Penny L. White
Director, Boeing Commercial Airplanes Supplier Management Contracts
Penny White is director of Contracts for Supplier Management at Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Penny is responsible for contract origination, oversight, execution, enforcement and administration throughout the contract lifecycle – from research and development to production to in-service and aftermarket. She oversees all procurement and contractual business dealings to ensure Supplier Management’s compliance with corporate policy, audit, import/export, SOX and Quality Management System. Prior to the current assignment, she served as acquisition manager for the Space Exploration business unit. Prior to joining The Boeing Company, she served as director of procurement/supply chain operations at United Space Alliance, a company jointly owned by The Boeing Company and Lockheed Martin. She started her aerospace career with Rockwell International in 1989 as a contract administrator. Penny has broad-based experience in contracts, procurement, supplier management and supply chain planning.
Penny is actively involved with the National Contract Management Association (NCAM) where she has been on the National Board of Directors for six years and served as Program Year 2016 National President. NCMA is the world’s leading professional resource for those in the field of contract management. The organization is dedicated to the professional growth and educational advancement of procurement and acquisition personnel worldwide. NCMA strives to serve and inform the profession it represents and to offer opportunities for the open exchange of ideas in neutral forums.
Additionally, Penny is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, Institute of Supply Management, and the International Association for Contract and Commercial Management. She obtained her bachelor's degree in finance from Mercer University and went on to Tulane University, where she obtained her Juris Doctor degree.
Senior Manager for Supplier Development, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Kellie Lish is the Senior Manager for Supplier Development in Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ Supplier Management organization. In this role, she is responsible for supplier development integration through international engagements, streamlined processes, supplier training and mentoring, special projects and strategic alignment to category strategies across Supplier Management.
She has held a variety of positions in her 15-plus years with Boeing, through which she has progressively expanded her knowledge within Supplier Management and across the Boeing Company. Prior to leading Supplier Development, she was in Supply Chain Strategy where she led the integration of Partnering for Success, functional excellence through supplier relations, and specials projects. She also held positions in Business Operations where she managed daily operations and projects companywide for the Supplier Management Functional Leadership Team, Engineering, Operations, and Technology Organization, and Global Sourcing Initiative.
Earlier she held a position supporting the Life Cycle Product Team for 787 interiors providing program management support and prior to that role was a procurement agent responsible for implementing and managing new customer programs for integration of in-flight entertainment systems.
In addition to the experience stated above she holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Business Administration at American Intercontinental University.
Key Account Manager - Boeing, Parker Aerospace
Fiona McKay works for Parker Aerospace as Key Account Manager to Boeing in Seattle, WA. Her principal responsibilities include supporting Parker Aerospace Group and the constituent Division businesses (each with different product lines) with the Boeing Commercial Airplane Company, as an ambassador focused on premier execution and cultivating win-win conditions that foster growth opportunities with the customer.
Fiona previously worked for Rolls-Royce in their Seattle office as Customer Business Director to Boeing. In this role she was responsible for developing the Boeing Account Management Plan and for managing the relationship between the Boeing and Rolls-Royce Sales and Marketing teams.
After graduating from Oxford University, Fiona taught in inner-city London as part of the Teach First social enterprise charity before joining the Rolls-Royce graduate program. During her time at Rolls-Royce she worked across multiple stages of the engine product lifecycle - from R&T, as project manager for future technologies, through in-service management of legacy products, where she brought a fuel burn enhancement package to market. She has experience in multiple business functions, including customer management, marketing, business management, business improvement, supply chain management, project management, cost management and services.
Fiona also has a Masters’ degree in Project Management and is currently working towards her certification as a professional Coach.
In her spare time Fiona enjoys exploring Seattle and the US with her husband and her dog, particularly the wide variety of nature, geography and good food on offer. She also enjoys staying active through kickboxing, golf and paddle-boarding.
Business Development Manager, Parker Aerospace
Cynthia Mescher is Business Development Manager for the Control Systems Division of Parker Aerospace. In this role, Cynthia helps establish division growth strategy, and leads cross-functional teams to develop proposals to respond to new domestic and international flight controls development programs.
Cynthia started at Parker as an Engineering Intern, and after working in various roles as a Design and Project Engineer on Commercial/ Executive (Embraer Phenom 300, Gulfstream G650, Bombardier C-Series) and Military (Lockheed Martin F-35, Boeing F-15) flight controls programs, she spent a year abroad in the Parker Global Development program working as Delegate Project Manager on a Research & Development project in Hamburg, Germany. Upon returning to California, Cynthia led the Community of Practice for Composite Materials for Parker Aerospace before returning to the Flight Controls Division to continue her passion to help build upon the legacy of flight controls excellence at Parker.
