Officers & Trustees Candidates Bios

Educator Trustees


Timothy Holt 
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott

Dr. Holt is the Dean of the College of Aviation, and a Professor with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. In this position, he is responsible for the strategic direction of the college. Focusing on accreditation, curriculum, and external relations. He represents the college on the President's Council, Academic Council, Dean's Council and Campus Council. Additionally, he teaches in the Applied Aviation Sciences Department. Previous appointments include; Program Chair for the Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics, Program Chair for the Masters of Science in Management, and as the Director of High School Initiatives, he was responsible for the creation and administration of a National Dual Enrollment program. Prior to assuming his current role he served a twenty-two-year career in the United States Navy, retiring as a Chief Petty Officer. A Naval Aircrewman while on active duty, he operated on both fixed wing (P-3 Orion) and rotary wing (MH-60S KnightHawk) aircraft logging over 2,500 hours as both a Flight Instructor and Evaluator. 

Dr. Holt developed and instructed courses pertaining to Crew Resource Management, Aircraft Accident Investigation, The Safety Management System and Introduction to Annex 14 Regulations for Airports Council International (ACI). This was accomplished in accordance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards to airport safety managers and staff located throughout the world. A certified member of the American Association of Airport Executives he serves on the Academic Relations Committee, Operations, Safety, Planning, and Emergency Management Committee, and the Operations and Legislative Affairs Working Group. Additionally, he is actively involved in the University Aviation Association’s Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Committee and Scholarship committee. Lastly, as a member of the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI), he serves as a visiting team member for accreditation visits across the country. Dr. Holt is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a Certified Member of the American Association of Airport Executives, and an Associate Member of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators.


John Mott 
Purdue University  

Dr. John H. Mott is an Associate Professor in the School of Aviation and Transportation Technology at Purdue University. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Alabama with bachelor’s and Master's Degrees in Electrical Engineering, and of Purdue University with a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, he also possesses an FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with Instrument and Multiengine ratings, an FAA Flight Instructor Certificate with Airplane Single-and Multiengine and Instrument ratings, and an FAA Ground Instructor Certificate with Advanced and Instrument ratings. He holds type ratings in the Beech King Air 300, Hawker HS-125, and Canadair Challenger 600. He has worked as a flight instructor, a charter pilot, chief pilot, and director of training for a FAR 135 operator, an airline pilot flying the SA-226TC Metroliner, and a corporate pilot in many different models of aircraft.

Dr. Mott serves as Executive Editor of the Journal of Aviation Technology & Engineering, and as the Director of the Advanced Aviation Analytics Center of Research Excellence (A3IR-CORE). He previously served as associate and interim head of the Purdue School of Aviation & Transportation Technology. Dr. Mott’s research is focused primarily on the aggregation of distributed data related to various operational aspects of transportation systems, the analysis of that data using deterministic and stochastic mathematical modeling, and the development of related tools to facilitate improvements to the safety and efficiency of those systems. Within that primary area, a secondary focus of Dr. Mott’s research is safety improvements related to the operation of autonomous vehicles in the National Airspace System.

Prior to joining Purdue, he was Engineering Manager for a firm in Birmingham, Alabama, and also owned and operated an electronics design and manufacturing business for many years. Dr. Mott currently serves on the Airfield Capacity and Delay Committee of the Transportation Research Board of the National Research Council. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
and serves as chair of the Signal Processing Society of the Central Indiana Section of IEEE. He is also a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI), where he co-chairs the Bylaws and Procedures Committee, and the University Aviation Association (UAA), where he served as chair of the Curriculum Committee from 2012 to 2015.


Gary Ullrich 
University of North Dakota

Gary Ullrich is an Associate Professor and Assistant Chair for General Academics in the Aviation Department at the University of North Dakota (UND). Gary has taught Aviation Safety, Human Factors, Aircraft Accident Investigation, Safety Management Systems, International Procedures & Long Range Navigation, and Advanced Aerodynamics for High Altitude/Airspeed flight. Professor Ullrich has over 38 years of worldwide flying experience in multiple types of aircraft.

Prior to joining the faculty at UND, Gary worked over 10 years with FlightSafety, a highly successful Berkshire Hathaway pilot training company. His duties included: Test Group Pilot, Pilot Instructor, and Quality Assurance Augmentee. Under FlightSafety’s training contract with the United States Air Force, Gary created courseware for the entire active duty, air national guard, and Air Force Reserve KC-135 fleet along with the B-2 pilot training in the KC-135R. The courseware development covered all NEXTGEN training requirements such as Controller to Pilot Datalink Communications (CPDLC), Required Navigation Performance (RNP), Performance Based Navigation (PBN)for world-wide oceanic procedures currently being used between the continental United States and Hawaii. Additionally, he authored multiple computer based training modules which were used for initial and recurring training. NEXTGEN operations, ADS-C operations, and International Rules and Procedures. The training also included NEXTGEN oceanic procedures currently being used between the continental United States and Hawaii.  Additionally, he authored multiple computer based training modules which were used for initial and recurring training. 

