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Dave Whitelaw
Washington State Liaison

Dave was born and raised on an Indian Reservation in E Washington, he learned to love and respect the outdoors- camping, hunting, fishing and working. His father owned and operated a logging company which he worked for while going to high school and college, learning the value of hard work and being independent. While in college, Dave’s father encouraged him to get his pilot’s license, saying that GA was the future. After graduating from the Univ. of Washington, he moved to Alaska to experience the ‘Last Frontier’, and to hunt and fish the wilds.

Telephone Number: 
509-631-0623
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Evan Davis
West Virginia State Liaison

Evan got his first GA airplane ride about the age of 12 in a Mooney, followed by some actual stick time in a homebuilt Pietenpol, “which sunk the hook deep,” Evan says. He began flight training in 2013, and after some hard work and dedication, he got his license, “and the real adventuring began.”

In 2014 with 90 hours in his logbook Evan left home for Idaho, flying a 100hp Zlin Savage Cub.  “The Idaho backcountry sealed my fate as a lover of the American west and backcountry destinations,” Evan says.

Telephone Number: 
304-629-8624
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Chris McAtee
Wyoming State Liaison

Chris McAtee grew up around aviation in Wyoming. He served in the Air National Guard from 2003-2009, working on C-130 engines and propellers. He is an A&P/IA and an EAA tech counselor and currently serves as Director of Maintenance for a Part 135 operation based in central Wyoming. 

After flying sporadically since the age of 18, circumstances were finally right in October of 2018 and he earned his private pilot license in his newly purchased 1947 Stinson 108-2. Chris plans to pursue his instrument, commercial, and CFI ratings.

Telephone Number: 
307-277-1597
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Jeff Russell
Wisconsin State Liaison

A lifelong resident of Wisconsin, Jeff Russell grew up in Sheboygan and now resides near Madison, WI. He  flies a SuperCub and Cirrus out of the Morey airport in Middleton. “The SuperCub rotates between Bushwheels, skis, and floats and spends at least two weeks a year in the backcountry of Montana and Idaho,” he says, adding, “I look forward to working with the RAF on its mission to promote recreational aviation in Wisconsin.”  

Telephone Number: 
608-347-2441
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Carmine Mowbray
Publicity Liaison

If there was ever an individual who epitomizes volunteerism for the Recreational Aviation Foundation, it is Carmine Mowbray, from Polson, Montana. She volunteers her time to publish the RAF Newsletter, and has worked on the pilot shelter at Ryan Field, swung a Pulaski cutting sage brush at a Missouri Breaks airstrip and staffed the RAF booth at trade shows.

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Lori Olson
Wyoming State Liaison

Lori grew up the youngest (with a twin sister) in a large aviation family. Her father served as navigator on a B-29 during WWII, and later piloted his family around the country in a PA-11, a Skywagon, and a Piper Navajo. Her childhood was filled with Sunday afternoon flights in the PA-11, flying the C-180 to visit older siblings who were in college at the University of Wyoming, and accompanying her father on business trips and travels to many destinations.

Her brother became a CFI, and three brothers-in-law held private pilot certificates.

Telephone Number: 
307-746-8411
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Craig McCullough
Bureau of Land Management Liaison

A private pilot since 2003, Craig McCullough received his instrument rating in 2005 and has since flown his Cessna 172 up and down the eastern seaboard to airstrips in Philadelphia, Williamsburg, Charleston, Savannah, Key West and many points in-between. Craig works for Hewlett-Packard managing sales teams that support civilian and intelligence agencies within the federal government.

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Pete Smith
Bureau of Land Management Liaison

Pete grew up in Maryland, bought a 1946 Aeronca Champ in 1975 and has been flying it ever since. He is an A&P; he studied Aerospace Engineering and in 1985 began as a Flight Test Engineer with the Department of Defense at Pax River Naval Air Station. He now serves as a Project Engineer with HCR Inc. a family manufacturing business. He lives in Lewistown, MT with his wife and three children. Their daughter Rebecca is a licensed pilot and learned to fly in that 1946 Champ.

An active member of the aviation community, Pete enjoys rebuilding classics as much as flying them.

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Erin White
Volunteer Coordinator

Erin’s appetite for adventure began in college. After a tame suburban upbringing in Silicon Valley, she headed north to Chico State University, where she began signing up for adventure outings. After a few burly hikes and sweaty mountain biking adventures, she was officially hooked on outdoor recreation. Since then, she’s tallied up many remarkable outdoor experiences: zip-lining in Costa Rica, snorkeling coral reefs around the island of Bonaire, backpacking in Canyonlands National Park and summiting Fourteeners in Colorado.

Telephone Number: 
970-209-5980
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Penny Hergenrather
Vice President of Appreciation

I'm a body energy practitioner and I love adventure, which my darling husband so willingly provides. Life is nothing if not a daring adventure!

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