President’s Announcement: ACA Hires First Executive Director

In 2019, the Board of Directors of the Air Care Alliance developed a new vision for the future of our organization:

“The Air Care Alliance will maximize charitable aviation through organizations and pilots flying to serve the needs of humanity.”

This new vision leads to new strategies for ACA and a support model that ensures those strategies are successfully executed. Our first step was to create a new position of Executive Director and we are thrilled to announce that Kristinia Luke has accepted this key leadership role, the first of its kind at ACA.

Kris has been a champion of charitable aviation for nearly a decade and brings extensive experience in public benefit flying and non-profits. A private pilot and GA enthusiast, she has also served as Mission Coordinator for Angel Flight East and Pilot Coordinator for Patient AirLift Services. Most recently, she has demonstrated her passion, leadership and execution skills as volunteer Administrative Director for ACA.

The ACA Board of Directors is excited and optimistic about the future of the Air Care Alliance with Kris in this new position. This key leadership role will help us provide even more support to our member organizations and become a better resource to the thousands of individual pilots flying to help others. Importantly, this change also allows our dedicated founder, Rol Murrow, to take a well-earned reprieve from daily operations.

For the past thirty years, government agencies, large aviation associations and the public have looked to the Air Care Alliance as the singular and comprehensive source regarding issues affecting charitable aviation.

Our mission is to continue fulfilling that role and to promote and support our member groups and the thousands of volunteer pilots who fly for the outstanding organizations that we represent. Together we can maximize charitable aviation and the benefits it brings in serving the needs of humanity.

Our next Air Care Conference will be held in Southern California on April 17-18 of this year. I am looking forward to meeting many of you there. Together, we will continue to explore how we can all provide safe and efficient charitable aviation for so many in need.



Jim Hesseman
President, Air Care Alliance