Counselors 2019-03-14T12:05:53+00:00

Our Valuable Team Members

Aaron Hagan
Aaron HaganPresident & Founder
Aaron “Albie” Hagan has been helping people prepare for interviews since 2002. A lifelong aviation enthusiast, Aaron started flying at age 15 and currently flies for a major airline, served over 20 years as an Air Force fighter pilot, and is a general aviation enthusiast. Aaron’s experience in the Air Force included over two thousand seven hundred hours of flying the F-15 and OV-10 aircraft. In 1991 Aaron served as a ground based forward air controller during the Persian Gulf War. In 1992 he began flying the F-15C, serving in Alaska and Europe before returning to Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Florida in 1998.

In 1999 Aaron attended the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine and was certified as an aerospace physiologist, and spent the next three years teaching human factors to over 1500 military aviators from a wide cross section of backgrounds. In 2000 he was certified as a CRM instructor/facilitator by Crew Training International (CTI), where he was instrumental in helping develop courseware used by the F-15 community worldwide. This CRM experience has proven invaluable for many clients when faced with the unique and challenging CRM exercise scenarios currently in use at Southwest Airlines, United, and FedEx Express. Hired by both JetBlue and FedEx Express in 2001, Aaron knows firsthand the excitement and stress of preparing for the arduous airline interview process.

Away from the cockpit, Aaron has served in the Airline Pilot Association as a pilot representative, a part time lobbyist in Washington DC, and an ALPA National Committee chairman. He has a long history of involvement in state and local political campaigns and has used the experience to help many clients advance their interviewing skills in arenas far outside of aviation. Aaron has also had a long association with several beauty pageant systems. He has judged beauty pageants on both the state and national level across the Southeastern United States and Alaska. By gaining experience on the other side of the interview table, Aaron has developed some very effective strategies to immediately develop and maintain rapport with interviewers. He is proud not only of the thousands of airline pilots he has helped, but the young men and women he has helped gain acceptance into competitive medical and veterinary programs across the country.

Aaron is the proud father of three daughters, and has been happily married to the former Melissa Rogers for 26 years. Aaron is a 1987 graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management. Aaron retired from the Florida Air National Guard in 2008 after flying the F-15 for over 15 years. Aaron has flown the 727 and MD-11, and is currently a 767 captain based in Hong Kong.

Melissa Hagan
Melissa HaganVice President & Academic Program Director
Melissa Hagan is the Emerald Coast Vice President & Academic Program Director. Her professional history includes extensive experience in education, non-profit, and the political arena. Melissa honed many of her pubic relations skills as the Director of Development for a college, helping procure over 5 million dollars in funding for new technology classrooms and facilities. A professional grant writer, Melissa has worked in the non-profit arena in Alaska, Europe, and Florida. As the program director, she was directly responsible for the recruitment, hiring and supervision of a tutors, educators, and additional administrative support, and has extensive experience on hiring boards and committees.

Melissa has also been extensively involved in politics and public policy. She has been the District chairman for two presidential campaigns, and was a delegate to the 2008 Republican Convention. She has run for state office, and most recently was appointed to the Florida Commission for the Status of Women. The skills she has honed as a presenter, a candidate, and a spokeswoman in the State Capital have proven invaluable to helping a host of our clients in a variety of professional fields.

Melissa has had a lifelong interest in pageantry and has competed in local and national pageants since 1976. A Mississippi native, Melissa was a two-time finalist in the Miss Mississippi Pageant, and won many titles across the state culminating with her Miss Brookhaven title in 1984 and her Miss W (Mississippi University for Women) Title in 1985. After deciding being married and having children shouldn’t slow her down, Melissa won the Mrs. Alaska United States title in 1995, was top 10 finalist in the 2000 Mrs. Florida America, won the Mrs. Florida International title, and was a Mrs. Alaska America in 2001 where she competed in the Mrs. America pageant in Honolulu, Hawaii. Additionally, she has been a pageant judge, hostess, and emcee at pageants on the state and national level.

Melissa has a long history of service to her community, and has been a president of Girls’ Inc., and a vice president of the local Salvation Army. She has worked with Florida’s Great Northwest Coalition to bring advanced technology into rural schools. She has been a board member for Rotary International, Haney Technical College, and the Women’s Advisory board for Gulf Coast Hospital. Melissa has been recognized with awards from the European Chapter of the American Red Cross and was recognized in 1995 as the Joan Orr Air Force Spouse of the Year. In 2015 Melissa was inducted into the Hall of Fame by Junior Achievement for her long history of service in both business and community service to Northwest Florida.

JerriLynn Patriquin
JerriLynn PatriquinOperations Manager
JerriLynn has been with Emerald Coast since 2015, and brings to our company a full range of both life and professional experiences, giving her unique insight into the products and services we offer. A former legacy airline flight attendant and long-time aviation aficionado, her interest and experience in aviation spans over three decades. She has a wealth of experience in office management, having served in operational and executive administrative roles for the past 23 years.

