Cannell grew up seeing how aviation transformed her father’s life out of poverty and into a 30-year career he loved. It also transformed her from being a shy, awkward teenager to a confident pilot and the belief that she could take on any of life’s challenges. Read more–>
Sona has had the pleasure of working with various nonprofit organizations over the years, and she has enjoyed seeing how different organizations are working to change the world for the better. After graduating from college amidst a global pandemic, Sona realized that she wanted to be part of an organization where she could make a difference. Sona is inspired by the stories of aviation pioneers, and she hopes to share their stories to inspire others.
Resource Program Coordinator
Alicia is Oregon born and raised, although she flew the nest to attend college at the University of Redlands in Southern California. It was there that she discovered her love for nonprofit organizations and volunteerism. This, in addition to her desire to return to Oregon, led her to pursue her master’s degree in public administration at Portland State University, where her studies focused on nonprofit management.
Although she has little experience in the aviation and aerospace industry herself, she has family members who have worked in the field, making this job at ASK particularly special for her. Her grandfather was a Technical Sergeant in the Air Force, working mainly on jet fighter maintenance. Her great grandmother was a WASP (Women’s Airforce Service Pilots) during World War II, a group that paved the way for all women in aviation.
Until moving to Oregon in December 2018, I spent most of my life in the southwest, where skies are sunny, there’s almost always a plane overhead, and the plants can be as dangerous as the animals. I grew up in Yuma, Arizona without much direction for my own future. I watched (and heard) military pilots train at the Marine Base. It’s there I first became fascinated with flight. Read more –>
Jaylen Palmer has been interested in aviation since he was little. His parents searched for a program that would foster and encourage this interest, looking as far as out of state, only to discover Airway Science for Kids right in their own neighborhood. Since then, Jaylen has participated through the InFlight and TeenFlight programs. He has expanded his interests through ASK’s drone club. As a junior in high school, Jaylen is actively pursuing his pilot’s license, and recently completed his first solo flight! As ASK expands their programs, Jaylen plans to lend his experience as a teen mentor to younger students just discovering their own dreams of flight.
Ezekial loves to be in a classroom or out on adventures with students. To him, the continued shift toward a more inclusive and pluralistic society begins in Education, with a collaborative spirit of understanding and resilience.