Faculty & Staff

Mark Bathurst

Mark Bathurst

Program Director
bathursm@lcc.edu

Mark Bathurst began his aviation career in 1973 as an Air Force pilot. He flew for over 22 years as a C-141 pilot, instructor pilot and flight examiner, amassing about 5000 total military flight hours, and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the Air Force Reserves. Concurrent with his Air Force career, he also flew as a commercial airline pilot for over 36 years, flying to all points of the world and amassed in excess of 15,000 flight hours. He possesses FAA Airline Transport Pilot ratings for the B-727, B-737, B-757, B-767, B-777, A-319, A-320 and L-300 aircraft. He also possesses a FAA Flight Engineer Turbojet rating with experience on the DC-8, L-1011, A-300 and B-727. One of the highlights of Mark’s airline career was his extensive participation in establishing the first FAA-approved Advanced Qualification Program for B-777 pilot training at his airline.

Jerry Foy

Jerry Foy

Laboratory Assistant
foyg@lcc.edu

Jerry Foy joined the Michigan National Guard in 1970, and in 1975 became an Aircraft Maintenance Technician for the Army Aviation Support Facility. Jerry spent an entire career working on military aircraft as a mechanic, quality control inspector, as well as a hazardous materials coordinator. He retired in 2006, as an aviation maintenance unit First Sergeant, and then worked at Barnes Aerospace. He is certificated by the FAA as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician and now serves as a Laboratory Assistant in the Lansing Community College Aviation Technology Program. One of Jerry’s favorite pastimes is restoring old cars.

Philip (Phil) Bacon

Phil Bacon

Laboratory Assistant
baconp@lcc.edu

Phil Bacon is a Laboratory Assistant who has over 40 years of combined flight and maintenance experience in the field of aviation. Phil holds an Associate's Degree in Avionics Technology and has a General Class Radiotelephone License with Radar endorsement issued by the Federal Communications Commission. Phil is also a FAA licensed Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic. In his spare time Phil enjoys flying gliders and antique powered aircraft.

Jose Aste

Jose Aste

Laboratory Technician
astej@lcc.edu

Jose attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Broward College where he obtained his Airframe & Powerplant Licenses, Avionics Certification, FCC Marine Radio Operator Permit, FCC General Radiotelephone License, and an Associate's degree in Aviation Maintenance Management. Jose has worked in different aspects of aviation including the airline industry and avionics repair station as an avionics bench test technician. Jose enjoys spending time with family, soccer and cooking.

Gene Comer

Gene Comer

Laboratory Inspector

Gene began his maintenance career at the age of 12 as a young helper at his Father's auto repair shop. Soon after graduation from High School, he left home to enter school to gain his A&P Certificate. He has owned his own business on two different occasions and has maintained a variety of aircraft from Piper Cubs to DC9's. Gene has worked in the management field of aviation over 30 years as a Director of Maintenance for a large 135 freight operation and as a manager for a large piston engine overhaul shop. Gene has over fifty years of hands on maintenance as well as management experience and 3,000 hours in a variety of aircraft.

Richard Wallace

Richard Wallace

Instructor
wallacr@lcc.edu

Richard Wallace is an FAA certified Aircraft Maintenance Technician who also holds an Inspection Authorization. He has over 30 years of experience working in the ever-changing aviation field. That experience includes four years in the United States Navy, 16 years in the United States Air Force, 17 years working for Lansing Community College as an Aircraft Mechanic / Inspector, and Instructor.

Todd Cotter

Todd Cotter

Instructor
cottert5@lcc.edu

Todd Cotter earned his FAA Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic License in 1990, his pilot's license in 1992 and his maintenance Inspection Authorization in 2002. His aviation journey started at a young age as his father was a military and civilian aircraft mechanic and also a pilot. Todd joined the Michigan Army National Guard in 1981 and was trained as a helicopter mechanic. He served 27 years as a full-time mechanic as well as a flight crew member on many different Army helicopters. Todd owns and operates a small fixed base operation that manages and maintains a fleet of general aviation aircraft. He is a very active pilot and spends time flying a variety of airplanes. Todd also enjoys flying with his family.

Pat Dewitt

Pat Dewitt

Instructor
dewittp3@lcc.edu

Pat DeWitt started his 43 year aviation career at Francis Aviation in Lansing in 1971. Pat retired from the Navy in 2003 where he was an airframe mechanic, Flight Engineer flying on P-3 Orion's (sub hunters) and a parachute rigger. Pat has worked for Kalitta Air, on Boeing 747 cargo aircraft, and for Fargo Jet Center, in Fargo, North Dakota, as a member of an eight man maintenance team working on corporate aircraft. Pat also worked standby maintenance for all the major airlines and attended Beechcraft King Air School where he completed service training with all of the air carriers flying into Fargo. During his free time, Pat enjoys traveling in his camper, fishing and also container gardening.

Jennifer Fenning

Jennifer Fenning

Professional Support
boakj3@lcc.edu

"Hi! My name is Jennifer Fenning, and I started taking classes and working at Lansing Community College the summer after I graduated high school. Like many LCC employees, as I completed school, more job opportunities opened up for me. LCC gave me the opportunity to take interest classes to figure out what degree I wanted to pursue while saving money. I completed the 3+1 program in Business Administration with Northwood University at the University Center. GO TIMBERWOLVES! The best part about my job is the connection I am able to make with students!"

"In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family. We are huge Michigan State fans!"

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