About Us

Board of Directors

Captain Mary McMillan
Executive Chair of the Board
Former VP Inmarsat; Airline Pilot

Captain Mary McMillan, is the President of Cashel Aviation, LLC, a company dedicated to the development and implementation of aviation safety and environmental strategies.   She retired as the Vice President of Aviation Safety and Operational Services for Inmarsat, Plc.  in July, 2018.   Prior to joining Inmarsat, she led the aviation safety and environmental divisions for Washington D.C. based TetraTechAMT and CSSI Inc., respectively.  She served as the independent safety advisor to the Airservices Australia Board of Directors in Canberra, Australia.  Before joining industry, Captain McMillan held several operational and managerial roles with United Airlines including pilot, standards captain, Director of Flight Safety (A) and Flight Operations Duty Manager.  Captain McMillan began flying in 1982 and has over 12,000 hours flight time.  She holds an Airline Transport Pilot’s license and is typed in multiple aircraft including DC-10, B747, B737, B757/B767 and Airbus 319/320.

Doug Marlin
Software Entrepreneur;
Marlin Ventures

Doug Marlin has been President of Marlin Ventures Inc., a Canadian-based consulting firm, since January 1997. Doug was previously President of JDA Software Ltd. from 1981 to 1996. He has served on the FLYHT board of directors since March 2003.

Paul Takalo
CPA, CA
Audit Chair

Paul Takalo is a Chartered Accountant who was employed with Grant Thornton from 1985 to 2005 and spent the last five years of his time there as Audit Partner. From November 2005 to January 2015 Paul held the position of Vice President, Finance and CFO with Standen’s Limited and a successor Limited Partnership. Paul has been on the FLYHT board of directors since May 2008.

Mike Brown
Partner, Nanaimo Law

Mike Brown is a lawyer with the firm of Geselbracht Brown and practices in the areas of Business Law, Real Estate Law, Wills & Estates and Civil Litigation. Mike is currently Chair of the Board of Governors of Vancouver Island University (V.I.U.) and was a strong leader in the logistical and legal challenges of the transition of V.I.U. from a university college to full university status. During that process he was instrumental in the creation and implementation of a governance process for the new V.I.U. and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal after being recommended by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) for his service to higher education in Canada. Within his community he has also been actively involved with the United Way, the Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival Society, Crime Stoppers, the Nanaimo Rotary Club and the Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce. Mike is a graduate of the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa. He has served on the FLYHT board of directors since March 2003.

Brent Rosenthal
Mountain Hawk
Capital Partners

Brent D. Rosenthal is the Founder of Mountain Hawk Capital Partners, LLC, an investment fund focused on small and micro-cap equities in the technology media telecom (TMT) and food industries. Mr. Rosenthal also serves as Chairman of the Boards of Directors of Comscore (NASDAQ:SCOR) and RiceBran Technologies (NASDAQ:RIBT). Previously, Mr. Rosenthal was a partner in affiliates of W.R. Huff Asset Management, where he worked from 2002 – 2016. Mr. Rosenthal also served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Rentrak (NASDAQ:RENT) from 2011 – 2016 and a Board Member from 2008 – 2016. Mr. Rosenthal joined the FLYHT Board in June 2020 and had served as an Advisor to the FLYHT Board since December 2019.

Nancy N. Young
Director
Ms. Young is the Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) at Gevo, Inc., leading the company’s sustainability, environmental, and scientific affairs as Gevo commercializes the next generation of bio-based renewable fuels, including sustainable aviation fuel. Immediately prior to joining Gevo, she was CSO for Alder Renewables. A globally recognized aviation, alternative fuels, environmental, and sustainability leader, Ms. Young served for over fourteen years as the Vice President of Environmental Affairs at Airlines for America ® (A4A). From 2015 through 2016, she served on the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Advisory Group for Sustainable Transport. Prior to joining A4A, Ms. Young was a Director/Partner at the law firm of Beveridge & Diamond, PC. She holds a BA from The College of William & Mary and a JD cum laude from Harvard Law School.
Peter Large
Westminster CO, USA

Dr. Large serves as Senior Vice President at global industrial technology company Trimble Inc (NASDAQ: TRMB), where he formerly served as Vice President. He previously held positions as a Research Solutions Strategist within Boeing’s Digital Solutions and Analytics Business and as a Director at Inmarsat plc in the Aviation Safety & Operational Services business. He holds an Ed.D with the Aviation and Space specialization from Oklahoma State University, an M.S. in Management from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and a BSc(Hons) from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne.