CEO, Women In Aviation International
Allison McKay joined Women in Aviation International as CEO on February 18, 2020. She is responsible for the future strategic vision of the more than 15,000-member strong organization while overseeing the board of directors, professional staff, and daily operations. Allison previously served as vice president of the Helicopter Association International Foundation since 2015 commissioning the first academic study of staffing projections for the rotorcraft industry as well as creating a workforce development initiative. Allison will draw from more than 20 years of experience in the development and implementation of highly strategic initiatives with other aviation companies including Safran USA and B/E Aerospace.
Chairwoman - Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals
Vanessa Blacknall-Jamison currently serves as the first non–pilot chair for the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP) Board of Directors, where she previously held positions as vice-chair and on the Board of Advisors. She has over 42 years of professional aviation experience, 28 of those in a managerial role. Currently, Vanessa serves as change advisor and leadership coach (ACC) with the FAA, where her duties include change management consultation, guidance, training, and support focusing on the personnel management of national projects. Vanessa joined the FAA in 2009, as an aviation safety inspector with oversight responsibilities for American Airlines and its subsidiary, American Eagle Airlines. Vanessa retired from United Airlines as the manager of emergency procedures training for pilots and flight attendants worldwide, and also held the position of human resources senior staff specialist, responsible for the recruitment of minority and female pilots.
VP/GM Crane Aerospace & Electronics
Hilary King is the Vice President and General Manager of Sensing and Power Systems (SPS) at Crane Aerospace & Electronics. In this role, Hilary has full responsibility for driving continued growth, profitability, and strategic direction for the business. Prior to joining Crane, Hilary spent eight years with GE Aviation, most recently as the P&L leader for Avionics Services. The majority of her career was spent with Honeywell Aerospace, where she served in various roles including: Applications Engineering, Product Strategy, Sales, Program Management, and P&L leader. Hilary enjoys ‘paying it forward’ by mentoring the next generation of Aerospace leaders both within her company and externally. She serves on the Board of Directors for a 501(c)(3) corporation that supports Girls Inc. and the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranch for at-risk youth.
CEO, Gallery Support Innovations
Gina Radke is CEO of Galley Support Innovations, a company that she has transformed significantly, putting her in the forefront of community service as well as international trade. A passionate believer in community service, Gina serves on many nonprofit boards. She also serves as a trade advisor to congress on the International Industry Trade Advisory Committee in DC where she advocates for small and minority businesses. In addition to her many accolades, International Business Magazine named Gina a “Woman to Watch” in international trade, and in 2020 she has been named one of the Top 25 Influencers in Arkansas. Gina has also traveled the country speaking on topics such as; leadership, entrepreneurship, social activism and making male allies. Her book “More Than” was released in late fall 2019, and sold out across all retailers twice during pre-release sales.
P-8 Production Director and Program Manager, Boeing
Casey Madsen is the Production Director and Production, Development and International Program Manager for the P-8 Poseidon Program in Tukwila, Washington. In this position, Madsen is responsible for customer satisfaction, cost, and schedule while delivering aircraft to the US Navy and foreign customers as well as leading and managing the Production, Development, International and Modification teams. Madsen also oversees the development and growth programs including Increment 3, Wide Band SatCom and future capabilities as part of her Program Management leadership role. Previously, Madsen was the P-8A Program Manager for UK & Norway and held other management positions on the P-8 Poseidon Program including leading the Electrical Power & Mechanical Systems Engineering Team, the Wiring & Equipment Installation Team, and the Air Vehicle IPT for Increment 3 and Wide Band Satcom. She has also served as a Lead Engineer in other areas including Boeing Research & Technology Smart Materials and Phantom Works and holds several patents as a result of her work and collaboration in these areas. Madsen began her career in flight test on fighters and weapons in St Louis, Missouri.
Mariana Perez Mora
Equity Research Associate, Bank Of America Merrill Lynch
Mariana Perez Mora is an associate in equity research on the Americas Aerospace & Defense Electronics team. The team was ranked #1 in the Institutional Investor All-America Research survey for the last five years. Perez Mora has been with the firm since 2015. Perez Mora covers some national security IT services providers as a lead analyst. Previously, she was a lead equity research analyst at CRISIL GR&A, a Standard and Poor’s company, for seven years. She has an MSc in finance from San Andres University (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and a BS in economics from Universidad Nacional de Cuyo (Mendoza, Argentina). For more information about any awards cited, visit http://go.bofa.com/awards.
