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.

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.

Paul Fancey

Adjunct Instructor
fanceyp@lcc.edu

Paul Fancey started his career in aviation in 1974 when he was hired as a Glider Pilot Instructor with the Air Cadet League of Canada. In 1976 he graduated from Centennial College with a Certificate in Aircraft Maintenance. His first job was with DeHavilland Aircraft as an Aircraft Assembler for the newly designed Dash 7 aircraft. After acquiring his Aircraft Maintenance License he accepted the position of Director of Maintenance at Huron Aviation where he managed 5 company aircraft as well as 30 customer private aircraft. In 1980 he joined a corporate flight department and assisted in maintaining various aircraft throughout the past 36 years. In 2007 Paul graduated from the Devos Graduate School with an Executive MBA. He is currently the Director of Maintenance for a corporate flight department and acts as an adjunct instructor for Lansing Community College in the Aircraft Maintenance field. He maintains a Private Pilot and Glider Pilot license, Canadian AME License, A&P Certification along with an IA Certificate and is certified as a Level II Liquid Penetrant Inspector.

Jason Payne

Jason Payne

Instructor
paynej3@lcc.edu

Jason Payne is a second generation FAA certificated A&P mechanic whose father was both a commercial pilot and helicopter mechanic. Jason graduated summa cum laude from LCC's aviation maintenance program in 2012. He is currently the shop foreman at a small fixed base maintenance facility specializing in general aviation single engine and light twin aircraft. Jason is currently studying to receive his Inspection Authorization rating. In addition to his life-long aviation background, he has 15 years of automotive maintenance and 8 years of industrial maintenance experience. In his free time, Jason enjoys fishing, camping kayaking and canoeing.

Randy Foreback

Randy Foreback

Instructor
forebacr@lcc.edu

Randy Foreback earned his FAA Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic License in 1990. He began his aviation career in 1978 with the United States Marine Corps as an OV-10 Bronco engine mechanic/plane captain. Randy joined the Michigan Army National Guard in 1984 and was trained as a helicopter/engine mechanic. He served over 30 years as a full-time mechanic, enlisted standardization instructor, aircraft maintenance supervisor and a flight crew member on many different Army helicopters. Randy worked for eight years at a small fixed base operation that maintains a fleet of general aviation aircraft. He is also in the process of obtaining his private license.

Tom Walz

Tom Walz

Laboratory Technician
walzt1@lcc.edu

Tom is a FAA certified airframe and powerplant mechanic and has over 26 years of experience in the aerospace field. His experience includes 14 years as an Aerospace field service engineer. 4 years in the United States Navy as a jet engine mechanic and Quality control inspector, and 8 years in the United States Air Force as a jet engine mechanic, aircraft systems instructor and air crew member.

Mindy Ray

Mindy Ray

Aviation Maintenance Technology Program Coordinator
raym1@star.lcc.edu

Prior to joining the Aviation Technology Program, Mindy Ray worked at Lansing Community College as an Academic Success Coach where the focus is providing support for Student Success. Mindy has a background in Social Services. She worked at several agencies in the Jackson area doing prevention work with school and court programs and doing home-based services. Prior to joining the LCC team, Mindy worked for almost 10 years coordinating services for people with special needs paroling from prison. After serving in the Air Force as an aircraft mechanic (A-10s), Mindy received a B.S. Degree in Social Science from Troy State University and a M.A. in Counseling from Spring Arbor University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Michigan and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC).

David Argo

David Argo

Laboratory Assistant
argod@lcc.edu

David Argo joined the Army in 1989 and retired in 2016. David worked on the OH-58C, CH-47D/F and UH-60 A/L/M aircraft. He was an enlisted standardization instructor on the UH-60. David completed three overseas deployments, two in Iraq and one in Kuwait. Upon retirement, he held the rank of Sergeant First Class and was a detachment First Sergeant. David has accumulated 2500 flight hours. David is a FAA-certificated Airframe and Powerplant mechanic.

James Mac Kay

James MacKay

Instructor
mackayj@star.lcc.edu

James Mac Kay stated his aviation studies in 1975 by earning his Private Pilot Certificate in east Texas. After that, he earned his FAA Airframe and Powerplant certificate. Over the years he has worked for American Airlines, Boeing, and Kalitta Air. His experience has been in line maintenance, hanger maintenance, training department apprenticeship coordinator and record analysis. He is part owner of Winds Air flight school and enjoys flying in his spare time. His hobbies are working on his farm and traveling with his family.

Chris Long

Chris Long

Adjunct Instructor
longc6@star.lcc.edu

Chris Long graduated from LCC’s Aviation Maintenance program and earned his Airframe and Powerplant License in 2011. Chris grew up around aviation and has attended EAA’s AirVenture annually. Beginning in 2009, Chris started working on WWII aircraft in maintenance and restoration. He then went to work for Boeing in Washington State before returning to Michigan in 2014 to work on corporate jet aircraft. Currently, he works at a jet engine manufacturer in Holt, MI, coordinating Quality Control efforts with fan blade production. Chris is also in the process of attaining his Private Pilot’s license in a tailwheel aircraft, and will be a third generation pilot once completed.