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. 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.
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.
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.
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), 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.
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: http://lift.erau.edu/trailblazer/ 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.
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.
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) 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. 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. 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. Jeff Smith (’07, DB), an air traffic controller in Cleveland, has received a Flight Assist Commendation from the AOPA Air Safety Institute. 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. 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
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.
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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
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. 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. Lt. Col. Garrett Hogan (’01, PC; ’06, WW) received the NATO Meritorious Service Medal from the Supreme Allied Commander Europe for meritorious achievement in the areas of allied electronic warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance planning and cross domain operational level exercise reform. The NATO Meritorious Service Medal is awarded to commend NATO staff whose personal initiative and dedication extend beyond their duty to make a difference both to their colleagues and to NATO as an organization. Christopher Salley (’15, WW) is the head of sales and marketing for National Jets Inc., a fixed base operator at Fort Lauderdale International Airport, Fla. In this role he manages property management, fuel sales, ground support and marketing. Additionally, he has served as the vice president of the South Florida Business Aviation Association for the past four years. Jonathan Velazquez ('16, DB), a 36-year-old professor at the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, is the first Puerto Rican and the first person from the Caribbean region to obtain a Ph.D. in Aviation from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Velazquez was hooded and received his Ph.D. at Embry-Riddle’s commencement ceremony held May 10, 2016, in Daytona Beach, Fla. Bryant Francis (’98, DB) is the new director of Oakland International Airport. Previously, he was director of Long Beach Airport, where he was hired in January 2015. Francis has been director of airports in Shreveport, La., and also served in executive capacities at airports in Boise, Detroit and Palm Springs. He began his career in Atlanta. Francis is a member of the Airports Council International - North America Board of Directors and is also the American Association of Airport Executives Diversity Committee Chair.
Michael Nortier (’00, WW) is the executive director of Island Transit, a public transit system serving Whidbey and Camano Islands in Washington’s Puget Sound. Nortier, who has more than 20 years experience as a naval officer, was previously the commanding officer of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Oak Harbor, Wash. Luis de Bono Paula (’95, DB; ’01, WW) and his wife Lisa are co-founders of Spirit Monkey, LLC in San Antonio, Texas. Spirit Monkey, which specializes in the design, manufacture and sale of embroidered employee and student recognition products, made the 2015 Inc. Magazine 500 list of fastest-growing private companies in America at No. 134. Before starting his most recent company, Luis was a flight instructor in the U.S. Air Force and flew combat missions in Afghanistan. He completed his MBA at the University of Texas at Austin and he also earned a law degree with honors. Luis and Lisa have been married for 27 years and have four children, the oldest of which is proudly serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Truman. William B. Collier Jr. (’11, DB) is an associate at Fish & Richardson, joining the Intellectual Property (IP) Litigation Group at the firm’s Dallas, Texas, office. He is admitted to practice in Texas and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Yusuke Ishikawa (’08, ’10, DB) is the co-founder of Skoshbox, an online retail service that delivers assortments of Japanese snacks and candies on a monthly subscription basis.
Richard Zaher (’99, DB), founder and CEO of Paramount Business Jets, was recently elected chairman of the Air Charter Association of North America (ACANA). He also was invited to the White House recently to celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year. Karl Jahnke (’10, DB; ’14, WW) is a system engineer at Virgin America headquartered in San Francisco, Calif. He holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and an MBA-Aviation from Embry-Riddle. On the engineering team, he develops and implements the maintenance program and manages regulatory changes to ensure fleet safety and compliance. He specializes in the landing gear, hydraulic systems, fuel system, fuel tank inerting system, ice and rain protection systems, and maintaining compliance to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Aircraft Drinking Water Rule. Shelbey Hooker (’12, WW) was awarded the National Business Aviation Association's (NBAA) 2016 Baldwin Business Aviation Management Scholarship at NBAA's 2016 Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas. The scholarship benefits individuals seeking to become NBAA Certified Aviation Managers. Hooker left Cutter Aviation for a short time to fly Predator unmanned aircraft systems in the Middle East, before returning to Cutter as the HondaJet Southwest customer relations manager.
Charles Aybar (’87, PC), who is an aircraft sales manager at Blackhawk Modifications Inc., is competing at the 2016 USA Roller Sports National Championships in Lincoln, Neb., set for July 26 through Aug. 4, 2016. He will compete in the open free dance event with partner Megan Hendrix. The pair placed fourth last year. Todd Engelman (’93, DB) was appointed the engineering lead and senior technical adviser to the Air Force Research Laboratory's Advanced Structural Concepts branch at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, where he will help develop and transition new aircraft technologies. Alex Vacha (’11, DB) is the director of the Lake Wales Municipal Airport in Lake Wales, Fla. Vacha is the city's first airport manager. Jim Zurales ('81, DB) was appointed chief of standardization/evaluation for the Minnesota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP). As a 42-year CAP member, he also serves as an orientation pilot, flight instructor, check pilot, and search mission pilot. A captain at Delta Airlines, he flies the Boeing 757 and 767. Aaron Glassman (’06, WW) and Nicole Du Flo were married Feb. 27, 2016, at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Va. Aaron is an assistant professor in the College of Business and chair of the department of management and technology at the Embry-Riddle Worldwide Campus in Norfolk, Va. Nicole is the associate campus director at the Norfolk Campus. Worldwide faculty and staff were among the guests in attendance. Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Lester E. Preston (’86, ’96, DB) is American Jet International’s executive vice president of charter operations. After retiring from the U.S. Air Force, Preston became a first officer for AirTran Airways. He left AirTran at the end of 2008 to become a flight instructor and later, chief pilot and site manager for L-3 Communications, Link Simulation and Training. Lt. Scott "Snooki" Brazelton ('07,DB) visited Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus on April 22. Arriving in a EA-18G Growler, he met with students, showed them around the jet and toured campus.
Staff Sgt. Christian Bojorquez (’09, PC) was honored recently as an Outstanding Airman of the Year by the 452nd Air Mobility Wing and 4th Air Force. Bojorquez is a security forces specialist with the 452nd Security Forces Squadron at March Air Reserve Base in California. He is pictured with Maj. Gen. Richard W. Scobee, commander of the 10th Air Force. Rick Owen (’04, WW) is the president/CEO of United Way of Okaloosa/Walton County in Florida. Owen is a 27-year U.S. Air Force veteran who recently served as Okaloosa County's administrative manager and RESTORE Act coordinator. Owen retired as a chief master sergeant. His military career culminated with nearly three years of service as the aircraft maintenance director for an Air Force unit in Germany. Luc Bausch (’82, DB; ’89, PC), president of AeroRacers Inc., received the Industry Person of the Year Award from the Los Angeles County Industrial and Technology Education Association at its May 21, 2016, awards banquet. Bausch, who develops educational projects for teachers and students, has hosted in the past summer camps at the Embry-Riddle Prescott Campus, teaching students how to create glider/fliers. He has also provided a glider building activity for the children of alumni at OctoberWest Alumni Homecoming Weekends. Kevin Garland (‘12, DB) works for Latitude Engineering as an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) pilot flying the HQ-40 VTOL aircraft. Latitude Engineering is known for vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft in the UAV industry. He is a company representative for BNSF Railway’s Federal Aviation Administration Pathfinder Project dealing with Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS) operations flying in the U.S. airspace. Before getting involved with the BNSF project, Garland flew more than 900 hours as an UAV test pilot, flying the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Tiger Shark UAV. Jason Hendrix ('98, DB) was appointed senior vice president for the aerospace specialty at JLT Specialty USA, a U.S. subsidiary of Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group (JLT). JLT is a specialty-focused provider of insurance, reinsurance and employee benefits-related advice, brokerage and associated services. Based in Dallas, Texas, Hendrix is part of the aerospace management team. He joins JLT following seven years as an aviation broker for Aon. Todd Gibbs (’01, WW) is the director of operations at Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Gibbs, who joined the regional airport in 2012 as operations coordinator, served 22 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a major. Richard Muir (’83, PC) has been promoted to managing director of flight operations at United Airlines’ corporate headquarters in Chicago. Previously, he was director of current, contingency and emergency operations. Retired U.S. Navy Cmdr. John “J.C.” Coffey (’94, WW) was named the 2015 Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Member of the Year. Coffey is the executive director of unmanned systems for Cherokee Nation Technologies (CNT). Active in the local Washington, D.C. AUVSI chapter, the award recognizes his dedication to advancing unmanned systems through industry innovation and member recruitment. A retired naval aviator and Department of Defense acquisition professional, Coffey joined CNT in 2014. Dan Barton (’12, DB) was hired as manager of airframe and engine material at TrueAero. A U.S. Navy veteran, he is responsible for airframe and engine end of life management, including teardown, sales and repair vendor management. He previously worked in several roles at AeroTurbine. Master Sgt. James W. Henning (’15, WW) was chosen to attend the National Intelligence University in Washington, D.C., to complete a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence. He was only one of 22 uniformed members selected across the Department of Defense for acceptance and the singular candidate selected from the 55th Operations Group. Angela M. Washington (’06, WW) was promoted to director of properties at the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority. Washington has worked for the airport authority for 28 years, most recently as manager of properties. Nick Mingione ('00, DB) was named head coach of the University of Kentucky baseball program. Previously, he was assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Mississippi State University. Prior to his time at Mississippi State, Mingione spent two seasons at the University of Kentucky as an assistant in 2006-07, and a year at Western Carolina in 2008. Before his time at Kentucky, Mingione was an assistant coach at Embry-Riddle for three seasons. Mingione appeared in 179 games for the Eagles in his four-year playing career, highlighted by an outstanding senior season in which he hit .392 with 76 hits, had 43 RBIs and 31 stolen bases. Garrett C. Fisher (’05, WW)
was promoted to lieutenant colonel on May 20, 2016, at Scott Air Force Base, Ill. He was trained as an instructor on the T-6 and later on the C-17 cargo airplane, flying to many overseas locations. He is a staff officer at U.S. Transportation Command at Scott Air Force Base and his next post will be wing chief of safety at Charleston Air Force Base, S.C.
