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Who we are

A Charity by Pilots, for Pilots.

Current Officers:
President – Douglas Sharpe
Vice President, USHPA Liaison – Gus Johnson
Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair – Ross Wisdom
Secretary, Operations Committee Chair – Donnita Hall

Current Voting Tustees:

Trustee, Gus Johnson
Trustee, Mark Forbes
Trustee, Donnita Hall
Trustee, Jon James
Trustee, Ross Wisdom
Trustee, Tony Lang
Trustee, Dennis Pagen


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Current Subcommitee Contacts:

Grant Committee Chair: Gus Johnson

grants@foundationforfreeflight.org

Volunteers:
The Foundation for Free Flight is especially grateful to the following individuals who have donated their time and skills to preserve Free Flight:

Randy Leggett - Past FFF President, Now member of the USHPA RRG Board.

Connie Worke - Grants Committee member, Past Executive Director

John Greynald - Grants Committee member

Jayne DePanfilis - Past USHPA Executive Director

Jennifer Beach - past volunteer

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Staff

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Executive Director & Trustee
Donnita Hall
760-518-0210
donnitae@gmail.com

donnita hall
Donnita is Executive Director for the Foundation.

The calling of the Foundation takes the efforts of more than just a handful of people. Fortunately, the Foundation also benefits from a team of volunteers who lend the Foundation their time and skills. The Foundation needs help of all types (e.g. technical, legal, financial, artistic, and true-believers of all backgrounds). If you can volunteer to help preserve free flight for future generations, please contact the Foundation.

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TRUSTEES

Trustee, 2012 Vice President
Gus Johnson
908-625-6485
gusjohnson008@gmail.com

Gus Johnson

Gus has been active USHPA Hang Glider Pilot since 1977 and loves to fly XC, and thinks foot launched flight is the greatest. He is also a licenced sailplane pilot, and one of the founding members and past president of the Water Gap Hanggliding Club, Chapter 44. He is interested in the Foundation for Free Flight and believes strongly in the conservation of the sport, particularly site preservation, and the opening of new ones. He has been involved with philanthopic efforts centered around FFF's goals and objectives.

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Trustee
Mark Forbes
541-760-3231
mark@mgforbes.com

mark forbes
Mark comes from an engineering background and lives in western Oregon. He is a biwingual pilot and has been flying since 1994. Mark brings a strong operations background to the FFF. He is also a USHPA board member, the USHPA Treasurer, and chairs the USHPA Insurance and Elections committees. Mark typically flies along the beach or one of the many inland coastal sites of Oregon with a little airtime in Florida and Southern California; Australia, too.

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Trustee
Ross Wisdom
CPA
Kimerling & Wisdom LLC
29 Broadway Suite 1412
NY, NY 10006
212-986-0892 ph
212-661-1970 fx
rwisdom@kwllc.us


Ross Wisdom is a practicing CPA in New York City. He has been a Hang Glider pilot for many years and flies at Ellenville NY. Ross recently joined the FFF board this past year. He has experience in accounting and with non profits.

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Trustee
Jon James
2549 Lewis Rd.
Sebastopol, CA 95472

707-823-9743
jljames@sonic.net


Jon James has been a Director for the USHPA in California. He has been with the preservation of flying sites in conjuction with the USHPA site commitee and joins the FFF as a director starting April 2016.

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Trustee
Tony Lang
Land Advisors Organization
410 South Rampart, Suite 390
Las Vegas NV 89145
(702) 379-4849 Cell
tonylang1@hotmail.com


Tony has been flying paragliders since 1999. He co-founded The Desert Skywalkers, the Las Vegas hang gliding and paragliding club. He also founded the U.S. Paragliding Team, a Nevada Non-Profit Corporation, to help raise funds for the US Paragliding Teams. In addition, he has a business background in real estate and hopes that will translate into being a positive force as a Trustee for the FFF.

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Trustee
Dennis Pagen
Sport Aviation Publications
PA

pagenbks@lazerlink.com


Dennis is one of the most famous authors on sport aviation and hang glider flight in the hang gliding and sport aviation field. He has been in the industry for many, many years and has had a great deal of impact in service to many pilots thru the years. For many years he worked with the CIVL Board, an international Hang Gliding standards board, helping to define and refine many standards for international flight competition. He joined the Foundation For Free Flight board in 2014.


2016 OFFICERS & COMMITEE CHAIRS

President
Douglas Sharpe
Phone: 508-423-6784
dbsharpe2@gmail.com

Douglas Sharpe


Doug comes from an engineering background and lives in Massachusetts. He has been a hang glider pilot since 1974 and a paraglider pilot since 1989. Doug has been involved with the Foundation for Free Flight since 1999 and was one of the main influences in revitalizing it. His home flying sites are in the New England area. Doug was a director of the USHPA for 5 years representing Region 8. He brings experience working with other non-profit boards and strives to help develop the Foundation into a major contributor to sport flying. Doug was also the FFF President in 2011.

