After accruing more than 40 years of practiced experience in the aerospace industry, Christine Mann Darden, DSc, retired in 2007 after having held a plethora of roles from data analyst to director of the Office of Strategic Communications and Education at the NASA Langley Research Center. During her years at NASA, she was selected as a member of the Federal Executive Service and served as director of the Aero-Performing Center Management Office. After her work as a data analyst in her early career, Dr. Darden worked as an aerospace engineer, a group leader of the sonic-boom minimization group, and a project manager and lead for the high-speed research IIA planning activities in the late 1990s. Before her tenure with NASA,
Capt. Laura Einsetler is a renowned commercial airline pilot, who has shared her passion for aviation with the public as a writer, speaker and media consultant for more than 25 years. Her interest in aviation began as a child, when she began flying as an unaccompanied minor following her parents’ divorce. As a teenager, Ms. Einsetler decided to become a pilot and saved money to begin taking flying lessons at the age of 15, despite the lack of support from her parents. In 1989, Ms. Einsetler earned an Associate of Arts in general studies from San Joaquin Delta College. She continued her education at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, graduating in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in aeronautical science, aviation and
Having accrued more than 55 years of expertise in all elements of business development, Theresa L. Lovato Blair has distinguished herself as an electrical contractor and records manager. She began working as an office secretary at Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1964 and knew that she wanted to attend college. While working full-time, she attended the University of Albuquerque, where she completed a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1979. Ms. Blair completed a Master of Business Administration at Highlands University in Las Vegas in 1982. Ms. Blair rose from the position of secretary to that of a records manager at Sandia National Laboratory in 1980. She would remain with the lab until 1987. In 1981,
Although Amy Hoover did not start out intending to fly planes, she was hooked from the moment she stepped onto her first small aircraft. She was just out of graduate school and looking to have some adventures, and soaring through the skies certainly fit the bill. Dr. Hoover proceeded to obtain a private license in 1987 and to accept a job as a back-country air taxi pilot in Idaho in 1992. She then furthered her skills by becoming certified as a flight instructor and as a flight instructor instrument through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 1992 and 1995, respectively. This propelled her positions as a back-country flying instructor at FAA seminars in Challis, Idaho, a flight instructor in Boise,
Backed by expertise in technical illustration and management, Margaret Scott thrived as an aerospace company executive. She started at the very bottom of the chain, but she loved aviation and knew she had something to give. Over the next 47 years, Ms. Scott steadily worked her way to the top. She garnered a reputation for her tenacity and skill, which propelled her to roles like flight test analyst at North American Aviation, graphics artist at North America Rockwell, illustrations project coordinator at Rockwell International, and head of the Graphics Art Department in the Los Angeles Subdivision of El Segundo. Her final position before retiring in 1990 was project manager at the L.A. Basin Data Services Center of Rockwell International. Ms.
Throughout her career, Debra Bartz has consistently balanced her dual positions as a holistic life coach and pilot with persistence and tenacity. As the owner of Learn Conquer Soar Coaching, the holistic integrative nutrition and coaching company she created in 2010 to promote health and wellness, Ms. Bartz encourages her clients to lead transformational healthy lives. Further, as she has taken to the skies as a pilot since 1982, most recently as the captain of an Airbus 320 for United Airlines, she has paved the way for other female pilots and continues to mentor aspiring women pilots to excel in the field of aviation. Ms. Bartz began her career by earning a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Air
An expert in aviation and meteorology, Debbie M. Schaum has thrived as the associate chair of applied aviation sciences at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She has served the school for the past 22 years, and has remained steadfast in her goal of opening the doors of the field to more women. In her role with the institution, she is responsible for overseeing four majors in the applied aviation sciences department, including commercial space operations, air traffic management, aerospace, and occupational safety and meteorology, and teaching meteorology classes. Ms. Schaum particularly loves the fact that that the job allows her to build lasting relationships with students, and she intends to continue on that path moving forward. One of her main concerns is