Aviation Heritage Center Board of Directors

These volunteers provide organizational governance oversight.

  Paul Walter, T-28 Airshow Pilot and Manager of Regional Operations, American Transmission Company
Vice President: 
   Gerald Baumann, Marketing and Projects Director, Windway Capital Corp.
Vice President: 
   Glenn Valenstein, President, Lakeshore Fleet Management
Treasurer: Gary Fick, Vice-president of Finance (retired) HTT, Inc.
Secretary: Seth Minster, Pilot, United Air Lines Boeing 777

Cory Bouck, Director or Organizational Development & Learning, Johnsonville Sausage
Michael Brotz, CEO Plastics Engineering Company
Robert Mezler, Senior Partner, Rhode Dales LLP
Soma Priddle, United Airlines Captain B757/B767/A320 and Attorney
Steve McNeilly, Southwest Airlines Captain B737 and Owner, Aviation Tutorials Company
Al Schafer, EAA Chapter 766 Representative

  Paul Walter
Paul Walter, President
Aviation Heritage Center Board of Directors

T-28 Airshow Pilot and Manager of Regional Operations,
American Transmission Company


Al Fairchild - Volunteer Coordinator
Dorothy Kohlhagen - Records
Lora Perry - Reception
Ardyn Walford - Reception
Anne and Mark Eggebeen
Gary Elshoff
Jay Hoogstra
Kris and Randy Krentz
Al Schafer — T-33 Nose Section Restoration Leader
Ted Katte — Simulator Instructor
Tony Kolar, Simulator Instructor


Executive Director - Jon Helminiak jon@ahcw.org
Director of Aviation Education - Bridgett Neu Bridgett@ahcw.org
Maintenance - Mike Schmitz

Aviation Heritage Center Advisory Board

These men and women offer advice and insights as requested by board or the Executive Director.

Ralph A. Bufano, Fellow, Royal Aeronautical Society
David J. French
Mary Kohler, Vice President, Windway Capital Corporation
Jake Schultz, Boeing Corporation
Patrick Trotter, President, Trotter Wellness
William G. Wagner, M.D.
Donna Wendlandt, President, Sheboygan County YMCA

Executive Director

Jon Helminiak, Executive DirectorExecutive Director Jon Helminiak brings decades of non-profit management and aviation experiences to the Aviation Heritage Center.

After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Jon spent six years as the assistant executive director of the Manito-wish YMCA. He then held a director position at the University of Wisconsin Foundation, and served as Assistant Chancellor for Development and Alumni Relations at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In both positions he worked with the university’s most prominent and successful alumni. He also had overseas assignments in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Hong Kong.  At UW-Milwaukee he managed a staff of 24 people and was Executive Director of the UWM Foundation that raised $12 million annually and managed assets of $34 million.

Jon is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School’s Baja Sea Kayaking School, and is a single and multi engine instrument-rated pilot with more than 2,300 hours of logged flying time, including numerous flights through Mexico and Canada. He owns and operates a P-35 model Beechcraft Bonanza.

His father, Raymond was a founding member of EAA with Paul Poberezny, and a B-17 co-pilot with the Eighth Air Force in England during WWII.  Jon’s uncle, Captain Robert Moevs, was the chief pilot for all allied generals during WWII, commanding a C-47 throughout Europe, Scandinavia, the Soviet Union and north Africa.

Jon Helminiak, Executive DirectorJon has independently explored over 60 different nations including self-planned wilderness trips in Alaska, Myanmar, Chile, Central America, Indonesia, Scandinavia, Europe and Nepal. Jon was the first American to complete a solo kayaking expedition through the Raja Ampat Archipelago near West Papua, New Guinea. Most recently, he was also the first American to complete a solo kayaking expedition along the coast of Oman, on the northeastern edge of the Arabian Peninsula. 

Jon is also a certified open water scuba diver and has dived over 20 of the world’s premier dive sites including the Truk Lagoon in Micronesia, the Gulf of Oman, Cuba, Belize, Hawaii, and Myanmar’s [Burma’s] Mergui Archipelago.

For years Jon has personally worked with Yale Scholar A. Lawrence Chickering and Educate Girls Globally (EGG), a non-profit organization that has improved girls’ enrollment, retention and academic performance in over 500 schools in India.

In addition to managing Adventure Quest Productions, Jon is the author of five published books and is presently writing the biography of businessman and philanthropist Terry J. Kohler. He is executive Director of the Aviation Heritage Center of Wisconsin and founded the Hmong T-28 Exhibit, the restoration of a North American T-28 aircraft to honor the Hmong and American pilots who fought in the U.S. Secret War in Laos. Jon serves on the board of directors of numerous organizations. He is also a dynamic and popular inspirational speaker.