My professional bio can be viewed from my company's website at www.jetsetaviation.com.
Growing up in Southern Indiana, I will always be a country girl at heart and I'm very blessed to have the same friends for over 30 years and counting.
I went to UCLA and never left SoCal, like many other transplants drawn to the lure of LA ~ aka
LA LA Land.
I've been involved in the entertainment industry in some form or fashion the entire time. During the late 80's and early 90's I was bartending at some of the best nightclubs in LA and went on to manage celebrity owned nightclubs and lounges. I worked for celebrities such as Prince, managing his nightclub Glam Slam in downtown LA, as well as Pamela Anderson and Vince Neill at Sanctuary, in Beverly Hills.
My next life adventure lead me to the friendly skies. To this day, I continue to work with the hollywood crowd, entertainers, celebrities, professional athletes, foreign dignitaries, presidential candidates and the wealthy elite as their private jet flight attendant.
It was a natural transition to move into the hospitality side of business aviation as a flight attendant. I’ve been taking care of and dealing with high-profile clients and the 1% for the past 25 years.
I've been so fortunate to have been able to travel the world, meet some amazing and talented people, see some exotic locales and live vicariously through my clients and my work. Sometimes I have to pinch myself to make certain I'm not dreaming.
I founded my company Jet Set Aviation Professionals in 2003, in which we train and certify those wanting to become flight attendants on private jets. There is no better career for a single woman. My job offers flexibility, excellent pay and so many other intrinsic perks.
In 2005, I founded Cabin Attendants 4 Hire~ Global Staffing Agency, providing professional service-oriented flight attendants to private jet owners and business aviation operators nationwide.
In 2016, I expanded both companies into Hong Kong, servicing the Asian market.
Always reaching for the stars, in 2017 I'm expanding my company into Brazil and Europe.
Thanks for taking the time to read about me and all my best to you in your life endeavors!
Charitable organizations I support and volunteer with;
I'm a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer providing assistance and advocacy for children in the California Foster Care system (DCFS). The training is rigorous, but very rewarding as I hold the educational right's for my children and I advocate, sometimes forcing the system to provide the services these children are entitled to. I interact with my children's doctors, lawyers, teachers, judges and other agencies to ensure the welfare of the children I represent. To learn more about this fantastic organization visit their website @ www.CASA-LA.org.
I'm a passionate volunteer with Food-On-Foot, a non-profit that assists the homeless in LA with becoming productive members of society again. The founder, Jay Goldberg is an amazing human being. He not only gives his paycheck, but his time and resources and has been feeding the homeless every weekend since 2002. Please check out the website @ www.foodonfoot.org to learn more about this grass-roots charity that is changing lives, one person at a time. It's a prime example of how one person can truly make a difference in bettering our world. Check out the videos too.
A charity close to my heart is Meals-On-Wheels. Sister Alice Quinn, founded the St. Vincent Meals-On-Wheels in 1977. She and her staff are truly angels. This organization provides hot meals to homebound elderly and disabled people, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Many times this will be the only meal the senior will receive that day. Lots of times the volunteer who delivers the meal is the only visitor of friend they may have. I've been privileged to have been delivering meals since college days at UCLA. To learn more or to donate visit www.stvincentmow.org.
www.kiva.org is a MUST for everyone to check out!! This organization provides micro-loans to individuals or groups, generally in impoverished countries for those wanting the opportunity to start their own business or expand their current one. Happily, I'm seeing more micro-loans for entrepreneurs in the USA. I give often and always excited to see how much loan is being used. The concept was created by the Nobel Peace Prize winner, Mohammed Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank.
MY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS
Every year through my scholarship program "Reach for the Stars" I mentor and train women dealing with adversity to obtain careers as corporate flight attendants. I'm currently creating another program that will assist, mentor and empower start-up businesses and entrepreneurs by helping them obtain an online presence with website development and design.
I used to have business meetings with Prince while riding around downtown LA in the back of his limousine. A very surreal experience to say the least. He was very sweet and engaging and unfortunately the world lost him too soon. That being said, I felt a since of peace and closure because we came full circle again in 2014 when I was his flight attendant for his Australian tour. We spent a month together touring around all of Australia and it was special privilege to work with him again. He gave us access to his backstage parties and other events he attended.
Back in the 1990's, I was hired by Avalon Productions to create and impliment backstage parties for huge stadium rock concerts, which included hiring a staff of bartenders, waitresses, security etc... Some of those concerts included U2 and Guns-N-Roses.
At one particular afterparty for U2, I was busy looking down and pouring drinks, when I heard the undeniable raspy voice of Jack Nicholson asking for a drink and standing next to him was the beautiful George Michael! I never get star struck but that night I hit the lottery. Odd combo, right?