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BOARD MEMBERS

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WALTER GYGER

CEO & OWNER OF TRADEWINDS AVIATION

WALTER IS THE OWNER/MANAGER OF TRADEWINDS AVIATION. HE IS A HIGH TECH INDUSTRY VETERAN WITH 20+ YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN ENGINEERING, MARKETING, AND PRODUCT MANAGEMENT. HIS LOVE FOR FLYING STARTED AS A CHILD, BUILDING MODEL AIRPLANES. HE THEN GOT HIS PILOT LICENSE IN 1990 IN ENGLAND. NOW HE IS COMBINING HIS BUSINESS SKILLS AND PASSION TO FLY TO SERVE THE PILOT COMMUNITY WITH FLIGHT INSTRUCTION AND AIRPLANE RENTAL IN THE SAN FRANSICO BAY AREA

MICHELLE TRIPP

SJSU GRADUATE

MICHELLE TRIPP IS A GRADUATE STUDENT AT SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY. SHE IS CURRENTLY PURSUING A MASTER'S DEGREE IN HUMAN FACTORS AND ERGONOMICS AND HAS A BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN AVIATION FROM SAN JOSE STATE. FROM HER HUMBLE BEGINNINGS AS A CADET IN CIVIL AIR PATROL IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, SHE NOW WORKS IN AIRPORT OPERATIONS AT THE SAN FRANSICO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. MICHELLE HANDELS SOCIAL MEDIA AND MEMBERSHIP COMMUNICATIONS FOR THE "SAVE REID-HILLVIEW" GROUP. IN HER SPARE TIME, SHE VOLUNTEERS FOR THE AERO CLUB OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA (ACNC) AND THE REID-HILLVIEW DISASTER AIRLIFT RESPONSE TEAM (RHV-DART). ADDITIONALLY, MICHELLE MENTORS SAN JOSE STATE STUDENTS LOOKING TO HAVE SUCCESSFUL CAREERS IN THE AVIATION INDUSTRY. SHE ALSO ENCOURAGES YOUNG GIRLS TO CONSIDER AVIATION AND AEROSPACE, A VIABLE AND SUCCESSFUL CAREER PATH.

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JOHN McGOWAN

FOUNDING BOARD MEMBER

JOHN McGOWAN IS A RETIRED CORPORATE EXECUTIVE WHO HAS LIVED IN SILICON VALLEY MORE THAN 50 YEARS. HE RETIRED AS VICE PRESIDENT OF CONTRACTS AND POLICIES AT AGILENT TECHNOLOGIES AFTER NEARLY 30 YEARS WITH HEWLETT-PACKARD AND AGILENT IN A VARIETY OF CONTRACTING AND MANAGEMENT ROLES. HE WAS SALES AND FLIGHT DIVISION MANAGER FOR A CESSNA DEALERSHIP AT THE PALO ALTO AIRPORT IN THE LATE 1970S AND WORKED INITIALLY FOR THE WESTINGHOUSE MARINE DIVISION IN SUNNYVALE. JOHN IS A COMMERCIAL PILOT WITH MULTI-ENGINE AND INSTRUMENT RATINGS, AND A GROUND INSTRUCTOR, AND EARNED THE FAA WRIGHT BROTHERS “MASTER PILOT” AWARD IN 2017 RECOGNIZING 50+ YEARS OF SAFE FLIGHT. HE OWNS A PIPER COMANCHE BASED AT REID HILLVIEW SINCE 2000. HE IS ALSO THE AOPA AIRPORT SUPPORT NETWORK REPRESENTATIVE FOR REID HILLVIEW AIRPORT, PROVIDING LIAISON WITH AOPA’S LOCAL AND HEADQUARTERS STAFF TO SUPPORT AIRPORTS IN THE US.

STEVE STAGNARO

JOURNALIST

STAGNARO TOOK A DEGREE IN JOURNALISM WITH A MARKETING EMPHASIS ON BROADCASTING, EVENTUALLY BECOMING THE GENERAL MANAGER AND A PARTNER IN A CENTRAL CALIFORNIA RADIO STATION. AFTER SELLING THE STATION HE DISCOVERED FLYING, EVENTUALLY EARNING AN AIRLINE TRANSPORT PILOT CERTIFICATE AND VARIOUS INSTRUCTOR RATINGS. AFTER A STINT AS A PILOT FOR AMERICAN EAGLE AIRLINES HE STARTED WHAT IS NOW STAGNARO STRATEGIC MARKETING. STEVE IS MARRIED WITH A SON AND TWO DAUGHTERS AND ENJOYS FLYING, GARDENING, AND HIS SECRET LIFE AS AN AWARD-WINNING AMATEUR WINEMAKER.

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PAUL MARSHALL

PRESIDENT OF CALDART

PAUL MARSHALL IS A BOARD MEMBER OF THE SOUTH COUNTY AIRPORT PILOTS ASSOCIATION, PRESIDENT OF CALDART ( THE CALIFORNIA DART [DISASTER AIRLIFT RESPONSE TEAM] NETWORK ), AN ASSOCIATE MEMBER OF THE SANTA CLARA COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION, AND MEMBER OF THE CALIFORNIA EMERGENCY SERVICES ASSOCIATION. HE RETIRED AFTER A 20-YEAR CAREER IN SUNRISE TELECOM, A COMPANY HE CO-FOUNDED IN 1991 AND WORKED IN VARIOUS SENIOR EXECUTIVIE CAPACITIES THROUGH 2011. HE TRANSPORTS CALIFORNIA DOCTORS, NURSES, AND STAFF TO A FREE MEDICAL CLINIC IN MEXICO WITH LIGA INTERNATIONAL, THE FLYING DOCTORS OF MERCY. HE HAS FLOWN MORE THAN 300 CHILDREN AS A PART OF THE EAA YOUNG EAGLES PROGRAM AT EAA CHAPTER 62 AT SAN JOSE REID HILLVIEW AIRPORT. HE IS A PRIVATE PILOT, INSTRUMENT-RATED WITH OVER 2200 FLIGHT HOURS, AND HAS OVER 600 FORMATION HOURS.