Cynthia holds a Masters of Science degree in Engineering Management from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from UC Irvine. She is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
In her personal time, Cynthia enjoys spending time with her family and friends, running half marathons and Ragnar relays, and is currently learning to sail.
Star Fischer, CPA
Partner, Moss Adams, LLP
Star has been practicing public accounting since 2001 and provides research and development (R&D) tax services to middle-market companies. She has provided consulting in the areas of federal and state R&D tax credits, R&D expense deductions, and IRS and state exams of R&D tax credits. She has significant experience working with S corporations and partnerships claiming the credit and understands the unique opportunities and challenges facing these types of entities.
Star has performed studies in many different industries including manufacturing, aerospace, software development, electronic data storage, electronic services, systems integration, medical device technology, pharmaceutical, electronic device manufacturing, environmental monitoring, boat building, automated machinery, construction, professional services, and others. She frequently gives presentations and writes articles about R&D tax services and the tax-savings opportunities related to eligible expenditures.
Star is a member of the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Board Council, which provides an organized public forum for IRS officials and representatives to discuss key tax administration issues.
Project Engineer, Electroimpact
Aiva Teskey works as a mechanical engineer with Electroimpact, Inc. She is currently responsible for floor-level assembly and installation of subassembly components for Boeing’s 777x wingbox assembly system.
Prior to working for Electroimpact, Ms. Teskey worked as a field biologist, mostly with reptiles in the desert regions of the Southwest United States. She also taught summer courses in basic rocketry and aeronautics to children in 4th through 9th grade. She has found the experience dealing with cranky rattlesnakes and teenagers useful for interacting with other engineers.
Ms. Teskey graduated from the University of Arizona in May 2016 and began working for Electroimpact immediately after graduation.
In her spare time, Ms. Teskey enjoys rock climbing, tinkering with bicycles, digital painting, and writing.
Rebecca A. Mares
Attorney, Aero Law Group
Rebecca Mares joined the Aero Law Group in 2015. Her practice includes representing clients in the sale, lease and exchange of business and commercial aircraft.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Mares worked at Quest Aircraft Company, designers and builders of the KODIAK. Her role included risk, liability and International Contract Management and she is the proud recipient of the Bruce Kennedy Passion Award. While in law school she worked at Martonick Law in Pullman, Washington her 3L year.
Ms. Mares is a graduate of University of Idaho College of Law where she attained the Dean’s list. Additionally she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from University of California, Santa Barbara.
Ms. Mares is also a Mediator having completed advanced coursework through the Northwest Institute for Dispute Resolution.
She is a member of the state bar of Washington, and a Fellow with the World Affairs Council.
Attorney, Aero Law Group
Cheryl Kringle first joined Aero Law Group in 2008. She represents clients in the purchase, sale, and leasing of aircraft. She advises clients on a myriad of laws related to operating business and personal aircraft, and helps them structure their ownership and negotiate related contracts including management and charter agreements. She also advises clients in aircraft fractional ownership transactions.
Prior to joining Aero Law Group, Ms. Kringle worked at Tousley Brain Stephens PLLC representing clients in civil litigation matters. She also served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Washington State Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division, prosecuting civil violations of the Consumer Protection Act. She engaged in outreach and education efforts to teach consumers how to avoid becoming “victims of unfair or deceptive acts or practices in trade or commerce.”
Before going to law school, Ms. Kringle was a flight instructor and charter pilot, working for companies at Boeing Field, Oakland International Airport and Troutdale, Oregon. She also worked for several years as the general manager of Aero West Flight Center, a fixed base operator in Oregon. She holds an FAA Airline Transport Pilot license and Cessna Citation type rating, as well as single and multi-engine instrument flight instructor certificates.
Ms. Kringle graduated cum laude from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College in 2001 and earned her undergraduate degree in International Studies from the University of Washington in 1991.
Ms. Kringle is a member of the Washington State Bar and was appointed by the Washington State Supreme Court to serve on its Practice of Law Board.
President, Pacific Rim Aerospace and PacRim Technologies
Jill, born and raised in Seattle, started her career at Boeing in 1985. She left Boeing in 1995 to work for small, fast-paced engineering firms in the Seattle area, in positions ranging from staff engineer to Managing Director, and performing the various jobs required in small businesses. She formed Pacific Rim Aerospace (PacRim) in 2007, supporting aviation programs around the globe with manufacturers, airlines, and aircraft owners. Headquartered in Kirkland, WA, Pacific Rim Aerospace also has an office in Charleston, SC, and spends significant time supporting their programs in Shanghai, China.
