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Aviation Faculty and Staff Directory


South Campus
7200 Pines Blvd.
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024

Russell N. McCaffery, Dean of Transportation Programs Picture of Russell McCaffery.

Dean McCaffery oversees Broward College’s Aviation, Automotive, Marine, Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing, and Building Construction programs.  He has worked in aviation-related positions for more than 20 years, most recently as the owner and CEO of McCaffery Global Corporation, a transportation security consulting firm where he was involved in seaport security evaluations, and training in Mexico and Central America.  Prior to that, McCaffery served as the Deputy Federal Security Director at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in Northern New Jersey where he oversaw a staff of 1,400 Transportation Security Officers and support staff, and before that as the Assistant Federal Security Director at TSA in Rhode Island and Cape Cod, MA.  McCaffery has also worked in various management positions at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and at United Airlines at San Francisco (SFO), San Jose (SJC), and Los Angeles (LAX). McCaffery holds a Master of Aeronautical Science degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation Operations from San Jose State University.  He is a member of the American Association of Airport Executives, American Society for Industrial Security, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Transportation Research Board Aviation Security and Emergency Management Committee. McCaffery holds a private pilot certificate and enjoys long distance running.


Dr. Sean Gallagan, Associate Dean of Transportation Programs

Manuela "Cookie" Mineo Hicks, FAA Record Specialist/Administrative Specialist, Maintenance Picture of Manuela Hicks.Technology

Manuela began working at Broward College in registration September 2001 while attending classes, she graduated with high honors and earned an A.S. degree in Crime Scene and an A.A. degree in Art. Manuela began working in Aviation Maintenance as the FAA records specialist in 2004. She is a member of the PTS committee and has been on many hiring committees for Broward College. Manuela is an artist and some of her work has been on display in the art gallery on South Campus as well as many other galleries in Florida.

Jessica Antelo, Executive Assistant

Edith Bohnenblust, Administrative Specialist

Gil Alvarado, Recruiter

Oren Wallace, Emil Buehler Flight Simulator Lab Coordinator Picture of Oren Wallace.

Oren Wallace learned to fly in 1956 in an Aeronaca Champ. After accumulating approximately 400 hours, he took time off (25 years) to get married and raise a family. In 1978, Wallace returned to aviation and obtained his CFI, CFII, MEI, AGIIA and began instructing part time. In 1989, he became a full time instructor for a part 141 flight school. Wallace achieved his Airline Transport Pilot Certificate and became a chief flight instructor in 1990. He has accumulated more than 6,000 hours total time and 5,000 hours of instruction. Wallace is now the flight training lab instructor at BC working with aspiring young pilots as well as airline pilots moving up to the next seat.​

Scott Gyssler, Emil Buehler Flight Simulator Lab Technician

Abdolreza (Ray) Roodbari, Aviation Support Specialist Picture of Abdolreza Roodbari.

Abdolreza (Ray) Roodbari is the coordinator of the aircraft hangar operations and labs with specific knowledge of aviation maintenance operations (electricity, hydraulics, reciprocating, engines, turbine engines, a/c, etc). His work includes logistical planning, developing and maintaining of labs. Roodbari is in charge of budgetary expenditures, inventory control, purchasing of all lab equipment, supplies, chemicals and tools. He is an honor graduate from BC's Aircraft Maintenance Management program, and he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Florida International University. Roodbari's experience includes working as an A & P technician, focusing on preventive maintenance, heavy maintenance, inspection and periodic services in companies such as Miami Air International and Commodore Aviation Company. He is bilingual in English and Farsi.

Nyle Kitchen, Aviation Support Specialist

Full-Time Faculty​ 

Mark Bergau, Instructor, Aviation OperationsPicture of Mark Bergau.

Bergau started his path in aviation more than 20 years ago when he began working on his private pilot license while working in aviation as a Line Tech for a South West Florida fixed base operator. From there, Bergau entered into the Professional Pilot Program at Central Missouri State University, and earned a bachelor’s degree in History from the University of South Florida and a master’s degree in Aviation Safety from Central Missouri State University. In 2008, Bergau was named Vice President of Operations for Stratos Jet Charters at the Ft. Lauderdale office. Bergau oversees the daily operations of the South Florida branch office which serves the needs of air charter clients throughout the world. He is a commercial rated pilot and holds an Advanced Ground Instructor certificate. He is also the advisor at Broward College for the local chapter of Alpha Eta Rho which is an international aviation fraternity with more than 45,000 alumni. Bergau is actively involved with all of the aviation students in and out of the classroom, and the aviation community as a whole.