Sarah A. Day ('02, DB) was promoted to assistant vice president, commercial loan officer at St. Mary’s Credit Union in Marlborough, Mass. She joined the commercial lending team in 2013, where she specializes in commercial mortgages, vehicle and equipment lending and commercial lines of credit. Eric McBride (’13, WW) and his wife, Danielle, celebrated the birth of their second son, Joshua Michael, on May 6, 2016, in Melbourne, Fla. He joins his older brother Jacob. Capt. R.K. Smithley ('83, DB) is a DC-10 captain for 10 Tanker Air Carrier, based in Albuquerque, N.M. The company conducts aerial firefighting flights under contract to the U.S. Forest Service, Cal Fire and the Australian government. Maggie Glisson (’16, PC) was named airport manager of the Walnut Ridge Regional Airport in Arkansas. She had an internship at the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport in the summer of 2015. U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Emily Angell ('12, DB) was promoted to captain at a pinning ceremony held at the Embry-Riddle Daytona Beach Campus' Det. 157 Air Force ROTC building Saturday, May 21, 2016. Angell is stationed in Germany. She traveled to Embry-Riddle’s Florida campus for the ceremony, so that her family members, who live in the states, could attend. Det. 157 Commander Col. Kimberley A. Ramos led the ceremony. Cmdr. Steve W. Leehe ('03, WW) was selected as the next commanding officer of Fleet Readiness Center West, Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif., at a change of command ceremony on June 2, 2016. Leehe joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1982 and was honorably discharged as a corporal in 1986. In 1987, he enlisted in the Navy, and in 1996, he was selected for the Aviation Maintenance Duty Officer program. He has received numerous awards and promotions. Shawn Stokes ('95, '97 DB) married Kate Marquis on September 19, 2015, in Fairfax County, Va. Shawn is a program director for the International Association of Fire Chiefs and fire chief of the Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Department and Kate works as an analyst. They currently reside in Fairfax, Va. Pictured left to right is: Jessica Ross (‘00, DB); Dwayne Pittman (’96, DB, ‘03, WW) and his wife Amy; Gissel Sawyer (’97, DB); James Sawyer (’95, DB); Kate and Shawn; Marcus Bell (’13, WW) and his girlfriend Kalai; and Tara Clontz (’99, DB, ’06, WW) and her husband Dale. Michael Fey (’97, DB) will join Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ:SYMC) as president and chief operating officer upon closing of the previously announced acquisition of Blue Coat, Inc. Fey, who has more than a decade of cybersecurity experience, will report to Greg Clark, Symantec CEO-designate. As President and COO of Blue Coat, he focused on aligning the company's web security, encrypted traffic management, cloud security, and threat protection solutions with customer requirements, and was responsible for all aspects of sales, marketing, support, services and product management. Prior to joining Blue Coat, Fey served as CTO of Intel Security and General Manager of McAfee Corporate Products. Mark Baroni (‘04, WW) is charter manager of New Flight Charters, which is a private jet charter. A U.S. Air Force officer and pilot of 21 years, Baroni will head up the company's Jet Charter Denver service and assist with company operations. Christy M. Cook (’02, WW) received the Appalachian State University 2016 Sywassink Award for Excellence. She won the outstanding staff award, which honors staff members who exhibit dedication in service, innovation and workplace morale to Appalachian and the community. Cook is executive assistant to the dean of the university’s Walker College of Business and previously served as Department of Marketing administrator. John Alger (’73 DB) was elected National Chairman of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps at the Annual Meeting of Members of the Navy League of the United States held in Charleston, S.C. in June 2016. The NSCC is the youth program of the Navy League. He has been a volunteer with the program since 1991, when his son, who is now a Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Coast Guard, became a cadet in the program. Residing with his wife Joan in Charlotte, N.C., Alger is an American Airlines senior fight crew training instructor for the Airbus A320. Steven Bohlemann (‘14, DB), an Embry-Riddle men's soccer alum will represent the United States as a member of the 2016 Paralympics men's soccer squad. Read more about Bohlemann here. Julian Catala (‘08, WW) has been hired as an associate at Grossman, Roth and Partridge, trial lawyers in Sarasota, Fla. Catala is a former assistant state attorney with the Miami-Dade office and served as a courtroom training attorney. He is a licensed commercial pilot. Lt. Trevor Tomlin ('13, DB), Lt. Kyle Matissek ('13, DB), and Lt. Abby Hall ('12, DB) met with Cadet Alex Best, Cadet Steve Harding and Cadet Anthony Santoro at the first Dayton area Cadet-Alumni Meet Up. The cadets, who were at Wright-Patterson for their flight physicals, met for dinner with three lieutenants. The hope is make this a regular occurrence with all the cadets coming up this summer. Attending the meet-up was (pictured left to right): Harding, Santoro, Tomlin, Matissek, Best, and Hall. All of the cadets passed their flight physicals and will commission in May 2017. Col. William Thigpen (’03, WW) relinquished command of the 316th Cavalry Brigade July 7 to Col. Thomas Feltey at Brave Rifles Field on Harmony Church. Thigpen received the Legion of Merit award for his exceptional service as commander of the 316th Cavalry Brigade at Fort Benning, Ga,. Thigpen was also presented the Saint George Silver Medallion by Brig. Gen. John Kolasheski, 50th chief of armor and commandant of the Armor School, for his service within the Armor Association. Thigpen's next assignment will be in Washington, D.C, to work for the Chief of Staff of the Army. Mori Hosseini (HonDoc '13; '78, '79, '82, DB), who is chair of Embry-Riddle’s Board of Trustees, was selected as vice chair of the University of Florida’s (UF) Board of Trustees. Hosseini was appointed to the position for a two-year term on June 9, 2016, following a vote by trustees. Hosseini was appointed to the UF Board of Trustees at the end of March by Gov. Rick Scott. Prior to joining the UF Board, Hosseini served as chairman of the State University System Board of Governors. Sara Bartlett (‘16, DB) is a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force and will head to Pensacola, Fla. for flight training. Recently commissioned, she will become a combat systems officer. Air Force Col. Scott C. Zippwald (’91, PC) assumed command of the 515th Air Mobility Operations Wing during a June 2 ceremony at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. The wing is comprised of approximately 2,000 U.S. military, civilian and local personnel operating from 15 locations in an area from Alaska to Diego Garcia (located south of the equator in the Indian Ocean). Andrew Kossowski ('97, WW) is chief information officer of Bharti Airtel’s pan-Africa network of 17 countries. He is responsible for driving Airtel Africa’s IT strategy including bettering its execution capabilities, in the 17 African countries that Airtel operates in. Prior to Airtel, Kossowski was the vice president operations – strategic accounts in Latin America and the Caribbean for Ericsson, where he worked for more than four years. James Hurley (’87, DB) is senior vice president of Eastern U.S. and Canadian sales at Dassault Falcon Jet. Hurley, who was promoted from vice president of Eastern U.S. and Canadian Sales, has been with Dassault since 1988. He began his career at Dassault Falcon Jet as a sales engineer.
Erica McConnell (‘16, DB) recently accepted the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association’s (PAMA) Houston Chapter scholarship award, on behalf of the university, at the PAMA Houston Chapter’s golf outing in Houston, Texas. The PAMA Houston Chapter created a scholarship for Aviation Maintenance Science at Embry-Riddle. McConnell is the first ever recipient of the PAMA Houston Chapter AMS Scholarship in 2014-15 and her scholarship was renewed in 2015-16. McConnell is a field avionics technician with General Atomics in Palmdale, Calif. Michael Nehls (’96, WW) is the general manager for the Smithers Rapra Tire & Wheel Test Center in Ravenna, Ohio. Smithers Rapra specializes in rubber, plastics and composites testing. Previously, Nehls was manager of technology and quality at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company’s Danville, Va. plant. Tim McQueen ('07, WW) is plant leader for the GE Strother Field location, which is located in Arkansas City, Kan. The facility maintains, repairs and overhauls GE-built helicopter, regional jet and commercial jet engines. With GE Aviation since 2004, McQueen has held several leadership positions, including plant leader for the company’s Aviation Systems site in Grand Rapids, Mich., and most recently, at its component repair business in Hungary. Prior to joining GE, McQueen spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as a flight engineer on Apache and Chinook helicopters.
