As a charitable enterprise, prioritizing improving the lives of animals over cash flow or shareholder earnings, we have a responsibility to donors to maximize our impact. How do we do that? Make sure we’re not painting ourselves into a business or charitable corner by making poor decisions, which we can accomplish by having a solid set of advisors who understand business, non-profit and aviation. The following people have consented to giving us advice and perspective honestly and openly when we need or ask for it, and most particularly – when we’re doing something naive, or poorly executed. We are quite pleased to have some powerhouse intellects and experience on our side to make sure we’re doing the best we possibly can.
Diane Ty is an independent marketing and business strategy consultant and currently serves as Senior Project Director at Georgetown University’s Business for Impact at the McDonough School of Business. Her 20+ years of nonprofit experience includes various roles at AARP, Save the Children, Service Year Alliance, Generations United, and Parenting Together. Diane started her career at American Express, where she spent 10+ years in marketing. She is an example of “you can teach an old dog new tricks” as she has absolutely fallen in love with her family’s bernedoodle, Brodie, after years of being afraid of dogs (please don’t judge). She is excited to bring her experience to Amelia Air.
Steve Wolfson has spent most of his working career in the printing and marketing industries in and around the City of New York. He has worked for large and small firms alike, and participated in many start-up operations, including a boutique marketing and advertising firm in mid-town Manhattan. Relocated to Northern Virginia in early 2000, he worked as the Associate Executive Director, and then Executive Director for The Arc of Loudoun, a non-profit advocating for persons with intellectual and development disabilities. Presently, Steve is the Executive Director of Loudoun Youth, Inc. and is working to empower, lead and connect the youth of Loudoun County in positive out of school experiences while making Loudoun County a great place to grow up. Steve is very involved in the Boy Scouts of America and currently holds many positions, such as Vice-Chair of Programming for Goose Creek District, Unit Commissioner and Past Troop Committee Chairperson, and has completed BSA’s highest level of leadership training ‘Wood Badge for the 21st Century’. Steve was also on the Board of Directors of Leesburg Congregation Sha’are Shalom and is the facilitator for its board development program, ‘Sulam for Current Leaders’. Steve lives in Leesburg with his wife and two sons, and enjoys hiking, camping, woodworking and auto sports.