Mackensie Wittmer, deputy director of the National Aviation Heritage Alliance (NAHA), has accepted the position of executive director effective Aug. 22, the NAHA board of trustees has announced. She succeeds Anthony “Tony” Sculimbrene, who is retiring.
The federal commission was created by Congress and charged with supporting the development of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park and the restoration of the Wright Dunbar Historic District. The commission had a legislative mandate to identify a follow-on organization to carry on the work of preserving Dayton’s aviation heritage once it sunset in December, 2003. Sculimbrene was tasked by the commissioners to find a permanent successor to the commission, and to that end he advocated for the creation of a U. S. National Heritage Area to preserve and promote the aviation heritage of the region, and the establishment of NAHA as its management entity.