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Natalia Cimpean Controller

Natalia Cimpean
CEO

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Eric Anderson
VP of Marketing

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Houston Hickenbottom
Operations

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Craig Hall
Controller

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Brett Hart Director of Admissions

Brett Hart
Director of Business Development

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Amy Smith marketing

Amy Smith
Director of Sales and Marketing

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HAA director of training

Nik Kresse
Director of Flight Training & China Program Manager

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Chuck Hagele HAA staff

Chuck Hagele
Director of Maintenance

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Carrie Williams School Admin Manager

Carrie Williams
Director of Compliance & School Director

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SK HAA staff

Satoru Kamoshita
Asia Program Director

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Lavinia Petre HAA staff

Lavinia Petre
Human Resources Manager

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Jared Friend
Helicopter School General Manager

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Kasi Crismon
Hillsboro Campus Manager

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Ryan Mohammed
Hillsboro Chief Instructor

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Linda Cramer HAA staff

Linda Cramer
Redmond Campus Manager

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Hans Berggren
Redmond Chief Instructor

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Mackenzie Arrell
Admissions Lead

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Ashley Souza

Ashley Souza
Talent Manager/Airplane Admissions

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Malori Wagner
Helicopter Admissions

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Natalia Cimpean HAA staff

Natalia Cimpean
CEO

ncimpean@flyhaa.com
1.503.726.3000

Natalia joined Hillsboro Aero Academy, formerly Hillsboro Aviation, in 2008. Prior to working at Hillsboro, she held various management positions, including Executive Director for a start-up company and Business Manager for a construction company. Natalia holds a bachelor’s degree in math and a Master of Business Administration from George Fox University.

She began her career at Hillsboro as a member of the accounting team and has been consistently promoted over time to CFO and GM, COO, and now CEO. Natalia has a passion for the aviation industry and for people who are part of it.

Brett Hart
Director of Business Development

bhart@flyhaa.com
1.503.726.3000

Brett started at Hillsboro Aero Academy in 2016. He received both his bachelor’s degree in public administration and marketing and his master’s in public administration from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. Prior to joining Hillsboro Aero Academy, Brett spent several years leading the admissions team for a flight school in Florida. As Director of Business Development and Partner Relations, Brett is responsible for the recruiting new student groups and supporting our partners including collegiate partners, industry operators, and international representatives.

Brett is planning on starting his private pilot training in 2017.

Eric Anderson
VP of Marketing

eanderson@flyhaa.com
1.503.726.3000

Eric brings two decades of experience as a marketing strategist for B2B, education/training, travel/hospitality, and consumer brands. He spent the first half of his career as a partner in a digital agency with a focus on helping companies make the transition to integrated digital selling and developing the digital go-to-market strategies for brands like Columbia Sportswear, Wells Fargo, Blue Cross, and Kindercare. The second half of his career has been spent with PE-led or growth equity-led businesses in the education and travel sectors, first as COO of student travel provider Ambassadors Group, then as SVP of Marketing with industrial training provider TPC, and most recently with K12 e-learning provider Scientific Learning. Eric is the author of Social Media Marketing: Game Theory and the Emergence of Collaboration, published by Springer. He holds a PhD ABD in Cultural Theory. Eric is an avid traveler, lousy fly fisherman, skilled bourbon drinker, and decidedly bleak photographer.

Houston Hickenbottom
Operations

houston@flyhaa.com
1.503.726.3000

Houston started at Hillsboro Aviation in 1996 and has held multiple positions in the company, including over eight years as the School Director. After more than 15 years working in the school, Houston went to work for the Port of Portland at Portland International Airport (PDX). In 2019, Houston returned to Hillsboro Aero Academy to support the training and operations teams.

Houston is a graduate of San Jose State University and holds an airplane Private Pilot Certificate.

Craig Hall
Controller

chall@flyhaa.com
1.503.726.3000

Craig began his career at Hillsboro Aero Academy in 2019. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Oregon and an MBA from Portland State University. He is new to the aviation industry but has extensive experience in accounting and operations garnered through various roles in the distribution and logistics industries.

Craig oversees the day-to-day activities in the accounting department and is responsible for the timely and accurate reporting of the company’s operational results. If you don’t find him combing through a spreadsheet, you will likely find him somewhere in the outdoors where he likes to spend his free time.

Though not a pilot yet, some of Craig’s fondest memories as a youth were spent flying with his grandfather, a former Air Force pilot, in his twin-engine Baron.

