ASK Staff

Julia Cannell

Julia Cannell

Executive Director

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 Uradnik

Sona Uradnik

Writer

Sona was raised in the Pacific Northwest and is proud to call this place home. She has been fortunate to travel and see incredible places all over the world and learn about various cultures. Over the years, she has discovered her passions for writing, music, and social justice.

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.

Alicia  Dearixon

Alicia Dearixon

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.

Cyra Sadowl

Cyra Sadowl

Education Director

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

Jaylen Palmer

Aviation Mentor

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.

Isabel Jordan

Isabel Jordan

Operations Coordinator

Isabel provides administrative support to the Airway Science team and operational needs for the AYOS building. After graduating with a B.S. in International Business Isabel worked for a non-profit organization doing special projects and coordinating training events, then went on to have a career in Higher Education for the next ten years. She is happy to be back in the nonprofit community where she can focus on supporting the mission of removing barriers to STEAM education for youth of color. She also enjoys being a part time caregiver and a volunteer at the local women’s prison, Coffee Creek Correctional Facility. Her favorite things to do are read, yoga, and spend time with her daughter.
Ezekial Hale

Ezekial Hale

Student Instructor

Ezekial grew up on a ranch in eastern Oregon, the dry  side of the state with darker skies. He spent some time as a child in Ecuador, and as an undergrad in Germany. He has taught for bilingual programs in Colombia and in Spain. Ezekial is an amateur astronomer and linguistics graduate student at Portland State University.

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.