Meet the Team

President- Amelia Green

Amelia is a fourth-year from Milton, Georgia, majoring in Public Relations and Sports Media. She serves as the chief officer of the club, handles alumni relations, corporate communications, and strategic vision for the club. She previously served as the club’s Vice President of Public Relations for the past two years. Amelia received her private pilot license when she was 17 and continues to fly in her free time as a volunteer pilot for Pilots N’ Paws animal rescue. She hopes to combine her passion for aviation with her interest in Public Relations in her future career.

Vice President- Matthew Kessler

Matthew is a fourth-year Real Estate Major from Savannah, Georgia. He assists the president and flight coordinator in club activities regarding all flying and networking done through the club. Matthew earned his fixed-wing Private Pilot license at age 17 and wants to get his rotor-wing addon. He is also an active Real Estate Agent with Seabolt Real Estate, and Vice President of the UGA Real Estate Society. 

Treasurer- Kylie Kratt

Kylie is a fourth-year from Kennesaw, Georgia, studying Marketing, Spanish, and Legal Studies. She works alongside the club’s other officers to manage the club’s budget and finances. She also serves to develop a relationship with Synovus, our banking partner, managing our online banking account. Kylie currently has her private pilot license and plans on beginning lessons for her instrument rating upon graduation. Eventually, Kylie hopes to end up flying in the airlines.

Vice President of Public Relations- Kathleen O’Donnell

Kathleen is a third-year from Milton, Georgia, majoring in Risk Management with a minor in Political Science and certificates in Legal Studies and in Personal and Organizational Leadership. She enjoys the social and professional aspects of the club, and seeks to increase membership through social media promotions, planning, and creating a diverse agenda. When she was 18, Kathleen received her private pilot’s license, and she is currently working on her instrument rating. After graduation, Kathleen hopes to pursue either aviation risk management or become a corporate pilot.

Vice President of Recruitment – Luke Zwicker

Luke is a third-year Economics major from Richmond Hill, Georgia. He serves the club by organizing recruitment events and raising club awareness. Luke is a CFII and is currently pursuing his multi-engine rating. Luke is a line service technician at the Athens Ben Epps Airport and stays busy as an instructor for local flight students.

Club Advisor- Dr. John Knox

John is a twentieth-year from Birmingham Alabama, professing Geography and Atmospheric Sciences at UGA during that time. He serves as the faculty advisor of the club, which he’s done since 2009. Mostly this means signing off on some paperwork, attending as many meetings as he can, supporting the officers in their work, and making connections that come from being in Athens and in aviation meteorology for a couple of decades. John is neither an aviation meteorologist per se nor a pilot; he got into the subject of clear-air turbulence forecasting because of a random question from a stranger at a scientific conference during his Ph.D. research in the mid-1990s. Since then he’s helped develop a couple of new CAT forecasting methods, and even won the T. Theodore Fujita Research Achievement Award from the National Weather Association in 2010 for this work.  John loves assisting students in extracurricular groups and hopes to stay on as advisor for as long as he’s a help and there aren’t better options for the club.  He also teaches a class on Aviation Weather Hazards periodically at UGA; how often depends on student interest and time in his schedule, so let John know ( if you’re interested!