Mentors and Advisors

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Jerrie Mock

Youngest woman to fly solo around the world in 1964

Dreams Soar Guardian and Mentor

The late Jerrie Mock, the first woman to fly solo around the world in 1964, was a great mentor and role model for Shaesta. Mrs. Mock provided a wealth of inspiration and drive for the success of Shaesta’s solo flight journey. They spoke on the phone frequently, and Shaesta would inform Jerrie of her progress with the flight planning.

Sadly, Jerrie passed away in September 2014. Shaesta hopes to honor Jerrie during her solo flight around the world by stopping in Jerrie’s hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

Lyndse Costabile

Director of Development for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Chair, Board of Directors

With a passion for aviation sparked by taking to the skies at an early age, Lyndse is also involved in Women in Aviation International (WAI), where she supports professional and collegiate chapters around the world. Since 2012, Lyndse has served as a board member of the Florida Aviation Business Association (FABA), where she represents higher education in aviation and aerospace and Embry-Riddle’s support of the Florida aviation community.

Lyndse Costabile serves as the Director of Development for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. In this role, Lyndse travels 70 percent of the time, seeking to foster relationships with aviation and aerospace companies. Her goal: To maintain the pipeline of qualified candidates to the industry, to secure financial support for Embry-Riddle’s programs, and to advocate for the industry’s needs.

Her passion for flying is paired with a passion for the travel industry. In 2008, she established Costabile Travel as a way to leverage a $7 trillion industry that is expected to double over the next eight to 10 years.

Lyndse received a B.S. in Marketing from Slippery Rock University and a Non-Profit Management Certificate from the University of North Florida. She is pursuing her MBA in Aviation at Embry-Riddle.

Her goal with Dreams Soar is to educate the industry of the limitations women face globally that restrict them from following career paths in STEM-related fields. Through her efforts supporting Shaesta’s solo flight, Lyndse believes the industry will unite for the good of the cause and support more females around the world to attend schools like Embry-Riddle.

Marie Josée Primeau

Vice President, International Sales, COGNIBOX

Corporate & Strategic Partnerships, Advisory Council

Born and raised in Montreal, this French-Canadian native studied international business at McGill University before receiving a scholarship to complete her degree in Los Angeles. In the recent year, she has been pursuing her studies at Harvard Business School.

A unique blend of businesswoman and artist, Marie-Josée Primeau is a multi-talented visionary who has been involved in many fundraising events by climbing three times the Mt. Kilimanjaro, as Vice President of the business for CARE Canada, on a voluntarily basis, and acted as the leader, organizer and coordinator for these events.

Inspired by the emerging leaders and the culture from the Middle East, she decided to leave Montreal for Dubai in 2007 and started her own company. In Dubai, she was named Chairman for the Canadian Business Council of Dubai and Northern Emirates in 2008, voluntarily and re-elected for three mandates. Moreover, she has been actively involved in multiple international economic missions.

Now in Montreal, she is Vice President International Sales for Cognibox, a contractor risks and compliance web-based platform.

Besides her professional career, Marie-Josée Primeau has always been driven by her creativity. Discovered by the ruling families in the Middle East, she became a successful painter.

Influence by the people she has met, the places she has visited and her personal experiences, she has received many honor for her work while in Dubai. She was selected as the first Canadian “Signature Artist Painter” for a solo exhibition in the Abu Dhabi Art Fair and she published an art book entitled PRIMEAU.

Always fascinated by the aerospace industry, she is motivated and dedicated to support Dream Soar to obtain funds and help Shaesta achieve her goal and touch as many women in the aviation industry as possible.

Lou C. Seno

Chairman, Emeritus, Jet Support Services, Inc.

Board of Directors

Louis C. Seno has spent his entire career as an advocate for all forms of general aviation, from homebuilts to business aircraft. Not surprising, considering he has spent his entire life as an aviation enthusiast. Lou has held senior management positions with the business aircraft units of Boeing Capital Corp. and GE Capital Solutions. He was a founding shareholder and CEO of Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI) where he still serves as CEO Emeritus, and special advisor to the Board of Directors representing the company in a wide range of special projects.

Seno’s 25-year active involvement with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University led to his being appointed Vice President and establishing the Office of Corporate Relations and Government Affairs. Prior to that, he served on a host of university committees, including finance, flight safety and student life committees, and as chair of ERAU’s development committee and as a member of ERAU’s President’s Advisory Board and Board of Trustees.

