Lift Magazine

Class Notes

Mark E. Gale ('87, DB)
Mark E. Gale ('87, DB) was named the aviation department director for Broward County's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Gale recently left Philadelphia International Airport, after serving as the airport's chief executive officer for seven of his nearly 28 years there.

Retired Lt. Gen. Michael R. Moeller ('84, WW)
Retired Lt. Gen. Michael R. Moeller ('84, WW) is the commencement speaker for the May 7, 2016, Worldwide Campus commencement ceremony. He is deputy chief of staff for Strategic Plans and Programs at U.S. Air Force Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Moeller leads the development and integration of the Air Force's long-range plans and the five-year, $604 billion U.S. Air Force Future Years Defense Program.

Moriba Jah ('99, PC)
Moriba Jah ('99, PC) recently visited Embry-Riddle’s Prescott Campus to give a presentation to students. Jah is the director of the Space Object Behavioral Sciences program at the University of Arizona. Previously, he was the director of the Advanced Science and Technology Research Institute for Astronautics at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico. Jah (left) is pictured with Ron Madler, dean of the College of Engineering at the Prescott Campus.

Ziva Arifin ('03, DB),
Ziva Arifin ('03, DB), who is the Embry-Riddle Jakarta Alumni Network Leader, recently visited the Daytona Beach Campus to speak with Indonesian students about his experience as a student, the opportunities Embry-Riddle offers and the current aviation industry in Indonesia. Ziva is president director/commissioner of Aviatory Indonesia. 

Jason LaShelle ('15, WW)
Jason LaShelle ('15, WW) is production manager of Greensea Systems Inc., a subsea robotics company. LaShelle formerly served with the U.S. Coast Guard, where he was in charge of systems integration and quality assurance.  

Adam Cooper ('02, PC), Tim Trank ('03, PC) and Randy Foote ('07, PC),
Adam Cooper ('02, PC), Tim Trank ('03, PC) and Randy Foote ('07, PC), all engineers for ACSS in Phoenix, a joint venture company of L-3 Communications and Thales, visited the Prescott Campus as part of the annual ACSS Scholarship Award Luncheon.
Aaron P. Hascher ('10, WW)
Aaron P. Hascher ('10, WW) was promoted to the position of operations duty manager with the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority at Memphis International Airport.

Rob Baran ('99, PC, '08, WW)
Rob Baran ('99, PC, '08, WW) retired from the Air Force as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal-rated officer and civil engineer and has accepted a position as a research and development engineer for Los Alamos National Laboratory. 
Prescott Campus graduate Lt. Charles
Prescott Campus graduate Lt. Charles "Wingnut" Wickware ('05, PC),  a U.S. Navy aviator, is featured in an ABC News story on fighter pilots beating back ISIS.

Maj. Gen. Stayce D. Harris ('87, WW)
Maj. Gen. Stayce D. Harris ('87, WW) was a featured speaker at the National Society of Black Engineers annual convention in Boston, Mass., on March 23–27, 2016. In 2009, she became the first African-American female aviator to attain the rank of brigadier general in the Air Force. Last year, she was named the first female in the Air Force Reserve to lead a numbered air force when she was named the commander of 22nd Air Force, Air Force Reserve Command. Read more about her here:
Mike McKenzie ('73, DB)
Mike McKenzie ('73, DB) is the CEO of Vision of Flight, a Central Florida-based non-profit organization he founded in 2012 that introduces students to careers available in aeronautics. He was featured in a recent article in People Magazine.

Maj. Dana Novinskie (’04, PC)
Maj. Dana Novinskie (’04, PC) became the first-ever female instructor pilot for the 133rd Airlift Wing in St. Paul, Minn. She earned her private pilot’s license while studying engineering at Embry-Riddle, then went into specialized undergraduate pilot training in 2004. Novinskie has since deployed and flown many missions supporting Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation New Dawn. She has accumulated over 670 combat and combat support sorties and has been awarded the Air Medal six times.
Natalie Thompson (’09, DB),
Natalie Thompson (’09, DB), who is an automation engineer for Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, was chosen for the 2016 Young Technical Professionals National Member on the Move Award - 1st Place at the National Society of Black Engineers Convention in Boston. She is also a diversity and inclusion ambassador for Gulfstream. Thompson is president and co-founder of the Savannah Coastal Empire Professional Chapter of NSBE and a member of Society of Women Engineers, where she is the nominations chair and on the outreach committee.  

Dan Brooks (‘14, WW)
Dan Brooks (‘14, WW) was promoted to manager of customer support of CAMP Systems International. He has been with CAMP since 2014 and has been involved in aviation for the past 20 years. Brooks serves as an FAA FAASTeam lead representative and AOPA airport representative for the Brookhaven Airport since 2014 and is the Long Island Alumni Network Leader.

Xavier Samuels (’96, DB),
Xavier Samuels (’96, DB), a United Airlines first officer, was named one of the airline’s 2015 Pilots of the Year. Each year, United chief pilots select one captain and one first officer who best represent their base. Pilots of the Year are selected for exemplifying the highest standards of professionalism. Samuels is a 2012 ERAU Alumni Volunteer Award winner.
Brigitte Lakah (‘86, DB)
Brigitte Lakah (‘86, DB) works as a pilot for UPS. At the age of 40, she earned her International Captain's seat on the B-75/76 and flies around the world. She lives in Clearwater Beach, Fla. and is based in Louisville, Ky.
U.S. Army LTC Tim Timmons ('13, WW)
U.S. Army LTC Tim Timmons ('13, WW) retired January 1, 2014 after a 21-year career in the U.S. Army. He recently earned his FAA ATP certificate and was appointed as assistant chief flight instructor for Cochise College in Douglas, Ariz.
Donald "DJ" Blatnik III ('08, DB), , who works at Central Florida TRACON in Orlando, Fla., was awarded the Southern Region's Archie Medal of Safety for Air Traffic Control and the President's Award.
On a busy day in April 2015, Blatnik was credited for saving the lives of three people on a plane having mechanical issues. He cleared the airspace of many airplanes, while helping the pilot of the small aircraft stay calm enough to land after declaring an emergency.
The Archie League Medal is given to controllers who have shown a great "save" in helping out pilots. The President's Award is given to nominees who had the "best save" or one that showed remarkable situational awareness, quick thinking, and the ability to stay calm under pressure. The awards were presented in March during the Communicating for Safety convention in Las Vegas.

Leo Treggi (‘09, ’10, ’12, WW)
Leo Treggi (‘09, ’10, ’12, WW) is the new director of Winter Haven Municipal Airport (GIF) in Winter Haven, Fla. Click here to see his recent profile in the Winter Haven Ledger newspaper.
Darren Tumelson ('05, '15, WW),
Darren Tumelson ('05, '15, WW), an FAA air traffic controller at the Memphis Center in Tennessee, was recognized by the FAA in February for his role in a pilot assist on Jan. 14, 2016. A pilot, who was traveling with his wife and two children, in a twin-engine Piper Cheyenne, put in a distress call after experiencing engine trouble during ascent. Tumelson provided navigational assistance and airport information to the pilot, who ultimately landed the aircraft safely, with only one engine operating, at the Cleveland, Miss., airport.
Jeff Smith (’07, DB), an air traffic controller in Cleveland, has received a Flight Assist Commendation from the AOPA Air Safety Institute.
Capt. Arnold W. Quast (’90, DB), who is a pilot at United Airlines, was featured in the recent March 25th Flight Operations Update at United Airlines for mentoring a teen who wanted to become a pilot for many years.
Ricky L. Nelson (‘14, WW) is graduating May 7, 2106 with a Master of Divinity degree from Assemblies of God – Theological Seminary in Springfield, Mo.
Randell S. Meyer ('89, WW), a pilot at JetBlue Airways, was upgraded to Captain in March 2016.
Richard J. Greenwood ('94, DB) and his wife Lesa, announce the birth of their daughter Isabella Joy on March 8, 2016. Richard was recently promoted to program manager for the new Citation Soverign Program at FlightSafety International's Atlanta Learning Center.
Mark Phillips (’80, DB) is retiring in June 2016 after 33 years with the Northrop Grumman Corporation. He worked as engineer/program manager mostly on the B-2 bomber and E-2 programs. He began his career at Boeing as a flight test engineer on the 757 program.
Bill James (’89, DB) is now the vice president of programs at Sierra Nevada Corporation.
Devon May (’01, DB) was promoted to senior vice president – finance of the American Airlines Group Inc. Previously Vice President - Financial Planning & Analysis, May will retain those duties and assume the additional responsibilities of the Division Controllers, Purchasing and Insurance.

Captain Joseph Stenger (’06, DB)

received the National Public Service Award from the American Society for Public Administration and the National Academy of Public Administration.  The award, which recognizes outstanding public servants for extraordinary leadership in economic development and intergovernmental relations, was given to Stenger March 21 at ASPA's Annual Conference in Seattle.

Stenger, a pilot in the U.S. Air Force, has worked to improve the circumstances of Afghan widows and orphans living in Parwan Provence, Afghanistan, since 2011. While deployed to Bagram Air Base, he helped Afghan women form the not-for-profit business Flying Scarfs. To read about a Lift article about Stenger and the Flying Scarves, click here

Featured Alumnus

Joseph Murphy (‘13, DB)
Joseph Murphy (‘13, DB) is a flight test engineer for the F-35 fighter jet at Lockeed Martin, Edwards Air Force Base in Palmdale, Calif. He holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Embry-Riddle and is currently completing an MBA-Aviation degree with a concentration in Airport Management, also from Embry-Riddle. He is also a private pilot.
Robert Ewing (’94, DB)
Robert Ewing (’94, DB) is the Aviation Academy Director at Admiral Farragut Academy in St. Petersburg, Fla., and a certified flight instructor. He led the establishment of the Aviation Academy at Admiral Farragut in 2008, developing the curriculum for grades 8-12 and recently partnering with Embry-Riddle’s dual enrollment program. He holds a B.S. in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle and is currently enrolled in the Master of Aeronautical Science program at Embry-Riddle’s Worldwide Campus.
Ret. U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Charles Schwarm (’97, PC)
Ret. U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Charles Schwarm (’97, PC) has flown over 2,300 military flight hours in five types of aircraft: T-37B Tweet, T-2C Buckeye, T-45C Goshawk, T-34C Turbo Mentor and the F/A-18 Hornet (A, A+, B, C & D variants). In his 17 years of service to his country, he flew more than 200 combat missions over Iraq and Afghanistan and traveled to more than 40 foreign countries. He holds a B.S. in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle.
Seboseso “Sebo” M. Machobane (’94, PC)
Seboseso “Sebo” M. Machobane (’94, PC) is a Regional Officer for Air Traffic Management and Search and Rescue for the International Civil Aviation Organization, based in Nairobi, Kenya. In this role, he promotes ICAO policies, standards and recommended practices and air navigation plans across 24 states in the Eastern and Southern Sub-region of Africa.
Capt. Ian R. Osterreicher ('07, DB)
Capt. Ian R. Osterreicher ('07, DB) earned his commission through the Air Force ROTC program at Embry-Riddle in 2007 and then received undergraduate pilot training and A-10C qualification. He is currently an A-10 Thunderbolt II instructor pilot, flight examiner and chief of the Standardization and Evaluation Program of the 74th Fighter Squadron at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia.