Lt. Colonel Robin Stoddard (USAF, Retired)

Area: Executive

Role: Founder, Executive Director, Development Executive, and Pilot

Background: WF Founder, Executive, Fighter Pilot, General Aviation Pilot, Development Leader, Youth Advocate, Maintenance Team

  • 1=1 for 33 Years of Wright Flight
  • Advocate for Youth Development
  • Rotary Member, Community Leader
  • Personally Raised over $250,000 for the Wright Flight organization in 2017-2018, alone.
  • Wright Flight has graduated more than 35,000 kids in 33 years, with Robin at the helm.

Tom Dew

Area: Operations, Administration, Development

Role: Deputy Executive Director of Administration, Operations, and Development, Fly Day Supervisor, and Pilot

Background: Over 30 years of successful small business, large business, and non-profits. Leading Sales, Marketing, Business Development, Operations/Technical (Engineer), and Management in Small businesses. CMEI Pilot, Wright Flight 6 Years

  • Founding member and Leader of company as it grew to  become an “Inc. 500 Company”, TWICE
  • Principal/Leader/consultant in small business and manufacturing start-ups
  • President, VP, Board Member of local Little League over 10 years. 660 kids, 49 Teams, 1000 volunteers.
  • Vice President Boy Scouts of Southern Arizona, Board Member and Officer since 2008. 6700 kids, 3800 Volunteers.
  • Pilot  since 1987, Wright Flight, since 2012.
  • WF Operations Director 2016-2017.
  • Sky West CRJ Airline Pilot

Colleen Vance

Area: Operations

Role: School Coordinator and Education Committee

Background: Technical, Management, General Aviation

  • Colleen joined Wright Flight in 2015 after donating the family  C-172 (N9889G) in memory of her late husband Andy Vance.  She took on the role of Fly Day Coordinator and implemented a of number of process improvements before moving on the School Coordinator role
  • “She has been involved in General Aviation since 1984 as a aircraft co-owner and pilot spouse working hand in hand with her husband to maintain their airplane and help with cockpit duties (navigation, radios, etc) on family trips.”
  • Colleen is a retired engineer and manager from Raytheon and her tenure there provided her with a varied set of skills that help with school coordination, process improvement, and Fly Day preparation.  She was a Raytheon Six Sigma expert and worked on major improvement initiatives across the corporation.
  • Colleen is also a “grandma – mama” who is raising her young “granddaughter-daughter” who volunteers at school and in the classroom.
  • Colleen previously held the role of Treasurer for the Oro Valley Cup benefiting Project Graduation at all Amphitheater school district high schools.  She also served as the Treasurer for Project Graduation at Ironwood Ridge High School.

Ann Krauss

Area: Development

Role: Marketing and Development Director (Spring 2018)

Background: Digital Marketing, Public Relations, Website Development, Non-Profit

  • Ann Krauss is an award-winning marketing and public relations strategist with over 22 years of high technology experience.  She has successfully orchestrated nationally recognized communications campaigns and comprehensive marketing initiatives for 501 (c) (3) organizations.  Ann is a growth and results-oriented executive with a BSBA. She leverages digital marketing and social media for increasing engagement, building brand recognition and furthering development goals.
  • Ann is devoted to “Helping Kids Reach New Heights,” through Wright Flight’s unique motivational programs. She has witnessed the life-changing experiences of the Wright Flight graduates and feels fortunate to be part of their journeys towards more successful and meaningful lives.

Jim Pyland

Area: Operations

Role: Pilot Co-Coordinator, Fly Day Supervisor, Maintenance Team, Safety Briefer, Dispatcher, Education Team

Background: Pilot, Small Business Owner, Wright Flight 13 Year Veteran (et al)

  • Jim Pyland, started flying very young sitting in his dad’s lap flying a twin Cessna called the Bamboo Bomber. His dad had a flight school in the 1950’s so Jim hangar flew them while his dad was up instructing students ( a lot of solo flight around the world was in his imagination).  He soloed in 1963 but did not receive his private pilots certificate until 1973 after a tour of Viet Nam compliments of the US. Army.
  • He became a dental lab technician after the Army and opened and operated a Dental laboratory in Tucson, AZ. for 45 years before closing the business.
  • Flying has always been his passion and have flown and owned several airplanes. He was introduced the WF in 2005 and has been flying students since. He serves WF as a pilot, one of the pilot coordinators, briefer, escort, hot dog vendor or where ever WF may need him.

