Ms Chrissy Miner, President/CEO, 21st Century Partnership

Ms. Miner wears many hats in the middle Georgia community.  She currently serves as the President/CEO of the 21st Century  Partnership and the Museum of Aviation Foundation. She is also a  reservist in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.
At the Partnership, she is responsible for the planning and execution of strategies required to enhance the military value of both Robins Air Force Base and the middle Georgia community. She works closely with community leaders, legislators and senior military officials to make middle Georgia as conducive as possible to build on current missions and accept new missions; thereby enhancing the 70-plus year partnership between the base and community.
As the President/CEO of the Museum of Aviation Foundation, She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Force Base – the 2nd largest Air Force museum in the nation. She leads all fundraising efforts and a staff of 34 team members in overseeing Science Technology Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M.) educational programs to more than 52K students and teachers annually in the National STEM Academy ™, coffee and gift shop retail operations, facility and event management services, special events management, marketing and public relations as well as information technology under a combined operating budget of more than $4.4 Million annually.
Finally, she continues to serve as a part-time Public Affairs Officer in the U.S. Air Force Reserve after more than two decades wearing the uniform.  Prior to joining the museum, she was the Chief Operating Officer for the 21st Century
Partnership. She has also worked for the Department of the Air Force as the Chief of Media Operations and the primary spokesperson for Robins Air Force Base. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia Fanning Institute’s Middle Georgia Regional Leadership Champions program, the Georgia Academy for Economic Development and the Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Robins Region program. She serves as an appointed member of the Middle Georgia State University President’s Advisory Council, and is also an active board member of the FireStarter Fab lab and the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce.
Ms. Miner graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Information Technology from Columbia College and earned a Master of Science degree in Management with a concentration in Public Affairs from the University of Maryland University College.

Mr. Daniel Rhoades, Chief Operations Officer, 21st Century Partnership

Mr. Rhoades joined the Partnership as the Director of Strategy in August of 2017 and became the Chief Operations Officer in August 2018. Dan discovered the Middle Georgia area after having spent summers in Macon as a child, choosing this location to settle after he retired from the US Navy.  He began his military career in the Army Reserve National Guard, transitioning to full time service with the U.S. Navy.  He retired in 2006 with 24 years of service, most of them in the Intelligence community.  He built his strategic portfolio at U.S. Space Command, U.S. Strategic Command and U.S. Transportation Command.  He spent over two years in Iraq providing intelligence analysis to the Iraqi government and other U.S. Allies.  During his time in Iraq, and on his return, he worked with L3, SAIC and X-Technologies as a contractor.  He then joined Air Force Reserve Command as a civil service employee working the 2005 BRAC.  He participated in the founding of the Air Force Strategic Basing and Total Force programs.

As the Chief Operations Officer, Dan is responsible for development and execution of strategies and action plans to enable achievement of the Partnership’s goals.  The 21st Century Partnership is a Georgia nonprofit corporation and is the only enterprise dedicated solely to actively support the current missions of Robins Air Force Base and ensure that both the base and the Middle Georgia community are best postured to accept new base missions.  The Partnership accomplishes these goals principally by working closely with national, regional and local leadership along with community organizations to positively influence those primary factors that will likely be considered under a future Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process. For more than 20 years, the Partnership has been a key participant in all large-scale Department of Defense decision-making of impact to Robins Air Force Base.

Mr. Jamie W. Cook , STEM Outreach and Workforce Coordinator, 21st Century Partnership

Mr. Cook joined the 21st Century Partnership Team in January 2019.

Mr. Cook retired as the branch chief for Workforce Development in the engineering directorate at Robins AFB, where he was responsible for recruiting and hiring processes for all scientists and engineers (S&E), student experience programs, and specialized programs. He was responsible for S&E recruiting at all grades, hiring, and retention programs, training and professional certification, and several career development, management and broadening programs, such as S&E PALACE Acquire (PAQ) and the DoD Science, Mathematics, And Research Transformation (SMART) scholarship for service. He was also the local coordinator for Air Force STEM and DoD STEM programs and related funding.

Prior to this position, Mr. Cook spent 18 years at AT&T, progressing from student engineer to staff manager, responsible for software development, data system operation and project management for a variety of applications supporting long distance voice and data services. He also held positions of technical leadership for an insurance company, a non-profit religious organization, and a major technical consulting firm, where he was director/project manager for implementation of PEOPLESOFT human resource and financial management applications for several corporate clients.

Mr. Cook has served on numerous advisory boards and committees for secondary and post-secondary education institutions and community support organizations related to growing Georgia’s STEM workforce. He is a frequent speaker to community groups supporting STEM educational outreach programs and volunteers many hours to STEM outreach and mentorship programs.

EDUCATION
1977 Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
2008 Master’s degree in logistics management, Georgia College and State University

MS. JUDY SMITH

Executive Assistant

Ms. Smith joined the 21st Century Partnership in September 2012. She was born and raised in Portland, Michigan. Upon graduation from high school, she moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida and worked as a flight attendant then married into the Air Force. She followed her husband to Pennsylvania, Arizona, Germany and Georgia. Ms. Smith retired from Robins AFB in December of 2012 after 28 years of civil service, with most of them in the Public Affairs Career Field. Ms. Smith can be contacted at (478) 225-9005 or admin@robins21.org.

MS. PAT BRIDGES

Executive Assistant

Ms. Bridges joined the 21st Century Partnership in February 2015. She retired from Robins AFB in January 2015 after 31 years of civil service.  Most of her career was spent as a program manager in plans and programs, the commander’s action group, and supply chain management.  Ms. Bridges is married, has two sons and two grandchildren.  Ms. Bridges can be contacted at (478) 225-9005 or admin@robins21.org.