Meet Our Team

Meet the Board of Directors. The dedicated team below ensures that Tribute Aviation is run efficiently, effectively and in compliance with non-profit standards and regulations.

Kurt Muller


Kurt is a 1993 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and retired Naval Aviator with 258 combat support missions in three combat theaters (Kosovo, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom) for which he was awarded a Bronze Star and 13 Air Medals.  Kurt is currently a professional pilot flying the Challenger 300/350.

Krista Criswell


Krista Criswell is a highly skilled and accomplished strategist with more than 20 years experience building brands and engaging leaders to shine in their respective industries. An entrepreneur herself, she thrives in collaborating with business owners to think divergently and expand outside of the proverbial box. Krista’s most recent venture was to lead a start-up healthcare analytics company from inception to the top of their market before being acquired.

Van Lanier


Van Lanier is an experienced corporate director, finance executive, and practicing tax accountant. Van has served as Treasurer of two national charities and director of several startup companies. Van is also a pilot, having held a Commercial license since 1970. A former flight instructor, Van has receivd the FAA’s Master Pilot Award for over 50 years of safe flying.

Richard Kelly


Richard Kelly is a 1993 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and Naval Fighter pilot, flying both F-14 Tomcats and F-18 Hornets. “Tex” also had multiple tours supporting special forces as a liaison. Currently a pilot with Delta Airlines, he continues his passion for aviation and continues to seek opportunities to serve others.

Gabe Muller


Gabe Muller is an agile servant leader who is passionate about helping companies reach their full potential. Gabe’s entrepreneurial spirit has not only helped him lead multiple organizations through tremendous growth, but has led him to build a worldwide aviation club with over 6000 members. As an avid aviator, Gabe takes every opportunity to fly and to share his passion with others including STEM flights for youth.

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