“The love and passion they have for the mission, for what they’re doing, and for each other is incredibly palpable. I don’t think you’ll find too many places that have the vibe they have.”
----Chuck Davis, Founder of Stone Point Capital, Lead Independent Director of the Hershey Company, Board Director- Progressive Insurance.


The Beta team is composed of passionate doers from a wide variety of industries—engineer, design, build, create, machine…  A natural cross-pollination of skills makes for a holistic approach to solving design challenges and pushing innovation.


Core to our culture is a passion for flight. Every BETA team member has the opportunity to experience flight from the pilot’s seat with one of our seven certified flight instructors. This benefit provides invaluable insight into aircraft design.


The BETA team values a multi-disciplinary approach. It’s the people that make BETA an incredible place to work and passion they have that drives BETA’s success.

BETA Directors and Advisors

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Dr. Martine Rothblatt


Founder of Sirius XM radio and United Therapeutics. Progressive technologist and green energy advocate. Helicopter, fixed wing pilot.

Dean Kamen


Founder of DEKA research and FIRST Robotics for kids, inventor of the iBot wheelchair and numerous successful products. Helicopter, fixed wing pilot.

Chuck Davis


Founder of Stone Point Capital, Chairman of the Hershey Corporation, Board member of Progressive Insurance.

Dr. David Churchill


Mechanical Design and data integration expert. Former Boeing researcher and VP of engineering for Lord Microstrain. Private Pilot.

Kyle Clark


Lead engineer and founder. Former director of engineering at Dynapower, Applied Math degree from Harvard University. Test Pilot, CPL, eVTOL, helicopter, fixed wing.

John Abele

Senior Board Advisor

Founder of Boston Scientific. Author and non-linear thinker focused on making the world a better place. Pilot.

Chris Timchack


Principal at Stone Point Capital, Chief Investment Officer of CIT Bank, N.A., and part of the team that created, managed, and sold OneWest Bank. History of science and comparative study of religion degrees from Harvard University. Board Advisor.

Eric Hirshberg


Eric Hirshberg is a multi-industry business and creative leader. He is the former CEO of ACTIVISION where he delivered 8 years of explosive growth and innovation. Before that he was the CEO/Chief Creative Officer of Deutsch which was named Agency of the Year (Adweek/AdAge) 6 times during Eric’s tenure. He is now an early-stage investor/advisor for world-positive companies. He sits on the Boards of the XPrize Foundation and UCLA’s School of Arts and Architecture. He is also an accomplished singer/songwriter.

Adam Grosser

Senior Advisor

Lifelong engineer, tech entrepreneur and investor. Currently chairman of Google Wing and UP Partners, former Managing Director of Silver Lake Partners. Sir Edmund Hillary Fellow. ATP-rated jet, seaplane, and helicopter pilot.

BETA Directors and Advisors

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Dr. Martine Rothblatt


Founder of Sirius XM radio and United Therapeutics. Progressive technologist and green energy advocate. Helicopter, fixed wing pilot.

Dean Kamen


Founder of DEKA research and FIRST Robotics for kids, inventor of the iBot wheelchair and numerous successful products. Helicopter, fixed wing pilot.

Chuck Davis


Founder of Stone Point Capital, Chairman of the Hershey Corporation, Board member of Progressive Insurance.

Dr. David Churchill


Mechanical Design and data integration expert. Former Boeing researcher and VP of engineering for Lord Microstrain. Private Pilot.

Kyle Clark


Lead engineer and founder. Former director of engineering at Dynapower, Applied Math degree from Harvard University. Test Pilot, CPL, eVTOL, helicopter, fixed wing.

John Abele

Senior Board Advisor

Founder of Boston Scientific. Author and non-linear thinker focused on making the world a better place. Pilot.

Chris Timchack


Principal at Stone Point Capital, Chief Investment Officer of CIT Bank, N.A., and part of the team that created, managed, and sold OneWest Bank. History of science and comparative study of religion degrees from Harvard University. Board Advisor.

Eric Hirshberg


Eric Hirshberg is a multi-industry business and creative leader. He is the former CEO of ACTIVISION where he delivered 8 years of explosive growth and innovation. Before that he was the CEO/Chief Creative Officer of Deutsch which was named Agency of the Year (Adweek/AdAge) 6 times during Eric’s tenure. He is now an early-stage investor/advisor for world-positive companies. He sits on the Boards of the XPrize Foundation and UCLA’s School of Arts and Architecture. He is also an accomplished singer/songwriter.

Adam Grosser

Senior Advisor

Lifelong engineer, tech entrepreneur and investor. Currently chairman of Google Wing and UP Partners, former Managing Director of Silver Lake Partners. Sir Edmund Hillary Fellow. ATP-rated jet, seaplane, and helicopter pilot.

Our Team

Ryan Panzera

I received a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of South Carolina. I am coming to the team from California where I gained experience in the advanced composites industry. I will be assisting Beta with the quality systems team as well as composite manufacturing for the aircraft. I have a passion for all things aviation, and I like to spend my spare time at the beach with my dog, traveling, hiking/camping, and enjoying craft beer (in between hikes of course).

Mark Shay

Mark brings 25 years of experience in Aerospace to the Beta team. He started working on the SR-71 as an Avionics Tech in the USAF. Throughout his career, he has worked for Boeing, Northrop, Ball Aerospace, Orbital Science, and NASA. He looks forward to making history working with the EPU team on the ALIA aircraft. When not working he enjoys driving his Corvette, swimming, and playing golf.

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Caroline Cating

Commercial Pilot - SEL, CFI

Caroline is a CFI at BETA, and she’s a nerd for all things aviation. If it flies, you can bet it’s on her list of things to learn. Sharing knowledge, facilitating learning, and getting to challenge herself and others to fly their best keeps her moving. She’s here to guide you through the process of learning to fly, so that every member of the BETA team can have a first-hand understanding of the industry they’re electrifying.

Garrett Russell


Garrett is joining the flight team as a flight instructor. A native of Vermont, he spent the last decade in the mountains of Colorado, where he directed a cross country ski program. A change in career brought him to Denver where he became a flight instructor. Garrett is excited to return to Vermont and when not at BETA, you can find him mountain biking, skiing and hiking with his dog, Burger.

Grey Rowell

Grey is an Aerospace Engineer with over 15 years experience working on aircraft/spacecraft. He has his bachelors and masters from Embry-Riddle and wrote his thesis on aircraft composite repairs. A big fan of EVs, he is excited to be part of the BETA team pioneering technologies for the future of aviation. In his spare time you will find Grey on the bike path, sailing on the lake or on the ski mountain.

Sam Hobbs

Born and raised in VT, Sam’s love of aviation started at age 11 when a family friend kept their J-3 cub on floats at his childhood home. While he’s been flying off and on since then, he’s excited to be closer than ever to aviation. With a background in renewables, the confluence of interests is clear. He loves cooking and sharing meals with friends and family and always has a project of some sort around the house. Like most Vermonters, he loves playing outside no matter what the mode.

Michael Leonard

Michael has been an A&P mechanic for 15 years, working on mostly turbine-powered business jets at a certified repair station. He enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and two young children, motorsports, and anything that goes fast.

Austin Cate

Austin works on electrical system integration in the aircraft. He is an electrical engineer by training but a systems engineer in practice. He designed wind turbines for over a decade, making sure the electrical control and generation systems integrated smoothly with the mechanical structures and systems. He later led a team focused on utility-scale energy storage, installing 20 MWh of batteries on multiple continents. He grew up on a small farm in central VT where he learned to fix almost anything.

Austin Meyer

Austin Meyer wrote X-Plane and Xavion, and made the documentary movie “The Patent Scam”. Austin is also an investor and philanthropist.

Patrick McArdle

Patrick began his studies at Brooklyn Poly’, then transferred to Colorado University, Boulder, where he earned his B.S.M.E. He worked as an intern at Pfizer, on a project team which designed, and had the FDA certify, a new type of medical device. He learned to ski in the Rockies. Immediately after graduation from CU, Patrick moved to Seattle, Washington. He worked as quality engineer for Sea-Bird Scientific, keeping oceanographic instruments functioning in deep-sea deployments. He moved to Customer Service at Boeing, where his team consulted for Sukhoi on their SuperJet-100 airliner. He transferred to Flight Test, where his team negotiated, planned, and executed Final Certification Flight Test programs with the FAA for Boeing Models 787-8, 787-9, and 747-8. He departed Boeing for Aerospace Testing, Engineering & Certification (AeroTEC), where his team stood up a permanent flight-test base at Moses Lake, Washington, and consulted for Mitsubishi Aircraft Co. on their SpaceJet regional airliner. He switched from skis to snowboard in the Cascades. He is very proud to join the Beta Team, and his family eagerly anticipates moving to Vermont!

Sarah Deshaw

Sarah brings an “all hands on deck” attitude and positive energy to her role on Team Ops supporting BETA’s best and brightest as an Education Partner and supporting efforts with Onboarding and Recruitment. In addition to her background in International Education, Sarah honed her project management and organizational skills as a professional parent volunteer in the BVT schools. Sarah is fascinated by the innovation happening at BETA and is excited by the opportunity to learn to fly!

