Key Information About The Foundation

Background and Mission
The Airport Foundation MSP was incorporated in 1982 as the Metropolitan Public Airport Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, by members of the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC), airlines and the local airport community. In 2006, the name was officially changed to Airport Foundation MSP to better reflect its mission:

The Airport Foundation MSP dedicates itself to enhancing the experience and exceeding the expectations of travelers at MSP International Airport, as well as supporting the airport and broader aviation community.

This mission is achieved by funding beautification projects, supporting aviation-related causes, and managing customer service initiatives at MSP International Airport. Since its inception, the Foundation has directly contributed over $4 million towards these efforts. With an annual budget of over $1 million, the Foundation is funded by a combination of concessions revenues, donations, annual fundraising events and some proceeds from the Minnesota State Lottery at MSP International Airport, the top grossing lottery retailer in the state.

The Travelers Assistance program has received the bulk of this funding. This program has become a model for airports around the world and has helped to rank MSP International as one of the top airports in North America. Currently, over 400 highly trained volunteers assist over 1 million travelers annually with information, way-finding and a variety of special needs. Other worthy projects include airport beautification efforts such as designed floor mosaics, plants and flower baskets, and life-saving heart defibrillator units and the children’s play area. The Foundation also contributes to organizations such as the Armed Forces Service Center and the Aviation Hall of Fame.

Vision and Future Goals
The Airport Foundation MSP is recognized throughout the world for excellence and innovation in enhancing the air travel experience and promoting aviation. In addition to existing programs, recent initiatives include: MSP Navigator volunteers who put a friendly face on MSP International by assisting airport travelers in the pre-security areas as they arrive and depart; an expanded Arts and Culture program showcasing murals, sculptures, community exhibits, rotating art exhibitions, and musical and theatrical performances; and collaborative partnerships with the tourism industry to better promote events or opportunities in the Twin Cities area and throughout Minnesota.

Contact Information
Airport Foundation MSP
4300 Glumack Drive, Room D-2040
St. Paul, MN 55111

Executive Director – Jana Vaughn
Administrator – Patty Lupkowski
Arts & Culture Director – Robyne Robinson
Program Assistant – Mackenzie Owens
Travelers Assistance Director – Terry Ferguson
Volunteer Coordinator – Lynn Klonowski
Program Assistant – Elizabeth Beck
Marketing, Events & Special Projects Director – Kate Dougherty
Gambling / Lottery Director – Christie Schmidt
Lottery Vending Manager – Harish Saihgal

2014-2015 Board of Directors

Thomas Anderson Metropolitan Airports Commission
Jeannine Ashworth Delta Air Lines
Joseph DeBaun Bradford Airport Logistics, Inc.
Bill Deef Meet Minneapolis
John Edman Explore MN Tourism
Jaimini Erskine OTG Management
John Fredericksen Sun Country Airlines
Butch Howard HMS Host
Carole B. Howe CBR, Inc.
Douglas Killian Mall of America
Ross E. Kramer Messerli & Kramer
Terry Mattson Visit Saint Paul
Sherri Mullery Bloomington Convention and Visitors Bureau
Lisa Peilen Commissioner, Met. Airports Commission
Thomas Pokonosky TeleTICKET / Airport Business Center
Linda Rooney Alitalia Airlines (retired)
Sandra Colvin Roy (Past) Council Member – City of Minneapolis
Maureen Scallen Failor Bloomington Chamber of Commerce
Dennis Schulstad Brigadier General USAF (retired)
Mark Sharockman St. Croix Orthopaedics
Thomas Ting Sun Country Airlines
John J. Wagner Wings Financial
Steve Wareham Trillion Aviation
Gene Winstead Mayor, City of Bloomington
Sue Zelickson WCCO Radio