Kiah Erlich (’13, WW) is the director of Flight Support Services at Honeywell Aerospace, the world’s largest manufacturer of aircraft engines and avionics. John Ward (’85, DB) is returning to Daytona Aircraft Services, where he has worked for almost 30 years, after spending a short time at another avionics shop. He will head up the company's avionics department. Ward started working for Daytona Aircraft Services as an avionics installer when it was called Daytona Beach Aviation in 1980. Daytona Aircraft Services, Inc. is an FAA-Approved, Part 145, Repair Station located in Daytona Beach, Fla. Darryl Prince (’94, ’15, WW) was promoted to assistant manager of FlightSafety International’s Learning Center in Long Beach, Calif. The Long Beach Learning Center offers training for aircraft manufactured by Cessna, Embraer, Gulfstream, and Beechcraft. Joining FlightSafety 28 years ago, Prince served in the U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command and California National Guard prior to joining FlightSafety. U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Audrianna L. Llinas (’13, DB) earned her wings to become a naval aviator during a special July 22 ceremony. Llinas was the only woman to graduate in her class. She will be stationed in North Carolina for six months before moving to San Diego, Calif., where she will be stationed for five years. Col. Douglas C. Gosney (’03, WW) is the new 14th Flying Training Wing (FTW) Commander at Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. The 14th FTW Commander conducts specialized undergraduate pilot training for U.S. Air Force and allied officers, as well as tactical training for Afghan pilots and aircraft maintainers in the A-29 Super Tucano at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Gosney previously served as the commander of the 2nd Operations Group, Barksdale Air Force Base, La. Andrew Broom (’97, ’00, DB) was appointed executive director of the Citation Jet Pilots (CJP) Owner Pilot Association, effective Aug. 1, 2016. He joins CJP after most recently launching the HondaJet for Honda Aircraft Company where he led all marketing and communications efforts globally since 2012. Prior to Honda, Broom was vice president of communications and outreach at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Col. Andrew G. Shorter ('88, DB) is director of Coastal Carolina Regional Airport in New Bern, N.C. Shorter, a 30-year aviation executive, was the previous deputy director at Coastal Carolina Regional Airport. He also served as the commander of Marine Aircraft Group 14, before retiring from the U.S. Marine Corps in 2013. Col. Jon Berry (’01, WW) assumed command of the 1st Air Support Operations Group at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Berry will lead more than 550 active duty military and civilian personnel from four squadrons and four detachments, which provide combat-ready tactical air control party and battlefield weather assets to combat units. Berry comes to the Pacific Northwest from Joint Region Marianas, Guam, where he served as the director of operations overseeing more than $34 million in assets and 450 personnel. Bailey Eaton ('15, DB) received the Florida Association of Employers and Colleges’ 2016 Student of the Year award. Graduating in December 2015, she was a student role model who mentored her peers and completed five internships. Eaton is now working as an aerospace engineer under The Boeing Company’s Engineering Leadership Development Program. Based in Everett, Wash., she will rotate between four divisions over the span of two years. Pilots Thierry P. Saint Loup (’99, DB) and Ross McCurdy completed a flight from Essex County airport in New Jersey to establish the first Aeroplane Efficiency World Record in the C-1-c class as sanctioned by the National Aeronautic Association and the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale. Saint Loup, who is an executive at SMA Engines (Safran Group) in Texas, is a glider pilot and an expert on Aviation Diesel Engines. NASA astronaut Terry Virts ('97, WW) retired on Aug. 23, 2016, after more than 3,600 orbits of the Earth. Over the course of his 16-year-career at NASA, he piloted a space shuttle and commanded the International Space Station. Virts, a colonel in the U.S. Air Force, served as an experimental test pilot in the F-16 Combined Test Force before being selected for the astronaut class of 2000.Virts spent a total of 213 days in space and conducted three spacewalks. Mark Peeples (’02, WW) received the Ivan D. Livi Aviation Maintenance Educator of the Year award from the Aviation Technician Education Council. He is director of Wayne Community College’s (WCC) Aviation Systems Technology program in Goldsboro, N.C. The annual honor recognizes the outstanding achievement of an aviation maintenance instructor. Peeples has more than 40 years’ experience in aviation, including 25 years with the U.S. Navy and two years at a maintenance, repair and overhaul facility. For the last 15 years, Peeples has worked in academia, teaching at Florida State College in Jacksonville, Fla., and in Louisiana at SOWELA Technical Community College and Baton Rouge Community College, before coming to WCC. Grant Perkin (’89, PC) is captain on the Airbus A380 for Emirates Airlines and his family have now been living in Dubai, United Arab Emirates for 10 years. He previously flew the A330/A343/A345. Before Emirates Airlines, he flew the DC-9 for Northwest Airlines. His eldest daughter, Madison, recently graduated from Dubai American Academy and will be attending Washington State University this fall. The family owns a house in Washington, where they spend time during the summer months.
James Sowell (‘99, DB) was recently appointed American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)’s Space Colonization Technical Committee STEM subcommittee chair, a NASA OSIRIS-Rex ambassador, and a Planetary Society East Florida outreach coordinator. He was also elected executive board secretary of the Florida Space Development Council, which is a chapter of the National Space Club. Sowell also recently published his first book, Making Larger Space Station Ships for Solar System Exploration. He graduated with a master’s degree in space studies with a concentration in planetary science from American Public University on Nov.15, 2015. Meteorologist Vicki Graf (’07, DB) is the weekend morning meteorologist for the Channel 9 WSOC-TV Eyewitness News team in Charlotte, N.C. She previously worked at WRDW-TV Channel 12 in Augusta, Ga. Salman Khan (’98, WW) was appointed country general manager of Euronet Pakistan, which is part of Euronet Worldwide, to head its Pakistan operations. Euronet Worldwide is a U.S. provider of electronic payment services with headquarters in Leawood, Kan. Khan has more than 20 years of experience in the technology sector and has held previous leadership roles at Unisys and Hewlett Packard. Steven Hill (’08, WW) celebrated 30 years at The Boeing Company on Aug.15, 2016. He performs logistics engineering on the KC-767 International Tanker Program in Oklahoma City, Okla. He is a former U.S. Army Reserve CH-47 Chinook flight engineer and a Federal Aviation Administration certificated pilot.
Mark Newpower ('13, DB) and Mereta Monsen were married on Dec. 31, 2015, in Beaver Dam, Wis. Newpower is pursuing his doctorate in medical physics at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Monsen works as a leasing consultant and high school lacrosse coach. The couple reside in Houston, Texas. Barbara Bauer-Chen (’95, WW) and her husband established a real estate investing company, JB Property Solutions LLC, which buys, rehabilitates, holds, rents, and sells residential and commercial real estate in the coastal Virginia area, including Virginia Beach and surrounding cities. Terrance Westerfield ('03, '05, DB; '06, WW) of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s (ERDC) Geospatial Research Laboratory was recently promoted to DB-V, the laboratory demonstration project equivalent to the federal government's General Schedule 15 level. It is estimated that less than one-third of those who apply for this position are selected. For most, it is the highest achievable rung on the career ladder and only 130 such positions exists within ERDC. John Healey (’87, WW) was named assistant manager of FlightSafety International’s Dallas/Fort Worth North Learning Center. Healey joined FlightSafety in 2010 as an instructor in the Bell 412 training program. Prior to joining FlightSafety, he was with MassMutual Life Insurance Company for more than 19 years and managed the company’s fleet of helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft as director of flight operations. Holding the rank of chief warrant officer, Healey served in the U.S Army and Army National Guard for 23 years and was an Army Master Aviator. Kevin M. Ketelaar ('06, DB) was promoted to captain on CRJ 700/900 for ExpressJet Airlines. After graduating from Embry-Riddle and serving as a flight instructor there, he began his commercial flying career with Atlantic Southeast Airlines as a first officer. He also was recently elected as the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA) representative for his fellow Detroit-based pilots. He resides in Sebastian, Fla.
Rob Knizner ('06, DB) recently took his daughter Madelyn, 4, to EAA AirVenture 2016, where she showed her Eagle pride. Knizner is assistant vice president at XL Catlin Insurance – Aviation, in Chicago, Ill. Capt. Bruce Saver (’98, WW) has been a flight instructor on the Boeing 737 at Pan Am International Flight Academy since 2005. He has worked in the aviation industry for the past 35 years, and was previously the certification supervisor for AirTran Airways, where he flew as a captain on the Boeing 737. Stacie Fain (’04, WW) is the airport manager at Steamboat Springs Airport in Steamboat Springs, Colo. She is also the owner, president and consultant for Ruby Aviation in Colorado Springs, Colo. Fain has experience in military aviation, program management and business development in the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense and the commercial environment. She is a commercial pilot, unrestricted Naval aviator and a certified flight instructor. Matthew De Foe (’02, WW) was named assistant manager of FlightSafety International’s Learning Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. De Foe most recently served as assistant manager of the Tucson Center. Prior to joining FlightSafety, he flew business aircraft for several aircraft owners and operators and worked as a First Officer for ExpressJet Airlines. Lou Seno, Jr. (H '07, DB) received the FAA's Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award at an Aug. 28, 2016, ceremony. The designation recognizes individuals who have exhibited professionalism, skill and aviation expertise for at least 50 years while actively piloting aircraft. Seno retired May 10, 2016, as Embry-Riddle’s vice president for corporate relations and government affairs. Previously, president and CEO of Jet Support Services Inc. (JSSI), Seno remains chairman emeritus and special adviser to the JSSI Board of Directors. Pictured is Seno, along with his wife Christine (right) and their daughter Stephanie.
