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Our Team

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JULIA CANNELL

Executive Director

Julia grew up seeing how aviation transformed her father’s life out of

poverty and into a 30-year career he loved.

It also transformed her from being a shy, awkward teenager to a confident pilot

and the  belief that she could take on

any of  life’s challenges.

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SONA URADNIK

Writer

Sona was raised in the Pacific Northwest

and is proud to call this place home.

She has been fortunate to travel and

see incredible places all over the world

and learn about various cultures. Over

the years, she has discovered her passions

for writing, music, and social justice.

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ALICIA DEARIXON

Resource Program Coordinator

Alicia is Oregon born and raised, although she flew the nest to attend college at the University of Redlands in Southern California. It was there that she discovered her love for nonprofit organizations and volunteerism.

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EZEKIAL HALE

Student Instructor

He has taught for bilingual programs

in Colombia and in Spain. Ezekial is

an amateur astronomer and linguistics

graduate student at Portland

State University.

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YOLANDA FRAZIER

DEI Community Outreach Director

Yolanda Frazier is an exemplary model for the Portland, Oregon and Southwest Washington businesses and community organizations helping to bring about equity, better business operations and unmatched educational opportunities.  It is through her talents, skills and expertise, that people are connected, supported and empowered.

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CYRA SADOWL

Education Director

I’ve had the privilege of working with

some extraordinary teachers and students

in New York City, Southern California,

and Arizona. What I loved most was

helping each student discover their

talents and interests and develop their

voice and confidence.

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JAYLEN PALMER

Aviaiton Mentor

Jaylen Palmer has been interested in

aviation since he was little. His parents searched for a program that would foster and encourage this interest, looking as far

as out of state, only to discover

Airway Science for Kids right in their

own neighborhood.

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ISABEL JORDAN

Operations Manager

Isabel provides administrative

support to the Airway Science team

and operational needs for the AYOS building. After graduating with a

B.S. in International Business 

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DR. JD WYNEKEN

Strategic Planning and Reengagement Director

The grandson of two Marines - one a crew chief on F4U Corsairs in the Pacific during World War II - JD has a deep passion for aviation, its history, and how it can build rewarding lives for kids of all backgrounds and talents

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Julia Cannell, MBAA (aka DC3Girl)

Vectors Founder

Executive Director, Airway Science for Kids, Inc.

My family is from Oregon, and our connection to Aviation in this beautiful state is one that literally set the direction of my life.  My father was in college when he began flying and worked as a teacher in Wamic while he built his flight hours. In 1966 he was hired by Northwest Airlines and went on to have a three-decade career doing a job he loved.

 

I was lucky enough to grow up around airplanes, and learn to fly as a teen.  My obsession with airplanes led me to study flight technology at Central Washington University in the ’80s.  I went on to pursue other career options but never stopped loving the industry that shaped my life.  

 

Aerospace is an industry unlike any other.  It is built on the dreams and ambitions of men who were willing to take chances to prove the merits of flying.  Our history is built on the actions of far more men than women, and few minorities in either gender. Unfortunately, this disparity has not been corrected. Like many STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) based careers, Aerospace is feeling the impact of a lack of qualified employees.  Engaging historically underserved youth in the pursuit of Aerospace careers is the right thing to do for the industry and for the students. 

 

I believe in the power of Aviation to change lives, shape economies, keep our country safe, and inspire amazing explorations in space.  Our industry needs qualified employees, and our youth deserve to experience the passion of studying the diverse field of Aerospace.

 

Cyra Sadowl; Education Director

Until moving to Oregon in December 2018, I spent most of my life in the southwest, where skies are sunny, there’s almost always a plane overhead, and the plants can be as dangerous as the animals. I grew up in Yuma, Arizona without much direction for my own future. I watched (and heard) military pilots train at the Marine Base. It’s there I first became fascinated with flight. I took my first flying lesson and was instantly in love. That’s as far as I got though, when faced with the decision to either pay for lessons or go to college.

I graduated with a teaching degree and began my 32 year adventure in elementary and  middle school education. I’ve had the privilege of working with some extraordinary teachers and students in New York City, Southern California, and Arizona. What I loved most was helping each student discover their talents and interests and develop their voice and confidence.

My own education and career pathway was a bit haphazard, and I pretty much fell into teaching without even knowing other options. I’m fortunate I ended up in a career I genuinely love. Too many youth are restricted in their opportunities. Generational and systemic discrimination, lack of information and support, poor systems of access and equity prevent youth from finding avenues to meaningful education and job opportunities. Airway Science for Kids is dedicated to connecting each young person to their personal pathway through STEAM engagement and exploration of aviation and aerospace.

