Board of Directors

Bruce "BA" Dillard


Sergio "Serg" Galindo


Julie Headley

Executive Director

Honorary Board Members

Shannon DiVerde

Honorary Director

Bill Gortney

Honorary Director

Rick Taylor

Honorary Director

Scott “Intake” Kartvedt


Scott “Intake” Kartvedt served 22 distinguished years in the US Navy including 3 years with the Naval Flight Demonstration Squadron Blue Angels. He served five combat deployments and has amassed over 6300 flight hours.  Prior to his honorable retirement, Scott became the inaugural commanding officer of the F-35C Stealth Strike Fighter Squadron.

Scott transitioned to the corporate sector and is a successful keynote speaker, leaning on his expertise in human resiliency and creating a culture of excellence, he facilitates high performance leadership trainings for companies throughout the country. Scott continues to follow his passion for aviation as Hollywood stunt pilot and aviation safety supervisor as well as a member of the Patriots Jet Team.

Scott and his wife Lisa reside in Colorado Springs and have two grown sons who are pursuing their dream as the next generation of naval aviators.

Bruce Dillard


Bruce started his naval career in 1983 through the Naval Aviation Reserve Officer Candidate Program. He served for 12 distinguished years in the U.S. Navy as a Naval Flight Officer. His tours of duty included flag aide to the Commander and Chief, U.S. Atlantic Command, Assistant Navigator, USS John F. Kennedy, U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron (The Blue Angels), Attack Squadrons 42 & 176 in the A-6E Intruder. He has accumulated over 2000 flight hours and 250 aircraft carrier landings.

He currently serves as a Market Director in the Rockies Market for UBS Financial Services. He leads over 120 wealth management professionals and staff that serves high net worth and ultra-high net worth clients.

C.J. Simonsen


C.J. is a Principal and Senior Client Strategist at BNY Mellon Wealth Management. In this role, he leads a team responsible for initiating relationships with individuals and families to grow and preserve their wealth by creating an objective driven strategy incorporating leverage, tax management, spending, and legacy planning.

Prior to joining BNY Mellon, C.J. was a Senior Vice President at Bessemer Trust, providing investment management, wealth planning, and family office solutions to prospective clients. C.J. was also instrumental in forming the Private Aviation Advisory Group at Bessemer Trust where he assisted clients navigate the private aviation industry looking for solutions that best fit clients’ objectives. Prior to Bessemer Trust, C.J. was a Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet pilot, retiring after 24 years of service, including a three-year tour as a Blue Angel pilot. He also completed seven deployments around the world, flew combat missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and has completed 570 arrested landings onboard multiple aircraft carriers. He lives with his wife and two children in Carmel, CA.

C.J. earned an M.B.A. from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.S., with merit, in aerospace engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, where he was a sprinter and captain of the track team and class president.


  • Bachelors of Science
  • United States Naval Academy
  • Masters of Business Administration
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Community Involvement

  • Trustee, Board of Trustees
  • All Saints Day School

Shaun A. Swartz


CAPT (Ret) Shaun “Linus” Swartz retired from the US Navy in DEC2023 and currently works as a defense consultant to the CATSHOT Group, LLC, focused on accelerating delivery of leading-edge technologies and capabilities to the fleet.  He is the former Program Manager at PMA/PMW-101, the Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Program Office, which he commanded from 2019-2023.

Shaun is a native of Leawood, Kansas, received a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1995 from Stanford University and earned his MBA through the Naval Postgraduate School, graduating “With Distinction” in 2011.

Shaun’s military career spanned 27 years of Naval Aviation operational, test and acquisition postings.  Initially an F-14 Tomcat Radar Intercept Officer (RIO), he deployed with the “Fighting Checkmates” of Fighter Squadron 211 (VF 211), where he flew 39 combat missions in support of Operations SOUTHERN WATCH and ENDURING FREEDOM; and was an Instructor RIO with the VF 101 “Grim Reapers”, where Shaun was selected to the 2004 F-14 demonstration team.  After transitioning to the F/A-18, follow-on assignments included serving with the Naval Flight Demonstration Squadron (Blue Angels) as #8, the Events Coordinator, and as an Instructor Weapons System Officer (WSO) with Strike Fighter Squadron 122 (VFA 122).

Shaun transitioned to the Aerospace Engineering Duty Officer (AEDO) corps in 2008.  AEDO assignments include F/A-18 weapons developmental flight test with the Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 31 (VX 31) “Dust Devils” in China Lake, CA; F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Class Desk at AIRLANT; Crew Systems Integrated Product Team (IPT) Lead at the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office in Arlington, Virginia; Principal Assistant Program Manager (PAPM) for the MIDS Joint Tactical Radio System (MIDS JTRS) at PMA/PMW-101; and Rapid Development Office (RDO) Program Manager and AIR 4.7 (Weapons and Energetics) Military Director at the Naval Air Warfare Center-Weapons Division (NAWC-WD) in China Lake, CA.

Shaun accumulated over 2,600 flight hours (over 1,000 hours in both the F-14 and F/A-18) and 359 carrier arrested landings.  He is married to the former Miss Katherine Lively, DO, PhD, who is an Active-Duty Navy Physician, and they have three children, Hunter (14 y.o.), Paige (12 y.o.) and Tucker (7 y.o.).  He is certified DAWAI Level III PM, Level II T&E, Level II ENG, Level I IT, is a Department of the Navy (DoN) certified Acquisition Professional Member, a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College’s Program Manager’s Course and Executive Program Manager’s Course, as well as the Federal Executive Institute’s Leadership in a Democratic Society Course. His decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, four Meritorious Service Medals, two Strike Flight Air Medals, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various personal and unit awards.

Jerry Deren


Jerry is a 1992 Naval Academy graduate who served on active duty for thirteen years, including one and a half tours on the Blue Angels in ’02-‘03 and returning in ‘04, flying the left wing and slot positions. After leaving active duty, he joined the Investment Management Division at Goldman Sachs in New York, ultimately settling in Dallas to build his wealth management practice. He currently serves as a partner and senior advisor for a global multi-family office he helped grow from $1B to over $45B in assets. Jerry and his wife, Denise, reside in the Dallas area and have three grown children.