Aviation &
Transportation Department

Aviation Faculty and Staff

Being so close to both O'Hare and Midway Airports offers countless advantages for Lewis Aviation students. Among them is the opportunity to learn under such experienced and well-connected leaders in the aviation industry - with years of professional knowledge they bring to both the classroom and the runway.

 AVIATION FACULTY

Humphrey M. Abeh
abehhu@lewisu.edu
Associate Professor of Aviation

  • M.B.A. Lewis University, M.S. Central Missouri State University, B.A.S. Troy State University
  • FAA Certified Aircraft Dispatcher
  • FAA Instrument Ground Instructor/Advanced Ground Instructor
  • Certificates in Aerodrome and Approach Control, Area Procedural Control, Area Radar
  • Meteorological Certificate

Dr. Erik Baker
bakerer@lewisu.edu
Director of Graduate Studies in Aviation & Transportation
Assistant Professor of Aviation

  • Ph.D. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • M.A.S. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • B.S. United States Naval Academy
  • FAA Certified Airline Transport Pilot (ATR-42/72, DC-9, G-1159, G-V, SA-227)
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Multi-Engine Airplane Instrument and Rotorcraft-Helicopter Instrument
  • FAA Certified Commercial Single-Engine Land and Rotorcraft-Helicopter (S-70, SK-65)
  • DOT Certified ORM Instructor
  • ICAP Federal Aviation Safety Officer

William Brogan
broganwi@lewisu.edu
Associate Professor of Aviation

  • M.P.A. Illinois Institute of Technology
  • B.S. Lewis University
  • FAA Private Pilot Certificate
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate
  • FAA Instrument Rating Certificate

Mike Canada
canadake@lewisu.edu
Assistant Professor of Aviation   

  • LL.M. Comparative Law, University of San Diego School of Law
  • LL.B. Honours (Dunlem), Durham University, UK
  • B.Sc. Education, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
  • Inns of Court - Gray’s Inn (Member), London UK
  • Airborne Global Information Grid (AGIG) Certification, Johns Hopkins University
  • Sandia National Laboratories Miniature Synthetic Aperture RADAR (Copperhead) Certification   
  • Insitu Certified Scan Eagle Pilot/Operator
  • Insitu Certified Scan Eagle Maintenance Level 1
  • Insitu MWIR 2 and Super EO Certification
  • Member and Expert Witness - London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  • Investigative Team Member - United Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights (UAS and International Law of Conflicts)

Dr. Randal DeMik
demikra@lewisu.edu
Co-Director of Doherty Center for Aviation and Health Research
Professor Aviation and Transportation

  • Ph.D. Indiana State University
  • FAA Certified Airline Transport Pilot (Boeing 737, Boeing 777)
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor
  • FAA Flight Engineer (Turbojet)
  • DOT Certified SMS/Aviation Safety Program Manager
  • DOT Certified Risk Management Trainer

Bryan W. Doughty
bdoughty@lewisu.edu
Instructor Aviation and Transportation Studies

  • B.A Western Michigan University
  • B.S. Lewis University
  • FAA Mechanic Certificate: Airframe and Powerplant
  • FAA Private Pilot Certificate
  • Repairman Certificate Center for Aviation Services

Paul Dybinski
pdybinski@lewisu.edu
Instructor Aviation and Transportation Studies
Safety Oversight Supervisor

  • B.S. Lewis University Aviation Maintenance Management
  • FAA Mechanic Certificate: Airframe and Powerplant
  • FAA Private Pilot Certificate
  • FAA Certified Ground Instructor – Instrument/Advanced

Matthew Franklin
franklma@lewisu.edu
Assistant Professor of Aviation

  • M.B.A Cardinal Stritch University
  • B.S. Lewis University
  • FAA Mechanic Certificate: Airframe and Powerplant

James J. Kinnerk
kinnerja@lewisu.edu
Instructor Aviation and Transportation Studies

  • B.S. Lewis University
  • FAA Mechanic Certificate:  Airframe & Powerplant 

Keith McGill
mcgillke@lewisu.edu  
Chief of Pilot Training
Director of Flight Operations
Associate Professor