Timothy Griffin, Assistant Professor, Aviation Maintenance ManagementPicture of Timothy Griffin.

Tim Griffin is a seasoned maintenance professional with more than 20 years in aviation. He graduated from BC with Honors and was awarded the "Aviation Department Award." Griffin has since successfully completed a Bachelor's in Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, as well as a Master's degree in Aeronautical Sciences. He and his family reside locally, and Griffin is fully committed to the success of BC students.​


Glenn E. Walters, Assistant Professor, Aviation Maintenance ManagementPicture of Glenn Walters.

Glenn Walters has participated in most all aspects of aviation maintenance since 1980. He began his career at Lockheed where he held a variety of job classifications. Since 1985, Walters has been employed with a major airline. In 1997, he was named "Company Technician of the Quarter." Additionally, Walters has been employed as a B-747 fleet maintenance manager for a cargo carrier. He received his A&P licenses from Northrop University, his bachelor's degree in Finance from the University of Texas, and his MBA from Florida Atlantic University. Walters is very interested in the business aspect of airline and aviation management. He loves to teach others and share his knowledge that is required to excel as an aviation technician. A true maintenance professional, Walters enjoys the challenges of "rolling up his sleeves and getting involved" in hands-on aircraft maintenance.


Robert L. Lumley, Jr., Assistant Professor, Aviation Maintenance ManagementPicture of Robert Lumley.

Bob Lumley has literally spent his lifetime around North Perry Airport. A graduate of the Miramar school system, he went on to complete his associate's degree in Aviation Administration at BC. Lumley subsequently obtained his FAA Airframe and Power plant license and Private Pilot certificate while working for local general aviation firms. In 1998, he completed his Master of Business Administration in Aviation. Lumley also acquired his Master of Aeronautical Science and bachelor's degree in Professional Aeronautics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is presently an Accident Prevention Counselor for the FAA.


Tom Garrido, Instructor, Aviation Maintenance ManagementPicture of Tom Garrido.

Tom Garrido has 29 years in the aviation field. After graduating from an aviation high school in Queens, New York City with a FAA power plant license, he started working in a local repair shop in New York in 1980. After high school, Garrido obtained his FAA airframe and FCC avionics licenses and moved onto a major airline where he has worked various positions, including aircraft technician, avionics technician and technical crew chief. In 1991, he moved to South Florida where he worked as crew chief for several years. Garrido also continued studying and graduated from BC's Aviation Maintenance Management, where he received an associate's degree in Applied Science and then became a technical crew chief instructor. Since 2001, Garrido has been teaching courses such as Human Factors, Principles of Troubleshooting, and General Familiarization for A300 and MD80 aircrafts.


Cecilia Torello, Instructor, Aviation Maintenance ManagementPicture of Cecilia Pereira.

Torello is a native from Uruguay in South America. She came to the United States at the age of 20 and started flight training at Opa-Locka Airport in Miami. Torello holds a Commercial Pilot Single Engine Land, Multi Engine Land, Certified Flight Instructor, Certified Flight Instructor Instrument Single Engine Land and Sea FAA certificates.  After working as a certified flight instructor for some years, Torello decided to go to the aviation maintenance field and enrolled at Broward College. She then graduated with honors and was presented the aviation department award along with her FAA Airframe, FAA Powerplant and Avionics FCC certificates. Later shee earned two associate degrees in Professional Pilot Technology, and Aviation Maintenance Management, and a Bachelor's in Supervision and Management degree from Broward College.


Victor Liriano, Instructor, AvionicsPicture of Victor Liriano.