Lou holds many roles that benefit general aviation. He was recently elected to the Board of the Experimental Aircraft Association and is currently an active board member of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. He has also served terms on the Board of Duncan Aviation and as Co-Chairman of the National Aircraft Resale Association.

Not insignificantly, he is a 6,500 hour pilot with an Airline Transport Pilot certificate and a Cessna Citation Jet type rating who has built three airplanes and has owned several single-and twin-engine aircraft. Today, he owns and flies an F33A Beechcraft Bonanza and an Aviat Husky A1-B on amphibious floats.

Rose Marie Norman

Aviation Insurance Broker at Aon Risk Solutions

Board of Directors

With eyes to the sky, Rose Marie’s first word was “kite.” Aviation and all things that fly continued to be a passion throughout her life. Having great mentors and watching those in the aviation and aerospace world accomplish impossible feats was a great inspiration. This led to another passion – keeping that momentum moving forward by supporting STEM and eager minds as they pursue their own passions.

Graduating in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Studies and minors in Aviation Business Administration, Space Studies, and Mathematics, Rose Marie now serves as a Dallas based Aviation Broker for Aon Risk Solutions. She provides insurance broking services and risk management solutions to various OEMs, airlines, airports, unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operators, and Fortune 500 clients. She is a licensed Property & Casualty General Lines Agent in the state of Texas and holds over 30 non-resident licenses as well. She has earned her Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and Certified Aviation Insurance Professional (CAIP) designations, and is currently pursuing the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation.

Through the support of her family and friends and participation in organizations such as the International Baccalaureate programme and Civil Air Patrol during high school, Rose Marie was able to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach with an Air Force ROTC scholarship. A back injury would put an end to her Air Force aspirations, but aviation was always still the end goal.

Rose Marie has worked with Barrington Irving’s Experience Aviation initiative, “The Flying Classroom,” and has also served as a mentor in the Children’s First CEO of Central Kansas – Future Woman in A STEM Career program.

From Rose Marie: “I have been involved in aviation my entire life and I have never known very many women involved in aviation or STEM. The few women that were in these fields have made a huge impact on my life. Having worked with young women who are either interested in aviation and STEM careers or have had no exposure to these fields, I know the presence of positive role models and mentors can have a significant impact on their futures. The shortage of future STEM professionals is concerning, and I believe we need to foster and support these young people who have a desire to work in these fields. Shaesta’s mission will especially be empowering to many young women (and men) who can see the obstacles she has overcome to follow her dreams, and realize they can do that too if they work hard and get the education and support they need.”

James Sulton

Founder & CEO, AviationEd

Board of Directors

Prior to assuming roles with the Federal Aviation Administration and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Dr. Sulton was the Principal of Oakland Aviation High School, an adjunct professor at Alameda Community College, and a Flight Service Specialist for Lockheed Martin Corporation.

Dr. Sulton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Studies and a Master’s of Science in Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He received a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy from Pepperdine University in 2008 at the age of twenty-six. He has expertise in aviation weather, safety, communications, air traffic control, and has distinguished himself as a scholar, educator, and philanthropist.

Chrissy M. Clary

Executive Director of Digital Strategy and Business Intelligence

Board of Directors

A digital strategist devoted to leveraging technology and design to enable communication, Chrissy Clary currently leads a team of designers, developers, communicators, and data analysts at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She is also a contributor for Be Well Be Digital, an organization devoted to reducing stress for small business owners wishing to do business in the digital marketplace.

Previously Chrissy worked as a REDE Critique contractor in Strategic Communications at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, a digital and special publications editor for the Daytona Beach News-Journal, and as the Communication Director for the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce.

Chrissy has a Masters in Internet Marketing from Full Sail University, a Bachelors in Communications from the University of North Florida and is currently attending Harvard University’s Extension school in pursuit of a Masters in Digital Media Design.

She brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the Dreams Soar program, allowing its digital and multimedia footprint to extent beyond expectations.

Heather Wright Schlichting

Manager of Social Media and Alumni Relations for Northcentral University

 Board of Directors

Always looking for the next great story to tell, Heather Wright Schlichting has had more than 20 years of public relations experience for various agencies and corporations in Chicago, New York, and Phoenix.

Heather began her career in the hotel industry managing corporate meetings and social fundraisers at Hotel Sofitel, the Four Seasons and the Ritz Carlton. Her career evolved into managing communications, social media and websites for Searle Pharmaceuticals, Deloitte Consulting, and American Traffic Solutions.

