New York-New Jersey Section
2018-2020 NY-NJ Section Leadership
Shannon Osborne, Governor; Phyllis Kollar, Vice-Governor; Lisa Hotung, Treasurer; Natacha Martin, Secretary;
Frances Englund, Director; Janis Keown-Blackburn, Director; Rosanne Isom, Past Governor
Current NY NJ Section Leadership
Governor - Shannon Osborne
I solo’d a plane before I had a drivers license. With the many directions life takes you, I did not fly for nearly 20 years but in 2010 I earned my private pilot certificate. It may not have happened had it not been for the help with a few of my then new friends, the 99’s. I have been a member of the 99’s since 2004. It has been a privilege collaborating with many of the great ladies before me. One common thread I have seen from many is truly walking the talk and promoting women in aviation. A pilot is a person who takes charge. It is important to know that we may not all do things the same way, but to gain the perspective from the many accomplished pilots before us has made a real difference for me! I hope to be able to continue to learn and grow as a pilot and along the way share what I have learned with other aviators that have yet to visit our exciting skies.
Treasurer - Lisa Hotung
I have always loved flying. I wanted to be an astronaut as a young child, but changed my mind at the age of 10 when a real astronaut came to my classroom and described what life as an astronaut was like. My first ride in a GA aircraft was in my neighbor’s Piper Cherokee when I was about 12 years old. It was love at first sight! However, childhood dreams and aspirations have a tendency to change multiple times, as we allknow, and I did not pursue flying.
In 2010, I purchased a discovery flight at a school auction, and the flying bug was
unearthed again. After studying hard for 3 years with 4 different instructors and in 2
different airplanes, I earned my private pilot’s certificate in September of 2013. The help and encouragement I received from the 99s was invaluable! I then went on to earn my instrument rating in January of 2017. I currently own a 1975 Piper Cherokee 180 which I keep at Lancaster Airport, KBQR.
I have been a member of the 99s since 2011 and am currently serving as the Secretary of the WNY Chapter. I am also a member of AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) and EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) Chapter 46. I feel very
fortunate to be able to fly and to be a part of these wonderful groups. I hope to use my flying in a volunteer capacity in the future.
Director - Frances Englund
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to fly. In 1984 I accomplished my dream and earned my private pilot certificate. I flew off and on for about 5 years, and then I let other things in my life take precedence. I kept saying I was going to get “around to it” again, but it wasn’t until 2006 that I made good on that promise to myself. I joined the 99s in 2007 where I’ve been privileged to serve as Chapter Chairperson of the Finger Lakes Chapter, and as a Director, a member of the Nominating Committee and Treasurer of NY-NJ Section. I’ve enjoyed meeting other women who share my passion for the skies. It is these women who have encouraged me to make another dream a reality. I recently became an airplane owner when I purchased a Cessna 172. It is my hope and my intent to be that spark for another woman who is interested in flying.
Vice - Governor - Phyllis Kollar
I believe the privilege of earning a pilot’s license is one of the most rewarding and challenging accomplishments a person can achieve. Challenging, because there is no single or absolute formula for success. Each one of us learns differently, at our own pace. My mission is to promote and encourage our members to achieve their individual goals and excel in their own way, in their own time, on their own terms. I joined the New Jersey Chapter in 2002. My reasons for joining the Ninety-Nines were probably like yours — a need for camaraderie and support from other women facing many of the same challenges. As the years went by, I learned from some of the most amazing women, forged friendships that I hope will last forever and, most importantly, learned patience. I currently serve as the chapter chair for The New Jersey Chapter. Previously, I served for 8 years as Chapter treasurer. I fly a Cessna 182 based at Caldwell Airport. I hold a Commercial Pilot certificate, AMEL, ASEL, and an Instrument rating
Secretary - Natacha Martin
I grew up on Air Force bases and was always fascinated by the planes flying overhead. After earning my private pilot’s license in college and I did Commercial training at FlightSafety. I earned a Masters degree while working at Embry-Riddle and that began my career in higher education while I was raising my son. I am new to NY state and the Finger Lakes 99s and look forward to getting to know everyone.
Director - Janis Keown-Blackburn
Began flying in 1966. Current ratings: ATP, CFI, Commercial Glider, Flight Engineer Hours: 22,600 Career: Flight instructor: Marlboro Airport, Marlboro, NJ Airline Pilot: Princeton Airways/Summit Airlines/Sun Country Airlines/Eastern Air Lines/KIWI Int’l Airlines/Spirit Airlines. First woman pilot at Princeton/Sun Country (first and at that time only). First woman flight officer on the A300 in the United States. First woman Capt KIWI Int’l. First woman pilot to retire from Spirit. Currently free-lance flight instructing with Monmouth Area Flying Club. Volunteer: Monmouth Area Flying Club—president/NJ Aviation Education Council—president/NinetyNines (Garden State chapter)/ Women in Aviation/Belmar Women’s Club—president (starting in May)/ Belmar Environmental Commission chair/Member: Belmar Housing Commission/Advisory board— Aviation Dept, Mercer County College/Advisory board—Aviation Dept., Atlantic/Cape County College/ Civil Air Patrol/ EAA/ AOPA/ MAPA/ Previous: Belmar Town Council member (elected position)/Belmar zoning board member/Belmar town delegate to Belmar Council of Churches Awards: Alex DeCroce Medal for Excellence (2013)/ Inductee into NJ Aviation Hall of Fame (2015)/Inductee into Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School Distinguished Graduate Membership. Author: Teddy, the Airplane children’s book/Featured in Women at Work and LadyBirds Featured in Girl Scout training film on weather.
Past Governor - Rosanne Isom
I joined the Ninety Nines in 2005 and earned my Private Pilot License in 2009 with the help of my friends and mentors within the Ninety Nines organization.
I have always been an active Chapter participant and later served two terms as the Chapter Chair of the North Jersey 99's.
My husband and I own a Cessna 182 G1000, we fly to visit family and friends in Florida frequently. I love flying to our customers' sites - it sure beats driving 300 miles a day.