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Catherine Weber, Owner/Operator

Al Rice, Chief Flight Instructor


Chad Morris, Assistant Chief Flight Instructor


Kayla DeRuyter, Office Manager

Alisha Sweeney, Director of Student Services & TVCC Flight Coordinator

Anna Grachanin, Administrative Assitant

Janell Hoeppner, Office Assistant



Owner & Operator.


Kayla is Silverhawk Aviation Academy's Office Manager. A Boise native, Kayla is a lover of rescue animals, traveling, and food... specifically cake! Previously Kayla worked for a law office in San Diego after completing her bachelor's degree at Point Loma Nazarene University. Her favorite part about her job is working closely with local charities to provide donations on Silverhawk's behalf.


Alisha is Silverhawk's Director of Student Services & the Flight Coordinator for TVCC. She attended three universities, Seattle Pacific, Arizona State and the University of Idaho, where she received her BS in Advertising and Business. After a year of working abroad, Alisha moved back to Boise to work at Silverhawk. During her free time you can find Alisha with her fiancé, goldendoodle (and sometimes their cat) visiting hot springs, wineries, or traveling. 


A private pilot from Cleveland, OH, Anna has a hard time keeping her feet on the ground! She enjoys the feeling of an office setting, but her true love is in aviation and scuba diving. She previously worked at the Red Cross in Biomedical Services which fulfilled her desire to be in a humanitarian field. Anna is the Administrative Assistant and manages the front desk at Silverhawk! 


Silverhawk Office Assistant.


Certified Office Fluff. Beau has been meandering the Silverhawk hallways begging for food and looking for the perfect nap spot for years. He typically eats one kibble at a time, runs like a bunny, and leaves tastefully-placed "accidents" when his owners are away from home for too long. Recently, Beau attended a seminar on the future of digital media and aviation operations. Be sure to give him your card to talk strategy or to taste test treats.



Born in Winnemucca, Nevada, Al earned his private pilot certificate in 1969, and graduated from the US Army Flight School in 1972. Both his father and uncle were pilots, so naturally he followed in their footsteps, and was a US Army Aviator in the military. Al has years and years of experience flying both airplanes and helicopters along with 18 years in US Department of Interior Aviation Program. He is Silverhawk Aviation Academy's Chief Flight Instructor. 


Born and raised in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Chad is a father of two. He served in the Navy for 10 years as an Electronics Technician. He decided to learn how to fly after a Silverhawk  Christmas light tour and has found that his favorite part about his job are the sunsets and long cross countries through the mountains. Chad is Silverhawk Aviation Academy's Chief Aviation Flight Instructor. Fun fact about Chad-he's dual rated and he's vegan!


Kalan's a father of three from Fairbanks, Alaska. Before training at the Hawk, he was a network administrator and a mechanic. Kalan enjoys sharing the joy of flight with others and keeping up with his exotic parrots! His favorite aspect of being a CFI is seeing the world from a different perspective.  


Warren was born and raised in Potter Valley, California. He grew up working on ranches and soon graduated to seasonal firefighting while going to college. Warren knew he wanted to be in aviation when he began working on a helitack crew with California Fire. After three years with the California Fire team, Warren was hooked. After graduating from Silverhawk Aviation Academy, he became a CFI and now guides helicopter students towards their career goals.


Born in Pueblo, CO, and raised in Spearfish, SD, Brian has spent much of his time outdoors, hiking, biking and playing with his pup. A helicopter tour sparked his interest in aviation and since then he couldn't think about pursuing any other career. He used to work at an underground research facility before beginning his training at Silverhawk. In his off time Brian enjoys traveling and has ridden a camel, hugged a black bear and fed a full grown Barbary Lion.


Elena is a Helicopter CFI for Silverhawk Aviation Academy.


Raised in San Jose, CA, and Boise, ID, Liam is a fan of anything outdoors! He enjoys Jiu Jitsu and "nerding out" over aviation, movies and video games. He believes (and we do, too) that he has the coolest job in the world! "We have the opportunity to help other people reach their goals!"


Garyn was born and raised in Twain Harte, CA, near Yosemite. In his own words, "there's nothing better than being outside and traveling the world" and he has done just that. He's been to 16 different countries, was a part of the army, 1st Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment and loves to be face to face with the sky. Next adventure: Peru or Colombia!


Cody is a helicopter CFI.


