Air Safety Institute
- Bruce Landsberg, President AOPA Foundation
- Stephanie Kenyon, Vice President Strategy and Philanthropic Operations
- Kathleen Vasconcelos, Vice President Education and Operations
- Kristine Hartzell, Chief Flight Instructor, Air Safety Institute
- Paul Deres, Director Education
Bruce Landsberg became the President of the AOPA Foundation in May 2010. He has led AOPA Air Safety Foundation since 1992, serving as President and Executive Director During his tenure, the organization has been nationally recognized with numerous awards on aviation safety leadership and educational program excellence. He writes the monthly “Safety Pilot” column in AOPA Pilot magazine, has a weekly blog and is a frequent seminar, webinar presenter and keynote speaker . Bruce serves with many groups to represent general aviation safety interests in the FAA, NTSB, National Weather Service, and collegiate aviation education in addition to various industry groups.
Landsberg was product marketing manager for FlightSafety International in Wichita, Kan., specializing in new business development, training for owner flown high performance aircraft and for airline pilot recruitment programs. Prior to that, he managed Cessna Aircraft Company’s Air Age education department fleet sales of aircraft to colleges and universities.
A former U.S. Air Force officer Landsberg holds a B.A. in Psychology and a master’s degree in Industrial Technology from the University of Maryland.
Bruce has logged more than 6,000 hours and holds airline transport pilot (ATP), single-engine, multiengine, and instrument flight instructor certificates. He has been an AOPA member for more than 40 years.
Stephanie Kenyon brings to the AOPA Foundation a career focused on nonprofit success. Prior to coming to the foundation, she was the Associate Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer at the Loudoun Community Health Center, a multi-million-dollar nonprofit health center serving low-income patients in Northern Virginia.
As Vice President of External Affairs for the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation, Kenyon led a rebranding and marketing/communications strategy that resulted noticeably in a new name (the nonprofit is now known as the Prevent Cancer Foundation), but also in a fresh focus of their programs and grantmaking support, as well as an increase in donations.
Kenyon’s experience with the American Red Cross began at the Palm Beach County Chapter in Florida, which eventually earned her a place at the Red Cross headquarters in Washington, D.C. While there, she worked with national media covering major disasters across the country and with corporations and donors to facilitate charitable efforts to help disaster victims.
Kenyon’s experience in the aviation field includes having been part of the executive team at Air Serv International, a nonprofit dedicated to providing humanitarian flights to bring doctors, nurses and medical supplies to help people living in refugee camps in third-world countries and war-torn areas. She also flew as a flight attendant for Evergreen International Airlines. She attended the University of Florida and C.W. Post College, where she earned a B.A. in journalism and communications and did her graduate work toward an M.B.A. Stephanie is currently a student pilot.
Kathleen Vasconcelos is responsible for day-to-day operations of the AOPA Foundation, including oversight of the development administrative team and all of the functions of the Air Safety Institute from the production of training courses and seminars to oversight of the accident database. Prior to joining the Foundation she worked in AOPA’s Media Relations department where she communicated AOPA’s message to the media and general public. Vasconcelos is a commercial pilot with instrument and multiengine ratings, and an instrument-rated flight instructor. She holds a degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Kristine is responsible for representing the Air Safety Institute at industry and government meetings, overseeing the AOPA Foundation’s Air Safety Institute (ASI) Flight Instructor Safety Courses (FIRC) and delivery of the ASI Safety Seminars, and assists with special projects to increase ASI’s outreach.
She previously held a position within AOPA Government Affairs where she advocated on behalf of AOPA members on regulatory issues.
Kristine holds a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where she attained her private, instrument, commercial, multi-engine, CFI, CFII and MEI certificates.
Prior to her time at AOPA she was an airline pilot, charter and private pilot with type ratings in the Airbus A320, Canadair Regional Jet, Jetstream BAe3201 and with time in a Piaggio Avanti II. Kristine has held positions of Chief Pilot under part 135 operations as well as Check Airman and Manager of Human Factors for a part 121 air carrier. She has also assisted in the certification process for two separate air carriers (a part 121 airline and part 135 charter operator), writing manuals and representing the carriers in FAA table-top exams and flying proving runs to earn operating certificates for those carriers.
Paul Deres manages ASI's content development and accident analysis teams, and oversees the implementation and development of educational programs including award-winning online courses, live seminars, videos, safety quizzes and more. He also represents ASI at various industry and government meetings. He is a certificated flight instructor and holds both A&P mechanic certificates, as well as a bachelor's degree in Missionary Aviation from Piedmont Bible College and Executive Certificate in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame.
Updated January 10, 2012