Throughout her career, she was an active volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, Chicago Cares, and St. Mary’s Food Bank in Phoenix. In 2011, Heather founded Dancing Classrooms Phoenix, a part of Dancing Classrooms, an organization that started in New York City public schools in 1994. Their mission is to build social awareness, confidence, and self-esteem in elementary age children through the practice of social dance.

A published writer, she also blogs about her travel adventures throughout the U.S.  Heather also owns The Write Blend Communications and PR, a firm that provides copywriting, marketing and social media strategies.

Heather has won several professional industry awards for public awareness campaigns, website design, and marketing strategies. She has a B.S. degree in Public Relations from Bradley University.

Passionate about great food, hiking, gardening, art, dance, and music, she lives with her husband Pete, and yellow lab, Karlee in Cave Creek, Arizona.

Bruce E. Ganger

 Retired, Nonprofit and Corporate Executive

Board of Directors

Before his “retirement” in January 2016, Bruce was the President & CEO of Feeding Northeast Florida and the Feeding America member food bank since September 1, 2011.  Feeding Northeast Florida rescues and distributes food throughout a 17-county service area of northeast Florida, serving the 1:6 who struggle to feed themselves and their families.

Prior to joining Feeding Northeast Florida, Bruce served as the Managing Director of ISF Group, a business he founded with his wife, Peg, in 2006 to assist area nonprofits with development, messaging and fundraising. During those five years ISF Group grew to serve more than 60 clients.

Prior to starting ISF Group, Bruce had a very blessed 25-year corporate career where he held many different senior and executive sales and marketing positions with Xerox, Eastman Kodak and Océ Technologies BV, and his own software company.

He is widely written on the topics of channel and product strategies, and has edited two books on the subject of personalized marketing.  He has a BA in Sociology from Indiana University and a MBA in Business Management from Almeda University.  As a Kellogg National Fellow (1987-1990), Bruce traveled in the United States and abroad studying leadership and innovation from a global perspective.

Bruce and Peg have three grown children, six grandchildren and live in Waynesville, North Carolina.  He enjoys playing golf, reading and hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and mentoring young professionals in their career development and education.  He describes his current situation as “pausing to reset” for whatever comes next in his life.

Veronica Carpio

 Foreign Affairs Specialist at Federal Aviation Administration

Advisory Council Member

Veronica Carpio is a very passionate person. She loves everything about aviation and empowering the next generation of aviation professionals to succeed in a dynamic ever changing industry.

Veronica is a native Spanish-speaker born in Ecuador. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in aviation management from the City University (CUNY) of New York. While in college, she interned in the FAA-Flight Standards District Office in New York and the FAA Aviation and Space Education Eastern Region office. In addition, Veronica worked on the “National Alliance to Advance NextGen” while interning in the External Affairs/Aviation Department of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. She also studied abroad in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil.

After college, Veronica worked as an operations supervisor at JFK-International Airport Terminal 4 in New York for three years. She was in charge of overseeing the daily operations of the Airside Operations Area and Landside Operations Area, and led the terminal security training program. Veronica also served as an Economic Development Volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps in Piura, Peru, for two years. In addition to mentoring and providing technical training in business development to entrepreneurs at her site, she taught micro-finance through the establishment of community banks. During her time in Peru, Veronica organized an aviation vocational orientation project in collaboration with the Peruvian civil aviation corporation, and the Peruvian Air Force.

Veronica is very passionate about global aviation education initiatives and wants to help “pave the way for the next generation of aviation professionals.” She currently resides in Washington D.C. and works as a foreign affairs specialist at the Federal Aviation Administration Headquarters in Headquarters.

Patty Wagstaff

Airshow pilot, writer, and operator of Patty Wagstaff Aerobatic School in St. Augustine Florida

Advisory Council Member 

To Patty Wagstaff the sky represents adventure, freedom and challenge. A six-time member of the US Aerobatic Team, Patty has won the gold, silver and bronze medals in Olympic-level international aerobatic competition and is the first woman to win the title of US National Aerobatic champion and one of the few people to win it three times.

Patty one of the world’s top airshow pilots, flies thrilling, low-level aerobatic demonstrations before millions of people each year.  Her breathtaking performances give airshow spectators a front-row seat view of the precision and complexity of modern, unlimited hard-core aerobatics. Her smooth aggressive style sets the standard for performers the world over.

Born in the USA, Patty grew up in and around airplanes. Moving to Japan when she was nine years old where her father was a Captain for Japan Air Lines. Her earliest memories include sitting with her father at the controls of his airplanes. At ten years old when her father let her take the controls of his DC-6, her lifelong love affair with airplanes began.