Prior to his employment with FlightSafety, Gary was a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force. He served as the Chief of Safety for a population of over 7,000 people. He was hand-picked to command a tactical flying squadron during the transition to NEXTGEN avionics. Additionally, he managed an airfield in Portugal consisting of U.S. military, Portuguese military, and Portuguese civilian operations. He was responsible for all airfield operations, air traffic control, weather forecasting, ramp operations, and aircraft maintenance.


Jonathan Velazquez  
Inter American University of Puerto Rico

Dr. Jonathan Velázquez is an Associate Professor and Assessment Coordinator for the School of Aeronautics at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico. This means that Jonathan is responsible for creating and implementing an Assessment Plan for each curriculum to help ensure aviation education quality during teaching, student evaluation, and learning. In 2013 and 2018, Jonathan was key in the aviation department's efforts towards achieving aviation accreditation. In 2013, his School was the first Latin American aviation program to achieve such recognition. He continues to coordinate the assessment efforts of all aviation programs and is now the institutional Campus Assessment Coordinator. As a full-time Professor, Dr. Velazquez has had the opportunity to design, create, and teach a variety of aviation courses including those for professional pilots, Flight Instruction, Safety, Human Factors, Aviation History, and Crew Resource Management, among others. He has published and/or presented his research in a variety of aviation and education journals and venues including University Aviation Association (UAA), National Training Aircraft Symposium (NTAS), Open Education Global Conference (OEGC), and Magna Teaching with Technology (MTWT). Jonathan earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Aviation from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  He possesses a Master in Educational Arts degree in University Teaching from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico; Metropolitan Campus a B.S. in Professional Pilot and another B.S. in Aviation Management, both from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico; Bayamon Campus. Jonathan is a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI, CFII, MEI), Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) Multiengine land instrument, and a Commercial Pilot with category ratings in airplane single engine land. Being formerly a Chief Instructor, he also assists the School Chief Flight Instructor and/or Director of Flight Operations in training techniques, procedures, and standardization. His past experiences include flying to the Caribbean and South America as a First Officer for a FedEx feeder.

Corporate Representative Trustee

Ron Blume
Contrail Bags

I was seventeen years old when my uncle offered to take me flying for my birthday. Our destination was the fly in café at Harvey field outside Seattle, Washington. As we crested the treetops, my uncle pulled the engine power off and we swooped into a very short grass field landing. The lunch was unforgettable and I was hooked on flying.
After time as a flight instructor, I flew larger and faster airplanes in the San Juan Islands, the Grand Canyon, and Commuter Airlines. Hired at TWA /American Airlines in 1999 I started a family and soon found myself out of work due to the events of 9/11. Out of work for a year and a half, I was hired at America West / US Airways. Again, due to workforce reductions, I soon found myself out of work.
Recognizing a shift in the way airlines do business and a lack of compatible products, I started to design flight bags that marry the technical world, aircrew demands, and life on the road. I soon partnered with professionals in design, manufacturing, e-commerce, and distribution. The result is Contrail bags.
Designed by a pilot, with aircrew feedback, real-world life on the road experience and professional design construction, I believe we have developed the best flight bags on the market for our quickly changing technical world. Don't believe me? Try a test flight and see for yourself. If you are not satisfied, return it for a full refund.

Contrail is a small company and we strive to meet all our customers' needs and welcome your feedback! I'm certain, once you try our bags you will have no hesitation in recommending them to your friends and family. Until then, tailwinds.


Jeremy Brown  

Mr. Jeremy Brown started his aviation career at Frasca Simulation as a Marketing and Sales Representative. After working at Frasca in Illinois for over 6 years, Brown left to join Piper Aircraft in Florida as their Manager of Fleet Sales, then went to Pan Am Flight Academy in Arizona as a Career Counselor, and Arizona Piper as an Aircraft Sales Representative. Brown recently rejoined Frasca and acknowledges that while he has gained valuable knowledge and experiences at the different companies and locations, he feels that he has arrived back home at Frasca.

Brown has held positions within various aviation associations such as UAA’s Board of Trustees, AABI’s Board of Trustees, National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s Board of Senior Advisors, and Regional Airline Association’s Training Advisory Committee. Brown has served on two UAA Local Host Committees in preparation of a Spring Meeting and a Fall Conference. In 2002, Brown was awarded UAA’s Estridge Award for his strong support of collegiate aviation education.

