Staff

Corey Hester

Corey Hester - Executive Director

Corey is the Executive Director of the Alaska Airmen Association. He is a born and raised Alaskan, and comes from a family full of pilots. He has a strong background in non-profits and leadership, and has a successful track record in organizational growth and development.

In 2013, Corey helped pioneer the concept of Geotourism in Alaska after working with the National Geographic and various local and national tourism executives looking to boost rural economies. He helped create the Alaska Geotourism Collaboration and was its first co-chair. In 2015, he gave the first TED talk on geotourism in the world.

Corey stays engaged in the community and in 2015, he was elected President of the Anchorage Downtown Community Council. While at the Anchorage Chamber he created the Young Professionals Group and grew it into the largest young professional organization in the state, and subsequently created the Alaska Young Professionals Summit.

In 2016, he was appointed by Mayor Berkowitz as a Sister Cities Commissioner to represent relations with Tromso, Norway & Magadan, Russia; and was appointed by Governor Walker to the Alaska Workforce Investment Board, which develops a system to grow jobs and strengthen Alaska's economy.

Corey was selected as one of Alaska's Top 40 Under 40 class of 2017. He’s a proud alum of East High School, graduated with honors with a B.A. in Journalism from UAA, and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s HBX program.

He is excited to represent and grow the aviation community in Alaska!

Adam White

Adam White - Government & Legislative Affairs

Adam grew up in Georgia, where his first real job as a kid was washing and refueling airplanes at the local airport, within a short time he was a mechanic’s apprentice and flying whenever he could. Adam came to Alaska in 1995 after earning a BS in Aviation Technology from LeTourneau University where he also earned his pilot and mechanic certificates. He holds CFII, Multi, and Seaplane ratings. Living in Nenana with his wife and three daughters, he is an Itinerant Pastor flying his Maule M7 throughout the Interior visiting homesteads, fishcamps and Villages. Adam is actively involved in the aviation community of Fairbanks and the Interior.

Kelly Miller

Kelly Miller - Office Coordinator

Kelly was born in Texas, but grew up traveling across the country. Her father was a pilot in the air force and a large influence on her passion for aviation. Kelly began flying in North Carolina at the age of 15 and got her private pilot certificate before graduating high school. Having lived in Alaska before, Kelly moved back up in 2012 to continue her flight training in a place that she believed would challenge her to be the best pilot she could. She graduated from UAA with a Bachelor's degree in International Studies and is currently pursuing an Associate's degree of Professionalism Piloting. Kelly has an Instrument Rating and has nearly completed her Commercial license!

Kristen Armstrong

Kristen Armstrong - Administrative Bookkeeper

Kristen was raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, where her parents served in the Air Force and Alaska Air Guard. Growing up, she enjoyed four wheeling, snowboarding, camping, fishing, and any other activity that meant being outdoors. Kristen graduated from Eielson Senior High School as the salutatorian of her class. She continued her education with the University of Alaska Fairbanks and earned her Bachelor’s degree, majoring in Accounting in May 2015. In May 2016, she went on to earn her Master’s degree, majoring in Business Administration with a focus in General Management.

Kristen has held several positions with and volunteered for many not-for-profit organizations. She also has worked in a number of positions in the Accounting field, to include: bookkeeping, public audit, and internal audit. She has also helped to organize events of up to 500 people and is constantly looking to make positive impacts wherever she goes.

She is excited to work for Alaska Airmen Association, and to help promote and contribute to their success.

Oscar Sigl

Oscar Sigl - Outreach Coordinator

Oscar first started flying in the Pacific Northwest at age 14. Not having any pilots within his family, Oscar learned the importance of networking in the aviation community at a very young age.

After earning his Private Pilot’s License, Oscar worked as a ramp lead and represented a local FBO at commerce events and trade shows, including NBAA in Las Vegas.

Wanting to advance his aviation career and flight training, Oscar made the decision to move to Alaska in April, 2016, first working as a Flight Operations Coordinator and earning his Advanced Ground Instructor certificate before joining the Alaska Airmen Association.

Oscar hopes to educate the community about general aviation and establish outreach programs to assist Alaska youth wanting to get involved in the aviation community.

Laurie Hege

Laurie Hege - Fairbanks Office Manager

I was born and raised in Missoula, Montana and moved to Western Alaska when I was 19 years old. While raising 2 children and working in Bethel I completed my Associates of Arts degree from UAF, Kuskokwim campus. I first became involved in Aviation in Aniak, Alaska working as a general manager for Inland Aviation. I loved flying and jumped on every opportunity to go out exploring with pilot friends and fellow employees to locations up and down the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers as well as to off-strip locations in remote areas of the YK Delta.

There I met and married my husband, a pilot/mechanic and we migrated up to the Interior and made Fairbanks our home. I continued working in the Aviation Industry all over the State including managing stations in Nome, Kotzebue, Barrow and Fairbanks. My work has given me a broad knowledge base and passion for all aspects of Alaskan Aviation. My husband and I have owned multiple airplanes and currently own a Cessna 170b. My hobbies include flying, camping, fishing, gardening and quilting. I am pleased to work in the Fairbanks office and hope everyone will feel welcome to contact me.