Board of Directors
Joe Krenowicz: 2016 President
Joe Krenowicz is the Executive Director for the Madras Chamber of Commerce. He enjoys loud engines, fast planes, and watching families share an up close and personal Airshow. As President, he is involved in Public Relations & Media, but he also serves as our Logistics Coordinator. Joe has served on several local and Central Oregon boards, held elected positions with the City of Madras, and once owned a NAPA Auto Parts store. He enjoys boating, camping, and snowmobiling.
Tom Brown: Vice President
Tom Brown began working with the Airshow in the early stages. With a lifetime interest in aircraft and photography, the Airshow was a natural fit for his talents. He has served the Board in many capacities over the years, including Chair for three years. A life-long resident of Madras and local business owner, Tom has volunteered for many years on the Madras City Council, Redevelopment Commission, Airport-Industrial Site Committee, Chamber Board, Boy Scouts and many others. He and his wife spend their free time traveling, diving and taking pictures.
Rick Allen: Treasurer
Rick Allen serves on the Airshow Board as the Treasurer and while he's busy interacting with all facets of the Airshow, his primary duties include finance, budgets, and ticketing. He spends his free time floating the rivers of the west, volunteering as an EMT-Firefighter and serving on regional boards such as the Deschutes River Conservancy helping to keep the region a great place to live. Rick splits his time between business and public sector positions, and currently serves as the Interim City Manager for Sisters, Oregon.
Ron Ochs: Board Member
Ron Ochs moved to the Madras area in the 1950’s and ran a cattle ranch. A former F-86 pilot, he flew private planes, restored an antique bi-plane (a Navy N3N-3), and built a World War I fighter (a French Nieuport) which now sits in the Museum of Flight near Seattle. He and his family hosted fly-ins at their ranch in the late 70’s and early 80’s. The fly-ins were popular and well attended by local residents. Eventually, the fly-ins moved to Madras and included aerial acts. Ron is responsible for inviting antique aircraft to the Airshow.
Don Mobley: Board Member
Don Mobley, one of the founders of our Airshow, is the Performers' Coordinator and also the Air Boss. A former US Navy Pilot, he flies corporate jets for Les Schwab during the day and has been active in airshow management for many years in his spare time. Don has performed in airshows flying a Pitts, RV-4, and most recently doing his famous Clown Act in a Citabria or Super Cub.
Rob Berg: Board Member
Rob Berg and his wife Tracy own and operate Berg Air LLC and manage the Madras Municipal Airport for the City of Madras. Rob serves on numerous local Boards and Commissions and has been involved with the Airshow of the Cascades since its inception in 2001. He is a multi- and single-engine rated pilot in addition to being an Airframe and Power plant certified Aircraft Maintenance Technician with Inspection Authorization privileges. While holding a position with the Department of Defense he traveled extensively – visiting over 68 different countries and every state in the US!
Melanie Widmer: Board Member
Melanie Widmer got involved in the early days of the Airshow through her work on the Madras Airport and Industrial Park Committee. She oversees Airshow Hospitality including performer transportation, Chalets, and Guest Services. Melanie owns and operates Madras Sanitary Service, and just retired from a 14-year stint on the Madras City Council, where she served her last six years as Mayor.
Bruce Hoyt: Board Member
Bruce Hoyt relocated to Madras to enjoy the Central Oregon life and brings his sense of a better community through involvement. He is a retired public sector manager with more than 30 years of experience in public-private utilities and development. Bruce manages Parking for the airshow and provides oversight for efficient traffic flow and space utilization. He works directly with Logistics to help provide a better all-around experience for our attendees.
Judy Solso: Board Member
Judy Solso, moved to Madras in 2000 and became involved with the Airshow to get involved in a community event. In 2002 she became our Publicity liaison and in 2003 she took over as our Vendor liaison. During her tenure with the Airshow, she has built great relationships with our partners and vendors. As a former flight attendant, she's a perfect fit for the Airshow. She is currently a buyer for a local business and works for 509-J School district.
Tom Hansen: Board Member
Tom Hansen relocated to Madras to open Figaro’s Pizza in 1995. Always community minded, he has served as President of the Madras-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, Airport Industrial Site Committee, Kid’s Club Board, Friends of NRA Committee, and been involved with the Airshow since 2000. “My dad owned and piloted his own plane when I was growing up and I have always enjoyed flying and being around them. But my real passion is classic and fine automobiles of any kind.” Tom oversees the car show portion of the Airshow.
Mark Carman: Board Member
Mark is the Emergency Manager for Jefferson County and brings 30+ years experience in Emergency Services to the Airshow. Mark’s primary role in the Airshow is to provide a safe environment for visitors and participants, and be the liaison between the participating Emergency Service agencies. Mark and his wife live in Madras and enjoy all that Central Oregon has to offer.
Margaret Kincaid: Board Member
Margaret Kincaid is a retired teacher from the Jefferson County School District who currently coaches tennis at Madras High School. She came to Central Oregon in 1991 and has been very involved in her community including serving a seven-year position on the Madras Aquatic Center (MAC) Board as well as acting as Interim Executive Director. She is also involved in the JCLD film committee, Buff Boosters, and American Legion Auxiliary when she’s not teaching cake decorating! Margaret began volunteering at the Airshow with the Buff Boosters in the t-shirt booth five years ago before becoming our first-ever Volunteer Coordinator in 2015. With the connections she has built over the years in this community, she is an invaluable resource when it comes to Volunteers.
Lysa Vattimo: Coordinator
Lysa Vattimo has been involved with the Airshow of the Cascades since she moved to Central Oregon in 2014, and she continues to be involved with the Oregon International Airshow where she has served in their Hot Pit for 10+years. She has a strong Public Relations and event planning background and a passion for organization. She considers it an honor to serve the performers, volunteers, Board Members, who pour their hearts into our Airshow and give their all for our visitors.
Veterans and kids 5 & under get in free