Faculty and Staff


Office: 1203 AEC
Phone: (269) 964-4579
Fax: (269) 964-6473

Beth Beaudin-Seiler

Research Associate

Beth M. Beaudin-Seiler has been working at the College of Aviation at Western Michigan University since 1999 in a variety of positions and began her researching role by trying to understand correlations between cognitive ability and success in the flight training program at Western Michigan University. In 2005 accepted job responsibilities as a research associate for a multi-million dollar grant project funded by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation with matching funds from Battle Creek Unlimited and The Forest Park Foundation. Beth continues to work on research in the areas of flight training and identifying markers of success in the program at WMU; safety reporting systems; unmanned aerial vehicles and the integration with general aviation air traffic control; and other research initiatives. Beth earned her Associates Degree in Business as a Para-legal from Lansing Community College in 1995; a Bachelor of Arts in Interpersonal Communications and Criminal Justice from Western Michigan University in 1999; a Masters in Public Administration from Western Michigan University in December, 2006 and is currently enrolled in the Public Affairs and Administration PhD program through Western Michigan University with an expected graduation date of April 2013.

Office: Dean's Office
Phone: (269) 964-4592
Fax: (269) 964-4676

Dace Copeland

Business Manager

Dace is a 1976 (BS Elementary Education/Music) and 1996 (MA Teaching in the Elementary School) graduate of Western Michigan University. She has worked at the university since 1982 holding positions in the Department (now School) of Communication, Department of Industrial Technology and Education (later Department of Engineering Technology), the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences dean's office, the Provost's Office, Extended University Programs Dean's office and most recently the College of Aviation. The balance of her employment with Western has been in the role of business manager. Dace is of Latvian descent, and her free time is spent on her "other life", which includes various long standing volunteer positions in the Latvian community in Kalamazoo as well as on the international level. Dace is the recipient of the Cross of Recognition conferred on her by the Republic of Latvia. The Cross of Recognition is awarded for outstanding patriotism and achievements for the good of the nation, society, culture, science, sports and education and include loyal and dedicated civil service or work in local authorities, exemplary and honest performance of work, public service, strengthening of the national spirit, volunteerism or economic development.

Office: AEC
Phone: (269) 964-7767
Fax: (269) 964-6475

Karen Dean

Administrative Assistant to the Faculty Chairman & Special Events Coordinator

Karen has over 20 years of experience as an executive secretary/administrative assistant. On March 31, 1999, she began her career at WMU on main campus in Kalamazoo as the Operations Coordinator for Study Abroad in the Office of International Affairs. Karen transferred to the College of Aviation in Battle Creek a year later. She performs administrative duties for the faculty chairman and members of the faculty, coordinates special events, and is the building coordinator for the education center. Prior to coming to WMU, she worked as an Administrative Assistant for 12 years at the Kellogg Company. Karen maintains a 4.0 grade point average at Kellogg Community College where she has taken secretarial and computer classes. She also holds a Certification in Information/Word Processing from Argubright Business College and has attended over 20 professional development courses. Feel free to make Karen your initial contact for information about the college, for tours, etc., and she will be happy to assist you.

Office: AFO
Phone: (269) 964-9450
Fax: (269) 964-4676

Linda Dillon

Office Coordinator

Linda Dillon joined the College of Aviation in December 2005. She currently holds the position of Office Associate. Prior to coming to the COA, she was employed by a major airline in their flight operations office, as well as in customer service. She also has many years of experience as a legal assistant and travel agent. Linda resides with her husband, Bob, in Battle Creek. They have 2 grown daughters.

Office: Dean's Office
Phone: (269) 964-4544
Fax: (269) 964-4676

Tracey Kauppila

Administrative Assistant to the Dean

Tracey began her career at WMU as Compensation Coordinator in the Department of Human Resources in September of 1995. In July of 2000, Tracey went on to serve as Executive Assistant to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. In February of 2004, Tracey accepted the Administrative Assistant to the Dean position at her favorite WMU college. Having a great love for aviation, and being a resident of Battle Creek, the long awaited opportunity to serve in the College of Aviation could not be disregarded. Tracey enjoys the many opportunities to meet and work with various Battle Creek community leaders, potential students and their families, and the faculty, staff and students of the University. Her responsibilities also include assisting in coordination of special events, such as the annual cookout during the Field of Flight Air Show, community events, and VIP visits to the college. However, her primary responsibility is providing administrative support to the Dean and Associate Dean.Prior to coming to WMU, Tracey also worked for almost seven years at the University of Michigan. First, in the Law Library, then in the Department of Anesthesiology at the U of M Medical Center. Tracey is always available to you, should you have any questions or need assistance.

