Chris Vargo, Assistant Director and Danielle Wallace, Programs Director of Battleship NC
Chris is a native to Erie, Pennsylvania and married to Christy Walker Vargo of Reidsville, NC. Together they have two children Jackson (12) and Luke (7). Chris attended the University of Phoenix and graduated with a BS – Management and a AA – Electronics Technology. On June 15, 2012 Chris assumed position as Assistant Director for the Battleship NC.
Coast Guard Career:
Enlisted – 11 September 1990
Obtained Rank of Chief Electricians Mate (E7) – 1999
Commissioning Source – Officer Candidate School – May 2000
Aids to Navigation Officer
Danielle Wallace was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Because Honolulu is a huge tourist destination, it seems like Danielle was destined to work in the tourism/attraction profession. Danielle graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a BA in English and earned her Masters in History from UNC Wilmington. Danielle worked at the North Carolina Aquarium at Ft. Fisher for 5 years as the registrar. While there, she was given the opportunity to expand her skill set by decorating their Halloween event, Trick-or-Treat Under the Sea. Due to that success, she was later charged with developing a haunted house for the event which resulted in The Pirates of Fish Hook Bay. Danielle moved from the NC Aquarium at Ft. Fisher to the Battleship North Carolina as the Programs Director in October, 2007. As the Programs Director, she is responsible for the Battleship’s rental program which includes corporate dinners, weddings & receptions, and paranormal investigations. She also developed and directs select Battleship special events which include the Easter Egg Hunt Carnival, Batty Battleship’s Halloween Bash, and Ghost Ship. Danielle’s master’s thesis was a visitor study of the Battleship entitled The Visitor’s Battleship. Based on interviews and visitor observation, she determined that visitors personalize the Battleship based on their own history which results in meaningful experiences for them. She is very happy and proud to be a member of the Battleship team.
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