The annual meeting of the National Coalition for Aviation and Space Education (NCASE) was held at the Air Force Association Headquarters in Arlington, Virginia on Tuesday, December 4th. Coalition officers, directors, and members filled the conference room and several others participated by telephone for the six hour meeting.
Highlights of accomplishments in 2012 were discussed, including an update on this year's Crown Circle and Strickler awards. New business included further exploration of a joint education portal and the introduction of the Coalition's new administrative director, Kim Stevens. Stevens brings a wealth of expertise and will be leading the organization's communication efforts including producing monthly and quarterly electronic newsletters.
Organizations represented around the table and on the phone were given the opportunity to update the group on the activities of their respective organizations during 2012 and in the future.
Officers for 2013 were also elected at the meeting. The new slate includes Judy Rice, President; Rol Murrow, Vice President; and Betty Wilson, remaining as Secretary. Murrow will continue to act as Treasurer until the post is filled. Ken Cook, Immediate Past President, will continue to serve in an advisory capacity. Ken has led NCASE for the last nine years, providing strategic direction and supporting a wide variety of projects and published materials.
Rice is currently the Executive Director for Fly To Learn, Powered by X-Plane, and founder and Captain for Think Global Flight; Murrow serves as Executive Director of the Wolf Aviation Fund; and Wilson is the Public Relations Manager at the Virginia Department of Aviation.
“I thank President Ken Cook and our past presidents for the foundation from which we can all plan and take action," said Judy Rice. "One of my goals as your President will be to do my best to lead the organization into growth.”