Victor Liriano began his aviation career in 1980 as an aviation electronics technician for the U.S. Navy. After four years in the Navy, he returned to civilian life and worked for Midway Airlines in Miami as an avionics technician performing line and hanger checks on a variety of commercial aircrafts. After Midway closed its Miami base in 1991, Liriano went to work for Avborne Heavy Maintenance. At Avborne, he worked and supervised Avionics service checks and installations on a variety of aircrafts, including Boeing and McDonald Douglas. In addition Liriano performed a number of avionics installations, such as TCAS, Windshear and GPS. In 1997, Airbus Industries of North America recruited him as an Avionics instructor in Miami. Liriano is qualified on all new generation Airbus aircraft for classroom and OJT instruction, and has taught classes internationally. Additionally, he lectures on Human Factors for Maintenance Personnel for all Airbus Customers. Liriano earned an A.S. in Maintenance Management and an A.S. in Piloting and Navigation from Miami Dade College. In 1997, he returned to school at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University to earn his B.S. in Professional Aeronautics with a minor in Aviation Safety. Liriano continued his studies at Embry Riddle and earned a master's degree of Aeronautical Science.​

Juan Perez, Instructor, Aviation Maintenance Management

Roberto Herreria, Instructor, Aviation Maintenance Management

Andres Martinez, Instructor, Aviation Maintenance Management

James Rowe, Instructor, Aviation Maintenance Management

Don Taylor, Instructor, Aviation Maintenance Management

Associate Faculty

Sheila English, Air Traffic Control Adjunct FacultyPicture of Sheila English.

Sheila English was born and raised in Hollywood, FL. As a young girl, she dreamed of being an air traffic controller. English passed the Civil Service Exam (ATSAT) at the age of fifteen. Her air traffic control education began as a student of BC's Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI) program. This program gave her the knowledge, skills and confidence she needed to become a professional air traffic controller. English graduated with an Associate of Science degree in Air Traffic Control. Then, she continued her education at Florida International University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology and Transportation. Hired by the FAA, English passed the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City. She first served as a flight service specialist at Crestview FSS, Crestview, FL. In January 1982, English transferred to Ft .Lauderdale Executive Air Traffic Control Tower, and her air traffic career dream was coming true. In January 1988, she advanced to Ft Lauderdale International Air Traffic Control Tower, where she continues to control air traffic to this day. English has trained many developmental controllers through on the job training (OJT) in the area of separation requirements, regulations, procedures and phraseology necessary to safely control air traffic. She's very excited to be instructing at Broward College because she sees it as an opportunity to give students the wonderful gift she was given of a 30 year career as an air traffic controller.

Tom Inglima, Flight Ground Adjunct FacultyPicture of Tom Inglima.

An air show celebrating the end of World War Two hooked Tom Inglima on flying, but it was 1956, when he was sixteen years old, before flying lessons at North Perry Airport could start.  Almost fifty years later, Inglima ended a career that included working as an electronic technician, flight instructor, air taxi pilot, and contract flight instructor in the U.S. Army primary and multi-engine instrument schools.  His FAA career started with four years as an air traffic controller in the FAA's Miami Center, then came thirty one years as an aviation safety inspector (Operations) in St. Petersburg, Miami and Fort Lauderdale, in various inspector or supervisor positions.   Inglima holds an ATP certificate for Airplane Multi-engine Land with Lear Jet and Piper Cheyenne type ratings. He has Flight Instructor Airplane Single and multi-engine with instrument airplane ratings, and Ground Instructor certificates as well.   Inglima graduated from Barry University with a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree.  In his off time, he enjoys flying his Piper Tomahawk. ​


John Pokryfke, Airport Management Adjunct FacultyPicture of John Pokryfke.

John Pokryfke graduated from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale with B.S. in Aviation Management in 1987 and then in 1997, from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with an MBA in Aviation Management. His work career began with the Maryland State Aviation Administration where he was part of the General Aviation Division.  From there, Pokryfke went to the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport where he started as an operations assistant and later was promoted to assistant airport manager-operations.  From there, he went to the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and worked his way up to his current position of airport manager-airside operations, and he has been at FLL for 11 years. Pokryfke has a private pilot license and has been teaching at BC as an adjunct faculty member for three years. He has also taught a class as an adjunct faculty member for Southern Illinois University at one of their off campus sites.

