duran joined the Museum in 2016, after more than 10 years at a youth mentoring program. Rebecca manages donor relations, along with fundraising events, initiatives, and campaigns. In addition to a solid set of advancement skills, Rebecca has an interesting journalism background and was also a Teach For America corps member. She earned a BA and BS from Boston University, a teaching credential from San Francisco State University, and an MS in Management/Nonprofit Leadership from New England College.
Linh is an experienced educator and curriculum developer, with particular expertise in early childhood education. She joined the Museum in 2011 working with the Aviation Camp program as an instructor and camp director. She began working full time with the Museum in 2016 as the Director of Education. Linh possesses a B.A in Sociology from UC Berkeley and she has obtained a clear multiple-subject teaching credential.
Katherine Garcia – Gift Shop Manager
Katherine has developed and implemented marketing strategies for diverse organizations, including KQED, Nichirei Foods America and Brae Corporation. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg, PA and has an MBA from San Francisco State.
Tanya Gist joined the Hiller Aviation Museum staff in 2016. As the volunteer coordinator, she is responsible for recruiting, scheduling, and training the Museum’s approximately 200 volunteers. Tanya also coordinates and works with the Events department on all aspects of daytime and evening private event. She has over 10 years of experience working in the education management industry. She has an Associate of Science in Business Administration and Economics & Psychology from Cañada College and is currently pursuing her B.A. in business administration.
Esperanza Halili – Bookkeeper
Esperanza Halili manages the day-to-day aspects of the museum’s finance operations. She has provided accounting and payroll services for numerous Bay Area firms and received a BS Degree in Business Administration – Finance from San Francisco State University.
Jenna Kimberlin – Collections Manager
Jenna joined the Museum in 2021 and oversees the care and preservation of the museum’s collection and its records. She began her career in historic preservation as an archaeologist in the Athenian Agora, and after college became the Manager of the International Women’s Air & Space Museum in Dayton, Ohio. Jenna worked in online engagement and digital design for NASA Headquarters, the FAA, and Women in Aviation, International, while occasionally volunteering in the Aeronautics Department of the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum. She holds a BA in Classics from New York University, and is currently completing her MA from Johns Hopkins University in Museum Studies. She started flying when she was 22 in a Piper J-3 Cub.
JoAnn McKee – Receptionist
JoAnn is the friendly voice that greets visitors with inquiries via phone. She also assists with registration of school group and camp reservations and assists the museum’s Membership operations with communications and record keeping.
Willie Turner – Vice President of Operations & Marketing
Willie Turner joined the Hiller Aviation Museum in October 1995. He manages the overall marketing department and creates the promotional events supporting the organization’s overall mission. He plans and manages all aspects of daytime and evening private events from large scale to small meetings and functions. He also coordinates vendors, onsite resources, and event logistics for private events held at the Museum. He has successfully developed, the Museum’s premier events including Vertical Challenge, Biggest Little Air Show, Day of Drones, Noon Years, and the lecture series. A graduate of California State University, Chico, he also holds a Private Pilot Certificate.
Jon Welte – Vice President of Education & Public Programs
The Hiller Aviation Museum welcomed Jon Welte aboard in June 2007. Jon is responsible for the development and implementation of Aviation Camp, school field trip programs, and other Museum-related experiences for children and the general public. Jon was captivated by aviation and science at a young age. He logged his first hour of dual instruction at age 13 and received his first telescope that same year. Jon holds a BS in Astronomy, an MBA, and a Private Pilot Certificate.