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Faculty in the Department of Aviation | Aviation degree | University of Central Missouri

Full-Time Faculty and Staff

The aviation faculty and staff members at UCM represent a wide range of academic and professional training. All faculty hold terminal degrees in their areas of specialization and practices in the field.

 

Tony Monetti Assistant Dean of Aviation at the University of Central Missouri

Tony Monetti
Assistant Dean of Aviation and
Executive Director of Max B. Swisher Skyhaven Airport

Monetti brings a wealth of experience to UCM including having served as director of operations of the 13 Bomb Squadron, one of two operational B-2 stealth squadrons. He served as chief of safety directing U.S. Air Force 509th Bomb Wing safety and mishap prevention program, effecting more than 10,000 personnel, and has 24 years of jet flying experience, including commercial and military aircraft: 757, B-52, B-1, B-2, T-38 and T-37. He holds an Air Transport Pilot and Airframe and Powerplant Technician rating. Monetti is a seasoned international leader as Chairman of NATO Time Sensitive Targeting committee using diplomatic skills with senior leaders in industry, military and government. Monetti is a published author. He is an Air Force Academy graduate and holds two master's degrees.

Email: tmonetti@ucmo.edu
Phone: 660-543-4969
Located in TR Gaines Suite 210

   
Mary Shaw Department of Aviation

Mary Shaw
Administrative Assistant for the Assistant Dean of Aviation and
Office Professional for the Department of Aviation

Email: mshaw@ucmo.edu
Phone: 660-543-4969
Located in TR Gaines Suite 210

 



Fred Schieszer, UCM Department of Aviation

Fred Schieszer
Professor of Aviation and
Undergraduate Program Coordinator

Prof. Schieszer comes to UCM with both military and civilian experience in aviation.  While in the military, he flew search and rescue missions in both fixed and rotary wing aircraft and participated in maritime law enforcement and humanitarian missions as a member of the United States Coast Guard.

In civilian aviation he worked as an aircraft accident investigator for many years and is nationally recognized as an accident investigation consultant and expert witness. During previous employment at UCM he established an “Aircraft Accident Investigation Laboratory” at Skyhaven Airport which set the standard for the Air Safety industry and was responsible for training nearly 20% of the current “General Aviation Air Safety Investigators” Most recently he helped start an aircraft manufacturing business which was the first to introduce electronic “capacitance discharge” high energy ignition systems in production aircraft.    Schieszer holds multiple degrees in Psychology, Aviation and Education and has been a licensed pilot since 1967.

Email: schieszer@ucmo.edu
Phone: 660-543-4975
Located in TR Gaines Suite 210

   
Dave Card, flight instructor at the University of Central Missouri

Dave Card
Chief Flight Instructor and Assistant Professor

Card has more than 30 years of experience in general aviation flight training and Part 135 Air Taxi operations. He started his aviation career as a crop duster and high-line patrol pilot in northern South Dakota. Prior to coming to the University of Central Missouri, he taught for 11 years at South Dakota State University as the lead flight instructor and worked as a charter pilot at a local FBO. Card is an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner and FAASTeam Representative.

Card has a Master of Science in Aviation Safety from the University of Central Missouri.

Email: card@ucmo.edu
Phone: 660-543-8973 (Warrensburg Campus) and
660-543-4335 (Airport)
Located at the airport in Hangar 3 and
on the Warrensburg Campus in TR Gaines Suite 210

   
Jonathan Ellis, GA at UCM for the Deparmtent of Aviation

Jonathan Scott Ellis
Graduate Assistant

Jonathan obtained two Bachelor of Science degrees in Airport Management and Flight Operations Management at the University of Central Missouri in May 2013. He is currently working on his M.B.A in Ethical Strategic Leadership at UCM.

Email: jsellis@ucmo.edu
Phone: 660-543-4262
Located in TR Gaines Suite 210

   
Scotti Holbert, Swisher Skyhaven Airport at UCM

Scotti Holbert
Office Professional at Swisher Skyhaven Airport

Among other duties, Holbert assists students with the necessary steps in obtaining additional financial aid for flight training, updates student accounts in ETA and maintains the bookkeeping for UCM flight operations.

Email: holbert@ucmo.edu
Phone: 660-543-4333
Fax : 660-543-4041
Located at the airport in Hangar 3

   
Scott Holthaus, flight instructor UCM Aviation program

Scott Holthaus
Certified Flight Instructor

Email: holthaus@ucmo.edu
Office: 660-543-8664
Fax: 660-543-4041
Located at the airport in Hangar 3

   
John Horine, UCM Aviation progam

John Horine
Professor Emeritus of Aviation and
Graduate Program Coordinator

Teaching areas: Aviation Management, Air Transportation, Technical Report Writing, Development of Industrial Education. Research area: thesis consultant.  Horine serves as the program coordinator for students enrolled in the Aviation Safety graduate program.

Horine has his Ed.D. from the University of Missouri.

