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. Schoonmaker is currently Chairman, CEO and President of Summit Gas Resources, Inc. a private natural gas production and exploration company. From 2003 to 2011 Schoonmaker was CEO and President of Pinnacle Gas Resources, Inc. a NASDAQ listed Public Company.  In 1995, Schoonmaker 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, Schoonmaker served as president, owner and operator of a land and agricultural company based in Colorado and Wyoming. 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. Schoonmaker received his pilot's license in 1997. Schoonmaker, his wife Janice and their two children live in Sheridan.    Term: 3/01/09 to 3/01/2015

Charlie Ksir


Charles Ksir represents Aeronautics Commission District 1, which includes Albany, Laramie, Platte and Goshen counties. Ksir 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 years as dean of the College of Education. He was on the Albany County School Board for nine years. 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: 3/1/11 to 3/1/2017

Jerry Dilts


Vice Chairman - Jerry Dilts resides in Riverton, serving on the Commission as 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 in Sterling, Colo. 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. Dilts has 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, and president of the Campbell County Wool Warehouse Cooperative. Dilts is the secretary-treasurer of the Campbell County Animal Control Board, and the current president of the Campbell County Airport Board where he has been a member since 2008. He has three children and four grandchildren.  Term: 3/1/11 to 3/1/2017 

Doyle Vaughan


Doyle Vaughan has lived in Jackson since 1984, and is serving the Commission as District At Large.  He served two five-year terms on the Jackson Hole Airport Board with two of those years as chairman. He was employed as a captain for Southwest Airlines for over 20 years. He served as an instructor pilot for the US Army Primary Helicopter School at Ft. Wolters, Texas, during the Vietnam War. After retiring from Southwest, Vaughan and his wife, Diana, founded Vaughan Distibuting, which markets synthetic lubricants. 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. Term: 7/1/09 to 3/1/2014

Chuck Wilkie


Chuck Wilkie of Worland represents the Aeronautics District 4, which includes Washakie, Hot Springs, Park and Big Horn counties. 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: 3/1/11 to 3/1/2017

Vince Tomassi


Vince Tomassi of Kemmerer represents Aeronautics District 2, which includes Teton, Sublette, Lincoln, Uinta, Sweetwater and Carbon counties. Tomassi was appointed to a six-year term on the commission in 2003. Tomassi graduated from Big Piney High School and Eastern Montana College in Billings. He spent four 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 served on Kemmerer and Lincoln County Airport Boards and is currently a member of the GM Western Regional Dealer Council.      Term: 3/1/09 to 3/1/2015

John Vincent


John Vincent represents District 3 which includes Fremont, Natrona, Converse and Niobrara counties on the commission. John was raised in Riverton and put himself through college (Montana State University) and law school (Creighton University) working in the oil fields and uranium mines around the area. He is the founder of Vincent Law Office and is a trial lawyer. He is the former mayor of Riverton (2003-2011) and has served on the Riverton City Council (1979 – 1982), Wyoming Indian Affairs Council (1993 – 1995), and a variety of other boards and associations over the past 35 years. John is blessed with a terrific wife, Gretchen, and his three children, Aaron, Tom and Ann. He has six grandchildren, and one on the way, who are the loves of his life. When he is not working on a case or in his community, John can be found spending time with his family. John has long loved airplanes and aviation, and has owned a 340 and now a Duke. He has operated them with Larry Hastings serving as pilot and now Jim Carpenter.  From flying with these fine pilots he has learned that one must have the most capable and dependable people to fly and maintain your airplane. Term: 3/1/13 to 3/1/2019

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