Meet Our FoFF Board of Directors
The Future of Flight Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors, comprised of area leaders from the private and public sectors, as well as from government and institutions of higher learning.
Our organization and community are grateful for the leadership and support from such experienced professionals.
Visakan Ganeson, Executive Director International Education
Everett Community College
Visakan Ganeson is currently the Executive Director for International Education at Everett Community College. Visakan earned his BBA in Finance/Banking from the University of Louisiana and MBA in Marketing from Washington State University. His leadership at Everett Community College has grown the program over 500% in five years. Originally from Malaysia, he has traveled widely to over 22 countries and lived overseas for 22 years (including study in Sri Lanka).
With over 25 years of experience working both at a university and community colleges, Visakan's marketing, recruiting, programming and advising in international programs have been extensive: 2002-03 Chair of Study Washington (a group cooperating with the U.S. Commercial Service and the Washington State Office of Trade to raise the State's profile as an education destination for international students), member of the 2003 Governor's Trade Mission to China, and steering committee member of the International Education Exchange Community College Consortium (country coordinator for Japan, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan). In 2000, he received the “Nafsan of the Year” award for Region 1-Association of International Educators. In 2007-08, he received the “Staff of the Year” award from Skagit Valley College. He served both as a member of the Rotary Club of Lewiston, Idaho and the Kiwanis Club of Mount Vernon for over 10 years.
Visakan currently serves on three boards, Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle, The Future of Flight Foundation and the Northwest International Educators Association. He also chairs the Partners in Global Education at Everett Community College.
Louise Stanton-Masten, Executive Director
Washington Tourism Alliance (WTA)
Louise Stanton-Masten is Executive Director of the Washington Tourism Alliance (WTA), a statewide organization focused on promoting and developing the Washington State tourism industry. Before joining the WTA in 2012, Louise served as President/CEO of the Everett Area Chamber of Commerce and as business development director of Economic Alliance Snohomish County. Prior to that, she founded and managed a planning and public policy consulting firm providing services to local, regional and state government clients throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Louise has been a Snohomish County resident since 1983 and lives in Lynnwood, WA. In addition to serving on the Future of Flight Foundation Board of Directors, Louise is on the Board of Directors of the Mukilteo Community Orchestra.
Louise has a B.S. degree from the University of Vermont, a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois, and is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Organization Management.
360 Hotel Group
Shaiza Damji is Managing Director for the 360° Hotel Group and has held senior positions for the group since 1999. As Managing Director, she oversees operations, sales, financing and capital improvements of the group’s hotels.
Shaiza graduated from Yale University with a BA in History. She then attended Harvard Law School where she received a JD law degree. She practiced international corporate law at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in New York before returning to the West Coast to join her family's hospitality business.
Shaiza previously served as the Chairperson of the Washington State Hotel and Lodging Association and was a board member of the Seattle Hotel Association for several years. She currently also serves as a Trustee of the UW Medicine - Northwest Hospital & Medical Center. She is also a member of the Yale Alumni Schools Committee.
Paul Pitre, Dean
Washington State University,
North Puget Sound at Everett
Paul Pitre is leading the initiative to expand and develop the University Center of North Puget Sound in Everett. Pitre is also an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Counseling Psychology at WSU. Prior to accepting a faculty appointment at WSU, Pitre served as an Assistant Professor at Auburn University. He has worked in Community Relations and Public Affairs at the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, and as Program Management Analyst at the U.S. Department of Education. He has also held several administrative posts in higher education. His research interests center on P-20 education policy, college access, and governance in higher education.
Pitre received a doctorate in Education Policy and Leadership from the University of Maryland. He also received a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from New York University and a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Western Washington University.
Immediate Past President
Moss Adams, LLP
Tom is a partner at Moss Adams, where he started public accounting in 1994. He is a partner in the Tax Specialty Group which is a group of 70+ professionals who provide tax services that serve all clients throughout the firm.
Tom is in charge of the firm’s Federal Credits and Incentives Group overseeing the Research Credit, Cost Segregation and Other Federal Credits and Incentives groups. Tom also serves on the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance board and acts as their Treasurer.
Kevin Austin, Founder
Aero Law Group
Kevin Austin founded the Aero Law Group in 2000 after an extensive career in Aviation and Law with Cooley Godward LLP in Palo Alto, California and The Boeing Company in Seattle, Washington. His practice has spanned aviation, emerging growth companies, venture capital financing, public securities and initial public offerings, and equity and debt financing transactions.
