Jill has over 30 years of experience in the fields of aviation and aerospace. Her passion for aviation started as a teenager when she obtained her Private Pilot License at age 17. Her career started in the U.S. Air Force, where she operated and maintained ground radar and data communication systems worldwide. Jill holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace (Astronautical) Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and has completed graduate courses from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
She has held key positions at companies including Boeing, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman and Eclipse Aviation. Platforms she has supported include the Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) surveillance aircraft for the U.S., U.K. and NATO fleets; the Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV); Air Force One; the Eclipse 500 jet; and the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.
Jill is currently volunteering as the Director of Operations for Dreams Soar, Inc., a nonprofit organization inspiring the next generation of STEM and aviation professionals, especially young girls. During their “Global Flight for STEM” in 2017, Jill was the primary support person for Shaesta Waiz, Dreams Soar’s Founder and President, who became the youngest woman to fly solo around the world in a single-engine aircraft. Jill handled ground and flight logistics for Shaesta and the aircraft during the 145-day mission, and also led the planning of 32 Outreach events in 14 countries, where Shaesta personally inspired over 3,000 young people to work hard, never give up and follow their dreams.
She consults to several organizations working to encourage young girls to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education and careers. Jill is a public speaker on STEM, Aerospace Engineering and Women in Aviation/Aerospace, giving talks at schools and membership organizations across the country.
For Jill’s lifelong support to STEM and helping the next generation through her mentoring, volunteering and outreach, she has received several awards: the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce 2016 Women in Leadership Award; the National Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) 2017 Outstanding Community Service Award; and the AIAA 2018 Outstanding Enhancement of the Image of the Aerospace Profession Award. Jill was honored to be a Finalist for the San Diego Magazine's “2018 Woman of the Year”.