Tom Henck

Tom is a Systems Engineer and Electrical Systems DER covering 14 CFR PARTS 23, 25, 27, 29. Systems engineering represents the perfect mix of all engineering disciplines to bring everything together through planning and requirements, it’s exciting stuff really! Experience includes but is not limited to ARP4754A, ARP4761, DO-178C, DO-254, DO-330. DO-160G, Mil-STD-810, and Mil-STD-461. As a DER assisting the FAA Tom works diligently to provide a thorough unbiased review.

Matthew Neal

I graduated from Champlain College in 2019 with a major in Creative Media where I focused on Game Development, Interaction Design, and Visual Art. In my free time and when I’m feeling creative I like to make artworks that respond to the viewer with motion, light, and sound. I’ve always loved technology and art, BETA is the perfect place for me to continue learning and pursuing both!

Phil Butler

Phil is an electrical and embedded software engineer. He is an avid woodworker and self-taught mechanic and is always hunting for exciting projects to work on. When he is not working he enjoys hiking, skiing, and climbing.

Phil Barsalou

15 years in Aerospace developing and supporting helicopters and business jets as Materials and Processes. Shade-tree mechanic and woodworker who spends his free time wrenching on his old Porsche and building furniture. Enjoys auto-racing, skiing, and mountain biking.

Jean-Sebastien Leclerc

Jean-Sebastien is a mechanical engineer with a master’s in composite manufacturing. He’s always loved fast cars and as a young graduate student, wanted to start his career in Formula 1. He has worked in both the rotorcraft and aircraft industry developing and certifying novel composite structures using automated manufacturing techniques. At BETA, he is a part of the team supporting the development and manufacturing of Alia 250. He enjoys riding his bike, skiing, traveling, and cooking (he has 3 BBQs and a wood-burning pizza oven).

Hossein Ghiasi

My journey of close to two decades of research and work on composite structures includes a Ph.D. from McGill and experience on two composite-intensive aircraft programs (A220 and LJ85). Structural analysis, certification, and testing are not only my expertise but also my interest and I am happy to share it with Beta and help with the certification of ALIA.

Leo Bardou-Marchand

Student Pilot Airplane

Leo is a PMP certified mechanical engineer with a master’s in aerospace engineering and product development. He’s always loved electric cars and robotic. As a young graduate student, he won the ION Robotic Lawn Mower Competition and DARPA IGVC autonomous robotic along with his student club. At BETA, he is a part of the team supporting the development and manufacturing of Alia 250. He enjoys playing hockey, community greening project and financial engineering.

Tim Erwin

When he’s not at work, he spends his time designing and building custom mechanical keyboards, playing video, board, and tabletop games, or working on whatever project car he has in my driveway. After getting an associates in Computer Engineering with plans to become a motherboard designer, he decided to start his career in electrical assembly, eventually branching into IT and software development, handling broadcast support for NY Public Radio, and eventually landing at BETA as an electronics specialist.

Thomas Couture

Tom is a Master Electrician/Business Owner with over 20 years in the trade. Many of which were spent installing photovoltaics, including the recharge pad at BTV.

Devin Praino

Devin is an electrical engineer with a passion for manufacturing and being in the thick of projects. His background has been in medical device design/prototyping, product design, international facility startups, and product launches. Outside of work, you can find his working on one of my many home renovation projects, on the mountain, or biking around town.

Stuart Bell

Stuart is a member of the BETA Carpentry Team. He has spent his time before BETA working as a residential carpenter, softgoods designer, and freelance graphic designer. When he is not working, you can usually find him in the mountains, chasing down some Smallies on Lake Champlain, or working on his latest project.

Scott “Zip” Willits

Zip retired from the USAF where he had way too much fun flying Intel, Surveillance Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft around the globe. As a civilian, he was the initial cadre that stood up the DoD’s first software factory “Kessel Run” as they revolutionized the way the DoD designed/delivered software to operators. Zip brings a wealth of aviation, operational and international experience to BETA and after years flying sideways is excited to actually look out the window.

Kyle Clark

Kyle says “Sometimes everything you’ve ever done suddenly intersects with everything you’ve ever wanted to do.” With specialties in business and power, he founded iTherm, which was acquired by Dynapower where he then directed engineering; but with a passion for flight it was almost inevitable that he would build a company around electric aircraft, and here we are. Fun fact, after Harvard, Kyle spent his NHL signing bonus on flight lessons.

Timothy Richter

Tim worked on hybrid and electric vehicle projects for GE since 2003. He designs, develops and tests electrical systems and software with a focus on component interactions, data collection and analysis. To unwind he shreds a vintage Strat with the volume at 11.

Ernest “Easy E” Philips

Easy E’s background is obstacle course designing – he designed for American Ninja Warrior, Tough Mudder, and Spartan Races. He’s also appeared on shows such as America’s Got Talent, So You Think You Can Dance, and The Amazing Race. At BETA he is a manufacturing builder and dabbles in a little bit of everything. He is looking forward to learning the aviation field. If you need a go-to guy for the apocalypse, this is your man.

Michael Craig

Student Pilot

Michale has been building/restoring houses for 23 years. He owned four companies in NH up until he visited BETA. He decided to give it all up to join this amazing movement in electric aviation. He couldn’t be happier with the career change and to be involved with the amazing feats that BETA accomplishes each week.

Chris Lafayette

Student Pilot

Chris brings an intimate knowledge of business models, having spent his previous career making public and private investments at a family office in New York City. At BETA, he works on a variety of business initiatives including; Finance, Strategy, Business Development and Investor Relations. In his spare time, you can find him on the field coaching any and all youth sports.

Patrice Gaillard

Student Pilot

Patrice is a R&D Mechanical engineer with expertise in creative problem solving, product design, research and simulations. Born in South Western France, he is now enjoying life with his family in VT and you can find him x-country skiing or somewhere on a lake in the summer.

Brett Robinson


Brett is recently retired from the Air Force after a 23+ year career. He has flown C-130s, C-17’s and C-40s and was occasionally pulled out of the cockpit to for staff jobs, including several assignments representing the Department of Defense on Capitol Hill. Brett lives in Maryland with his wife and three sons and is excited to part of the Washington DC team running BETA’s simulator.

Gregory Kern

Student Pilot

Greg has over 10 years of semiconductor manufacturing experience as a lead equipment engineer. His main objectives have been to drive productivity improvements and cost reduction initiatives. He mostly enjoys being hands on and turning wrenches in a fast-paced work environment. At BETA he uses his skills and experiences in motor manufacturing planning. Outside of work, you can find him exploring Vermont on his mountain bike or by foot.

Patrick Gorun

Student Pilot

Born in Europe, and raised in Vermont, Patrick has extensive engineering background from semiconductor equipment design, to coffee processing and aerospace. BETA offers the ideal technical and cultural fit to apply this experience. Outside of work, kids, house projects and leading an active lifestyle occupy his time.

Thomas Rathbun

Commercial Pilot - SEL, Commercial Pilot - SES, CFI

Thomas graduated with a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Iowa. After graduation he pursued a career in collegiate coaching which brought him to Duke University. While at Duke he picked up flying and earned his CFI in a little over a yea. At BETA Thomas is a flight instructor and assists the manufacturing team with Environmental Engineering. When he isn’t flying you can find him traveling or working out.

Eve McGloon

Eve is from Maryland and studying electrical engineering at UVM. She’s interning on the manufacturing side of things at BETA and is looking forward to anything battery-related! She likes to skateboard and backcountry snowboard in her free time.

Nathan Ward

Student Pilot

Nate works on the deployment of our recharging infrastructure and is based in the mid-Atlantic. He is currently working on his private pilot license. When he has downtime, he enjoys hanging out with his two young children and three dogs, hiking, and kite surfing when the wind is just right!

Richard Donnelly

Student Pilot

Richard is an industrial designer who loves to drive, ride or captain anything that moves! You name it, planes, trains, boats, bikes, cars. 25 years in, he’s had a chance to design better versions of many of the above. BETA is his intersection of everything he’s wanted to do.

Hunter Fenn

A jack-of-all-trades type. He grew up in East Africa but ended up at UVM to earn a BA in Chinese Language/Culture. He was then a mechanic, a carpenter, and attended VTC for Electrical Eng. while working as a Mfg. Tech. Outside of BETA, you’ll find him at a cliff, bridge, or waterfall looking for the best spot to jump! He loves extreme sports and playing or working on anything with a motor.

Bettina Edelstein

Private Pilot - SEL

A former New York Times editor, Bettina moved to Vermont in 2012 to learn how to work on aircraft. As an A&P mechanic, she spent 6 years at Pratt & Whitney. She’s also been writing a memoir about learning to fly again after years away from airplanes and what that taught her about living. Her aviation experiences include flying the Hudson River Corridor in NYC, meeting one of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen and sitting in the cockpit of a Spitfire.

