Our Team

Kimberly Benson

Kimberly Benson


Bringing years of experience as an entrepreneur in international trade, Kim is focused on the intersection of aviation, advanced technology and economic development.  She is recognized for her expertise in trade policy and government affairs.  She serves as the Chair of the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Small and Minority Business in Washington, DC, to which she was appointed by the US Commerce Secretary and the US Trade Representative.


Terry Parisher

Terry Parisher

Technical Advisor

Internationally renowned in the UAS industry, Terry has extensive UAS experience in both the private sector and the military. He developed and successfully commercialized groundbreaking UAS technology under Straight Up Imaging, a US-based commercial-use drone design and engineering firm which he founded and later sold. During his 22-year career in the Army and Air Force, he demonstrated extraordinary leadership in the realm of drone use and integration in the military. He served as a commander in multiple military aviation UAS units and continues to contribute to aerial robotics in the Department of Defense and public environments.


Jeff Riolo

Jeff Riolo

Lead Instructor

Jeff is an established entrepreneur with a focus on drone operations and training for public safety, commercial and industrial applications. He is a truly gifted instructor with a passion for equipping first responders – including firefighters, forestry, emergency/medical and security personnel – with the best UAS training available. He has instructed hundreds of students in virtually every public sector agency. In addition, Jeff utilizes his Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law in his capacity as a business law professor at California’s second largest community college.


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Jason Ramos



     Jason currently serves as a first responder with Washington State Search & Rescue. He is the lead drone pilot for Okanogan County, the largest county in Washington. Jason brings decades of experience to the UAS Center at SBD with his extensive background in fire, aviation, and search and rescue. Jason flies drones weekly and regularly consults with drone manufacturers and software providers. His breadth of knowledge spans the broad array of drone technology, including various RC/drone platforms, fixed wing micro to large scale, STOL, powered gliders, 3D, FPV and various types of multirotor drones. Prior to retiring from the US Forest Service, Jason served as a wildland firefighter for over three decades. He began his career at age seventeen in California with the Riverside County Fire Department. He then went on to become an aerial-delivered firefighter in 1993 with a helitack crew, and in 1999 became a smokejumper. As an aerial-delivered firefighter, Jason has fought fires in Alaska, Florida and nearly everywhere in between. He is author of the book Smokejumper and is a featured speaker on TedTalks.