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Foundation Staff

Bruce Landsberg, President

Bruce Landsberg has led AOPA’s safety initiatives for more than 18 years. During his tenure, the organization has been nationally recognized with numerous awards for aviation safety leadership and educational program excellence.

Now, as the president of the AOPA Foundation and the Air Safety Institute, he is responsible for a broad range of foundation activities to preserve the freedom of flight including safety programs, preserving airports, improving the image of general aviation, and growing the pilot population.

Landsberg writes the monthly “Safety Pilot” column in AOPA Pilot magazine, as well as a popular weekly blog in AOPA ePilot. He represents general aviation interests with the FAA, NTSB, National Weather Service, collegiate aviation programs, and various industry groups.

A former U.S. Air Force officer, he holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master's degree in industrial technology from the University of Maryland.

Landsberg has logged more than 6,000 hours as an airline transport pilot (ATP) and holds gold seal flight instructor certificates. He has been an AOPA member for more than 40 years.

Kathleen Vasconcelos, Vice President Education and Operations

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.

Harvey Cohen, Chief Development Officer

Harvey joined the AOPA in August 2002 as Senior Vice President, Development. His primary objective is to secure fiscal funding for AOPA Foundation programs and secondarily increase the endowments. Focusing on leadership level philanthropy, he rightly proved the strength of the marquee name of AOPA.

Harvey was instrumental in creating the new AOPA Foundation. He met with and listened to our supporters in an effort to expand the initiatives about which pilots are concerned and willing to support.

From 1989 to 2002, Harvey led development for the Foundation Fighting Blindness (formerly the RP Foundation Fighting Blindness) helping to increase revenues from $5 million to over $17 million. Previously he held development roles at the University of Cincinnati, Carnegie Mellon, MIT, Weizmann Institute of Science and State of Israel Bonds.

Harvey holds a bachelors degree in education from Duquesne University, a masters degree in human development from St. Mary’s College. He was also selected into the Johns Hopkins Fellows in Change Management Program. Harvey is the first Sport Pilot amongst the AOPA staff.

Stephanie Kenyon, Vice President, Strategic Philanthropy

Stephanie KenyonStephanie 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.

Sandi Terkelsen, Director of Development, Eastern Region

Sandi joined the AOPA Foundation development team in 2008 and currently serves as the Director of Donor Development. Her focus is on securing major gifts to fund the various initiatives of the AOPA Foundation. Sandi also oversees the AOPA President’s Council and President’s Ambassador programs, and cultivates the relationships between AOPA and participants in these programs.

Her background includes over 15 years of marketing, sales, and advertising experience with a strong emphasis on client relationship management. Prior to joining AOPA, Sandi was Director of Client Services for a division of Advantage Sales & Marketing and their client, Unilever.

Sandi holds a bachelor degree in business administration from Cedarville University in Ohio and an MBA from the University of Connecticut. A private pilot for nearly 7 years, she has competed in the Women’s Air Race Classic and is the owner of a 1979 Cessna 172.

Susan Rossman, Director of Development, Central Region

Susan RossmanSusan joined the AOPA Foundation in 2012, with over 20 years of Development experience. After teaching English, she began fundraising through the University of Texas System at UT Tyler and UT Arlington, served as Director of Development at the Dallas Zoological Society, and consulted with diverse clients from the EMS industry to Target Corporation. Her experience includes capital campaigns, strategic planning, developing board leadership, and grant writing.

Susan is currently a student pilot and shares her passion for flying with her pilot husband and son, RC airplane enthusiast. She holds a BS in English Education from The University of Texas at Tyler.

 

John Morrison, Director of Development, Western Region

John MorrisonJohn joined the AOPA Foundation as the Director of Development, Western Region in 2013. Prior to joining AOPA, John worked extensively in the arts fundraising for the Seattle Symphony and the Museum of Glass in the Pacific Northwest. John is a California native and began fundraising in the early 90’s with the LPGA Junior Golf Program, a program for at-risk inner city youth. The program’s curriculum, of which John helped create, became the foundation for the curriculum for the national 1st Tee Program.

John is an accomplished public speaker and a student pilot. He holds a BA in Economics from Baylor University and an MBA from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and resides with his wife and two children in Los Angeles.

 
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