Mr. Austin’s practice currently focuses exclusively on aviation, where he represents numerous clients in domestic and international transactions involving the sale, lease and exchange of commercial and executive aircraft, including the acquisition of the first ever Boeing Business Jet. He also represents investment bankers in their aircraft and airline investments and has worked with emerging and established commercial airlines in equity, debt and lease financings. He also has experience in the application of the bribery provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
During Mr. Austin’s 19 years at Boeing he served as Regional Director of Aircraft Contracts for Africa and the Middle East (Commercial and VIP), as well as contracts director for Boeing’s then-primary customers UPS, Southwest and IFLC. He also managed Boeing’s delivery and closing processes and customer flight operations, overseeing nearly 1,000 closings involving Boeing’s entire commercial product line, the 707, 727, 737, 747, 757 and 767. His closings included the introduction of many first-of-model aircraft, and delivery of the last production 707 and 727 aircraft.
Mr. Austin left Boeing to attend Stanford Law School in 1990 and received his J.D. from Stanford in 1993. He attended the University of Washington and received a B.A. in business administration (accounting) from Seattle University in 1980, while working full time at Boeing delivering aircraft.
Mr. Austin currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Future of Flight Foundation in Mukilteo, Washington, a leading center of learning and innovation for science, technology and aviation.
Mr. Austin is a member of the state bars of California, Colorado and Washington, the American Bar Association - Forum on Air and Space Law and Aircraft Financing Subcommittee, and the National Business Aviation Association.
Mary Kay Bredeson
Mary Kaye Bredeson, Executive Director
Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing
Mary Kaye Bredeson is the Executive Director for the Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing. As the Executive Director, Mary Kaye provides leadership in promoting and maintaining the Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing as a recognizable and highly valuable component in Washington's economic and workforce development initiatives. As the Executive Director, Ms. Bredeson works to encourage educational programs to share best practices and resources as well as providing a clear point of contact for industry employers to share their workforce needs with all 34 community and technical colleges as well as other education and training providers.
As the CoE executive director, Mary Kaye has developed a variety of workshops and projects focusing on K-16 outreach and developing awareness around career opportunities in the aerospace and advanced manufacturing industry.
In 2013 she was awarded the Exemplary Leadership Award from the Chair Leadership Academy.
Lenda Crawford, Executive Director
Executive Director Lenda Crawford joined Snohomish County in April 2014 and is responsible for overseeing several departments, including Finance, Public Works, Information Services, Office of Public Defense and Paine Field Airport.
Lenda has more than 30 years of experience advising executives and elected officials at the strategic and policy level in government, nonprofit and private-sector organizations. Before joining the Snohomish County Executive Office, she served as the Deputy Director of Seattle’s Transportation Department. In that position, she was responsible for transportation operations, finance, human resources, information technology and risk management.
Prior to her time in Seattle, Lenda was the chief administrative officer and interim president/CEO of Thrive by Five Washington, a public-private partnership with the Gates Foundation, the state and several nonprofits. For nearly 20 years, she was the Finance Director for the city of Redmond. And while at the city of Bellevue, she worked on numerous high-profile projects including the Meydenbauer Convention Center and Downtown Park.
In addition, Lenda has served on numerous boards and committees including Family Services, Hopelink, Washington Finance Officers’ Association and the Redmond Chamber of Commerce.
Lenda started her career in the private sector, working in an entrepreneurial environment, developing corporate business plans, managing financial operations and implementing information systems.
Lenda holds an MBA in Finance and is a licensed CPA.
Jo Drake, Human Resources Director, Airplane Programs, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
The Boeing Company
Jo Drake leads the Human Resources team that partners with the 747 and 767 programs, 747/767/777 Engineering and Everett site Human Resources Service Delivery. Prior to this role, Jo led the Engineering, Operations and Technology Human Resources Strategy and Functional Excellence team and provided Human Resources leadership for the Environment, Health and Safety organization. Before joining Boeing, Jo was a Senior Operations Manager with the Seattle Times newspaper where she was responsible for hiring, employee development, leadership programs and performance excellence. Jo has a B.A. in Organizational Leadership from Antioch University and an M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. Jo is also a volunteer mediator and facilitator with the Federal Executive Board as well as a volunteer mediator with the Dispute Resolution Center of Snohomish, Skagit and Island Counties.
