Aviation &
Transportation Department

Aviation Faculty and Staff

Being so close to both O'Hare and Midway Airports offers countless advantages for Lewis Aviation students. Among them is the opportunity to learn under such experienced and well-connected leaders in the aviation industry - with years of professional knowledge they bring to both the classroom and the runway.

Aviation Faculty

Humphrey M. Abeh
abehhu@lewisu.edu
Associate Professor of Aviation

  • M.B.A. Lewis University, M.S. Central Missouri State University, B.A.S. Troy State University
  • FAA Certified Aircraft Dispatcher
  • FAA Instrument Ground Instructor/Advanced Ground Instructor
  • Certificates in Aerodrome and Approach Control, Area Procedural Control, Area Radar
  • Meteorological Certificate

Dr. Erik Baker
bakerer@lewisu.edu
Director of Graduate Studies in Aviation & Transportation
Assistant Professor of Aviation

  • Ph.D. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • M.A.S. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • B.S. United States Naval Academy
  • FAA Certified Airline Transport Pilot (ATR-42/72, DC-9, G-1159, G-V, SA-227)
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Multi-Engine Airplane Instrument and Rotorcraft-Helicopter Instrument
  • FAA Certified Commercial Single-Engine Land and Rotorcraft-Helicopter (S-70, SK-65)
  • DOT Certified ORM Instructor
  • ICAP Federal Aviation Safety Officer

Gregory N. Bonk
gbonk@lewisu.edu
Instructor Aviation and Transportation Studies

  • B.S. Lewis University
  • FAA Mechanic Certificate:  Airframe & Powerplant 
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single Engine Land Instrument
  • FCC Technician Class Radio License

William Brogan
broganwi@lewisu.edu
Associate Professor of Aviation

  • M.P.A. Illinois Institute of Technology
  • B.S. Lewis University
  • FAA Private Pilot Certificate
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate
  • FAA Instrument Rating Certificate

Mike Canada
canadake@lewisu.edu
Assistant Professor of Aviation   

  • LL.M. Comparative Law, University of San Diego School of Law
  • LL.B. Honours (Dunlem), Durham University, UK
  • B.Sc. Education, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
  • Inns of Court - Gray’s Inn (Member), London UK
  • Airborne Global Information Grid (AGIG) Certification, Johns Hopkins University
  • Sandia National Laboratories Miniature Synthetic Aperture RADAR (Copperhead) Certification   
  • Insitu Certified Scan Eagle Pilot/Operator
  • Insitu Certified Scan Eagle Maintenance Level 1
  • Insitu MWIR 2 and Super EO Certification
  • Member and Expert Witness - London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  • Investigative Team Member - United Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights (UAS and International Law of Conflicts)

Dr. Randal DeMik
demikra@lewisu.edu
Co-Director of Doherty Center for Aviation and Health Research
Professor Aviation and Transportation

  • Ph.D. Indiana State University
  • FAA Certified Airline Transport Pilot (Boeing 737, Boeing 777)
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor
  • FAA Flight Engineer (Turbojet)
  • DOT Certified SMS/Aviation Safety Program Manager
  • DOT Certified Risk Management Trainer

Bryan W. Doughty
bdoughty@lewisu.edu
Instructor Aviation and Transportation Studies

  • B.A Western Michigan University
  • FAA Mechanic Certificate: Airframe and Powerplant
  • FAA Private Pilot Certificate
  • Repairman Certificate Center for Aviation Services

Matthew Franklin
franklma@lewisu.edu
Assistant Professor of Aviation

  • M.B.A Cardinal Stritch University
  • B.S. Lewis University
  • FAA Mechanic Certificate: Airframe and Powerplant

R. Eric Jones
jonesrt@lewisu.edu
Co-Chair of Aviation Department
Program Director: Aviation and Aerospace Technology Degree

  • M.S. Illinois State University
  • B.S. Lewis University
  • A.S. Emery Aviation College
  • FAA Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic Certificate
  • FAA Commercial/Instrument /CFII/Certificate
  • FAA Advanced Ground Instructor/ Instrument Certificate
  • 737 High Power Run and Taxi Certification