Michael Nonnemacher, Operations Adjunct FacultyPicture of Michael Noonemacher

Michael Nonnemacher has a bachelor's degree in Aviation Business Administration from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and a master's degree in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University. He is a certified member of the American Association of Airport Executives and is an alumnus of BC. Nonnemacher's also one of the original designers of the Airport Operations Management degree curriculum, and is chair of the Aviation Operations Advisory Board. Nonnemacher holds a private pilot certificate and is the director of operations at FLL. He has been working with the Broward County Aviation Department at Fort Lauderdale Hollywood/ International Airport and North Perry Airport for more than 20 years. Nonnemacher is responsible for the overall day to day operation of both airports. It includes ensuring all safety and security regulations are adhered to, and passenger's services are met with a high level of customer service. He is also responsible for contract administration for law enforcement, aircraft rescue, fire fighting, parking and ground transportation services. All emergency responses are conducted in accordance with policies and procedures, with an operating budget.

W. F. "Bud" Borner, Flight Ground Adjunct Faculty

Picture of WF Borner.W.F. Borner graduated with a BBA and a MBA from the National University in San Diego, California, and he learned to fly in 1977 at the Naval Air Station North Island Navy Flying Club in San Diego. He is qualified in complex, high performance and technically advanced aircraft and maintains a 10 hour monthly flying average. Borner owns a 1988 Mooney M20J based at Fort Lauderdale Executive airport and as a commercial rated CFI-I, previously instructed candidates for CFI and CFI-I knowledge tests at American Flyers Training Center.  Currently, he provides flight instruction, flight reviews and instrument proficiency checks for the Civil Air Patrol. Borner has 24 years active service to our country in the Unites States Navy.  He is a former commanding officer of the Naval Communications Unit in Key West and for the Manned Spacecraft Recovery Force in Hawaii. As part of Borner's experience in the military, he recovered astronauts during Apollo 15, 16 and 17; Sky Lab I, II and III; and the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project missions. Now, he is retired and enjoying teaching Instrument Flight Theory and Navigational Science at the Aviation Institute at BC.​


Robert Ambroze, Professional Pilot Adjunct Faculty and Flight InstructorPicture of Robert Ambroze.

Ambroze has been flying since 2004.  Once determined to follow aviation as a career in 2006, he quickly earned his Commercial Pilot's License and Flight Instructor certificates at Delta Connection Academy (DCA) in Sanford, Florida.  Ambroze worked as a flight instructor and manager at DCA for approximately two years.  After leaving DCA, he has worked as a Part 121 airline pilot and Part 135 on-demand charter pilot.  Ambroze earned his bachelor's degree in Professional Aeronautics at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University with a dual-minor in Aviation Safety and Management, and later earned his Airline Transport Pilot's License. Ambroze was Aerosim Flight School General Manager and Director of Safety, and now he is an active Part 135 captain and current flight instructor at National Aviation Academy.


Wesley Popplewell, Aviation Adjunct Faculty

picture of Wesley Popplewell.

Popplewell, originally from southern California, is a graduated of the University of Hawaii with a BAA Business Administration and a BA in Economics. He started his aviation career in the summer of 2006 at Delta Connection Academy in Sanford Florida. After completing his training, he was hired by DCA to work as a Flight instructor and worked up the ranks to Manager of Flight Standards / Assistant Chief Flight Instructor. While in this position, Popplewell was able to increase his practice of advocating high quality flight training and flight safety. In August 2010, Broward College Aviation Institute invited Popplewell to be a full time faculty member to instruct future pilots, ATC controllers, and airport management students.  In 2011, Popplewell began instructing for Platinum Aviation in Technically Advanced Aircraft.  While at platinum, Popplewell was given the opportunity to fly to many destinations in south and Central America including the Caribbean, as well as many destinations in the United States.

Todd Roper, Adjunct Instructor, Aviation Maintenance Management

Nicolas Baussan, Adjunct Instructor, Aviation Maintenance Management

Richard Gordon, Adjunct Instructor, Aviation Maintenance Management

J. Ed Martin, Adjunct Instructor, Aviation Operations

Roger Figueroa, Adjunct Instructor, Aviation Operations

Edward Dean, Adjunct Instructor, Aviation Operations

Noah Daduut, Adjunct Instructor, Aviation Operations

Raymond Lawson, Adjunct Instructor, Aviation Operations

Bolivar Perez, Adjunct Instructor, Aviation Operations

Franklin Coronado, Adjunct Instructor, Aviation Operations

Stephen Belleme, Adjunct Instructor, Aviation Operations

Pierre Taschereau, Adjunct Instructor, Aviation Operations

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