NASF Board of Directors & Mission Statement

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National Aviation Safety Foundation

2110 E. Robinson St.
Orlando, Florida 32803
Attn: Eric Bolves


NASF Officers and Board of Directors

The Foundation was formed in the summer of 1993, and is composed of Aviation Safety Counselors who recognize the need to support aviation safety and FAA sponsored activities.


  • Obie S. Young - President
  • William H. McClung - Vice President
  • Eric Bolves - Secretary / Treasurer - NASF Attorney


  • Bob Raskey - Board Member
  • Ginger Adelstone - Board Member
  • Barry L. Valentine - Board Member
  • Bill McClung - Board Member
  • Jamie Beckett- Board Member
  • Robb Williams

Honorary Board Member

  • Dr. William Lowery, Jr.

Meet the NASF Board of Directors

Obie YoungObie S. Young: is an Airline Transport Pilot with over 16,000 hours accumulated in his 45 years in aviation.  He has worked in FAR Part 141 pilot training, FAR Part 135 charter, Corporate Flight Operations and as a FAA Designated Written and Flight Examiner for Private through ATP.  He flew in air shows for six years and produced and directed air shows for 19 years.  He is a member of several aviation organizations and a lifetime member of EAA and Florida Air Museum at Sun ‘n Fun.

He worked with the FAA Accident Prevention Program for 15 years in industry.  He was the founder and past president of the Mississippi Association of Flight Instructors.  He was awarded Flight Instructor of the Year for the United States in 1977.  He was awarded the Master Certified Flight Instructor in 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005 and 2011.  He wrote for several aviation publications and had his own column "Unusual Attitudes."  He has made hundreds of presentations throughout the United States and is a Distinguished Toastmaster

He served with the Flight Standards Division of the FAA from 1990 to 2010 when he retired from the FAA.  He served as the National Safety Team (FAASTeam) Production Manager at the National Resource Center in Lakeland, Florida. 

Robert V. Raskey is an Airline Transport Pilot, with over 23,000 hours accumulated over his 33 years in aviation. He is a current FAR Part 121 Captain flying Domestic and International flight operations, for United Airlines. He has worked in FAR Part 141 pilot training, and FAR Part 135 charter via Air Ambulance, Air Taxi, Air Freight and Forrest Patrol. He was an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner as well as Accident Safety Counselor for seventeen years, in addition to being an FAA Flight Instructor and Flight Team Leader. Additionally, he has conducted over 6,000 FAA Pilot Certification Flight Checks for Airplane and Rotorcraft Certificates and Ratings. He has also been an Aerobatic Demonstration Team Trainer.

 Robert’s twenty year military experience included over ten years of HC-130 Combat Search and Rescue Pilot as well as five years of F-16C Flight Lead, and four years as a T-38 Instructor Pilot. He was also selected as 14FTW (14th Flight Training Wing) Officer of the Year; 14FTW RSU Controller of the Year and 14FTW Instructor Pilot of the Year during this time.

 Robert is  a past president of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Alumni Association and served as a Board Member of the Board of Trustees at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

Robert is also the CEO of Aviation Bright Futures Foundation, and is the president of Summerland Key Cove Airport Company. Additionally, Robert is a member of several other aviation organizations including Aviation Accreditation Board International, University Aviation Association, ALPA, Reserve Officers Association, Air Force Association, AOPA and EAA. Robert is also the President of RVR Investments, LLC, Florida Realtor.

Cheryl HardyGinger Adelstone: Ginger Adelstone has been a Private pilot, for only 10 years during which time she has accomplished much. She served as the Program Chairman and the Membership Chairman of EAA Chapter 175, Tampa, Fl before becoming their President. During that same time she became active with the 99s, the International Organization of Women Pilots. She started with the Clearwater Suncoast Chapter as Secretary, and after a chance meeting with the incoming Governor for the SE Section, she became the Membership Chairman for the SE Section. Since moving to Sebring, Fl, she started 5 new chapters of the 99s across FL and GA. She served later as Awards Chairman for the SE Section and was a chapter Chairman. Ginger has served as the Sebring and Bartow Airports FAASTeam Lead Representative where she hosts monthly safety meetings at alternating airports, and she is serving as the liaison for the FAA for the Airport User group meetings at Lake Wales Municipal Airport.

 Ginger has served as Vice President of the Highlands Art League, and Curator for the Museum of The Arts, in Sebring, Fl. In Tampa. She was the assistant curator for the Carrollwood Cultural Center. She works with The Florida Aviation Network as Production Assistant, and she is a life member of AOPA, and the 99s.
Ginger is a retired Photographer from Myrtle Beach, SC and currently lives in Winter Haven, Fl.

Barry ValentineBarry L. Valentine: has over four decades experience in aviation, government, and business and is currently Senior Advisor to the Wicks Group, an aviation legal and consulting firm in Washington, DC.

Prior to his current position, he was Senior Vice President for International Affairs for the General Aviation Manufacturers Association from 1999 to 2005. From 1993 to 1998 he held several top positions at the Federal Aviation Administration including Administrator (Acting) and Assistant Administrator for Policy, Planning, and International Aviation. Mr. Valentine’s extensive aviation background also includes having held the positions of Director of the Portland (Maine) International Jetport from 1987 to 1991 and Director of Aeronautics for the State of Maine from 1983 to 1987.