Joshua Rock

An A&P mechanic, he started inline service at Heritage Aviation 25 yrs ago where he became the General Aviation Maintenance Manager, specializing in Cirrus aircraft.

Marc Stannard

Marc comes to BETA with 48 years of experience on this earth, from a foreman building million-dollar homes in Vermont, Colorado, and Seattle, to underwater welding on hydroelectric plants throughout New England as a certified commercial diver, to climbing trees as an arborist. He is an adrenaline junkie always looking for a new “fix,” and he’s found one here at BETA!

Zachary White

Zach is a program manager with a background in mechanical engineering and product development. Before joining BETA he spent 9yrs developing soldier equipment with an emphasis on visual augmentation systems. Zach holds a Master’s of Science in mechanical engineering and enjoys skiing, mountain biking, and anything else that gets him outside.

Ed Hall

Ed wears many hats, primarily because he’s bald, but also due to his diverse background and category-challenging skill set. At BETA, he helps translate the between various stakeholders to ensure that expectations are aligned. Also, engage end-users early and often for feedback on iterative prototypes.

Katie Clark

Katie keeps BETA operations, artistic vision, and soul moving in the right direction. She has experience with multiple start ups and is an expert level multitasker. She has fantastic taste in shoes and curses more than we’d like.

Stephen Ross

Steve has written a bunch of stuff for a bunch of industries, most of which he is not at liberty to discuss. Especially the program that was retrofitting sharks with laser beams attached to their heads. Steve loves spending time with his family and likes to run for fun. Considers himself to be a walking encyclopedia of classic rock and says his favorite Led Zeppelin album is “Dark Side of the Moon”.

Chenjie Lin

Chenjie’s expertise is conceptualizing and developing novel electric motor and drive systems. Before joining BETA, he worked as a research engineer at ABB U.S. Corporate Research Center, where he initiated and led R&D projects to develop next-generation technologies. Chenjie loves basketball and always finds inspiration in sports to fuel his passion. He doesn’t like cooking.

William “Bill” Campbell

Current passions include playing hockey, which I took up way too late in life. I also enjoy woodworking, salt water/coral aquariums, and working on classic cars.

Joe Trovato

Joe started as an electrical engineer but has ventured into software, robotics, machine learning. He has worked at variety of startups on emerging technologies. First, he worked on a team to build an embedded sensor system and software tools to help professionals predict avalanches. After avalanches, Joe focused on autonomous UAVs designing sensor systems and autonomy frameworks for hard kill counter UAS applications.

Jacob Hurwitz

Student Pilot

Jake hails from the heart of the green mountains. After graduating from UVM in 2016 with a degree in mechanical engineering he worked as a carpenter and part-owner of a local custom home building company. As a Six Sigma Black Belt he now supports the manufacturing team at BETA aiding in the transition from research and development to certified production. Outside of work you’ll find Jake at the top of a mountain on either his skis, bike, or dirt bike. If he isn’t out in the woods he is the garage tinkering with or fixing the toys.

Bertil Kurth

I have lived in Vermont with my family for nearly 25 years, largely because we love how close to nature we can be here. I am passionate about the environment, the protection of natural spaces, and the many ways we can enjoy the outdoors in this beautiful state and country. I am most proud of having raised two beautiful children here in Vermont, and watching them follow their own dreams is one of my greatest joys.

Charles Guthrie

Camron (not to be confused with Cam) is another of our military-grade test pilots. He flew Vipers for the ANG under the call sign Arlo. You might also call him a walking encyclopedia of avionics if there was a kind of encyclopedia that ate other encyclopedias for breakfast.

Raechel Dysart

Raechel is an inventory management and merchandising professional with 10 years of experience working for global retailers and manufacturers. Her expertise is in inventory purchasing, planning, forecasting, and trend analysis. In her free time, you can find her enjoying the outdoors with her family or working around her house. Some of her passions include snowboarding, biking, cross country skiing, hiking, and interior design.

Scot Swanborn

Scot is a master craftsman and once upon a time environmental chemist. As a business owner, he designed and manufactured furniture and cabinets but his experience spans plumbing, electrical and general carpentry. At Beta, he fabricates aircraft and charging pad prototypes.

Amber Austin

Amber brings forth an extensive background in customer service. She enjoys learning new skills and never backs down from a challenge. Works full time while enrolled part-time, in order to complete her Finance degree. Outside of work she can be found camping, biking, and baking, all with her family.

Andrew Giroux

Andrew is adept at embedded systems, including circuit board design and firmware development. In the past, he’s built sensor systems for helicopters, internet-connected smart grid devices, and fast electric cars. He’s been a volunteer firefighter and EMT for a decade.

Jarad Roach

Private Pilot - SEL

Jarad has a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a MS in Engineering Management. He has been working in Transportation his entire career, starting out in locomotives and for the last 10 years aerospace. His experience includes project and program management roles on NPI and Post EIS projects for HUMS (Health and Usage Management Systems) and Electric Brakes, with a heavy focus on system and software certification. In his free time, Jarad enjoys kayaking, hiking, playing pickup hockey and traveling.

Philip Retzloff

Phil is an expert woodworker by trade and an entrepreneur who gave up making beautiful wood kids’ toys to make big kids’ toys. At BETA he designs and builds aircraft and recharge pad prototypes.

Kyle Werner

Kyle is an expert in sensing technologies, mechanical design, and rapid fabrication. He’s worked on everything from electric vehicles to race cars, to aerospace sensors. If it’s high voltage and high speed he’s in his element. Some say he dreams in GCODE.

Ben Colbourn

Ben is variously our remote test pilot, rapid prototyping, and design specialist. He has his hands on anything mechanical and electrical. He’s also the world record holder (Guinness approval pending) for piloting the largest remote control electric aircraft in history.

Alykhan Bhanji

Alykhan is a mechanical engineer who loves designing, prototyping, and manufacturing. After completing his Mechanical Engineering degree at Queen’s University in Canada, he pursued a battery research project at MIT and a startup focused on solving logistical transport challenges for remote communities. Alykhan has also worked at a robotics company focused on warehouse automation in a cross-functional team to design and test electro-mechanical systems. In his free time, Alykhan loves to travel, explore new hiking trails, and go skiing.

Willa Clark

Willa is a capable pilot on multiple aircraft and happens to be the youngest pilot on our team. Willa even flew aircraft before she drove a car. She once jumped out of a Lancair at night, that was still moving, on fire. (the plane, not her!) If that wasn’t impressive enough, she assists in many areas of our business including the recharge pad infrastructure, social media, and other hands on technical work.

Schuyler MacDonald

Schuyler grew up in Burlington, Vermont before attending university in Bozeman, Montana. He has always credited growing up in his Dad’s metal shop to have helped progress him early on as a designer and manufacturer. After a few years skiing and hiking he graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Minor in Aerospace. In his free time, he hikes and skis, and sometimes hike to ski. He rock climbs, plays disc golf, sails, paddle boards, canoes, backpacks, and bikes…most of all, he likes to be outside.

Abbey Blankensop

To Abbey, there’s a beautiful and intentional challenge having an advertising degree in a state where billboards are illegal. Moving from the western Chicago suburbs to Burlington, Abbey is a member of the marketing and creative team at BETA helping with internal and external communication and creative branding of this amazing company.

Skye Carapetyan


Skye acquired flight time as a student, instructor, and airline pilot. After transitioning from the airlines into sales, it was inevitable the two paths would cross again. From experience as Vice President for the western US at a logistics company to his role as National Sales Director for an EV startup, it has culminated with BETA. Skye’s primary role is to develop the charging network for the Western US. Outside work you’ll catch Skye trying to keep up with his two kids in their outdoor activities.

Travis Jones

A “Jack of all trades”, Travis has spent his career performing root cause analysis, creating electrical and mechanical designs, troubleshooting fielded equipment, and training others in at height safety and rescue. An Electro-Mechanical engineer armed with a business degree, Travis is excited to draw on every skill he possesses as part of the BETA team. In his spare time, Travis enjoys spending time with his family, woodworking, beekeeping, snowboarding, and off-roading in his Jeep.

Shannon Murphy

Shannon is a student at UVM studying mechanical engineering. She works at the university’s makerspace and applies those skills to BETA’s 3D lab through machine maintenance and 3D printing!

Rayan El-Kotob

Rayan is a Lebanese import, materials engineering grad from Vancouver with a strong background in manufacturing, renewable energy, and a passion for data and sustainability. Rayan’s passion for a sustainable future and data drive process is what helps her wake up each day. Instead of coffee, some tea and a stretch are how Rayan best prefers to feel revitalized.

Ed Eppler

Student Pilot

After advising aerospace and defense companies around the globe for nearly twenty years, Ed retired from investment banking to help his favorite client achieve his most ambitious dreams. Ed’s excited to be back in VT (home of his alma mater) where he can pursue his passions for backcountry skiing and cycling. And, Ed is eager to experience life in the cockpit after spending millions of miles in coach.

