Meet the Board of Directors


DStGPennPhotoDavid St. George, Chair
Email: davidsaintgeorge@gmail.com
Term Expires: 2018

David St. George is a DPE (Sport to Multi ATP) and a Part 135 charter pilot flying the Pilatus PC-12 in the NYC area. He recently renewed his Master Instructor for the tenth time and is a Charter member of SAFE. Formerly a 141 Chief Instructor at East Hill Flying Club for over 25 years, he is Gold Seal CFI with all fixed wing rating and an ATP multi and SEL. David started flying at 16 and has logged over 15,000 hours. He owns a 1946 7AC Aeronca Champ and recently completed his Master’s Degree at Penn in Psychology focusing on optimizing human performance. David wrote and maintains the popular SAFE Toolkit app.


Donna Wilt

Donna Wilt, Past 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


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.



Parvenu Dara, Treasurer
Email: daraparvez@gmail.com
Term Expires: 2018

Parvez Dara is a CFII and avid Mooney pilot. He recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation for the fifth time through Master Instructors LLC. Parvez is an aviation medical examiner (AME) as well as a Mooney Pilot Proficiency flight and ground instructor with the Mooney Aircraft Pilots Association Safety Foundation ( www.MAPASafety.com ). He also serves as a FAASTeam representative in the FAA’s Philadelphia FSDO area.


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.


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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. ​


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Mike Garrison, Secretary
Email: mgarrison8@sbcglobal.net
Term Expires: 2019

Mike Garrison is a busy DPE in Florida where he conducts tests daily. He is a 7 time Master CFI and an FAA Gold Seal Instructor. In 2009 he received the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award for 50 years of accident free flying. He holds an ATP and CFI in Single and Multiengine aircraft plus instrument airplane. He is a Charter and Silver level member of SAFE. A FAASTeam Rep for the Treasure Coast group and provides programs each year for FAASTeam and IMC. He has been flying for 57 years amassing 13,000 hours of which over 10,000 hours have been flight instruction. Mike has been a Cirrus instructor for over 10 years. His belongs to AOPA, EAA, NAFI, and Kansas Pilots. He holds a Bachelor and Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering and completed a career in practicing engineering in the power industry. He served as a Naval officer including Destroyer service in the Cuban Missile Crisis.