Executive Director, AJAC
Demetria “Lynn” Strickland has over 22 years of management experience in the for-profit, military, non-profit, and state sectors. Lynn is a proud veteran of the U.S. Army where she served nine years domestically and abroad. Lynn earned several awards during her time in the military including the John L. Woodward Leadership Award and the 43rd Signal Battalion Noncommissioned Officer of the Year Award. After receiving an honorable discharge from the service, Lynn started her career in apprenticeship and education in 2004 at Skookum Education Services before moving to Bates Technical College where in 2011 she was promoted to Dean of Instruction for the Construction and Manufacturing careers. Lynn joined AJAC, Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee in 2012 and progressed through several roles before being promoted to Executive Director in August 2014.
CEO, Genesis Aviation
Mari is co-founder and President/CEO of Genesis Aviation, Inc., an FAA/EASA Repair Station doing business worldwide. Mari has always had a passion for business, she honed her skills in her early teens working with business owners to market their products. Her ingenuity in directing creative process and ability to see the larger picture were key in building Genesis Aviation, Inc. The name Genesis was chosen to reflect her forward thinking and adept ability to change with the industry. Even now in this COVID environment her vision and leadership are taking her company down new and successful paths.
Systems Administrator & DevOps Engineer, Base2 Solutions
Jamie is a Systems Administrator and Associate DevOps Engineer with Base 2 Solutions in Bellevue Washington. She has worked in a variety of fields such as Education, Non-Profit Management, Executive Transportation, and Hospitality Management. She is Experienced in systems administration, automation, coding, enterprise cloud integrations, project management, and network architecture design & administration.
Director of Product Development, Overwatch Imaging
Rachel has always had lofty ambitions – from her spacecamp days to becoming the first person to graduate with a space science concentration in her undergraduate program at the University of Michigan. Rachel started her career at Lockheed Martin, in the Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory. Nearly any full-disk spaced-based image of the sun – she worked on some aspect of the program to help make it happen. After her tenure at Lockheeed Martin, Rachel realized that autonomous vehicles were the up-and-coming technology, where rapid development would be possible. She moved to Insitu – a Boeing subsidiary, where she worked her way up from a contractor to one of the highest-ranking female engineers at the company. The missions enabled by Rachel’s product development, helped change the course of history. Today Rachel is on the Executive Leadership Team at a startup, Overwatch Imaging, where their technology focuses on providing real-time artificial intelligence from airborne imagers.
Associate, ThinkingitBetter Group
Fran is a Professional Coach with over 14 years of HR experience up to a senior level across a variety of industries including, Professional Services, Aerospace, Logistics and the Public Sector. Fran worked for Goodrich from 2007 to 2009 supporting the actuations part of the business and was involved in key improvement projects, supporting people management practices and policy development. Fran is now part of the Thinkingitbetter team providing her business experience, and passion in HR expertise and coaching. Fran has supported the development of services and products for establishing resilience, which enable businesses to support their people as we experience the ‘new normal’. Frans passion is enabling leaders and individuals to unlock their potential, and is fascinated by the power of the human mind in achieving that. Fran is currently studying for her third Postgraduate qualification to build upon her degree in Business and Human Resources. She is CIPD qualified, accredited in SHL Level A and B assessment tools and an ACC accredited coach with the International Coaching Federation.
Controller & Business Manager, Erin Air, Inc.
Rachel is the Controller & Business Manager for Erin Air, a private charter jet company in Seattle. Her expertise lies in finance and accounting, but she also brings 15 years of leadership experience in the areas of organizational design, human resources, operations, and board service across industries such as hospitality, restaurants, and manufacturing, most recently at North Star Ice. She is an active advocate in the community for the professional development of women in manufacturing and aerospace and founded the Women in Manufacturing Washington Chapter in 2019 and continues to serve as the Chair of the Board of Directors; she also serves on the National Board of Directors for the Women in Manufacturing Educational Foundation.
Mary Wanke is the President of Vx Consultants, Inc. She has been utilizing her education in Aeronautical Science from St. Louis University/Parks College since she began her career in aviation. Mary started as a pilot owning her own flight school and FBO while simultaneously managing the airport where her operations were based. She parlayed this knowledge into her career in parts and aircraft procurement, sales, engineering and MRO services. During this time, she gained significant experience in commercial, regional, corporate and military segments of aviation. Mary currently serves as President and on the Board of Directors ofG A-WING (Aviation Women Inspiring the Next Generation, a non-profit group aimed at supporting women in all roles of aviation. As well she serves as a board member for ASA (Aviation Suppliers Association), promoting the highest standards of quality parts in the global aerospace community. Vx Consultants works with their clients in all aviation market segments to identify their needs, gaps and pain points in order to attain their goals.
Co-Founder, Vx Consultants
Stephanie Carpentier is Vice President at Vx Consultants, Inc., a cutting-edge consulting firm aimed at helping aviation companies by plugging in highly experienced professionals on a project basis without the high costs of permanent overhead. Stephanie is a certified Senior ASA Appraiser for Aircraft, Equipment and Parts, mastering a methodology for complex inventory valuations and inventory planning/positioning. Stephanie has a degree as a professional pilot and has spent her career specializing in parts management, market research, aftermarket sales, procurement, aircraft teardowns and negotiations with Worthington Aviation and Wentworth Aircraft. She is an innovative and driven aviation professional with a proven record of delivering complex and highly accurate data in a dynamic industry.