Her educational background includes a B.S. in Journalism and Communications (and a Music Minor) from Mississippi University for Women. She has extensive training in the USAF/USAFR Key Spouse Program and has served as a mentor, facilitator, and trainer while a military spouse, offering ongoing critical support of military members and their families, particularly during times of deployment and active duty service.

The parent of a special needs adult, JerriLynn has had the opportunity to advocate and grant-write for, as well as lobby on behalf of the special needs community for over 20 years–and as such, was instrumental in defining and changing legislation that ultimately improved both the lives and services of the special needs community in Delaware.

JerriLynn has had great success as a volunteer since 1989 within the Miss America Organization–having been involved in the pageantry industry as an entertainer, coach, director, judge and contestant. Serving as a trainer and coach for 10 years in Delaware, the local organization she directed produced 8 out of 10 consecutive state winners who advanced to Miss America finals: Accolades included two finalists, National Talent, Community Service, and top Interview Award winners. She has served as a judge for both local and state preliminaries within the MAO as well as America’s Junior Miss (now Distiguished Young Women), among others

JerriLynn definitely considers her defining ‘management’ role and proudest accomplishment to be the care and keeping of her four daughters, ages 14-24.

Shannon Wright
Shannon WrightHR Counselor
Shannon Wright is a new member of our team and brings a counseling background with a focus on strength-based interventions to assist our clients in setting and reaching their career goals.

Shannon graduated with a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Mississippi State University and went on to earn her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Alabama. She has worked as a crisis intervention counselor, family counselor, and most recently as a Preventionist for a non-profit organization where she led staff development trainings and participated in interview panels for new employees. Shannon brings to our team a vast knowledge of the communication skills needed to be successful at interviewing, as well as the ability to assist clients in learning stress management skills applicable to remaining calm during the interview process. Shannon prides herself in being an active listener as well as a “life coach” who finds joy in helping clients identify their own strengths and highlight their abilities as they navigate the interview process. She believes in being an involved community member and has served on various church, school, and community boards as a team member willing to do what it takes to create change.

Shannon is an airline and USAF (retired) wife and has experienced firsthand the challenges families face when transitioning from military to civilian aviation. Shannon has accompanied her husband on various active duty Air Force assignments, as well as continued to raise their family while he served in numerous deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq. She most recently accompanied her husband as an instructor at NAS Pensacola where she mentored numerous students and spouses assisting them in becoming familiar with aviation and military life. In her role as a Navy Marine Corp Relief Society Counselor, Shannon has mentored enlisted students and officers in identifying and reaching their financial and career goals. After retirement from the Air Force, her husband was able to successfully land a job with his airline of choice as a client with Emerald Coast Interview Consulting and their family is now happily taking advantage of “airline life” based out of Atlanta, GA.

When Shannon is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, their three teen-aged children, and their pets. She loves exploring the beautiful Georgia mountains, vacations to the beach, gardening, and running with friends.

Ginna Dunwoody
Ginna DunwoodyHR Counselor
Virginia “Ginna” Dunwoody joined the Emerald Coast team after teaching for 20 years at the high school and college level. Ginna has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education and has taught and mentored college seniors through their student teaching and job placement after college. In addition to teaching, Ginna is a motivational and conference speaker, is an accomplished pianist and vocalist, organizes and directs music ensembles, and coordinates a volunteer program in her community.

Ginna grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where she developed a strong work ethic and a love for the outdoors. She graduated valedictorian and was the first in her family to go to college. After spending a semester doing volunteer work in southern Mexico, she completed her bachelor’s degree in secondary education specializing in history and music, followed by a MEd in music.

Ginna has been married to a pilot for 24 years and has witnessed first-hand the pressures of interviewing with a major airline. She lives with her husband and two teenagers in Greenville, South Carolina.

Greg Tolmoff
Greg TolmoffECIC Counselor
Greg “Puddy” Tolmoff kept his family tradition alive by following his father and grandfather and became the 3rd generation Tolmoff pilot when he earned his private pilot’s license at age 17. While in High School, Greg put himself through flight school by working at a local fixed base operator performing light aircraft maintenance and routine line services.

Greg followed his dream to fly for the United States Air Force by earning his degree and commission through ROTC from the University of Massachusetts. After graduation, he attended Euro-Nato Joint Jet Pilot Training in Wichita Falls, TX and was able to fly his first choice aircraft, the A-10 Warthog. Greg flew multiple combat deployments in the Middle East, serving as a forward air controller and combat flight lead. After his operational combat experience Greg served as an A-10 tour schoolhouse instructor pilot teaching new pilots how to employ the A-10 in combat operations.

Greg was then selected to fly and employ the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber. He became a dual-qualified T-38 Evaluator/Instructor pilot as well as a B-2 mission commander prior to taking command of a detachment focusing on the modernization of the B-2 flight simulators. A Distinguished Graduate of Air Command and Staff college, Greg served in several key leadership capacities in the B-2 program office including guiding modernization priorities and sustainment activities of the B-2 stealth bomber.

