Our Board currently has Three Directors. (We are currently interviewing applicants to increase our Board to Five). These Volunteers have a variety of skills and backgrounds to help support the mission of Hope Flight. All of the Officers and Board members participate in fundraising efforts, decisions, and overall operations.
Douglas Harding is our Founder, Executive Director, President, and Chief Pilot. Douglas is committing his life to developing and improving Hope Flight Foundation. He has 10,008 hours of flying experience, and holds the Airline Transport Pilot, and Flight Instructor Certificates issued by the FAA. He has experience in single and multi-engine aircraft, including twin-engine turboprop (jet-propeller) type aircraft. He holds a B.A. in Geography, and experience in Business Management, and Project Management. He worked at the Korean Airlines pilot training facility in Livermore, CA from 1991 to 2004, as Flight Instruction Manager and as Chief Flight Instructor.
Paul Stiling. Paul currently flies a corporate Twin-engine jet full-time, and has 8,000 hours of flight experience. He is an émigré from London, England, where he acquired his degree in Government. Paul has worked as a pilot for Ameriflight Air Cargo and Vanguard Airlines.
Jeff Heitzeberg. Jeff is a Federal Aviation Administration designated examiner for pilot testing. He has worked in the aviation industry for 44 years as a Corporate Pilot, Director of Standards, Consultant, and Pilot Examiner. His expertise is highly useful for Hope Flight Foundation in the areas of aircraft operations and training.
Joel Mitzman. Joel has 8,600 hours of flying experience, and holds the Commercial Pilot, Flight Instructor, and Turbojet Flight Engineer FAA Certificates. His experience includes twin engine turboprop aircraft. He has worked at the Korean Airlines, All Nippon flight training, and Japan Airlines schools in California as an Instructor Pilot. He holds a B.A. in Communication Arts and Music.
David Davis is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, and a Certified Massage Therapist. David also volunteers with the Interfaith Homelessness Network in San Leandro, CA. David brings a lot of energy and excitement to Hope Flight Foundation. He is experienced in customer service and patient needs, and helps in the area of passenger comfort.
Michelle Teodoro is a registered Nurse, and cares deeply about ill children. She helps in advising, and outreach to other Registered Nurses.
Past Directors and Time on the Board
Michael Chua (6 years, 9 months)
David Cota (4 years)
Joel Mitzman (3 years, 9 months)
Margaret Sanchez-Chua (7 years 10 months)
Jules Vano (4 years 11 months)