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 Schoolb and Northeastern Jr. College in Sterling, Colorado, 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 has served on the Campbell County School Boardb 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. Commissioner Dilts is the secretary-treasurer of the Campbell County Animal Control Board, and the current president of the Campbell County Airport Boardb where he has been a member since 2008. He has three (3) children, and four (4) grandchildren.  Term:  03/01/11 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 Distibuting, 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:  07/01/09 to 03/01/2014

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

John Vincent


Commissioner - John Vincent represents District 3 which includes Fremont, Natrona, Converse, and Niobrara counties.  Commissioner Vincent 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.  He is blessed with a terrific wife, Gretchen, and his three (3) children, Aaron, Tom, and Ann. He has six (6) grandchildren, and one (1) on the way, who are the loves of his life. Commissioner Vincent has long loved airplanes and aviation, and previously owned a 340, and now owns 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:  03/01/13 to 03/01/2019

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