Matt Hayes, President & CEO, and Reba Gilman, Vice President of Education, Museum of Flight, “The Museum of Flight: Enhancing Stem Education & Careers”
MATT HAYES joined the staff of the Museum of Flight in March 2006. However, he really began his involvement with the Museum in 2000, as a B‑17 restoration volunteer, something he did until the aircraft went on display in 2009. Hayes has held many posts, from Controller, to Vice President of Finance and Administration and CFO, to Executive Vice President. In his current role as President and CEO, Hayes is responsible for directing the Museum’s long-term strategic planning process and ensuring that the Museum reaches its vision of becoming the foremost educational air and space museum in the world.
Just like his passion for aviation, Matt has also been equally passionate about education. From 2002 to 2006, Hayes worked as the CFO for Alliance for Education, in Seattle. Prior to that, he worked for Deloitte and Touche, at the Philadelphia office, from 1993 to 1995, and then in Seattle, from 1995 to 2002. He ended his career there as a Senior Manager.
Hayes grew up in the rural western New York town of Byron and moved to Seattle in 1995. He attended Villanova University, where he earned a BS in Accounting, magna cum laude, and passed the CPA exam in November 1994.
Hayes has served on multiple non-profit boards and is active in the community. As a pilot, he has his Private, Commercial, Instrument, and Seaplane ratings.
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REBA GILMAN is the founder and first principal/CEO of Raisbeck Aviation High School (RAHS). In this role she successfully built the program from the ground up, recruiting students and families and developing key partnerships to ensure stakeholder support for the school’s mission of “preparing students for college, career, and citizenship, in the context of aviation and aerospace.” The school has become a nationally recognized model of excellence, with students achieving in the top 1% in the nation; annually, approximately 70‑80% transition to STEM education post-secondary programs. After a decade of leading the high school and permanently locating the school on the campus of the Museum of Flight, Reba transitioned to the Museum of Flight in August 2014, where she currently serves as Vice President of Education, leading the Boeing Academy for STEM Learning.
Reba’s career includes teaching business and marketing, administering career and technical education programs at a regional technical center and in a large comprehensive high school, guiding career education programs, consulting in the private sector, as well as education, owning and operating a retail business, and working in human resources for an astronautics company, as well as a staffing agency.
Reba has received many awards for her outstanding work in education, including being honored as a Pathfinder recipient by the Museum of Flight and induction into the Pathfinder Hall of Fame, Administrator of the Year by the Washington Association of Vocational Administrators, Lifetime Achievement Award by the Highline Foundation for Excellence, and Administrator of the Year by the Washington PTSA.