Helicopter Emergency Lifeline Project, Inc.

The combined aviation experience of HELP’s Board of Directors spans more then 100 years and 36,000 flight hours.

Scott E. Luttrell

Board Chairman / Executive Director

Mr. Luttrell founded HELP in the fall of 2006. He has been in the aviation business for 30 years and has accumulated more than 13,000 hours of flight time. Mr. Luttrell holds an Airline Transport Pilot and a Flight Instructors rating for Helicopters and a Airline Transport Pilot rating in Fixed wing Aircraft with type ratings in the Falcon 2000, Citation 650 & 500 series Jets.  His experience in helicopters ranges from small single engine helicopters to the most advanced multi-engine turbine helicopters with state of the art avionics and navigation.  He has been involved in all aspects of aviation, he was the Director of Flight operations for a St. Louis based Private Equity / Venture Capital firm for 12 years, after spending 11 years as the Senior Pilot for a FAA Part 135 helicopter charter operator. Scott was the owner of his own helicopter sight seeing company in the early 1980’s.

Scott has flown hundreds of hours in support of corporate and Governmental clients during disasters in the Midwestern and Southern United States.  It was those experiences that lead him to the founding of HELP.

Garrett D. Kasper

Board Member

A native of Chicago, Garrett graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with a B.A. in Public Relations in 1996.  He is a 2000 graduate of the Defense Information School, and is a commander in the Navy Reserve. During his 12 years on active duty as a Public Affairs Officer (PAO) for the U.S. Navy, Garrett has conducted media relations during Operations Allied Force, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.  From 2000-2002, Garrett served as the PAO aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and later spent three years as the director of public relations for the world-renown Navy flight demonstration team, the Blue Angels.  He has extensive background in crisis communications, strategic message planning and reputation management. Garrett currently works at Boeing in the St. Louis based Phantom Works business as a Communications Specialist for advanced military aircraft and weapons systems.

John Kendall

Board Member

Mr. Kendall’s thirty-seven year career in aviation has spanned the gamut from corporate pilot and aircraft charter company owner to President of an aviation management company and retired aviation executive.  He holds a degree in Business Administration and has focused his interests primarily within the operational and organizational aspects of his various aviation business concerns.  Most recently, he was the Executive Vice President of an aircraft leasing company.  He is now re-energized to join forces in developing and facilitating a new concept in the aviation arena: HELP.  Mr. Kendall believes HELP to be a worthy and critical force to the benefit of society in the emerging Twenty-First Century.

Blake E. Harris

Board Member

Mr. Harris has been involved in the aviation industry for 33 years and has in excess of 10,000 hours of flight time.  Mr. Harris is currently the Director of Operations for a St. Louis-based aircraft management company and has held that position for the last 6 years.  For the last 16 years Mr. Harris has held management positions as Chief Pilot and Director of Operations for several aircraft charter companies and corporate flight departments.  Mr. Harris’ career has given him an extensive knowledge of aircraft and flight department operations.  His aviation career started in 1977 as a flight instructor and line pilot for a FAA Part 135 charter company.   Throughout his career he has been designated by the Federal Aviation Administration as a Check Airman for the Citation 650, 525, Cessna 441 and Beechcraft King Air 200.  Mr. Harris currently holds an Airline Transport Pilot certificate with Multi-Engine authorization and type ratings in Cessna Citation 650, Cessna Citation 525, and 525-IA Jet series aircraft.   He is also a current flight instructor for single and multi-engine aircraft and instrument flight operations.

Thomas Mck. “Tim” Jones

Board Member

Tim, a former Naval Aviator and SH-3H Seaking helicopter pilot is currently a Vice President-Investments and Financial Advisor with a Memphis based firm.  Tim has been flying since he was 15.  He spent 8 years as a Naval Aviator and has nearly 2000 hours of flight time.  He has two successful open ocean rescues, was a helicopter instructor and attained post maintenance check pilot certification in his last squadron.  Tim is a commercially rated helicopter pilot with a instrument rating and a single engine airplane rated pilot.

David Isserman

Board Member

For over 10 years, David Isserman has served in a variety of entrepreneurial and strategic management roles within the life science and consumer products industries.

Since 2001, David has provided strategy, product commercialization and international supply chain guidance to life science, dietary supplement, cosmetic, direct sales and beverage companies through his consulting firm, Isserman Consulting. Additionally, he currently serves as a private investor and partner in several distinct consumer products companies within the dietary supplement, cosmetic and beverage industries.

Committed to giving back to the community, over the past several years, David has served on numerous scientific, environmental and humanitarian non-profit boards. He currently serves as a Trustee for the Academy of Science of St. Louis, an Advisor to the Great Rivers Habitat Alliance, an Advisor to the Conservation for the Oceans Foundation, a Member of the Arch Grants Development Committee, a Director of Helicopter Emergency Lifeline Project, and the Co-Founder of RareShare.org, a website that connects patients and healthcare providers affected by rare medical disorders.

David received his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Columbia Business School in New York.

Erin Cox

Advisory Board Member

Ms. Cox is Advisory Board Chairperson for Advancement and Public Outreach. Erin Cox is an award-winning public speaker with more than eight years of training and development experience. She has facilitated hundreds of seminars in over 40 US states as well as the Bahamas and throughout Great Britain. Erin’s unique presentation style and captivating storytelling ability make her a sought-after speaker and trainer both locally and internationally.

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