Mr. Brandon PerkinsNational Student President
Ms. Toni Burgos MenschingNational Executive Director
Capt. Robert H. ClementNational Chairman
About Capt. Clement
Captain Bob Clement, USN (Ret.) attended Parks College of St. Louis University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautics in July 1973. During his freshman year at Parks, Captain Clement was the National Treasurer for the NIFA Nationals held at Parks College in spring of 1969. He pledged Alpha Eta Rho in the fall of 1968. During his years at Parks, Bob was Special Assistant to Professor Harold S. Wood, Executive Director of Alpha Eta Rho and the National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA). Bob has been actively involved at both a local and national level with both organizations for the past 42 years.
Following graduation, he reported to Naval Aviation Schools Command, Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida in August of 1973 and was commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy in December 1973. Following flight training in the T-34B, T-2C "Buckeye", and TA-4J "Skyhawk", Bob received his wings of gold in December of 1974 at NAS Chase Field, Texas.
Captain Clement reported to VF-124 in December 1974 to commence training with the initial cadre of Ensigns assigned to F-14A Tomcat fleet transition and introduction. Upon completing training, Bob reported to Fighter Squadron 211 (VF-211) in January 1976, completing the squadron's transition from F-8's to the F-14A Tomcat. During his tour he deployed three times in USS Constellation (CV-64) to the Western Pacific/Indian Oceans. In July 1979, Captain Clement was assigned to Commander, Fighter Airborne Early Warning Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet in the Operation Schedules and Maintenance Readiness Departments, flying with the VF-126 “Bandits” as an Adversary pilot.
In 1980 Bob left the U.S. Navy to assume the duties of Chief Pilot at Critical Air Medicine and Executive Air Services in San Diego, California. The companies flew numerous executive twins and light jets in support of medical trauma evacuations and on demand Part 135 operations. Looking at the continuing drought in the major airline hiring, Bob elected to return to the Navy and complete his career.
Upon his return to the U.S. Navy, Bob was assigned to USS Ranger (CV-61) in April of 1982. Captain Clement deployed twice to the Western Pacific/Indian Oceans as Flight Deck Officer and Aircraft Handling Officer, while flying the C-1 “Trader”. His next assignment was as an Adversary Pilot attached to VF-126 from February 1984 to January 1986. During the early winter of 1985, Bob attended the Naval Postgraduate School, graduating in March of 1985 from the Naval Aviation Safety and Accident Investigation Program. During his Naval career, Bob was Senior Investigator on numerous major and minor aviation accidents. In July of 1985 Captain Clement graduated from the Navy Fighter Weapons School (NFWS) "TOP GUN". During his tenure at NFWS, Bob was assigned as escort officer for the actors Tom Cruise and Anthony Edwards during the filming of the movie “TOP GUN” in June of 1985. He reported as Maintenance Officer for the commissioning of Fighter Squadron 194 in July of 1986, flying the F-14A "Tomcat". Operational commitments allowed Captain Clement to deploy with VF-1 in August of 1986 in USS RANGER (CV-61) to the Western/Northern Pacific Oceans. Following his return, Captain Clement reported as Maintenance Officer, VF-21 in USS CONSTELLATION (CV-64) in December of 1986. During his tour with Fighter Squadron 2l, Captain Clement participated in Operations Earnest Will / Reef Point in the Indian Ocean/North Arabian Sea during the summer of 1987. In August of 1987 Captain Clement was involved in air to air combat operations in support of these missions. These operations conducted by Carrier AirWing 14 were in combat support of the reflagging of Kuwait oil tanker shipments.
Assigned to Naval Air Force U. S. Pacific Fleet Operations Readiness Department in September 1988, Bob served as Fleet Flight Hour Program Budget Officer responsible for the execution of 2.8 billion dollars in resources. During this tour of duty Captain Clement served as Senior Test Pilot for the Naval Aviation Maintenance Depot NAS North Island, California flying operational tests flights on the F-14A.
Captain Clement reported to Fighter Squadron 111 as Executive Officer on November 14, 1990. He assumed Command of VF-111 on 13 February 1992. During his tenure the VF-11 "Sundowners" where part of Carrier AirWing 15 embarked in USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63).
In May of 1993, Captain Clement was selected for duty as Chief of Operational Plans, Fifth Allied Tactical Air Force (5th ATAF) in Vicenza, Italy. He reported for duty with NATO in support of operations "Deny Flight" and "Provide Promise". During his tour as Chief of Plans, Captain Clement flew humanitarian missions into Sarajevo and combat air patrol in the FA-18D in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Captain Clement reported for duty as Chief of Staff, Commander Naval Training Center, San Diego, California in March, 1994 and retired from active duty in the spring of 1996.
Upon retiring, Bob was hired by Federal Express in March of 1996. He has enjoyed over 14 years of flying with FedEx Express and is currently a Captain on the MD-11/MD-10 flying both International and domestic routes. Bob is a member of ALPA, and currently serves on the ALPA Safety Committee and is a member of their accident investigation “Go Team” at FedEx.
Captain Clement graduated with a Masters in Commercial Aviation from Delta State University in 2008.
Highlight of his career has been the 42 years of volunteer service to Alpha Eta Rho and the NIFA. After holding numerous jobs in support of these organizations, Bob was elected the National President of Alpha Eta Rho and the NIFA Foundation in May 2008.
Bob has accumulated over 12,000 career flight hours including 2800 in Navy tactical jets and over 730 carrier landings. He has been awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with Valor and Gold Star, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy "E" Ribbon (2 awards), Navy Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (5 awards).
