Board of Directors

The Connecticut Air & Space Center Board of Directors
Our board is a group of actively involved members with a forward looking vision of continued growth for the Connecticut Air & Space Center. As of January 12th, 2013 the current Board is:

Eugene E. Madara, Esq. Museum President

geneMFormerly Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary and Regional Counsel for North America for ABB Inc., Mr. Madara has dealt extensively in both commercial and governmental sectors throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. He has been a lecturer at Pace University Law School regarding international project risk structuring and financing, a guest speaker at the Practicing Law Institute, the American Corporate Counsel Association, the National Trade Council, and has testified before the United States Senate regarding international trade. Mr. Madara is also co-inventor of a U.S. Patent entitled “Process for Internet Ordering of Industrial Products.” Mr. Madara obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude from St. Anselm College and his Juris Doctor degree with honors from The University of Connecticut School of Law and graduated from the Senior Leadership Development Program at IMD, Lausanne.

Mark Corvino – Vice PresidentConstruction Specialist

MarkCMr. Corvino is a lifetime resident of Stratford, Connecticut and is married with 2 children. He is a well respected business owner and construction specialist with 25 years experience designing and planning residential, commercial and industrial projects. Mr. Corvino is currently the Lead Restoration Fabricator and Rigger as part of the Igor Sikorsky Memorial Corsair Restoration Team. Mr. Corvino’s dedication to the restoration project and the pride he takes in his work is inspired by the many members of his family who all worked for Chance Vought. In particular, his Mother worked as a “Rosie the Riveter” on the Corsair hand riveting the center section, his Father worked in the transportation department driving trucks moving parts and equipment and his Uncle was a lead materials handler.

Dennis Soltis  – Secretary – Artifact Acquisition Manager

dennisSMr. Soltis lives in Trumbull Ct. is married and has a son and daughter. Dennis is currently employed at Ultra Electronics Measurement Systems Inc. in Wallingford Ct. where he operates machinery in the Prototype and Development Lab. He also works on the production floor assembling miniature joysticks, control grips, hand controls, and soldier portable controls for the military and civilian markets. He graduated from Bullard Havens Technical School with a diploma in Auto Mechanics. Dennis’s employment record has mainly been in the machining and aerospace manufacturing industry. He had worked for twenty years at Avco-Textron Lycoming until they had moved to Arizona. Presently Mr. Soltis is the Artifact Acquisition Coordinator for the Connecticut Air and Space Center Museum and also serves on the Board of Directors for the museum. Dennis’s interest in aircraft and collecting and preserving artifacts and memorabilia from World War Two and Connecticut aviation was inspired from his father’s love for aviation and pride for serving in the Pacific in WWII as a top turret gunner on a bomber.

Edward McGuinnessTreasurer – Project Manager Corsair Restoration

Ed_McGuinnessMr. McGuinness lives in Milford Ct and is married with 2 sons. Ed is currently employed as a Engineering Test Lab Manager working for Hubbell Wiring Devices in Shelton. He obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Haven, a Master of Science Degree in the Management of Technology from Fairfield University and has extensive training in Project Management. Currently, Mr. McGuinness is the Project Manager, Chief Mechanic and Project Engineer for the Igor Sikorsky Memorial Corsair Restoration Team. Ed’s drive to make the restoration project a great success is inspired by his Uncle Ed (USMC) who was lost in action in the Korean conflict and his Uncle Bill, who as his first job in the Marine Corp, worked on and maintained Corsairs.

Christopher SoltisCurator & Designer
chrisSMr. Soltis joined the CASC in 2005 and has used his graphic design abilities to work with the Connecticut Air & Space Center. He’s currently titled under head display designer (conceptual design / execution / outsource & resource operations / installation) marketing manager, advertising consultant, model display builder, restoration aid, PR representative, period living history re-enactor, and a host of other responsible occupations under the small museum organizational umbrella.

Andy Kosch – Educator – Gustave Whitehead Expert

Morgan Kaolian – Pilot – Former Airport Manager

Jim Collins – IT – US Navy Vet

If you have further questions about the Connecticut Air & Space Center please email our director at We always respond in a prompt and timely manner.


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