Meet Our Team

Our diverse, experienced team is dedicated to you

At Galvin Flying we have the most diverse staff of any school in the region. Our professional team includes passionate aviators, current and former airline pilots, military aviators, and technical experts within the aviation industry.

Flight Instructors

Nicole Cain
Chief Flight Instructor – CFI, CFII, MEI
Nicole grew up near Campbell Airstrip in Anchorage, Alaska, and always imagined herself flying in the airplanes she’d watch overhead. Like many, she finally found herself in an airplane at…
Eric Lynn
Director of Operations – CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP
Eric learned to fly in Auburn, Washington, achieving his ratings through MEI in two years. Before moving into flight school operations, he flew as a Horizon Air pilot. Eric’s interest…
Brandi Balzarini
Check Instructor – CFI, CFII, MEI
Born and raised in Seattle, Brandi grew up in awe of the Blue Angels. She took her first flight in her grandfather’s small plane, and later earned most of her…
Jim Lilje
Check Instructor – CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP
Jim began flight training in the U.S. Navy in 1968, but insists he’s not quite done yet. Type rated in the Boeing 737, 757, 767 and 777 as well as…
Michael Oswald
Check Instructor – CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP
Michael originally began flying in Walla Walla in a PA-11 in 1956. Today, at 32,000 hours, he is still learning and loves to share this passion with his students. His…
Bruce Williams
Check Instructor – CFI, CFII
Bruce grew up in an Air Force family and believes flying is in his DNA. He learned to fly in Spokane, Washington, while he was still in high school. Bruce…
Nick Bartholet
CFI
After earning his Private Pilot Certificate here at Galvin in 2017, Nick went on to earn his Commercial Certificates at Embry-Riddle along with a bachelor’s degree. He became interested in…
Martin Buehler
CFI, CFII, MEI
Martin learned to fly at Tacoma Narrows Airport in Gig Harbor, Washington. While he started out liking airplanes, but not particularly interested in flying them, Martin credits a pilot friend…
Alexis Cao
CFI
Alexis graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Science and all her certificates and ratings. She had initially started flying during her gap year prior…
Amanda Cave
CFI
Amanda grew up with a grandfather that was an Air Force Crew Chief and has always loved travel and aviation. In 2017, she started working as a flight attendant for…
Jack Cha
CFI, CFII
Jack learned to fly in Oklahoma. He became interested in flying because the experiences he got while flying were completely different from anything he experienced on the ground. Jack’s favorite…
Bridget Cooley
CFI
Bridget learned to fly at Galvin. She earned her Private Pilot Certificate, flying only on the weekends, and in about 18 months. She earned her Instrument rating and Multi-engine, Commercial,…
Tyler Cords
CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP
Tyler began learning to fly in 2001 at Auburn Flight Service and transitioned to Embry-Riddle in Prescott, Arizona. He always wanted to fly and finds taking students into the clouds…
David Cowan
CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP
David learned to fly in Fort William, Ontario, and holds both Canadian and FAA licenses. His desire to fly was developed early, listening to bush flying tales in Northern Ontario…
Grace Cox
CFI
Ngierot (Jarred) Edwards-Smith
CFI, CFII
Growing up in New York City, Jarred never imagined that he would turn the passion of watching planes into a career. After spending 8 years at his first airline as…
Robin Lee Ferguson
Advanced and Instrument Ground Instructor
A private pilot herself, Robin learned to fly in Long Beach, California, and Renton, Washington. When it comes to what inspired her, she claims to have been inflicted with a…
Ruben Gomez
CFI
Ruben earned his Private Pilot Certificate in Auburn, WA, and later all additional certificates here at Galvin. His love for airplanes, as well as his first goose bumps and teary…
Ryan Gregg
CFI
Matt Hanson
CFI
Matt learned to fly and completed all his certificates and ratings here at Galvin flying. He originally graduated college with a finance degree but was reluctant to find a business-oriented job…
Michael Hanson
CFI
Michael earned his private certificate and instrument rating at Crest Air Park. He ended up obtaining his commercial and flight instructor certificates here at Galvin Flying. Michael says he has…
Christian Higgins
CFI
Toby Jensen
CFI
Toby’s interest in flying came from childhood visits to the Museum of Flight, checking out the Blackbird, the Boeing 737, and even the flying car! He came to Galvin to…
Michael Jewsbury
CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP
Michael learned to fly at Action Flying Service in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. He loves sharing his passion to fly with his students.  
Adam Kephart
CFI
Adam had wanted to be a pilot ever since attending air shows as a child. In 2018 he finally made the decision to follow that dream and went right to…
Scotty Klein
CFI
Brandon Kopp
CFI
Brandon was born and raised in the Seattle area and always had a fascination with the world of aviation. Being exposed to local attractions such as the Museum of Flight…
Michael Lahaszow
CFI
Katrina Linder
CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP
Katrina learned to fly in Pennsylvania and Connecticut and earned an aviation degree at the University of New Haven. She initially became interested in flying because she loved to travel;…
Jack Liu
CFI, CFII
Where he grew up in China, Jack’s home was near the airport under the approach path. He watched large planes fly in and out every day and wondered if some…
Josh Loomis
CFI
Josh grew up surrounded by planes and pilots in North Texas. After getting his degree and working in the medical field for several years, he went on a discovery flight…
Ziming Ma
CFI
Ziming started his private pilot training while stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii, as a combat medic specialist for the US Army.  After his initial service, he joined the reserves and his…
Ryan Martinez
CFI, CFII
Ryan is a third-generation pilot. His father is a private pilot, and his paternal grandfather has a commercial pilot’s license. His maternal grandfather was conscripted into the Royal Air Force…
JD Marymee
CFI, CFII, MEI
JD took his first flight at 9 years old and received his first certificate three months after his 17th birthday, paying for every hour by washing dishes and busing tables…
Jack McGoldrick
CFI, CFII
Jack learned to fly here at Boeing Field after a coworker took him for a flight in his Bonanza from Auburn to Hoquim. He realized aviation was the best way…
Tim McLaughlin
CFI, CFII, MEI
When Tim was 15 years old, his dad took him flying and to his first airshow at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. It was there he saw the Blue Angels…
Matthew Mulder
CFI
Matthew grew up in the final approach path of Eglin Air Force base in Florida. He loved watching all the different aircraft flying close overhead and can’t remember a time…
Carol Anne Ogden
CFI, CFII
Carol Anne grew up in Atlanta, where many of her friends’ parents were pilots for Delta or Eastern Airlines, and many went on to become pilots themselves. Having been around…
Ben Paul
CFI, CFII, ATP
Ben wanted to be an astronaut as a kid. When he was 10, he started playing Flight Sim on his father’s laptop, and really started trying to learn to fly…
Herb Pierce
CFI, CFII
Herb grew up in Lake Stevens, Washington. After spending some time at the University of Washington as a football coach he decided to embark on a career in aviation. He…
Treyton Ramos
CFI
Treyton grew up in Washington state and has family in Hawaii. When he was younger, he would regularly fly across the Pacific to visit, making sure to get a window…
Maayan Shalev
CFI
Maayan grew up around aviation. Her father is a pilot, and she always knew she wanted to fly at some point. However, only after going to university and working as…
Chris Shone
CFI, CFII
Chris is a Seattle local and learned to fly at both Paine Field and Renton Airport. He ended up completing his CFII training in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Chris developed an interest…
Beau Skalley
CFI, CFII
Beau became interested in flying at a very young age. He used to drive by the Boeing factory on the way to school every day and became obsessed with aviation….
Chris Smith
CFI, CFII, ATP
Chris learned to fly in Boise, Idaho. Growing up in an Air Force family with a pilot father, he was quickly hooked with the desire to follow in his footsteps….
Gokay Taskin
CFI
The son of a flight attendant, Gokay’s childhood was filled with airplanes. His love developed into a career as an aircraft engineer. He began learning to fly in 2005, and…
Warren Tichenor
CFI, CFII, MEI
Flying since he was a kid, Warren learned to fly all over the U.S., from Idaho, Wyoming and California to Texas and Maine. He credits his sense of adventure for…
Harvey Waldron III
CFI, CFII
Harvey learned to fly in Pullman, Washington, and has since built flight experience in 37 different general aviation aircraft models during his career. His inspiration for taking flight was his…
Chen Hsi Wen
CFI, CFII
Chen Hsi was indoctrinated in aviation before she decided to become a pilot. Working as an airline flight attendant, she was able to work alongside pilots and gain insights into…
Wayne Werner
CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP
A Gold Seal flight instructor, Wayne is a life-long aviator. He grew up at his family’s FBO in Wyoming, earning his private license at the age of 17. He’s since…
Bob Widdekind
CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP
Bob learned to fly in Renton, Washington, building his land and sea airplane ratings. The aviation bug bit Bob early. He remembers looking at an airplane when he was about…
Chan You
CFI, CFII
Growing up, Chan always loved flying. His aviation journey started as a flight attendant for Emirates Airlines. Working as a flight attendant he always wondered, behind the cockpit door, what…
Aaron Yu
CFI
Aaron wasn’t one of those kids that grew up imagining he’d be a pilot. That is, until he was in high school. He was watching a Hong Kong drama show…

