Meet the Pilots

PreFlight has an all-women staff of highly trained and decorated military veteran and civilian pilots, creating an inspiring atmosphere that forms the backdrop of the PreFlight Aviation Camp experience.

Please send us an email if you are interested in serving as a volunteer, camp counselor, or mentor. All camp counselors must be at least 18 years of age and it is preferred to at least be enrolled in an aviation flight training program.

Liz Duca
PreFlight Founder and President
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Liz Duca is a veteran and former United States Air Force Senior Pilot, with over 3,000 hours flying the KC-10A, C-21A, T-1A and T-6A, as well as various general aviation aircraft, and served four tours overseas flying combat missions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. Additionally, Liz is an Airbus-321 pilot for Hawaiian Airlines and holds the following FAA certificates and ratings:

  • Airline Transport Pilot Certificate, Airplane Multi-Engine Land
  • Commercial Airplane Single-Engine Land/Single-Engine Sea

Liz earned a Masters degree in Military Operational Art and Science from Air University and graduated Cum Laude from Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geographic Information Science. In her free time, Liz enjoys taking hula lessons, hiking, and exploring the outdoors.

Kristen Franke
PreFlight Co-Founder and Vice President

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Kristen is a Major in the United States Air Force Reserve, where she serves as a C-17A pilot at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, WA. She is a veteran with over 3,000 hours flying the C-17A, T-1A and T-6A, as well as various general aviation aircraft, and served overseas flying combat missions in Afghanistan, Kuwait and Iraq. Additionally, Kristen is Boeing-717 pilot for Delta Air Lines and holds the following FAA certificates and ratings:

  • Airline Transport Pilot Certificate, Airplane Multi-Engine Land
  • Commercial Airplane Single-Engine Land

Kristen earned a Masters degree with honors in Sports Studies from United States Sports Academy and graduated from William Woods University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She is actively involved in her community as a member of Women in Aviation International. In her free time, Kristen hikes, works out and enjoys doing anything outside in the Pacific Northwest.

Dawn Blumberg
PreFlight Vice President

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Dawn Blumberg is a Major in the Montana Air National Guard, where she serves as a C-130H Instructor Pilot. She is a veteran with over 2,000 hours flying the C-130H, T-44 and T-6A aircraft, and served four tours overseas flying combat missions in Afghanistan, Kuwait and Iraq. Additionally, Dawn is a U.S. Forest Service Firefighter Pilot and holds the following FAA certificates and ratings:

  • Airline Transport Pilot Certificate, Airplane Multi-Engine Land
  • Commercial Airplane Single-Engine Land
  • Certified Flight Instructor Certificate, Airplane Multi-Engine/Instrument Airplane

Dawn earned a Masters degree in Early Elementary Education through Trident University International and graduated from the United States Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Humanities. She is actively involved in her community as a member of Women in Aviation International. In her free time, Dawn volunteers for her local women and family shelter and works as a Cross-Fit Instructor.

Erika Skypeck
PreFlight Treasurer

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Erika Skypeck is a Major in the United States Air Force Reserve, where she serves as a KC-135R Instructor Pilot. She is a veteran with over 3,000 hours flying the KC-135R, T-1A and T-6A, as well as various general aviation aircraft, and served multiple tours overseas flying combat missions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. Additionally, Erika is a Boeing-737 pilot for United Airlines and holds the following FAA certificates and ratings:

  • Airline Transport Pilot Certificate, Airplane Multi-Engine Land
  • Commercial Airplane Single-Engine Land

Erika earned a Masters of Business Administration in Conflict and Negotiation Management from TUI University and graduated from the United States Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management. She is actively involved in her community as a member of Women in Aviation International. In her free time, Erika enjoys being outdoors, cycling and skiing. She hopes to one day serve as a ski instructor and work with blind and disabled skiers.

Nancy Hultgren
PreFlight Secretary

Nancy Hultgren is an Airbus-320 pilot for Delta Air Lines and is based in Salt Lake City. She has a civilian flying background and has worked as a flight instructor, contract pilot, intern simulator instructor, and regional airline pilot. With over 8,000 hours and 8 type ratings, Nancy also holds the following certificates and ratings:

  • Airline Transport Pilot Certificate, Airplane Multi-Engine Land
  • Commercial Airplane Single-Engine Land
  • Certified Flight Instructor Certificate, Airplane Single/Multi-Engine/Instrument Airplane
  • Advanced Ground Instructor

Nancy graduated Summa Cum Laude from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Airway Science and a minor in Business. She is a participant and volunteer at Women in Aviation International events and conferences. Nancy’s favorite pastimes include traveling, running, reading, and exploring her home state of Colorado.