Zoya Johnson - Executive Director
Zoya was born and raised in Armenia, after graduating from high school she lived for about two years in Ukraine, and then moved to Russia.
Zoya first came to the United States, to the Aleutian Islands, in 1991 as one of the organizers and participants in the celebratory activities dedicated to the 250th anniversary of Vitus Bering’s second voyage to North America and the discovery of some of the Aleutian Islands. As a result of the visit, she, along with a group of artists from the Aleutian Islands, created a non-profit organization – the Bering Sea Art Exchange, International. The organization successfully coordinated cultural exchange activities between the communities of the City of Unalaska and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky for over ten years. She immigrated to the United States in 1993.
She has a MS in Education from Kamchatka State University, a MA in Art History from the Moscow Art Institute, and an MBA in Finance from Ashford University.
She has been a teacher, a CEO/CFO in a seafood processing plant, and worked as a museum director.
During the twenty five years in the Aleutian Islands, Zoya has been intimately involved in the community life serving as a member of the boards of directors of several non-profit organizations, volunteering in fundraisers for them, serving on the Unalaska School District Budget committee, and has been elected and served for three terms on the Unalaska City Council.
She is very excited to start a new chapter in her life as the new Executive Director of the Alaska Airmen’s Association!
Adam White - Government & Legislative Affairs Advocate
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 - 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.
Victoria McCleskey - Outreach 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.
Amanda Allard - Administrative 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 December 2019. Ms. Allard is the former 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. In July 2018, Amanda was the Tribal Representative for the Coquille Indian Tribe at the Emerging Native Leader’s Summit and is a current 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 earning her private piloting license before going off to get her Master's degree overseas. 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. She also immensely enjoys salmon fishing, hiking, shooting, and watching movies.