NGPA Announces New Board Members, Co-Chair & Vice-Chair

St. Louis Park, MN, October 9, 2019 – The National Gay Pilots Association (NGPA) announces the selection of five new members of the Board of Directors.  Four of the five new members joined the Board at its annual meeting held this past weekend in Palm Springs, CA.  Each new board member will begin a 2-year term starting on January 1, 2020.  Following the planned retirement of 8 board members, the new board will reduce from 17 to 14 total members. 

The new board members include Alex Kenning, Scott Konzem, Kris Krie, Alan Miles and Martin Rottler.  “These individuals represent a full slate of capabilities and commitment to NGPA that will ensure we continue to focus on the needs and interests of our growing membership,” said Kit Warfield, NGPA Co-Chair. 

Alex Kenning is a pilot with Envoy Air in Dallas, TX.  He served for 7 years as a Royal Air Force logistics specialist seeing combat assignments in Northern Ireland and Afghanistan.  Alex was a flight attendant with Alaska Airlines for 5 years and flew the Beech 1900 in Alaska for Alaska Central Express in cargo and passenger operations.  Alex has been a member of NGPA since 2015 and has supported several NGPA events in San Diego, New York and London.  He has been the past recipient of three NGPA scholarships, including the David Charlebois Memorial Scholarship. He currently serves as a member of NGPA’s Inclusion Training Team.

Scott Konzem is a Lt Col in the United States Air Force based in Raleigh, NC. Scott has been leading NGPA’s Development Committee since 2016 which has spearheaded the association’s fundraising efforts.  He graduated from the US Air Force Academy with a Bachelors in English, and has earned Master’s degrees in Military Strategic Studies; International Relations; and has an MBA in Health Systems.  Scott holds a civilian ATP certificate along with qualifications as a military instructor and evaluator pilot.

Kris Krie joined NGPA in 2015 and has served as founder and chair of the Allies Committee since 2017.  He learned to fly in his hometown Salt Lake City, UT where he also went on to provide flight instruction. He has since been a captain with Ameriflight, first officer at Travel Management Company and captain and training department member at SkyWest.  Most recently, he accepted a pilot position at United Airlines.

Alan Miles is a private pilot living in Miami Beach, FL.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Yale University and an MBA in Finance from Harvard University.  Alan has helped lead multi-million dollar non-profit organizations in New York City.  He found NGPA through an NGPA-member providing flight instruction in Florida. 

Martin Rottler is the Manager of Partnerships and outreach for Envoy Air in Dallas, TX, where he oversees the Envoy Cadet Program as well as K-12 & diversity and inclusion efforts. Until May of 2019, Martin served as a faculty member and industry relations coordinator with the Ohio State University in Columbus. While at OSU, he helped found the school’s NGPA chapter and served as its faculty advisor. He currently also serves as the Secretary for the University Aviation Association and an appointed member of two Transportation Research Board operational committees. Martin is a commercial, multi-engine pilot and a certificated flight instructor.

Additionally, NGPA selected a new co-chair and vice-chair to fill important leadership roles for 2020.  Steve Tustin, a captain with Southwest Airlines, will serve as co-chair.  Erika DeLong, a first officer with United Airlines and chair of NGPA’s Transgender Committee, will serve as vice-chair.  Both Steve and Erika will begin their roles on January 1, 2020.  Kit Warfield, current NGPA co-chair, will conclude her leadership role at the end of the year. 

“We are all very excited about the energy, experience and leadership of these new volunteer board members and board leaders,” said NGPA Co-Chair Greg Sumner.  “The future looks strong for NGPA and I’m grateful to have Steve and Erika helping me guide our Board and organization.  Finally, we will remain forever grateful for the strong leadership and commitment of Kit Warfield to this organization as past chairman of NGPA’s Education Fund and co-chair for NGPA.  We wish all the best for Kit and her wife, Nancy.”

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Founded in 1990, NGPA is an international organization of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) aviation enthusiasts and professionals from around the world. Through education, outreach programs, and events the organization encourages members of the LGBTQ community to begin aviation careers, fosters equal treatment of LGBTQ aviators through advocacy and outreach, promotes aviation safety, and provides an affirming social and professional network for LGBTQ aviators. Learn more by visiting us at www.ngpa.org.

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