Katherine “Katie” Brown (’93, PC) was recently promoted to chief pilot with PenAir Airline, which is one of the largest regional airlines in Alaska and the Northeast United States. She has been with PenAir since 2013 and lives in Anchorage, Alaska. Justin Martin (’14, DB) is an aerospace engineer and safety inspector for the Office of Commercial Space Transportation’s Safety Inspection (CSTSI) division of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The FAA licenses and regulates all commercial launch operations within the United States. Its CSTSI division is responsible for ensuring that operators remain compliant with these regulations. Martin is based out of the office in Cape Canaveral, Fla. He previously worked as a general engineer for the FAA’s NextGen National Air Space Lifecycle Integration office. Commander Paul Kaylor (’06, WW) is commanding officer of the U.S.S. Nitze, a guided-missile destroyer. Kaylor enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1986 as an undesignated fireman. He reported to U.S.S. Nitze (DDG 94) as executive officer in March 2014, and became the commanding officer in October 2015. Santiago Seiler ('13, DB) is doing ferry flights from the U.S. to South America with AgSur Aviones, which is the South American dealer for Air Tractor. Originally from Argentina, he is currently living in Miami, Fla., and working on his master’s degree in business aviation at Embry Riddle Worldwide’s Campus in Fort Lauderdale. Seiler is pictured at Maurice Bishop International Airport in Grenada. Retired U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Daniel Pignataro (’96, WW) retired in January 2016 after 42 years in the aerospace/defense industry. He began his aircraft maintenance career in the U.S. Air Force, serving 21 years. He also worked 20 years as a technical writer and editor for Bombardier Learjet, The Boeing Company and Northrop Grumman Corp. Lorena de Rodriguez (’99, WW) founded Safety and Security Instruction Inc. (SSi, Inc.) to create programs for clients and collaborative relationships with a variety of aviation business partners. The company is a nationally certified women-owned small business enterprise and certified as a disadvantaged business enterprise in Arizona and Florida. The company's newest endeavor is to create aircraft rescue firefighting training in a public-private partnership with the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport's Fire Training Research Center. David Zaworski ('09, WW) has been appointed director of safety and compliance at the Era Group, one of the largest helicopter operators in the world. He has been the ground operations manager at Chicago Helicopter Experience LLC, and was previously deputy director of operations of Indus Aviation Inc. Zaworski, who served in the U.S Marine Corps, joined Era as an aircraft maintenance technician and has spent more than eight years there, most recently serving as Era’s chief inspector through April 2016. Neil R. Doran (’15, WW) is the manager for the Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport, located south of Martinsburg, W.V. Doran was the office administrator at Robinson Aviation, based at Tweed New Haven Airport in New Haven, Conn. He also previously worked as a duty manager for JetStream Ground Services at Hartford-Bradley International Airport. Jon Slangerup (’81, WW), who is a member of the Embry-Riddle Board of Trustees, was named the new chairman and chief executive officer of Mxi® Technologies, an aviation maintenance management software company. Slangerup joins Mxi Technologies from the Port of Long Beach, where he served as chief executive officer. Previously, Slangerup spent 20 years at FedEx, where he advanced to become president of FedEx Canada. David R. Wallace (’77, WW) was selected by the Arkansas Aviation Historical Society to be inducted into the Arkansas Aviation Hall of Fame. A retired U.S Army lieutenant colonel and current member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, Wallace is the recipient of three Distinguished Flying Crosses, a Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, and an Air Medal for Valor for his actions piloting the Bell AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter during a combat tour in Vietnam in 1972. He is also a member of the Arkansas Military Hall of Fame, as well as the Arkansas State University Hall of Heroes. David S. Liu ('98, DB) is currently an IT product manager for The Boeing Company and leads a team of developers for an enterprise cloud service project. He is also completing the requirements for a certificate in Strategic Management from Harvard University. Sir Richard E. Russell ('86, WW) received the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award on Oct. 8, 2016. Russell served as a flagman for Lochman Ag Service and was a Civil Air Patrol cadet for six years. He spent nine years flying in Vietnam and Thailand with the U.S. Air Force. He obtained a commercial certificate in 1970 and became a police helicopter pilot in Sacramento, Calif. He joined the FAA in 1984, serving as an FAA examiner for 14 years. After retiring from the FAA, he joined Flight Safety International as an instructor/evaluator. He has flown unique aircraft in his more than 60 years of flying, including the XV15/V22 prototype, the FAA Experimental B727 and an FAA Sikorsky experimental helicopter. Command Sgt. Maj. Terri Clavon (’07, WW) left his command position with the 3rd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. He is now at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga., where he will become the senior enlisted leader for the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade. Brooke Owens ('02, PC), a pilot and space policy expert who passed away June 24, 2016, was honored with a new fellowship that provides undergraduate women interested in aerospace with paid internships at aviation and space companies. The Brooke Owens Fellowship Program was started by Owens’ friends, who also work in the aerospace industry. It is operated by a network of volunteer coordinators and is administered by The Future Space Leaders Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3). Louis C. Seno Jr. (H '07, DB) will receive the John P. “Jack” Doswell Award at the 2016 National Business Aviation Association’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Orlando, Fla., in November. The NBAA’s Doswell Award recognizes lifelong individual achievement, and an exceptional record of volunteer service, on behalf of and in support of the aims, goals and objectives of business aviation. Previously president and CEO of Jet Support Services Inc. (JSSI), Seno remains chairman emeritus and special adviser to the company’s Board of Directors. Prior to JSSI, he held top management positions with the business aircraft units of Boeing Capital Corp. and GE Capital Solutions. Seno has also provided more than 25 years of service to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) in various capacities, including as its vice president of corporate relations and government affairs, and also as a member of ERAU’s President’s Advisory Board and its board of trustees. Seno was recently elected to the Experimental Aircraft Association Board, and is an active member of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. Marcus Hayle (’08, ’11, WW) married Laura Butler on Sept. 10, 2016, at Hanover Grange, Jamaica. Hayle is an alumni leader for the Embry-Riddle Dallas Alumni Network. Michelle Day (’91, PC) was honored Sept. 19, 2016, with the Service Excellence of the Year Award at Embry-Riddle’s Prescott Campus for "going above and beyond her job duties." Day has worked for Embry-Riddle for three years and is the director of alumni relations for the university's western region. Robert Glasscock (’88, DB; ’10, WW) was named a program administrator within the Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation's Organizational Designation Authorization (ODA) office. Glasscock manages ODA type certification activities associated with research and development. Previously, he was the Gulfstream G650 Certification Product Development team lead. He joined Gulfstream in 2006, and has worked for the Federal Aviation Administration, Piper Aircraft, Bombardier Learjet, Lockheed Martin and Hawker Beechcraft. Col. Philip S. Rosso (’86, DB) retired after a 30-year career in the U.S. Army. Commissioned as a second lieutenant, he served an active duty tour as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division and was a ranger instructor at Camp Frank D. Merrill. Rosso also held positions in the Army Reserve's U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command. He became a faculty member at the University of North Georgia in fall 2004 and continues to serve as an assistant professor of military science. Allan Williams (’07, WW) published his memoir, I Dance in the Sky - Flying and Other Stories, which includes his experiences flying for five years in the Alaskan bush and throughout the United States. Williams retired from The Boeing Company as a flight test integration engineer two years ago. He will be traveling around the world with the Road Scholar World Academy 2017 cruise from January to April 2017. Lissi Mojica (’88, DB) will serve as a principal at Brooks Kushman, an intellectual property law firm located in the greater-Washington D.C., area. Prior to joining Brooks Kushman, Mojica was a principal with multinational law firm Dentons' intellectual property and technology practice group. Mojica was previously an examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for 19 years. David C. Ison (’03, WW), an Embry-Riddle Worldwide research chair and assistant professor of aeronautics, was elected president of the University Aviation Association, a nonprofit organization for advancement of degree-granting aviation programs. He will serve as president-elect this year and take office in fall of 2017. Ison, who has worked for the Worldwide Campus since 2012, is also the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace. Involved in the aviation industry for 30 years, he flew as a flight instructor for both regional and major airlines and has experience in a variety of aircraft. He has conducted extensive research on aviation faculty, the participation of minorities in aviation higher education, survey methods, statistics in aviation research, unmanned aerial systems and academic integrity. He also serves as a reviewer for numerous aerospace and education scholarly journals. Benjamin Breitberg ('12, DB) completed a master's degree in systems engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School and was accepted into Class 152 at the U.S Naval Test Pilot School. He is currently an AIM-120 AMRAAM flight test engineer for the Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division, at China Lake, Calif. He will be enrolled in the Airborne Systems course at the U.S Naval Test Pilot School and commence the year-long course in January 2017. Steven C. McNeely (’97, ’01, WW) is AirMed International’s safety and security executive officer. He has more than 40 years of aviation and safety experience, most recently for Era Helicopters and Jet Solutions L.L.C. His military career includes 22 years in the U.S. Air Force and four years in the U.S. Navy. He is also a Federal Aviation Administration-certified airframe and powerplant mechanic. The Honorable Robert L. Sumwalt III ('14, WW) was recently presented Bombardier’s annual Safety Standdown award. Sumwalt, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board, received the honor for his “outstanding commitment to aviation safety and his continuous efforts to develop more robust safety programs within the aviation industry.” A former US Airways and business aviation pilot and flight department manager, Sumwalt was appointed to the NTSB by President George W. Bush in August 2006. He was reappointed to a second five-year term in November 2011 by President Barack Obama. Morgan P. Crowder (’11, WW) is director of finance at Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona. She has more than 15 years of experience as an Air Force officer in charge of funding mission-critical programs, including humanitarian relief efforts and wartime operations. Michael Landguth (’89, WW; ’01, DB), president and CEO of Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), was named Airport Revenue News’ 2016 Director of the Year in the medium airports category. Prior to his time at RDU, Landguth served as president and CEO of the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority. Richard Zaher (’99, DB) is featured on the cover of the October 2016 issue of Charter Broker magazine. An article in the issue highlights the benefits of third-party safety accreditation to charter aircraft brokers. Zaher is CEO of Paramount Business Jets and chairman of the Air Charter Association of North America (ACANA). Greg Bowles (‘98, DB) was promoted to vice president of global innovation and policy at the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). Bowles, who joined GAMA in 2005, will focus on the integration of emerging general aviation technologies, such as electric and hybrid propulsion aircraft, into the aviation system; and how new products and capabilities for GA aircraft will be designed, manufactured, certified, maintained and operated. Shawn R. Brueshaber (’94, DB) , a doctoral candidate at Western Michigan University, has earned a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship. Brueshaber is one of only 28 applicants to be awarded a $30,000 award for 2016-17 from the fellowship's planetary science research division. He is investigating polar vortices, which are large patches of air circulating near the Earth's poles. Col. John P. Lamoureux (’88, DB) was recently inducted into the Army ROTC Hall of Fame. He served as Embry-Riddle’s Army ROTC commissioning officer at the Daytona Beach Campus until December 2015, and is currently the chief of staff of the Central Regional Health Command at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Lamoureux was commissioned in 1988 as a medical services officer and earned his pilot wings as a Medivac pilot. He has held six commands and has deployed several time overseas. Rebecca Lima (’12, DB) is developing Ment, an app that helps frequent travelers enjoy their time at the airport. She and her app were featured in a recent Huffington Post story.
