Aviation for Women

JAN-FEB 2018

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6 AviationforWomen J A N U A R Y / F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 8 T he 2018 WAI annual membership meeting will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 23, 2018, at Reno-Sparks Convention Cen- ter. At that time four board members will be up for re-election, and one new board member will be elected. The following is the slate of candi- dates approved during the fall 2017 board meeting. WAI members may vote in person during the an- nual membership meeting or can submit proxy voting permissions in the members-only section at www.WAI.org. B O A R D M E M B E R S U P F O R R E - E L E C T I O N Deborah Baugh , WAI Lifetime 583, retired from Centurion Products Inc. where she served as chief financial officer and was responsible for accounting, human resources, office manage- ment, advertising, and public relations for many years. She is a retired CPA, and is an active affili- ate broker for the state of Tennessee at Century 21 West Main Realtors. Deborah is a private multiengine pilot, with instrument and commercial ratings, and forma- tion qualified in her Beechcraft T-34 Mentor. She has flown more than 900 Young Eagles through EAA's Young Eagles program and received EAA's Major Achievement Award in 2000. Deborah and her husband received the Telly Award for Keep 'Em Flying, a documentary aired on ESPN. She has been a past volunteer at EAA's Warbirds area at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh as registration chair, executive office chair, aircraft greeting chair, and host for World War II veterans and several WWII group reunions. Deborah also served as the main contact in the beginning years of the Nation- al Warbird Operators Conference, taking care of registrations for the conference and helping with the planning and organizing of the conference. Deborah served on the Lebanon Airport Com- mission from 1999-2000 and currently serves on the Lebanon EAA Chapter 863 board of directors. She is a current member of the Ninety-Nines, EA A (lifetime), Warbirds of America (lifetime), T-34 Mentor Association, EAA Warbirds of Ameri- ca Squadron I, and WAI (lifetime). She has volun- teered in the cash/accounting area for the annual International Women in Aviation Conference for the past several years. In 2016, Deborah started the WAI Music City Chapter and currently serves as president. Brian Bolt , WA I 11640, is manager of f leet common programs and new hire pilot indoctri- nation for Delta Air Lines. He is responsible for pilot instructor fleet training academics that in- clude CRM/human factors, initial pilot instruc- tor school, and new hire/returning military pilot indoctrination Brian began his career with Delta Air Lines in 1983 as an airport customer service repre- sentative. In 1984, he advanced to aircraft line maintenance, and in 1987 transferred to flight operations as a pilot training instructor. Brian's professional passion since 2004 has been directing Delta's involvement with diver- sity organizations that include Women in Avia- tion International and the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals with a "Cradle to Ca- reer" approach for B-777 type rating scholar- ship awards. Brian and his wife Connie live in Peachtree City, Georgia. Abingdon Mullin , WAI 38687, was born in England but raised in Burbank, California, and is unlike most CEOs. She has a serious spirit for adventure and excitement, especially when it has to do with flying. At the age of 14, she first took interest in aviation. Her fascination grew and fol- lowed her through college and her service as a Peace Corps volunteer in Africa. By the time she hit 22, she couldn't wait any longer and Abing- don finally earned her private pilot certificate af- ter just 34 days of training. Now, Abingdon has carried her adventurous spirit to the corporate world as well, working as CEO of The Abingdon Co., which specializes in high-end traveling timepieces and paper airplane jewelry for female adventurers like her. She also serves as the driving force behind The Abingdon Crew, a group of high-flying and talented female pilots that includes aerobatic performers Melissa Pemberton and Jacquie Warda. When she isn't working on acquiring her sea- plane rating or teaching at Elite Flight Training and Management flight school in Las Vegas, you can catch her somewhere around the world as she ferries small jets and airplanes internation- ally. Her flying skills were made immortal by her performance as Ariel Tweto's flight instructor on the Discovery Channel's reality show Flying Wild Alaska in 2012. Her company runs the an- nual "It's About Time" scholarship to give women Candidates for WAI Board of Directors 2 0 1 8 E L E C T I O N S Deborah Baugh Brian Bolt Abingdon Mullin Marci Veronie

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