James J. Kinnerk
kinnerja@lewisu.edu
Instructor Aviation and Transportation Studies

  • B.S. Lewis University
  • FAA Mechanic Certificate:  Airframe & Powerplant 

Keith McGill
mcgillke@lewisu.edu  
Chief of Pilot Training
Associate Professor

  • MBA Lewis University
  • BS Lewis University
  • Gold Seal FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single and Multi-Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Airline Transport Pilot Multi-Engine Airplane Land
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single and Multi-Engine Land
  • FAA Advanced Ground Instructor
  • Lasergrade/ats/PSI Certified FAA Test Proctor

Yvonne LeClaire
leclaiyv@lewisu.edu
Instructor of Aviation

  • M.S. Lewis University
  • B.S. Lewis University
  • FAA Mechanic Certificate: Airframe and Powerplant
  • PSI Certified FAA Test Proctor

William G. Parrot
parrotwi@lewisu.edu
Professor of Aviation

  • M.A. University of Northern Colorado
  • B.S. U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY
  • FAA Airline Transport Pilot Airplane Multi-Engine Land
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Airplane Single Engine Land/Rotorcraft-Helicopter
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Airplane Multi-Engine
  • FAA Flight Engineer
  • FAA Advanced Ground Instructor

Dr. Ryan Phillips
philliry@lewisu.edu
Co-Chair of Aviation and Transportation
Associate Professor

  • Ed.D. University of South Dakota
  • M.A. Western Michigan University
  • B.S. Western Michigan University
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor (CFI, CFII, MEI) Gold Seal
  • FAA Certified Commercial Pilot

Jacob Reed
Jreed5@lewisu.edu
Director of Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Assistant Professor

  • BS Northern Illinois University
  • MS Embry-Riddle Aeronautical (Unmanned Systems)
  • FAA SUAS Certificate

Michael Streit
streitmi@lewisu.edu
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Professor of Aviation and Transportation

  • M.A. Governor State University
  • B.S. Lewis University
  • FAA Mechanic Certificate: Airframe and Powerplant
  • FAA Private Pilot Certficate Airplane Single Engine Land
  • Lasergrade Certified FAA Testing Center Supervisor
  • FCC General Class Radio Telephone Operator License

Charles S. Slutz
slutzch@lewisu.edu
Director Transportation Administration Studies
Professor of Aviation and Transportation

  • M.S. University of Massachusetts
  • B.S. Cooper Union
  • FAA Airline Transport Pilot Airplane Multi-Engine Land
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single Engine Land
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single and Multi Engine Airplane Instrument Glider
  • Certified in Integrated Resource Management, APICS

Megan Zahos
zahosme@lewisu.edu
Assistant Chief Pilot
Assistant Professor
Chief Safety Officer
Head Coach, Flight Team
President, Aviation Alumni Organization
Advisor, Air Race Classic
Advisor, Women in Aviation
Advisor, Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals

  • MS Lewis University
  • MBA Lewis University
  • BS University of Illinois
  • FAA Airline Transport Pilot Multi-Engine Airplane Land
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single and Multi-Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single and Multi-Engine Land

Aviation Staff

Andrea Madura
amadura@lewisu.edu
Aviation & Transportation Department Administrative Assistant

  • B.A. University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire

Christopher Stevens
stevench@lewisu.edu
Director of Aviation Admission

  • M.A. Lewis University
  • B.A. Lewis University

Sandra Schuh
schuhsa@lewisu.edu
Aviation & Transportation Department Administrative Assistant 

  • PSI Certified FAA Test Proctor

Graduate Assistants

George Boykin III
Graduate Assistant Aviation and Transportation

  • B.S. Lewis University
  • FAA Private Pilot Certificate
  • FAA SUAS Certificate
  • FAA Instrument Rating

Rachel Walsh
Graduate Assistant Aviation and Transportation

  • B.S. Lewis University
  • FAA Private Pilot Certificate
  • FAA Instrument Rating
  • FAA SUAS Certificate
  • CATS/PSI FAA Test Proctor

