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.

Beth Spikes


Area: Administration, Operations

Role: Office Administrator/School Coordinator

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 is 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.
  • She has grown into become our School Coordinator, the primary contact for our teachers and school administrators.

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 since 2004, 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.

Debbie Kellermeyer

Area: Operations

Role: Co-Volunteer Coordinator

Background: Experienced Wright Flight Volunteer

Diane Abbott

Area: Operations

Role: Co-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.

Matt McLynn

Area: Operations

Role: Pilot, Maintenance Team

Background: Corporate Pilot, Air Carrier Pilot, General Aviation Pilot, Military Pilot, GA Maintenance expertise, WF Since 2005, 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.

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.

Mark Kirsch, TSgt. (USAF, ret)

Area: Operations

Role: Lead Mechanic (Since 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.

Craig Harm

Area: Operations

Role: Pilot, Fly Day Supervisor, New Pilot On-Boarding

Background: Air Force Navigator, General Aviation Pilot

  • Craig has been involved in aviation for over 35 years as a Air Force fighter navigator and private pilot.
  • 26-yr retired Air Force Veteran: EF-111 and EC-130
  • Certified Flight Instructor since 1994
  • Principal consultant for aviation and defense projects
  • Former Boy Scout Scoutmaster

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

Tim Mitchell

Area: Operations

Role: Pilot Coordinator


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.