Our Team

Our Leadership Team

For over 20 years, Dawn Cook has been fulfilling her dream and living out her passion as a pilot. Her journey started in 1998, at a small airport in Virginia and she has never looked back. In 2002, she received a bachelors degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Daytona Beach Campus), with a minor in Psychology. She also graduated with her Instrument, Commercial-Multi, CFII-MEI ratings and countless students that had successfully passed their flight exams.

Dawn graduated just after the tragedy of September 11th, which meant opportunities to fly were few and far in between. Nevertheless, she persevered and found flight instructor positions that allowed her to cross the country. After a few years of teaching in Arizona, Virginia and Georgia, she decided to truly build her time and experience by choosing to fly cargo. For sometime, she flew single-pilot, multi-engine cargo… at night. This was a wonderful opportunity. Flying cargo at AirNet Systems allowed her to learn several different aircraft types, navigate across several states and experience various weather systems all in one day.

In 2004 she took the opportunity to begin to finally fly jets. She was hired at PSA Airlines and flew the CRJ-200 and CRJ-700 series. Complex systems, new locations, dual crew and a new company were a great match for Dawn. She built her time quickly, which often required her to change bases and fleets. But, this didn’t matter. She loved flying and was determined to make it to the major airlines. In 2006, a friend mentioned that Spirit Airlines was hiring. This would give Dawn the chance to not only obtain a new type rating, but more so she would have the opportunity to fly to busier airports and international destinations. At the same time, Dawn had applied for the Women in Aviation Type Rating Scholarship, sponsored by Delta Air Lines. She was hired by Spirit and won the scholarship in the same week. It was amazing. But, being that she had already given Spirit her word to start a class in a few weeks, she felt it only right to allow another woman to take her scholarship. There are few things that Dawn Cook values more than integrity. She felt it only right to allow Delta to present her scholarship to another woman that could accept its benefits. She turned the offer down and started at Spirit as promised. Dawn enjoyed her time at Spirit Airlines. She was able to travel to countless new cities and loved the Airbus!

Anusha Gregory is a devoted wife, mother, and an integral part of FAST’s success. After a year of completely transforming FAST’s Scholarship Program as the Scholarship Committee Chair she was asked to take on the additional role as Secretary. Anusha was recently a Captain on a Sabreliner 65 for a Part 91 operator but due to the pandemic her flight department had to close their doors. She has over a decade’s worth of experience flying and managing sensitive government contracts and prior to that she flew for a fractional ownership company. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle. Anusha has been the recipient of multiple scholarships including Women in Corporate Aviation’s Citation Ultra Type Rating Scholarship and Women in Aviation’s Individual Achievement Award. Outside of flying she enjoys snowboarding and horseback riding. She lives in northern Virginia with her husband, who is a Captain for Delta Air Lines, and their daughter Ali.

“I first joined FAST thinking it was ‘just’ a female pilot Facebook group but it is so much more than that. Every day in aviation we as women experience moments that can make us feel alone, different, unnatural and what I love about FAST is that at that moment, in any place in the world, you can go to FAST and have the support of over 13,000 women who are there to connect with you and affirm your place in aviation.”

Although she was 28 before she knew what she wanted to do, or even knew what it was to be an aviatrix, Melissa absolutely loves what she gets to do for a living! After getting her certifications, she was a CFI and flew for the Georgia Forestry before getting hired with PlaneSense. Melissa flew the PC12 for 3 and a half years before moving to XOJET where she was first typed on the Hawker 800XP. For the past 9 years Melissa has been flying the Citation X where she is now a Standards Captain and recruiting representative for the company as well as an active member of XOJET’s Care team. Helping to encourage more females to be part of this exciting and rewarding career is very fulfilling and Melissa is proud to hold a seat on the Board of Directors of FAST. When her friend and former flight instructor Dawn Cook approached her to help further this group of female aviators, Melissa was happy to be able to help however she could! The future looks very bright for this powerful group of empowered women!

Amy is a graduate of Purdue University with a degree in Aviation Flight Technology. She spent seven and a half years at Atlantic Southeast Airlines and in 2006 was fortunate enough to be hired by FedEx Express. Amy now flies the B777 as a First Officer internationally and is a mother of two wonderful children whom she is very proud of.

