Mr. Scott Serani holds dual degrees from the University of Dayton in Business and Computer Science. Scott's has spent the last 25 years working in the field of security system design and administration. He has six patents on hardware and software to manage mechanical locks for clients, regardless of the business' keyed environment's complexity.
Passion for aviation has led Mr. Serani to serve as the EAA Chapter 43's president, volunteer in the EAA Young Eagles program, and volunteer to work with children at air shows, including KidVenture in Oshkosh, WI. Scott and his son Eric, co-founder, built a Vans RV10 when Eric was 17. The project took them 2 years and he describes it as "the best bonding experience a father and son could possibly script - we are best friends"
Eric Serani Co-founder and 3D CAD Mentor
Eric Serani holds a Masters Degree in Aerospace Engineering from CU Boulder where he was recognized as the Distinguished Senior of Aerospace Department. He left Broomfield High School as the Valedictorian and having been recognized at The Denver Post's "Top Kid". His engineering experience includes serving as a Configuration Design Engineer for Boeing's 737 MAX.
Eric also has an entrepreneurial drive that has taken him through a couple startup companies: One that designed and flew a hybrid gas-electric UAV engine, and another that designed and built the world's most power dense alternators.
Eric has volunteered for many years in the aviation community. He flies the RV10 he built with his dad for the monthly Young Eagles Rally sharing his knowledge from his many pilot certifications with kids who want to be pilots!
Patricia (Pat) Miller Co-Founder and Events Coordinator Lynn Miller Mentor - Trailer Team
Pat became interested in aviation through her husband. When Chapter 43 asked for a volunteer to head up the Young Aviators, Pat's hand went up! She doesn't have a pilot's license yet, but has soloed.
Politics were Pat's passion and she served in the Colorado Legislature in the 90's. She has authored six books and remains active in the community.
Pat and Lynn attended high school together in Washburn, IL. After graduation, Mr. Miller graduated from a 4 year millwright apprenticeship course at Caterpillar Tractor Company. He then was a millwright journeyman at Cat for 2 years, before he and Pat moved to Colorado.
In Colorado, Lynn worked for Coors Brewery for 33 years as an industrial electrician/mechanic in elevator maintenance. He tells people he rescued folks out of elevators for a living and then fixed them, either the people or the elevator, whichever needed fixing the most.
Lynn retired from Coors 9 years ago and now works part time inspecting elevators along the front range of Colorado.
He learned to fly 46 years ago at Marshall County Airport, in Lacon, Illinois. He then got his instrument rating 36 years later in a Piper Cherokee 235.
He and Pat built a Rutan Vari-Eze when Burt Rutan first came out with the plans. The first weekend the plans became available, he was in Mohave with 100 other folks buying them. The aircraft took 5 years and 9 months to build, but who was counting. Burt Rutan is his hero in the aviation field.
Lynn has attended Oshkosh 23 different years. The last 4 years he has volunteered at KidVenture helping young folks build wing ribs. Lynn has served as the treasurer and vice president for EAA Chapter 43. Presently, Lynn is the chairman of the scholarship committee for EAA Chapter 43 and is also on the Board of Directors for the chapter.
David Leeper B-25 Project Director Pictured with son, Brandon, who serves as the youth president
David Leeper holds a BA in Mathematics with a double minor in Business and Computer Science from the Citadel and a Masters in Operations Research from the Air Force Institute of Technology. David has spent his entire career in the field of software. He started out as a developer, became a projector manager and then a consultant. Over the past 10 years in Product Management, David has delivered innovative solutions in a variety of both growing startup companies and large, established technology leaders.
He learned to fly while getting his Masters Degree in Dayton, OH. He had stopped flying for quite a while until his son, Brandon (a charter member of the Young Aviators) expressed an interest in flying. He began flying again in October of 2013. David began volunteering at Young Aviators as a way to be with his son and share the love of aviation. He is a member of EAA.
David really enjoys being with his family and traveling. He especially likes family camping vacations to National Parks in the USA. He plays all kinds of sports, including soccer, tennis, golf, skiing, hiking and mountain climbing. He has climbed all of the mountains over 14,000 feet (54 of them) in Colorado and also Aconcagua (22,837 feet) in South America.
Scott and Trice McEwen Design Engineer & Hosts
Mr. Scott McEwen holds a B.S. from Valdosta State College in Applied Math with a Computer Science emphasis. He retired from the U.S. Geological Survey after 30 years and is currently performing various forms of contract work, although he spends the majority of his time as a volunteer. Trice is on her 31st year at U.S. Bank and is currently a telecommunications specialist. Scott and his wife, Patrice ("Trice"), volunteer for various aviation and robotics organizations. Scott is the Design Engineer for the Young Aviators B-25 Project. He and Trice provide their hangar and home for B-25 Project. In addition, Scott is President of the Antique Airplane Association of Colorado. He is the coordinator for static aircraft displays and youth activities for the Erie Air Fair. Scott serves in numerous capacities for Rocky Mountain BEST Robotics. Trice also volunteers for Colorado's Special Olympics.
Together, Scott and Trice use their time and resources to provide students of all ages with hands-on opportunities to explore their interests in STEM, enabling these students to make informed decisions about their education and careers.
Mr. Wayne Gibson Mentor for Electronics, Software, Aeronautical Engineering Mr. Gibson holds a B.S. Electrical Engineering degree from University of Maryland, an M.S. Computer Science and MBA degrees from University of Texas. In addition, Mr. Gibson received training in Aeronautical Engineering from TU Delft (a sister school to University of Texas).
Mr. Gibson is directing the design and construction of the main instrument panel for the B25-J project, which includes the technologies of 3D CAD modeling and 3D printed components.
Mr. Gibson also builds and flies R/C airplanes with his son, Edward.
Mr. James Elliott Education Coordinator
Mr. Elliott holds a B.A. in Religion degree from Hiram College and a M.S. in Computer Science degree from Southern Methodist University. He has served on the affiliate faculty of Regis University, School of Professional Studies teaching computer programming. He has a Private Pilot license with an Instrument Rating and is a member of the U. S. Civil Air Patrol (Major).
Mr. Elliott helps the Aviators select and prepare their own presentations on aviation, history, and piloting.
Randy Nation Mentor/Lead for Interior Sheet Metal
Mr. Nation holds a B.S. in Computer & Management Science from Metropolitan State University of Denver. He has worked for U.S. Bank for the past 27 years in various aspects of their Technology & Operations Services organization. He currently has responsibility for desk-side support of all corporate facilities East of the Mississippi River, overseas and at the home office in Minneapolis.
Mr. Nation grew up around aviation and has always had a passion for it. His step father owned a Mooney in which they made many trips over the years to South Western Wisconsin & Muleshoe, Texas. Although Randy is very familiar with aviation, he does not hold a pilot’s license. However, both of his step brothers do. His oldest brother spent many years working for Bell Helicopter on military projects like the UH-1 & V-22 as well as commercial airships.
Bill Kendall Mentor
Mr. Kendall graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with a degree in Physics. Since that time, Bill has been a professional engineer in the water and waste water field as well as pumping and piping systems. In addition to becoming a private pilot and accumulated 1,200+ hours, Mr. Kendall has built two airplanes, a Rans S10 and a RV 7 A. He still owns and flies the RV7A as well as a share in a Cessna 182.