Pete was born and raised in Twin Falls, Idaho. He and his wife Lynne have two sons and are soon to be grandparents! He spent 38 years in the USAF/Idaho Air National Guard, had five deployments to SW Asia. His interest in aviation began as a young boy and now he is the Lead Instructor and helps students reach their goals and succeed. A fun tidbit about Pete is walking around the world three times at the ceremonial South Pole in Antarctica!


Trey is a fixed wing CFI for Silverhawk Aviation Academy.


Ashton has loved aviation since childhood; he was obsessed with WWII aircraft, but his affinity for helicopters began after his first flight. He is a five year Marine Corp vet from Joplin, MO. He enjoys hiking in the Idaho wilderness, photography and the continuous excitement and challenge aviation brings the his life. 


Ryan is a fixed wing CFI.


As the third pilot in his extended family, John has loved all aspects of aviation for years. He is originally from Victor, a small mountain town in Idaho, and wishes he could stay airborne. "I love the idea of sharing my passion for this wonderful career."


Although Gabe grew up on a vineyard in Weaverville, California, he'll tell you that he's Silverhawk born and raised. 

As one of Silverhawk Aviation's Fixed Wing Certified Flight instructors, Gabe explores the skies above the Treasure Valley, showing students the ropes while cracking a few jokes along the way.


Matt was born and raised in Medford, Oregon and served in the United States Navy. During his service, as he was sitting in the back seat of the MH-605, he realized he wanted to be in the front - thus, his career in aviation began. Matt now is now a CFI for aspiring helicopter students at Silverhawk Aviation Academy. Hem claims he is the only red head in his family, however, Matt is one of two in the Silverhawk family.


Regis was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Regis has always been interested in aviation - he began fixed wing training at 16 but was unable to finish. After many years he decided to complete his training, move from Florida to Idaho, and set his career in motion. Regis is now a CFI for Silverhawk Aviation Academy where he guides students through the intricacies of flight training.


Along with working as a flight instructor, Alex is continuing his education in psychology, mathematics, and deaf studies. He is from Redding, CA, and served in the Marines. He states his "life revolves around work and personal development" and his favorite part about being a CFI is watching his students gain confidence and develop safe habits. Becoming a pilot has been a dream come true for Alex!


Bri is a Fixed Wing instructor from Yorba Linda, California. She enjoys hiking, biking, camping and watching airplanes take off. As a little girl, she wanted to be a pilot like her aunt. While she was a gate agent in Boise, a commuting pilot offered to take her on a discovery flight - she's been hooked ever since! A little know fact about Bri; she was a commercial fisherman in Dillingham, Alaska for a summer in college. She loves to watch students grow and become better pilots. Guiding them through training and helping them succeed drives her every day.


Born and raised in Weston, OR, Benjamin's passion for flying began in childhood. Before flight school he worked as an RN in medical/surgical care and post anesthesia care for over 12 years. When Ben isn't flying you can find him with his wife, golden retriever and cat, or outside skiing, whitewater kayaking and rafting - he's even kayaked off a 30' waterfall!


In 1986 Chris watched Top Gun for the first time. Since then he's been hooked on the idea of flying. A Southern California native, Chris retired from the police department and soon thereafter became a CFI. He has found he loves teaching and showing students the life as a poilot.



Shelby is the Head Mechanic and a helicopter CFI at Silverhawk Aviation Academy. Shelby used to fight forest fires on a helitack crew, and the helicopters were her favorite part of the job. She worked in group sales after college at a ski resort, but after two years of sitting at a desk, she wanted a change, and pursued a career with helicopters! 


Zach Banner is an aircraft mechanic with Silverhawk Aviation Academy.


Tom is an aircraft mechanic with Silverhawk Aviation Academy. 


Matt is an aircraft mechanic with extensive history, despite his young age. He grew up in Portland, OR, and Cave Creek, AZ, then enlisted into the Navy where he was an Avionics Technician. Before joining the maintenance team at Silverhawk he was a lifeguard, adventure guide, pizza curator, commercial electrician and A&P mechanic at Papillon Grand Canyon. He loves to scuba dive, hike, windsurf, and most other outdoor activities.  


Rusty is an aircraft mechanic with Silverhawk Aviation Academy.


A recent high school graduate from Notus, Austin started out as an intern at Silverhawk Aviation. After finding he enjoyed working with helicopter engines, he joined the maintenance team full-time. When he is not in the hangar, Austin enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, rock climbing and riding motorcycle. Austin loves country music and named his Honda Nighthawk motorcycle Rhonda!


Jack is an aircraft mechanic with Silverhawk Aviation Academy.