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Sheryl Barden President and CEO, Aviation Personnel International

Sheryl BardenSheryl Barden grew up in and around the business aviation recruiting fi rm, Aviation Personnel International, where she now serves as the company’s President and CEO. The API team recruits for all mission-critical roles in business aviation, including aviation leaders, pilots, maintenance professionals, cabin crew, schedulers and dispatchers.

Barden and her team manage the hiring practices for private and corporate fl ight departments, playing a critical role in collaborating with both HR and aviation hiring authorities.

After a lifelong career ‘matchmaker’ in business aviation, Barden has emerged as a leading authority on hiring and leadership development practices. Based in San Francisco, she’s an active member of the National Business Aviation Association, Society for Human Resources Management, Flight Safety Foundation, Women in Corporate Aviation, Professional Aviation Maintenance Association and Helicopter Association International. She serves as a member of the NBAA Associate Member Advisory Council; a member of the Board of Nominations for the National Aviation Hall of Fame; and a member of the Flight Safety Foundation Meritorious Service Award nominations committee.

She earned an MBA from the Masagung School of Business at the University of San Francisco and a B.S. in Management with an emphasis in Personnel Management from Pennsylvania State University.

Caroline Daniels Chairman and CEO of ATP

Caroline DanielsCaroline Daniels is widely acknowledged by the aircraft industry as a pioneer of safety information management systems and is dynamically involved in industry affairs at all levels. As one of three founders, Chairman and CEO of ATP, Daniels has successfully led the company through fi ve generations of technology advances and built an internationally recognized brand offering best practices for aviation maintenance, regulation and compliance professionals. ATP (www.atp.com), a global knowledge services company, provides safety and compliance information for the aviation market.

Daniels is General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), Chairman Emeritus, as well as one of 100 delegates to the World Entrepreneurship Forum in Lyon, France.

The Honorable Deborah Hersman Chairman, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)

The Honorable Deborah HersmanNTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman is recognized as one of the nation’s most visionary and passionate safety leaders who advocates for safety across all modes of transportation. Among her many initiatives, Chairman Hersman has focused attention and actions on distracted driving, child passenger safety, and helping accident victims and their families. She emphasizes the NTSB’s role as "the conscience and the compass of the transportation industry."

Hersman has been the Board Member on-scene for 19 major transportation accidents, chaired scores of NTSB hearings, forums and events, and regularly testifi es before Congress. Her leadership has created a more transparent and accountable organization by holding more public meetings to highlight safety issues, and embracing social media to communicate with stakeholders and citizens.

Hersman was fi rst appointed as a Board Member by President Bush in 2004 and reappointed to a second fi ve-year term by President Obama. Appointed Chairman by President Obama in 2009 and 2011 with unanimous Senate confi rmation votes, she is now serving her second term as Chairman. Her Board position and chairmanship both expire in 2013.

Lt. Col. Jill Long United States Air Force

Lt. Col. Jill LongUnited States Air Force Lt. Col. Jill Long has been an aerial refueling tanker pilot, fl own an A-10 Warthog on more than 50 combat missions in Afghanistan, and has been a squadron commander for an Air Support Operations Squadron. In her spare time, she flies a Pitts S-2B as an air show performer "Raggz" for Ragged Edge Aviation.

Long had her first flying lesson when she was 15 in a 1940s Taylorcraft. She was accepted into the United States Airforce after graduating from university through ROTC in 1993. She has progressed through the ranks to Lieutenant Colonel, and is currently attending the Army War College in Pennsylvania. Long began her air show performer career in 2005 after a stint with competition aerobatics. Today she and her husband/manager Chuck Long run Ragged Edge Aviation, and are widely seen on the summer air show circuit. Her Board position and chairmanship both expire in 2013.

Neil Planzer Air Traffic Management Transformation Aviation Infrastructure, Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Neil PlanzerNeil Planzer joined Boeing Air Traffic Management in April 2003 as vice president, ATM Stakeholder Solutions. Planzer is responsible for leading the development of plans, and building stakeholder support, for the deployment of a next-generation air traffic system. Planzer has extensive experience in air traffic control operations, requirements development, research, training, procedures and aviation security and safety.

Planzer came to Boeing from the U.S. Department of Defense, where he served since 1998 as executive director, DoD Policy Board on Federal Aviation and associate director, Civil Aviation, U.S. Air Force. Prior to joining the Defense Department, Planzer spent more than 25 years with the FAA in progressively more responsible positions, including terms as director of both the Offi ce of Air Traffic Program Management and its Air Traffic Systems Requirements Service specializing in labor management relations, air traffic controller training and requirements for ATC systems.

Neil Planzer’s accomplishments include formulating and implementing DoD Regional Airspace Initiatives in 28 countries around the world; successfully establishing and managing startup organizations within the FAA; authoring Defense Department policy on air traffic control and air traffic management for China, Korea, Central Asia and Eastern Europe; and advising the National Security Council on restoring civil access to national airspace after September 11, 2001. Neil is the recipient of the 2010 Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award from the Air Traffic Control Association Board of Directors.