Throughout the course of his career, Greg deployed five times with a cumulative three years away from home supporting both Operation IRAQI FREEDOM as well as Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. He recently retired from the United States Air Force after serving over 20 years and almost 3,000 flying hours. Greg is now a legacy airline pilot flying the 737 Next Generation aircraft and now is very excited to share his passion with others who want to achieve their dreams getting hired at the airline of the their choice! After years of moving around the country, Greg and his family are now settling close to family in central Michigan.

Wil Kauffman
Wil KauffmanECIC Counselor
Wil Kauffman had his first taste of aviation as a young kid in a hot air balloon in his hometown of Albuquerque, NM. From that first experience he was hooked and knew he wanted to fly. After being fascinated by numerous airshow aerial demonstrations he decided he really wanted to fly fighters, so he chose a military path to meet that goal.

Wil graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1999 with a BS in Computer Science and a minor in Math. Just a couple of months later, he piloted his first airplane while working on his private pilot certificate in a Piper Cherokee. This marked the beginning of his Air Force career, and over the next 15 years he flew the T-37, T-38, AT-38, and F-16 while assigned to bases in Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona, South Carolina, South Korea and Germany. During that time, Wil accumulated over 2400 hours of flight time including combat time in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring

To prepare himself for the transition, he completed a B-737 type rating course at his own expense, obtained an ATP certificate, and applied to the legacy carrier of his choice, and was hired in 2014. Today he continues to fly as a first officer for that carrier on the B-757/767.

Scott Meyer
Scott MeyerECIC Counselor
Scott “Cash” Meyer developed his love of flying at a very young age. He was born into an Air Force family, and his father is retired from both the military and Delta Air Lines. Scott pursued his dream of flying at the United States Air Force Academy and graduated in 2003 with a B.S. in Management. His first active duty assignment was coaching football at the USAFA Prep School, then went on to complete USAF Pilot Training where he distinguished himself as the Air Force Association Award winner for displaying exemplary leadership ability.

Scott was asked to return to the T-6A Texan II as a First Assignment Instructor Pilot and teach the newest Air Force pilots the basics of flight. While instructing in the T-6, Scott was able to achieve an MBA from Florida State University and graduated with honors. After logging nearly 1300 hours in the T-6 as an Instructor and Functional Check Pilot, Scott was awarded his first choice of aircraft and went on to train in the F-16. His operational assignments took him around the globe to Osan AB, South Korea, Hill AFB, UT, and finally Tucson ANG where he finished his active duty career as an F-16C Basic Course instructor and Functional Check Pilot for both U.S. and international trainees.
Scott and his family made the decision to separate from active duty and pursue a commercial career in early 2016.

Scott is now an A-320 First Officer at the legacy airline of his choice. He attributes his interview success to the instruction and preparation he received from the Emerald Coast team during his interview process. Scott, his wife Julia, and three children live in Minnesota where he continues to serve in the Air National Guard and fly commercially.

Mary D'Aoust
Mary D'AoustECIC Counselor
Mary D’Aoust is the Human Resource Director at Emerald Coast and has been with the company since 2010.

Mary’s Professional experience ranges from the legal industry to Education. She has a degree in Criminal Justice. Her experience as a Paralegal included preparing legal documents as well as preparing clients for depositions and the trial process. As an educator at Gulf Coast Community College, Mary was responsible for teaching employability skills to displaced homemakers and developing a community resource program for students that were homeless or going through difficult situations. As a psychology major in college, a big part of preparing students for reaching their career goals was to review and explain career test results and working with students to determine academic, personal and career goals. She organized and conducted interview and dressing for success instructional workshops at Gulf Coast Community College. In addition to preparing students for interviews, Mary was responsible for gathering student histories to prepare resumes and assist with job search and placement and contacted many employers on her on time to set up interviews for students in complex situations. In addition to her experience working with grant funded programs, she also worked as an adjunct instructor for the Continuing Education Department at Gulf Coast Community College and was responsible for preparing contracts for adjunct instructors through the Continuing Education Department. In 2009, Mary was awarded with the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Award (NISOD Award).

Mary is a proud Mother of three children and very proud grandmother to four grandchildren.

Laura Goudge
Laura GoudgeECIC Counselor
The aviation industry has been a major influence on Laura’s life since birth. Her father was a commercial airline pilot for 30 years and instilled within Laura a deep personal and professional excitement for the industry. Laura joined ECIC in 2014 and brings a unique and diverse background as a flight attendant, commuter and regional pilot, and most recently, a major airline pilot. Her broad experience and determined attitude allow her to provide our clients with a powerful perspective to the entire aviation industry. Laura thoroughly enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for the airline industry through mentoring new pilots and applicants to the field as she spent time as a recruiter assisting in the hiring process.

Laura grew up in northeastern Ohio and graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Arts in French and a Bachelor of Science in Interpersonal Communications. During her time at college, she was selected to study abroad at the L’institut de Touraine in Tours, France.

Remembering the joy of traveling from her childhood led Laura to the flight attendant profession for United Airlines. She spent the next six years based out of Denver working on all of United’s fleet. It was here where Laura was bit by the flying bug when she first saw the flight deck of a 777. At that moment she reflected on her father’s passion, considered her own professional future and found her own passion for aviation that led her out of the aisles and into the cockpit.

