About the Team
Meet the crew hard at work to further the mission of the CAF Red Tail Squadron!
Doug Rozendaal has worn many hats since the humble beginnings of the CAF Red Tail Squadron. He has served as project leader, Squadron leader, P-51C Mustang pilot and Squadron coordinator, and has been a member of the CAF since 1989. His leadership has played a pivotal role in the formation and ongoing success of the Squadron and its mission. He paved his own way to a career in aviation and has logged more than 10,000 hours in the air flying more than 170 different types of aircraft. As a certified warbird pilot, he has flown a P-51 Mustang, Corsair, Hellcat, Wildcat, P-40, TBM, Zero, DC-3, PBY Catalina, BT-13, T-6, T-28 trainers, as well as the CAF’s B-25 bomber Miss Mitchell. Rozendaal is the owner of PetroBlend, an independent lubricant blender and distributor of automotive, heavy duty, agricultural and industrial lubricants.
Since 2006, United States Air Force veteran LaVone Kay has managed the core activities of the CAF Red Tail Squadron, including program development, fundraising, marketing, merchandizing and customer support. Beginning with the CAF Minnesota Wing, where the CAF Red Tail Squadron was born, she played a leading role in coordinating the fundraising to initially restore the P-51C Mustang Tuskegee Airmen, and was the Marketing Committee Chairman of the Wings of Freedom Air Show. LaVone is also the cofounder of Voila! Media Group, a full service multimedia and marketing company, specializing in executive management, sales, marketing, project management, creative direction and design. LaVone is passionate about the Squadron’s mission and has enjoyed the privilege of working closely with original Tuskegee Airmen as the program has grown.
Senior Logistics Coordinator
Kristi Younkin is a longtime CAF Red Tail Squadron volunteer. As a project management and process improvement professional, she brings leadership acumen as well as a passion for aviation to her role as Senior Logistics Coordinator. Kristi holds a private pilots license, has experience organizing air shows, is a volunteer with the CAF B-29 Squadron and manages public relations for Younkin Airshows, in which her husband Matt flies an aerobatic routine in a Twin Beech.
RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit Tour Managers
Terry and Jeanette Hollis
For 9 months out of the year, husband and wife team Terry and Jeanette Hollis are on the road, transporting the inspirational RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit mobile theater not only to air shows, but many of off-tarmac events, including schools, museums and community events. They seamlessly ensure the safe delivery, set-up and showing of the Traveling Exhibit and make sure that guests get the most out of their experience. Prior to joining the CAF Red Tail Squadron, Terry and Jeanette were transporting the Negro Leagues Baseball Tour, part of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, and were excited to join the CAF Red Tail Squadron in 2011 to support its mission. Hailing from Alabama and Mississippi, the Hollis’ understand how the history of the Tuskegee Airmen played a large role in the area where they are from, and are proud to be a part of the Squadron’s unique educational outreach effort.
In her years on the road volunteering with the CAF Red Tail Squadron, Melanie has had the opportunity to make fond memories, kindle new friendships and meet some outstanding celebrities – original Tuskegee Airmen! She was inspired to dedicate her volunteer time to the Squadron after visiting the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit. Her “day job” as a field adjudicator in the insurance industry keeps her busy, but she finds time to dedicate her volunteer service to the Squadron. Melanie holds a private pilots license and loves to travel and meet new people from all walks of life.
P-51C Mustang Tuskegee Airmen Pilots
CAF Red Tail Squadron P-51C pilot and former Squadron Leader Brad Lang has a unique distinction – he is the son of an original Tuskegee Airman. The influence of his father’s military service along with his fascination with the sport of model aviation and seeing an airshow as a young person drove Lang to pursue his a private pilot’s license. He is a graduate of Beloit College and Purdue University’s aviation program. Lang’s professional experience includes serving as a flight instructor before moving on to the airlines, and he currently flies with Delta Air Lines. He joined the CAF after competing at the National Aerobatics Championship and shifting his volunteer service to honoring the history and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, serving with the Squadron since its inception.
Influenced by his father’s service in the Navy and affinity for aviation, CAF Red Tail Squadron P-51C Mustang pilot Alan Miller grew up around airplanes, and decided to make a career of it. His professional experience has encompassed being a certified flight instructor, flying freight, giving air tours and piloting commercial aircraft with the airlines. He is currently an international pilot for Delta Air Lines, flying the Airbus A330. An avid CAF member, Miller also flies the B-25J Miss Mitchell with the CAF Minnesota Wing, alongside his father Bill in the cockpit. A true family affair, his son also recently began flying a B-25. Miller makes his volunteer service for the CAF Red Tail Squadron a priority because he is dedicated to inspiring young people to achieve their dreams by sharing with them the history and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen.
Paul Stojkov, CAF Red Tail Squadron P-51C Mustang pilot, started flying gliders at the age of 13 and was flying single-engine aircraft by the time he was in high school. While still a teenager he earned his a private and multi-engine rating, and shortly after achieving instrument and commercial ratings. He went on to graduate from Bowling Green State University. Stojkov has flown for a charter flight operation, commuter airline, UPS, Continental and then United Airlines, where he continues to fly today. He has been with the Squadron since 2007, joining the organization to support the founders’ vision to share the important inspirational message of the Tuskegee Airmen with audiences everywhere.
Bill Shepard is a former Squadron Leader of the CAF Red Tail Squadron as well as a P-51C Mustang pilot for the organization. He also serves as the Vice President of Education for the CAF. Bill has been an outstanding volunteer and advocate for the organization since 2009, piloting the Squadron’s P-51C Mustang around the country and speaking to thousands about the importance of the history and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen. He holds a degree in Industrial Management and has over 20 years of previous experience in the automotive and aerospace industries. In addition to his service to the CAF Red Tail Squadron, he has held leadership positions with the Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association, Tuskegee Airmen National Museum and the Urban Pilots Network.
Growing up just off the end of a grass runway, Matt would sit outside and watch a Stearman Biplane take off and barely clear the roof. To save money in high school, Matt held off on his drivers license and spent his money on flying lessons with the Civil Air Patrol. Matt currently flies the Boeing 737 for Sun Country and the T-6A Texan 2 as an instructor pilot in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. Matt got his start in warbirds after purchasing a PT-13 Stearman that he later found had Tuskegee Heritage. After working closely with over 45 Tuskegee Airmen over 3 years, the historical aircraft was acquired by the Smithsonian for permanent display. Matt also flies the CAF B-25 Miss Mitchell for the Minnesota Wing in Saint Paul, MN.
Kevin Sutterfield, is currently a USAF Command Pilot with more than 3000 flying hours, Kevin learned to fly from his Dad and soloed on his 16th birthday. To chase his dream of becoming a fighter pilot, he graduated from U.S. Air Force Academy in 1997. Since then he’s flown more than 35 aircraft types and has amassed a wide range of flying experiences including Alaska bush flying and Reno Air Racing. He has combat experience in both the F-15 and the F-22 Raptor and has flown combat missions in operations Northern Watch, Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom and Inherent Resolve.
Kevin served as the commander of the 302nd Fighter Squadron, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen units. While there, he developed close relationships with the original Tuskegee Airmen and developed a passion for sharing their inspirational message. This irrepressible devotion led to his involvement with the CAF Red Tail Squadron. Kevin is also a sponsor for the CAF Alaska Wing’s Harvard and BT-13.