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Trustee, Vice President
Gus Johnson
908-625-6485
gusjohnson008@gmail.com

Gus Johnson

Gus has been active USHPA Hang Glider Pilot since 1977 and loves to fly XC, and thinks foot launched flight is the greatest. He is also a licenced sailplane pilot, and one of the founding members and past president of the Water Gap Hanggliding Club, Chapter 44. He is interested in the Foundation for Free Flight and believes strongly in the conservation of the sport, particularly site preservation, and the opening of new ones. He has been involved with philanthopic efforts centered around FFF's goals and objectives.

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Trustee, Treasurer
Ross Wisdom
CPA
Kimerling & Wisdom LLC
29 Broadway Suite 1412
NY, NY 10006
212-986-0892 ph
212-661-1970 fx
rwisdom@kwllc.us


Ross Wisdom is a practicing CPA in New York City. He has been a Hang Glider pilot for many years and flies at Ellenville NY. Ross recently joined the FFF board this past year. He has experience in accounting and with non profits.

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Trustee, Executive Director
Donneta Hall
donnitae@gmail.com


Donnita Hall started hang gliding in 1970 when free flight first offered accessible, affordable sport aviation to the public. The preservation of this wonderful activity remains a strong priority and she is grateful for the opportunity to support and contribute to the mission of the FFF.

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PAST-TRUSTEES

Past-Trustee, Current 2013 President
Randy Leggett
610-258-6066
ias@nni.com

randy leggett
Randy comes from a business background and resides in eastern Pennsylvania. He has been a Hang Glider Pilot for 24 years and recently became a licensed sailplane glider pilot. He has been involved with the Foundation since 1999 and was one of the main influences in its revitalization. Randy has been helpful in the Foundation’s restructuring and expanding its mission to include site preservation. His home flying site is Kirkridge, PA. Randy is a past President of the USHPA, and FFF.

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Past Trustee, Grant Commitee Chair,
Past 2011 President, President 2016

Doug Sharpe
Phone: 978-318-9714
Cell: 508-423-6784
dbsharpe@earthlink.net

doug sharpe
Doug comes from an engineering background and lives in Massachusetts. He has been a hang glider pilot since 1974 and a paraglider pilot since 1989. Doug has been involved with the Foundation for Free Flight since 1999 and was one of the main influences in revitalizing it. His home flying sites are in the New England area. Doug was a director of the USHPA for 5 years representing Region 8. He brings experience working with other non-profit boards and strives to help develop the Foundation into a major contributor to sport flying. Doug was also the FFF President in 2011.

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Past-Trustee, ex Treasurer
Bill Bolosky

425-222-7702
bolosky@microsoft.com

bill bolosky
Bill comes from a business and engineering background and resides in Washington State. He is a past president of the USHPA and current member of the USHPA Board representing region one. He has been a Hang Glider Pilot for many years. Bill brings a wealth of experience to the Foundation with his involvement with the USHPA and national issues that face our sport. He has been very instrumental in the last few years in promoting the Foundation to the USHPA board and membership and has been extremely helpful in coordinating efforts between the two organizations. Bill also chairs the Foundation's Bylaws Subcommittee.

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Past-Trustee
Stephen Onstad
505-474-6419
sonstad@gmail.com

steve onstad
Stephen comes from a financial information technology and management background. He has been a paraglider pilot for 12 years. He became a trustee in 2001 and served as the Foundation’s Treasurer until 2003 when he accepted the position of President. Stephen worked closely with Jim Maze, the previous USHGF president, to help guide the Foundation though a needed restructuring phase from 2001 to 2005. He currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where everyday is Saturday.

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Trustee
Lisa Tate
208-484-6667
lisa@lisatateglass.com


Lisa Tate is a past USHPA President. Currently she has extensive experience working as the executive director of public foundation, and has a previeous history of leading and working with other non- profit organizations. She brings a wealth of experience to the FFF Board.

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Past-Trustee
Russ Locke
978-318-9714
russ@lockelectric.com

russ locke
Russ comes from a business background and resides in central California. He has been a Hang Glider pilot for 26 years. Russ has been a Trustee with the Foundation since 2004. Russ brings a tremendous wealth of experience and years of work with the USHPA as both a director and a member of USHPA’s Executive Committee. He was instrumental in the initial establishment of the Foundation in the early 1980s.

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Past-Trustee
Zac Majors:
805-708-5100

pczippy@hotmail.com

Zac Majors

Zac has been active with the USHPA Competition Committee. He was elected to the board 04/2011. He has been a force in the creation of the new FFF National Teams Targeted Funds.

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Trustee, Treasurer
Gregg Lawless
Phone: 858-654-1802
Cell: 619-980-5566
Fax: 858-636-5770
glawless@san.rr.com

Greg Lawless
Gregg came to FFF as a past president of USHPA. He has been involved with the Free Flight Community for many many years.

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Previous Executive Director
Connie Work
559-3332-2700
connie@lockelectric.com

connie locke
Connie accepted the position of Executive Director for the Foundation in the Spring of 2006 thru August 2013. She continues to assist Donnita in her new role as ED. She also continues as a member of the Grants Committee which she joined when she first became an active Foundation volunteer in 2004. Hang gliding became her sport of choice in 1982 and served as a director of the USHPA in the early 1990's. She owned and operated the Dunlap Flight Park in Dunlap, California, for 20 years. She is dedicated to the Foundation's goal to save and develop flying sites throughout the US.

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