While still effectively performing her duties as a flight attendant and, during her time-off from United, working a part-time job; Laura completed her ratings and earned her CFI, CFII, MEI, and gold seal CFI. After instructing for a more than a year, she was hired by Great Lakes Airlines and flew the Beech 1900 out of Denver. Laura was then hired as a first officer by SkyWest Airlines in 2004 and flew the CRJ 200/700/900. She spent the next nine years at SkyWest, seven of which were in the captain’s seat. Last October Laura was hired by a major airline and now flies the B737.

Nate “Sledge” Whitaker
Nate “Sledge” WhitakerECIC Counselor
Nate “Sledge” Whitaker grew up in Fort Worth, Texas and enlisted in the USAF after a brief stint playing collegiate baseball. During his enlistment, Nate was an Air Transportation Specialist working with both cargo processing elements (Charleston, S.C.) and passenger customer service (Yokota AB, Japan). He was selected for a commissioning opportunity thru the Professional Officer Course – Early Release Program (AFROTC) where he pursued a degree in Criminal Law from the University of North Texas, where he earned both academic honors and Distinguished Graduate. During a trip in college, Nate went on a flight with a family relative, occupying the right seat of a King Air 200 – and his love for aviation grew. Nate immediately changed his career path from military JAG to military pilot and was selected to attend USAF pilot training at Vance AFB.

Nate recently retired from the military after 22 years, where he was a highly decorated instructor/evaluator pilot in the C-21 (Offutt/Ramstein), C-17 (McChord), T-6 (Columbus/Randolph) and E-11 (Afghanistan) – achieving every qualification, upgrade, and certification in those airframes. Nate’s military accomplishments include authoring USAFE’s first-ever OSA tactics program, authoring several multi-national airspace agreements, providing for and assisting the construction of the Afghanistan Bi-Lateral Security Agreement, managing multiple inspection programs and being both a Director of Operations and Chief Pilot. Nate has been deployed numerous times in support of Operations ANACONDA, ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM, and commanded over 80 airdrop missions in Afghanistan, and has been lauded as the Top Instructor Pilot of the Year in two different airframes and achieved Aircrew of the Year in another.

Nate received job offers from multiple Legacy airlines and attributes his hiring success with proper planning, grit, and determination. He currently is at his first choice of Legacy carrier flying the 737. Nate has a “paying it forward” mentality and truly enjoys offering his expertise to anyone determined to listen and learn.

Nate holds two MBA’s with emphasis on Finance and Entrepreneurship /Leadership and enjoys playing golf and guitar, reading Encyclopedia Britannica, managing a small business, and has also been a professional baseball coach for over a decade, where he has continues to coach at all levels from youth organizations thru college baseball through private lessons. Nate lives in Cibolo, Texas with his wife of 22 years, Magyn, along with his 2 teenage children – Lauryn and Kyle. Nate also has a son, Coby, serving in the US Army.

Dustin “Judge” Bodine
Dustin “Judge” BodineECIC Counselor
Dustin “Judge” Bodine saw a poster of an F-15C from Portland’s Air National Guard when he was 6 years old and decided that he wanted to be just like the pilot “with the lightning bolt helmet.” He started his path to aviation by joining Oregon State University’s Air Force ROTC program where he was selected as a pilot and received his private pilot’s license.

When Dustin arrived at pilot training at Columbus, MS he knew he wanted to do something unique–When a C-21 to Ramstein Air Base Germany was in his drop, he selected it as his first choice. While in Europe, he was able to fly to over 40 countries both in Europe and Africa. Dustin received Distinguished Graduate honors at initial Instructor Pilot upgrade, has attended advanced instrument school, taught CRM and has served as instructor pilot for the 3rd Air Force Commander and the 17th Air Force Vice Commander. His assignment in the C-21 culminated as an evaluator in squadron standardization and evaluation.

Dustin continued down his aviation course by being selected to fly the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber, and was dual qualified in both the T-38 as an aircraft commander and B-2 as an instructor pilot. While serving at Whiteman AFB, MO, Dustin was selected to work on the AFCENT commanders action group where he served as the Combined Forces Air Component Commander’s trip planner and aide-de-camp. Dustin upgraded to Flight Lead in the B-2, and eventually his efforts during multiple deployments and large force exercises culminated in his selection as B-2 Instructor Pilot of the Year.

Dustin is a graduate of the Air Force’s Master Resiliency Training Course and Arctic Survival Training program. The capstone of Dustin’s active duty career was serving as the B-2 Director of Combat Plans where he worked with foreign military, joint major commands, joint and coalition partners, as well as Headquarters Air Force, in development of worldwide combat plans involving multiple aircraft in multiple areas of responsibility. Today he continues to serve in the Air Force Reserve.

Dustin is now a legacy airline pilot flying the 737 Next Generation aircraft. He has a strong desire to share his passion with all aviators who desire the freedom, security, and pride that go along with being an air carrier pilot. Dustin and his family reside in the Pacific Northwest.

