Board of Directors
Christa has worked in corporate finance for almost 20 years in a variety of areas at IBM, an information and technology company. Currently, Mrs. Coryell supports the Global Technology Services division as a senior finance manager. Christa has extensive experience working with school-aged children through many volunteer opportunities available with IBM as well as direct involvement in her son’s activities. Mrs. Coryell is a Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (P-TECH) mentor to high school students in the St. Vrain Valley School District and is also a co-chairperson for the Discover Engineering and Innovation Academy partnerships between IBM and local schools in the Boulder area. Christa earned a Master of Business Administration with a finance emphasis from Colorado State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Arizona State University.
April Lanotte has been an educator in a variety of middle school, high school, higher education, and informal education settings for over 20 years. Secondary teaching experiences include inner-city schools, rural schools, a border town, and places in between.
Currently, April is the Director of Education at Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum and is an Instructional designer supporting NASA Aeronautics and NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorates.
Prior to her current positions, she spent two years working with NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters as an Einstein Educational Fellow from 2011-2013.
April’s upbringing in a small town in Pennsylvania and her passion for aeronautics and space science inspires her to work to make science more accessible to teachers and students everywhere, particularly in schools and areas where STEM resources can be scarce. With graduate degrees in both
Space Science Education and in English, her research interests include literacy and STEM as well as rural student attrition rates at larger colleges and universities. She has contributed a STEM Literacy chapter to Best Practices in STEM Education: Innovative Approaches from Einstein Fellow Alumni, which is due out in September 2018. Other research and pedagogical interests include space and aeronautics education, as well as inquiry- and project-based-learning.
Published aeronautics projects include small unmanned aerial vehicle lessons and activities, an activity guide that focuses on Earth’s atmosphere and human survival at high altitudes, and development of AOPA’s high school aviation curriculum.
She has also contributed science content to Challenger Center for Space Science Center and Disney’s Youth Experiences in Science.
April holds a Master of Science in Space Science Education from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, a Master of Arts in English Literature with a Nonfiction Science Writing emphasis from Colorado State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from La Roche College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Christina has over 20 years experience working and serving in the field of education, with an emphasis on special needs and learning disabilities. Additionally, she is the partner in an engineering and construction company, dabbles in investment properties, and has run multiple small businesses through the years. Her interest in all things aero began when she got to pick the brain of an astronaut she was working for, in Washington, D.C. After literally getting her feet off the ground with hang gliding lessons, she has moved on to being a student pilot. Christina’s passion for flight is amplified by her husband who is a hang glider pilot and who managed to fit an experimental aircraft into their garage, so they can restore it together. She loves being a beekeeper, renovating homes, reading, and taking her 6 kids on nature adventures in Colorado, where she has resided for the last 13 years. Christina is thrilled to have found Colorado Skies Academy, where her son is pursuing his love of aerospace and engineering in ways she only dreamed of, at that age.
Mark Van Tine is formally the Vice President of Digital Aviation for The Boeing Company. In this capacity, he oversaw a global enterprise comprised of 5,000 employees focused on developing and delivering intelligent information solutions to optimize customer operations and environmental performance. Concurrently, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of Jeppesen, an 85-year-old information solutions company providing products and services for the aviation industry around the world. He was appointed to lead Jeppesen in October 2002, and was named leader of the newly formed Digital Aviation organization at Boeing in October 2012. He retired from Boeing in July 2016.
Van Tine began his career in 1981 with Lockheed DataPlan, a leading flight planning and weather services company located in Los Gatos, California, which in 1989 was acquired by Jeppesen. He served as the Managing Director of DataPlan from 1991 until 1995, before relocating to Denver to oversee Jeppesen’s worldwide flight information development, printing and distribution operations, and IT organizations. He has spent his career working in a variety of different organizations within Jeppesen, including flight operations, customer service, navigation, and information technology. Van Tine served as Jeppesen’s EVP of Operations and Chief Information Officer from 1998 through 2002.
Van Tine earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation and a minor in business from San Jose State University in 1980, and attended the Harvard School of Business Program for Management Development in 1998. He holds a private pilot certificate, lives on an airpark in Colorado, and is an active general aviation pilot. He is married to his high school sweetheart, has three grown children, and is a very proud grandfather.
Growing up flying in Colorado with his father, Chris developed a passion for aviation at young age. This passion inspired him to start his own flight training in the early 2000’s while obtaining a degree in aviation technology from Metropolitan State University of Denver. Now a father himself, he enjoys sharing this same passion of flight with his son, as his own father did with him. A business owner, Chris operates his own global aircraft brokerage firm Altivation Aircraft, and in 2018 was selected as one of the National Business Aviation Associations inaugural Top 40 under 40 recipients. In his continued efforts to promote and further aviation throughout the State of Colorado, Chris also serves as Chairman of the Board for the Colorado Aviation Business Association and it is through this lifelong passion for aviation that continues to drive Chris in sharing his love of aviation and the beauty of flight with our future aerospace leaders.
Ralph has spent over 20 years in cybersecurity, Internet technology, and telecommunications in companies ranging from startups to Fortune 50 in size. He also co-founded a successful 501(c)3 organization which raised money for children’s charities, and is currently exploring areas of aviation safety technology. He currently leads a technical cybersecurity architecture team for a large eCommerce company.
An aviator and Colorado native who grew up around the airplanes at Centennial Airport, Ralph enjoys sharing the magic of flight with others by volunteering for programs such as Young Eagles and Challenge Air. His current side project is restoring a 1957 Cessna.
He is passionate about Colorado Skies Academy not just for the connection to aerospace, but for the unique educational model, inspiration, and opportunities this will bring to the students who choose to enroll in this amazing school.
Ralph is married to an elementary school teacher, and father of two young boys who love exploring and learning
Keith Palmer has a varied background that includes experience in aviation, corporations, nonprofits and entrepreneurialism. Having worked 10 years in airport operations, he moved into a role in a major communication corporation. He progressed through the ranks quickly during his 15 years there and became proficient at driving change, transforming organizations, and building strong delivery teams. Having developed the skill set needed for business and strategic planning and vendor management, he set out to start and run a business with his wife, traveling the country to serve their clients. After seven successful years running the business, he and his wife moved to Colorado and he landed at Wings Over the Rockies, where he is now serving as the director of operations. Keith has worked diligently to advance the mission of Wings to inspire and educate our next generation in the aerospace fields. He and his wife have an extensive volunteer history, taking the time to give back to the community.