Mr. Peter BroNational Vice President
Born and raised in north suburban Chicago, Peter has maintained a keen interest in aviation since his first flight with his father at age six. Graduating with a BS in Aeronautics from Parks College of St. Louis University, Peter has also earned his wings and holds a private pilot license with multi-engine and instrument ratings.
When nearsightedness ruled out a professional flying career, Peter shifted his focus and went into airport management. Serving in a variety of management roles at Greater Peoria Airport Authority for twelve years, Peter returned to school to earn an MBA at Bradley University and subsequently went to work in private sector management and consulting roles before a new aviation related opportunity presented itself.
At the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Peter co-managed a project to create a new one-of-a-kind aviation exhibit, featuring a Boeing 727 cantilevered from a balcony with all of its control surfaces operating in conjunction with a multimedia show. Peter also served as Director of Operations for this world class science museum managing day-to-day functions collaborating on building expansion projects, exhibit design development, museum administration and policy development.
In 2001, Peter and his family moved to Seattle to join the management team at the Museum of Flight. Playing a key role in the Museum's dramatic expansion, including the construction of the new 90,000 square foot Personal Courage Wing, Peter also co-managed the development of the museum’s exciting new Aviation Learning Center and served several months as acting VP of Operations and COO.
In late 2007, Peter assumed the newly created position of Facility Director for the Future of Flight Aviation Center and Boeing Tour located near Boeing’s Everett Washington assembly plant.
In addition to his many years as a senior manager for not-for-profit institutions, Peter has served as President of Pi Chapter, Western Regional Governor and Treasurer of Alpha Eta Rho aviation fraternity, served as a Senior Judge at intercollegiate flying competitions and served on numerous non-profit and
corporate boards. Away from work, Peter devotes his time to his wife and two daughters, who fill his life with dance, soccer, remodeling, travel, boating and the great outdoors.
Mr. Craig SmithNational Vice President of Technology and Communication
Craig is recent graduate of Western Michigan University. Craig joined the board of Alpha Eta Rho in September 2012. His focus on the board is building new systems to support the large user base at Alpha Eta Rho, to allow for better global collaboration. When Craig is not working on bettering the digital infrastructure of Alpha Eta Rho, he enjoys traveling anywhere an airplane will take him, to mentor future aviators through his BSA Aviation Scoutreach Program. Craig soon plans to earn his "A" license to skydive, as well as his rescue scuba diving license.
Mr. Cody EvansNational Vice President of Alumni Affairs
Cody was born in the town of Murfreesboro, Tennessee in May of 1990. His love for aviation began at a
young age, and when he began his academic career at Middle Tennessee State University, he pursued
that passion. Upon enrolling at MTSU and majoring in the Aerospace department, he realized the world
of aviation was much larger than he had originally thought. From the time he was 7, standing in the
concourse waiting on a flight to Florida, he had admired the view from the control tower. At MTSU, he
would elect to pursue that dream of the perfect view and begin studying Aerospace Flight Dispatch &
Scheduling with a concentration in the Air Traffic Control – Collegiate Training Initiative from the FAA.
During his time in the Aerospace department, he would join the ranks of the Mu Tau chapter, going on
to serve in a variety of leadership positions. Cody has served as Alumni Chair, Vice President, and
President of the Mu Tau chapter. During his time at the Mu Tau chapter, he helped with local charity
and philanthropic ventures as well as industry outreach. With the help of his members, Cody and the Mu
Tau chapter successfully hosted the 2014 Alpha Eta Rho National Conference in Washington, D.C.,
serving as President of the chapter during the conference.
Upon graduating from MTSU with a bachelor’s in Flight Dispatch & Scheduling and his FAA Dispatcher’s
Certificate, Cody began an internship with the NASA Ames Research Facility in San Jose, California. He
now works as a resident contractor supporting a NASA civil servant in the Human Systems Integration
Division. Cody has had the fortune of being a part of several projects at Ames, from reduced crew
operations, to improving situational awareness in general aviation pilots flying in Alaska, to automation-
assisted airline operations center developments.
In his free time, Cody enjoys playing a variety of video games, as well as cooking or grilling any recipe he
can think of that sounds tasty. The passion for aviation is still alive and well, and he looks for any
opportunity to support or enjoy his love of all things aero!
Mr. Scott VlasekNational Treasurer
Scott is currently the Director of the Aviation Institute at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He holds a Master of Public Administration with an Aviation Administration minor as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Aviation Studies with minor concentrations in Space Studies and Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Scott’s teaching includes Introduction to Aviation, History of Aviation, Business and Corporate Aviation Management, General Aviation Services.
Scott is currently developing an Airline Management course that utilizes computer simulation. Scott oversees the Aviation Institute’s internship program and is faculty advisor to the Institute’s Flight Team, the Flying Mavs, which is sponsored by Jet Linx Aviation. Scott is active in a number of aviation organizations including the Nebraska Business Aviation Association, the University Aviation Association, and the National Intercollegiate Flying Association.
He also serves as post advisor for the local Boy Scouts of America Aviation Explorers Post. Scott is perhaps most well known for his efforts in establishing and managing the annual UNOAI Golf Classic, which has raised over $58,000 for student scholarships in the last 14 years. Scott holds a Private Pilot Certificate and enjoys golf, swimming, UNO Hockey, and spending time with his wife, Karisa, and their 2-year-old daughter.
Ms. Toni MenschingNational President
Toni joined the Pilot Information Center as an Aviation Technical Specialist in 2007 after flying the DHC-8 for US Airways Express. She is a Commercial pilot and Flight Instructor with multi engine and instrument ratings. An alumna of Delta State University School of Business, Toni has a Master’s degree in Commercial Aviation Management and a Bachelor of Flight Operations. Toni also worked with FedEx Pilot Recruitment prior to completing her graduate degree.