Heidi Koffler
Heidi KofflerECIC Counselor
Heidi Koffler brings a strong business background in Marketing and Communications to Emerald Coast. She understands that part of any company’s strategic planning involves hiring talent who meets their pursuit of excellence and who exudes company values.

Heidi started her career at the Internet start-up company, where she worked her way up from Sales Assistant to Project Manager. She then moved on to CPU Medical Management Systems as their Director of Marketing. She was responsible for planning CPU’s Annual User’s Conference and helping prepare her software programming and development colleagues to give presentations and respond to client questions.

After a 9 year tenure with CPU, Heidi was hired by Acclaim Radiology Management as their first ever Marketing Director. Here she created a marketing and communications plan from the ground up. Heidi also developed a strategy to enrich client relations and communications, as well as internal employee communications.

She served on interview panels for new employees in the medical software industry. The skills she has honed in the tech and medical industry have expanded the experience base Emerald Coast offers our clients.

Heidi is an airline and military wife, as her husband is a pilot for a major airline and former Navy pilot. She knows the challenges and excitement of making a career change that impacts the entire family.

Heidi holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism with a focus on Public Relations and Advertising from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

When Heidi is not helping our clients sharpen their interview skills, she is busy writing product reviews for her personal blog, Pretty Proof.

She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and singing karaoke.

Jerry Dunwoody
Jerry DunwoodyECIC Counselor
Jerry Dunwoody became interested in the airline business after watching his father fly the 727 for Northwest Airlines. With over 25 years of experience in commercial aviation, Jerry has now flown for a global cargo airline since 2000 and is currently flying the 777. Previously, he flew as a DC-9 captain for AirTran Airways, now part of Southwest Airlines. In addition to working as a line pilot, Jerry was involved in pilot recruitment at AirTran as a simulator evaluator during the hiring process. Before AirTran, Jerry he flew the Beechcraft 1900D for Mesa Airlines.

Along with his time in the cockpit, Jerry spent several years working as an airline interview counselor and simulator instructor helping aspiring airline pilots improve both their communication skills and instrument scan. He has a passion to help fellow aviators reach their career goals.

Outside of aviation, Jerry has extensive experience in online education and distance learning. For six years, while on days off and on layovers, he earned two masters degrees online and helped a small college on the west coast upgrade and improve their online graduate education. He led a team that implemented a new learning management system (LMS) and recorded and edited over 300 hours of video lectures to help bring the classroom to the computer.

Jerry has an MBA from American Military University, a Masters degree in Education from West Coast Baptist College, and a Bachelors of Science degree in Business and Commercial Aviation from Bob Jones University. Jerry resides in Greenville, South Carolina, with his wife Ginna and their two high school children, Kate and Jerry.

Leslie Burke
Leslie BurkeECIC Counselor
Leslie Burke is currently a First Officer at a legacy airline carrier and started with Emerald Coast Consulting in 2018. Her background in flying multiple US Air Force heavy aircraft – most recently the KC-135 – allows her to relate both with the civilian and military crossover crowd looking to start a career with the majors and beyond.

Leslie’s interest in flying came in college as she attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and began her military career in Air Force Reserve Officer Training just after 9-11. This led her through a ten year stint flying on Active Duty, followed by her service in the Air Force Reserves which she continues today. Once completing the Emerald Coast program as a client, Leslie received multiple job offers with the airlines and has found it extremely rewarding to pass on lessons learned to those similarly preparing for interviews. She has a masters degree in International Relations from St. Mary’s University to add to her bachelors degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle.

Along with her husband, also a major airline pilot, Leslie is active in the Air Force Academy Liason Officer program. A longtime member of Women in Aviation, International, she enjoys traveling with her husband, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.

Matt Miller
Matt MillerECIC Counselor
Matt “Chog” Miller began his flying career in high school by working for a local FBO near Rockford Illinois. Working line services helped pay for his private and instrument certificates over the next few years. When it came time for college, Matt attended the University of Illinois and joined the Air Force ROTC program, which led to a slot in the Euro-Nato Joint Jet Pilot Training program in Texas.

After being selected for his first choice of aircraft, the F-15C, Matt was stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska. Defending the U.S. borders through routine patrols and multiple deployments highlighted Matt’s time in the Eagle. Following Alaska, Matt was competitively selected to transition to the nation’s premiere fighter, the F-22A Raptor. Two tours followed in the F-22A, and again multiple deployments around the world ensued.

Matt worked numerous various additional jobs in the Air Force including squadron safety, training, scheduling, instructing, and evaluating. After over 1500 hours in fighters, Matt transitioned to the Air National Guard and continues to fly the F-15C and serve our country to this day.

After completing the Emerald Coast program in 2014, Matt joined a legacy airline and began flying Boeing 737 Next Gen aircraft. Since being hired, Matt has helped numerous friends and squadron mates in getting ready for the airline interview process. Assisting others to obtain their goals and land their dream job is a passion Matt shares with the rest of our Emerald Coast team.