He has been an active pilot for over 50 years and served as a pilot with the US Air Force from 1967 to 1972 with over 3000 flying hours including 1000 hours of combat time. Mr. Valentine was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and four Air Medals for his outstanding service in Vietnam.

He received his Bachelors degree in Industrial Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his Aeronautical Rating from the US Air Force.  He holds a Commercial pilots license with Instrument, Multi-engine, and Seaplane ratings.

Bill McClungWilliam H. McClung: Bill has enjoyed a long and varied career with the airline industry with over 40 years of sales, training, operational and customer service experience. Starting with Ozark Air Lines, in 1970, and later TWA, his aviation experience includes operating an airline station; including public relations, customer service, weather reporting, ground & flight operations. He has served at IND, STL, SPI, and TPA. He retired in 1998 to manage a company importing sport aviation products from the Czech Republic and Eastern Europe.

Bill served on the Board of Directors of Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, FL for over 17 years, and served on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Ultralight Assn. as well as organizing and becoming the first Chairman of the EAA Ultralight/Light Plane Council at Oshkosh, WI.

In April 2002, Bill signed up to work for the Transportation Security Administration as an original member of the SWAT team, assisting in the initial roll-out of eight different commercial airports, as a Training Supervisor. Recently, he has been assigned by TSA to the airport system in Tampa, Florida, with additional responsibilities including Sarasota, St. Petersburg/Clearwater, and Lakeland Florida airports.

Jamie Beckett : is a writer, a pilot, a flight instructor, an airframe and powerplant mechanic, and a city commissioner in Winter Haven, Florida.

The son of a U. S. Air Force pilot who flew F-86s before going civilian as a Pan Am captain, airplanes and pilots were always a staple of the Beckett household when Jamie was growing up. 

After a youthful flirtation with the music industry that lasted until he was nearly 30 years old, Jamie made aviation his second career. His first flying job was as a CFI on Gilbert Field, in a central Florida city named Winter Haven. More than 20 years later, he has just completed his third year as an elected city commissioner there, a position he uses to regularly sing the praises of his city, general aviation, and Gilbert Field. He has also blazed a trail in aviation advocacy by founding and serving as chairman of the Polk Aviation Alliance. By bringing together the management of his county's municipally owned airports, as well as that of Sun 'n Fun, Fantasy of Flight, the Seaplane Pilots Association, the Central Florida Aerospace Academy, Polk State College, and various governmental agencies, Jamie has been a driving force for doing the nearly impossible – getting competing aviation-oriented entities to work collaboratively for the mutual benefit of aviation as a whole.

Bill Lowery William D. Lowery, Jr., M.D.: Born and grew up in Cartersville, Georgia. Graduated from Emory University with a BA Degree. He earned his M.D. Degree at Medical College of Georgia and had General Surgery and Neurosurgery Residency at Vanderbilt University. Was in private practice of Neurosurgery in Albany, Georgia from 1963-1993. Retired and moved to Winter Haven, Florida. Is certified by The American Board of Neurological Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Bill soloed in a J-3 Cub on his 16th Birthday and holds Airline Transport Pilot Ratings for single and multiengine land and sea airplanes and the Cessna Citation. He holds Commercial Licenses for helicopters and gliders, and is a Flight Instructor for single and multi-engine airplanes, instruments, and helicopters. He is an A and P Mechanic. Has been a Senior FAA Aviation Medical Examiner since 1972 and remains active in his field. He is an FAA Aviation Safety Counselor in the Orlando FSDO and was formerly a Counselor in the Atlanta FSDO. Is a member of the Production Crew at the FAA Safety Team National Resource Center and FAA Production Studios and owns a Cessna 340A in which he has accumulated 3000 hours flying time with a total flying time of 10,000 hours. Dr. Bill is married and has two sons.

Robb WilliamsRobb Williams: Grew up in Indiana. He graduated from Florida State University as a business professional, becoming involved with sales and the implementation of large specialized construction projects across the United States. In 2002, Robb answered a calling to go into the world of education, and from 2002 to 2005 served as mathematics and business teacher, and coached football and wrestling. His teams achieved 3 district titles gaining a winning record as a coach in both sports. It was during this period that he decided on a career change to aviation.

Robb is qualified for many different aircraft types. During his tenure at FAR 121 Airlines he served as the Manager of Employee Training and Development where he authored many technical training documents on various topics. Rob WilliamsAn accomplished commercial pilot and seasoned project manager with many years of international flying experience, Robb prides himself in educating and empowering the next generation of Aerospace professionals. He continues to teach part-time at Polk State College as an Adjunct Professor in their Aerospace program. Presently, Robb serves as the Executive Director of the Aerospace Center for Excellence, at the Sun 'n Fun campus in Lakeland, Florida. Robb is directly responsible for over 15 year-round aerospace educational programs, in addition to aviation scholarships
for young men and women in Central Florida.


NASF Mission Statement

To promote aviation safety and technical proficiency by providing guidance, support and education through high quality presentations - available to the entire aviation community.

NASF... Committed to Safer Skies Through Education!