Airmen Staff

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Corey Hester - Executive Director

Corey was born and raised in Alaska and is currently the Executive Director for the Alaska Airmen Association, Alaska's largest aviation nonprofit.

Corey first started writing for the Anchorage Daily News at age 16 and held almost every position across numerous publications working his way up to become an Editor/Publisher in 2014. He’s passionate about photography and videography and his work has been published in NBC News, Canon USA, NaturalHawaii, Glampingdotcom, ThisNow, and in various Alaska publications. 

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

Afterwards, he spent several years at the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, where he created the Young Professionals Group and the Alaska Young Professionals Summit. In 2015, he was elected and later reelected President of the Anchorage Downtown Community Council. 

Corey stays active in his community and serves on multiple boards including as an Honorary Military Commander at JBER, a mayoral appointed commissioner on the Municipal Anchorage Airport Advisory Commission, a governor appointed member of the Alaska Workforce Investment Board, and a board member of Visit Anchorage. In 2017, he was selected as one of Alaska's Top 40 Under 40 and in 2019 he was selected as the Alaska Young Professional of the Year.

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 will be pursuing his MBA at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College on a full scholarship this fall.

corey.hester@alaskaairmen.org

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.

adam.white@alaskaairmen.org

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Oscar Sigl - Outreach Director

Oscar first started flying in the Pacific Northwest at age 14. Working part time at his parents bakery, and through the generosity of a friend willing to donate his CFI time, Oscar was able to obtain his Private Pilot Certificate in 2013.

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

In March of 2016, Oscar was invited by a long time friend to help ferry an amphibious Cessna 206 from Washington to Minnesota. He knocked out his High Performance and Complex endorsements in the following days, giving him the ability to fly as Pilot in Command on the 1,200 mile journey.

After completing the flight to Minnesota, Oscar wanted to further advance his flight training and aviation career, and made the decision to move to Alaska in April of 2016, only a few weeks after having completed his longest cross country flight to date.

Oscar first worked as a Flight Operations Coordinator for a local air charter, before earning his Advanced Ground Instructor certificate and joining the Alaska Airmen Association.

In his free time, Oscar volunteers with Alaska Mountain Rescue, providing critical medical care and patient transport in the backcountry. He enjoys hiking, backpacking, mountaineering, and skiing; when he's not out flying!

Oscar hopes to educate the community about general aviation and continue to grow the Alaska Airmen's NextGen Aviators program to assist Alaska youth wanting to get involved in the aviation community.

oscar.sigl@alaskaairmen.org

Teresa Jensen

Teresa Jensen - Office and Finance Manager

Teresa is the Office and Finance Manager of the Alaska Airmen Association.  She was born in Germany, where her father served in the military.  Her first experience flying was at 3 months old, when she flew to the United States.  She was raised in Maryland and has also lived in Tennessee, Virginia, and Colorado.

Teresa moved to Alaska back in 2013 and loves the people of Alaska.  In her spare time, she likes: walking her dog, working with youth groups, being actively involved in her community, arts & crafts, and spending time with family and friends.  Teresa has worked for both nonprofit and for-profit businesses in the accounting field.  She really enjoys organizing and designing all kinds of events.

Teresa is excited to work for Alaska Airmen Association, and is looking forward to using her talents to promote the mission of the Alaska Airmen Association.

accounting@alaskaairmen.org

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Victoria McCleskey - Administrative Coordinator

Victoria moved to Alaska at age four, when her father was stationed at Elmendorf AFB. After being here for about two years, her family fell in love with Alaska and decided to stay permanently. Victoria is a graduate of Chugiak High School and is currently studying Business Management at UAA. Although she does not have her pilot’s license (yet), Victoria was introduced to the world of Alaskan aviation at a young age through family friends. When she is not working or in class, she often accompanies her boyfriend on flying adventures throughout the state. Victoria loves animals, spending time with family and friends, and traveling.

Victoria is excited to join the Alaska Airmen Association team and is looking forward to promoting general aviation in Alaska.

victoria@alaskaairmen.org

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Amanda Allard - Office Coordinator

Amanda Allard is an Honors Scholar at the University of Alaska, Anchorage double majoring in Business Management and Marketing with a minor in Communication planning to graduate in May 2020. Ms. Allard is the President of UAA’s largest club, Alaska's National Society of Leadership and Success as well as the former Treasurer and Club Council Representative for the UAA Management & Marketing Club. She also serves as a student representative for the College of Business and Public Policy Dean’s Student Advisory Board, the Honors College Student Advisory Council, and the CBPP student representative for the UAA Academic Disputes Review Committee. In addition, she is a 2018-19 and 2019-20 Tom Case Leadership Fellow Protégé. Additionally, Amanda was the Tribal Representative for the Coquille Indian Tribe at the Emerging Native Leader’s Summit July 2018 and a participant in the Women’s Power League of Alaska first ever, “20-something” mentorship program.

Ms. Allard is looking forward to working her way towards a director position at the Airmen’s Association after graduation, as well as achieving her personal goals of becoming a member of the Board of Directors for the Alaska Sealife Center and getting her private piloting license. Amanda enjoys volunteering for the Sealife Center Gala as well as the Alaska Food Bank and the Young Professionals Group Summit. Her long-term goal is to use her degrees, skills, and experiences to help our community in any way she can. She also immensely enjoys salmon fishing, hiking, shooting, and watching movies.

info@alaskaairmen.org