When not flying fighters or 737s, Matt enjoys flying his PA-18 Supercub in the Pacific Northwest backcountry, a hobby he developed while living and working in Alaska. After many years of active duty life in the Air Force, Matt and his wife, plus their two daughters, are finally settled in the Pacific Northwest.

Jay Hutzell
Jay HutzellECIC Counselor
Jay is currently an Airbus 319/320 pilot at a major airline. Prior to this he served in the US Air Force flying the KC-10A, UV-18B (Twin Otter), and C-20B (Gulfstream III) and C-37A/B (Gulfstream V/550). He was an evaluator in 3 different types of Air Force aircraft and an instructor in 5. Additionally, he has flown the Gulfstream V and 550 privately for several Fortune 500 companies.

In addition to flying, Jay has been a Chief Pilot, Chief of Safety and Director of Operations where he conducted more than 100 aircrew interviews for positions within the 89th Airlift Wing, United States Air Force. He also has a Masters Degree in Counseling and Leader Development from the University of Colorado to add to his Bachelors Degree from the United States Air Force Academy.

He and his wife Jessica and their 2 sons live in Annapolis, Maryland, where they are very involved in the community, including active participation in the United States Naval Academy Sponsor Program.

Bringing both civilian and military experience to our team, we are excited to have Jay Hutzell as a member of our Pilot Counselor cadre. Jay is eager to assist the industry’s best clients prepare for the job of a lifetime!

Bert Dreher
Bert DreherECIC Counselor
Bert “Psycho” Dreher is an experienced member of our team here at ECIC. After a distinguished 26 year military flying career, Bert worked in the Defense Contracting Industry before joining a Legacy Airline on the leading edge of the 2013 hiring wave. “Psycho” adds a fresh perspective to our format with his own experience in the interview process having successfully applied our methods.

Like many of us, Bert’s quest for flight began at a young age and is highlighted by nearly 3000 hours in the F-15C Eagle, to include combat sorties in Operations JUST CAUSE, DESERT STORM and SOUTHERN WATCH. Recognized for his outstanding flying, instruction and platform presentation skills, “Psycho” was selected to not only attend the USAF Weapons School, but asked to return as core cadre. He boasts a unique international perspective, having lived and studied abroad in Paris at L’ecole Militaire in Paris, France. Bert’s time in the expatriate life gives him a solid experience base for our clients wanting to work at foreign carriers. Having commanded at both the Squadron and Group levels, Bert brings a mentor’s spirit and experience to his coaching along with a passion for passing on his knowledge to others that quickly let’s all who meet him understand why he’s called “Psycho”! Bert brings that same passion to the airline industry, and his 20 plus years of experience as an instructor–both in the cockpit and in the classroom–make him a superior communications coach and mentor.

Bert has a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of New Mexico along with two Master’s degrees; one in Operational Arts from the USAF’s Air Command and Staff College and another in Pol-Mil / Strategic Studies from the French War College, Paris FR. When not flying or supporting our clients, you’ll normally find Bert, his wife Marla, and their two teenagers off enjoying some part of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains.

Gregory Proffit
Gregory ProffitECIC Counselor
Gregory M. Proffit, “Dr. P”, is a practicing public school administrator, professional interview coach, and lifelong learner. Greg holds accredited degrees in Education (1984), School Administration (1996), and School Leadership (2015) from The University of Wyoming – Laramie; The University of Texas at Austin; and Utah State University in Logan (2015.)

Dr. Proffit has conducted hundreds of panel interviews, and has facilitated in Emerald Coast webinars since 2016. Dr. P uses interactive and cooperative learning structures to ensure pilot candidates’ participation and improvement. Greg supports and guides job candidates in identifying and expressing a personalized aviator autobiography. Emerald Coast: We prepare you to prepare yourself for success!

Greg lives in Park City, Utah. He enjoys high-altitude gardening and smoking baby back ribs in the back yard. Dr. P volunteers with Paws for Life Utah and the Park City Christian Center. He camps and skis in the Wasatch and Uinta mountains, and hikes and bikes the red rock trails of southern Utah with his lovely wife Sheri. They do their best to keep up with their five young adult children and their two aged Yorkshire Terriers.

Jack Reape
Jack ReapeECIC Counselor
Jack spent 27 years in a Navy Cockpit and two more as a contractor in Afghanistan. He was hired by a major passenger carrier in 2013 and currently flies the 737 NG aircraft.

Growing up, Jack’s passions were sports and reading every book he could about Flying, particularly World War 2 Naval Aviation. Jack attended the Naval Academy Prep School offered and ultimately graduated with Merit from the US Naval Academy, majoring in Operations Analysis and Captaining the Powerlifting team his senior year. He attended Flight School in Pensacola, Florida, receiving his Wings as a Naval Aviator. He flew the SH-3 Sea King at NAS Jacksonville Florida both at a Fleet Tour and next as a Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor teaching newly winged pilots to fly the H-3 operationally. Transitioning to the Full Time Support program, he flew the C-12 briefly, and then reported to the first Navy Reserve C-130 squadron. Jack served as the C-130 Program Manager, Instructor/Evaluator Pilot, CRM instructor, and as a Training Officer at Squadron, Wing, and Naval Reserve Forces levels, as well as tours as Squadron Operations Officer and Officer in Charge. He commanded both a C-130 Reserve squadron that was heavily deployed post 9/11, and later a Naval Reserve Center where he flew the C-40 and the C-12. Over his Navy career he was Armed Forces Powerlifting Champion 3 times, and was Silver or Bronze medalist 6 other times.

