About the WNCPA Educational Foundation
The Educational Foundation provides supplementary funding, support, and mentoring for pilots in training who demonstrate the potential and desire to make aviation a long-lasting part of their lives.
History. In 2012, the WNCPA Educational Foundation was incorporated as a tax-exempt corporation in the State of North Carolina.
In May of 2013, the WNCPAEF was granted tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status as a charitable organization. The Educational Foundation Board subsequently developed By-laws, Policies and Procedures and has elected follow-on Directors. All Board members, Officers and Directors are volunteers and are not compensated for their services, keeping expenses to a minimum.
During its first nine years (2013-2021), the WNCPAEF has awarded grants ranging from $500 to $3,000 to 67 individuals for a total of over $100,000 assisting grantees in pursuing their aviation goals.
Donations. The Foundation’s Board is dedicated to providing the highest level of stewardship of donated funds. To learn how to contribute, click (here).
Grant Application Process. For grant award requirements and information on how to apply for a grant, click (here).
Board of Directors
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University Counsel, University of North Carolina Asheville (Retired)
Chair, Executive Committee
Arnie Andresen has been on the Educational Foundation Board since 2012 and is a past President. He was an Adjunct Professor of Aviation at AB Tech Community College and holds an ATP, CFI, CFII, MEI and AGI and got his Private Pilot License in 1969.
Andy joined the Educational Foundation Board in 2015 and has served as Treasurer since. He learned to fly in Canada and has been a private pilot since 1973, commercial license in 1976 and a float endorsement was acquired in 2009. Andy has been a resident of the Asheville area since 2002 and is now retired from a career in computer sales. His hobbies include doing DIY projects at home.
Marla is a lifelong aviation enthusiast who enjoys flying with her husband Greg. In fact, her first flight in a single engine aircraft was on their first date!
Nancy is a native of Atlanta, GA and has lived in Asheville since 1992. Prior to Asheville, she resided in Boston for 12 years, working for an international executive suite organization, Headquarters Companies, and was instrumental in the opening of their six locations in the Boston area and Providence, RI.
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Greg is an Instrument Rated, Commercial Pilot having earned his Private Pilot license in 1982 in Pensacola, Fl. He is a 2016 WNCPAEF Grant Recipient which helped in funding his Instrument training and has been serving on the Western North Carolina Pilots Association Educational Foundation Board since September 2019.
As a member of the WNCPA Educational Foundation board, I feel privileged to help aviation enthusiast fulfill their dreams.
Dave is a native of Bethel CT and has lived in Hendersonville NC for 12 years. Prior to his retirement after 30 years as a Chemical Engineer with CBS/Sony Music Entertainment he lived in several states before moving to NC in 2010.
Link joined the Educational Foundation board in 2017 as secretary until December of 2022. He holds Bachelors and Masters degree in Electrical Engineering, a professional certification in Aviation Safety Management Systems (ASMS) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz Piano Performance.
History of the Educational Foundation
In 2012, the Western North Carolina Pilots Association Educational Foundation (WNCPAEF) was incorporated as a tax-exempt corporation in the State of North Carolina.
In May of 2013, the WNCPAEF was granted tax-exempt 501 (C)3 status as a charitable organization. The Educational Foundation board subsequently developed By-Laws, Policies and Procedures and has elected follow-on Directors.
All board members, officers and directors are volunteers and are not compensated for thief services, keeping expenses to a minimum.
During the first nine years (2013-2021) the WNCPA has awarded grants ranging from $500 to $3000 to more than 55 individuals totaling more than $100,000 assisting these grantees in pursuing their aviation goals.
The WNCPAEF conducts these procedures following the guiding principles of "Code of Ethical Standards" that have been developed by the Council of Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Association of Fundraising
Professionals (AFP). WNCPAEF manages all donations under the guiding principles of "The Donor Bill Of Rights".