Brandon Hanley

Brandon is a recent graduate from the four-year electrical engineering Technology program at Vermont Technical College. His high school CAD instructor taught students to have a great work ethic; a lesson Brandon holds very importantly in his life. He is passionate about his work, learning new things, and helping those around him. In his free time, Brandon enjoys photography, painting, playing clarinet, piano, and bass, skiing, and waking up to a cup of coffee hand-brewed from his AeroPress.

Matthan Stroethoff

Matthan works with the carpentry team at BETA building recharging infrastructure. He previously owned a home improvement contracting business here in Vermont. When he’s not hiking, biking, skiing, or swimming you’ll probably find him sitting in a cozy spot reading a book.

Abby Rathbun

Private Pilot - SEL

Originally from Ohio, Abby came to Vermont to study mechanical engineering…and to not be in Ohio. At Beta, she works as an intern on the manufacturing team. She found a love of flying while in high school, but you’ll also find her skiing, hiking, hanging out on Lake Champlain!

Elena Crites

Elena is currently a student at Carnegie Mellon University, studying Communication Design. Here at BETA, she works as a design intern on the creative team, helping with signage, lots of sticker-making, page & presentation layouts, and whatever odd jobs get thrown her way. She grew up in Shelburne, VT, and is glad to be working close to home. In her free time, she loves spending too much time watching films, starting spontaneous dance parties, and attempting (though often failing) to keep her many houseplants alive.

Jeffrey Goldman

Jeff is a rising senior studying mechanical engineering at UVM. He is an intern who assists with the design, assembly, and testing of batteries. Before joining the team at BETA, Jeff worked at Hayward Tyler Inc. where he designed components for performance testing industrial pumps. He’s always up for a company bike ride.

Tobias Freedner Matesi

Tobias is a third-year economics student at Concordia University in Montreal. He has a fascination for all things finance and economics and loves how the subjects allow us to better understand the complicated world we live in. In his free time, Tobias is an avid cyclist and adventurer, having cycled through Mexico and van toured through New Zealand among other adventures. Tobias is working with the finance team at BETA for 8 months and loves using his knowledge of economics to help BETA in the development of breakthrough innovation.

Colin Spencer

Colin is a lifelong nerd who loves to make things. He has dabbled both personally and professionally in a wide variety of technical pursuits, following a meandering path from getting his ham radio technician license at age five to designing and validating motherboards for industrial and rugged PCs. Outside of work he spends his time making & playing music, skateboarding, playing video & board games, and generally geeking out.

Sri Vathsa Mounaguruswamy

Sri is a mechanical engineer with a design and manufacturing background. He previously worked as a cross-functional engineer in the design and manufacturing team to aid the transition from the design phase to the mass production phase in the energy and pressure containment sectors. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt with experience in continuous improvement and PDCA. At BETA, he is involved in EPU and documentation of the process to aid manufacturing. Out of work, he likes cooking, photography, and cycling.

Tyler Skroski

Tyler is studying mechanical engineering at UVM. He works with the battery team at BETA and has a passion for mechanical design. In his free time, he loves to explore the woods on his skis or mountain bike.

Eric Kuhn

Eric is working as an intern at Beta while studying mechanical engineering at the University of Vermont. As a member of the manufacturing team, he is supporting the ramp-up of ALIA aircraft and infrastructure production. When he is not playing his guitar or building drones, you can catch Eric exploring Vermont outdoors by bike, board, and boat.

Justin O’Brien

Born in Vermont, Justin has been around the automotive industry since he was in diapers. Outside of work he enjoys playing with anything with a motor, drone flying (before he landed it at the bottom of Lake Champlain), and long walks on the beach with his cat.

Hailey Schofield

Private Pilot - SEL

Hailey’s background has taken her through teaching, illustrating, and the beer industry. She has an entrepreneurial product-based sales background and as well as a passion for aviation. She works with a team managing the inbound client interest at BETA. When she’s not flying, you can find her illustrating and metalsmithing or in the woods exploring, backcountry skiing, mountain biking, and canoe camping.

Niels Arentzen

Niels is supporting the supply chain team. His interest in procurement grew as he was leading the conversion to electric lawn care equipment at UVM. Outside of BETA he can be found on the lake, painting houses, or juggling a soccer ball.

Tyler Austin

Tyler Austin works in supply chain inventory and logistics at the Ave D and Ave 2D2 sites. Previously, he worked for 15 years for Green Mountain Coffee in 5S, inventory control, and supply chain excellence. His main priority will be setting up a process that flows with the system and the business to drive a highly functional supply chain from receiving to storage into production. Outside of work, he is near the grill cooking in the summer with his family, camping, boating and fishing. In the winter he is at the hockey rink or on the snowmobile trails.

Jerrett Schnabel

Jerrett is a former automotive technician, specializing in electrical diagnostics. Graduated from CTE and UTI with multiple awards. Dedicated to solving issues and helping others.

Jared James

I am a machinist/mechanic with 20+ years of experience. I like to work with my hands. I built a 1931 hot rod truck from the ground up and I drove it (legally) on the road for several years. I enjoy troubleshooting and repairing things- especially small engines. In my free time, you can find me spectating my kids’ sporting events, tinkering in the garage, working on garden tractors, hunting, or fishing.

Mario Bailey

I was born and raised in Jamaica and moved to Vermont to attend UVM. I am taking a break from completing my MS to work at BETA. At BETA, I work with the software team developing internal tools. Outside of BETA, I am an enlisted member in the VTANG and a soccer coach. I enjoy tinkering with new tech, pursuing entrepreneurial ventures, traveling, and skiing.

Alana Brault

Alana started working in manufacturing on her 16th birthday as a capacitor assembler and has held many positions within the industry since. At BETA, she’ll be using her skills and experience in production planning and ERP admin to help get production moving. She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, hiking, and hanging out at the lake. She also has a minor obsession with giant pandas.

Sloan Forstrom

Sloan is a born and raised Vermonter, living in Burlington for 5 years. He’s been welding since 2010 and attended AWI in 2012-2013, graduating top of his class with every certification they had at the time. Over the last 4 years, he has been mainly TGAW and is looking forward to getting back into the certified welding field. In his free time, you will find him tinkering or bashing on one of his many motorized toys. Having NEVER flown, he is very excited and thankful for the opportunity to get into an aircraft!

Morgan Holland

Student Pilot

Morgan works on special projects at BETA. His previous stints include software product management at Lyft, venture capital and private equity investing, and management consulting. Morgan had his student pilot’s license in high school and is stoked to be learning to fly choppers. Outside of work you’ll find him running, biking, skiing, and boating.

Micki Dalpra

Student Pilot

Micki supports recruiting and talent acquisition for the company. She has experience in mass-hiring within the electric vehicle manufacturing and production world. She is ecstatic to assist BETA with electrifying aviation and changing the world of flight through the core of the company: its people.

Danielle Price

Student Pilot

Danielle always wanted to be an astronaut until she realized she was claustrophobic. She then decided to pursue degrees in mechanical and aerospace engineering at West Virginia University to design and manufacture the equipment necessary to get others airborne. She has worked for multiple aerospace companies such as Pratt & Whitney and Collins Aerospace and is passionate about the world of aviation. She spends her free time rock climbing, hiking, practicing yoga, and riding her dirt bike. Her happy place is in a hammock along a river, on top of a mountain, or admiring the beauty of Vermont from the sky.

Craig VandeVusse

Student Pilot

Craig is a mechanical engineer with a passion for structural analysis, model validation, and things that vibe. He spent his early career with the Navy conducting explosive shock and vibration tests (google full-scale shock trial”) and the past few years analyzing injection molding machines. In his spare time, Craig loves backcountry skiing, rock climbing, and hanging out with his wife and baby daughter.

Robert Bottomley

Rob’s focus at BETA is on the design, analysis, and integration of novel technologies for flight. Rob received his BS/MS in mechanical engineering from Northeastern University and worked as an aerospace/mechanical engineer for Tethers Unlimited developing low TRL technologies towards NASA flight readiness. Rob’s expertise includes mechanical/ thermal modeling and design, composites, mechatronics as well as BMX/mountain biking, snowboarding, dim sum, and all things music.

Kevin Carter

Kevin has spent his career in warehousing, inventory, and logistics management in the foodservice equipment repair and luxury lighting industries, with a focus on continuous improvement. He is passionate about operational efficiency, accuracy, and simplicity in the world of inventory control and logistics. When not at BETA Kevin will find himself trail running or getting lost somewhere wandering remote backroads on his adventure motorcycle.

Carson Kurtz-Rossi

Carson is currently studying electrical engineering at UVM and plans to graduate this spring. He is interested in control systems and has recently found a love for programming which he hopes to further explore after graduation. At BETA he is working on documentation and improvement of the Big Friendly Press Machine that will be used to manufacture parts for the scale model drones. Outside of school and work his hobbies include skiing, mountain biking, and flipping butterfly knives.