Email: horine@ucmo.edu
Phone: 660-543-4457
Located in TR Gaines Suite 210

   
Tim Irving, certified flight instructor at the University of Central Missouri

Tim Irving
Certified Flight Instructor

Email: irving@ucmo.edu
Office: 660-543-8664
Fax: 660-543-4041
Located at the airport in Hangar 3

   
Landon Jenkins, flight instructor University of Central Missouri

Landon Jenkins
Certified Flight Instructor

Email: ljenkins@ucmo.edu
Office: 660-543-8664
Fax: 660-543-4041
Located at the airport in Hangar 3

   
Matthew Knorr, flight instructor at the University of Central Missouri

Matthew Knorr
Certified Flight Instructor

Email: knorr@ucmo.edu
Office: 660-543-8664
Fax: 660-543-4041
Located at the airport in Hangar 3

   
Greg Laurentius, flight instructor at UCM Swisher Skyhaven Airport

Greg Laurentius
Certified Flight Instructor

Email: laurentius@ucmo.edu
Office: 660-543-8664
Fax: 660-543-4041
Located at the airport in Hangar 3

   
Darlene Loeffler, assistant chief flight instructor at UCM

Darlene Loeffler
Assistant Chief Flight Instructor

Loeffler joined the UCM team in the fall of 2012. She brings more than 13 years of previous flying experience; including three years of Part 141 flight instructing and six years of flying under Part 121 Air Carriers. In her most recent position she was a captain on the CRJ 200 at Pinnacle Airlines Inc., a Delta Connection Carrier. She is an ATP, a flight instructor with single, multiengine and instrument airplane ratings, and an Instrument ground instructor. She brings real-world airline experience to the program and hopes to serve as a role model and mentor to students.

Email: loeffler@ucmo.edu
Phone: 660-543-4334
Located at the airport in Hangar 3

   
Richard Martinez, assistant professor, UCM aviation program

Richard Martinez
Assistant Professor

Martinez has 33 years experience in the aviation industry, including 22 years as an aviation professor and 20 years as an assistant chief flight instructor. His experience in the field includes aviation management, aviation safety, aerodynamics, international aviation, aviation industry career development, curriculum development and ground school from Private Pilot to CFI. His responsibilities at UCM include student advisement, recruitment, retention, assessment and program development.

Martinez has a Master of Science in Aviation Safety from the University of Central Missouri and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology from California State University - Los Angeles. He is currently a doctoral candidate for Ed.D. in Education through Northcentral University.

Email: rmartinez@ucmo.edu
Phone: 660-543-8092
Located in TR Gaines Suite 210

   
Jonathan Morgan, flight instructor aviation program

Jonathan Morgan
Certified Flight Instructor

Email: jmorgan@ucmo.edu
Office: 660-543-8664
Fax: 660-543-4041
Located at the airport in Hangar 3

   
Harold Phillips

Harold Phillips
Coordinator, Airport Operations

Email: hphillips@ucmo.edu

Office: 660-543-4460
Located at the airport in the Terminal Building

   
Tanner Rindels, director of airport operations

Tanner Rindels
Certified Flight Instructor

Email: trindels@ucmo.edu

Office: 660-543-8664
Fax: 660-543-4041
Located at the airport in Hangar 3

   
Bill Runyon, chief flight instructor University of Central Missouri William (Bill) Runyon
Assistant Chief Flight Instructor

Runyon brings a passion for aviation education stretching across 26 years of teaching people to enjoy the joy of flying. He brings experience from teaching courses for Sport Aviation, Private Pilot Ground School and Commercial Pilot Ground School, and all flight classes leading to the attainment of a Certified Flight Instructor Certificate. He especially is engaged in promoting professionalism in aviation and his hobbies include glider flying and antique tail-wheel aircraft.

Runyon has a Bachelor of Science in Science and Religion from Mid-America Nazarene University and a Master of Science in Aviation Safety from the University of Central Missouri.

Email: brunyon@ucmo.edu
Phone: 660-543-4184
Located at the airport in the Terminal Building

   
Darren Smith, UCM assistant professor Aviation Department

Darren Smith, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

After serving for 17 years as an adjunct professor for a community college located at MacDill Air Force Base, Smith joined UCM in 2012. He has been an aviation safety counselor for 10 years and has presented safety seminars across the U.S. He has been an airline pilot and is a Gold Seal Instructor, with Master Flight Instructor and Master Ground Instructor designations. He has consulted on a variety of projects including airspace redesign, light sport aircraft certification and pilot training consultation for the military's Maverick UAV helicopter.

Education:  B.A. Psychology, B.S. Nursing, M.S. Counseling Psychology, Ph.D. Educational Management

Email: dasmith@ucmo.edu
Phone: 660-543-4878
Located in TR Gaines Suite 210

   
Toru Suda

Toru Suda
Certified Flight Instructor

Email: suda@ucmo.edu
Office: 660-543-8664
Fax: 660-543-4041
Located at the airport in Hangar 3

   
Ryo Tahara, flight instructor at UCM

Ryo Tahara
Certified Flight Instructor

Email: tahara@ucmo.edu
Office: 660-543-8664
Fax: 660-543-4041
Located at the airport in the Terminal Building

   
Nick Vomund, University of Central Missouri flight instructor

Nick Vomund
Certified Flight Instructor

Email: vomund@ucmo.edu
Office: 660-543-8664
Fax: 660-543-4041
Located at the airport in Hangar 3

   
Matt Vos

Matt Vos
Certified Flight Instructor

Email: mvos@ucmo.edu
Office: 660-543-8664
Fax: 660-543-4041
Located at the airport in Hangar 3

   
Allen Weyant, flight instructor

Allen Weyant
Certified Flight Instructor

Email: weyant@ucmo.edu
Office: 660-543-8664
Fax: 660-543-4041
Located at the airport in Hangar 3

   
Paul Youmans, flight instructor

Paul Youmans
Certified Flight Instructor

Email: youmans@ucmo.edu
Office: 660-543-8664
Fax: 660-543-4041
Located at the airport in Hangar 3