Tim Clifford joined the RAF board in 2008. He is a native of Dayton, Ohio, whose ancestors, he assures, always bought Wright Brothers bicycles. Tim has flown for business and recreation for over 35 years.
Rol has a wide ranging background, having worked in aerospace acoustics, film and video production, theatre operations, and management. Along the way his enthusiasm for aviation led from avocation to advocacy of local airports to vocation, including work for AOPA and the Wolf Aviation Fund. He now lives on the Continental Divide in northern New Mexico.
Dan Prill, a founding member of the Recreational Aviation Foundation, spent ten years on its Board of Directors; eight years as Vice President. Dan was instrumental from its initial formation to helping the organization attain 5,000 members by the end of his term in 2013. "It has been a rewarding journey," Dan says, adding, "I am very proud of the RAF army of volunteers who work so hard to advance the RAF mission. Our 25 State Liaisons and each of our many volunteers wear their volunteerism as a badge of honor."
Roger Blew has a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Calgary and works as a contractor for the Department of Energy at the Idaho National Laboraotry. He serves as Technical Lead for the Ecological Support for Land Management Task at the Idaho National Laboratory. In this role, Dr.
Mark Novak recently retired from a 35-year career with the US Forest Service throughout the west as a Forest Ecologist and Forest Silviculturist. He also worked with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. He graduated with a forestry science degree from the Univ. of Idaho in 1976 and completed advanced silviculture training at the Univ. of Washington and Oregon State Univ. in the late 1980s.
Filling out the scientific team is Andy Turner who was introduced to aviation with his first flight at two weeks of age in the rear seat of his parent’s Tripacer. He earned degrees in Biology and Zoology at Wittenberg University, Ohio State University, and Michigan State University before moving to Florida to conduct research in the Everglades. In 1997 he moved to Clarion, PA and began his present job as a professor at Clarion University.
Al was born in Alaska and has been stuck there ever since. He got a ride in the back seat of a Super Cub to a remote hunting camp in the Wrangell Mountains as a teenager which convinced him he needed wings. He went off to Oregon for college with a plan get smart and make money so he could afford them.
Mark has lived in Arizona since 1974 and has had a long career in the Aerospace industry beginning with Sperry Flight Systems in the early 80's. From Sperry he moved on to W.L. Gore & Associates where he was involved in microwave coaxial interconnect designs used in avionics, radar and medical devices. If you had asked Mark at age 12 what he wanted to be when he grew up he would have said "an inventor!" He is named as "Inventor" or "Co-Inventor" on 13 U.S. and European Patents so it looks like he fulfilled this dream pretty well.
Few pilots can say they began flying in a Texan T-6 at the age of 12. That’s when Dave Powell was first exposed to flying by his father. They also flew a Navion his dad’s company used for business. Once out of college and working, Dave made the time and had the funds to get his pilot’s license, initially using the privileges to visit family in Texas and Michigan.