Dave Douglas has been CEO of several technology companies, leveraging his engineering roots in Silicon Valley. After 20 years, he hung up his corporate has as Sr. VP for Scient corporation managing their web strategy division. Taking advantage of an early retirement, Dave traveled the world for 2.5 years where he developed a deep appreciation for the culture, people and beauty of places such as Nepal, Cuba, Vietnam, Hungary, Bhutan, Laos, Patagonia, Brazil, and Thailand.His famously friendly nature and somewhat dubious guitar-playing skills helped Dave make some incredible travel contacts along the way which he shares generously with his fellow travelers.
Ruth Matranga is one of AAI's most tireless volunteers. If she's not escorting a child in need of a much needed surgery, she's helping out a local fundraiser or leading a mission to one of the many projects she is involved with around the world. Ruth brings compassion and love to everything she touches and we're so proud to have her as one of our Mission Directors. Welcome aboard!
Cindy Paulus has been a member of Airline Ambassadors since 2002. She received the Lifetime Presidential Volunteer Service Award, and has conducted countless missions for AAI with a focus on El Salvadors. When asked about leading missions, Cindy replied "I never knew the true meaning of a passion for something until I started organizing the humanitarian missions to El Salvador. Something deep within just bursts open and your heart overflows when you give of yourself and help the less fortunate." Thanks Cindy, we couldn't have said it any better.
Michael Powers is an adventure photojournalist, widely published, &
recognized internationally for his participation in sea kayaking, humanitarian & filmmaking expeditions. He is the founder of Ocean Studio, an alliance of writers, photographers & filmmakers working together to nurture a deeper understanding & empathy for the natural world.
Nancy Rivard founded Airline Ambassadors in 1996 for airline employees to use their pass privileges to help children. She has hand delivered supplies to over 20 countries and led dozens of AAI missions all around the world. Her vision is to expand the idea of Traveling to Make a Difference to all age groups and professions. Still a flight attendant for American Airlines, she spends most of her time on humanitarian activities, and helping to raise funding for children and families at Airline Ambassador projects on five continents.
Suzanne Sigonahas been our mission coordinator for Vietnam since 2004. Through her 20 years of volunteering at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, she developed an interest in providing aid to that country while assisting others who are drawn to Vietnam. During the 5 trips she has led the participants have assisted orphanages, hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, and education programs. Over the years they have traveled to Ben Tre, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Da Nang, Cam Rahn, Nha Trang, Tuy Hoa, and Qui Nhon. As the 2009 trip was wrapped up, the wheels were set into motion for the 2010 journey.
Deborah Quigley has been an avid member and mission director of AAI since 1999, with trips to countries in S.America, Central America, Romania, Nepal, Ethiopia, leading trips to the Phillipines, Cambodia, and Thailand, escorting a sick child from/to Micronesia, and working on AAI's sponsorship program. "Airline Ambassadors is my Peace Corps. What a privilege it is to use my life and travel benefits to help orphans and other vulnerable children live a better life. In the words of Bono, as world travelers 'if we fail to do that, we've just been tourists in these people's tragedies'." At home in Hawaii, you can find Deborah working for United Airlines at the Honolulu airport and volunteering with the local RIF program. "To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world."