Board of Directors
Laura Long, Chair
Ms. Long is a former chief financial officer for a number of companies in the medical- and semiconductor-equipment industries. She served as Treasurer and board member of the American Association of University Women, and is currently a trustee of the Flathead County Library System. Ms. Long has an extensive background in business consulting, finance, and operations.
Mark Wolper, Vice Chair
Mr. Wolper serves as the President and Executive Producer of The Wolper Organization, which has been responsible for over 500 films that have won more than 150 awards, including two Oscars, 50 Emmys, seven Golden Globes, five Peabodys, and recognition and retrospectives from Cannes and other respected international film festivals. The Wolper Organization is perhaps best known for creating the TV miniseries.
Benjamin Marcus, Secretary
Benjamin Marcus is co-founder and partner of JetAVIVA and Aerospace Capital. Mr. Marcus received his bachelor of science in aviation technology from Purdue University. He is type rated in numerous single-pilot jets and the Boeing 747. He took his first flying lesson at age 10 and has been a member of Angel Flight West for 17 years, beginning as an office volunteer while he was in middle school. Marcus is also a volunteer Command Pilot for Angel Flight West.
Fred Allen Leistiko, Treasurer
Mr. Leistiko is the manager of the City of Kalispell General Aviation (GA) Airport and a member of the Montana State Aeronautics Board. A graduate of Capital University, Mr. Leistiko is a veteran military pilot who retired from a military career with the Ohio National Guard as a Lieutenant Colonel. In collaboration with Akron Children's Hospital, he helped develop one of the first Medivac programs in the country.
Stephen Danz, Immediate Past Chair
Los Angeles, CA
Mr. Danz is the Senior Partner and Chief Trial Attorney for Danz & Associates, one of California's leading and largest employment law firms. He is a member of all state and federal plaintiff-side employment groups. Danz has been a licensed pilot since 1974 and is among Angel Flight's most frequently flying pilots, having flown more than 240 missions in the past four years.
Charles Finkel, At Large
Mr. Finkel is an attorney with Magaña, Cathcart & McCarthy, specializing in aviation law. A frequent lecturer and prolific author, he has written hundreds of articles for aviation and legal magazines and journals, and has taught aviation law at California State University. Mr. Finkel has been a pilot for more than 40 years and is currently president of the Lawyer Pilots Bar Association.
Santa Barbara, CA
Mr. Allebrand is a commercial pilot and private investor. He has flown over 200 Angel Flight West missions since joining the organization in 2005, and also serves as a Mission Orientation Pilot in Southern California.
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Roger C. Dunham
Santa Barbara, CA
Dr. Dunham is a private internal medicine physician and an AFW volunteer pilot who flies a Cessna. He also serves on the Board of the Angel Flight West Foundation, and heads AFW’s Santa Barbara Leadership Council.
John S. Ferrell
Menlo Park, CA
Mr. Ferrell is a founder of the technology law firm of Carr & Ferrell, LLP, with offices in Menlo Park, Santa Monica, and San Diego. In a addition to a passion for counseling growing technology companies in Intellectual Property, he is an avid pilot and a flight instructor. Mr. Ferrell additionally serves as the Chief Orientation Pilot for the NorCal Wing of Angel Flight West.
Bel Air, CA
Originally from Venezuela, Mr. Gamerberg is a civil engineer and graduate of Stanford University. He is currently president and CEO of four companies: Caltron Construction, 1521 Group, Gamerberg Group, and Cocoa Enterprises.
Hugh Hunter Handsfield
Dr. Handsfield is a Physician and Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the University of Washington. He also serves on the Board of the American Social Health Association. A commercially licensed and instrument rated pilot, Dr. Handsfield flies a Cessna and has been an AFW volunteer pilot for fifteen years.
Dr. Lorenzen is a retired environmental engineer with over 30 years of experience as either President or Vice President of science and engineering consulting firms. He also serves as President of the Flathead Community Foundation in Montana and is a Board member of Integral Consulting. He is a former pilot and aircraft owner.
Lake Oswego, OR
In the year 2000 Hal retired from a successful thirty year investment management career that included founding and building Morley Financial, a $12 Billion stable asset management firm, and its subsidiary Union Bond and Trust, a top rated Oregon Trust Company. An Angel Flight West volunteer pilot, Hal serves on theAngel Flight West and Angel Flight West Foundation Boards.
Dean Myers is retired from a career in the computer services industry. Dean's diverse experiences include working as an engineer for IBM, leading a Computer Technical College, starting his own computer service and repair company, and finally retiring from his IT leadership role at Nike, Inc. He is a pilot and aircraft owner.
Hermosa Beach, CA
Dr. Vriesman is on faculty in the Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Management program at the University of California Los Angeles. She is also President and Founder of Excel Research, a strategic healthcare consultancy. She has an extensive background in healthcare administration, business management, and strategic marketing. Dr. Vriesman is active in a number of professional and civic organizations, including the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, Healthcare Executives of Southern California, and Rotary International.
Gene Pope retired as Vice President of Personalization, Search Experience and Browse for Amazon.com.Previously, he worked at Apple as manager of the Pink Group and System Software. He received a bachelor of science in electronics engineering from Colorado State University and is a volunteer AFW Command Pilot.
Vice President of Marketing at Alaska Airlines, joins colleague Bill Ayer, Chairman of Alaska Air Group and volunteer AFW Command Pilot. Mr. Ayer is currently a director of the Foundation board after previously serving six years on the Angel Flight West board. Together they continue the 10-year partnership between Alaska Airlines and AFW to provide commercial tickets primarily, but not exclusively, for Alaska residents to reach medical care and other services. Mr. Sprague began his aviation career as a flight instructor and commercial pilot after receiving a bachelor of science in aeronautical science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Mr. Sprague holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Washington.
Patricia McInturff has 30 years of experience in human services and public health policy and administration. Most recently, Ms. McInturff was Director of the City of Seattle's Human Services Department after spending over two decades in local and national public health leadership positions. Ms. McInturff currently serves on the Washington State University College of Arts and Science Advisory Committee and has extensive experience as a board member and executive of several not-for-profit service organizations. She holds master’s in public administration from the University of Puget Sound.
Former President and CEO of Caesars Entertainment and of the Merv Griffin Group, joins the Board from Las Vegas where he is a trustee of the UNLV Foundation and the DRI Foundation and chairs the board of the Black Mountain Institute. Mr. Gallagher, previously an Executive Vice President of Hilton Hotels Corp. and former partner of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, is a graduate of Harvard Law School.