Staff and Volunteers

Carley Walker STEM Flights

Director of Development

With a background in aviation and nonprofit marketing, Carley is dedicated to providing enriching flight experiences for both Pilot Mentors and Students. As a student pilot herself, she understands the importance of introducing aviation and STEM career pathways to young people.  Carley is Board Member of Air Care Alliance, Aviation Community Foundation, and Winchester Regional Airport Authority.  You can find her flying her 1963 C172 at her home airport KOKV in Winchester, VA. 


Flight Operations Manager

Austin Campbell is a native Texan, born and raised in the Dallas area.  After graduating from North Mesquite High School, Austin enlisted in the U. S. Coast Guard where he excelled as an enlisted Petty Officer while also earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Loyola University New Orleans.   After graduating from Officer Candidate School and receiving his commission, Austin went on to serve in high demanding operational and intelligence assignments.  These experiences fueled his passion and inspired him to continue to serve his community as a mentor and advocate in his post-military career.  Austin’s passion coupled with a continued desire to help and serve people compliments the mission of STEM Flights. 


Flight Safety Director/Pilot Mentor

Mike's passion is to introduce aviation careers to students.  Driven to develop confidence in kids through study and flying while making safety the number one priority.  Mike feels that through aviation, students are empowered to do anything they dream in life.  He was the first ever STEM Flights Pilot Mentor and flies more missions per year than any volunteer in our history.    Mike is currently a  Captain at United Airlines with over 25 years flying as a commercial pilot. His ratings include CFI, CFII, MEI. When he's not flying, you can find Mike with his family or playing tennis (he is a USPTA/USPTR Certified Tennis Professional). 



Curriculum and Program

Zara’s passion for STEM education began at an early age.  As a new college graduate, she taught Middle School and High School science to underprivileged students in Philadelphia, PA. She eventually transitioned to work for Johns Hopkins University, helping science teachers around the country gain comfort with teaching high quality, hands-on STEM lessons to their students.  Zara has served on her local School Board, continuing her pursuit of ensuring a quality education for every student.