Faculty & Staff Directory
- Paul Herrick
Paul has been involved in aviation education for 30 years as a professor and in various administrative positions. He has also been employed as a mechanic, pilot, aircraft designer and in the flight test environment. His career enjoyment stems from the people he meets ranging from students entering the field, to having worked with many true aviation visionaries.
Master of Technology; Aeronautical Engineering Technology (Arizona State)
Bachelor of Science; Industrial Technology, Aeronautics (Utah State)
FAA Mechanic and Commercial Pilot certificates
- Jodi Pohl
Jodi has worked in a variety of capacities for UAA's Community and Technical College since 2011. Jodi was born and raised in Wasilla before moving to Seattle, where she worked as a insurance professional. She brings a breadth of valuable administrative, fiscal, and institutional experience to UAA's Aviation Technology Division. For fun, Jodi likes garden, travel with family, and take care of her smug but lovable cat.
- Marcus Brown
Student Success Coach
Marcus has worked in aviation administration for 8 years, 5 of which were at the UPS Anchorage Flight Training Center. He is now in his third year at UAA. Marcus has admitted he has a coffee problem, and is currently making efforts to cut back. His favorite part of being a Student Success Coach is giving simulator tours and helping students reach their career goals.
Bachelor of Science in English, Private Pilot Certificate
Piloting and Aviation Management
- Mark Madden
A Professor of Aviation at the University of Alaska Anchorage since 1998, Mark is the past Chairperson of UAA’s Professional Piloting Program. His responsibilities have included curriculum development and he is still actively involved as faculty in the classroom education of future professional and general aviation pilots as well as future aviation managers and administrators. His teaching responsibilities at UAA include various pilot and CFI ground schools, Commercial Aviation Safety, Advanced Navigation, Flying the Alaskan Bush, as well as several other courses. His pilot certificates and ratings include FAA Airline Transport Pilot - Airplane Multi-Engine Land, Commercial Privileges Airplane Single-Engine Land and Sea, FAR Part 107 sUAS Remote Pilot, and instructor certificates to include CFI, CFII, MEI, AGI, and IGI. Professor Madden is a five-time Master CFI, an FAA Gold Seal CFI, and is an FAA FAASTeam Lead Representative. Professor Madden was selected as the 2013 National FAASTeam Representative of the Year. He is a former pilot training technical writer for Jeppesen Sanderson and has logged several thousand flight hours as a professional pilot and instructor pilot. He is also sought out as an aircraft accident litigation expert witness.
B.S. Degree in Education; Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, 1973.
Omicron Delta Kappa – National Leadership Honor Society.
M.A. Degree with a double major in Management and Computer Data Management; Magna Cum Laude, Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri, 1984.
Associate of Applied Science Degree in Aviation Technology - Eastern Airlines’ Pilot Entry Ab Initio Airline First Officer Program; Cum Laude, Aims Community College, Greeley, Colorado, 1988.
- Raymond Weber
Raymond Weber is a graduate of the Univ. of North Dakota John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. While there he worked on several research projects and co-taught courses. He has worked as a professor of aviation at Kent State University.
He has worked on several research projects, including Weather in The Cockpit research and Hypoxia at Moderate Altitudes. His academic interests are safety, general aviation, human factors and general aviation flight.
Bachelor of Science, Commercial Aviation
Master of Science, Aviation
Ph.D., Educational Psychology
- Brian Keller
Master of Aeronautical Science Degree, Operations and Management, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Bachelor of Science Degree, Political Science with Minor in Spanish, U.S. Air Force Academy
Commercial Pilot Certificate; Multi Engine Fight Instructor
Air Traffic Control
- Sharon LaRue
10 years as en-route air traffic controller, including oceanic and domestic control. Co-author of the textbook, "A Career in Air Traffic Control".