Louis J. Brown (’84, WW) was named a senior engineering manager in the Washington, D.C. office of WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, serving as a principal safety consultant supporting the firm’s transit and rail practice. A longtime transportation system safety engineer, Brown has more than 43 years of transportation management and engineering expertise. Before joining WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, Brown was the acting chief safety officer for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Ethan Croop (’06, DB), Clayton Eveland (’06, WW) and Eric Friedman (’08, DB) were featured in Airport Business magazine's 2016 Top 40 under 40 list. Croop is program manager, maintenance for the Lee County Port Authority; Eveland is director of maintenance for Battelle/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; and Friedman is concessions manager for the New Orleans Aviation Board. Shawn Vick (’84, DB) was appointed chief executive officer of Global Jet Capital, a global provider of financing solutions for corporate aircraft. He has been closely involved in the development of Global Jet Capital since its 2014 launch. Vick has more than 30 years of experience in the aerospace industry as a senior operating executive and as an advisor to private equity. He has held senior leadership positions at Gulfstream Aerospace, Bombardier Aerospace, British Aerospace, Hawker Beechcraft, Landmark Aviation and AE Industrial Partners. Col. Eugene McFeely (’02, WW) will begin serving as Penn State University's first senior director for Veterans Affairs and Services in January 2017. McFeely was a Penn State professor of aerospace studies and commander of Air Force ROTC Detachment 720. Before joining Penn State, he was director of operations at Air Force Central Command at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. William "Bill" Koperek (’11, WW) was appointed executive vice president of business development for the Comlux Group. With more than 30 years at The Boeing Company, Koperek served in a variety of roles, from field representative to director of fleet support at Boeing Business Jets (BBJ). In 2001, he was appointed the leader of BBJ’s worldwide support team working out of Seattle, Wash. Susie Latvala (’91, PC) and Jeff Parker, her husband of 25 years who is retired from the Federal Aviation Administration, have moved to Hong Kong with their black lab mix named "Boodha." After working for FedEx for nearly 22 years, Latvala is now a 767 captain based in Hong Kong. Prior to moving to Hong Kong, she was based in Anchorage, Alaska, and was a captain on the MD-11. When not flying around Asia, Latvala and Parker will be sightseeing around Asia for the next few years. Mark Baroni (’04, WW) is charter manager of New Flight Charters, a nationwide private jet charter. Baroni, a U.S. Air Force officer and pilot, heads up the company's new Jet Charter Colorado service and assists with company operations. Justin Glazener (’11, DB) and his wife, Courtney, celebrated the birth of their first child, Amelia Rose, on Nov. 9, 2016, in Grapevine, Texas. Glazener is a first officer based at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport for ExpressJet Airlines. Tyler Maheu (’10, ’14, PC) was featured in Airport Business magazine's 2016 Top 40 under 40 list. Maheu is ground transportation superintendent at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Ariz. Justin Drew (’06, WW) was hired as the new district manager for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Winnemucca District office. He will manage 8.4 million acres of BLM-administered high desert throughout Northern Nevada, including the Black Rock-High Rock National Conservation Area, two field offices and 83 full-time employees. He will also be responsible for issuing the Burning Man event's $3 million to $4 million special recreation permit, the largest in the country. Drew formerly dealt with illicit drug and weapons trafficking networks in the Caribbean, Central America and South America as the managing director of the U.S. Navy's Counter Transnational Organized Crime Division for the Southern Command. Eric Heinzer (’95, DB) recently joined Honeywell's Flight Operations department as a flight test engineer. He has worked for Honeywell since 1998 in a number of capacities, including engineering, quality and customer support. He and his wife, Kimberly Kosola Heinzer ('95, DB), live with their three children in Phoenix, Ariz. David Cecchino (’16, WW) recently achieved Master Certified Flight Instructor through the National Association of Flight Instructors. He is also an active Gold Seal Certificated Flight Instructor – Instrument, Multi Engine Instructor, Advanced Ground Instructor, and Instrument Ground Instructor, based in Leesburg, Va. He and his wife are expecting a child in February. TJ Matheus (’11, PC) and Dom Metcalf (’11, PC) are featured in a blog, http://thewaysouth.com, about the duo’s motorcycle trip from Leesburg, Ind., to Ushuaia, Argentina, which is the southernmost city in the world. Matheus, who is a graduate student, and Metcalf were roommates in 2007 during their freshman year at Embry-Riddle. They have been friends ever since. Their trip, which started Nov. 30, 2016, will include three separate legs over the course of three years. David Gail Smith (’92, DB; ’08, WW) a Dallas artist and former helicopter pilot, was commissioned to paint “The Spirit of the Lakota” for Airbus Helicopters Inc., to capture the spirit of the UH-72A Lakota helicopter and the heritage of the Native American tribe for which it is named. Smith is a retired U.S. Army and U.S. Coast Guard helicopter pilot, who is now studying art at Southern Methodist University. The recent unveiling of Smith’s painting was attended by Robert Eagle Elk and Charleen Eagle Elk, the grandson and great-granddaughter, respectively, of the warrior depicted in the painting. Pictured with Smith (right) is Robert Eagle Elk with grandson Loki. Ret. Lt. Gen. Russell “Russ” J. Handy (’82, DB) was appointed director of aviation for San Antonio International Airport. Handy retired from the Air Force on Oct. 1, 2016, and is set to begin work with the city on Jan. 9, 2017. Handy, who served in several combat operations and deployments, also served as commander of the Alaskan Region of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, Commander of Alaskan Command and Commander of the 11th Air Force. U.S. Navy Capt. John Mooney (’93, WW) assumed command of the Navy element of the U.S. Transportation Command’s Joint Transportation Reserve Unit (JTRU) in Illinois. He will lead a staff of 40 Navy Reservists and serve as a chief watch officer for the JTRU’s Deployment Distribution Operations Center. Previously, Mooney served as the Chief Naval Air Training Reserve Component Commander at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas. Joining the Navy in 1989, Mooney was designated a naval aviator, selected as a Strike Fighter Tactics instructor and attended Top Gun, the Navy Fighter Weapons School at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nev. Ret. Col. B. Alvin Drew Jr. (’95, WW) was appointed by President Barack Obama to the Air Force Academy's Board of Visitors. He served as a NASA astronaut mission specialist from 2000 to 2011, flying two missions to space on the Space Shuttle Discovery (2011) and Endeavour (2007). Drew serves as the Department of Defense Liaison at NASA, a position he has held since July 2016. Prior to this position, he was assistant director for Space and Aviation Security at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. An alumnus of the U.S. Air Force Academy, he joined the Air Force in 1984. He served as a combat rescue pilot and officially retired from military service in 2010. Jonathan Rupprecht (’09, WW) is a drone attorney with Rupprecht Law, P.A., a boutique law firm that practices in the area of aviation law with a focus on drones. He is also adjunct faculty at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for the Unmanned Systems Legal and Regulatory Compliance course. He was recently featured on the Drone Radio Show, a weekly podcast about drones. Click here for the show. Aaron B. Luethe (’13, WW) has retired as chief flight engineer on U.S. Air Force One, the official Boeing VC-25 aircraft used to transport the president worldwide, and is now an operational analyst for The Boeing Company in the Seattle area. Luethe became chief flight engineer in 2010. Prior to that, he served three years on the flight deck of Air Force One as a member of the Presidential Airlift Group at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., during the final year of President George W. Bush’s two terms in office and the start of the Obama administration. Serving 28 years in the U.S. Air Force, Luethe’s rank at retirement was chief master sergeant and he was awarded numerous military decorations. Katie Pribyl (’00, PC), a member of the Embry-Riddle Prescott Campus Board of Visitors and the senior vice president of communications at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), is featured in the January 2017 AOPA Pilot Magazine. Titled A Daughter’s Homecoming, the article and an accompanying video tell the story of Pribyl's return to her roots in Montana, the 8,000-acre ranch where her parents still live, and her lifelong dream of landing her own airplane on the ranch. Pribyl is a LadiesLoveTaildraggers member and a former Canadair CRJ200 pilot. Chuck Hurdleston (’84, DB) was hired as vice president of sales and marketing of M International, a McLean, Va.