From Japan her travels took her across Southeast Asia, Europe and to Australia where she lived and traveled up the west coast in a small boat. In 1979 she moved to Alaska and moved to a small town in the southwest part of the state, Dillingham, where she worked for the Bristol Bay Native Association. Her job involved traveling to each of the remote villages in the region, areas only accessible by air.

Patty’s first experience with bush flying was not a positive one. The first airplane she chartered for her job crashed on take off, so Patty decided to learn to fly herself, hiring friend and later husband, Bob, to travel with her in his Cessna 185 floatplane. Since then she earned her Commercial, Instrument, Seaplane and Commercial Helicopter Ratings. She is a Flight and Instrument Instructor and is rated and qualified to fly many airplanes, from World War II fighters to jets. Patty’s sister, Toni, is also a pilot and a Captain for Continental Airlines..

Though she had never seen aerobatics, a lifelong curiosity led her to attend her first Airshow in British Columbia in 1983, where she saw aerobatic pilots perform and promised herself “I can do that!” By 1985, five years after gaining her pilot’s license, she earned a spot on the US Aerobatic Team.

Patty’s skill is based on years of training and experience. She is a six-time recipient of the “First Lady of Aerobatics” Betty Skelton Award. In July 2004, Patty was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame and was the recipient of the National Air and Space Museum’s Award for Current Achievement in 1994.

Patty Wagstaff

Having received many awards for her flying, she is particularly proud of receiving the Airshow industry’s most prestigious award, the “Sword of Excellence”, and the “Bill Barber Award for Showmanship”. Recently she was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Air Force Association.

In March, 1994, her airplane, the Goodrich Extra 260, went on display in the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum in Washington DC. You can see Patty’s airplane and exhibit in the Pioneers of Flight Gallery.

Patty has trained with the Russian Aerobatic Team and has flown Airshows and competitions in such exotic places as South America, Russia, Europe, Mexico and Iceland. She is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, Motion Picture Pilots Association, United Stuntwomen’s Association, working as a stunt pilot and aerial coordinator for the film and television industry.

From 1999-2006 Patty was Raytheon’s (now Hawker Beechcraft’s) demo pilot for their T6A/B Texan II military trainer and light attack aircraft, performing in international Airshows such as Paris, Singapore and Farnborough. Today she continues to coach their Demo Team.

For over ten years, Patty has traveled to East Africa to give bush, recurrency and aerobatic training to the pilots of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) who protect Kenya’s elephants, rhino and other natural resources from poachers.

In 2010 Patty started flying for Cal Fire as an Air Attack pilot in the OV-10 Bronco.  Cal Fire pilots fly both the OV-10 and the S2T Tanker out of 13 different bases helping keep California safe from fires and supporting firefighters on the ground. After flying for Cal Fire for three years, she has decided to return to Florida to start an aerobatic school, “Patty Wagstaff Aerobatic School” in St. Augustine, Florida, located at Southeast Aero, the U.S. Distributor for the Extra Aircraft and she continues to fly airshows around the world.

Captain Aysha Al Hamili

Representative of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

Advisory Council Member

Capt Al Hameli started her career in aviation when she was 16 years old as a pilot. She is the first Female pilot in the UAE, first UAE representative to the ICAO council, and the youngest Permanent Representative to ICAO in the history of the organization.  Since 2009, Capt. Aysha Al Hameli has been the Representative of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Recently she was a runner-up for the position of the Secretary General of ICAO. Capt. Al Hameli has achieved great success on an international level. She led more than 80 international air services negotiations to expand the UAE market access. In her role as Head of the UAE Diplomatic Mission to ICAO, she has served as a primary spokesperson for the country and promoted collaborative cooperation towards a collective vision of ICAO in the areas of safety, security, environment and performance management. Capt. Al Hameli is influencing  the process of consensus building within the organization.

Since her appointment in ICAO she was an advocate of performance management and global aviation capacity building.  One of her initiatives was the design, execution and funding of a project on Regionalization of Search and Rescue for the SADEC States in 2009. Capt. Al Hameli was the catalyst in starting long-term cooperation between the UAE and developing countries from different regions of the world and has been instrumental in signing MOUs with ACAC, AFCAC and LACAC to further expand the areas of cooperation and capacity building between these organizations and the UAE.  Along with her highly professional leading team, Capt Aysha Al Hameli’s  work is driven by creativity and innovation, always adapting the latest management trends.

As the first female pilot in the UAE, Capt. Al Hameli’s work has inspired many women from the region to pursue careers in aviation. She is an active speaker in national and international venues advocating the role of women in aviation.

