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!
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 and a board member of Visit Anchorage. 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 - 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 - 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.
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.
Patrick Stenberg - Administrative Coordinator
Patrick was born in Sitka, Alaska and was raised by a Coast Guard family. His family moved to Oregon, North Carolina, and Florida and returned to Sitka in 2003 where his father retired.
Patrick has grown up in aviation, from his early days under his father’s supervision running around the Coast Guard hangar, to working in various positions within the aviation industry as a young adult. He would even spend his free time building and flying remote control airplanes. A hobby he still enjoys today.
Though he’s been surround by aviation his entire life, Patrick is the first pilot in his family. He earned his Private Pilot License in 2012, holds an IFR rating, and an Unmanned Aircraft Systems License. He is currently working to complete a Bachelor Degree in Professional Piloting at UAA.
With both an investment and a lifetime in aviation Patrick is happy to give back to the community through working with the Alaska Airmen Association.
Alex Brasch - Administrative Assistant
Alex was born and raised in Michigan. After high school he joined the United States Air Force to become an Aircraft Structural Maintenance Technician, working on just about every aircraft in the Air Forces inventory from C-130s, to F-16s. While serving in the Air Force, Alex had been stationed in Germany, South Korea, and South Dakota as well as being deployed twice to Southwest Asia.
After serving nine years in the AF Alex moved to Las Vegas to become a commercial pilot by attending the College of Southern Nevada. After a year at CSN he moved to Texas to work for Kontraband Interdiction and Detection Services Inc. While there he trained and handled drug and bomb dogs for law enforcement and private companies.
In August of 2016 Alex moved up to Alaska to finish college at UAA. He is in his final semester for AAS Aviation Administration. Alex is excited to be joining the Alaska Airmen Association and looks forward to collaborating with the general aviation community.