Meet Our Staff

Ponderosa Aero Club staff are dedicated to making our members flying safe, convenient, fun, and affordable. We are here to assist members whether it be helping with scheduling aircraft and/or instructors, billing questions, or just hanging out for a bit of hangar flying; the staff is here for you.

Janna Greenhalgh // General Manager

On July 4th, 2004 Janna soloed a Cherokee 140 in Groton, Connecticut. Since then her commercial flying adventures have included winter whale surveys, charter and scheduled flights in New England, banner towing, natural resource pilot and cloud seeding. With more than 6,000 flight hours she is delighted to combine her previous years of non-profit and volunteer management and share her life-long passion of aviation as the general manager of the Ponderosa Aero Club.

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Sharki Kontra // Accountant / Organisateur

For as long as Sharki can remember she’s had dreams of soaring in the air. Becoming a pilot after high school was not an option nor encouraged. Instead Sharki put herself through college, started a career that allowed travel, had children and the idea of being a pilot seem more unattainable. After a Discovery Flight at Ponderosa Aero Club, she realized that she was happiest in the air and secretly obtained her private pilot license in 2011. She began living her dream and discovered her passion. Sharki has an instrument rating, commercial multi-engine land, commercial single-engine land and single-engine seaplane certificates, flies tailwheel aircraft, has complex and high performance endorsements, and is always improving her backcountry skills. She has a ground school instructor certificate and landed a part-time job flying a PC-12. Sharki is an accountant and works at Ponderosa managing the accounting system, assisting the manager, coordinating some of the club’s events and social activities, and being a liaison with various aviation organizations. Sharki hopes to inspire others to find their passion and follow their dreams.

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Joel Hiatt // Ramp and Office Assistant

Joel’s first memory of having an interest in general aviation was when he read a book on getting a private pilot certificate, but it wasn’t until 2 years later in 2014 when he joined Ponderosa Aero Club and started his training. Prior to completing his solo cross country requirement, he took a break from flying to focus on graduating college and earned a degree in biology. After graduation, life surprisingly kept moving forward. A wife and daughter later and he found his way back to the Club to continue training where he left off.

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Zach Ravlin // Ramp and Office Assistant

Zach Ravlin was provided a flight with the Young Eagles in 2011 and has dreamed of becoming a pilot ever since. In 2014 Zach joined the United States Civil Air Patrol and started hanging out around airports whenever time allowed. The aviation community and his family have nourished Zach’s love for aviation. Zach recently began taking flight lessons at the Boise Airport. He enjoys photography and videos his training whenever possible. Zach plans to have his private pilot license by 2018 and then begin building time to achieve commercial and flight instructor certificates.

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Preston Kane // Ramp and Office Assistant

A native of Idaho, Preston got his first taste of aviation when he flew on a Boeing 737 at age five, but it was after watching a documentary on helicopters at age seven when the aviation bug really bit him hard. Initially wanting to fly helicopters, he soon became more interested in airplanes after beginning to learn about the McDonnell Douglas DC-10. He has wanted to become a commercial pilot ever since. Preston has been working at Ponderosa since September 2018 and plans to start flight training in June 2019. Aviation is his calling and he has found his home at Ponderosa. A side note, it’s rare see him without his hat.

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Brandon Watts // Ramp and Office Assistant

Brandon began his journey in aviation February 2018 and is currently working on his private pilot certificate. Flying seemed so out of reach, so he decided to go on a Discovery Flight to learn more about his options. He was immediately hooked with the aviation bug and is now hoping to make a career out of flying in a few years. Besides flying he enjoys spending time hunting, fishing, and riding ATVs.

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