About

Board of Directors
Randle S. Corfman, President

Randy Corfman

Randy Corfman incorporates his love of aviation with his medical practice, flying to many locations in the Upper Midwest
to provide consultations and medical care, including MN, ND, SD, WI, MI, MT and Alaska. While his practice is primarily
involved with helping couples with reproductive problems conceive, he also serves as an Aviation Medical Examiner
(AME) in Minnesota. His special interest and training in wilderness and survival medicine, as well as aviation medicine
and approaches to keep pilots healthy and flying, places him as a frequent speaker at a variety of aviation conferences
and venues. Dr. Corfman hails from a farm in Kansas, near Wichita, where he watched airplanes flying overhead for
as long as he can remember. His home base is KANE in the Twin Cities, from whence he flies a Cessna T210 for his
medical practice and a super cub for “real flying”. Dr. Corfman is a member of Supercub.org, where he hosts a forum
called “Medical Matters”, dealing with common medical problems facing aviators. He is a 4500 hour multi-engine commercial,
instrument rated pilot, with single engine land seaplane and land ratings.
Randy Schoephoerster, Vice President

Randy is a tremendous asset to aviation in Minnesota.  He is the father of three great young adults, all of whom are very important to him.  He is an ATP MEL, ATP SEL, ATP SES, CFI, CFII, MEI and a Gold Seal Instructor.  He just completed terms as President of the Minnesota Seaplane Pilots Association, where he helped positively transform that organization.  He is a FAASTeam Lead Representative and Field Director for the National Seaplane Pilots Association.  He has over 10,000 hours flight time and over 2,000 hours seaplane time.  Randy is owner of Air Trek North Flight School and Maintenance with Minnesota locations at KLVN, KFCM and KSGS.  His formal education includes a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MBA in Marketing.  He has served as marketing director and engineering director for Emerson Electric, Inc.  He has served as a City Commissioner and was Vice President of the Minnesota Seaplane Pilots Association,before becoming President.
Mary Alverson, Secretary

Mary Alverson

Mary Alverson is a native Minnesotan, born in Duluth Minnesota. She is truly an adventurer, travelling around the world both personally and professionally, serving as a flight attendant for North Central Airlines, Northwest Airlines and DeltaAirlines for 38 years. Mary has gone on to distinguish herself flying professionally as a flight instructor and Captainfor New Mexico Airlines. She has earned her CFI, CFII, MEI ratings along with a single and multiengine sea class
ratings. Mary is the owner/operator of Wings Over Water Seaplane Training.

  • FAA Designated Examiner
  • FAA FAAST Representative
  • Field Director, Seaplane Pilots Association
  • President, Minnesota Seaplane Pilots Association 2009-2012
James Peterson, Treasurer

Jim Peterson

Jim Peterson, owner of Aware Financial, flies himself throughout the Upper Midwest providing rural clients with business
continuation and estate planning advice. He is an attorney and inactive CPA who specializes in both income and estate
taxation. Jim has a deep technical, but practical, background in dealing with family and closely held businesses,
particularly the family dynamics and estate planning implications surrounding a successful ownership transition.
His planning recommendations are implemented through his clients’ local accountants and attorneys. After several
childhood attempts at flying contraptions he designed and/or built himself, usually requiring physical or emotional
rehabilitation, he began flying certified airplanes in 1977. Jim is currently a pilot and board member with Wings
of Mercy, Minnesota. He is an instrument rated private pilot flying his Diamond DA40 out of KANE.
Michael Vivion

Mike Vivian

Mike soloed in 1969 and completed the requirements for his private pilot certificate in December of that year. After
being released from the military, Mike returned to the University of Montana, completing a degree in Wildlife Biology.
He subsequently worked for the US Fish & Wildlife Service as a Wildlife Biologist and Wildlife Biologist/Airplane
pilot for 31 years. Twenty nine of those years were spent in Alaska, where he worked airplanes on wheels, floats
and skis in many regions of Alaska in support of wildlife research and law enforcement operations. In December of
2005, he retired from FWS and accepted a job at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, teaching in the Aviation
programs there. In May of 2013, he retired (again) from the U of M system. Mike’s wife of 19 years is Gina Carolan
and the couple resides in Crookston with a 12 year old yellow lab named Bailey. Mike has owned the same Cessna 170
B for 18 years, and the airplane is hangared in Crookston.
Gregg Strathy

Gregg Strathy inherited his love of aviation from his father who, as a kid in the 1930’s, painted an arrow on the roof
of his home, directing pilots to the Minneapolis airport. Logging his first flight in the family Citabria at age fifteen
with his Dad as CFI, Gregg learned aerobatics as a teenager. Now with ratings including ATP, CFII, SES and sailplane,
Gregg is committed to the growth of aviation in all aspects. His family involvement in aviation includes his instrument
rated wife, Jan, and ATP rated son Bryan who flies with Sun Country Airlines.