Transitioning out of the Navy, Jack attended an Emerald Coast Seminar in 2012 and was ultimate hired by several major airlines. One of several former senior officers on the Emerald Coast team, Jack is ideally suited to help our senior military clients understand the challenges of transitioning into this new chapter of their professional lives.

Jack is passionate about helping others getting to the yes from their target Company via preparation and planning. He has been married 30 years to his wife Debbie, is the dad of 3 grown too soon young adults, and resides in Southeast Texas. When not flying or working out, he is an avid landscaper and amateur chef.

Bill “Juice” Doster
Bill “Juice” DosterECIC Counselor
Bill attended the University of Arizona, and was a Naval ROTC graduate with a BS degree in Aerospace Engineering. His path to the cockpit was a bit unusual as he spent his first 4 1/2 years as a nuclear power qualified submarine officer. Eventually, he was selected to transition to naval aviation fulfilling a life long passion to fly. He reported for training as a student naval aviator passing through Pensacola, FL, Enid, Ok and Kingsville, TX where he received his “Wings of Gold”.

Bill was selected for training in the EA-6B Prowler, where he earned the “Top Hook” award for carrier landing performance. He had multiple assignments over the next 10 years including VAQ-136 at Atsugi, Japan, FRS Instructor duty with VAQ-129 in Whidbey Island, WA, and VAQ-139 where he flew in the opening days of the “Shock and Awe” air/ground campaign receiving combat awards for individual actions.

His major non-flying tours included Joint duty with US Central Command in Tampa, FL as the Executive Assistant to the Director of Operations (J3) and National War College in Washington, DC, where he received a MS degree in National Security Strategy Studies.

Bill held senior leadership positions as a squadron commander for a Strike/Fighter training squadron, was the Air Boss on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, and served as the air base commanding officer of Naval Air Facility El Centro in Southern California. He retired from active duty after over 25 years of naval service having accumulated nearly 3000 hrs in tactical jets and over 400 arreseted landings on a dozen different aircraft carriers.

After his active duty service, Bill had a wide breadth of career choices available post-military. He wanted a job that would offer financial security, time with his family, and the ability to live wherever he, his wife and kids wanted to settle. After much deliberation, he and his wife determined commercial flying was the best fit. Bill became an Emerald Coast client as part of his transisition process and credits the training he received with his outstanding interview successes. He received multiple job offers from legacy airlines, and ultimately landed what was his first choice airline. He is currently a 737NG/Max First Officer.

Bill has a passion and a talent for leading and mentoring, and missed the fulfillment that comes from helping people achieve their goals. It is that passion that led Bill to come on as an Emerald Coast Counselor.

Matt Haefner
Matt HaefnerECIC Counselor
Matt “Heed” Haefner followed his dream as a kid of being a pilot by pursuing a career in the Marine Corps. Following high school, Matt attended the University of Kansas and earned his commission as a Second Lieutenant through Naval Navy ROTC. Following graduation and completing Marine officer training, Matt attended Naval Flight School in Pensacola, FL and Kingsville, TX. After earning his coveted “Wings of Gold”, he was selected to fly the 
AV-8B Harrier and completed that flight training in Cherry Point, NC and was assigned to his first gun squadron in Yuma, AZ.

As Harrier pilot, Matt has earned multiple instructor and evaluator qualifications along the way including Training Landing Signals Officer (LSO). He has trained and mentored numerous pilots, LSOs and certified US Navy flight deck crew on shipboard flight operations. Throughout his career, he has deployed multiple times supporting Marine Expeditionary Units (MEUs) and has flown combat missions in support of Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, ANACONDA, ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM.

Missing both flying and instructing during a non-flying military assignment in 2005, Matt earned his CFI (Airplane Single Engine Land) through a Part 141 flight school in Virginia and instructed evenings and weekends. In 2014 following another non-flying assignment, he returned to general aviation by adding Multi-Engine, ATP, Multi-Engine CFI and CFII ratings to his pilot and instructor certificates. He instructed evenings and weekends which included helping multiple transitioning military pilots earn their ATP rating.

Matt recently retired from the Marine Corps after serving over 20 years and during his transition from military service he became a client of Emerald Coast. The training he received from Emerald Coast helped him land a job flying the 737 at his first choice of legacy airlines. He enjoys teaching and mentoring and looks forward to helping other pilots achieve their goal at the airline of their choice. Matt, his wife Jen, and their two children currently live in Virginia.

Ryan Gavina
Ryan GavinaECIC Counselor
Ryan Gavina is currently a First Officer at a legacy airline carrier and is excited to be part of the Emerald Coast team. Ryan spreads his passion of aviation across several paths—serving as a C-17 instructor pilot, flying for a legacy airline, and helping others follow his path into the Air National Guard and airline industry as a coach and motivator.

