What is CommutAir Cares?
CommutAir Cares is an organization with a 501(C)(3) exemption created to financially assist employees, affiliates, and stakeholders of CommutAir as well as nonprofit organizations.
Meet the Board:
The organization is governed by a seven-member Board of Directors (the Board) consisting of at least one member from each of CommutAir’s main working groups; Leadership Team, Finance, Human Resources, Corporate Office, Pilots, Flight Attendants and Maintenance. The Board meets monthly to discuss current business and vote on submitted requests for assistance.
- David Hewitt, Human Resources
- Clay Wilkins, Pilots
- Lisa Ferm, Inflight
- Jeff Harris, Administration
- Rene DeLange, Management
- Sylvia Teresi, Finance
- Francis Poutier, Maintenance
- “There are no words to express the overwhelming gratitude that I feel in my heart. This is certainly one of the most touching gestures that I have ever experienced in my life. It will definitely make a difference to our lives. Thank you so much for your kindness and consideration.” – Recent Grant Recipient
- “I want to thank you so very much for your support and concern! I cannot tell you how much this grant will assist me. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.” - Recent Grant Recipient
- “I just wanted to thank each and every member of the CommutAir Cares team for all your help! My family and I are very grateful for all your efforts. I am thankful to work for a company who reaches out to employees in need! I cannot thank you all enough!” – Recent Grant Recipient
For the second year in a row, CommutAir Cares asked Senior level students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSD) in Parkland, FL who have an interest in aviation, to submit short essays explaining to the Board their drive to pursue aviation as a career. The best essay, as voted on by the Board, would receive a grant to assist that student to chase their aviation dream.
CommutAir Cares received some excellent submissions, which made the decision very difficult. So difficult that the Board decided to award two students with grants.
Juan Rojas (pictured middle left) is the son of a pilot who fell in love with aviation at a very young age. A native of New York, Juan spent his formative years between Florida and the country of Columbia. He will be graduating with a 3.8 GPA and will attend Broward College to study aviation.
Alec Black (pictured middle right), a Corporal in MSD’s Junior R.O.T.C. program, wants to become a pilot to not only see more of the world but because he already knows a quiet desk job is not his “cup of tea.” He has applied to Embry-Riddle and looks to begin studies in the fall.
CommutAir Cares Board Members Rene DeLange and Lisa Ferm traveled to Parkland and presented the grants to Juan and Alec at the MSD Senior Honors Night. While there, Rene and Lisa toured the school and spoke to students about our industry, our company, and the outlook of aviation.
After the tragedy of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas (MSD) school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Board Member Lisa Ferm (FA) proposed the introduction of a scholarship to be awarded to a MSD Senior level student interested in a career in aviation. The goal of the scholarship; to in some way assist the students and the community to look to the future and help heal the past. The Board unanimously voted in favor of allocating $2,000 for the scholarship. However, some generous CommutAir employees went out of their way to donate additional funds making the final total award $2,225.
Students were asked to submit an essay to the Board outlining their interest in pursuing a career in the field of aviation. Once the submission period ended, Owen Trent was selected as the recipient of the scholarship. Owen is a four year participant in Varsity Lacrosse and the Junior ROTC (currently Company Commander), as well as the marching band and a number of other musical pursuits. If that wasn’t enough, Owen is also an active member of his community participating in many volunteer initiatives including Habitat for Humanity and SOS Children’s Village. Owen will be attending SUNY Maritime College with plans to join the Naval ROTC. After graduation, Owen would like to become a pilot in the Navy or Coast Guard and down the road, a commercial airline pilot.
Lisa, who has ties to the school and the Parkland community, made the trip to Florida to present Owen with scholarship and deliver a few words about CommutAir Cares and CommutAir during MSD’s Senior Honors Night.
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To obtain more information, please contact: CommutAirCares@commutair.com