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Mori Hosseini (HonDoc ’13; ’78, ’79, ’82, DB), who is chair of Embry-Riddle’s Board of Trustees, was selected as vice chair of the University of Florida’s (UF) Board of Trustees. Hosseini was appointed to the position for a two-year term on June 9, 2016, following a vote by UF trustees. Hosseini joined the UF Board at the end of March upon appointment by Gov. Rick Scott. Prior to joining UF’s Board, Hosseini served as chairman of the State University System Board of Governors.


Luc Bausch
Luc Bausch (’82, DB; ’89, PC), president of Aero Racers Inc., received the Industry Person of the Year Award May 21, 2016, from the Los Angeles County Industrial and Technology Education Association. Bausch, who develops educational projects for teachers and students, has hosted summer camps at the Embry-Riddle Prescott Campus, teaching students how to create gliders/fliers, and glider building activities for the children of alumni attending OctoberWest.

Brigitte Lakah (’86, DB) is a pilot for UPS. At the age of 40, she earned her international captain’s seat on the B-75/76. She lives in Clearwater Beach, Fla., and is based in Louisville, Ky.


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Luis de Bono Paula (’95, DB; ’01, WW) and his wife, Lisa, are co-founders of Spirit Monkey in San Antonio, Texas. Spirit Monkey, which specializes in the design, manufacture and sale of embroidered employee and student recognition products, made the 2015 Inc. Magazine 500 list of fastest-growing private companies in America at No. 134. Formerly, Luis was a flight instructor in the U.S. Air Force and flew combat missions in Afghanistan. He completed his MBA at the University of Texas at Austin and earned a law degree with honors. He and Lisa have been married for 27 years and have four children, the oldest of whom is proudly serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Harry Truman.

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Andrew Broom (’97, ’00, DB) was appointed executive director of the Citation Jet Pilots (CJP) Owner Pilot Association, effective Aug. 1, 2016. He joins CJP after most recently launching the HondaJet for Honda Aircraft Company where he led all marketing and communications efforts globally since 2012. Prior to Honda, Broom was vice president of communications and outreach at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He has also worked at Hawker Beechcraft, Eclipse Aviation, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association and at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He earned both a B.S. in Aeronautical Science and an MBA-Aviation from Embry-Riddle, and completed his Certified Flight instructor, Instrument Instructor ratings.

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Richard Zaher (’99, DB), founder and CEO of Paramount Business Jets, was elected chairman of the Air Charter Association of North America. He was also invited to the White House in April to celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year.


Dana Novinskie

Maj. Dana Novinskie (’04, PC) is the first-ever female instructor pilot for the 133rd Airlift Wing in St. Paul, Minn. She earned her private pilot’s certificate while studying engineering at Embry-Riddle. She has accumulated more than 670 combat and combat support sorties and has been awarded the Air Medal six times.

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Yusuke Ishikawa (’08, ’10, DB) is the co-founder of Skoshbox, an online retail service that delivers assortments of authentic Japanese snacks and goods on a monthly subscription basis.


1st Lt. Emily Angell - Promotion Ceremony

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Emily Angell (’12, DB) was promoted to captain at a pinning ceremony held at the Embry-Riddle Daytona Beach Campus’ Det. 157 Air Force ROTC building Saturday, May 21, 2016. Angell is stationed in Germany. Det. 157 Commander Col. Kimberley A. Ramos led the ceremony.

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Dan Brooks (’14, WW) was promoted to manager of customer support of CAMP Systems International. He has been with CAMP since 2014 and has been involved in aviation for the past 20 years. Brooks serves as a Federal Aviation Administration FAASTeam lead representative and AOPA airport representative for the Brookhaven Airport since 2014. He is also the Embry-Riddle Alumni Network Leader for Long Island, N.Y.

Family News


Eric McBride (’13, WW) and his wife, Danielle, celebrated the birth of their second son, Joshua Michael, on May 6, 2016, in Melbourne, Fla. He joins his older brother Jacob. McBride is a first officer for JetBlue Airways.


Aaron Glassman

Aaron Glassman (’06, WW) and Nicole Du Flo were married Feb. 27, 2016, at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Va. Glassman is an assistant professor in the College of Business and chair of the department of management and technology at the Embry-Riddle Worldwide Campus in Norfolk, Va. Du Flo is the associate campus director at the Norfolk Campus.


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U.S. Navy Lt. Charles “Wingnut” Wickware (’05, PC), a U.S. Navy aviator, was featured in March 2016 in an ABC News story on fighter pilots beating back ISIS. An F-18 pilot, at the time of the broadcast he was serving aboard the USS Harry Truman. View the video.


Lt. Scott “Snooki” Brazelton (’07, DB) visited Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus on April 22, 2016. Arriving in an EA-18G Growler, he met with students, showed them the jet and toured the campus.

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