Sandya Narayanswami, PhD., Chair
She is a scientist and owner of S. Narayanswami Consulting. Her clients include universities, private research institutes, and organizations focused on aerospace and spaceflight.
Sandya comes from a family with a history in aviation. She holds a Private Pilot Certificate and is a member of the Aeronautical Association of the California Institute of Technology, aka the Caltech Flying Club. She is passionate about General Aviation, received an AOPA Flight Training Scholarship in 2017, and hopes that her example inspires women of all generations to reach for the skies!
Arlynn McMahon, Nominations Administrator
2009 National CFI of the Year
Arlynn had the same instructor from student thru ATP.
She soloed on her 16th birthday, received her private pilot on her 17th birthday, and missed her ATP on her 23rd birthday because of inclement weather. In 2006 she married her flight instructor.
Today she is Chief Instructor at Aero-Tech, Inc., in Lexington, KY. With 10,000 hours dual given, she holds CFIA/I.ME. She is the author of Train Like You Fly, Scenario Based Training for Flight Instructors and Lessons Plans to Train Like You Fly, published by ASA.
Greg Feith, PR/Communications
GregoryFeith is a former National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Senior Air Safety Investigator and “Go-Team” Captain. He has investigated well over 2500 general aviation, business/corporate, and air transport (commercial air carrier) aircraft incidents and accidents worldwide during his 41years as an aircraft accident investigator, Air Safety Consultant, and Aviation Safety Expert. Greg spent more than 21 years with the NTSB, serving as the Investigator-In-Charge (IIC) or U.S. Accredited Representative for the investigation of numerous high profile aircraft accidents which included the Valujet DC- 9 in-flight fire in the Florida Everglades; the American Eagle ATR 72 in-flight icing crash at Roselawn, Indiana, the KoreanAir Boeing 747-300 CFIT crash at Guam, the American Airlines MD-83 runway overrun at Little Rock, and numerous other notable accidents world-wide. He led a team of mountain climbers and sherpas to 21,000 feet on Mt. Illimani in Bolivia to investigate the crash of Eastern Airlines Flight 980, the highest aviation controlled-flight into terrain (CFIT) accident in history.
Greg received a BS degree in Aeronautical Studies from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and holds Airline Transport Pilot (ATP), Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), and Instrument Instructor (CFII) certificates as well as Advanced and Instrument Ground Instructor and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles(UAV)certificates. He has won numerous NTSB and aviation industry awards including the Aviation Week and Space Technology Laurel Award in 1996 for his leadership in the investigation of the ValuJet DC-9 crash, the 2001 ERAU Distinguished Alumni Award for “extraordinary distinction and success in the field of aviation and achievements;” and the SAFE Association, Michael R. Grost Award for “outstanding contribution in the field of accident investigation.”
Greg and his long-time colleague John Goglia cohost the increasingly popular podcast/YouTube Channel show, Flight Safety Detectives. In addition, he is the co-inventor of LapKidz (LapKidz.com), an aviation child safety restraint (ACSD) device for infant/toddlers under the age of 24 months that are used to restrain lap children on general aviation and commercial aircraft.
As a safety advocate, Greg sits on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) and the Aviation Emergency Response Organization (AERO), and he conducts safety lectures world-wide as well as serves as a guest instructor in various aviation venues including his alma mater ERAU. He regularly appears in a variety of aviation safety-related television programs such as MAYDAY, Seconds to Disaster, and Why Airplanes Crash that air on the Discovery Channel, TLC, the History Channel, National Geographic, and MSNBC. In addition, he is the Aviation Safety Analyst for NBC Network and he was awarded a National Emmy for his expertise as part of the NBC News team coverage of the Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 Shootdown. In addition to Greg’s recognition as an expert in the field of Aviation and Aerospace Safety, he was inducted in January 2016 into the Living Legends of Aviation, an elite group of professionals who have made significant contributions to the Aviation and Aerospace industries.
Greg is an avid general aviation pilot and calls Golden, Colorado home. However, he spends a good majority of his time navigating through airports and traveling on the world’s safest mode of transportation.
Wyatt Bowles, PR Committee Member
Wyatt has been a part of the aviation industry for over 10 years. After graduating from Indiana State University, College of Technology, He earned his Bachelors in Aviation Management and Minor in Unmanned Systems Technologies. During his time in college, Wyatt also served as Vice President for the Iota Rho Chapter of Alpha Eta Rho.