HAA staff Amy Smith

Amy Smith
Director of Sales and Marketing

asmith@flyhaa.com
1.503.726.3000

Amy started at Hillsboro Aero Academy, formerly Hillsboro Aviation, in 2009. She holds both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in business administration from Gonzaga University. Prior to joining Hillsboro Aero Academy, Amy worked in marketing for non-profit and financial service companies. As the Director of Sales and Marketing, she is responsible for all marketing communications, digital strategy, and brand management in addition to overseeing our admissions team in the recruitment of new students from across the globe.

Nik Kresse HAA airplane school

Nik Kresse
Director of Flight Training & China Program Manager

nkresse@flyhaa.com
1.541.362.5644

Nik began flight training at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana where he completed his multi-engine commercial training. In 2011, Nik moved home to Portland and began training at Hillsboro to complete his Certified Flight Instructor Rating. He has held positions such as China Program Ground Instructor prior to moving to Central Oregon and becoming Chief Instructor of Prineville and Redmond campuses. Due to his success running our China Program, he was promoted to Director of Flight Training and now oversees all of our airplane operations at the Hillsboro, Redmond and Las Vegas campuses.

Chuck Hagele HAA staff

Chuck Hagele
Director of Maintenance

chagele@flyhaa.com
1.503.726.3000

Chuck started his aviation career in 1988 while in high school learning to fly and work on aircraft. On his 16th birthday, he completed his first solo flight. Chuck is an instrument-rated airplane private pilot. He completed his flight training in 2002 at Hillsboro Aero Academy, formerly Hillsboro Aviation. With a primarily maintenance-focused career, Chuck is an A&P mechanic with inspection authorization. Before coming to Hillsboro Aero Academy in 2015, Chuck held the Chief Inspector position for five years at a part 145 repair station and the Director of Maintenance position for three years at a part 135 EMS operator where he worked for 12 years. Chuck holds an associate’s degree in aviation science from Eastern New Mexico University.

Carrie Williams HAA team

Carrie Williams
Director of Compliance & School Director

cwilliams@flyhaa.com
1.503.726.3000

Originally from Florida, Carrie came to Hillsboro via Arizona 8 years ago following her pilot husband. She has a bachelor’s degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and spent 10 years working at Embry-Riddle in flight records, scheduling, and systems administration. Carrie joined the Hillsboro Aero Academy team in 2016. In her current role as Director of Compliance/School Director, Carrie oversees compliance for accreditation, student visas, TSA and the VA.

In her spare time, Carrie enjoys anything soccer related, hiking, and getting her toes into the sand as often as possible.

SK Kamoshita airplane operations

Satoru Kamoshita
Asia Program Director

skamoshita@flyhaa.com
1.503.726.3000

Satoru Kamoshita (SK) is the Asia Program Director and a Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE) for Private, Instrument, Commercial, and CFI.

As the Asia Program Director, SK works with our Korean, Taiwanese, and Japanese students and has trained over 1000 pilots who fly for major airlines all over the world. He started as a flight instructor at Hillsboro Aero Academy, formerly Hillsboro Aviation, in 1997 and took his current position in 2006. SK graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a master’s degree in aeronautical management. He is an airline transport pilot with a type rating in YS-11 and Dash 8 Q400. Before joining Hillsboro, SK was a YS-11 captain for Philippine Airlines. He also ferried aircraft from Japan to locations such as Africa, Singapore and North America and trained local pilots. He has over 16,500 flight hours.

Lavinia Petra Human Resources

Lavinia Petre
Human Resources Manager

lpetre@flyhaa.com
1.503.726.3000

Lavinia joined Hillsboro in 2013. It was her first exposure to aviation, after spending 7 years in the education field. She is enthusiastic about supporting HAA’s mission of making worldwide dreams of aviation a reality through the best training.

In her current role as the Human Resources Manager, Lavinia provides assistance in both operational and strategic HR practices and oversees all aspects of human resources management.

She is very passionate about Japanese culture and sushi, having spent a year living abroad; loves to laugh and spend time with her amazing family outdoors.

Jared Friend
Helicopter School General Manager

jfriend@flyhaa.com
1.503.489.1142

Jared started his helicopter journey in 2002. His first commercial helicopter job was with Croman Corporation as a second in command pilot of a Sikorsky S-61 performing varies jobs, including helicopter logging, construction, and firefighting. In 2005, Jared started at Hillsboro Aviation as a flight instructor, in 2008 he started flying the Channel 6 and Channel 12 News contract, and in 2009 he became the Chief Instructor of the helicopter school. Since that time, Jared has worked in numerous roles, Director of Corporate Projects, Safety Manager, and FAA Compliance Manager. Jared also has experience as an electronic news gathering pilot and has worked for several news stations and was Chief Pilot at KATU News Portland. Jared has always been drawn to the training environment and loves watching new students achieve their dreams. Jared is currently the Helicopter School General Manager and Chief Instructor.

