Dr. Brian J. Barsanti Executive Director & Historian
Brian began working with the Southern Museum of Flight in 2007. He serves as a part-time faculty member at Huntingdon College, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Miles College. Brian is a graduate of a number of military training schools including the United States Army Airborne School, and he currently serves as an officer in the United States Coast Guard Reserve. He completed his undergraduate degree at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and his education includes a graduate degree in History from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Brian also holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Wayne Novy Curator & Director of Operations
Wayne joined the Southern Museum of Flight in 2004, after retiring from the United States Air Force. In his 22 year career, he worked avionic systems, crewed many versions of the C-135 and learned four Slavic languages. He is the only Air Force enlisted graduate of the Marine Corps Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course. Wayne has worked at a number of aviation museums, and he has maintained vintage aircraft both flying and non-flying. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, with degrees in History and Anthropology.
Daphne has been a member of the Southern Museum of Flight team since 2005. She possesses over 16 years of office administration experience with the City of Birmingham. In addition, Daphne’s professional work experience includes nearly twenty years of management, human resources management and public relations endeavors. She is a graduate of Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration.
Zachary Edison Restoration Technician
Zachary joined the Southern Museum of Flight part-time in June of 2011 and became a permanent member of the team in November 2011. He previously worked for Alabama Aircraft Industries as a Senior Estimator on KC-135, C-130, P-3 aircraft and H-60 helicopter depot-level repair maintenance. He retired from the United States Air Force after 24 years. During his military career, he worked as a Crew Chief and Superintendent on C-5, C-141, C-130, C-9 and C-17 aircraft. He became a master instructor teaching C-141, C-130 and C-5 aircraft maintenance. Zachary has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Talladega College, and two Associates Degrees from the Community College of the Air Force in both Aircraft Maintenance and Military Instructor of Technology.
Elizabeth Grady Events Manager
Elizabeth joined the Southern Museum of Flight in 2012 with over 15 years experience working in the Performing Arts, Events and Project Management; locally with the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Alys Stephens Center and nationally with The Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center. Most recently she traveled with Big Bird as a tour manager for Sesame Street Live! Liz has her Masters of Fine Arts degree in Project Management from the University of Delaware Professional Theatre Training Program. She is also a proud graduate from the Alabama School of Fine Arts, class of 1997. She is on the board of the Central Alabama Hospitality Attractions and Business Association and is affiliated with Alabama Wedding and Event Professionals and the Zonta's. Photo by Drew Burke, photographer for the Bombshell Calendar for the Mary Alice Beatty scholarship.
Melissa C. Morgan Education Coordinator Melissa joined the Southern Museum of Flight team in 2014 and has served in the museum and University fields for over 15 years. Most recently, she served as the Director of Brenau University Galleries in Gainesville, GA, as well as the Assistant Director of Centre for Living Arts and Executive Director of the Pensacola Museum of Art. Melissa has received several international, national, and state recognition awards, and recently selected to attend the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Non-Profit Management Leadership Seminar. She has held leadership positions for the American Alliance of Museums, Southeastern Museums Conference, and Alabama Museums Association as well as serving as a grant review panelist for the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Ms. Morgan holds a M.A. in Art History and a B.A. in English from the University of Alabama and an M.B.A., Management, from the University of South Alabama.
Charles "Charlie" Phillips Museum Technician Charlie joined the Southern Museum of Flight team in June 2014 with an extensive aviation career spanning over forty years. His career includes working as a lineman for Bill Woods Beechcraft and an estimator & planner on the C-12 Program. Charlie also served as a final assembly and operations supervisor on the USAF KC-135 Stratotanker, as well as the location manager for the Birmingham Airport AMR series and AMR Combs. Charlie attended undergraduate flight training at Williams AFB in Arizona. He graduated from Jefferson State in Business Administration and the Air National Guard Officer Training School, Academy of Military Science, as a member of the 117th Tactical Recon Squadron and holds a private pilot certificate from Bill Woods Beechcraft.
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