-based provider of aftermarket technical maintenance, repair and overhaul, and supply chain management services for the aerospace and defense industry. He served in the U.S. Army for five years and was trained as a helicopter pilot. He then worked for UNC Airwork, Keystone Helicopter Corporation and Keystone Turbine Services. Ryan Carlson (’16, WW) was named by CivilianJobs.com to its 2016 Top 40 under 40 Military list, as published in Military Transition News. Carlson is a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps. Raymond Knispel (’84, DB; ’07, WW) was named president of Argonide Corporation, a maker of water filtration and purification products and advanced filtration systems. Knispel started at Argonide in 2011 as chief of integration and program management and became executive vice president in 2013. He served as a U.S. Air Force helicopter pilot and instructor before separating to join the space shuttle program in 1989, where he worked for more than 22 years in launch and test operations and project management. Josh Ehrlich (’13, DB), a systems engineer for Lockheed Martin working on test and verification of the Orion European Service Module, is one of six people who will live on a simulated Mars habitat for eight months this year as part of the 2017 mission of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Hawaiʻi Space Exploration Analog and Simulation. On Jan. 19, 2017, the team of astronaut-like crewmembers entered a geodesic dome atop Mauna Loa on the island of Hawaiʻi as part of a research study of human behavior and performance. The NASA-funded project aims to help determine the individual and team requirements for long-duration space exploration missions including travel to Mars. Carl Newman (’11, WW), who is CEO of the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority in Jackson, Miss., was appointed by President Obama to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council. The council is tasked with advising the president, through the secretary of Homeland Security, on critical infrastructure and network security. Newman, who is chairman of the American Association of Airport Executives, has more than 30 years of experience in airport management and leadership, including serving as general manager of George Bush Intercontinental Airport and assistant aviation director of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Gary Rodis (’81, DB) recently completed a training program and received his Federal Aviation Administration certification as a 737 pilot. Rodis, who lives in Charles Town, W.V., served in the U.S. Air Force and has spent the past 25 years as a pilot for single- and twin-engine turbo-prop planes and helicopters for the U.S. Justice Department’s Air Wing Section. He has flown Justice Department planes and helicopters around the world, flying criminal investigation, support, medical, cargo, passenger and evacuation missions for federal agencies. He is featured in a Hagerstown, Md. Herald-Mail Media news story. Mike Brisson (’08, DB) was named the Student Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) of the Year at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine at Auburn, Ala. Brisson was selected for the student-nominated award based on his leadership, community service, dedication and professionalism. He is a second-year medical student at the college and a Blackhawk helicopter pilot in the Alabama Army National Guard, where he serves as an aeromedical evacuation officer. His nomination will proceed to the national level, where a National Student DO of the Year will be chosen at the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine annual conference in April 2017. Joshua Booth (’07, DB) and his wife, Shannon, celebrated the birth of their first child, William Josiah, on Oct. 7, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. Joshua is a systems engineer for GE Aviation. Chris Freeman (’13, DB) and Landyn Scudder (’12, DB) were married on Oct. 8, 2016, in Norfolk, Va. A number of Embry-Riddle alumni attended the ceremony, as did Hurricane Matthew. “The storm ended up hitting Norfolk with the worst conditions at the exact start time of our wedding,” Scudder says. “It was an elegantly disastrous day with a series of unfortunate events, but it made for a forever memorable wedding day and something that we will always cherish.” Freeman is a first officer at Republic Airlines based at Washington Reagan National Airport and Scudder is a certified air traffic controller at the Norfolk Tower/TRACON. Both Freeman and Scudder played tennis for Embry-Riddle. Freeman was a member of the NAIA National Championship team in 2013 and won a national championship (singles) in 2011. The couple reside in Virginia Beach.
John Mazur (’76, DB), John Mazur (’76, DB), member of Delta Chi and the Embry-Riddle Board of Visitors, is featured in a Daytona Beach News-Journal article about private aviation safety and the Spruce Creek Fly-In community. Mazur, a US Airways and now American Airlines captain with 37 years of experience, has lived in the fly-in community for 26 years. Vincente Gonzalez Jr. (’92, WW) was sworn into Congress on Jan. 3, 2017, as one of the newest members of the U.S. House of Representatives (D-Texas, District 15). Gonzalez is a graduate of Embry-Riddle's Worldwide Campus at the Corpus Christi Naval Air Station. He earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Texas A&M School of Law. He then worked as a congressional intern in Washington D.C., before opening his business, the Law Offices of V. Gonzalez and Associates, in McAllen, Texas. Dana Harris (’92, WW) was hired as a professional MRO technician to work in the Pneumatics and Hydraulics departments at Paz Aviation, which provides MRO services. A 30-year aviation technician with an Airframe and Powerplant Certification, Harris' experience includes working for General Electric, Hill-Rom, and the U.S. Air Force. John Miser (’13, WW) is featured in a Fresno (Calif.) Bee story about his experiences as a veteran of the U.S. Army and his decision to become a lawyer. Miser worked in digital marketing and later attended the San Joaquin College of Law, graduating in 2016. Now working for a firm, Miser was among five veterans speaking at a recent Veterans to Law School Forum at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District Auditorium. Brian Roggow (’05, PC), who is aviation safety program manager at Embry-Riddle’s Prescott Campus, was selected as a Regional Honoree for the 2017 Federal Aviation Administration General Aviation Awards. With eight FAA regions, Roggow is one of the Top-8 nationally in his category, FAA Safety Team (FAAST) Representative of the year. Roggow has been with Embry-Riddle since 2005. During that time, his roles have included flight instructor, assistant training manager, check instructor, and adjunct faculty. He became the aviation safety program manager in 2011.
Liz McCoy (’15, WW) was promoted to a regional sales director for Embraer Executive Jets. She is responsible for new aircraft sales in Michigan and Kentucky. Her previous role with Embraer was as a business development manager. Mark von Laer (’97, DB) was appointed the new chief financial officer of ANDRITZ AG. Headquartered in Graz, Austria, ANDRITZ is a supplier of plants, equipment, and services for hydropower stations, the pulp and paper industry, the metalworking and steel industries, and for solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors. Von Lauer was most recently chief financial officer at Lürssen Werft GmbH & Co KG, Germany. Jonathan Rider (’00, WW) was promoted to senior vice president and chief operating officer at SeaChange International Inc., advancing from his prior role as chief information officer. Rider joined SeaChange as chief information officer in April 2016. Previously, as CIO for Dynatrace, Rider managed an infrastructure footprint covering 20 countries. As vice president of technology business systems for Arcadia Healthcare Solutions, he created a cloud hosting infrastructure that supported millions of healthcare records. He holds a patent for data mining systems. Prior to starting his information technology career, he was a U.S. Army officer, helicopter pilot and instructor. William W. Weakley (’98, WW) joined the Herkimer County Legislature in New York, after he was appointed to fill out the remainder of his brother's term. His brother, Bruce Weakley, has represented District 17 for the past 13 years. Bruce, whose term ends this year, stepped down to accept a provisional appointment as director of weights and measures for Herkimer County. William may run in November for election to a full term. A retired Naval officer with 23 years of service, William was a member of the U.S Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron Blue Angels from 1980 to 1984. He was an aviation maintenance professional with more than 28 years of experience directing and managing multifaceted maintenance programs. Ado K. Sanusi (’16, WW) was appointed the new CEO of Aero Contractors by Assets Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON). Previously, Sanusi was deputy managing director of Arik Air, the largest local carrier in Nigeria. Brig. Gen. Patrick J. Doherty (’97, WW) and his wife DeeDee Doherty were announced as the winners of the 2017 Air Education and Training Command Gen. and Mrs. Jerome F. O'Malley Award on Jan. 30, 2017. Doherty is the 82nd Training Wing commander at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas. The O'Malley Award recognizes the wing commander and spouse team whose contributions to the nation, the U.S. Air Force, and the local community best exemplify the highest ideals and positive leadership of a military couple serving in a key Air Force position. Tanya Whitney (’00, WW) will be among the honorees at the Louisiana State University Women’s Center’s Esprit de Femme Awards Sunrise Celebration on March 30, 2017, at Boudreaux’s in Baton Rouge. The awards were established in 2009 to acknowledge those who have contributed to the advancement of women in Louisiana through the arts, healthcare, education, business and industry, charity and civic engagement.
Whitney retired from the Army in 2010 as a master sergeant after serving for nearly 28 years. She is active in local and national veterans’ organizations, including Women Veterans of Louisiana, where she gives educational presentations to schools, civic organizations and other public groups promoting the service of women in the military and aeronautical fields. She also serves as an honor guard at the funerals of women veterans. Whitney was honored in 2014 with the Embry-Riddle Alumni Volunteer Award.