Kasi Crismon
Hillsboro Campus Manager

kcrismon@flyhaa.com
1.503.726.3000

Kasi originally joined the Hillsboro team in 2014 as the Flight Coordinator and returned in August 2019 as the Check Ride Coordinator. In 2020, she accepted the position of Hillsboro Campus Manager. Kasi manages all of the operations at the Hillsboro Campus, including Dispatch and Student Success Services. She works closely with the training team to ensure that our students are able to meet their flight training goals.

Ryan Mohammed
Hillsboro Chief Instructor

rmohammed@flyhaa.com
1.503.726.3000

Ryan is originally from Florida and moved to Portland in 2014. He left his career in finance to pursue his aviation dream and joined Hillsboro Aero Academy in 2014 to begin his airplane flight training. Ryan is a Commercial ASEL, AMEL, Instrument Rated, CFI, CFII, MEI, and a Gold Seal instructor. After completing his flight training at HAA, he was hired as a CFI for our Asia Program in 2017. He then took on the role of Team Lead for our PCC students in 2018 and accepted the role of Assistant Chief Instructor for international, domestic, PCC, and RW transition students later that same year. He recently accepted a promotion to Chief Flight Instructor for our Hillsboro Campus so he oversees the training for all students at HIO as well as managing the team of CFIs in conjunction with the Assistant Chiefs.

Linda Cramer executive assistant

Linda Cramer
Redmond Campus Manager

lcramer@flyhaa.com
1.541.362.5644

Linda started with Hillsboro Aero Academy, formerly Hillsboro Aviation, in January 2013. This job was her first exposure to aviation after over 20 years of office management experience in the software development and e-commerce industries. Linda’s primary focus throughout her career has been to offer excellent customer service. In her previous position, Linda worked closely with our President Jon Hay on various tasks including assisting with day-to-day operations and managing special projects. Then in 2017, she relocated to Central Oregon to take over management of our Redmond Campus.

Hans Berggren
Redmond Chief Instructor

hberggren@flyhaa.com
1.541.362.5644

Hans started flying in Colorado when he was 19. After receiving his Private Pilot Certificate, he traveled around as a long-haul truck driver to finance his love of aviation. As a result, he completed different levels of flight training in Colorado, California, Arizona, and even Alaska. He holds a CFI, CFII, MEI, AGI, and IGI for fixed wing aircraft. Hans started with Hillsboro Aero Academy at the Redmond Campus in 2018 and after learning many different aspects of how the operation worked was promoted to Chief Instructor. He now manages our great team of instructors in Redmond fostering a community of fun, efficient, and high-quality flight training.

Mackenzie Arrell
Admissions Lead

marrell@flyhaa.com
1.503.726.3000

Mackenzie’s first time in an airplane was when a family friend, an Air Force Veteran, rented an aircraft from Hillsboro Aviation when she was thirteen. Five years later, she returned to film her friend flying a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress as a birthday gift. She has also been attending the Oregon International Air Show since she was a child.

Prior to joining Hillsboro Aero Academy in 2018, Mackenzie received her bachelor’s degree in sociology and minority studies from Portland State University and spent several years working in education and low-income health services. As the Lead Admissions Representative, Mackenzie is responsible for overseeing our admissions team and supporting students once they have been accepted into our school.

As of today, Mackenzie has yet to begin her flight training, but working with passionate aviation students encourages her to do so more every day.

Ashley Souza

Ashley Souza
Talent Manager/Airplane Admissions

asouza@flyhaa.com
1.503.726.3000

Ashley began working in the aviation field over 10 years ago. She joined the Hillsboro Aero Academy team in 2015 as the flight coordinator for the airplane training school. Shortly after, she began working in the admissions department to support prospective students from all over the world. Ashley’s current the role at Hillsboro Aero Academy is recruiting new airplane students and helping hire for key positions in the company.

Ashley took her first introduction flight in a Cessna 182 back in 2010 at the Klamath Falls Airport in Oregon. After a few seconds on the flight controls, she knew she was destined for aviation and began taking flight lessons. It was love at first bank. Ashley earned her wings in 2014, and dreams of owning her own airplane in the near future. She enjoys aerobatic flights, chasing sunsets from the sky, and inspiring others to follow their own flight path.

Malori Wagner
Helicopter Admissions

mwagner@flyhaa.com
1.503.726.3000

Malori started at Hillsboro Aero Academy in 2019. She holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from California State University, Chico. Malori is very passionate about the aviation industry. She is a student pilot herself working towards a career in aviation. Outside of work and aviation, Malori races downhill mountain bikes and scuba dives.

In her role, Malori supports all prospective helicopter students as well as advising current students to ensure they are able to meet their flight training goals.