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.
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.
I own N4427R and N4312R and was on the board from 2013-2017.
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. Personally, Kiry and I have been married for 27 years, and have three children. Molly and Scott are attending the University of Wollongong in Australia, and my youngest, Ryan, is attending the University of Idaho up in Moscow. Professionally, I’m an executive for a small software company based in Australia specializing in network security, identity, and access control. I've served on the PAC Board for the last two years and have developed a good working relationship with Janna and the other Board members. We've had good success getting our financial and administrative house in order and can now look to the longer-term health and growth of the club. My two main areas of interest are to 1) increase the amount of social flying we do (as distinct from training flights), particularly to back country or near-back country strips, and 2) to increase the selection of aircraft we have available to club members.Read More
Both my father and my maternal grandfather got their pilots license in their early 20s. I went a different route, however, owning a sailboat in the SF Bay Area and Seattle for over 15 years. That changed when I moved to Boise in 2005, joined Ponderosa in 2008, and learned to fly, including private, instrument and backcountry.
I recently purchased and put into the club a Cessna T210 that is the same year as the CT210 that my father Steve purchased new from the factory in 1977 with the tail N886SH (his initials). Steve owns a portion of the plane, and the new tail number N886KH carries on his tradition with my initials.
I’ve been passionate about the club during my 12 years of membership. In addition to the flying, I’ve volunteered time to set up the club’s networking equipment as well as the LiveATC and FlightAware feeds. I’m ready to contribute more, to help continue the club’s long history of solid leadership and direction.
In addition to my experience as a club member and aircraft owner, I have a strong business background in companies both large and small. I spent 9 years at HP in the Bay Area, 8 years in two Seattle tech startups, 3 years here in Boise developing real estate with my father, and over 10 years at Cradlepoint. I’ve served as president of 3 separate commercial and residential owners associations, and currently manage the finances for 6 separate LLCs and associations, mostly real-estate.
The club’s priorities have always been safety, fiscal responsibility, education and enjoyment, and I feel that I have the background as a member, owner and business exec to carry on that tradition.
Michele comes from the heart of Ohio. If she had had a choice, she would have grown up in the mountains of Idaho! She made the best of her time in the Midwest, including playing Division 1 ice hockey for THE Ohio State University.
Inspired by her family of military aviators, she took her first flight and the stars aligned: she knew she wanted a career in aviation. While earning her private pilot's license in Ohio, she honed her navigation and pilotage skills flying from one farm field to the next. She pursued her instrument rating while getting a taste of density altitude in Colorado, and then found her way to Idaho in 2015 when she became Store Manager for The North Face and joined Ponderosa! She finished her instrument rating at KBOI, followed by her commercial, then her CFI. Michele trained with Tom Mahoney in the backcountry, and enjoys mountain flying with the narrow strips and short approaches!
Michele spends her free time flying, hiking, mountain biking, backpacking, skiing, running, upland hunting or big game hunting with her husband in the mountains. Sometimes they do a combination of these at the same time! Michele is eager to pass on her knowledge and passion for aviation while flying smart and safe.
I joined Ponderosa Aero Club in 1999 to learn to fly. Balancing work, family, and training I took my time and earned my PPL in July of 2001 in Cessna 28G, and have been an active member ever since. I have been on the Board, serving as Chairman since 2017. I have also served as a Trustee of the Idaho Technology Council, and SolutionPro, Inc. an Idaho technology holding company in addition to advising numerous startups. I am a VFR Pilot with endorsements for high performance and complex retractable and currently am learning to fly in the backcountry. I have over 20 years of experience in the business of operating critical IT infrastructure, networking, and Internet services to clients in the US and internationally. I offer significant business experience with fiduciary responsibility, team leadership, and a passion for aviation. As a Ponderosa Board Member my goal is to keep the club thriving with leadership that brings great pilots together with safety, amazing instruction, well-maintained airplanes, and fiscal responsibility.Read More