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
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…
Bob McBroom
Check Instructor – CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP
As an Army Veteran, Bob moved around quite a bit, but earned certificates wherever he was based. He completed his private pilot in Okinawa, Japan; Instrument, AMEL, and CPL in…
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…
Carl Sanman
Check Instructor – CFI, CFII, MEI
Carl learned to fly in Reno, Nevada, and Pompano Beach, Florida. Always fascinated with airplanes, he was hooked after his first intro flight. His favorite part of instructing is the…
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…
Gabriel Bacerdo
Gabriel took an intro flight in a Cessna 152 here at Galvin as a junior in High School. It was then he knew he wanted a career in aviation. He…
Nick Bartholet
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…
Maggie Brooks
After graduating from the University of Washington with a degree in Linguistics, Maggie was looking for a career that would challenge her. Having always loved to travel, of course aviation…
Martin Buehler
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
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
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
Chris Clayton
From a young age, Chris dreamed of being “Maverick” from Top Gun. Instead of joining the Navy, Chris joined the Army where he served 18 years, including 3 tours in Iraq…
Bridget Cooley
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
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
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…
Nick Elizarov
Born in Canada and raised in the Greater Seattle area, Nick ended up learning to fly out of Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina. For as long as he can…
Joelle Erickson
As a kid growing up in Seattle, Joelle loved watching the British Airways 747 approach SeaTac over her school. However, she never thought she could make aviation a career until…
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
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…
Michael Graham
Michael learned to fly at Utah Valley University, earning a degree in Aviation Science. While flying had always been a dream, it wasn’t until he was in college that he…
Justen Hagstrom
Justen became interested in flying at a young age, and at the beginning, didn’t know how to go about get started. He ended up joining the Marine Corps as a…
James Himes
James studied at Central Washington University, where he earned his pilot ratings and a Bachelor of Science in Aviation. He recalls as a young kid, living in Eastern Washington, being…
Toby Jensen
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
Michael learned to fly at Action Flying Service in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. He loves sharing his passion to fly with his students.  
Brandon Kopp
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…
Katrina Linder
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
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
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…
JD Marymee
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
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
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
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
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
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
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…
Jonathan Rosen
Jonathan learned to fly at Flight Safety Academy in Vero Beach, Florida, receiving all his ratings in eight months. His interest in flying began when he was a young child…
Beau Skalley
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
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….
Eric Sullivan
Growing up in the Seattle area, Eric’s interest in aviation started when he was very young. Whether he was watching The Blue Angels at Seafair, going to The Museum of…
Gokay Taskin
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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…
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…
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,…
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…
Chris Singh
A&P Mechanic
Chris was born and raised in Northern India. Although he didn’t have any aviation background, he always thought airplanes were cool when he watched them on TV. His parents are…
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….