Timothy Timmons (’13, WW) was named 2017 Flight Instructor of the Year for Arizona by the Federal Aviation Administration Scottsdale Flight Standards District Office. He was also recently designated a Master Flight Instructor by the National Association of Flight Instructors. Timmons is a Medevac pilot for Precision Air Transport flying the Rockwell Turbo Commander. David Casey (’98, WW) was promoted to director of avionics at Central Flying Service Inc. He was previously a sales leader for the company’s jet group. Casey’s career in aviation began in the U.S. Air Force and he has 27 years of experience in the industry. He has worked with Textron Aviation to customize MRO sales processes and served in multiple positions at Raytheon Aircraft Co. and Hawker Beechcraft in aircraft delivery coordination and management, as well as marketing and sales management. Brian Jackson ('00, PC) and Jay Williams ('02, PC), who fly for Aero Air and the Lifemed Alaska Medevac contract, shared the cockpit during a recent mission to Western Alaska. Jackson (on left) wrote, “Aviation is a small world. Great to cross paths with fellow alumni even after 15-plus years and share memories of our time at ERAU.” Jerry Walters (’83, WW) is the new utilities director of the City of Fort Smith, Ark., effective April 3, 2017. He served as general engineer at the Pentagon for the U.S. Army. Previously, he was public works director at the U.S. Army base in Baumholder, Germany, for more than seven years, and prior to that served in capacities of director, deputy director, chief engineer or civil engineer for U.S. Army bases in Texas, Germany, Japan, California and Spain. Walters also served as senior environmental planner for Clark County, Nev. He has worked more than 30 years in public utilities management and design, including 15 years in water/wastewater management Darrell Pope (’78, WW) was promoted to senior vice president of flight operations at Dynamic Aviation in Bridgewater, Va. Pope joined Dynamic Aviation as a pilot in 2009 and has held roles of increasing responsibility within the flight operations department, most recently serving as vice president of flight operations. A retired U.S. Army pilot, Pope holds multiple FAA licenses for both rotary and fixed wing aircraft. John Maris (’82, ’83, DB) was named Defence Executive of the Year by Canadian industry publication Canadian Defence Review. Maris is the founder and president of Marinvent Corporation, a Montreal-based aerospace research and development firm. A leader in the aerospace industry’s small business sector, he is also a former chair of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC), which is the national association representing Canada’s aerospace manufacturing and services sector. Elizabeth Geren (’16, DB) was hired as a systems engineer associate at Lockheed Martin in Colorado Springs, Colo. in February 2017.
Jim Elensky (’06,WW) was named deputy chief of the Haines City (Fla.) Police Department. Elensky was former captain at the Polk County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office, where he worked nearly 25 years from August 1988 until April 2013. The majority of that time, Elensky served as a Bureau of Criminal Investigations captain and helped implement process improvements. Jonathan Rider (’00, WW) was promoted to senior vice president and chief operating officer for SeaChange International Inc., advancing from his prior role as chief information officer. Rider previously worked in IT at Dynatrace, Arcadia Healthcare Solutions, PTC, Gilbane Building and Monster Worldwide. Prior to starting his IT career, he was a U.S. Army officer, helicopter pilot and instructor. Bob Snuck (’88, WW) is the new manager of the Beverly Regional Airport in Beverly, Mass., replacing Bob Mezzetti, who retired at the end of January 2017. Snuck flew helicopters in the military, worked for the Federal Aviation Administration until his retirement in 2005, and, most recently, managed Pittsfield Municipal Airport before coming to Beverly. Walter C. Donovan Jr. (’70, DB) was presented the Federal Aviation Administration Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award on March 1, 2017, at a ceremony held in the Daytona Beach Campus’ College of Aviation atrium. Retired as a captain at FedEx in August 2012, Donovan has more than 20,000 flight hours and a 50-year accident-free flying record. He is also a retired lieutenant colonel In the New York Air National Guard. Several Embry-Riddle alumni, who are friends Donovan met as a student and member of the Alpha Eta Rho professional aviation fraternity, attended the event. Donovan’s wife, Annamarie, was also honored for her years of support of his piloting career. The Donovans now reside in Scottsdale, Ariz. U.S. Air Force Brigadier General (Ret.) John Michel (’96,WW) was named to the board of directors of Groen Aeronautics Corporation, a gyroplane and gyrodyne rotorcraft technologies company based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Most recently, Michel was chief innovation and strategy officer and president of international operations for MV Transportation. Additionally, he completed a 26-year career in the U.S. Air Force, where he held a series of key leadership positions in transportation, logistics, and operations.
Cortland E. Mehl (’87, WW) recently graduated from Capella University with a doctorate in business administration, specializing in global operations and supply chain management. He was inducted into the Delta Mu Delta business honor fraternity at graduation and his dissertation topic was “Managing the United States Airline Pilot Shortage.” Greg Laxton (’95, WW) has been selected as the new leader of Boeing Business Jets. Most recently, he served as sales director for Air China, Air China Cargo, Shandong Airlines and Shenzhen Airlines. Laxton served as a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force, where he logged more than 4,000 flight hours and retired as a lieutenant colonel. He joined Boeing in 2004 as the capture team lead for the F-15K follow-on programs in Singapore and Korea. Besides the F-15K, Laxton has led campaigns for the 737 Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft. Robert J. Gross (’77, DB) was promoted to senior trial counsel for the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Torts Branch, Aviation and Admiralty Litigation Staff, in Washington D.C. At Embry-Riddle, he worked as a full-time flight instructor and, in 1979, he became a captain for a commuter airline. After graduating from law school in 1984, he was hired by the Department of Justice through the Attorney General's Honor Law Program. Gross has defended the United States, including the Federal Aviation Administration and U.S. Air Force, in aviation-related tort cases, and was a speaker on several occasions at Embry-Riddle's Annual Aviation Law and Insurance Symposium. Kenneth G. Moen (’90 WW) earned his Accredited Airport Executive designation from the American Association of Airport Executives in July 2016. Moen retired as an air traffic controller (ATC) in 2009, after a 31-year career with the Federal Aviation Administration. He served as an international ATC instructor at Baghdad International Airport in 2010. He has worked at the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority in various capacities since 2011 and is currently the general aviation property manager at both the Reno-Tahoe International Airport and the Reno-Stead Airport. Rear Adm. Donna Cottrell (’97, WW) is director of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Joint Interagency Task Force West (JIATF West), effective March 31, 2017. Located at Camp Smith on Oahu, Hawaii, JIATF West is the U.S. Pacific Command’s executive agent for executing Department of Defense counterdrug activities. Cottrell previously served as the deputy to the assistant commandant for capability; and from 2014 to 2016, she was the USCG District 13 chief of staff, directing Coast Guard field and staff activities in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. Her previous field assignments include commanding officer Coast Guard Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron in Jacksonville, Fla., commanding officer of Air Station Savannah, Ga., executive officer at Air Station Detroit, air operations officer at Group-Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., and administration officer at Air Station Chicago. Cottrell was also assigned to Navy Helicopter Training Squadron No. Eight at Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Fla., where she served as a TH-57 helicopter flight instructor. Josh Sprague (’10, ’14 WW) was hired as program coordinator for Sinclair Community College's Aviation Technology Department in Dayton, Ohio. In addition, he continues to manage the property rental businesses he co-owns with his family.
Robert L. Sumwalt III (’14, WW)
was nominated by President Donald Trump to be a member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) for a five-year term expiring Dec.16, 2021. He was also nominated to serve as vice chair of the board for a two-year term. Sumwalt has been a member of the NTSB since 2006 and served as NTSB vice chairman from 2006 to 2008. Before joining the NTSB, Sumwalt was a pilot for 32 years, including 24 years with U.S. Airways. He has a distinguished transportation safety background and is an inductee into the South Carolina Aviation Hall of Fame.
Steve Nordlund (’90, DB), former vice president of strategy for The Boeing Company’s Defense, Space and Security business, will head Boeing HorizonX, the Chicago-based manufacturer's new venture-capital arm. Nordlund was involved in launching drone-maker Insitu Inc., which Boeing acquired in 2008. He has also worked in sales at IBM and is a former chief information officer at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Ryan Ridder (’08, DB) was named the 12th head coach of Bethune-Cookman University’s men's basketball team. Ridder, the son of 28-year Embry-Riddle Men's Basketball Head Coach Steve Ridder, spent the last four seasons as the men's basketball head coach at Daytona State College in Daytona Beach, Fla. Prior to Daytona State, Ridder served for three years as an assistant coach at Campbell University, a NCAA Division I school in Buies Creek, N.C., following a stint as one of his father's assistant coaches at Embry-Riddle (2009-10). A two-year starter and team captain for Embry-Riddle’s men’s basketball team as a student, Ridder becomes the third-youngest NCAA-I men's basketball coach in the country. He joins fellow Eagle alumni Nick Mingione (’00, DB) and Brooke Valente (’03, DB) as the first three NCAA-I head coaches in Embry-Riddle Athletics history. Mingione is the head baseball coach for the University of Kentucky and Valente is the head golf coach at Samford University. Andrew Goins (’12, ’15, WW) was selected to attend U.S. Air Force Officer Training School. He expects to start the school in early fiscal year 2018, and then move on to flight training in Pueblo, Colo.
