Connecting Aerospace Interests

2016 Women in Aerospace Speakers 

Beth Anderson: Vice President Payloads and Systems Supplier Management 
Boeing Commercial Airplanes 

Beth AndersonBeth Anderson is the vice president of Payloads and Systems for Commercial Airplanes Supplier Management. She was named to this position in May 2014. In this role, Anderson leads the organization responsible for the setting strategy and sourcing components and systems to support the BCA production system from suppliers around the world as well as daily management of suppliers.

Anderson has also served in a number of manufacturing leadership roles at Boeing. She was director for the Interiors Responsibility Center (IRC) with fabrication facilities in Everett, Wash., and North Charleston, S.C. Employees at this business unit design, manufacture, assemble and integrate a wide range of interior systems for production, after-market and spares for Boeing commercial jetliners, including the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Anderson focused on engaging people in an environment of trust for continued improvement in the organization’s Lean journey.

She was the Modification Services director for Commercial Aviation Services, which integrates avionics, airframe, propulsion, systems and interiors for airlines’ after-market airplanes. The unit is part of Technical Services, which operates in Everett, Wash. and Long Beach, Calif.


Dr. Katherine A. Moran: Program Chair
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

katDr. Katherine A. Moran is the Program Chair: Master of Science Occupational Safety Management at the College of Aeronautics, Department of Aeronautics, Graduate Studies at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide.  Dr. Moran received a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics and a Master of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She received her Doctor of Education with a cognate in Quantitative Research from the University of Southern California, and is working towards a PhD in Biomechanical Engineering from the University of Portsmouth, UK.

Dr. Moran, a tenured Associate Professor and Program Chair for the Master of Science in Occupational Safety Management (MSOSM), has been with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University since 1995, and has served in the capacity of Aeronautics Department Chair, Western Region Dean of Academic Affairs, Associate Safety Program Chair, and Full-Time Faculty. She has developed 12 graduate and undergraduate courses and was the lead subject matter expert and co-developer of the Virtual Aircraft Crash Lab, which is now imbedded in several courses. She is also the US Managing Editor for the International Journal of Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace (IJAAA). 

Dr. Moran served in the United States Air Force and Air National Guard for 20 years, in the fields of F-15 Avionics, Aviation Safety, Occupational Safety and Health, and Aircraft Accident Investigation.

As a Trauma Epidemiologist for six years, Dr. Moran worked on a congressionally funded Alaska Interagency Aviation Safety Initiative with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Alaska Field Station. Other members of this study included the Federal Aviation Administration, National Transportation Safety Board, National Weather Service, and University of Alaska Capstone Project. This initiative focused on Air Taxi and Commuter aviation crashes in Alaska, which had the highest category of occupational fatalities in the US. As part of her role with CDC/NIOSH, Dr. Moran investigated occupational fatalities in Alaska, including those attributed to aircraft crash, commercial fishing, construction, and heli-logging accidents. Dr. Moran's research has been published in several peer-reviewed journals, including the American Journal of Epidemiology, the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, and Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine Journal. She has also co-authored a NIOSH publication.

Dr. Moran served as Chair of the Alaska Federal Safety and Health Council and has been an active member of the Aerospace Medical Association, the Denali Safety Council, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the Royal Aeronautical Society, and the Institution of Engineering and Technology. Dr. Moran has lectured/presented at such venues as the Aerospace Medical Association Scientific Meeting, Federal Safety and Health Council, American Society of Safety Engineers, Alaska Air Carrier's Association, and the Alaska Airmen's Association.


KC Yanamura, Regional Administrator of the Northwest Mountain Region
Federal Aviation Administration

KCKC Yanamura was appointed to the position of Regional Administrator for the FAA’s Northwest Mountain Region in February, 2016. Her responsibilities include representing the Administrator in the region's seven states of Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Additionally, she will collaborate with the region's support of the Air Traffic Organization's Western Service Area (WSA), Aviation Safety, Airports, Human Resources and Security offices. The ATO WSA includes the seven states in the Northwest Mountain Region as well as those in the FAA's Western-Pacific Region (Arizona, California, Nevada, Hawaii and Pacific islands) and the State of Alaska – Alaskan Region.

KC relocated from Hawaii where she served as the manager for the Honolulu Flight Standards District Office. This was a very challenging position covering a working environment best measured not in miles but in time zones. The Honolulu FSDO area of responsibility spans six time zones. The work program responsibilities necessitate massive travel requirements and transiting the International Date Line on a regular basis for safety inspections. The HNL FSDO's area of responsibility encompasses the largest physical area of any FSDO in the FAA, and its territory includes some of the most historic sites in the world, from American Samoa to the South, Midway Atolls to the North, Guam and Saipan to the West, and the island of Hawaii (the "Big Island") to the East. The HNL FSDO is responsible for many different and demanding areas of operation. The Part 135/ General Aviation community ranges from 30-passenger-configured Boeing 737s to weight-shift aircraft, skydiving and gliders; from the fluid, dynamic world of unmanned aerial systems to seaplanes and banner towing; from helicopter confined area lifts to essential medical services; and very significantly, the robust Hawaii Air Tour Industry.

