April Culver – Executive Director, CEO
April Culver is devoted to making a positive impact in the lives of children with special needs. Ms. Culver has served as Executive Director/CEO for almost 10 years. With her 30+ years of experience in non-profit management and fundraising, she is proud to be a part of Challenge Air Team. Her greatest joy is seeing the smile on a child’s face and knowing a difference was made.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
Juliet Siddons – Program Director
Juliet returns to Challenge Air after a 2 year hiatus. She originally started working for Challenge Air in October of 2014.
Juliet works with each committee Chairperson in the various cities we have Fly Days. She starts communicating with the committees a year in advance to make sure everything runs smoothly. The first Fly Day she attended in Conroe in 2014 she remembers thinking “wow, I get paid to do this!”
When Juliet isn’t attending a Fly Day she can usually be found enjoying college football and enjoying spending time with her family.
Bailey Cole – Assistant Executive Director
Bailey Cole is our Assistant Executive Director with Challenge Air. She has been with us since the spring of 2016 in a volunteer capacity during Fly Days. In the summer of 2019, Bailey started as an employee with Challenge Air working directly with April Culver and our Board members.
Bailey has experience working with special needs children through volunteering for various special needs charities outside of Challenge Air. She was a caregiver for a family with a child of special needs for several years.
In her free time, Bailey enjoys traveling, spending time with family/friends & cooking. Bailey is excited to start school this fall locally in Dallas to continue her education and progress with Challenge Air For Kids & Friends.
Janine Jaraczewski – Pilot Coordinator
As the Pilot Coordinator for Challenge Air for the past 2 years, Janine gets to work directly with all the amazing pilots that have flown with the organization. She makes sure all the necessary I’s are dotted and T’s are crossed when it comes to updated records, licenses, and insurance. Janine also works closely with local general aviation pilot groups, pilot associations, and F.B.O.’s to recruit new pilots.
She started working in the aviation industry in 1986 at an FBO at Dallas Love Field. With over 25 years of experience in the industry, you could say she is passionate about aviation.
The best part of her job “is working with the most generous pilots you will ever meet!”
When she is not working you will find Janine somewhere on a beach with her feet in the sand!
Danielle Rodgers – Digital Marketing Manager
Danielle joined the Challenge Air team late last year in her role of marketing. She enjoys telling stories of those impacted by the organization.
Prior to her role at Challenge Air, Danielle ran Brand Marketing for Angelcare, a global manufacturer within the juvenile industry, as well as working within several other industries throughout her two-decade-long career. She is a firm believer in the quote: “The things you are most passionate about are not random, they are your calling” by Fabienne Fredrickson.
In her free time, you will find her enjoying time with family, gardening, and assisting her husband in remodeling their 1950’s mid-century home. She currently resides in Indianapolis with her husband, Scott, 9-year-old son, Noah, and 1-year-old Springer Spaniel puppy named Josie.