Kimberly is an international Captain on a Global Express aircraft. She has piloted jet aircraft on six continents and has lived on three. Kimberly was influenced by her experiences living in Nigeria, which laid the foundation for her creating Aviation for Humanity. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation: Flight Operations and a Master of Arts degree in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations. She enjoys international travel both professionally and personally. She insists on taking her two daughters to the remote regions of the world to instil the same sense of global community that led her to developing the non-profit. Along with her piloting career, she is active in her community as a Board Member for the Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association, a member of Women in Aviation, and a donor to educational and refugee relief organizations.
Aaron brings a wealth of aviation experience and a global perspective to his position at Aviation for Humanity. He has twenty years of experience as an airline pilot, aircraft evaluation pilot, aviation safety inspector and is currently serving as Chairman of a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Flight Standardization Board. Today, Aaron calls Seattle home; but, it was the period of time when he lived in West Africa, North Africa and Southeast Asia where his passion for helping those in need took root. Being an integral part of Aviation for Humanity provides a fantastic platform for him to merry his interests in both aviation and humanitarian efforts. Aaron enjoys traveling, backpacking and spending time with his wife and two young daughters.
Korrine Simon: Treasurer
Korrine Simon brings over two decades of finance and business experience to her role as Treasurer for Aviation for Humanity. In her role as Controller and Accounting Manager, Korrine has been responsible for the critical accounting functions including account reconciliations, expense budgeting, revenue forecasting, and preparation of financial reports. She is experienced in entity startup processes, and establishing standards for compliance, internal controls and quality assurance.
Pam Mannon: Director of Development & Marketing
Pam ‘PJ’ Mannon is a pilot for Honeywell specializing in training pilots on Honeywell products and equipment and flies domestic and internationally on the company’s Falcon F7X. She has been traveling around the globe and working in aviation/aerospace for over 30 years. Previous jobs include airline Captain/Check Airman, corporate pilot, instructor, and Adjunct Faculty at Kansas State. Pam earned her Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 1993 and dual Masters of Science degrees from ERAU in Cognitive Psychology & Aerospace Operations in 2004. She currently lives in the Seattle area with her husband, Kevin. She’s passionate about helping those in need and in her spare time she works with Aviation for Humanity and Norwest Harvest. She enjoys traveling, writing, hiking, exploring and experiencing other cultures and spending time with her three sons and two granddaughters.
Melanie Burke, PhD: Director of Strategic Partnership
Melanie brings to Aviation for Humanity many years’ experience of creating a global community through collaboration, grant writing and culturally conscious practices. As the Strategic Advisor for Maasai Association (Kenya), she developed strategic partnerships in the areas of healthcare and education while respecting the Maasai culture. Melanie views Aviation for Humanity as the perfect avenue to connect global communities with educational supplies and materials – since ‘education has the potential to positively impact every aspect of a person’s life and community.’ She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology and a PhD in Anatomy, Cell Biology and Neuroscience, both from University of Illinois. Melanie enjoys international travel with her two sons - helping to foster a love of different cultures and languages, kayaking/SUP and snowshoeing.