Matt Tabasko

Matt earned his degree in economics and business from UCONN. Over the last 15 years, he has led global software and consulting teams across the advertising, finance, automotive, CPG, and healthcare industries. He specializes in full-stack SDLC, UI/UX, sales engineering, product strategy, and systems integrations. Matt works across teams to implement simple and efficient business systems and processes to enable electrified flight. He and his family live in the mountains in a net-zero house and in his spare time, he enjoys restoring vintage transistor amplifiers, building HiFi speakers, mountain biking, snowboarding, and ultra running.

Tom McCallister

Private Pilot - SEL

Tom is a flight test engineer and flight analyst DER. He started his flying career when he was 14, paying for lessons by working at his parent’s sign shop. He received a degree in aerospace engineering from Embry Riddle and has spent his career flying and certifying high-performance aircraft.

Wily Rahill

Private Pilot - SEL, Private Pilot - SES, Commercial Pilot - SEL, CFI, CFII

Wily Rahill loves flying, adventure, learning, exploring, and inspiring others about the wonders of aviation! He retired after 30.5 years in the military flying and instructing in F-16s, the last 19 years as a Green Mountain Boy, and had 10 overseas deployments. He has owned his 1957 Cessna 180 Skywagon for 25 years, it’s the family SUV for Cathy, Sky (also a pilot), Finn, and Wily. He flies 737s for United, but loves flying with BETA teammates in any fixed-wing planes, especially the taildraggers!

Joe Lane

Student Pilot

Joining BETA’s finance leadership team, Joe balances his passion for business with his love of fly fishing. He enjoys traveling to unspoiled waters in search of trophy fish. In addition to progressive roles in corporate finance, Joe has shared his FP&A expertise with over 100 growth companies as an enterprise planning software consultant. True to his conservation roots, Joe is driven by the prospect that the innovative work at BETA will lessen the human impact on our wild places.

Whiskey Dog

Whiskey is a nine year old Jack Russell Terrier. He enjoys short walks on the beach and long days in the hanger. 90% of his waking hours have been on the job for moral support. He runs on three legs and loves baby carrots. He’ll be airborne in the very near future and looks forward to getting fitted for a Stearman harness in order to enjoy loops and rolls with his dad.

Steven Daugherty

Steven is what some call “The Southern Elon Musk.” A graduate of chemistry from Virginia Tech, with a love for all things mechanical. From converting cannabinoids through isomerization & building supercritical extractors to bow hunting the high country desert of AZ & building 1000hp diesel pickup trucks. At BETA he applies his out-of-the-box thinking to his role as a materials engineer.

Ted Dudley

Commercial Pilot - SEL, Commercial Pilot - SES, CFI, CFII

Ted, another former F-16 and A-10 pilot, comes to Beta as a flight instructor after two 20-year careers, in the Air Force, and at Delta Air Lines. He lives in Colchester, VT, and sometimes Melbourne Beach, FL. He used up nearly all of his lifetime supply of good taste in choosing a spouse and can be found sailing his sloop with friends on Lake Champlain on many summer days.

Michael Maluk

Mike has worked on everything from stealth bombers to guitar amps. He used to sleep on a blow-up mattress in his closet to make more room in his apartment for machines and tools.

Alex List

Private Pilot - SEL

Alex is a software engineer with an entrepreneurial, product-oriented background in the aerospace and mobile application domains. Studied computer science at MIT, with a masters thesis in aerospace engineering.

Brian Klinka

Brian brings over 35 years of aviation engineering experience with him to BETA, including military and commercial design development and certification of advanced systems and technologies for aerospace applications. His passion for the aviation world (and admittedly stubborn refusal to retire) led him to teach himself the principles of eVTOL and most recently the development of policy and regulation for eVTOL airplane projects on behalf of the FAA. A fan of all things fast and fun, on the weekends, Brian can be found on his boat about a mile offshore cruising at 30 knots, surrounded by friends and family.

Thomas Henck

Student Pilot

Tom is a Systems Engineer and Electrical Systems DER covering 14 CFR PARTS 23, 25, 27, 29. Systems engineering represents the perfect mix of all engineering disciplines to bring everything together through planning and requirements, it’s exciting stuff really! Experience includes but is not limited to ARP4754A, ARP4761, DO-178C, DO-254, DO-330. DO-160G, Mil-STD-810, and Mil-STD-461. As a DER assisting the FAA Tom works diligently to provide a through unbiased review.

Cameron Jonas

Student Pilot

Cam is a USAF-trained aircraft technician who rolls up his sleeves and does whatever needs doing. His focus is integral to building and maintaining flight test aircraft, component integration, and the logistics to make it all happen. Basically, if Cam doesn’t know, we’re in trouble. Prior to BETA, he studied fine woodworking and sustainable building in the mountains of VT, hence the beard. Now, he basically lives at BETA, somehow getting paid for his hobbies, and answering the constant question “Ask Cam!”

James Lott

Student Pilot

James grew up fixing old cars in his spare time, then started fixing up old airplanes for the US Air Force. Now he works with the Plattsburgh Ground Crew assembling, maintaining, launching, AL, and recovering ALIA on Flight Test missions.

Shawn Cimonetti

Student Pilot (Airplane & Helicopter)

Shawn works on all things scale models, from mechanical/electrical design through propulsion characterization and flight tests. He video streams ALIA flight tests and seems to enjoy hanging out of the chase helicopter more than flying DIY camera drones at home. He’s dedicated to BETA while wrapping up his last few UVM mechanical engineering classes. Hobbies include building microfluidic sounding rocket payloads and getting lost in the woods.

Fabian Baumann

Fabian is a recent graduate from Carleton University where he studied mechanical engineering. He spent the last year of his university degree designing and building a human-sized 3D printer. At BETA, you can find him working with the motor team engineering the future of aviation.

Willem Hillier

Willem started building circuits at age 8, and since then he has worked on a variety of projects, including electric racecars, low-cost mobility scooters for children, and robotic musical instruments. At BETA, Willem designs and debugs PCBs and related electrical systems. As of his sophomore year, Willem is pausing his BSEE at UVM to work at BETA full time.

Joshua Myslik

Commercial Pilot - SEL, Commercial Pilot - Helicopter, CFI

Josh thrives on mechanical product development and has spent his career evolving a skill set to be able to bring ideas from concept, to CAD, through to manufacture and test. He has a passion for getting airborne and is an instructor for fixed wing aircraft, a commercial helicopter pilot and is always looking for ways to incorporate flying into his day to day. Before BETA, he has worked on a team developing eVTOL aircraft, at Scaled Composites building the world’s largest airplane, building a replica of the first airplane to cross the Atlantic and a too short of a stint blowing up scale models for the movie industry.

Matt Edson

Commercial Pilot - SEL, Commercial Pilot - SES, CFI, CFII

Matt is a retired F-16 pilot and currently on leave from Delta Air Lines to share his love and passion for flight with the Beta Team! Matt is a full time pilot and flight instructor at Beta while assisting with the Alia Flight Test program. A Vermont native, He lives in Jericho, Vermont, with his wife Mia and two boys, Walker and William, whom also love to fly!

Steve Widdis

Student Pilot

Steve Widdis is a mechanical engineer with over 10 years of experience in R&D and a passion for finding practical solutions for complex problems. When he can steal some time to play, you can find him kite surfing, sailing, mountain biking, or skiing with his wife and 3-year-old daughter.

Chris Townsend

Student Pilot

Chris is an electrical engineer working on sensing and hardware embedded control systems required for fly-by-wire (FBW) flight control. Chris has a background developing both hardware and software for embedded sensing systems. He was formerly a lead engineer at MicroStrain. No relation to Pete.

Abby Perlee

Abby is a student studying industrial engineering at Worcester Polytech. She was originally hired as a summer intern, she is now working to improve our inventory tracking and production process.

Grayson King

Grayson is a circuit design wizard with 25 years of industry experience and a snow & water sports junkie who’s been sliding over water in various forms just about since birth. His happy place is that magical “flow state” where time and self disappear into focused activity. He finds it just as much when absorbed in the Zen art of a complex PCB layout, as when arcing turns through the trees on skis, or flying along a foot or two above the lake chop on a wind foil board.

Melanie Craig

Melanie specializes in facilities communication and activities that support the daily functionality, performance and operational structures for the team. She never stands still. She’s here to make efficient use of our spaces and equipment, to look after our teams and our guests, and to assist with the daily operations of our properties and assets. She is rebuilding her home one room at a time, and enjoys being unplugged with her family at camp, “Camp Paradise”.

Malcolm Achilles

Student Pilot

Malcolm is currently working on his degree part-time while working full-time. He works on anything and everything that needs to happen including CNC Machines and other industrial equipment. He is a competitive Mountain biker racing around the East Coast.

Daniel Morton

Daniel is an intern on the electrical team with prior work experience wiring houses and renewable systems. He is currently a student at the University of Vermont studying electrical engineering where he also works on a competitive electric race car. Outside of work, Daniel enjoys wakeboarding and riding his motorcycle in the summer, while snowboarding locally in the winter.