Nelson Perez  
L3CTS Airline Academy

My passion for aviation stems from my childhood when my family and I would board flights to venture off to see family and friends. Unlike other kids my age, I also enjoyed visiting my mother at the Fort Lauderdale executive airport where she worked on developing Black boxes and other avionics for Bendix King/Allied Signal.

Years later when I made the move to Orlando for school my passion for aviation reignited when my brother-in-law convinced me to come work with him at Delta Connection Academy. I began working as a part-time dispatcher and worked my way to Dispatch supervisor and then Operations Coordinator. I then took another opportunity to work with and assist future pilots while I worked in our admissions department. This position provided me an opportunity to engage people from all over the country and the world and share a pathway to a career that is like no other.

I took another opportunity working with our international airline partners as an International Contract Liaison where I helped managed our global contracts along the flight operations team. I learned invaluable lessons in international business relations and attention to detail. As the demand for pilots grew in the U.S., I joined our admissions team once again to spearhead an initiative to develop pathways for American pilots to U.S. regional airlines.

Now leading our Outreach efforts in high school and colleges, I have the pleasure of showing an entirely new generation of aviators how they can make their dream of flying a reality. I try to bring together aviation nonprofit groups and organizations to share scholarship and mentor opportunities for students. My work now takes me to schools and events all across America and countries all around the world. As my career in aviation evolves, my passion only continues to climb. I never miss an opportunity to look up and enjoy every second when an aircraft soars overhead.

Member at Large Trustee

Steve Anderson 
St. Cloud University

 Dr. Steven L. Anderson is currently a Professor at St. Cloud State University (SCSU) where he has served in various faculty positions since 1989 including Aviation Department Chair for six years and Director of the former SCSU AT-CTI program. Currently teaching university Honors Program and developmental education courses. He received his B.S. in Engineering Technology/Aviation and an M.B.A. from SCSU and his Ph.D. in Education – Training and Development from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Anderson has been involved with UAA since the late 1990s with participation in several committees including chair of the Meeting Planning committee, serving as a past educator trustee, and interim treasurer. Other current activities include serving as faculty advisor for the SCSU Aero Club, an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner (in 20th year), FAA Safety Team representative, a long-time member of the St. Cloud Regional Airport Advisory Board (currently secretary), and an ABBI accreditation visiting team member.


Holly Inaba 
University of Southern California 

Ms. Inaba currently holds the position of Program Manager at the University of Southern California’s Aviation Safety and Security Program. In this position, she manages all of the courses contracted by outside institutions, companies, and militaries both foreign and domestic. These courses take place all over the United States and the World, including North Africa, Trinidad, the Netherlands, and more. She also helps develop new aviation courses for the program based on industry need. In addition, Ms. Inaba is an instructor within the program.

Ms. Inaba holds a certificate from the USC Aviation Safety and Security Program. She also has a BA from the University of Southern California. Previous to her current position with USC, Ms. Inaba flew professionally as a contract pilot and a flight instructor for more than a decade.


Carmen "Corky" Romeo 
Community College of Beaver County

Carmen "Corkey" Romeo has had an amazing and varied aviation career, which began in 1971 as a United States Air Force Officer.  He flew seven years as an Aircraft Commander, Instructor and Evaluator Pilot in B-52s at Robins AFB in Georgia, Guam and U-Tapao Air Base in Thailand.  He was reassigned in 1978 to the Air Training Command as a T-37 Instructor Pilot at Columbus AFB in Mississippi, where he served as an Instructor, Class Commander and then Section Chief, receiving a Master Instructors Certificate in 1982.  After resigning his commission in 1983 with nearly thirteen years active service, Corkey flew two and a half years as a corporate pilot for the Sara Lee Corporation.  In 1986 he was hired by US Airways, where he flew the B-737, Fokker 100, and the Airbus 319, 320 and 321 Series Aircraft. He was tasked by the USAir Flight Training Department to help develop and implement new training programs for the Pilot, Instructor, and Flight Attendant groups, which became accepted industry wide. He helped design and implement USAir's Advanced Qualification Program (AQP) and CRM Programs, which were recognized by the FAA as a model other airlines soon copied. He served as a USAirways Air Safety Investigator and in 1999, Corkey was selected by USAir as Manager of USAir Flight Safety. Due to Capt Romeo's work in these areas, he received multiple awards and recognition from ALPA, the FAA, the NTSB and USAirways.  He has logged close to 19,000 hours in over 45 years of flying in a diverse number of aircraft.  His current aircraft,  a Cessna 310, he donates for use to Wings for Vets, of which he is Founder and our Board's President.   

After his reluctant airline retirement in 2007, Corkey was selected as Dean of Aviation at the Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) with oversight of teaching staff and 220 students.  He served in that capacity until he resigned as the Dean in 2013 to start a charity to help military veterans.  He currently remains at CCBC part-time to continue to teach future professional pilots.