We are an all-volunteer group of people dedicated to promoting aviation education for underserved youth and furthering Willa B. Brown's life-long educational passion.
Board of Directors
Susan fell in love with aviation from an early age and worked her way up from flight instructing and charter/commuter flying to United Airlines where she enjoyed an amazing career flying both domestically and internationally, retiring after 30 years as a Boeing 777 captain.
Michael hails from Detroit, Michigan. After earning a Natural Sciences degree at the University of Michigan, Micheal joined the Marine Corps and was commissioned a 2ndLt and soon after earned his Navy Wings.
Since childhood, I’ve been driven to become a pilot. After completing Mechanical Engineering degrees, I obtained flight ratings in Europe and the USA. My pilot career began at CAE Aviation Academy where I worked as a flight instructor.
Meet Our Volunteer Staff
Sara is an experienced Certified Flight Instructor at Morey Airplane Company in Middleton. Her unbridled enthusiasm for inspiring young and old to learn to fly has been crucial as our organization grows. Sara has served as an instructor, chaperone, and volunteer in every area of WAA programming.
A longtime financial professional, Paula and her husband, Board Emeritus Member and Co-Founder Michael Griffin, helped grow a similar youth aviation program in Pensacola, Florida for the past 28 years. We are deeply grateful for her continued efforts to support our operations.
Volunteer - Emeritus
Paul was always fascinated with the air up there. In 2018 he earned his Private Pilot License and he hasn’t landed since.
Paul loved to share his passion with others and was instrumental in providing legal and financial support during the early days of the Willa Brown Aviation Academy.
We invite you to read about his incredible life here.