Academy of Model Aeronautics Expands Programming and Support Staff

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Academy of Model Aeronautics adds staff to support expanding programs.

The Academy of Model Aeronautics continues to build its national programming and outreach in the areas of technology, education, history preservation, and hobby/recreation. AMA has recently hired new staff members at AMA Headquarters, located at the International Aeromodeling Center (IAC), in Muncie, Indiana to assist with new programs and projects.

The National Model Aviation Museum is excited to welcome two new staff members, Claire Aldenhuysen and Dillon Carpenter. Claire is the new education specialist. She earned a master’s degree in museology from the University of Washington, in Seattle, and has several years of experience in a variety of museum disciplines. Claire loves to make history fun and is excited to be working at the museum.

Dillon is the museum’s new multimedia producer. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in telecommunications with a focus in audio/video production, which he earned from Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana. Dillon has worked on short films, a feature film, commercials, and for a national TV network. He hopes to enhance his talents while working for AMA.

Tyler Dobbs joins AMA as the Government Affairs & Public Relations assistant. He has a Bachelor of Science degree with a focus in anthropology. Tyler has been connected to AMA for several years and is looking forward to developing that connection.

The Media and Publications department welcomes new staff member, Kyle Jaracz, to its team. Kyle is the department’s new art director/production manager. He signed up as an Infantryman 11-B when he was 17 and served six years in the Indiana Army National Guard while finishing high school and attending Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. Previously involved in RC sailplanes, Kyle is looking forward to working for the AMA and getting back into the RC hobby.

Chrystal Pearson joins the AMA Foundation as its development communications coordinator. She has a bachelor’s degree from Ball State University in Muncie, and has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than nine years. Chrystal is excited to apply her experience in fundraising and building relationships in the local community with her work at the AMA.


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The Academy of Model Aeronautics, founded in 1936, continues to be devoted to national airspace safety. It serves as the nation’s collective voice for approximately 185,000 modelers in 2,400 clubs in the United States and Puerto Rico. Headquartered in Muncie, Indiana, AMA is a membership organization representing those who fly model aircraft for recreation and educational purposes.

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