Whitcliffe Roberts
Graduate Assistant Aviation and Transportation

  • B.S. Lewis University
  • FAA Mechanic Certificate: Airframe and Powerplant

Flight Operation Managers

Daniel Magner
magnerda@lewisu.edu
Assistant Chief Pilot
Adjunct Professor

  • BS University of North Dakota
  • MS Lewis University
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single and Multi-Engine Land
  • FAA Dispatch Certificate

Matthew Massey
masseyma@lewisu.edu
Senior Assistant Chief Pilot
Adjunct Professor

  • BS Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single and Multi-Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single and Multi-Engine Land

David Zurek
zurekda@lewisu.edu
Assistant Chief Pilot
Adjunct Professor

  • BS Lewis University
  • FAA Dispatch Certificate
  • FAA Airline Transport Pilot Multi-Engine Airplane Land
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single and Multi-Engine Land
  • Type rating SF-340

Flight Instructors

Eric Aguilar
Flight Instructor

  • BS Lewis University in progress
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single and Multi-Engine Land

Ryan Altman
Flight Instructor

  • BS University of Southern Illinois University
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single
  • Instrument Ground Instructor

Matthew Berger
Flight Instructor
Adjunct Professor

  • BA University of Kansas
  • MA Lewis University
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single and Multi-Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single and Multi-Engine Land
  • Type rating CL-65

Samantha Blackburn
Flight Instructor

  • BS University of North Dakota
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single and Multi-Engine Land
  • FAA Dispatch Certificate

Ulises Bonilla
Flight Instructor

  • BS Lewis University
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single Land

Brianna Borrego
Flight Dispatcher

  • BS Pfeiffer University

Robert Bryan
Flight Instructor

  • BS Lewis University
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single and Multi-Engine Land

Jonathan Carbonara
Flight Instructor

  • BS Lewis University in progress
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single and Multi-Engine Land

Geoff Culloton
Flight Instructor
Flight Team Coach

  • BS Lewis University
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single and Multi-Engine Land

Zack Demos
Flight Instructor

  • BS Lewis University
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single and Multi-Engine Land

Lorenzo Dominguez
Flight Instructor

  • BS Lewis University
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single and Multi-Engine Land

Doug Jette
Flight Instructor

  • BS Lewis University
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single and Multi-Engine Land
  • FAA Dispatch Certificate

Abigail King
Flight Instructor

  • BS Parks University
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single Engine Land

Alec Koczka
Flight Instructor

  • BS Lewis University
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single and Multi-Engine Land

William Kraatz
Flight Instructor

  • BS Lewis University
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single and Multi-Engine Land

Matt Kulma
Flight Instructor

  • BS Lewis University
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Engine Airplane
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single Land

Jeffrey Lambert
Flight Instructor

  • BS Lewis University
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single Land

Pat McCloskey
Flight Instructor

  • BS Lewis University
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Engine Airplane
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single and Multi-Engine Land

Lucas Mickelson
Flight Instructor

  • BS Lewis University in progress
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single Land

Josh O’Dowd
Flight Instructor

  • BS Lewis University in progress
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single Land

Cody Scott
Flight Instructor

  • BS Lewis University in progress
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Engine Airplane
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single Land

Megan Shaffer
Flight Instructor

  • BS Lewis University
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single Land

Peter Sindic
Flight Instructor

  • BS University of Illinois
  • MBA DePaul University
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single and Multi-Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single and Multi-Engine Land

Nick Stella
Flight Instructor

  • BS Southern Illinois University
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single and Multi-Engine Land

Amid Teghizadeh
Flight Instructor

  • BS Florida International University
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single and Multi-Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Airline Transport Pilot Certificate Single Land

Luke Terleckyj
Flight Instructor

  • BS Lewis University
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single and Multi-Engine Land

Alec Townsend
Flight Instructor

  • BS Lewis University
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single and Multi-Engine Land

Calvin Warren
Flight Instructor
Flight Team Coach

  • BS Lewis University
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single Land

Jane Zieba
Flight Instructor
Flight Team Coach

  • BS Lewis University
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Single Engine Airplane Instrument
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Single and Multi-Engine Land