Co-Founder, Safe Fuel Systems A Standard Aero Company
Ann Justiz is the Co-founder of Safe Fuel Systems, an employee engagement innovator and mentor with 20 years of aviation experience. Safe Fuel Systems is a leader in the MRO space and has received many accolades. Ann served as Vice President and Director of Sales and Marketing until the company was acquired by the B&E Group in 2017. She successfully re-branded and synergized the group before it sold to StandardAero in 2019. Having previously worked for Nestle in Employee Development, Ann took that experience and coupled it with her passion for positivity to create a culture of Yes – both in business and life. She created educational and motivational programs for her employees and established “Safe Fuel University” – an incentive aligned educational program for employee enrichment and advancement. Ann continues to assist Safe Fuel Systems, Accel Aviation and B&E ACR as the Head of Marketing for the group, while also mentoring, working with Nonprofits, being a mom and writing her book.
President & CEO, Aerospace Futures Alliance
Emily Wittman is President & CEO of the Aerospace Futures Alliance (AFA), a collaboration of business and government leaders working together to ensure Washington state continues to be a thriving global leader in aerospace. Previously, she led aerospace business attraction with Greater Seattle Partners and economic policy with Puget Sound Regional Council, implementing strategies to sustain job growth and global competitiveness while promoting a more inclusive economy for all. She is an experienced coalition builder and organized the Governor’s statewide council working to strengthen Washington’s aerospace industry. Prior, Emily served Washington communities with U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, helping the federal government invest in local workforce, transportation, and economic development priorities in all corners of the state. She holds a bachelor’s degree in both political science and law, societies and justice from the University of Washington and is a 2019 Henry M. Jackson Foundation Leadership Fellow.
Fariba Alamdari is a former Vice president of Marketing at Boeing Commercial Airplanes. In 2006, she joined Boeing from Cranfield University in the UK, where she served as chair of the university’s Department of Air Transport, and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Manufacturing and Science. Fariba is a strong advocate of diversity and is a speaker at many diversity forums. She believes in a compassionate leadership style focused on achieving results based on trust and respect for all. This is reflected in her TEDx talk, Use The Power of Your Diversity, delivered in 2017. Fariba has served on the board of directors of many non-profit organizations and is the recipient of several awards including: “Woman of the Year” by Air Transport News in 2016 and “Leadership Award” from the Centre for Women & Democracy in 2015.
Manager Aerospace & Defense, Accenture
Shoumi is a Manager in the Aerospace & Defense Management Consulting practice at Accenture, supporting clients with a range of strategic initiatives including digital transformation, technology innovation, and client & market growth. She began her career with close to a decade of engineering experience including flight controls testing at Boeing, spacecraft thermal engineering at NASA, JPL and Airbus Defense & Space in Germany, and system integration & test work on satellites and government communication systems at Harris Corporation. She then followed her passions to strategy, business development, and consulting work, including four years at Boeing Global Services. Shoumi holds a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California, a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University, and an MBA from Cranfield University in the UK.
Director of Aeronautics, National Aeronautics and Space Administration Ames Research Center (ARC)
In her role with NASA Ms Tran provides technical and management oversight of air traffic management, airspace simulation and operations, autonomous systems, computational fluid dynamics analysis, vertical flight vehicle technology, experimental fluid mechanics, and wind tunnel operations research disciplines. She manages an over $200 million annual budget, 250 civil servants and over 300 contractor staff, along with 10 aeronautics projects.. Since 2015, at the Agency level, she has also served as the ARC Aeronautics Research Director. She works closely with the office of the Associate Administrator and its program directors to develop strategic plan and directions for Aeronautics, including several critical initiatives such as the Low-Boom Flight Demonstration (LBFD), Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Air Traffic Management (UTM), Airspace Technology Demonstration project (ATD), Urban Air Mobility (UAM), and University Leadership Initiative (ULI). Earlier in her career she served as the heat shield chief engineer for Mars/Pathfinder, Mars 98, Mars Exploration, Mars Science Laboratory, X-34, and the Stardust Sample Return Capsule (SRC), currently on display at the Smithsonian Air and Space museum which achieved fastest human made earth entry to date. She was lead inventor of the Phenolic Impregnated Carbon Ablator (PICA), the primary heatshield for the Stardust SRC, Mars Science Laboratory, Space-X Dragon capsule, and the planned Mars 2020 mission. Her awards include: Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal (1998), Exceptional Service Medal (2003) and Outstanding Leadership Medal (2008 and 2016).