 

Sona Uradnik; Writer

Sona was raised in the Pacific Northwest and is proud to call this place home. She has been fortunate to travel and see incredible places all over the world and learn about various cultures. Over the years, she has discovered her passions for writing, music, and social justice.

 

Sona has had the pleasure of working with various nonprofit organizations over the years, and she has enjoyed seeing how different organizations are working to change the world for the better.

 

After graduating from college amidst a global pandemic, Sona realized that she wanted to be part of an organization where she could make a difference. Sona is inspired by the stories of aviation pioneers, and she hopes to share their stories to inspire others.

 

Jaylen Palmer; Aviation Mentor

Jaylen Palmer has been interested in aviation since he was little. His parents searched for a program that would foster and encourage this interest, looking as far as out of state, only to discover Airway Science for Kids right in their own neighborhood.

 

Since then, Jaylen has participated through the InFlight and TeenFlight programs. He has expanded his interests through ASK’s drone club. As a junior in high school, Jaylen is actively pursuing his pilot’s license, and recently completed his first solo flight! As ASK expands their programs, Jaylen plans to lend his experience as a teen mentor to younger students just discovering their own dreams of flight.

 
 

Isabel Jordan; Operations Coordinator

Isabel provides administrative support to the Airway Science team and operational needs for the AYOS building. After graduating with a B.S. in International Business Isabel worked for a non-profit organization doing special projects and coordinating training events, then went on to have a career in Higher Education for the next ten years. She is happy to be back in the nonprofit community where she can focus on supporting the mission of removing barriers to STEAM education for youth of color. She also enjoys being a part time caregiver and a volunteer at the local women’s prison, Coffee Creek Correctional Facility. Her favorite things to do are read, yoga, and spend time with her daughter.

 

Alicia Dearixon; Resource Program Coordinator

Alicia is Oregon born and raised, although she flew the nest to attend college at the University of Redlands in Southern California. It was there that she discovered her love for nonprofit organizations and volunteerism.

 

This, in addition to her desire to return to Oregon, led her to pursue her master’s degree in public administration at Portland State University, where her studies focused on nonprofit management.

 

Although she has little experience in the aviation and aerospace industry herself, she has family members who have worked in the field, making this job at ASK particularly special for her. Her grandfather was a Technical Sergeant in the Air Force, working mainly on jet fighter maintenance. Her great grandmother was a WASP (Women’s Airforce Service Pilots) during World War II, a group that paved the way for all women in aviation.

Ezekial Hale; Student Instructor

Ezekial grew up on a ranch in eastern Oregon, the dry  side of the state with darker skies. He spent some time as a child in Ecuador, and as an undergrad in Germany. He has taught for bilingual programs in Colombia and in Spain. Ezekial is an amateur astronomer and linguistics graduate student at Portland State University.

Ezekial loves to be in a classroom or out on adventures with students. To him, the continued shift toward a more inclusive and pluralistic society begins in Education, with a collaborative spirit of understanding and resilience.

 

Dr. JD Wyneken, ASK's Strategic Planning and Reengagement Director

JD began with ASK in October 2020 with an extensive background in college-level teaching and educational / business strategy and implementation. He has a Ph.D in twentieth century history, and has taught and facilitated educational events with people of all ages.

 

The grandson of two Marines - one a crew chief on F4U Corsairs in the Pacific during World War II - JD has a deep passion for aviation, its history, and how it can build rewarding lives for kids of all backgrounds and talents. JD spearheads ASK's short-term and long-term strategic planning as an organization, and excels in relationship-building and staff development and mentoring. 

Yolanda Frazier is an exemplary model for the Portland, Oregon and Southwest Washington businesses and community organizations helping to bring about equity, better business operations and unmatched educational opportunities.  It is through her talents, skills and expertise, that people are connected, supported and empowered.

Yolanda hails from North Portland, where she was born and raised.  Her time is spent mostly with her family and their non-profit CHROME and now with Airway Science for Kids!  Her career spans from working for technological organizations, to universities, nonprofits and lending valuable insight to so many organizations. Computer Engineering was her first major until she learned she loved working with and for others.  She has two Masters and is always learning and teaching something new!

Yolanda envisions Airway Science as an educational and career opportunity for the most underserved communities. It is through her passion, experience and talents that communities will connect in hopes of a better, sustainable future for the most disenfranchised.

Yolanda Frazier, Community Outreach Director