Office: LaserGrade Testing Center
Phone: (269) 964-5073
Fax: (269) 964-6473

RoseElla Lyke

Testing Center Coordinator

Ms. RoseElla P. Lyke is the Coordinator for Testing Services and Spirit Shop Coordinator for the College of Aviation at Western Michigan University. Ms. Lyke her received Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University in 2009. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Management Organizational Development from Spring Arbor University in 2001. Ms. Lyke also has an Associate degree in Business Administration from Davenport University (AKA as Davenport College). Ms. Lyke is very involved with The United Way Campaign and the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. She has participated with the Kalamazoo County Chamber of Commerce Liberty Speakers.

Office: 2210 Kohrman
Phone: (269) 387-0672
Fax: (269) 387-0355

Leisa Perry

Kalamazoo Campus Office Associate

Leisa began working in the aviation department during the summer of 1983. She has been an active participant in the growth of the college from a department within the College of Engineering & Applied Sciences to its present status as a stand alone college. During her lengthy tenure, Leisa has occupied many positions such as dispatcher, scheduler, administrative assistant to the faculty chair, and assistant to the business manager. Currently she is located in the college's main office on campus at 2210 Kohrman Hall. She provides administrative support for the director of advising, the campus faculty, and cheerfully assists students with their questions and concerns when they call or drop by the office.

Office: Dean's Office
Phone: (269) 964-6653
Fax: (269) 964-4676

Dave Powell

College of Aviation Dean

Dave is a 1975 graduate of Arizona State University. He entered active duty military service in the Air Force upon graduation. At separation from the Air Force, he was a member in both the Air Force Reserves and the Air National Guard flying the A-10 and A-7. In 1986 he went to United Airlines and in the Domicile structure he was a Flight Manager, Assistant Chief Pilot, and Instructor Chief Pilot at Chicago O’Hare Airport. He was also the Chief Pilot at Miami International Airport and San Francisco International Airports. In August 2003 Dave was hired by Western Michigan University’s College of Aviation to be the Assistant Dean and Director of Operations. In July 2007, Dave was appointed to serve as Interim Dean until the Dean appointment was made official in July of 2008.

Office: Dispatch AFO
Phone: (269) 964-4773
Fax: (269) 964-4364

Annie Quardokus

Manager of Aviation Dispatch and Scheduling

Annie has been with the College of Aviation since 1999. She began as an Admin Asst to the Chief Ground Instructor for the International Pilot Training Centre. In September 2002, Annie began working as the Scheduler for Flight Operations. She was key in the implementation of ETA (Education and Training Administration) and currently serves as the System Administrator. Over the last few years, Annie has worked diligently on training and expanding the knowledge base necessary to keep ETA running smoothly. Annie is currently working towards her Bachelor’s degree in Aviation Science and Administration from Western Michigan University.

Office: 1219 AEC
Phone: (269) 964-8020
Fax: (269) 964-6473

Raymond Thompson

Associate Dean

Dr. Thompson has been affiliated with aviation and aerospace education since 1981, specifically aircraft technical education, advanced composite materials, and airline maintenance management. Currently, Dr. Thompson is associate dean of the College of Aviation at Western Michigan University (WMU). Primary responsibilities include curriculum, development of graduate programs, increasing college research, assessment, accreditation and strategic planning. Prior to joining WMU in November 2009, Dr. Thompson was Program Manager of Aerospace at Khalifa University of Science, Technology, and Research (KUSTAR), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. His duties included the establishment and accreditation of aerospace related programs for the fall 2009 inaugural class. During the 2007-2008 academic year, he was Founding Dean of the College of Aero & Astro Sciences at Dubai Aerospace Enterprise University (DAEU) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. At DAEU, Dr. Thompson oversaw the development of new programs in aviation, aerospace, and engineering science as well as building the underlying structure at this new university. Previously at Purdue University, Indiana, United States, he developed numerous courses and associated instructional materials. As founder of the AOT Advanced Composite Laboratory, he oversaw the most comprehensive applied aviation composite program in the United States. Named the "ATEC National Outstanding Aviation Maintenance Educator of the Year" in 1993, and Outstanding Tenured Professor in 1999, 2001, and 2006 due to his development of applied composite education and airline maintenance management, he has also designed and fabricated numerous projects such as an experimental holder for a NASA shuttle Get-away Special project, Purdue Solar Racer, and SAE Formula Car. Interdisciplinary and Industrial outreach activities include joint coursework and projects with Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering, SAE, SME, ASM, and numerous air carriers. Dr. Thompson led the Aeronautical Technology (aerospace maintenance & manufacturing) area from 1997 - 2003 and has served as both Assistant (1996-2005) and Associate Department Head (2005-2007) of Aviation Technology at Purdue University - West Lafayette, and Director at the Indianapolis Statewide location (2003-2005). His responsibilities included curriculum, administration of all technical programs, departmental assessment, and student services such as placement, recruiting, and administration of the AT Advising Center. Dr. Thompson's research areas include aviation maintenance faculty development, using technology and multimedia in the classroom, applied advanced composite technology, and airline maintenance management.

College of Aviation
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5314 USA
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