Ryan’s excitement of aviation started growing up watching airplanes take off and land from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, and was intensified after taking an aviation shop class in high school. His passion led to his selection to attend the United States Air Force Academy. Ryan went on graduate from USAF Undergraduate Pilot Training in 2009. Ryan’s first assignment was to McChord AFB, WA where he flew the C-17 Globemaster. He quickly upgraded to Aircraft Commander and Instructor Pilot before moving on to Columbus AFB, MS to fly the T-6A Texan II where he was charged with teaching the Air Force’s newest student pilots. Ryan has served on several deployments in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, New Dawn, and Inherent Resolve.

In September of 2014, Ryan separated from Active Duty but chose to keep his ties with the military and transitioned to the West Virginia Air National Guard as a C-17A Instructor Pilot. Ryan used ECIC to secure several jobs, including a stint flying 747s around the globe and getting hired at regional airline before having to choose between three legacy carriers offering him a chance to join their team.

Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Sciences from the United States Air Force Academy, and a Master of Business Administration degree with an emphasis on Organizational Leadership from Norwich University. After moving around post-Active Duty, the dust is beginning to settle and he now lives in Fort Worth, TX with his wife Caitlin and their two boys, Matthew (3) and Mason (1).

Jay Moss
Jay MossECIC Counselor
Jay Moss was born and raised in Grecia Costa Rica. As a young child living in the small Latin American country and growing up in Central Florida, Jay always wanted to be an airline pilot. He vividly remembers the pre 9/11 days being able to have his father take him to the airport to watch airplanes takeoff and land. It was this direct influence that Jay attributes his relentless passion for the aviation industry.

After graduating from high school, Jay enlisted in the United States Air Force as an Aircraft Structure Repair technician. He received his first assignment to Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska and at this time he started pursuing his passion towards becoming a professional aviator. Jay completed all of his aeronautical ratings at the University of Alaska, Anchorage under the Part 141 training program in concurrence with his Bachelors of Science degree. After that career milestone, Jay earned an Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training slot to Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Jay became a First Assignment Instructor Pilot in the T-6 teaching Air Force pilots in the primary military trainer. After completing his first assignment, Jay was assigned to pilot the KC-135 air refueling tanker in Okinawa, Japan where he earned a rapid Major Weapons System Instructor Pilot upgrade. His military career culminated as a KC-135 Instructor Pilot based in Tampa, Florida instructing all aspects of the aircraft to include domestic operations, European operations and North Atlantic Crossings.

After separating from the Air Force, Jay pursued his final career goal of becoming an airline pilot. As an Emerald Coast client himself, Jay attributes his airline interview success to the skills and techniques learned from the Emerald Coast training platform. Jay successfully interviewed at four major airlines in the United States earning a Conditional Job Offer from each. He accepted his first CJO to fly the 737 aircraft based in Orlando, Florida. After 500 hours in the 737NG and MAX aircraft, Jay accepted a CJO at his number one legacy airline of choice where he currently flies the Airbus 320 family.

Jay’s distinctive passion for teaching and helping fellow pilots was the prime component to having him join the ranks of Emerald Coast Counselors. His intrinsic motivation for success and relentless passion to help professional pilots pursue their dream of flying has been a lynchpin of his success as one of our counselors. Additionally as a fluent Spanish speaker, Jay is a key counselor for our foreign clients in achieving their respective professional pilot dream.

Jay currently holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alaska, Anchorage in Aviation Technology along with a Master of Science degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Aeronautical Science.

Joel Lomasney
Joel LomasneyECIC Counselor
Joel grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana. After graduating from Jesuit High School, he enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves and served in a ground unit while attending college. After graduation, Joel accepted an Active Duty commission in the Marine Corps with an aviation contract.

Joel was selected to fly the MV-22B “Osprey” in flight training. He earned his wings of gold in 2007, and flew the Osprey through multiple Active Duty assignments from 2007-2017. As an Osprey pilot, Joel deployed on four Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) shipboard deployments to the Mediterranean, Middle East, and Pacific areas of operation. Additionally, Joel flew as an MV-22B instructor and evaluator pilot, flight lead, night systems instructor and served as Director of Safety, Operations Officer, and Executive Officer for a Marine Corps squadron.

After a fulfilling Active Duty career, Joel began pursuing a career as an airline pilot in January of 2018. After 7 months gaining valuable experience at a regional carrier, Joel received an invite to interview with his legacy airline of choice in August of 2018, and received a CJO soon thereafter. Joel is currently a First Officer on the Airbus A320, and continues to fly the Osprey in the Marine Corps Reserve.

Joel graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from the University of Kansas, and is a graduate of the Marine Corps University’s Expeditionary Warfare School and Command and Staff College. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Navy’s Aviation Safety Officer Course, and holds CFI and MEI ratings. Joel is enthusiastic about helping people achieve their aviation and military goals, and believes in the time-tested value of leadership through service to others. When off duty, Joel enjoys spending as much time as possible with his wife Meredith and their four children.

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