Wyoming Department of Transportation

Aeronautics Commission Members

Pete Schoonmaker


Chairman - Peter Schoonmaker represents Aeronautics Commission District 5, which includes Sheridan, Johnson, Campbell, Weston, and Crook Counties. Chairman Schoonmaker is currently Chairman, CEO, and President of Summit Gas Resources, Inc., a private natural gas production and exploration company. From 2003 to 2011 he was CEO and President of Pinnacle Gas Resources, Inc., a NASDAQ listed Public Company.  In 1995, he joined U.S. Energy, a publicly held mining and energy company, and served as President, Chief Operating Officer and Director of U.S. Energy`s subsidiary Rocky Mountain Gas Inc.  In 1985, he served as President, Owner, and Operator of a land and agricultural company based in Colorado and Wyoming. Chairman Schoonmaker is also a Director and Chairman of the Finance and Investment Committee for the Sheridan-based Whitney Benefits Foundation, a non-profit educational foundation, and he received his pilot's license in 1997. Chairman Schoonmaker, his wife Janice, and their two (2) children live in Sheridan.  Term: 03/01/09 to 03/01/2015

Charlie Ksir


Commissioner - Charles Ksir represents Aeronautics Commission District 1, which includes Albany, Laramie, Platte, and Goshen counties, and he was appointed to a six-year term on the Commission in 2005. He has been a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Wyoming since 1972, teaching and conducting research in psychopharmocology (drugs that affect the brain and behavior).  Now retired from active research, he continues to teach part time, and to make updates to his textbook, "Drugs, Society, and Human Behavior".  During his time at the university, he was a department head, associate vice president, and served four (4) years as Dean of the College of Education.  He was on the Albany County School Board for nine (9) years.  Commissioner Ksir has been a pilot since 1990, and he and his wife, Sandy, own a Cessna TR182 that they use to visit family in New Mexico and California. They also enjoy spending time at their cabin near Centennial. Term: 03/01/11 to 3/01/2017

Jerry Dilts


Vice Chairman - Jerry Dilts resides in Riverton, serving on the Commission for the District At Large, and is a private pilot with a single engine land and rotor-craft rating. He graduated from Douglas High School and Northeastern Jr. College, and is a lifelong rancher in Campbell and Converse Counties. He is a graduate of Wyoming Leadership Education and Development Class IV, and past president of its alumni association. Vice Chairman Dilts previously served on the Campbell County School Board, and was on the DEQ Air Quality Advisory Board under the Sullivan Administration. He currently is a member of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, member and past president of the Wyoming Wool Growers Association. He has three (3) children, and five (5) grandchildren.  Term:  03/01/2011 to 03/01/2017

Doyle Vaughan


Commissioner - Doyle Vaughan has lived in Jackson since 1984, and is serving on the Commission for the District at Large.  He previously served two five-year terms on the Jackson Hole Airport Board, with two (2) of those years as the Chairman.  He was employed as a captain for Southwest Airlines for over 20 years.  He also served as an instructor pilot for the US Army Primary Helicopter School at Ft. Wolters, Texas, during the Vietnam War.  After retiring from Southwest, Commissioner Vaughan and his wife, Diana, founded Vaughan Distributing, which markets synthetic lubricants.  Commissioner Vaughan holds pilot certificate No. 1441331, with airline transport type ratings, and Boeing 737 helicopter, and commercial helicopter endorsements.  His total flight hours exceed 28,000 accident- and incident-free flying hours.  Term:  03/01/2014 to 03/01/2020

Chuck Wilkie


Commissioner - Chuck Wilkie of Worland represents Aeronautics District 4, which includes Washakie, Hot Springs, Park, and Big Horn counties, and he was appointed to a six-year term on the Commission in 2011. Wilkie graduated with a bachelor's degree from the University of Wyoming and master's degree from the University of Nevada-Reno. Both degrees are in range science. He retired after a 36-year career with the Bureau of Land Management, where he led the coal leasing EIS team in the Powder River Basin for six years. He has been involved in the Washakie County community efforts since his retirement in 2000, and was a member of the Washakie Economic Development Association for six years.  Term:  03/01/11 to 03/01/2017

Vince Tomassi


Commissioner - Vince Tomassi of Kemmerer represents Aeronautics District 2, which includes Teton, Sublette, Lincoln, Uinta, Sweetwater, and Carbon counties, and he was appointed to a six-year term on the Commission in 2003.  Commissioner Tomassi graduated from Big Piney High School, and Eastern Montana College in Billings.  He spent four (4) years teaching school in Montana, and Oregon. Upon returning to Wyoming, he went into business with his father and brother, running a GM and Ford dealership, and Luigi's Restaurant.  He previously served on Kemmerer and Lincoln County Airport Boards, and is currently a member of the GM Western Regional Dealer Council. Term:  03/01/09 to 03/01/2015

Vacant Seat


District 3, which includes Fremont, Natrona, Converse, and Niobrara counties, is currently vacant.  To apply to be on a Wyoming Commission, please visit the Governors Website and fill out an application.

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