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 Dunn Office Manager
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 Performing Arts and Events; 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 Stage Management from the University of Delaware Professional Theatre Training Program. She is also a proud graduate from the Alabama School of Fine Arts Theatre Department, class of 1997. She is on the board of the East Lake Merchant Group and Central Alabama Hospitality Attractions and Business Association and is affiliated with Alabama Wedding and Event Professionals.
Charles "Charlie" Phillips Museum Technician Charlie joined the Southern Museum Of Flight team in June 2014. His aviation career began in 1972 after high school as a lineman for Bill Woods Beechcraft. There Charlie met the aviation legend Glen Messer who taught him how to service his Cessena. Charlie earned his private pilot certificate at Bill Woods Beechcraft. Charlie attended undergraduate flight training at Williams AFB in Arizona and graduated from Jefferson State in Business Administration and the Air National Guard officer school, Academy Of Military Science, as a member of the 117th Tactical Recon Squadron. Charlie came to us from Kaiser Aircraft, formerly Alabama Aircraft Industries, as an estimator and planner on the C-12 program. Prior to Kaiser, Charlie worked for Alabama Aircraft Industries as the final assembly and operations supervisor on the U.S.A.F. KC-135 StratoTanker beginning in 1998 though 2012 . 2006 the United States Air Force introduced Operation Team Spirit on all Air National Guard KC-135 A/C undergoing programmed depot maintenance to streamline the acceptance inspection by the home unit for the aircraft. Charlie coordinated this inspection with the aircraft home unit and the Alabama Aircraft final assembly team. Charlie was also the location manager for the Birmingham Airport for AMR Services and AMR Combs. As sister companies of American Airlines, they provided ground handling for commercial carriers and a full service fixed base operation (FBO) for corporate and private aircraft.
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