Sarah Kalmeta (’08, PC) was hired as regional operations director for Universal Weather and Aviation Inc. She will serve the Asia-Pacific region and will be based in Hong Kong. Kalmeta will be responsible for operational management and day-to-day leadership in the region across all of the company’s business units. Prior to joining Universal, Kalmeta, who is fluent in English and basic Mandarin, most recently served as head of flight services for Hongkong Jet in Hong Kong. Kimberly J. Becker (’97, WW) was hired as San Diego County Regional Airport Authority’s second president/CEO, effective May 1. Becker succeeds Thella F. Bowens, who retired on March 31. San Diego International Airport (SAN), formerly known as Lindbergh Field, is the nation’s busiest single-runway airport and last year saw total passenger volume increase to a record 20 million. Becker comes to SAN from Mineta San Jose International Airport, where she served as director. She became director in 2013 and has been with the airport since 1995. She also worked at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey and Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport for a total of 10 years.
2nd Lt. Jonathan Wright ('15, DB), who is the son of Lt. Col. John Wright ('84, DB), is nearing graduation from U.S. Air Force Pilot Training at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas, and was recently selected to fly the F-16, just as his father was in 1985. Steven Province (’05, WW) was named interim president of Providence Healthcare Network in Waco, Texas. Province joined Providence in 2014 as senior vice president for operations and chief operating officer. Ascension Texas operates Providence Healthcare Network and Seton Healthcare Family, which includes Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas and another 120 related clinical facilities that together employ more than 13,000 people. After serving 10 years in the U.S. Navy as a naval supply officer, Province began his health care career as a Pfizer Pharmaceutical representative from 2006 to 2008. In 2008, he began working for Kaiser Permanente in California, where he served as director of performance improvement, director of supply chain logistics and support services administrator Matthew K. Fay ('97, ’03, WW) was inducted into The Boeing Technical Fellowship as an Associate Technical Fellow in a ceremony held in April in St. Louis, Mo. His area of expertise is aircraft scheduled maintenance program development and optimization. Only the top 1.5% of Boeing’s workforce become fellows and they are charged with setting the technical direction for Boeing and resolving critical issues. Michael G. Petridis (’91, WW is a senior partner at VIP Jets, an aviation consulting and merger and acquisition advisory firm in the Dallas, Texas area. He is also the author of Fighter Pilot Follies, published in 2007. Petridis piloted the McDonnell Douglas-made F-15 Eagle and the F/A-18 Hornet, in Europe during the Cold War. He received an honorable discharge after 11 years of active duty in the U.S. Air Force. His book takes a humorous but “true to form” look at the fighter pilot persona. He calls the genre, “faction,” true stories but the names were changed.
David Bejou (’81, DB) was appointed provost and executive vice-president for academic affairs at SUNY Empire State College, which has eight locations in central New York. He begins his new leadership role with the college on July 1. Bejou currently is dean of the College of Business and Social Sciences at West Virginia State University. Jeffrey S. Osterlund (’89, DB) was inducted into the AIAA Associate Fellow Class of 2017 on Jan. 9, 2017 during the SciTech Forum at the Gaylord Texan. Joining AIAA in 1987 while at Embry-Riddle, Osterlund is currently the space and launch vehicle engineering capability integration manager for The Boeing Company. Kasey Dixon ('16, WW) is providing HondaJet Southwest Customer Support for Cutter Aviation and is based in San Antonio, Texas. She started her aviation career in the U.S. Army, specializing on the AH-64D Apache Longbow Attack Helicopter. In the civilian aviation industry, she has experience ranging from aircraft maintenance to marketing, customer support, and product development for aviation software. Dixon is a certificated Airframe & Powerplant mechanic and a fixed-wing and remote pilot. U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Samuel Joplin (’13, WW) gave the keynote address at Missouri State University-West Plains’ 2017 commencement ceremony on May 20, 2017. Joplin is currently an F-15 instructor pilot with the 159th Fighter Wing of the Louisiana Air National Guard at Naval Air Station-Joint Reserve Base, New Orleans, La. While serving as a traditional guardsman, he also is a Boeing 777 pilot at FedEx Express.
He was commissioned into the U.S. Air Force in 1999 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and earned his wings in 2001 at Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas. His flying assignments included duties as an instructor pilot, flight examiner, chief of flight operations and demonstration pilot. In 2011, he deployed to Kandahar Air Base in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He has received numerous awards and decorations.
Austin Donohoe ('13, DB) married Sophia Carr on April 8, 2017 at St. John Chapel in Plymouth, Mich. The wedding party included best man Alex Tiefenbrunn ('13, DB). Donohoe is the assistant race engineer for East Lansing, Mich.-based 3GT Racing, a team that fields two Lexus RCFs in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Carr is the assistant director of Career Services at her alma mater, Hillsdale College. The couple reside in Holt, Mich.
Candace L. Pitman (’11, DB) and John R. Davis (’09, DB; ’16, WW) are engaged to be married. The two met and became friends in 2007 at the Daytona Beach Campus. Pitman says, “It was a friendship that lasted through our undergraduate years, new jobs, and, in my case, two years abroad. Sparks flew at a camping weekend with mutual friends in 2014, and three years, many plane tickets, and hundreds of Skype video calls later, John proposed on March 30, 2017. We went to the Pima Air Museum, which was also the site of our first ‘official’ date. John led the way to the SR-71, which is my favorite airplane. After handing off his camera to a passing tourist, we took a few pictures together, then he dropped to one knee and asked me to marry him. I was totally surprised and immediately said, 'Yes.'" The two plan to wed on Dec. 9, 2017, in Venice, Fla.
Dustin Mosher ('12, PC) is a flight test engineer for Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo and is mentioned here in a Virgin Galactic’s blog. Derek Sanders (’00, PC), Kelsey Anderson (’13, PC) and Isabela (Lachowski) Martinet (’09, PC)
were inducted into Embry Riddle Prescott’s Athletics Hall of Fame on April 21, 2017.
Sanders was Embry-Riddle’s first three-time All American and national champion wrestler. He met his wife, who was a captain on the inaugural women’s volleyball team, at Embry-Riddle. Along with having success in the classroom, Sanders won the NAIA National Wrestling Championship at Embry Riddle in 2000 at 157 pounds and was an All-American in 1998,1999 and 2000.
Martinet was a team captain both years along with appearances on the Dean’s List. Among the honors were a 2008 Association of Independent Institutions 1st Team All Conference Member and a 2007 Soaring Eagle Award for Volleyball. Martinet is teaching fourth-grade at Scottsdale Country Day School.
The most recent graduate, Anderson is one of the most dominant players to ever step foot on Embry Riddle’s soccer field. She was honored with such awards as a 2011 A.I.I 1st Team All Conference, 2012 Cal Pac 1st Team All Conference, 2012 NSCAA Far West 1st Team All Region, 2012 NAIA Honorable Mention All American and a 2012 Cal Pac. Anderson works for an engineering design firm in Denver, Colo.
Stanley "Mike" Johnson (’14, DB) was a guest announcer for an episode of The Price is Right, during season 46 of the TV game show. He was also a former contestant on the show in 2013. Johnson worked in local radio in production and on air duties, but recently accepted an offer with the Federal Aviation Administration for an air traffic control position. In the photo, Johnson is on the right, Drew Carey is in the center and on the left is George Gray, the show’s usual announcer. Juan Fuentes (’86, ’91, WW) is a terminal district manager for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and is responsible for the "Paradise District", which includes 18 FAA airport traffic control towers and/or terminal radar approach control and 22 federal contract towers in Florida, from Daytona Beach to Tampa, and south to Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. James Carter (’08, WW) has joined TRAXXALL Technologies, an aircraft maintenance tracking and inventory management system provide, at its new office in Wichita, Kan. Formerly with the U.S. Air Force and stationed at McConnell Air Force Base, James has 14 years of aviation experience. Founded in 2013, TRAXXALL is headquartered in Montreal, Canada, with offices in Jacksonville, Fla., Wichita, Kan. and London, UK. Deborah Donnelly-McLay (’97,WW) was a pilot flying the UPS 757 on April 22, 2017 in the Thunder Over Louisville Airshow, which featured the first all-female flight crew in the airshow's history. The UPS Boeing 757 was flown and supported by a team of women who work for UPS that included two pilots, an observer in the cockpit, one aircraft maintenance supervisor and two aircraft maintenance technicians. Donnelly-McLay is a 20-year veteran of UPS and based in Miami. Watch this video and another one of the event and read a USA Today article about the historic flight. Scott Germain (PC ’90) has been upgraded to an A320 captain at American Airlines. Based at Los Angeles International Airport and living in Phoenix, Ariz., Germain also flies an AT-6, B-24, and B-17 for non-profit organizations. Daudi Barnes (’97, PC) is founder, president and chief engineer at Advanced Mobile Propulsion Test LLC (AMPT) in Durango, Colo. The company, founded in 2009, does rocket engine testing and served customers like National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Aerojet Rocketdyne, the Missile Defense Agency, Raytheon, and Boeing. Barnes was selected 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year by the Durango Chamber of Commerce and is a licensed pilot. Br. Samuel Philip Hakeem, O.P. (’09, PC), a member of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), was ordained a Catholic priest on May 20, 2017 at St. Pius V Catholic Church in St. Louis, Mo. by Archbishop Robert Carlson. His first mass will be celebrated May 21 at St. Pius V and he will then celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving on June 4 at his home parish, Prince of Peace Catholic Church, in Albuquerque, N.M.
Hakeem attended Prince of Peace Catholic Church as a child and graduated from St. Pius X Catholic High School in Albuquerque. He studied space physics at Embry-Riddle and, following graduation, he studied optics at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque for one year before leaving the program to enter the Dominicans. In May, he graduated from the Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, Mo., with a dual Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Theology degree with honors. Fr. Hakeem’s first assignment will be at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Madison, Wisc.