Author: Meet the Team

Tyler Liston

Outreach & Mission Coordinator After spending the last decade in retail management, Tyler was inspired by the mission and work of LifeLine Pilots to focus his life on helping others in the non-profit sector. With his background in event planning, social media marketing, fundraising, and outreach, he is excited to bring the good news of… Read more »

Ann Rude

Grant & Mission Coordinator After many years as a homemaker and hobby farmer, Ann has spent the last 3 years working in the aviation industry. She is enthusiastic about putting her customer service skills and knowledge of flight procedures to use in service of a worthwhile mission. She has lived in the Peoria area for… Read more »

Lindsey Kerr

Executive Director Lindsey has spent her career in the non-profit sector, helping organizations by providing expertise in fundraising, communications, marketing, and leading staff & volunteers. Lindsey loves the mission of LifeLine Pilots. During times of medical distress, people are at their most vulnerable and LifeLine Pilots is there to help ease their burden. Lindsey and… Read more »

Andy Zich

Board Member Andy is a life-long aviation enthusiast and avid pilot. He received an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and currently resides in Peoria, IL. As an entrepreneur, Andy has worked in the international product manufacturing & importing field as well as the field of engineering. Currently, he works for Caterpillar’s Innovation,… Read more »

Rick Zehr

Board Member Rick Zehr is an innovative, transformative executive with over 25 years of success developing healthcare organizations into state-of-the-art thought leaders.  His strong history of launching world-class, cutting-edge health and wellness services and products has established his organizations as international leaders. Since October 2016, Zehr has been the  CEO of EZ Healthcare Innovations, LLC,… Read more »

Andy Wheatcroft

Board Member For 23 years Andy has worked for Caterpillar, the Peoria-based manufacturing giant. Originally from the UK, Andy has worked for CAT in his home country, Belgium, France and since 2011, the United States. Andy brings with him a passion for aviation, a vast network of pilots and professional connections, and a track record… Read more »

Dr. Ken Reily

Board Member Ken Reily is an instructor of Information Science and Computer Science at the University of Minnesota. In addition to his role at the University, he provides consulting services in software research, software development and architecture, process development, and training/education. Prior to Ken’s current roles, he was a Senior Technical Manager for 3M’s Electronics… Read more »

Steve Monk

Board Member Steve Monk graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a degree in Electrical Engineering and went to work at Texas Instruments in the defense industry in Dallas.  After 20 years down South, Steve made his way back hom