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 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.
In 2017, 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 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.
Evelyn Fonseca - Administrative Coordinator
I was born and raised in Los Angeles, where there isn’t much excitement for outdoor adventures. I always had an itch for exploring the unknown and going where most people only dream of. I took a seasonal job in Alaska in 2014 working outside Denali National Park. That’s when I took my first scenic flight around Denali and discovered a love for flying. I was immediately sparked with an interest to pursue a career and lifestyle in aviation. I decided to go back home to start studying and logging in some flight time while pursuing a degree in
Professional Piloting and Aviation Science. In 2017, I decided I needed to make a permanent move to Alaska where there was an amazing aviation community and a better opportunity to turn my dreams into reality.
While working towards my Private Pilot’s license and hope to continue my education at the University of Alaska in Anchorage, I am excited to be working for Alaska Airmen Association and to promote the mission to keep the general aviation community thriving for many generations to come. In the future, I hope to become a part time flight instructor and help others reach the same dream of becoming an Alaskan aviator.
Kristen Armstrong - Administrative Bookkeeper
Kristen was raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, where her parents served in the Air Force and Alaska Air Guard. Growing up, she enjoyed four wheeling, snowboarding, camping, fishing, and any other activity that meant being outdoors. Kristen graduated from Eielson Senior High School as the salutatorian of her class. She continued her education with the University of Alaska Fairbanks and earned her Bachelor’s degree, majoring in Accounting in May 2015. In May 2016, she went on to earn her Master’s degree, majoring in Business Administration with a focus in General Management.
Kristen has held several positions with and volunteered for many not-for-profit organizations. She also has worked in a number of positions in the Accounting field, to include: bookkeeping, public audit, and internal audit. She has also helped to organize events of up to 500 people and is constantly looking to make positive impacts wherever she goes.
She is excited to work for Alaska Airmen Association, and to help promote and contribute to their success.