Airmen Staff

Corey Hester

Corey Hester - Executive Director

Corey is the Executive Director of the Alaska Airmen Association and the first Native American to hold the position.

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 and later reelected 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.

Last year, Corey was selected as one of Alaska's Top 40 Under 40 and was appointed by Mayor Berkowitz to the Municipal Anchorage Airport Advisory Commission. He's currently an Honorary Military Commander at JBER, a board member of Visit Anchorage, and was selected as a 2018 Alaska Young Professional of the Year finalist. 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.

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.

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 continue to grow the Alaska Airmen's NextGen Aviators program to assist Alaska youth wanting to get involved in the aviation community.

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.


Shānna Twomey - Office Coordinator

Shānna grew up in a typical Coast Guard family that loved the outdoors. In 2006, her dad was stationed in Sitka, Alaska, which provided all the nature and excitement the family could hope for. However, the family was sent back to the lower 48, where she completed high school and college. Once those goals were completed, she moved back to her true home, Alaska.
Since moving to Anchorage, She has found a new love of air shows and fly-ins. All of her acquaintances have helped integrate her into the terminology and requirements of the piloting community, which has helped her develop a new goal to become a private pilot. Her other hobbies include knitting, swimming, camping, rock climbing, and hunting for the Aurora Borealis.
Since first volunteering with the Airmen Association, the aviation community has been extremely welcoming. With this wonderful sense of belonging, she is ready to help others experience the fellowship and belonging in an ever growing, ever advancing aviation community.