Leadership

D. Andrew Ferguson | Vicki Koziol | Henry Billingsley | Paul Koziol | John Wiitala | Joycelyn Harrison, Ph.D.

D. Andrew Ferguson

President

D. Andrew Ferguson and business partner Douglas McConnell founded PHASTAR Corporation in the Fall of 2010. In 2011 Mr. Ferguson was appointed as President and CEO and is responsible for the overall direction and operations of the corporation.

Prior to the launching of PHASTAR, Mr. Ferguson served as the Aviation Manager for MetroHealth System’s Metro Life Flight program, where he oversaw the day-to-day operations of Metro’s four aircraft and thirty-four aviation staff. Metro Life Flight, transporting approximately 2000 patients annually, has experienced significant changes in recent years. As Aviation Manager, Mr. Ferguson was also responsible for the strategic planning and vision of the aviation operations, including development and implementation of the program’s new basing plan, assisting with the development of an RFP for the hospital to select a new aviation vendor, aircraft and aviation vendor transition planning and implementation, and the development of Instrument Flight infrastructure to allow increased weather capabilities. Prior to serving as the Aviation Manager, Mr. Ferguson flew as a line pilot for Life Flight.

Mr. Ferguson grew up in Northeast Ohio, and has a demonstrated, life-long commitment to serving this community and realizing excellence in aeronautics and public safety. He joined his local fire department as a volunteer during his junior year at University School, and has served as a firefighter for more than two decades. Mr. Ferguson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, a Masters of Public Health degree from Cleveland State University with graduate certificate in Emergency and Disaster Management, and is a certified firefighter/EMT and Rescue Technician. Mr. Ferguson is an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) and Certified Flight Instructor (CFI/CFII) in helicopters and has been flying since 1989, when he first strapped into a small two-seat Cessna in Portage County, Ohio.

Mr. Ferguson and Mr. McConnell started working together in 2004 at DougMac Air Limited, a Helicopter Air Carrier providing Helicopter Charter and Electronic News Gathering (ENG) services, where Mr. Ferguson served as director of operations. Through their combined sixty plus years of experience in Northern Ohio’s aviation industry, Mr. Ferguson and Mr. McConnell gained tremendous insight into what produces success in the skies above Northeast Ohio.  Their vision promises to bring about positive changes in Northeast Ohio, specifically the areas of  public health, public safety, education, aerospace and maritime.

Vicki Koziol

Treasurer

Co-founded the Discover Aviation Center (DAC) in January 2013 as a part of the PHASTAR family, and joined the PHASTAR Corp. Board of Directors.  DAC operates out of a hangar at the Lorain County Regional Airport in Elyria.

Henry Billingsley

Board Member

Mr. Billingsley, a retired Attorney at Law Proctor in Admiralty, serves as a board member for PHASTAR Corporation.

Paul Koziol

Board Member

Co-founded the Discover Aviation Center (DAC) in January 2013 as a part of the PHASTAR family, and joined the PHASTAR Corp. Board of Directors.  DAC operates out of a hangar at the Lorain County Regional Airport in Elyria.

Mr. Koziol is also a Pilot for Express Jet.

John Wiitala

Board Member

John Wiitala, is the VP Engineering for United Airlines. He joined the PHASTAR Board of Directors on October 15, 2020, representing United Airlines.

Joycelyn Harrison, Ph.D.

Board Member

Joycelyn Harrision is the Associate Dean of the College of Aeronautics and Engineering at Kent State University. Dr. Harrison joined the PHASTAR Board of Directors on December 11, 2020.