Meet the team behind Volansi’s flying robots. Each week we share stories from the team at Volansi highlighting their journey to joining the team, how they help keep our drones taking off, and some quirky fun along the way.
Title at Volansi: Director – Federal, Volansi Global Services
Joined the team: 2021
Hometown: Herndon, VA
Tell us a little bit about your background and the work you did before joining the Volansi team?
I attended George Mason University, where I received both a B.A in English Literature and a M.A. in Political Science. My career spans to supporting the F/A-18 Program Office (PMA-265) for Acquisitions to providing consulting services on the Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS) process – so you can say that I’m well accustomed to the processes of the Department of Defense! I’ve done business development for large businesses with over $6B in annual revenue, for mid-size businesses with about 400 employees and for pre-Series A startups with less than 15 employees.
In your own words, what do you do at Volansi?
At Volansi, my focus is on expanding and generating our market reach with the federal government and generating revenue for the company.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time I like to ride horses, which is something I did a lot while growing up and in college but have recently rediscovered when my daughters both wanted to learn. We all ride together every weekend!
Who are your heroes in aviation, drone, or logistics history? Why?
Some of my heroes from logistics history are the 20 mushers and 150 sled dogs involved in the 1925 serum run to Nome, Alaska. They traveled through treacherous terrain to deliver Diphtheria antitoxin and save the lives of hundreds of people. In that case, the sled dogs were the fastest and safest way to get critical medical supplies to a remote community, and one of the many reasons I’m proud to be part of Volansi is that we are using drones to solve this same challenge now.
We are in the dawn of unmanned flight and autonomous mobility. What are the applications that excite you most?
This is an incredibly fun time to be in this field, and the technology is moving so quickly. The applications that excite me the most are the ones that support the warfighter and make the mission easier, safer, or more effective. The concept of continuous resupply is especially exciting because the vision of our VTOL platform providing critical supplies at the time and place of need could make a real difference.