Wyatt holds a private pilots license with instrument rating and is currently a commercial applicant. He also holds the Advanced Ground Instructor and Instrument Ground Instructor certificates. In his aviation career, he has had the opportunity to work as part of ops crews at Part 139 airports, assist on crop dusting operations, instruct on the collegiate level as a simulator instructor, and provide ground school training for instrument pilots.
Today, Wyatt serves as a Program Manager for a Florida based technology company which specializes in using unmanned aircraft for data collection efforts. Wyatt is an avid lover of all things aviation. When not flying or working with unmanned aircraft, he enjoys sharing his passion for aviation with high school and college students looking to make aviation their career.
Allyson Simpson, Interim Fundraiser
Allyson joined Maryvale, a Catholic social service agency in southern California, as the Director of Development and Communications in July 2021. Prior to joining Maryvale, she served as Director of Development for the Catholic Education Foundation of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Vice President of Development and Communications at Huntington Medical Research Institutes in Pasadena, Senior Director of Gift Planning at Caltech in Pasadena, Associate Director of Gift Planning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and the Director of Planned Giving at Scripps College in Claremont, California. Allyson received both her bachelor’s degree magna cum laude and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Southern California (USC). She is a member of the California State Bar Association and the Los Angeles Council of Charitable Gift Planners, where she served as President during the 2018-2019 term. Allyson practiced corporate and regulatory law in the Los Angeles area for several years before transitioning twenty years ago into development with a focus on planned, major, and leadership giving. She has served on several non-profit boards in the southern California area.
Allyson is married to an attorney and is the mother of three adult children and the grandmother of two granddaughters and a grandson.
Charath Ranganathan, Secretary
Charath Ranganathan is a Southern California-based CFI and aviation enthusiast. His passion for flying was kindled at an early age by his father’s friends, all of whom worked in the civil and defense aviation industry in India. Charath rekindled his love of aviation when his daughter gave him a Groupon for a demo flight out of Van Nuys airport for Father’s Day 2011. After that flight in a Piper Cherokee, he was “hooked”, and went on to obtain his Private Pilot certificate in 2012, followed by the instrument rating in 2014, the Commercial rating in 2016, and the CFI in 2019. He is currently pursuing his CFII and also holds both the AGI and IGI certificates. Charath loves to teach – both on the ground and in the air. He blogs about flying and flight instruction at https://pfactor.io/. Charath is the President of the Aero Association of the California Institute of Technology (AACIT) of which he has been a member since 2013.
Kevin L Clover, FAA Liaison
Kevin is the OPS Lead: FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam), AFS-850
General Aviation and Commercial Division, AFS-800
Federal Aviation Administration
Pam Shriver, Treasurer
Pam’s background includes being a CPA, Controller, & Interim CFO.
She helps small businesses keep their financial records tidy and up to date, which leads to informed and timely decision making.
Pam loves to travel and is in awe of all the individuals involved behind the scenes of air travel and their dedication to the daily implementation of aviation safety.
Paul New, Airventure Coordinator
2007 National AMT of the Year
Paul soloed the day after his sixteenth birthday and received his private when he was 17. Soon after graduating Southern Illinois University with a degree in Avionics Technology he started and managed the avionics department for a commuter airline.
Today he is owner and CEO of Tennessee Aircraft Services, Inc, in Jackson, TN. Paul also provides technical support for the Cessna Pilots Association and writes a monthly column for their magazine. He holds private pilot with an instrument and multi-engine ratings. He also holds an A&P with IA and has been an FAA Designated Airworthiness Representative
Lauretta W Godbey, Interim Fundraiser
Lauretta Godbey is Director of Marketing Communications for NAFI, the National Association of Flight Instructors. She runs all aspects of the association’s membership communications programs including direct response marketing campaigns, website development and oversight, content management and strategic planning. Lauretta previously served as Vice President, Marketing & Public Relations Director at AVEMCO Insurance Company and spent several years with AOPA, most recently as Program Manager marketing the association’s affinity products and services. Lauretta is Co-Chair and Executive Director of the WINGS Industry Advisory Committee. In this capacity, she works to build awareness and increased participation in the FAASTeam WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program. The WIAC sponsors an annual sweepstakes, the Paul and Fran Burger $10,000 WINGS Sweepstakes for aviators who complete phases of the program.