Jake Nealy

Student Pilot

Jake is an electrical engineer and drone aficionado. He is passionate about building UAV platforms with an emphasis on long range communications and long flight times. In his professional career he has worked extensively with IMUs, control systems, wireless communications, and embedded systems. When not pushing long-range limits he can be found in the mountains, hiking with his dog Sampson, or chasing fresh tracks on his snowboard.

Will Callahan

Student Pilot

Team support and facility upgrades best describes what Will does at BETA. After building houses for nearly 20 years, he had the good fortune of being brought in temporarily to help with fixing up BETA’s north hanger nearly 2 years ago. That job led to more projects and eventually a full-time status here helping team members achieve their goals through whatever support is needed. He’s a father of 3 kids: Brooks, Astraea, and Ronan. He’s lived in Essex, VT for the last 8 years with his wife Rachel, and grew up in Middlebury, VT.

Cathleen Sullivan

Cathleen is probably the farthest from an Engineer as one can get at BETA, but that’s okay! She has a background in Human Services, college Admissions, recruitment in manufacturing and health care, and Employee Relations. She’s passionate about the humans who make up an organization, and her career is rooted in service to others and cheering them on to success. By providing full-cycle recruitment services at BETA, Cathleen helps weave in new talent to the creative and refreshing culture. She is energized by BETA’s brave commitment to advancing aviation thoughtfully and bringing far-reaching positive impact. And…she will learn to fly!

Bianca Marrier

Bianca is a licensed Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic, she is one of only a few women that carry a license in the state of Vermont.

Matthew Colby

Student Pilot

Matt is realizing a lifelong passion for airplanes. He got an opportunity to bring mechanic experiences in the bicycle, motorcycle, and auto industries to aviation maintenance. Whether it’s working with the team to install an engine, wiring in the latest avionics, or continuing his training for a private pilot license he wants to be immersed in flight. That, paired with an organization that wants to change the world is his dream come true.

James Whitehill

James is a recent RIT Industrial Design graduate that started his career in the fine furniture industry. He worked on woodworking projects for residential and commercial spaces with contributions including design ideation and iteration, as well as CAD drawing and CNC manufacturing. He has always been interested in creating functional, beautiful objects that eliminate problems and annoyances. At BETA, his role is to support the recharge pad team with building and problem-solving. Outside of work, James loves all outdoor activities, especially skiing and mountain biking.

Tom Hughes

Student Pilot

Tom has a Mechanical Engineering degree from WVU and a passion for all things test engineering. In the past, he has designed, tested, and certified de-ice components for GA aircraft. At BETA, he runs the Environmental Test Lab.

Shain Matthews

Shain was born and raised in South Alabama. His first job was at age 14 producing the Tampa Bay Devil Rays AA baseball team, the Montgomery Biscuits, for their first 4 years. After high school, he moved to Orlando, Fl and attended MMI for two years where he received his Bronze Star, 5-Star, and Dyno Certifications for Yamaha and Kawasaki. After Tech School he worked his way up thru the mechanics ranks of various shops to reach what he calls the best custom bike shop that ever was, Sevier County Custom Choppers, that he helped manage with his BF Nick. When the recession hit, they had to part ways to find other paths which led Shain to the world of welding and industrial construction. He serviced all of the conveyors for FedEx and UPS in the state of Alabama for a year and spent another 8 years running the roads and working shutdowns for 12 hrs a day, 7 days a week, for months at a time, keeping this country producing paper, steel, gold, and acid. Building hospitals, steel mills, gold mines, phosphate plants, and paper plants. He’s a mechanic, a welder/fabricator, a rigger, the world’s ok-est helicopter pilot, and a full-time Daddy. At BETA, Shain fabricates anything and everything the engineers here can think up or imagine. He wakes up every day humbled to be here and to have seen this project from its infancy to now, and he strives to give us greatness in everything he does no matter how big or small. He loves his BETA Family.

Lino Verna

Private Pilot - SEL

Lino has taken apart almost every single thing he’s ever owned. Some things he’s put back together, others he’s even made better. BETA provides an awesome extension of this habit – understand it, design it, build it, test it, make it better. While not working or flying, you might find him with his family, in his machine shop, or on his tractor. He also finds writing in the third person exhausting.

Jordan Potvin

Student Pilot (Airplane & Helicopter)

At BETA, Jordan is a project manager, electrical engineer, and drone pilot. He’s always looking to take on new challenges and improve his skill set. He enjoys big challenges and celebrating little victories. If he’s not at the office or in the field flying scale models, you can usually find him enjoying the waters of Lake Champlain or the views offered by the Green Mountains.

Tamara J. Kelley

Tamara is part of the Finance Team at BETA and specializes in Accounts Payable! She comes from a military family and grew up all over the world on Air Force Bases. In her downtime, Tamara loves animals, especially her two dogs, she also enjoys hunting, fishing, gardening, and spending time with family and friends.

Stephen Beams

Student Pilot

From antique fabric airplanes to turbine-powered helicopters, Steve keeps’em flying. A holder of an FAA airframe and powerplant certification with Inspection Authorization, he’s been passed down the love of aviation from his father who was a naval aviator. When he’s not kicking around the hangar, he’s hanging with the family or stopping hockey pucks.

Luke Randall

Luke is an Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic and has his Inspection Authorization (IA) certificate. Luke has worked for private companies as an A&P Mechanic maintaining certified aircraft. He supports keeping BETA’s certified aircraft flying. Additionally, Luke lends his skills and hands to the development of the aircraft of the future.

Georgia Boylan

Georgia has experience in various types of procurement, starting in the food and beverage industry, then followed by OEM and R&D manufacturing in the metals industry. Georgia is excited to be a part of the BETA team, and use her past knowledge to help the team move forward. Georgia enjoys cooking, and the outdoors. She spends her summers hiking and winters skiing.

Nate Dubie

Commercial Pilot - Helicopter, CFI, CFII

Nate Dubie is one of our Helicopter Certified Flight Instructors. He loves sharing the challenge of hovering and vertical flight with our team. On the weekends he is a Senior Army Aviator in the National Guard flying the UH60 Blackhawk and UH72 Lakota. Additionally, as a good Vermonter should, in his free time he manages a large maple syrup orchard with his family.

Tanner Bechard

Tanner has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical and manufacturing engineering from Morehead State University. He worked at a custom CNC machine shop where I learned how to program and operate all types of CNC machines. He currently works at the Valley shop where he makes parts for the aircraft and helps with upcoming manufacturing projects. Tanner was born and raised in Georgia, Vermont. I am very excited to be a part of such an exciting and impressive company as BETA.

Aaron Grossman

Aaron is an award-winning artist and fabricator with a background in electrical work.  He’s also a combat-wounded USMC vet. At BETA, he’s involved with mechanical integration and flight test support. When he’s not at work he’s busy setting up a maker space and designing a flaming art car to bring to Burning Man.

Zachary Fraser

Student Pilot Airplane

Zachary came to BETA from the auto body world, bringing over 15 years of experience and knowledge in all aspects of bodywork, painting and refinishing. Along with making things smooth and shiny, he brings lots of hands on skills to the team, always striving to help wherever needed.

Chris Doyle

Student Pilot (Helicopter), Private Pilot - SEL, Private Pilot - SES

Doyle has a lifetime passion for aviation. He earned a Finance and Business Management degree from Syracuse U but always preferred hands on work to crunching numbers. Landing a summer job as an apprentice aircraft mechanic for Jim Parker Airshows provided the opportunity to learn to fly eventually flying his 1947 Luscombe airplane across America. After 24 years as a prototype engineer at Burton Snowboards BETA called (well, texted actually) and he jumped at the chance to be part of the future of Aviation.

Lan Vu

Student Pilot Helicopter, Private Pilot - SEL

Lan is an electrical engineer, turning wrenches, building high voltage batteries, and flight testing. Before Beta she worked in the defense industry, working on nuclear submarines and mine resistant ambush protected vehicles. She once volunteered to trailer Ava’s fuselage across the country in 51 hours and then made the same trip once she earned her private pilot license in a Cessna 182 in 18 hours. In her free time she loves to explore the beautiful state of Vermont with her family.

Matt Sheppard

Private Pilot - SEL

Matt studied Computer Science at Clarkson University, sicnce he’s worked professionally with software in many industries. Now at BETA he works with flight and system data collected to ensure the safety of our pilots and the performance of our aircraft.

Caroline Kirkland

Student Pilot

Caroline just graduated from NCSU with a BS in mechanical engineering where she participated in FSAE on the manufacturing and suspension teams. At BETA she is focused on battery testing and electrical systems. When not at work Caroline enjoys cooking, working out at a local gym, and hiking with lots of layers while she acclimates to New England weather. Volume control isn’t her forte so, despite a quieter electric aircraft in the hangar, colleagues are still encouraged to wear hearing protection.