Master of Adult Education
M.S. Education Administration, University of Nebraska-Omaha
B.S. Education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Retired Air Traffic Control Specialist, Federal Aviation Administration
Anchorage ARTCC, Kansas City ARTCC
Subject Matter Expert, Lead Instructor for Scientific Applications International Corporation (SAIC)
Aviation Maintenance Technology
- David Helmso
Bachelor of Science, Business Administration / Management
Associate of Applied Science, Aviation Maintenance Technology
FAA Private Pilot, Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic certificates
Air Surveillance / Weapons Control Officer, E-3 Sentry [AWACS] Aircrew, USAF [Retired]
Docent, Pilot, A&P Mechanic, and Project Volunteer, Alaska Aviation Museum
Founding Member, A&P Mechanic, and Project Volunteer, Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum
Member, A&P Mechanic, and Project Volunteer, Commemorative Air Force
Member, Alaska Airmen Association
- Lou Nagy
Professor Nagy’s aviation experience covers a wide variety of aircraft flown in Alaska. His specialty areas are business class aircraft and avionics. Professor Nagy has taught a wide range of aviation courses and currently focuses on turbine powered aircraft and electronic/electrical systems.
AAS Aviation Maintenance Technology, AAS Electronics Technology, BS Technology, MS Vocational Education
FAA Mechanic with Airframe & Powerplant, Inspection Authorization, Private Pilot certificates
FAA Designated Mechanic Examiner
FCC Radio Telephone license with RADAR endorsement
- Wade Weiss
Master of Aeronautical Science – Aviation Aerospace Safety Systems, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Bachelor of Science – Mechanical Design Technology, Oklahoma State University
Airframe and Powerplant Certificate – Aviation Maintenance Technology, University of Alaska Anchorage
- Levi Hohl
Levi began his aviation maintenance career at a young age out of necessity as a fishing guide in western Alaska. As a graduate of the UAA Aviation Maintenance program, he is thrilled to be back teaching where he was licensed and learned the craft. Levi enjoys flying, fly fishing and all of the incredible places all over Alaska that these pursuits take him.
AAS Aviation Maintenance Technology, BS Technology
FAA Mechanic with Airframe & Powerplant, Inspection Authorization & Private Pilot certificates
U.S.C.G. Merchant Mariner Captains License
- Scott Wasmer
Scott began his career as an aviation maintainer with the US Navy in 1984, where he served as an avionics technician, maintenance controller, and maintenance supervisor. Since leaving the Navy, he has worked in Part 91, 135 and 145 aviation operations, and has served in management roles at both Part 135 and Part 121 airlines, as well as Part 145 repair stations. He has also owned his own Alaskan business specializing in mobile aircraft electrical and avionics maintenance.
Scott is an avid adventurer and a skilled communicator. In his spare time, he enjoys tying flies, writing stories, and venturing into the Alaskan outdoors.
Aviation Maintenance Technology
- Michael Chamberlain
Lead Lab Technician
FAA Airframe and Powerplant Certificates, Inspection Authorization
NDI qualifications: Magnetic Particle, Dye Penetrant & Eddy Current Inspection
Adjunct Professor & tutor for maintenance students
State of Alaska Registered Hunting Guide & 25 Ton Masters license for inland waters
- Connor Paulson
Connor started his career in aviation maintenance in 2011 and acquired his A&P certificate in 2013. Currently he is employed by the University of Alaska, Aviation Maintenance Technology and works part time as an NDT inspector for Alaskan Aircraft Engines. Connor is also taking classes through UAA Auto Diesel Technology and plans to acquire a Diesel mechanic certificate.
FAA Airframe and Powerplant Certificates, Level 2 NDT Inspector
- Greg Stoddard
Chief Flight Intructor
Greg took private pilot ground school at UAA and received his pilot certificate in 1984. He been flight instructing for almost thirty years. He currently has nearly 7,000 flight hours, mostly in Alaska. He has flown the 'bush' and has instructed many pilots over the years for various certificates, ratings and endorsements, including float, ski and tail wheel operations and authorizations.
He has been teaching at UAA since 2001 and became Chief Flight Instructor for our FAA part 141 flight school in 2003. He holds an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate and Flight Instructor Certificate with Multi-engine and Instrument Airplane Ratings. He is also a Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE), operating through the Anchorage area FSDO.
