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PATHWAYS TO AVIATION BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Leaders serve on charitable boards for various reasons. Our trustees took a moment to share insight into why they lead this organization and why they’re passionate about helping young people.
 

Hart Fessenden – Retired, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Aviation is easy to get excited about. I have been flying small planes for 40 years, starting while I was in college. I made my career working in airline banking, financing the big jets for the world’s major air carriers.

There are many different career paths in aviation to follow: pilot, maintenance technician, airline management, software developer, aircraft and systems designer, flight instructor, investor, and even banker to name a few. Sorting through all these options and picking the best one is easier with an experienced mentor and guide. Pathways provides support for making the right decision and getting the optimal result.

 


 

Josh Flatley – President, XVector, Ltd.

I serve on the Pathways to Aviation board because I share the vision of creating “Pathways” to careers in aviation through mentorship, alliances, and hard work. The evolving framework of the organization is consistent and gets results!

Aviation (particularly the U.S. Air Force) has provided more opportunities than I could have imagined growing up. I have entered a stage in life where it is important to share those opportunities with others; this is my venue to “pay it forward”.
 
 

 


 

Eric Henry, Board Chairman – President, Cornerstone Consulting

Pathways to Aviation is the only organization that I am aware of that seeks out students and jobseekers equipping and connecting them to the aviation industry! Pathways brings to the aviation industry their future trained, driven and passionate workforce!

Changing Lives! Working with students and jobseekers encouraging and helping them identify their WHY and equipping them to get out there and fulfill it!

 


 

Thomas J. Hall, Board Secretary – Attorney, Law Offices of Thomas Hall

 
 


 

 

Bob Larkin, Board Treasurer – President, Sierra Romeo Aviation

I have for many decades now been active in General Aviation as a pilot, instructor, Designated Pilot Examiner, Trustee of the Airport Authority, aircraft owner, and aviation business owner. Pathways’ provides a vital role in connecting those that want to become involved in aviation with those that are involved in aviation.

While experienced pilots, instructors, and owners provide the knowledge and capabilities to sustain aviation, it is the youth that provide the excitement and energy to advance aviation to new heights and opportunities.

 
 


 

Paul McFarlane – Executive Director, Challenger Learning Center of Northern Nevada

 
 


 

Greg Meisinger – Pilot, American Airlines

I am ecstatic to be provided the opportunity to serve on the Pathways to Aviation board and be a part of a program that helps connect people and provide the resources to achieve their goals! I feel honored to have an avenue in which I can provide some benefit to enrich an industry that means so much to me.

The aviation industry, most importantly the people, has been such a source of personal joy and ongoing lifetime fulfillment. A program like Pathways to Aviation was not available to me when I was younger and I am passionate about helping formulate the connections, ideas, and skills that open the doors to all facets of this industry for others.

 


 

Leah Ochs – Manufacturing Engineer Manager, RIX Industries

I believe strongly in the mission of Pathways to Aviation and am honored to serve on the board. The local aviation community, and abroad, is vastly growing and adapting to the changing world around us. It is exciting to be a part of a strong team that is dedicated to the pursuit of expanding the impact of aviation and showcasing its limitless opportunities.

I discovered a love for engaging the next generation in aviation early on in my career. I had limited exposure to aviation and STEM related career fields when I was younger and I want to change that for the next generation. I love to see students get excited about opportunities they never knew existed, and encouraging everyone to explore the aviation industry!
 


 

Joe Rajacic – Retired 747 Captain, United Airlines

I have known Pete and Eric for almost 10 years and realize aligning myself with Pathways will result in the best potential for reaching and helping the most job seekers. Pathways has the reach, connections, partners, members and mentors to accomplish the goal of introducing young people to careers in aviation.

I have had a rewarding career in aviation, from flight instruction, working as an aircraft design engineer, A&P mechanic, NASA test pilot, corporate pilot to flying Captain on the Boeing 747-400. Now it is time to give back and provide the passion, inspiration, encouragement and help for those interested in the multitude of aviation careers.

 


 

Pete Parker, Executive Director

My life purpose is rooted in helping others, particularly helping them achieve greatness. Pathways to Aviation creates opportunities for students and job seekers to pursue meaningful and fulfilling careers in an exciting industry. The organization works closely with employers and recruiters who seek to fill today’s and tomorrow’s open positions with quality talent. Since mid-2013, I have thoroughly enjoyed leading Pathways to Aviation into new stratospheres!

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