Jeff Klemann, Vice President, Everett Field Operations & Delivery, 747/767/777/787 Programs
The Boeing Company
Jeff Klemann was named vice president of Final Assembly for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in April 2012. He leads the team responsible for implementing a comprehensive operations plan for assembling 787s, ensuring an integrated build schedule and factory readiness for production ramp-up. Klemann came to this assignment after serving as the vice president of the Everett Delivery Center, where he oversaw operations for delivery of all Boeing airplanes built in Everett including the 747-8, 767, 777 and 787. Earlier Klemann held positions including Director of Everett Paint, Preflight, and Delivery Operations responsible for the 747/767/777 Programs; director of Quality at the Everett site; and director of Quality for the 767 program. His Boeing career began in 1984. Klemann graduated with honors from Oregon State University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He also graduated from the Executive Program at the Haas School of Business at Berkeley in 2003 and completed the Aerospace Industry Manufacturing Seminar at the University of Washington.
Jeff Lewis, Senior Vice President, Commercial Team Leader
Mr. Lewis currently serves as Senior Vice President, Commercial Team Leader, Peoples Bank. He is responsible for commercial banking in the bank’s Seattle region. Peoples Bank is headquartered in Bellingham, WA. Lewis has been active in civic and charitable causes. He previously was appointed by the King County Executive to serve on the initial Board of 4 Culture. He also previously served on the Board of Shoreline Community College. He was Chairman from 2005-06. Prior community affiliations include: Community Bankers of Washington, Seattle World Trade Center, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, and Shoreline Breakfast Rotary Club. Lewis is a graduate of the University of Washington where he received an MBA in 1993 and an undergraduate degree in Communications in 1981.
Akhil Patel, Senior Manager
At Pariveda, Akhil leads teams of consultants to deliver technical solutions to a varying range of clients in the Seattle area, from startups to Fortune 500 companies. He is also responsible for mentoring several junior employees.
In addition to the Future of Flight, Akhil also helps out at ROOTS, a homeless shelter for young adults in the Seattle area.
Akhil earned a Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Computer Engineering from Texas A&M University.
Nicholas J. M. Patrick, Former NASA Astronaut, Human Integration Architect
Blue Origin LLC
As a NASA Astronaut, Dr. Patrick flew on two shuttle missions to the International Space Station: STS-116 in 2006 and STS-130 in 2010. On his second flight, he conducted 3 spacewalks to connect the Station's life-support node and ready its Cupola observation windows for use. Dr. Patrick also held several technical positions at NASA, including Capsule Communicator (“Capcom”), flight crew representative to the Orion MPCV Program, and human factors lead for the Space Shuttle Avionics Upgrade Program. Prior to joining NASA, Dr. Patrick was an engineer for The Boeing Company in Everett, where he worked on flight deck design for many Boeing models. Dr. Patrick is currently the Human Integration Architect for Blue Origin, a Kent-based manufacturer of spacecraft.
Born in the UK, Dr. Patrick received a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Cambridge and – after moving to the US – doctorate and master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr. Patrick learned to fly with the RAF, and is an avid pilot and a flight instructor.
Cameron Percy, Co-Founder and CFO
R. Cameron Percy is co-founder of Avenace Incorporated, a Seattle technology company devoted to using electronic positioning technologies, such as GPS, to measure the volume, frequency, store preferences, travel paths, and demographics of individuals passing by any piece of physical property in the real world. He is co-inventor of a suite of seven issued U.S. patents foundational in the space. At Avenace he oversees the company’s product development and technology decision-making, manages the Company’s financial models, and handles investor relations.
Cameron previously served as an appointee of Governor Schwarzenegger on the Teachers’ Retirement Board of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System.
An active pilot since age twelve, Cameron holds a commercial pilot license with type ratings in the Cessna Citation 525 series of business jets and Boeing 737s. A Seattle native, Cameron holds BA, MA, and Master of Public Policy degrees from Stanford University.
Daniel "Dan" Rahkonen
Daniel A. Rahkonen, Project Manager – 767 Program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
The Boeing Company
In 2004, Dan was assigned as the Boeing Project Manager for the formerly named National Flight Interpretive Center (NFIC). Working closely with Snohomish County Airport, The Museum of Flight and the nascent foundation, the NFIC became the Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour. This partnership brought forward a unique experience for visitors from around the world. In early 2006, Dan was elected to the Future of Flight Foundation Board of Directors, serving as President from 2008-2010.