The Professional Piloting program focuses on producing instrument-rated commercial pilots and flight instructors in single and multi-engine airplanes. The vast majority of Greg's flying is done in support of this effort.
Greg owns a Cessna 150 and enjoys flying to off-airport areas when the weather permits and the fish are calling. He has been a ‘Ham Radio’ operator since the age of 9. He also plays several musical instruments and has written many songs. Whether flying or playing instruments, Greg enjoys rising to the challenges they bring.
Airline Transport Pilot: Airplane multiengine land
Commercial privileges airplane single engine land & sea
Flight Instructor: Airplane single and multiengine; instrument airplane
Ground Instructor: Advanced, Instrument
FAA Designated Pilot Examiner: All pilot and instructor certificates/ratings except ATP
- Paul Deits
- Derk MacPherson
Flight Operations Scheduling Officer
Derk is a long time aviation enthusiast who started his flight training in 1987 in San Diego, CA before enlisting in the US Air Force. After retiring from the USAF he enrolled in the UAA Piloting Program and earned his Private Pilot certificate in 2013. He has worked as the Flight Operations Scheduling Officer for the UAA Professional Piloting program since 2019 , while also attending UAA to finish his degree in Aviation Technology (Piloting Emphasis). Derk also volunteers with the Civil Air Patrol as the Alaska Wing Director of Operations, helping with Search and Rescue missions, Aerospace Education, and the Cadet Program.
- Chip Kell
Asst. Director of Aircraft Maintenance
Chip is a lifelong aviation enthusiast, who began his aviation career at the young age of 14 as a ramper in Eloy, AZ. He went on to solo on his 16th birthday, and later flew professionally for Everts Air Cargo, Air Tahoma, Renown Aviation and Turf Soaring School. Chip is a licensed Airframe & Powerplant mechanic with an FAA Inspection Authorization, and has worked in aircraft maintenance at United Airlines, as well as multiple flight schools and flight charter companies.Chip's first priority as an aircraft maintainer is safety, and his favorite part of his job at UAA is helping students learn, grow, and overcome the challenges of becoming a pilot.
- Scott Sebastian
Lead Aircraft Maintenance Technician
Scott is an FAA Airframe and Powerplant rated mechanic and holds an FAA Inspection Authorization. He has worked with numerous types of general aviation aircraft. Scott has worked in Part 135 operations up to and including the job of Director of Maintenance. He currently works with Cessna 172, Piper PA-30/39, Diamond DA-20 C1, and Tecnam P2006T airframes.Associate of Applied
- Rania A. Rollin
Rania A. Rollin
Rania has worked with both general aviation and commercial aviation aircraft. She has worked in with Embraer 140 series and 170 series aircraft doing heavy maintenance, repair, and overhaul. She currently works with Cessna 172, Piper PA-30/39, Diamond DA-20 C1, and Tecnam P2006T airframes.
Associate of Applied Science in Aircraft Maintenance, Texas State Technical College-West Texas.
FAA Airframe and Powerplant certificate.
Simulations Unit (ATC & Flight)
- Bryan Coffey
ATC Instructional Support
Bryan has always had a passion for aviation and enjoys his work in the Aviation Technology Division. After spending 10 years in Alaska he calls it his other home, his first home being New Zealand where he was raised. When not working for the University he enjoys travelling the world.
- Michael Workman
Mike began his career as an aviation maintenance technician for 13 years prior to coming to UAA. He was hired by UAA in 2003 to oversee and maintain the Aviation Technology Division's simulation and IT operations. He was part of the ADS-B Capstone team for 5 years, heading up handheld cockpit device and iridium research. In that role, he also served as the designated ADS-B maintenance trainer for FAA and industry participants involved in the capstone program. Mike also supports the Flight Operations Maintenance team in a variety of capacities.
Colorado Aero Tech, UAA and specialized training with Honeywell, Frasca, UFA, Garmin, Rockwell Collins, General Dynamics, Chelton, Bendix King, Microsoft, Cisco, and Hewlett Packard.
FAA Airframe & Powerplant, Private Pilot and FCC certificates.
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