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Meet the Board

President

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Lindsey Dreiling has spent over 15 years immersed in aviation. She earned Bachelors' degrees in Professional Piloting and Aviation Technology Management; as well as, a Master's in Counseling and Student Development from Kansas State University. As Deputy Director for the Kansas Department of Transportation Aviation Division, Lindsey drives strategies to grow and support aviation and UAS industries in Kansas. Lindsey assisted with the implementation of the first statewide Unmanned Air Traffic Safety program for the state of Kansas and is directly involved with the USDOT UAS Integration Pilot Program. 


During her time at KDOT and as President of the Kansas Commission on Aerospace Education, she developed a national award-winning outreach program to educate the public about aviation and grow understanding for the UAS industry. Lindsey is an instrument rated, commercial fixed-wing pilot, certified flight instructor (CFII) and a multi-engine instructor (MEI). Lindsey also holds a small UAS remote pilot certificate for drone operations.

Vice President

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Spence Atha is currently a mechanic at Westport "Dead Cow International". He has been flying since 1989, and has accumulated over 1000 hours of flight time. He studied Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Kansas, graduating in 1986. A third generation aviator, Spence is a Major in the Civil Air Patrol and devoted member of the AOPA, EAA, AAA, and CAF. He has been married to his wife Susan, since 1995 and has one daughter, Jackie. He holds a Private Pilot with Instrument certificate.

Member At Large

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Darrell Linenberger  is retired and living at Sunset Airpark, a private grass runway Southeast of Topeka Kansas. He was a pilot / trooper for the Kansas Highway Patrol for 28 years retiring in 2007. As a member of the Kansas Army National Guard he was deployed to Bosnia Herzegovina as a Med-evac helicopter pilot in 1999, Iraq in 2007 and Afghanistan in 2011 as a reconnaissance pilot. He retired from the Guard in 2014 after 40 years of service. Darrell holds an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate and instructor certificate (CFII) for single engine land, multi-engine land and helicopter. He has been married to his wife Ronda for 45 years, they have two children and 4 grandchildren who he loves giving rides in his 1945 Aeronca Champ.

Treasurer

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George Laliberte is currently a part-time airport consultant with Olsson Associates. He is a retired Air Force officer with over 27 years of service. Following his military career, he spent 14 years in the KDOT Division of Aviation as the Deputy Director, retiring in 2015. He holds a FAA certificate as a Private Pilot, and is a proud owner of a 1965 Alon A2 Aircoupe. He and his wife, Veronica, enjoy travelling and have two adult children and one grandchild.

Secretary

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Trever Linn  currently serves as the Chief of UAS and Program Manager for the FAA UAS IPP for KDOT Division of Aviation where he is responsible for the coordination and execution of an industry, state, and federal effort to advance national UAS integration. Trever is a (ASEL/AMEL) Commercial Pilot, Certified Flight Instructor - Instrument (CFII),  and active Representative with the Wichita (FAASTeam) with over 5 years of industry experience. Trever holds Bachelors' in Molecular and Cellular Developmental Biology (MCDB) from the University of Colorado and Aeronautical Technology from Kansas State University and serves as on the board of the Kansas Commission on Aerospace Education.