Maintenance Team

Jim Bicais
Maintenance Manager – A&P Mechanic
Jim fell in love with aviation while living in Alaska and getting to know local bush pilots. He moved to Washington to pursue an A&P certificate at Everett Community College…
Darrah Bosse
Lead Mechanic – A&P Mechanic
Darrah’s career began when he served 5 years overseas as a helicopter mechanic in the US Marine Corps. Upon returning from service, he trained and served the next 3 years…
Robert Growden
Lead Mechanic – A&P Mechanic
Having worked in IT for 23 years as a Support Engineer and Program Manager, Robert was looking for a career change. Having gained a love of airplanes from his father,…
Fidel Chishungu
A&P Mechanic
Fidel was introduced to aircraft maintenance by an industry mentor while he was still in high school. His mentor, who owned a flight school at Arlington airport, allowed Fidel to…
Henry Dunn
Mechanic
Henry has always found aviation fascinating and believes that flight is one of mankind’s greatest feats. He also enjoys seeing how things work. This combination of awe and curiosity lead Henry…
David Garrison
Fleet Manager
Before he came to Galvin, David spent several years in parts at Toyota. He received some instruction in Toyota’s T-Ten training program and an apprenticeship with a Toyota Master Tech….
Chris Herrick
A&P Mechanic, IA
After tiring of his job as a baggage handler for various contracted airlines, Chris was told about an A&P course at Chandler-Gilbert Community College by a coworker. Chris joined and…
Sangmyoung Lee
A&P Mechanic, IA
Hailing from South Korea, Sangmyoung moved to Seattle to earn his A&P certification at South Seattle College. As one who goes the extra mile, he is now attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical…