Matthew Toelke is the Director of Aviation in the Department of Technology at Walla Walla University. His three top priorities in life are God, generosity, and aviation.
After getting a two-year degree in general education and receiving his Private Pilot’s Certificate, he decided to continue education in Aviation at the University of Montana in Helena. There he received a degree in Aviation Maintenance and an Airframe and Powerplant certificate.His hunger for knowledge in aviation continued and he sought out a four-year at WWU. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Aviation Technology while working in the WWU Flight Center shop using his newly obtained aircraft maintenance certificate and later as a CFI.
After graduating from WWU, he took a job working for Neptune Aviation, an aerial firefighting company based out of Missoula, Montana. He worked on Neptune P2V and BAE 146 aircraft as a mechanic and eventually flew for the company as a first officer.
Five years ago, he received an offer to return to WWU to join the faculty in the Department of Technology’s Aviation Program. It was a tough decision to take a job with a salary that was less than half of his position at Neptune. After much prayer and consideration, he felt God was calling his family to WWU. He still continues to fly on fires during the summer as an Air Attack pilot, which gives him updated industry experience and stories for the classroom.
Robert Baumann is am retired, but work 3 days a week for the college in the Aviation Department as an Aircraft Mechanic. He has had his Mechanics license for 48 years, about half of that time -in the Aviation world. He enjoys the work very much.
He and his wife have raised their family which consists of 11 children and now 30 grandchildren so far.
"We've been more than blessed through the years and have no complaints."
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B.S.—Walla Walla University—2011
Philip was most recently employed with Compass Airlines as a First Officer before joining the WWU aviation team. Prior to working at Compass Airlines he was employed by Adventist Aviation Services in Papua New Guinea and served four years as a mission pilot.
Interesting Tidbit: Upon his return to the United States, Philip traveled west on the Trans Mongolian/Siberian Railroad touring China, Mongolia and Russia.
A&P/IA—Colorado Aero Tech—1976
Stan was most recently self-employed as the owner of Blue Ridge Aircraft Service in Walla Walla before joining the WWU aviation team. Prior to working at Blue Ridge Aircraft, he was employed by Computer Networking Service as a corporate pilot and mechanic. Prior to that, he was employed as shop foreman at Flightcraft in Seattle who was the Beechcraft dealer for the Northwest.
Interesting Tidbit: Stan grew up in the tropics, the son of missionary parents in Indonesia. He has traveled extensively throughout his life, even being rewarded with a tour of duty in Vietnam, courtesy of the taxpayer.
Photography: Seth Jurgensen