  • MBA Lewis University
  • B.S. Lewis University
  • FAA Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE)
  • Gold Seal FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single and Multi-Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Airline Transport Pilot Multi-Engine Airplane Land
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single and Multi-Engine Land
  • FAA Advanced Ground Instructor
  • FAASTeam Services Provider
  • PSI Certified FAA Test Proctor

Craig Neville
nevillcr@lewisu.edu
Director Aviation Maintenance Blended Program
Director of Aviation Administration Program
Assistant Professor Aviation and Transportation Studies

  • Aviation Maintenance Technician A&P License
  • A.A.S Degree Aviation Management
  • B.S. Degree Aviation Management
  • Master’s Degree Continuing Education Human Resource Development
  • Assistant Professor Aviation and Transportation Studies
  • Director Aviation Maintenance Technology Blended Program
  • Director Aviation Administration Program

Yvonne LeClaire
leclaiyv@lewisu.edu
Instructor of Aviation

  • M.S. Lewis University
  • B.S. Lewis University
  • FAA Mechanic Certificate: Airframe and Powerplant
  • PSI Certified FAA Test Proctor

William G. Parrot
parrotwi@lewisu.edu
Professor of Aviation

  • M.A. University of Northern Colorado
  • B.S. U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY
  • FAA Airline Transport Pilot Airplane Multi-Engine Land
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Airplane Single Engine Land/Rotorcraft-Helicopter
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Airplane Multi-Engine
  • FAA Flight Engineer
  • FAA Advanced Ground Instructor

Dr. Ryan Phillips
philliry@lewisu.edu
Department Chair of Aviation and Transportation
Associate Professor

  • Ed.D. University of South Dakota
  • M.A. Western Michigan University
  • B.S. Western Michigan University
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor (CFI, CFII, MEI) Gold Seal
  • FAA Certified Commercial Pilot

Jacob Reed
Jreed5@lewisu.edu
Director of Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Assistant Professor

  • BS Northern Illinois University
  • MS Embry-Riddle Aeronautical (Unmanned Systems)
  • FAA SUAS Certificate

Todd Schuneman
schuneto@lewisu.edu
Assistant Professor of Aviation

  • M.P.S.H.S. Southern Illinois University
  • B.S. Southern Illinois University
  • FAA Mechanic Certificate: Airframe and Powerplant

Charles S. Slutz
slutzch@lewisu.edu
Director Supply Chain Management
Professor of Aviation and Transportation

  • M.S. University of Massachusetts
  • B.S. Cooper Union
  • FAA Airline Transport Pilot Airplane Multi-Engine Land
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single Engine Land
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single and Multi Engine Airplane Instrument Glider
  • Certified in Integrated Resource Management, APICS

Christopher Stevens
stevench@lewisu.edu
Instructor
Director of Satellite Programs

  • FAA Mechanic Certificate: Airframe
  • M.A Lewis University
  • B.S. Lewis University
  • B.A. Lewis University

Michael Streit
streitmi@lewisu.edu
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Professor of Aviation and Transportation

  • M.A. Governor State University
  • B.S. Lewis University
  • FAA Mechanic Certificate: Airframe and Powerplant
  • FAA Private Pilot Certificate Airplane Single Engine Land
  • PSI Certified FAA Testing Center Supervisor
  • FCC General Class Radio Telephone Operator License

Megan Zahos
zahosme@lewisu.edu
Co-Director Aviation Academics and Flight Operations
Director of Flight Safety
Assistant Chief Pilot
Assistant Professor

  • MS Lewis University
  • MBA Lewis University
  • BS University of Illinois
  • FAA Airline Transport Pilot Multi-Engine Airplane Land
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single and Multi-Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single and Multi-Engine Land


 AVIATION STAFF

Andrea Madura
amadura@lewisu.edu
Aviation & Transportation Department Administrative Assistant

  • B.A. University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire

Sandra Schuh
schuhsa@lewisu.edu
Aviation & Transportation Department Manager

  • PSI Certified FAA Test Proctor

Kaitlyn Weber
kweber1@lewisu.edu
Director of Aviation Admission

  • M.A., Organizational Leadership, Lewis University
  • B.S., Rockford University


