Meet the Board of Directors

Donna Wilt

Donna Wilt, Chair
Email: dwilt@fit.edu
Term Expires: 2017

Donna Wilt is an ATP, Gold Seal Flight Instructor, and three time Master CFI. She works at Florida Institute of Technology as an associate professor in the College of Aeronautics. With extensive experience with non-profits.  Currently, she serves on the board of The Link Foundation, a philanthropic organization; previously served on the Board of Cherokee Flyers, a Piper Aircraft Educational Organization; in officer positions in The Ninety Nines at the chapter level; and on many university committees. Wilt has been active serving the aviation community for many years.  She currently is a FAA FAAST Team Representative in FSDO-15, Chapter Chair of the  Spaceport Chapter of the 99s in the Southeast Section and a member of EAA #1288. All of her 3000+ flight hours are in general aviation. She previously owned a Cessna Cardinal RG, and recently purchased a C-152


Tom BenensonDavid St George, Vice-Chair
Email: davidsaintgeorge@gmail.com
Term Expires: 2018

David St. George is a 141 Chief Instructor at East Hill Flying Club for over 20 years (8 planes, 8 instructors, 8 days a week) He is CFI in all fixed wing rating from Sport to Multi-Engine ATP. He has served 15 years as an FAA pilot examiner for the Rochester FSDO and also as a FAAST Team lead representative. David started flying at 16, has logged over 15,000 hours and owns a 1946 7AC Aeronca Champ. He is a nine time Master CFI and Charter member of SAFE. Married for over 30 years with a grown daughter, he recently completed his Master’s Degree at Penn in Psychology focusing on optimizing human performance. David maintains many websites and wrote the popular SAFE Toolkit app.


Murphy

Kevin Murphy, Secretary
Email: kevin@kevindmurphy.biz
Term Expires: 2016

Kevin D Murphy, 65, has held FAA Commercial, CFI, AGI and IGI certificates since 1972 and is an active CFII-MEI.  He co-owns a lovely 1981 Cessna 172P based in Martinsburg, WV.

Kevin served in safety education roles with state aviation offices in both Louisiana and New Mexico, then worked 15 years at AOPA as a Director and Vice President. Since 2008 he has been President of Kevin D Murphy and Associates, creators of online information, education and advocacy videos in the Washington DC area.  He also writes extensively on general aviation for AOPA, NBAA and several other national GA publications.


Michael PhillipsMichael Phillips
Email: michael@aviationinstruction.biz
Term Expires: 2016

Michael Phillips, CFI, CFII, ASEL, ASES, AMEL and Glider, is a four-time Master Instructor and an FAA Gold Seal Instructor with 11,000 total hours and over 9,000 hours of dual given has been a Certified Flight Instructor since 1975..  He is also a charter member of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) and a certified American Bonanza Society Instructor. Prior to committing all of his time to aviation he owned and managed a number of specialty focused sales marketing and distribution companies.  Michael is a seasoned teaching professional with a passion for aviation and all phases of flight instruction. Graduate of California State Polytechnic University (BS), Pepperdine University (MBA), Officer United States Marine Corps.


Sherry Rossiter
Email: SSROSSITER@aol.com
Term Expires: 2017

Sherry Knight Rossiter has been flying since 1973 and holds Airline Transport Pilot and Flight Instructor Certificates for both fixed and rotary wing aircraft.  She owned and operated an aviation training business for 18 years prior to making a midlife career change to become a licensed mental health counselor.  Sherry holds a master’s degree in counseling and a doctorate in psychology.  Currently, Sherry owns and operates an aircraft brokerage business and teaches undergraduate psychology courses online for Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.  Prior to being elected to the SAFE Board of Directors in 2014, Sherry served on SAFE’s Governance Committee for three years and chaired SAFE’s Membership Committee for two years.


Ken Wittekiend
Email: ken@promarkaviation.net
Term Expires: 2017

Ken Wittekiend is founder of ProMark Aviation Services, a flight training company in Burnet, TX. and a charter member of the SAFE. Ken is a commercial pilot with over 12,000 hours of experience in a wide variety of activities including charter, banner towing, air hearse and air ambulance work, along with flight instructing. In 2001, Ken developed an advanced training program to provide the additional knowledge and skill that pilots could use to improve aviation safety. He established a flight training company to provide beginners and accomplished pilots a better way to learn the critical skills and knowledge necessary to fly safely and confidently. Today, Ken provides a wide range of training services, working with pilots of all experience levels and has over 8000 hours of flight instruction including over 1700 hours of tailwheel instruction. Ken is a five time Master CFI, FAA Southwest Region CFI of the Year in 2009 and 2015, and  a Designated Pilot Examiner for the San Antonio FSDO.


Parvez-DaraParvez Dara
Email: daraparvez@gmail.com
Term Expires: 2016


Carr Tom Carr
Email: TOMCARR_1@msn.com
Term Expires: 2018

Tom Carr is an ATP-rated pilot and flight instructor, with over 11,000 hours as PIC and 14 type ratings.  He has given over 2,000 hours of flight instruction and was a Designated Pilot Examiner for 20 years.  He is an experimental test pilot with a leading avionics manufacturer and was formerly a senior experimental test pilot at Beech Aircraft (and its successor, Raytheon Aircraft).  He has extensive flight test experience in aircraft performance and handling qualities, particularly stalls and spins.  He has a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, a law degree, and is currently working on a Master’s degree in Aviation Human Factors.  He owns three airplanes, a Beech B55 Baron, a Grumman Tiger, and a BD-5 homebuilt.


Joan Williams
Email: joanwilliams.oasis@gmail.com
Term Expires: 2018

Joan Williams – Ms Joan Williams is currently Chair of the Board at Ottawa Aviation Services. She is on the board of the Air Transport Association of Canada, and Chair of ATAC National Flight Training Committee.  She is a member of the International Pilot Training Consortium and the Royal Aeronautical Society and on the Board of Directors of SAFE (Society of Aviation Flight Educators).  She has more than 30 years’ experience in aviation training as Class 1 Flight Instructor, Chief Flight Instructor and Manager of Charter Operations of a large Canadian flight school. Ms Williams was recently awarded the Airline Transport Association of Canada Lifetime Honoree Award for her lifelong contribution to ATAC, to the air transport industry in Canada and in particular to flight training in Canada. She was also the first recipient of the ATAC Innovation Award. It is her constant search for safe and systematic innovation and best practices in the field of flight training that drives her efforts in the industry.  She has continuously promoted development of career paths for pilot graduates, enriched flight Instructor training, the use of simulation in ab initio training and pilot selection. ​Williams holds a Master of Arts (Philosophy) and a Master of Social Work degree, both from the University of Toronto. ​