Meet Our Staff

Kevin Bedford • Acting Director

As the son of an A&P mechanic, Kevin spent many of his formative years destroying and then reassembling mechanical devices of all types. In the Bedford family, if you wanted some new toy you learned how to make it yourself. This attitude spawned a lifelong passion to understand how things work and how to make them work better.

Ethan Yankura • Curator & Education Director

Trained as an English teacher, Ethan worked as a librarian, a classroom teacher, and with a number of nonprofits prior to joining the Owls Head team in 1999 as Education Director. He became Curator in 2007, a position that allows him to lend his knowledge of the individual pieces of the collection to the interpretation and formation of shows and exhibitions.

Toby Stinson • Special Event and Auction Coordinator

Toby’s love of anything involving transportation, history and museums began as a young boy here at the Owls Head Transportation Museum. He worked for 14 years as a history teacher and coach prior to returning to his native Midcoast to join the Museum staff in 2013. Toby’s innate love of transportation is a familial passion, and since childhood he has worked alongside his father, who is an avid car collector. Toby owns and has built his own Model T and recently restored an antique farm truck. His passion for transportation is complemented by a vast and diverse experience in the transportation industry.

Kat Stuart • Creative Director

Kat has had a diverse career in design. Her background includes specialized branding as well as publication, web, graphic, trade show and exhibition design. She worked at various advertising agencies in Philadelphia and Boulder before moving to Maine in 1993, where she worked as an art director at Down East Enterprise and later owned her own creative services agency. Growing up on a farm, she began driving at the age of 12 and has maintained a passion for transportation ever since. She joined the OHTM team in March 2013.

Bob Bailey • Aircraft Conservator

Bob Bailey has been an aviation enthusiast since he was a young boy. He has lead a diverse career in various facets of the aviation industry and lends his many skills to the aviation program at the Museum. Bob enjoys flying his beautiful Bucker Jungmann biplane in his spare time. He joined the staff in May 2014.

Warren Kincaid • Ground Vehicle Conservator

Being born and raised on a North Jersey farm placed Warren in an environment in which he could tinker with old equipment as a youngster. Ever since he can remember, Warren was fascinated with all things mechanical, model building and finding rusty objects. After serving a term in the military in steam propulsion, and then holding various jobs as a mechanic and as a quality control chemist, Warren has an innate sense of “what works.” Prior to employment at the Museum Warren was involved with early auto restoration as a private business and was a Museum volunteer for more than 30 years.

Niki Dabrio Janczura • Volunteer Coordinator / Special Assistant to the Director

Niki’s background in event planning and volunteer leadership makes her well poised to meet the diverse demands of managing the Museum’s bustling volunteer office. With a love for all things vintage, Niki finds inspiration in being surrounded by nostalgic Americana.

Valerie Velho • Membership Coordinator / Database Manager

After graduating from Maine Maritime Academy with a degree in International Business and Logistics, Valerie worked as a retail store manager for several years before joining the Museum staff in 2013. She remembers journeying to the Museum with her family in their Model T when she was a young girl.

Sarah E. Dunne • Librarian/Archivist

Sarah grew up on both coasts, in a family that made annual pilgrimages to Kitty Hawk and the Air & Space Museum; her first word was “airplane”. She got her first museum job at the age of 14. After lengthy detours into the corporate world, teaching, and non-profit work, she went back to school for a master’s in library and information science. She is very happy to be back in the museum world - how many librarians get to drive ‘32 Chevys, or catalog Orville Wright’s canceled checks?

Kathryn Pardo • Auction and Development Associate

Trained in anthropology, Kathryn has worked on archaeological digs, with Native American tribes, for the National Park Service, and in environmental conservation. After accidentally getting into the communications business for a few years, Kathryn is returning to her cultural resources roots at the museum. She loves the history of the antique autos and airplanes and can’t wait to learn more. She joined the staff in November 2014.

Scott Owens • Plant and Grounds Manager

A veteran employee of the Museum, Scott has handled all aspects of grounds management, planning and indoor and outdoor maintenance for nearly two decades. In addition to his integral role at the Museum, Scott is an avid gardener and bird hunter.

Philip Watson • Utilities • Maintenance • Grounds

Philip joined the staff in early 2012, having previously been employed by the Museum. Philip previously spent 25 years employed in the abatement and remediation industry and now assists with all aspects of grounds and facility maintenance.

Thomas Goodwin • Museum Videographer

Thomas Goodwin graduated from Emerson College in 2010 with a BA in Film Production and a short 1920’s gangster film. He has used his lifelong passion for film to teach, freelance, and pursue creative ventures in writing, directing and producing stories through film and video. Tom joined the Owls Head Transportation Museum staff in June 2014 as in-house videographer as they expand and update their “movin’ pictures” presence with promotional and educational video content.

Ellen Koches • Visitor Services / Store Manager

Ellen’s diverse background includes Museum Educator at the Maine State Museum and Head of Visitor Services at the Farnsworth Art Museum. Ellen has a passion for vintage motorcycles - especially for her 1976 BMW R/75, which she has been riding for more than 30 years. Ellen’s professional museum experience together with her love of old bikes smoothly shifted her onto the OHTM team in 2016.

Founders

James S. Rockefeller, Jr.

Steve Lang

Thomas J. Watson, Jr. (1914-1993)


Officers

Duncan W. Brown, Chairman

Thomas H. Rudder, Vice Chairman

Gary C. Dunton, Treasurer


Trustees

Kenneth Cianchette

Rodney D. Gray

Robert T. Jacobs

John D. Karp

Steve Lang

Lester W. Noyes

Matthew Orne

James S. Rockefeller Jr.

John J. Sanford

Molly S. Shanklin

Norman D. Shanklin

John Ware Sr.

Lawrence M. Woodworth

Emeritus

Jim Bitner

Charles M. Cawley

Alvin S. McNeilly

Francis J. O’Hara

George Phocas

David B. Thurston

Robert E. Warren

Charles Chiarchiaro, Director Emeritus