Diane Abbott

Area: Operations

Role: Volunteer Coordinator

Background: Community Leadership, Office Management

  • Diane has always been involved in volunteer work. She volunteered with the Victim Witness Program, Adult Diversion, the 88-Crime Program, and various departments for Pima County.
  • She married her husband Ernie in 1973. They were foster parents and adopted one of their foster children. Ernie and Diane retired and traveled in their motorhome for 12 years. Health issues brought them back to Tucson.
  • Diane’s love for children got her back into the volunteer world with the Mentoring Tucson Kids Program which she continues to mentor her girl who turned 16 Thursday.
  • Her Kiwanis of the Desert Club was active in Wright Flight and she ended up becoming a volunteer.  This last year she has served as the Volunteer Coordinator and has enjoyed planning, scheduling and working with the volunteers and staff.

Beth Spikes

 

Area: Administration

Role: Office Administrator

Background: Solid experience in small non-profit organizations. Worked in marketing positions with a California Visitors Council and worked in retail locally.

  • She is gaining experience in our administrative functions and will a great asset to Wright Flight.
  • Identified several administrative cost saving measures in Data base management and accounting practices.
  • Made our office more of a home, through her organization.

Lora Wineinger

Area: Operations

Role: Fly Day Coordinator

Background: Non-Profit, Small Business, Office Management

  • Lora brings to Wright Flight many years of non-profit work experience including volunteer to leadership roles and everything in between.
  • Provided additional organization in the areas of Fly Day operations, allowing more kids to be flown with less volunteer hours.
  • Headed up fundraiser for Panda Express.

Major Grant “Mobag” Coppin (USAFR)

Area: Operations

Role: Pilot Co-Coordinator, Fly Day Supervisor,

Background: Pilot, Leadership

Chief A-10C Instructor Pilot at Davis-Monthan AFB

Responsible for the design, scheduling and execution of the $60 million annual A-10C Initial Qualification and Instructor Upgrade programs.

At Wright Flight, he ensures standardized new pilot checkout procedures and schedule-builds for weekly fly days.

Southwest Airlines 737 Pilot

Matt McLynn

Area: Operations

Role: Pilot, Maintenance Team

Background: Corporate Pilot, Air Carrier Pilot, General Aviation Pilot, Military Pilot, GA Maintenance expertise, WF 12 year Veteran

Matt McLynn became interested in flying after going to work with his father several times and was able to fly a few airplanes being flown across the country at age 14. He started taking lessons and soloed at age 16.

Matt later had the opportunity to fly helicopters in Southeast Asia compliments of the US Army.

He has owned and flown many
Types of aircraft including Warsaw Pact fighter jets.

He is retired from United Airlines and is currently flying corporate jets.

Mark Kirsch, TSgt. (USAF, ret)

Area: Operations

Role: Lead Mechanic (Spring 2018)

Background: Retired USAF, Jet Mechanic, C-130 Flight Engineer, General Aviation Mechanic, Veteran of Vietnam, Cold War, and the Gulf War

Spent 30 years in General Aviation with maintenance experience on many different types of aircraft. These experiences have complimented his extensive training to afford him a comprehensive and diverse base of expertise in the mechanical disciplines.

He has been responsible for a corporate flight department managing the maintenance programs for highly modified aerial survey aircraft. He was also responsible for the management of bringing engineering design changes and FAA Supplemental Type Certificates to production implementation while administering scheduled and unscheduled maintenance on the company aircraft in worldwide locations.

Captain Jack King, and the Boys  –

(Southwest Airlines)

Area: Operations

Role: Marana Airport Site Lead, Maintenance Team, Pilot, Fly Day Supervisor, Dispatcher

Background: Air Carrier Pilot, Fighter Pilot, General Aviation Pilot, Airport Leader

Jack lead the efforts to expand operations to Marana NW Regional last year, and continued to give leadership to dramatically expanding those efforts this year, in maintenance team support and pilot recruitment.

His personality and charm makes for a fun-filled environment, loved by students, teachers, parents, volunteers, and pilots.

Has known Robin since 1982 when he was Jack’s instructor pilot in A-10’s

First Officer he was flying with mentioned WF and Robin. He followed up and contacted Robin and the rest is history

Second year as WF pilot

Retired Lt Colonel, Flew F-16, A-10, T-38’s  and 737’s   18K+ hours.

Boys have volunteered their time and talents  Ben 950+ hours and Matt almost 400

Christy Acosta

Area: Administration

Role: Bookkeeper

Background: Small Business Owner, Bookkeeping Tanque Verde Enterprises

Christy and her husband left northern California and came to Tucson 14 Years ago because her daughter in law was going to start a family. As both of them came from the BioTech industry and Tucson had limited BioTech positions, they decided to purchase 3 retail businesses.

She has been a bookkeeper for 14 years, managing their retail businesses, working part time, and have assisted Wright Flight in the same capacity since 2015.

As her son and daughter are both educators, she appreciates and values the opportunity Wright Flight brings to our community.