Meet our Instructors and Speakers
Bart Massey, Executive Director of the USA Drone Port is a Licensed Remote Pilot with the FAA and is the Executive Director of the USA Drone Port. The nation’s first non-profit drone facility used to train, invent, innovate, develop and manufacture unmanned robotics. The USA Drone Port is the catalyst for entrepreneurs, educators, students and innovators grow. In the fall of 2017, he led the first team to have a live UAS integration into Search and Rescue in the state of Kentucky. This event included three helicopters, seven UAS Pilots, five fire and rescue departments, land-based rescue vehicles and many spectators and facilitators. The USA Drone Port has collaborated with the State of Kentucky in a proposal of partnership for the Integrated Pilot Airspace issued by President Trump. Bart is excited about the future of southeastern Kentucky.
Matt Sweeney is the CEO of Flirtey, the world’s leading drone delivery service, with a mission to save lives and improve lifestyles by making delivery instant for everyone. Matt, originally from Australia, began building drones while in college in his dorm room, in 2013 founded Flirtey and was known as the first drone delivery service in the world. In 2015 he completed the first FAA approved drone delivery on U.S. soil in collaboration with NASA Langley Research Center, 2016 conducted the first fully autonomous drone delivery in the U.S. and his drone was accepted into the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, alongside the Space Shuttle Discovery and the Wright Flyer. Matt has worked with 7-Eleven and Domino’s to begin pizza delivery to home and announced a partnership to launch the first automated external defibrillator (AED) drone delivery in the U.S. Currently, Flirtey is working in four of the ten FAA Drone Integration
Pilot Program to accelerate the safe integration of drones in into the national airspace.
Chris Stiles is CEO of Unmanned Services Inc., and currently serves over 200 customers to include government and academic institutions, and has 5 licensed pilots that have conducted 2,288 flights totaling 952 hours under Part 107 Rules. USI was also one of the first entities granted a night flight waiver. Chris has experience on over two dozen UAS systems operating a variety of specialized payloads and sensors, and has conducted 8,000+ hours operating in BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line of Sight) and EVLOS conditions while conducted flight operations from military airfields and at international commercial airports.
Recently Chris has been busy with his company contracting drone services for coverage of the PGA tournament and several NBA training sessions.
Rick Lusk is the Founder and Director of the UAS Research Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His first implementation of unmanned aircraft was while serving as a Marine Corps intelligence officer during the Gulf War in 1991. With more than 30 years of professional experience, he is an expert in designing and planning integrated technology platforms and managing their creation and transformation into comprehensive, authoritative, and intuitive decision support systems.
C. J. Childers wears many hats. He is the Deputy Emergency Management Director for Pike County, the Assistant 911 Director, Chief Drone Pilot, as well as the radio technician for the emergency services in Pike County. CJ has been with the 911 center and emergency management for 23 years.
Darian Williams is a Captain with the Hazard Police Department and serves as the Chief Pilot for their UAS Program. HPD has utilized UAS technology for Collision Reconstruction, Search and Rescue, Intelligence Gathering, and Situational Awareness during high-risk warrant service. Darian previously served as the Aviation Technology Project Manager for a U.S. Department of Justice program that provided technology assistance to state and local public safety agencies. In that role, he worked closely with FAA representatives to assist public safety agencies with integrating manned and unmanned aircraft into their operations. Darian is also a Certificated Private Pilot and serves as the Pilot in Command during the USA Drone Port Search and Rescue event trainings.
Leonard Toler has 19 years of experience with the fire department, he is the Fire Chief at Avawam Volunteer Fire Department in Perry County, and serves as Captain at the Hazard City Fire Department. Leonard is a certified Hazard Materials Technician, Kentucky Certified Fire Instructor , Certified Fire Fighter level 1 & 2, Kentucky Certified and National Registry Certified Emergency Medical Technician, Certified in Search and Rescue. He serves as the Fire Chief in command for the USA Drone Port during Search and Rescue training events.
Paul Campbell is an officer and a UAS Pilot for the Hazard City Police Department. Campbell, along with Williams, has conducted aerial photography utilizing a UAS for accident reconstruction as well as search and rescue operations during reports of high-risk missing persons. Utilizing drones and mapping software allows Paul to to investigate accidents without wasting time or resources deploying manned helicopters. Once an aerial scan is complete, investigators can review the data from their office, reducing the time needed to stop traffic, which in turn creates a safer experience for drivers and officers.
Chad Perry has been flying fixed wing drones for 12 years and has competed in Multi-GP drone races for the past 3 years. Chad has designed and built numerous remote control airplanes, some as large as 6 foot wingspan and demonstrated those in airshows across the nation.Chad is proficient in 3D printing and designing often using 3D printers to print his own designs and equipment mounts.
Donna Farler Roark is the Chief Information Officer at Hazard Community & Technical College overseeing all facets of technology and is over the Technology Solutions department. Donna was instrumental with the organization of the Search and Rescue Pilot training, Emergency Responders training and command post setup project. Donna serves as research chair for the USA Drone Port and serves on the USA Drone Port Board of Directors.
Dr. Ella J. Strong is the Dean of Distance Learning at Hazard Community and Technical College and has been Dean since 2011. Dr. Strong received her Doctorate of Education (in Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation) in 2011 from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Strong was crucial in the development of the Unmanned Systems Technology curriculum at HCTC and serves on the USA Drone Port Research Team.
Charles Hoskins works at Hazard Community & Technical College with Technology Solutions as the Information Technology Project Manager. Charles has hands on experience with the technical integration of the UAS digital feeds and command post setup. Charles serves as the Command Post Technician in charge during Search and Rescue training with the USA Drone Port.
Brandon Munsen works at Hazard Community & Technical College with Technology Solutions as an Information Technology Specialist. Brandon has hands on experience with the technical integration of the UAS digital feeds and command post setup. Brandon serves as a Command Post Technician in charge during Search and Rescue training with the USA Drone Port.