Aysha Al Hamili

Recently, she was invited to speak at Harvard Business School, she was the keynote speaker at the opening ceremony of the McGill Model United Nations Assembly (the theme for 2016 was Gender Equity) This came as a recognition for her contribution to the development of gender equality and civil aviation, Capt. Al Hameli has received numerous awards. She won the award of the UAE federal personality of 2013, the Trailblazer award, and recently she received the Woman of the year award from the Air Transport News in addition to many others.

Capt. Al Hameli is a believer in continuing education and she attends management courses on a regular basis at the most prestigious institutions such as Harvard Business School, Columbia University and Rotman School of Management among others. She has a Master of Science in Air Transport Management from City University of London and a degree (BA SBS) in International Studies from Zayed University in Abu Dhabi. She is  holder of a commercial Pilot license, Air Transport Pilot license and a certified instrument-flight instructor with a type rating on the DASH-8.

Judith A. Rice


Advisory Council Member

Judy Rice builds partnerships across the world to help make a difference in the aerospace industry workforce and the education of students interested in technical fields. She is Founder and Captain of ThinkGlobal Flight, an around-the-world flight of adventure promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) education and inspiring students. This historic international flight increased the number of students across the globe, interested in and inspired by aviation and aerospace as they followed the crew on their journey around the Earth.

Throughout her life, Judy has had a passion for aviation and space technology. This passion coupled with sixteen years as a teacher eventually brought her into the field of aerospace education. She values the experience gained as a special education specialist because it gave her a broad knowledge of the learning process.

She currently holds the title as President to the National Coalition for Aviation and Space Education. The National Coalition for Aviation and Space Education represents government, industry, and labor; united to promote aviation and space education activities and resources; increase public understanding of aviation and aerospace; and support educational initiatives at the local, state, and national levels.

Her position with the X-Plane Flight Simulator Company provided the technological understanding necessary in today’s global society. Rice’s tenures with the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Deputy Director Aerospace Education and with the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) as the Executive Director Youth Education involved a wide variety of skills: collaborations with various national aerospace education organizations; developing, writing, and editing curriculum; script writing and video production; implementation of curriculum programs in schools through-out the nation; professional development; large scale volunteer/member coordination efforts; coordinating the largest air show event in the nation for youth, KidVenture; and director to two national aerospace conferences.

Captain Judith A. Rice

The National 4-H Aerospace Curriculum Project hired her to produce a series of publications that eventually involved 35 businesses and thousands of pre-college 4-H members. During the 4-H project, Ms. Rice learned to fly and is an instrument rated commercial, multi-engine, Citation type-rated pilot, advance ground instructor, certified flight instructor and logged over 3,000 hours in numerous aircraft. She is the proud owner of a Grumman TR2 airplane.

Ms. Rice’s work has taken her to almost all 50 states and many countries representing aerospace education over the past 20 years. She has numerous awards and accomplishments in her portfolio and a member of many aviation and space organizations. Her goal is to share her passion for aviation and her extensive experience with youth and adults worldwide.

Elizabeth Larson

Human Resource Advisor for Chevron

Advisory Council Member

Elizabeth Larson is currently a Human Resource Advisor for Chevron based out of Houston Texas. Although she currently works in Human Resources her background and history is steeped in Aviation. Knowing from an early age she would be involved in aviation some capacity she attended Daniel Webster College in Nashua, NH obtaining a BS degree in Aviation Management, graduating early in 3.5 years, anxious to start her career.

Elizabeth has worked in a variety of Commercial and General Aviation related roles including FBO Customer service representative, line crew, gate agent, ramp agent, charter sales, and dispatcher. For 10 years she worked for, then moved up to the Vice President Position for, a Professional Aviation Placement Agency, providing permanent and temporary placement of Corporate Crew Members globally. Throughout her working career she was also an active Volunteer with the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) sitting on a number of their committees including the Flight Attendant Sub Committee, the Schedulers and Dispatcher Committee and was a founding member of the Certified Aviation Managers (CAM) Certification Board, holding her CAM certification herself.

In 2002 Elizabeth was recruited by Chevron to work in their Global Aviation Division based out of Houston Texas. Entering her 12th year at Chevron now, Elizabeth recently started her 12th job in the Chevron North America Exploration and Production Upstream Operation. Although her career has her involved in Human Resource and Leadership Coaching, she still keeps her hands in Aviation by sitting on the Board of Trustees for the Aviation Accreditation Board International (ABBI) and participating frequently as a Visiting team member.

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