Each year during the club’s annual meeting a slate of members are elected by the general membership to act as Director’s.  Ponderosa Aero Club is fortunate to have dedicated members that take the time from their personal schedules to oversee the general operations and address the many unseen challenges that come with keeping a successful operation the caliber of PAC going.

Cam Echanis

In June 2011, my girlfriend gave me a Discovery Flight for my birthday. Jokingly she wrote on my birthday card “now we can fly to McCall…” Up to that date, I never considered flying and only been in private single engine planes a handful of times. On February 12th of 2012, I took my Discovery Flight with Dave Moler and that was it, I was hooked. After the flight and debrief was complete, Dave asked me how I liked it and all I could say is “where do I sign?” A year later, I had my private pilot license.

This is one of the most exciting things I have ever done and enjoy continuing education and camaraderie of aviation. Flying has taken the place of some of the exciting things I did in my younger days, great to have a passion.

From the time of my Discovery Flight, my experience with Ponderosa Aero Club has been outstanding. My hope is that this club continues to provide great experiences for novice aviators as well as the experienced pilots. I feel compelled and obligated to continue the great experiences I have had with PAC and my aviation opportunities.

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Cheryl McCord

I become a Ponderosa Aero Club board member to help build upon the success of the Club and its members. Ponderosa Aero Club is a great place to experience flying because of an atmosphere that encourages continued learning with a fun and safe approach. I have been a member for four years. I have enjoyed the support and camaraderie of the management team and club members while earning my private pilot certificate and participating in many club activities.
My work experience includes 25 years with Hewlett Packard. I managed spending for an operations team of 2,000 people in over 50 countries. Currently I work with a sales team negotiating print services contracts. I founded and managed the Kuna Farmers Market. I managed our family dairy before obtaining Accounting and MBA degrees from BSU.
I volunteer at aviation events including Fly It Forward, The Art and Science of Flying, BSU STEM Day, and Ponderosa’s Annual Warm Springs airstrip maintenance. I am also involved in the 99s organization of women pilots and the Idaho Aviation Association.
My husband Bill and I own a Cessna 185. We enjoy flying to the Idaho backcountry and visiting family in Moscow, Portland, Seattle, Denver, and as far away as Traverse City, Michigan.

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Gil Kirkpatrick

My mom (who is 95 years old this year) tells me I’ve loved airplanes since I was 2 years old. I would take the clothespins she gave me to play with and make them into little airplanes that I would zoom around the playpen. It wasn’t until I was in my 20s that I started flying gliders in 1980 in Warrenton, VA. After a brief flying hiatus,  I got my private glider certificate and later worked weekends as a commercial pilot and CFI-G at the Plymouth, MA airport during the 80’s and 90’s. After getting married and moving to Phoenix, AZ in 1994, I got my SEL certificate flying Cessnas out of Sky Harbor. I raced gliders cross country from the Sonoran Desert all the way up to the Grand Canyon, and I was President of the Arizona Soaring Association for a while. My wife and I (now with three kids) moved to Australia in 2009 where I flew LSAs and ultralights, and also served as the Vice President of the South Coast Recreational Flying Club based at Jasper’s Brush, NSW. We moved here to Boise last year, in part because I’m really interested in back-country bush flying. Somewhere out there is a Husky with my name on it!
Personally, Kiry and I have been married for 25 years this year, and have three children. Molly and Scott are attending the University of Wollongong in Australia, and my youngest, Ryan, is a junior here at Boise High School. Molly has her Australian LSA license.
Professionally, I’m a software guy specializing in network security, identity, and access control. I’ve been involved with small software startups most of my career, and I’m currently the Chief Technology Officer for an Australian software company based in Melbourne. If I’m not working out of my home office, I’m usually travelling somewhere.

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Michele Tonnessen

I began flying after college because of my families passion of aviation. My father was a pilot in the air national guard flying KC 135's, my two older brothers have followed in his foot steps. I pursued a different path and went to college at The Ohio State University where I majored in strategic communication and played four years of division one women's ice hockey. After my first flight with a instructor after college I fell in love with flying. While working on my private pilot license in Ohio I began working for The North Face. After earning my private I moved to Boulder, CO with The North Face where I began my instrument rating. While in the process I was offered the store manager position in Boise. Once settled in, I found Ponderosa Aero Club and completed my instrument training. I currently posses my private pilot license, instrument rating and am building hours to work on my commercial license. I hope to one day fly professionally. In addition to aviation I also enjoy ice hockey, backpacking, hunting, fishing, running, beer and the outdoors.

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Reed Disney

Reed Disney joined Ponderosa Aero Club in 1999 to learn to fly. Balancing work, family, and training he took his time and earned his PPL in July of 2001 in Cessna 28G, and has been an active member ever since. He has endorsements for high performance and complex retractable and currently enjoys flying the Arrows. Reed has over 15 years of experience in the business of operating critical IT infrastructure, networking, and Internet services to clients in the US and internationally. Reed offers significant business experience with fiduciary responsibility, team leadership, and a passion for aviation. As a Ponderosa Board Member Reed's goal is to keep the club thriving with leadership that brings great pilots together with well-maintained airplanes.

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Tom Mahoney

Tom Mahoney has been a Ponderosa Aero Club member for over 15 years and served on our board for several of those years. Tom was such an asset to Ponderosa Aero Club and the board that he was asked by his peers to come back and serve on the board again.
Tom is a CFII and is rated in single engine aircraft, multi-engine aircraft, and gliders. He was a part owner of our club’s previous Cessna 182 N3549Y and is a proficient Cessna 172 tailwheel pilot (aka Frankenhawk), which he flies in the Idaho Backcountry often. A retired USAF Weapon Systems Officer, Tom enjoys the reward of raising his two boys with his physician wife, Valerie and working with a venture capital group.

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Val Rivers

Val's interest in aviation is about as old as he is. In fact not joining the Air Force in his youth is "one of my life regrets" says Val. It was his son Jordon, who grew up listening as grandpa told stories of bygone Air Force days, inspired Val to learn to fly. With in days of Jordon's 16th birthday he and Val took an introductory flight at Ponderosa. Soon after they were members of Ponderosa Aero Club. Beginning their journey towards earning that coveted credit card sized piece of plastic adorned with Orville's and Wilbur's images - also known as a pilots licence. The shared experiences of this endeavor and the subsequent family flying have been and continue to be priceless moments in the River's lives.

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