Serge Goncharov

Commercial Pilot - SEL, Commercial Pilot - SES, CFI, CFII

Serge wears many different hats, from being a CFI, CFII to A&P mechanic. He has a background in aircraft engine manufacturing. Holding multiple roles as a process engineer, assembly and test technician. Assembling the GE90-115B, GeNX, and LEAP high bypass engines for Boeing and Airbus. Outside of work Serge enjoys spending his time with his family, outdoor sports, and competing on his online racing simulator.

Nick Austin

Nick works with the electrical team at BETA building and testing electronics. He’s worked in the field of electrical assembly and test for over 10 years and holds an associates degree in Electrical Engineering Technology and a bachelor’s degree in Web Design and Development. In his spare time he enjoys woodworking, aerial photography, and the endless pursuit to break 90 at the local golf courses.

Michael Clark

Commercial Pilot (Helicopter)

Mike works on the manufacturing and deployment of our recharging infrastructure. In his spare time, he is also one of our Helicopter Certified Flight Instructors and flies the UH60 Black Hawk for the Vermont Army National Guard. Before moving to Vermont, he served in the US Army fine-tuning his professional cat-herding skills. He didn’t fly President Obama but did shake his hand once.

Leslie Ofsuryk

Leslie comes to us with 16 years of Manufacturing experience and has spent the last 8 years in Supply Chain. She enjoys every aspect of working within a Supply Chain Team and learning new products.

Emily Hamlin

Emily is a recent college graduate with degrees in Computer Science and Physics. She is part of the software team at BETA and works on data visualization for flight and inverter testing. In her free time she enjoys climbing, hiking, and working on art projects.

Riley Griffin

Student Pilot

Riley’s focus at BETA revolves around the design, analysis, and integration of novel electric aircraft. Riley received his BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University and worked as a research engineer at Aurora Flight Sciences prior to joining BETA. Riley’s expertise includes aerodynamic modeling, performance analysis, structural load testing, early morning mountain biking, backcountry skiing, restoring vintage audio equipment, and working on his 1800s farmhouse in Vermont.

Laura Caputo

Commercial Pilot - SEL

Laura spent 15 years flying in the military, and 2 years in the corporate world. She holds her Multi-engine Commercial and Airline Transport Certificates with type ratings in DC-10, Lear-35, and Gulfstream-IV aircraft. She teaches Ground School courses for BETA and mostly spends her time hoping the experiences and knowledge she’s picked up along the way can be shared with other team members, and contribute in some positive way to Team BETA.

Ryan Ober

Ryan works in graphic + web design, video, audio and anything else he can drum up. He recently flew a helicopter for 7 minutes and is now excited to begin actual pilot training. Outside work, Ryan enjoys being with his family, playing guitars, and then more graphic design.

Eric Beauregard

Eric started his career in the USAF as a Crew Chief on heavy cargo aircraft before working for BF Goodrich and Boeing on 727, 737, and 757 aircraft as a Flight-line Mechanic. He derailed into the plastic injection molding industry working in R&D for 20 years before BETA got him back on track! Outside of work, Eric loves to spend time with his family hunting, fishing, raising beef cattle on their farm, and playing music with his 3 children.

Mike Bandy

Student Pilot

Bandy has spent his professional life directing fast-paced procurement and operations traffic in the power electronics and semiconductor industries while simultaneously working to establish strong and dynamic relationships with the supplier base. Craves operational excellence and logical, systematic flow of day-to-day business. When away from BETA you can find him conducting culinary experiments for his family and obsessing over his record collection pondering if life would be any different had Prince kept the bass track in ‘When Doves Cry’.

Peter Gottlieb

Private Pilot - SEL

Peter is an electromechanical systems engineer focused on developing safe, high energy battery systems for electric flight. His previous experience includes leading the electrical engineering teams at A123 Systems and Vionx Energy. Peter earned his degree from MIT. In his spare time, he develops innovative techniques for RF amplification and power measurement.

Melissa Morris

Student Pilot

Melissa is a recent college graduate of UMASS Lowell with a degree in mechanical engineering. She is currently part of the stator team at BETA. Outside of work she enjoys baking, traveling, and listening to Broadway musicals.

Nick Warren

Commercial Pilot - SEL, Commercial Pilot - SES, Commercial Pilot - Helicopter, CFI, CFII

Nick is one of our experimental Test Pilots. He is licensed for both Rotary and Fixed Wing aircraft and is a certified flight instructor. Nick is a veteran of the USMC where he was an attack helicopter pilot with significant OT&E experience on aircraft weapons and threat countermeasure systems. He also flew President Obama around quite a bit.

Casey Hammond

Casey comes to BETA with 10+ years of experience in the automotive technician field. He utilizes his skills and experience of mechanical knowledge to aid in all types of skilled and detailed hands on work, specifically manufacturing electric motors. Outside of work, Casey can be found (maple) sugaring, hanging out with his family, and enjoying the outdoors.

David Churchill

Private Pilot - SEL

Dave is a jack of all trades if by trades you mean mechanical design, analysis, fabrication, testing, and writing software. Dave’s very first job was in Aerospace, designing wind tunnel test models for Boeing. He then spent 30 years testing out a few other careers including a University Faculty member researching total hip and knee replacements, and developing inertial navigation sensors. He finally joined Beta after concluding that Aerospace was the best choice after all. Dave describes BETA as a “Great team with a big vision, strong on smarts, minimal bullshit.”

Cullen Jemison

Student Pilot

Cullen is an electrical engineer and embedded software engineer with prior work experience designing smart-grid IoT devices. He graduated from UVM in 2019, where he studied electrical engineering. While at UVM, Cullen designed, built, and drove electric race cars. Outside of work, Cullen enjoys working on his electronics projects, skiing, and playing the saxophone.



Brettan Martelle

Brettan has a background in systems engineering, airplane certification, and air safety. Before coming to BETA, she spent 15 years at Boeing, with most of that time on the 737 and 777 airplane programs as a lead engineer and company DER and the rest on the Airplane Safety team working with the NTSB on major crash investigations. Outside of work, Brettan enjoys being in the mountains hiking or skiing or playing pond hockey with her daughters.

David Lavery

David is working on component quality control. He has spent the last 15 years in the aviation MRO industry as a machinist and quality control inspector. He has a passion for all things aviation. If he runs into you while walking, it’s probably because he’s looking up at an aircraft somewhere in the sky.

Christopher Woodall

Student Pilot

Chris is an embedded software engineer with prior work experience in servo motors, medical robotics, and scientific instrumentation. He makes our motors spin, writing the code to control and evaluate our electronic propulsion system.

Brandon White

Brandon is a mechanical engineer who has spent the last 8 years in a design and development role specializing in thermal and structural design and analysis. Falling back on solid engineering principles, he has a passion for solving some of the more diverse and challenging problems in the simplest way possible. Outside of work, you can find him deep in the woods hiking, hunting, or fishing.

Zach Pan

Zach works on the magic box between battery and motor called “power converters”, which constantly struggles with high voltage, high current, and can be microseconds away from short-circuiting. He also enjoys outdoor activities whenever time allows.

Tom Orner

Tom is responsible for accounting and financial reporting at Beta. When not in the office you can find him enjoying all the great outdoor activities Vermont has to offer.

Sarah Overfield

Sarah is a mechanical engineer with experience in design, development, and analysis. Problem solving is the favorite part of her day. When not working, she prefers to be outside hiking, skiing, kayaking, soccer, etc.

Morgan Knapton

Student Pilot

Knapton comes to BETA from the Manufacturing Engineering field, where he received dual degrees in Physics & Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering, as well as his Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt. He completed projects in the Power, Oil & Gas, Nuclear, Sub-sea, Food, and Aerospace industries across 4 continents over the past 15 years. Knapton utilizes hands-on expertise and data-backed decision-making to affect change. Here at Beta, he leads the battery manufacturing program and helps to design and roll out the next generation of electric aircraft manufacturing. Let’s fly.

Jill Gagne

Student Pilot

Jill has a BS in Software Engineering. She comes from the Healthcare IT industry where she led a global team of 400+ employees that developed Electronic Health Records and Practice Management Systems. She has over 25 years of software industry experience ranging from software testing and programming to project and people management. She is also an Agile enthusiast, transforming software development teams into high-performing organizations. At BETA, Jill works with the engineering team focusing on communication, formalizing and streamlining development processes, and certification. Jill is an avid sailboat racer and hiker; she recently completed a thru-hike of the Long Trail and completed hiking the 48 4,000 foot mountains in NH.

Sam Crites

Student Pilot

Currently studying computer engineering at Northwestern, Sam’s experience is in software and embedded systems. In the past few years, he’s developed drone systems and firmware, developed commercial IoT devices, designed and built a 3D printer and lead his high school robotics team. In his free time, he loves sailing, playing electric guitar, and refusing to get a a haircut.

Alex Goodchild

Alex has spent the last several years integrating field experience with formal education, specifically on UAV’s and ROV’s, from an electrical, and use case background. Team work and exploration are his passion, and make work meaningful. At Beta, he works with the scale model team, building, planning tests, and assisting to get aircraft of the ground! His free time is spent exercising in any way, building, listening and playing music, flying RC, and enjoying life with his family!