Dan, just off KC-46 Tanker Program assignment, currently works in project management for the 767 Program. From 2000-2009, he served as the 767 Military Derivatives leader in Boeing Commercial Airplanes Program Management Office. He worked closely with Boeing Defense, Space & Security, Washington DC Office, Corporate, and within Commercial Airplanes on variations of 767 military platforms for strategic and tactical purposes. From 2009 to 2011, Dan worked assignments on the 747-8 Program, 787 Program, and in Supply Change Management Organization.
Brian Sullivan, Council Member
Elected to the Snohomish County Council in November 2007, Brian Sullivan took office in January 2008. He is currently serving his second term in office. Brian represents the 2nd Council District, which covers the cities of Everett and Mukilteo, the Tulalip Indian Reservation, as well as areas of unincorporated Snohomish County. Brian chairs the Finance and Economic Development Committee. His priorities include: preserving affordable housing, alternative energy sources, aerospace and ‘common sense’ economic growth policy.
Before beginning his service at the Snohomish County Council he most recently served in the Washington House of Representatives as a State Representative from 2001 to 2007.
Jeff Van Dyck
Jeff Van Dyck
The Boeing Company
Jeff has been the creator of the Dreamliner Gallery with The Boeing Company for the last 17 years. He has had a long-time relationship with the Future of Flight Foundation, serving on the Exhibits Committee as a community member, and also a loaned executive.
With background as Designer, Art Director, Creative Director Multimedia group, these are some of Jeff’s special projects:
- Designed and executed the Dreamliner Gallery. Continues support and expansion.
- Future of Flight Boeing Executive on Loan, Co-Chair Future of Flight Exhibit Committee.
- Brand Experience Consultant/Designer, South Carolina, Everett Delivery Center, Everett and Renton Tours and Tour Balconies.
- Future Feature Strategy support for the 787 with emphasis on brand differentiation for the airlines.
- Inventor/Designer eGallery Dreamliner on-line catalog and eConfig POC.
- DBC-LDBR migration to the Dreamliner Gallery back-of-house, 777-X Gallery Study, Executive Tour upgrades Company wide.
- Continuing to support the plotting the course for the “Trends” gallery including picking exhibits and working with suppliers.
Joyce Walters, CEO and Founder
Corporate Education Strategies
Joyce Walters is the CEO & Founder of Corporate Education Strategies (CES), providing consulting to organizations, affiliations and corporations to increase business support for national, state and local education reform. She brings over 20 years of experience managing business/education partnerships, building corporate community investment and employee engagement programs and launching public/private education partnerships.
Before launching her consulting business, Joyce was the Corporate Director of Education and Workforce Initiatives for The Boeing Company. At Boeing, Joyce was responsible for building business/education partnerships with peer companies and leading educational nonprofits. She also developed corporate partnership strategies; sustainable funding plans; communication strategies; and program metrics with a primary focus on early learning, primary and secondary education. Joyce was the co-leader of Boeing’s company-wide Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Initiative pioneering the development of an integrated strategy for program implementation, with reporting responsibilities to Boeing’s Executive Council members.
Joyce was recently appointed to the Governor’s Washington State STEM Education Innovation Alliance leadership team and is a former member of the Museum of Flight’s education steering committee. At the national level, she chaired The Conference Board’s Business and Education Council and served on Change the Equation’s committee on underrepresented students – A White House-led initiative.
Joyce holds a BA in Psychology from Antioch University and lives with her husband in Renton.
Stephanie Wright, Council Member
Stephanie Wright has joined the Future of Flight Foundation Board as a board member. Stephanie is a member of the Snohomish County Council, representing the 2nd Council District (Edmonds, Lynnwood, Woodway). She currently serves as Council Chair and Chair of the Council Operations Committee. Prior to her service with the County, she served on the Lynnwood City Council, and was a high school teacher and librarian.
Arif Ghouse, Airport Director
Snohomish County Airport, Paine Field
Arif Ghouse joined Snohomish County in September 2014 as Airport Director where he is responsible for planning, coordinating, supervising and managing the operation, maintenance and development of the county aviation facility located at Paine Field.
Born in India, his family moved to England where Arif lived and worked before immigrating to the U.S. in 1994. He has nearly 20 years of experience in the aviation industry. Previous work experience includes British Airports Authority (BAA), Houston Airport System, and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
Arif has a B.A. with Honors in Business Administration, and a Master’s Degree in Air Transport Management.
