Why We Need Your Help
The future of the aviation/aerospace industry hinges on the ability of companies to attract talent. According to leading experts, the entire industry is destined for a significant labor shortage. This shortage will likely affect the United States’ economy unless more young people are inspired to pursue careers in aviation/aerospace. WMAA attracts many students who have an interest in STEM and not all WMAA students pursue a career in the aviation industry. The academic rigor of the Academy’s curriculum prepares students for success after graduation whether they choose to attend a four-year college/university, trade school, community college, start a business, join the armed services, or enter the workforce. Regardless of the educational track that students select, they will go through an academically rigorous path to graduation.
As a public charter school, WMAA receives a per pupil stipend which covers the traditional courses. However, the Academy provides educational opportunities above and beyond what can be found in other high schools. WMAA seeks to raise the necessary additional funds to continue providing unmatched education programming.
Meet our Staff
Meggan George, Director of Development
Four years ago, Ms. George started coordinating the Leaders of Tomorrow Gala for WMAA. She immediately realized that the Academy was a team of passionate educators with a shared vision for all students. She was hooked! In the past year, she has assisted with the efforts to build a Development Office at WMAA alongside the Academy’s CEO and Admin team, and Kennari Consulting.
Ms. George comes to West Michigan Aviation Academy after spending the past 22 years with Forest Hills Public Schools. She was the Director of the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center since it’s opening in 2004. She coordinated all aspects of the Center and created policies and procedures for the facility and usage including community partnerships/sponsorships, marketing, event management, volunteer training,
staff oversight, and fiscal management. Prior to that, she was the Instructional Services Coordinator for the Office of Instruction. Her duties included managing grants, instructional surveys/reports, annual reports, district student volunteers, events and dedication ceremonies, and other projects. She has also served as the District Cultural Arts Coordinator for 22 years. Additionally, she is active in the community, serving on several Boards in the past and currently on the Board of the Better Business Bureau serving West Michigan and on the BBB Educational Foundation Board.
Before moving to West Michigan, Ms. George was the Assistant Director of Campus Programs for Albion College. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Communications/Theater and Business and a Masters degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education/Event Management from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
In addition to her enthusiasm for work, she loves spending time with her family. She has been married for 22 years to her husband, Ken, an English teacher and the Boys Varsity Basketball Coach at Forest Hills Central High School since 1994. Meg and Ken have two sons: Jordan, who attends Hope College, and Tyler, who is a senior at Forest Hills Central High School.
Kelsea Wierenga, Development Coordinator
Ms. Wierenga joined the West Michigan Aviation Team in March of 2017 and is a believer in the success of the WMAA culture and mission. She feels privileged to be in a role to support the wonderful students in their academic efforts. Ms. Wierenga comes to West Michigan Aviation Academy from the Forest Hills Public School District where she worked as a Box Office Manager.
Ms. Wierenga graduated with a BFA in Illustration from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 2006. After working in the Community Outreach department of MIAD and handling enrollment records for Pre-College and Continuing Education, she relocated to Charleston, South Carolina. She joined Amazon.com’s team in the budding self-publishing book industry, beginning a career as a professional children’s book illustrator and designer for 10 years.
Ms. Wierenga has been married 9 years to her husband Brad, an English and Physical Education teacher and football coach. She enjoys the simple life at home; gardening, crafting, dressmaking and spending time with her three daughters, Aubrey, Bailey and Josephine.
For more information about the Development Office at West Michigan Aviation Academy, please contact:
Kelsea Wierenga email
616-446-8886 ext. 136
Mail a gift to West Michigan Aviation Academy
Checks can be made out to West Michigan Aviation Academy and mailed to:
West Michigan Aviation Academy
5363 44th Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49512