Blain Newton

Blain is responsible for Finance and Operations here at BETA having spent most of his professional life leading global healthcare technology companies. After spending a lot of time as a kid around aircraft at the 174th in Syracuse, NY, he is excited to be learning to fly and helping to transform aviation with the rest of the BETA team. Outside of work he’s either dreaming of fly fishing or trying to keep up with his wife and 2 young kiddos on the mountain.

Adam Manor

Adam spent 10 years as a metals technology fabricator for the United States Air Force. He has worked as a welder/machinist in nine different countries, manufacturing and repairing parts on airframes.

Alex Scaperotta


Alex is a mechanical engineer who has spent the past eight years soaring the green mountains. At BETA, Alex combines his knowledge and passion to build and test the next generation of electric propulsion. When he’s not at work, you’ll probably find him dangling off the side of a cliff or hunting for untracked snow.

Sean Donovan

Student Pilot (Helicopter)

Sean is a mechanical engineer focused on all aspects of electric aircraft design and builds at BETA. His previous experience includes extensive high precision and high-speed aerospace and automotive automation design. In his free time, you’ll find him in a custom-built camper van down by the river.

Cody Spiegel

Cody was born and raised off the electric grid in a solar-powered home in Central Vermont. He attended UVM and studied mechanical engineering. After college Cody worked at NRG Systems where he spent four years conceptualizing, developing, and testing a patent-pending Bat Deterrent System. Cody’s expertise and passions include creative mechanical design, testing, manufacturing and hands-on research, and development. In his free time, he enjoys a healthy balance of home improvement projects, gardening, beekeeping, and chasing striped bass off the New England Coast.

Josh Auerbach

Student Pilot

Josh is a computational scientist with expertise in software engineering, machine learning, robotics, and stochastic optimization. Before joining BETA he was Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Innovation at Champlain College and a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems at EPFL in Switzerland. When he’s not working you’ll probably find him out in the mountains: climbing, hiking, biking, or huffing uphill on his splitboard in search of steep lines and deep powder.

Al Pfaff

Al has spent most of his career doing test engineering in the plastics industry and is continuing that type of work at BETA. He loves hands-on engineering and making things work. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with family, being a weekend warrior around the house, woodshop, and woods while trying to fit in some hunting, fishing, and flying.

Greg Leech

Greg brings to BETA over 30 years of construction experience. He’s been a project manager for 25 years. He’s worked for large civil/heavy construction firms, large construction management companies, and the University of Vermont. Immediately before coming to BETA, he oversaw UVM’s $72M dorm project and the $7M addition to the Grossman School of Business and a few projects for CEMS. He also worked on the Green Mountain Club’s suspension bridge over the Winooski. Today at BETA he oversees the renovations, fit-ups, additions to the physical plant.

Manon Belzile

Student Pilot (Helicopter)

Manon is a mechanical engineer with a love for analysis, software, hardware, validation, and things that make noise. She typically starts her day by climbing Mt. Mansfield before dawn or waking up the loons on the lake with her rowing shell.

Chip Palombini

Commercial Pilot - SEL, Commercial Pilot - SES

Chip’s passion for flight developed at iTherm where he designed high-frequency power electronics out of a motel room while staring at a J-3 on floats. iTherm was acquired by Dynapower. At Dynapower Chip was the Director of the Energy Storage Group and managed business development, marketing, sales, product development, certification, intellectual property, and managed critical global supply chain. Chip has over 30 patents globally. When he can’t be found flying he’s usually pedaling a bike to get a pastry and a latte.

Stuart Schreiber

Student Pilot

Stuart has a passion for environmental sustainability. He has spent his entire professional life in Product Development delivering products that contribute to a greener world. His experience began at Ford Motor Company where he worked on many aspects of electrified propulsion and focused on HV battery design. He continues his pursuit of sustainability at home where he continues to grow his family homestead which provides food, heat, and energy for his growing family.

Herman Wiegman

Private Pilot - SEL

Herman’s expertise is in technical analysis of power and control systems, construction of multidisciplinary models that directly feed real designs. Before BETA he worked on energy storage for GE Global Research where he was Principal Engineer in their Electric Power Technology Center.

Matt Cherouny

Student Pilot

Matt has ramped manufacturing businesses of all sizes. Starting outgrowing GMCR/Keurig and has been passionate about building resilient manufacturing powerhouses ever since. He’s started his own small business manufacturing AT ski binding adaptations and touring gear then ramped the largest factory in the world with Tesla in the Nevada desert. In the last ten years green/renewable transportation has been the name of the game, with innovations in travel by foot to sailing to electric vehicles and now onto electric aircraft. When he’s not at BETA you can find him mountain biking or skiing.

Miranda Ladue

Student Pilot

Miranda has a degree in business from the University of Vermont. She has worked in the healthcare industry for over 15 years in a variety of roles that include: managing EHR implementations at major health networks, running product development for a $200M EHR product, and running product and operations for multi-national healthcare analytics company. At BETA, Miranda builds and supports the operations infrastructure that allows the team to build electric aircraft at scale.

Andrew Snay

Andrew has worked in warehouse settings as a back-door mover and shaker. Anything that involves shipping and receiving logistics, he has a hand in.

Braedon Lohe

Student Pilot

With experience building electrified race cars at UVM, working at a small electronics manufacturer, and testing the latest generation of plug-in hybrids at Ford, Braedon brings battery know-how, electro-mechanical integration experience, and testing & validation knowledge to the BETA team. When not at BETA’s KBTV headquarters, Braedon can usually be found working on one of his vehicles or, in the winter, out on his snowboard.

Steven Orisko

Student Pilot

Steven is an autobody guru utilizing his toolbox of skills to make presentation models and assist with anything on the airplane. When he’s not hanging around the hanger, he’s out plowing snow or digging with his excavator like a kid in a sandbox.

Cole Hanson

Private Pilot - SEL, Private Pilot - SES

Cole is a recent grad of UVM in Mechanical Engineering, which he applies to research, design, and development of our aircraft recharging station. He designed and built an electric go-cart with the torque of a mid-sized snow-blower. We keep it on-site for late-night pizza runs.

Lochie Ferrier

Commercial Pilot - SEL, Commercial Pilot - Helicopter

Lochie is a pilot and engineer passionate about electric flight.

Vatsal Vakharia

Vatsal helps with systems engineering activities.

Mike Mastrandrea

Mike is a senior at MIT studying Mathematics and Finance, which he applies to strategic and financial analysis at BETA. He spends much of his spare time restoring and racing vintage cars and sailing.

Morgan Randall

Morgan has worked in many facets of human services. She has a Master’s Degree in Psychology with a focus on Behavioral Analysis. Morgan supports Beta with whatever needs doing mostly in the scope of operations and administration. She is intrigued by the remarkable vision of Beta and the amazing people on the fast track. Morgan enjoys traveling, cooking, hiking, and spending time with family.

Dale Williams

Private Pilot - SEL

Dale has worked in a variety of electrical, mechanical, and building control engineering roles. In addition to engineering, he has extensive experience in carpentry, plumbing, high-efficiency heating systems, and metal fabrication. Outside of work he enjoys restoring classic vehicles and travels the world touring on motorcycles. At BETA he designs, builds, and tests electrical and mechanical systems.

Michael Camire

Student Pilot

Michael is Master Craftsman and Carpenter who owned his own remodeling company for over 25 yrs. He is also experienced in Electrical and plumbing. His role at BETA is building the re-charge pads and control centers.

Bella Rieley

Student Pilot

Bella is a mechanical engineering intern learning the ins and outs of BETA’s composite and airframe production. She’s currently earning a degree in mechanical engineering and looking forward to a career in the aerospace industry.

Jeff Solomon

Jeff has over 25 years of experience with Quality Systems in the aerospace industry. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and has worked at Collins Aerospace and General Dynamics. He is an adjunct lecturer in Statistics at UVM. In his spare time, he paddles Dragon Boats (has been to two world championships so far), plays golf, and bicycles.

Matt Harris

During a career that has taken him through aerospace, consumer goods, tooling, and sporting goods, Matt’s passion has been making things better, faster, and cheaper. When not at work he can be found with his family on top of a mountain or hanging from a thin thread deep within a cave or canyon.

Collin Freiheit

Collin’s professional passions include control system design and implementation. He graduated from UVM in 2020 with an MS in mechanical engineering. Shortly after graduating, Collin built a quad copter equipped with a custom 8-bit flight controller.

Morgan Gomez

Morgan has a degree focused on UAV’s (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) along with a background of working on underwater robotic systems and ROV’s (Remotely Operated Vehicles). He enjoys the learning experience from solving problems and has gained experience ranging from PCB design and programming to designing and building carbon fiber parts. When not at work, Morgan can be found tinkering on his mountain bike or sitting too close to his vintage stereo.

Andrew Snay

Andrew has worked in warehouse settings as a back-door mover and shaker. Anything that involves shipping and receiving logistics, he has a hand in.