Arif is a certified member of the American Association of Airport Executives, past chair for the Airports Council International – North America’s Public Safety and Security Committee, and past member of the Seattle FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force Executive Board.
David Reese, Senior Manager - Visitor Relations
The Boeing Company
David K. Reese is the senior manager for Visitor Relations for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. He was named to this assignment in February 2007. In this position, he leads a team of visitor relations professionals who host thousands of public and VIP visitors each year at the company’s manufacturing facilities in Everett, WA, Renton, WA, and Charleston, SC.
Prior to this assignment, he was manager of Federal and International Government Relations for The Boeing Company in the Northwest region.
In 1981, he joined Boeing as a defense systems analyst in Seattle, WA. David was transferred to the company’s Washington, DC, office in 1985 where he was a business development manager for defense programs. While in DC, he worked for one year in the U.S. Senate as a congressional fellow.
David earned a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautics and astronautics from the University of Washington in 1974 and served in the U.S. Navy for six years. He also earned a Master’s degree in national security studies from Georgetown University, Washington, DC.
Bob Drewel, Interim Chancellor
Washington State University
North Puget Sound at Everett
Previously, Bob served for 10 years as the Executive Director of the Puget Sound Regional Council. The PSRC was formed in 1991 by the local governments in the central Puget Sound region as a forum for making key decisions on regional growth and transportation issues. The PSRC serves as the Metropolitan Planning Organization and Regional Transportation Planning Organization for King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties and cities. The PSRC supports the work of the Central Puget Sound Economic Development District through a merger that took effect in 2003.
Bob Drewel completed his third and last term as Snohomish County Executive in December 31, 2003. He was first elected to that position in November 1991.
Bob is well known for his leadership in promoting regional solutions to the many challenges facing the Northwest, including economic development, effective land-use regulation, transportation, and environmental enhancement. In his twelve years of public service, Bob has successfully worked to build partnerships between the often-contending interests of the private and public sectors ... partnerships that are based on shared visions for a healthy and vigorous community.
Within Snohomish County, he has helped build community partnerships as a board member of the Economic Development Council, Healthy Communities Initiative, United Way, Snohomish County Tomorrow, Snohomish County Needs Assessment Project, Economic Investment Plan, SnoNet and City/County Task Force on Criminal Justice.
Other civic involvement includes the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, Rotary, Everett Area Chamber of Commerce, Big Brothers Big Sisters, YWCA, Deaconess Children's Services, YMCA and numerous other community projects.
Bob is past president and member of the executive board of the Puget Sound Regional Council, and the former chairman of Sound Transit.
Bob is the former president and chief executive officer of Everett Community College.
Bob is a 1970 graduate of the University of Washington, where he majored in history.
John Quinlivan, Consultant
The Boeing Company
John Quinlivan was vice president and general manager of the 747, 767 and 777 Programs, and the senior executive responsible for the Boeing facilities located in Everett, Washington.
Quinlivan was honored as the 2002 Corporate Executive of the Year by the Everett, Washington Chamber of Commerce. In 2004 Quinlivan received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Gonzaga University.
Quinlivan retired from Boeing in 2005, and is back as a Consultant.
Bill Stafford, Founder and Former President
Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle
Bill Stafford is the founder and former president of the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle and has held senior leadership roles in local government, business and nonprofit organizations. Bill has significant experience in government policy formulation, management and lobbying and is a recognized leader in facilitating and strengthening international trade and business relations in the Pacific Northwest.
While working in the Seattle municipal government, Bill developed the city’s intergovernmental relations office, one of the country’s first systematic initiatives to combine metro, state, federal and international government relations under one roof. He chaired the network of lobbyists and the Urban Consortium, a group focused on urban research. Bill also served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy assessing its local government relations and programs.
Bill has received numerous awards and recognition, including selection by the Hong Kong government for its VIP program, serving as economic adviser to the mayor of Chongqing, China, receiving the Order of the Lion from the president of Finland, and consulting the World Bank on a technical assistance project in Haiphong, Vietnam.
Bill’s community service includes serving on the boards of the Museum of History and Technology, Future of Flight, the Seattle Children’s Museum, the Burke Museum, the Woodland Park Zoo and many others. He is a member of the Washington State Economic Development Commission, and has served on the Economic Development District, District Export Council, State Community Development Advisory Board, Port Jobs, CIBER Advisory Board and Visiting Committee and the University of Washington. He is on the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for the Seattle Community College System.