Management Team

Rachel Bubman, Manager of Human Resources: Bringing 8+ years of experience in HR and Business Compliance from the Retail and Restaurant startup world, Rachel is excited to usher her expertise into the exciting field of Aviation. Rachel has a deep passion for uplifting others, and she enjoys her role as advocate for both People and Company.

Tom Cooper, VP Fleet, Supply Chain & Planning: 19 years at Delta Air Lines in a variety of positions including Director of Engineering, Planning, and Programs. Last 14 years as executive consultant with TeamSAI & Oliver Wyman CAVOK

Bill Cranor, Director IOCC: 32 years of airline operations experience in airline dispatch, ATM, airspace procedure design, meteorology and airline ops mgmt. Held leadership positions at United Airlines, JetBlue, and Continental Airlines. Founding member and leader of Collaborative Decision-Making work groups.

Brian Dougherty, Director of Inflight Services: 30+ years’ experience as a manager, training instructor, department head, and crewmember in charter and scheduled aviation. Consultant to Part 121 and 135 companies in the areas of inflight training, operations, and regulatory compliance. Crewmember or manager for three airline certifications (Air 21, Eos Airlines, and Lynx Aviation) 

Ryan Gilman, Chief Financial Officer: Airline executive at Delta and Northwest Airlines for over 19 years in various financial and commercial roles

Dave Green, Director Airports: Former Airport Services Manager of Ramp Training and Standards for Eastern Airlines. 15 years at United Airlines to include roles of Airport Operations Station Supervisor in Washington-Dulles (IAD), Philadelphia (PHL), Newark-Liberty (EWR) for both Above and Below the Wing operations. 25 year USAF veteran and non-commissioned officer

Dr Alex Lee, Chief Strategy & Business Development Officer: Over 15 years of airline strategy consulting across the globe with emphasis on fleet and network, M&A, financial turnarounds and new product development

David Marcontell, Chief Operating Officer: 30+ years operational experience across airline industry in Engineering, Maintenance and Operations roles. COO at US Airways commuter airline, Captain in USAF. FAA licensed A&P, pilot and former DER

Joe Mohan, Chief Commercial Officer: 25+ years of airline industry experience, including CEO Viva Air, CCO Copa Airlines and VP Alliances and Partnerships American Airlines. 

Louis J. Petrucelly, Chief Accounting Officer:  Senior financial executive with over 20 years of experience leading corporate finance, accounting, and operations functions. Served as Chief Financial Officer for three publicly traded companies including an aviation software company that provided predictive analytics and decision-support solutions for the aviation industry, and a leading software-defined storage data services company. Lou began his career with Ernst & Young, LLP.

Andrew Phillips, VP Financial Planning & Analysis: 20+ years of leadership experience in the airline and hospitality industries in the US, UK, Middle East and Japan across Finance, Accounting, Airport Operations, Reservations and IT.

Rich Seifel, Director of Operations: 15 years of industry experience prior to joining Waltzing Matilda Aviation in 2015 as a captain on the Bravo. Became the Director of Operations in 2018. Prior to WMA Rich had flown for CommutAir, NetJets, Cape Air and other part 91 and 135 operators. Rich holds a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Operations from Daniel Webster College where he also earned a CFI, CFII, MEI, he has an MBA from the University of Hartford.

Ajay Singh, Chief Technology Officer: Ex-Advisory Director PwC, ex-VP IT United Airlines, ex-Head of Business Transformation Office, United Airlines

Joe Spielmann, Director Quality Assurance/Chief Inspector, Technical Services: 35 years of leadership roles in business jet, commercial aviation and manufacturing aerospace experience. Most recently, Eastern Airlines Director of Technical Services and Director of Maintenance for On demand charter operations.

Chris Thomas, Director of Sustainability: Spent the past 7 years at the grass roots level enacting practical changes to improve the environment be that driving plastic bag bans in his local town, reducing restaurant waste in Timor, or harnessing the passion and energy of college students in helping them launch environmentally focused startups. As a pilot appreciates aviation’s impact on the environment and wants to make sure WMA launches its airline operations in the most environmentally friendly way possible

John Thomas, Chief Executive Officer: 40+ years in airline industry as leading global advisor working with major airlines followed by senior executive positions. Group Executive (CEO)/Accountable Executive Virgin Australia Airlines (~US$4bn rev, 21m pax/year), Currently: Director Icelandair, SkyService Inc.

Devan Wiebe, Director of Safety: Pilot for 15 years, holding Airline Transport Pilot license as well as Commercial Glider and Sea Plane ratings and a Certified Flight Instructor. Flight experience of 9,000 hours in many different aircraft. Member of the FAA Safety Team, or FAAST, in the Boston area for 6 years. Captain/Check Airman for Waltzing Matilda Aviation 135 operations since 2018.

Advisory Board

Jonathan Baliff, Advisory Board Member : President Genesis Park, Ex-CEO, President Bristow Helicopters, Ex-EVP Strategy, nrg Energy.  Board Member Texas Capital Bank

Ray Benvenuti, Advisory Board Member : Ex-Managing Partner at Greenbriar Equity, CEO Stellex Aerostructures, Chairman, AmSafe Partners, Chairman and Interim CEO, Align Aerospace, Inc.  Director Whitcraft Group, NN, Inc., Superior Industries

Russ Chew, Advisory Board Member: Highly respected industry operations leader. Ex-President and COO, jetBlue, COO FAA ATO, VP Systems Ops American Airlines

Nina Jonsson, Advisory Board Member : 30+ years senior airline/aviation executive. Ex-SVP Group Fleet, Air France/KLM. Director Icelandair hf, FLYHT

Inese Kingsmill, Advisory Board Member : World Class marketing, digital and e-commerce professional. Ex-CMO Virgin Australia, Microsoft, and Telstra

Doug Leo, Advisory Board Member : 30+ years senior commercial experience at various US airlines. Most recently SVP Revenue Management/Network at United Airlines

Reza Taleghani, Advisory Board Member : CFO Samsonite, Ex-President/CFO Brightstar Corp., CEO Sterling Airlines, JP Morgan Airline investment banker