 GRADUATE ASSISTANTS

Shean Christie 
Graduate Assistant Aviation and Transportation

  • Diploma Nilai University
  • BSc Institute of Technology Carlow
  • Completed EASA Part 66 B.1

Tarek Khalifa
Graduate Assistant Aviation and Transportation

  • B.S. Cairo University, Egypt
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Multi-Engine Land Airplane Certificate
  • FAA Instrument Rating Certificate


 FLIGHT OPERATION MANAGERS

Daniel Magner
magnerda@lewisu.edu
Assistant Chief Pilot
Adjunct Professor

  • BS University of North Dakota
  • MS Lewis University
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single and Multi-Engine Land
  • FAA Dispatch Certificate

Matthew Massey
masseyma@lewisu.edu
Senior Assistant Chief Pilot
Adjunct Professor

  • BS Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single and Multi-Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single and Multi-Engine Land

David Zurek
zurekda@lewisu.edu
Assistant Chief Pilot
Adjunct Professor

  • BS Lewis University
  • FAA Dispatch Certificate
  • FAA Airline Transport Pilot Multi-Engine Airplane Land
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single and Multi-Engine Land
  • Type rating SF-340


 FLIGHT INSTRUCTORS

Eric Aguilar
Flight Instructor

  • BS Lewis University in progress
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single and Multi-Engine Land

Utku Apaydin
Flight Instructor

  • MS Aviation Transportation in progress
  • BS Lewis University
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single Land
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Engine Airplane Instrument

Mickael Ashworth
Flight Instructor

  • BS Lewis University in progress
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Engine Airplane
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single Land

Matthew Berger
Flight Instructor
Adjunct Professor

  • BA University of Kansas
  • MS Lewis University
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single and Multi-Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single and Multi-Engine Land
  • Type rating CL-65

Samantha Blackburn
Flight Instructor

  • BS University of North Dakota
  • MS Lewis University
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single and Multi-Engine Land
  • FAA Dispatch Certificate

Ulises Bonilla
Flight Instructor

  • BS Lewis University
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single Land

Ansis Borg
Flight Instructor

  • BS Lewis University in Progress
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Certified Advanced Ground Instructor
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Airplane Single Engine Land
  • FAA Certified Remote Pilot

Jonathan Carbonara
Flight Instructor

  • BS Lewis University
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single and Multi-Engine Land

Jeremy Dade
Flight Instructor

  • BS Lewis University
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single and Multi-Engine Land

Zack Demos
Flight Instructor

  • BS Lewis University
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single and Multi-Engine Land

Lorenzo Dominguez
Flight Instructor

  • BS Lewis University
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single and Multi-Engine Land

Christian Goushas
Flight Instructor

  • BS Lewis University
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single Land

Ross L. Harris
Flight Instructor

  • B.A. Lewis University
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Dispatch Certificate
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single and Multi-Engine Land
  • FAA Certified Advanced Ground Instructor
  • FAA Certified Remote Pilot

Abigail King
Flight Instructor

  • BS Saint Louis University Parks College
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single Engine Land
  • FAA Certified Advanced Ground Instructor

William Kraatz
Flight Instructor

  • BS Lewis University
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single and Multi-Engine Land

Matt Kulma
Flight Instructor

  • BS Lewis University
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Engine Airplane
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single Land

Jeffrey Lambert
Flight Instructor

  • BES Lewis University
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single Land

Lucas Mickelson
Flight Instructor

  • BS Lewis University in progress
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single Land

Daniel Provenzano
Flight Instructor

  • BS Lewis University in progress
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Engine Airplane
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single Engine Land

Raed Sankari
Flight Instructor

  • BS Lewis University in progress
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single and Multi-Engine Land

Rami Sankari
Flight Instructor

  • BS Lewis University
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single and Multi-Engine Land

Megan Shaffer
Flight Instructor

  • BS Lewis University
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single and Multi-Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single and Multi-Engine Land

Roman Soltys
Flight Instructor

  • BS Lewis University in progress
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single Land

Luke Terleckyj
Flight Instructor

  • BS Lewis University
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single and Multi-Engine Land

Alec Townsend
Flight Instructor

  • BS Lewis University
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single and Multi-Engine Land

Calvin Warren
Flight Instructor
Flight Team Head Coach

  • BS Lewis University
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single Land