Ariel Talen-Keller Founder, Aero Femme Non-Profit Organization & Scholarship Fund, Mrs. Alaska United America

Ariel Talen-KellerBorn in Willamette Valley, Oregon, Ariel Talen-Keller was raised on a private airfield where her father restored antique airplanes for a living. His travels to air shows and events across the country inspired her to live her own aviation dream. After graduating from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Science in Geography, she learned to fly at the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at the University of North Dakota. She moved to Alaska in 2006 and soon thereafter, graduated with her Master’s degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University worldwide campus in Anchorage.

Keller is the founder of Aero Femme Non-Profit Organization & Scholarship Fund— an organization that encourages and educates women of all ages on becoming involved in aviation. Keller and her organization works with national aviation groups such as the Experimental Aircraft Association, Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association, and Women in Aviation, International. Locally, she works with EAA Chapter 42, the Alaska Military Youth Academy, the Alaska Wing Civil Air Patrol and the Alaska Aviation Museum.

Keller is a recipient of a President’s Volunteer Service Award for 2012 for her community service. Most recently, she was nominated for the Alaska Journal of Commerce Top 40 Under 40 award.

WASP Panel

Nell Stevenson Bright

Nell Stevenson BrightNell Stevenson Bright was trained with the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) as part of Class 43-7. She earned her Private Pilot certificate near the end of 1942. An article in Flying magazine about the Army Air Corps caught Nell’s attention. She wrote to Jacqueline Cochran at the address listed in the article and was invited to come to Ft. Worth, Texas, for an interview. By May 1943 she was in Sweetwater, Texas, training for her wings.

Nell flew the B-25, B-26, AT-7, AT-11, A-24 and P-47 at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas, as part of the 6th Tow Target Squadron, towing targets and flying strafing missions to train ground to air soldiers.

After deactivation of the WASP Nell ferried surplus aircraft for the military, and then moved on to Phoenix, Arizona, where she subsequently married (Fred Jennings) and had two children. She later married Weldon Bright.

Nell pursued her interest in Economics, becoming one of the first women stockbrokers in the Phoenix area. She retired in 2006 after a 50-year career. At 91, Nell lives near her daughter in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Bernice "Bee" Falk Haydu

Bernice Bee Falk HayduIn 1944 at the age of 23, Bernice "Bee" Falk started the seven month training program at Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas, to be a WASP. After graduation she was stationed at Pecos Army Airfield, Pecos, Texas, which was a UC78 and AT17 (twin-engine aircraft) advanced training field. Her tasks were engineering testing and utility pilot.

Falk continued flying after the WASP disbanded in 1944. She was a flight instructor, had a ferrying business, had a Cessna dealership and was part-owner of a flight school. She married Joseph Haydu and they had three children, Joe, Steve and Diana (Potter). They both continued to fly until their late 70s.

As president of the WASP organization from 1975-1978 Haydu lead the fight in Congress to recognize the WASP as veterans of WWII. The Bill was signed into law by President Carter in 1977. While many of the benefits were not given, the fact that WASP were recognized allowed them to utilize the Veterans Administration. She was witness to President Obama awarding the WASP the Congressional Gold Medal, as well. Bee was inducted into the Women in Aviation, International Pioneer Hall of Fame in 2012. Her book, Letters Home 1944-1945, is based on letters her mother had saved.

Florence Elion Rubin Mascott

Florence Elion Rubin MascottA series of events and lots of luck, and help from many sources enabled Florence to achieve her desire to join the WASP. It was not easy to get flying time in the Boston area because of wartime restrictions. She borrowed $300 and managed to get 35 hours at a farm in Warrenton, Virginia. With credentials in hand, on the way back from Virginia, she stopped off in Washington, D.C., and was personally interviewed by Jacqueline Cochran, who accepted her for what became the last class, 44-W-10. She was the youngest accepted trainee for the WASP.

Florence married her sweetheart in Dallas in August, and opted to maximize her time with her husband before he shipped overseas. Times were challenging. After he left overseas she returned to Boston and was accepted for training as an aircraft communicator, stationed first in Millinocket, Maine. She was transferred to Portland, Maine, then Newark, New Jersey, but her position was phased out with the return of men from the war. At 20 her military aviation career was complete.

Marty Wyall

Marty WyallMarty Martin Wyall had to wait until she finished college before her father would permit her to start flying lessons. She was fortunate to be accepted into WASP Class 44-W-10, the last class to be trained at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas. The WASP were deactivated 10 days after she received her wings.

Wyall then flew for Reconstruction Finance Corp. (RFC) during the spring of 1945, and was instructing at Franklin Flying Field during the summer of 1945. She married one of her students, Gene Wyall, the following year. Five children and 19 years later, Marty returned to aviation. Marty reinstated her instrument rating, obtained an Air Taxi Certificate, and flew freight while Gene was Project Engineer for a construction company building interstate highways from 1965-1972. She was the only woman in Indiana to have an Air Taxi Certificate at that time.

Wyall unofficially served as Historian, collecting WASP memorabilia beginning in 1945. Her collection rests in the library at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas, where it was the start of the official repository for Women in Military Aviation at TWU. She served as WASP President in 1994- 1996. Marty Wyall was inducted into the Women in Aviation International Pioneer Hall of Fame in 2011.