Steve Thibault
 

Steve Thibault began flying at the age of 15. He attended the University of North Dakota, which is where he first began his flight instructing career. After graduating from UND, with aviation and business degrees, Steve returned to the Twin Cities and began instructing at the Anoka County Airport. Since then, Steve has made the training of pilots his profession. During his 37 years of flying and his 32 years of flight instructing, Steve has accumulated over 18,000 hours of flight time, provided more than 17,000 hours of flight instruction in airplanes and 2,000 hours of instruction in flight simulators, has given an unknown number of hours of ground instruction, and has flown over 100 different types of airplanes. Steve is the owner of FlightProficiency, a flight training company and co-owner of Sim Flite Minnesota, a simulator company located at the Anoka County Airport. In 2015, the FAA named Steve the “CFI of the Year” for the Great Lakes Region.

Jim Younggren

Jim Younggren

Jim Younggren is from Hallock, Minnesota. Jim’s love of flying began at an early age. He received his first airplane
ride at 8 years of age in a J-5 Cub and was hooked! He began working for a large aerial applicator as a senior in
high school and then when on to receive flight training and an A&P certificate. He received his Private Pilot
certificate in 1971, also holding an instrument rating. Careers have a way of changing directions and he spent the
next 35 years farming small grains and sugar beets in the Red River Valley. He and his wife, Betsy (a Kittson County
Commissioner), live on the family farm, purchased in 1975. Aviation has always been real passion of Jim’s. He owns
and flies a PA-20 Pacer, a PA-18 Super Cub and a C-182. He is proud to say that he flew the PA-20 to Barrow, AK in
2013! He spends his winters flying the PA-18, on skis, to Lake of the Woods to enjoy ice fishing. An Oshkosh regular,
Jim flies in and camps under the wing for the past 13 years. Jim has served on numerous Boards, including local Ag
Coops, Kittson County Soil & Water and the Red River Valley Sugar Beet Growers Assn. He currently serves on the
KHCO Airport Commission. He considers it to be a privilege and an honor to serve as on the Board of Directors of
the Minnesota Pilots Association.
Patrick Halligan
Patrick Halligan was born and raised in north Minneapolis.  He started his flying lessons at Anoka Airport with Jerry Wolfgram Jr. whose dad owned the flight school, soloing as a high school senior and then receiving his private pilot license.
Pat attended the University of North Dakota (UND) and graduated in 1976 with a B.S. B.A. and a major in aviation, graduating with his commercial and instrument ratings. He took his CFI training at IFT, located at the St. Paul Downtown Airport and worked as a flight instructor at the Beech Center at Flying Cloud and then went to work for Waldo Anderson at the University of Minnesota Flight School at Anoka Airport.

While teaching flying lessons at Anoka he was picked by the MN Air National Guard to attend pilot training. He spent a year at Reese Air Force Base in Lubbock, Texas and flew the T-37 and T-38. After graduation he returned to MN and flew the C-130 for the MN Air Guard, serving as a co-pilot and aircraft commander.

While flying for the Air Guard Pat was hired by Republic Airlines in 1980. Serving as a flight engineer, Convair 580 co-pilot and captain, DC-9 co-pilot and Northwest captain of an Airbus before retiring from with Delta Airlines, after going through the mergers with NWA and Delta.

For the past twenty years Pat has been involved with EAA Chapter 25 at the Airlake Airport. He was chapter president for 3 years back in the early 2000’s, helping turn the chapter into a well-financed organization. He remains on the chapter’s Board of Directors. He serves as banquet “chairman for life” and the scholarship committee leader having started 3 scholarships. Pat is one of three owners of a Pietenpol that is being built as a chapter project. Pat is serving his second, 3 year term on the MN Aviation Hall of Fame BOD, also serving as scholarship committee chairman.

Pat owned a hangar at the Airlake Airport, has owned a Cessna 172, 182 and was part owner of a Hawk XP on floats.  Pat has been a memberof the Prescott Flying Club where he flew a Cirrus. At the current time flies a 1978 BE-55 Baron.

Pat feels he would make a great board member because of his experience and passion for general aviation.  His military and airline experience is invaluable.  He has flown airplanes from J-3 Cubs to four engine machines, and he says he “loves them all!” He feels that his vast experience in aviation helps him key in on what Minnesota pilots want, and he loves aviation.  He feels the best testimony comes from his wife…”she says I love airplanes more than her.  It’s not true, but it is close.”