Corey Hester - Executive Director
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 - 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. 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.
Not having any pilots within his own family, Oscar learned the importance of networking in the aviation community at a very young age.
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 week, 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, and 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.
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.
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.