PacRim Technologies was formed in 2016 to further the Additive Manufacturing platform Jill and her team developed. Using 3D printing to create a large scale – low cost production platform has been a goal of Jill’s for several years.
In 2012 Jill was awarded the Nellie Cashman Woman Business Owner of the Year for the greater Seattle area. She serves on the University of Washington's School of Mechanical Engineering's Advisory Board, a position she has held for eight years. Jill is an active mentor for a variety of local STEM programs.
President and CEO, Guila Muir and Associates
Guila Muir is principal of Guila Muir & Associates, a Seattle-based firm creating leadership by developing professionals’ training, facilitation and presentation skills.
Since 1993, Guila’s engaging, highly energetic style has transformed businesses and organizations across the United States and in Canada. Her clients include Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks, and literally hundreds of other national and international organizations. Guila has also worked as an adjunct professor in Seattle University’s Graduate School of Education. She published “Instructional Design That Soars: Shaping What You Know Into Classes That Inspire” in 2013. Since then, it has become an essential tool to develop and deliver effective courses, training sessions, and Webinars across the globe.
Guila learned to swim as an adult and has swum from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco ten times. She swims year-round in Puget Sound, wetsuit-free.
Shelley Roberts, MBA, BSc, CEC
President and CEO, StrategyClicks, Inc.
Shelley’s disarming, professional – and fun! – style allows for a creative and innovative process to develop leaders who produce results that are immediate, that matter, and that last. Building on over 20 years of experience in business, executive coaching and human performance, Shelley creates tools designed for how the brain and business naturally work together to help clients create strategies and leadership approaches that energize the organization.
Prior to launching her consulting practice, Shelley was the Vice President of Corporate Leadership and Development for a national insurance services company. Shelley’s clients include Fortune 100 companies, the U.S. Department of Defense and organizations in aerospace, manufacturing, technology, health care, natural resources, and other industries.
With an MBA specializing in leadership and performance, Shelley has been a faculty member and curriculum consultant for the MBA and leadership programs at City University of Seattle, Bellevue College and Everett Community College. In addition, Shelley is a Certified Executive Coach, has an Associate in Risk Management, and is a faculty member for the US Navy’s Lean Six Sigma College where she teaches the people side of continuous process improvement.
Director Business Practice, Logic 20/20
Kim Talley is a Director in the Logic20/20 Business Practice; she specializes in leading teams and their leadership through transformative change. Kim actively combines her leadership coaching and change management competencies with her project management expertise to bring simple solutions to our local clients’ complex business issues.
Kim’s philosophy about building resilience as a part of leadership development is a strong component of the way she works with her clients. She strives to help her clients on their journey towards new ways of achieving business, personal, and organizational successes.
Kim has a BS in Engineering from Lehigh University, is a graduate of the New Ventures West Professional Coaching Course and holds the Associate Certified Coach credential through the International Coaching Federation, and has held the PMP credential.
A Pacific Northwest transplant from the Washington, D.C. area, Kim’s spare time is spent with her partner, working out and being walked by her two dogs. She’s also been known to commute to work via one of her motorcycles.
Vice President of Business Development, Kaney Aerospace
Marcy RuglandMarcy's passion for aviation led her to join the US Air Force, where she served as an F-15 avionics technician. She joined The Boeing Company as a systems engineer on the Space Shuttle program, supporting the post-Columbia Return to Flight effort. In 2005, Marcy joined the Boeing Lab Test organization, as an electromagnetic compatibility engineer. As a manager, she led the development of the 787-9 Systems Integration Test Labs, was the Boeing South Carolina Lab Operations Leader, and was the Value Stream Leader responsible for all 737/747/767/777 lab testing. Following her support of the 787 Lithium-Ion battery effort, Marcy assumed leadership the 737 Avionics organization. Joining Kaney Aerospace as Vice President of Business Development in January 2015, Marcy is thrilled to be a part of such a nimble, innovative, high-energy team passionate about delivering value and delighting our customers.
Marcy holds BSEE and BS Aviation Technology degrees from Southern Illinois University and an MBA from Webster University. A native of Rockford, IL, Marcy currently lives in Seattle with her husband, Paul, and two children, Jessica and Jakob. She enjoys boating, running, skiing, and playing guitar and drums.