Amy is on the FAST Board of Directors and serves as the Events Chair. As the Events Chair, she gets to plan the Summits we hold nationwide, increasing the opportunities for our FAST sisters to connect, network and bond. FAST appealed to Amy simply because she loved the idea of being able to share experiences and bond with other women who were, are or will be on the same path as she. Regardless of where we are on our path, we all have something to share, grow and learn from.

Born and raised in England Abigail spent much of her childhood at her granddad’s house which overlooked Heathrow Airport. She and her sister would run outside when they felt the rumble of Concorde, and from here, her passion blossomed. Following her passion for flight, Abigail studied at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where she received most of her flight ratings and both a bachelors and master’s degree. Abigail was a flight instructor and Check Airman there for about 3 years before making the jump for some Part 135 flying and then onto PSA Airlines. Abigail is now at United Airlines flying the B757/B767 series aircraft, ironically back to the same airport where her passion was born all those years ago.

FAST has always been a guide, an outlet, and a valuable resource for Abigail. To be involved at this level is very rewarding. Edith Piaf said it best, “when you’ve reached the top, send the elevator back down for the others”. However, success looks to you, Abigail truly hopes that FAST can be that medium for you!

Growing up in San Diego near Miramar (home of Top Gun) Carly saw jets from an early age and when a Top Gun pilot came to her school in 3rd grade to talk about flying, she knew what she wanted to be when she grew up. Though it was a round about education, switching schools and majors, becoming a pilot was always the end goal. After graduating from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Az, she also found a love of instructing. Though she moved on to the Part 121 world at Atlantic Coast Airlines (which became Independence Air), she never let her instructor rating lapse.

The F-word (furlough) came sooner than she thought in 2004 and Carly decided to try the Part 135 world for a company just outside Minneapolis, Mn. However, 2005-06 proved to be an exciting time of getting married to the love of her life, moving to Arizona, and returning to flight instructing. Oxford Aviation Academy in Goodyear, Az proved to be a great company with some amazing people. However, in 2009 after having the most adorable baby boy ever, she and her husband decided to move back to Minneapolis to ensure her husband would no longer have to commute to his job at Northwest Airlines (now Delta). This also gave Carly the opportunity to stay home for two years with their son. During that time, she was able to see how much she missed working, even though time with her kiddo was amazing. As this was just after the Great Recession, flying jobs were hard to come by. By happenstance a local company, Aerosim, was hiring pilots to help create computer-based courseware for airlines and colleges. The best of both worlds: a 9-5 job, but still in aviation. The next five years flew by, though that flying bug never went away. With some amazing support from friends, she got current and applied at SkyWest Airlines and hasn’t looked back. Having been home based in Minneapolis her entire career has been wonderful. Initially flying the CRJ 200, 700, and 900, she transitioned over to the E-175 after 2 ½ years.

Without a doubt, FAST has been the impetus for returning to flying for Carly. Being inspired by all the women on FAST who share stories, support one another, and truly “get it”, she would not be back flying. Being on the Board of FAST and being able to help others is an absolute gift. She is in awe of this group and cannot wait to see how the world of aviation is changed by these women.

Bebe started her aviation career following graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. She spent 9 years active duty flying the T-38 Talon and C-141 Starlifter and another 15 years in the Air Force Reserves. Upon getting hired at United, Bebe was an instructor in the B747. She also flew the B737, 757, 767 as well and served as a Line Check Airman on the B737. Bebe spent several years in and out of Flight Operations management as a Chief Pilot in Denver and the Houston bases as well as the System Chief Pilot. She retired from United Airlines in 2020 as a Captain on the A319/320. Bebe’s husband, Jim, is a pilot for American Airlines and they have four children. Besides spending time with family and friends, they enjoy golf, tennis, and travel. She is excited to be a part of this fantastic group to support women aviators.

Nancy Barteczko is an Airbus 319/320 Captain for United. She has flown the Boeing 757, 767 and 787 Dreamliner prior to the Airbus. She currently flies primarily throughout United’s domestic US network as well as Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. She has worked in management roles in Flight Operations as a Flight Manager, and most recently as a Flight Operations Duty Manager on the Network Operations floor. Nancy is very passionate about the future pilot hiring for United, and participates as a Pilot Interview Captain conducting the Technical Skills Assessment for new hire pilot interviews. Nancy has a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Professional Flight, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Purdue University, and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, their son Aiden, and their dog Bailey, boating on Green Lake in Wisconsin, and trying new restaurants in Chicago.

“No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.”

~ Amelia Earhart