Ms. Yanamura served as the Deputy Director for the Aircraft Certification Service (AIR) in late February 2009 – March 2011. She was responsible for type certification, production approval, airworthiness certification, and continued airworthiness of the U.S. civil aircraft fleet — including commercial and general aviation activities. This responsibility includes providing leadership to a professional workforce of approximately 1,300 technical employees (aviation engineers, inspectors, pilots, chief scientists, and administrative support), who work at the FAA's Washington headquarters, four directorate offices, and 37 field offices across the U.S. This diverse workforce includes international program offices in Belgium and Shanghai.

In a prior position, KC served as the Director of Accident Investigation for the FAA. She was in charge of investigating accidents and incidents to detect unsafe conditions and trends in the national airspace system and to coordinate corrective actions. She managed through two high visibility accidents, US Air 1549 New York and Continental 1404 Colorado, with all survivors thanks to the improvements made in aircraft cabin safety and the capable flight crews.

From 2006-2008, Ms. Yanamura served as the Deputy Regional Administrator for the FAA Northwest Mountain Region. She co-managed the FAA's efforts in the seven-state area and served as the Regional Emergency Transportation Coordinator (RETCO) for the U.S. Department of Transportation's Regions IX and X. In this role, she provided executive leadership to ensure continued transportation emergency planning, response and recovery efforts for Incidents of National Significance such as acts of terrorism, hurricanes, earthquakes, wild fires, other natural disasters or pandemic diseases.

Prior to serving as the Deputy Regional Administrator, Ms. Yanamura served as the Assistant Manager of AIR's Transport Airplane Directorate (TAD), where she supported the manager in overseeing the continued operational safety of the 14,000 transport category airplanes in the U.S. The TAD is involved with the engineering, manufacturing, continued airworthiness and administrative activities involving all aeronautical products within the geographical boundaries encompassing 11 Western states. Prior to being the TAD Assistant Manager, she served as the Manager, Manufacturing Inspection Office, the Boeing Certificate Management Office (CMO) and the Seattle Manufacturing Inspection District Office (MIDO).

In 1990, Ms. Yanamura joined the FAA as an aviation safety inspector in the Seattle MIDO/Boeing CMO, where she participated in the FAA's new type and production certification for the B777 and B737 Next Gen programs. Before joining the FAA, she worked for the U.S. Air Force for about seven years on various Boeing military model airplanes, space defense and missiles systems. She held prior Inspector positions for the Department of Defense and Department of Navy assuring quality, contract requirements and final purchase of military equipment to include aircraft, armored vehicles, nuclear systems, missile launch and loading systems, etc. She served a total of 35 years as a public servant with the Federal Government and is dedicated to the FAA mission.


Marcy Rugland, 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.


Jovonia "Jo" Taylor-Edwards, Senior Engineering Manager
Boeing Commercial Airplanes

JoEdwards2Jo is a senior engineering manager for The Boeing Company in their Commercial Airplane (BCA) Systems Team. She’s been in several different engineering areas over her 12 years with the company. In her current role, she’s leading the Electromagnetic Team for BCA. Jo is very involved in her community. She tutors at local public schools; helps recruit graduating students for The Boeing Company; and mentors at her church, Holgate Church of Christ.  In 2013, she was a recipient of the Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) Modern Technology Leader and in 2014, received the Women of Color in Technology (WOCT) Award Recipient in Community Service. Prior to joining the Boeing Company, Jo graduated from the University of Tulsa completing BS in Electrical Engineering, BA in Music and MS in Electrical Engineering. Since then, she has also earned an MBA in Management from Seattle Pacific University.


Guila Muir, President and CEO
Guila Muir and Associates


Guila Muir, M.Ed is principal of Guila Muir and Associates LLC, a Seattle-based firm specializing in developing professionals’ facilitation, presentation and training skills. Since 1983, Guila has trained thousands of people on an international level. Her clients include Microsoft, Amazon, Boeing, and many government agencies.

Guila has worked as an adjunct professor at Seattle University’s Graduate School of Education. In 2013, her book was published. Entitled Instructional Design That Soars: Shaping What You Know Into Classes That Inspire, it enables anyone to develop and deliver effective, engaging classes and Webinars.

Guila learned to swim as an adult. She made her tenth Alcatraz crossing in 2012, without a wetsuit. Guila swims year-round in Puget Sound and runs a small, secondary business that provides Escorted Open Water Swim adventures.


Beth deYoung, Vice President of Business Development - Lease Customers
Zodiac Aerospace

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Beth deYoung entered the Aerospace industry from a career in IT, joining Sony Transcom in the 90s to help bring video-on-demand to in-seat IFE as a Product Line Manager. At Primex (now Astronics) as Director of Sales and Marketing, the focus was on in-seat power and the introduction of  internet and email to the skies.   Zodiac Aerospace positions include Business Development, Sales and Marketing, Customer Support and General Management focused on the expansion of business to customers world-wide in addition to expanding global supply chain and manufacturing.