Who We Are


judy-bio-picJudy Rice builds partnerships across the world to help make a difference in the aerospace industry workforce and the education of students interested in technical fields. She is Founder and Captain of ThinkGlobal Flight, an around-the-world flight of adventure promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) education and inspiring students. This historic international flight increased the number of students across the globe, interested in and inspired by aviation and aerospace as they followed the crew on their journey around the Earth.

Throughout her life, Judy has had a passion for aviation and space technology. This passion coupled with sixteen years as a teacher eventually brought her into the field of aerospace education. She values the experience gained as a special education specialist because it gave her a broad knowledge of the learning process.

She currently holds the title as President to the National Coalition for Aviation and Space Education. The National Coalition for Aviation and Space Education represents government, industry, and labor; united to promote aviation and space education activities and resources; increase public understanding of aviation and aerospace; and support educational initiatives at the local, state, and national levels.

Her position with the X-Plane Flight Simulator Company provided the technological understanding necessary in today’s global society. Rice’s tenures with the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Deputy Director Aerospace Education and with the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) as the Executive Director Youth Education involved a wide variety of skills: collaborations with various national aerospace education organizations; developing, writing, and editing curriculum; script writing and video production; implementation of curriculum programs in schools through-out the nation; professional development; large scale volunteer/member coordination efforts; coordinating the largest air show event in the nation for youth, KidVenture; and director to two national aerospace conferences.

The National 4-H Aerospace Curriculum Project hired her to produce a series of publications that eventually involved 35 businesses and thousands of pre-college 4-H members. During the 4-H project, Ms. Rice learned to fly and is an instrument rated commercial, multi-engine, Citation type-rated pilot, advance ground instructor, certified flight instructor and logged over 3,000 hours in numerous aircraft. Captain Rice holds the world absolute NAA Speed Over a Recognized Course Kangerlussuaq, Greenland to Reykjavik, Iceland and the FAI Circumnavigator Certificate. She is the proud owner of a Grumman TR2 airplane.

Ms. Rice's work has taken her to almost all 50 states and many countries representing aerospace education over the past 20 years. She has numerous awards and accomplishments in her portfolio and a member of many aviation and space organizations. Her goal is to share her passion for aviation and her extensive experience with youth and adults worldwide.

• Instrument Oshkosh, WI
• Advance Ground Instructor Palm Coast, FL
• Commercial Vero Beach, FL
• Commercial, Multi-engine Long Beach, CA
• Citation Type Burbank, CA

• Bachelors Arts - University of Southern FL Tampa, FL
• Certification, Language Arts - Cambridge Community College Cambridge, MN
• Certification, Business Management - Anoka Technical College Anoka, MN
• Florida Certified Workforce Professional 1 Daytona Beach

• 2015 World absolute NAA Speed Over a Recognized Course Kangerlussuaq, Greenland to Reykjavik, Iceland
• 2015 FAI Circumnavigator Certificate
• 2015 NAA Record Speed Over Recognized Course
• 2014 Aviation Bright Futures Foundation Award
• 2007 Dr Mervin Strickler Aviation Education Leadership Award
• 2007 Air Force Association Exceptional Service Award
• 2005 Laursen Award
• 1993 EAA Outstanding Ground Volunteer Award
• 1996 NATA John E Godwin Scholarship for Aviation Contributions
• 1996 Minnesota Governor's Award for Excellence in Aerospace Education
• 2001 Wisconsin Aerospace Educator
• 2001 National Congress Crown Circle Award
• 2001 Woman Pilot Ambassador


Fred1Fred Nauer’s aerospace experience mirrors many of the goals of ThinkGlobal. He’s been involved in aircraft maintenance and flying in the Air Force, flew as a first officer in the airlines, worked in a college aerospace program, an aircrew training instructor at Delta/Northwest Airlines, Inc. and is currently working as both a ground and flight instructor at Thunderbird Aviation in Eden Prairie, MN.  While United States Air Force, his first assignment was as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer.

He supervised crew chiefs (aircraft mechanics), avionics technicians and engine mechanics. He was chosen to go to navigator training and was assigned to fly the F-4E as a Weapons System Officer (WSO) after graduation. As a WSO he was trained in California, fought the Cold War in West Germany and finished up in North Carolina. After he was released from the Air Force, he started pilot training. Because of his experience as a navigator, he progressed very quickly through the training and became both a ground instructor and a flight instructor.

Fred flew for Mesaba Airlines in the Avro RJ-85 (BAC-146) as a first officer. He has taught at the high school, community college and the university level. He is renowned for his skill as a flight instructor. He was an adjunct professor at Middle Tennessee State University working on research and teaching methods to find ways to efficiently introduce the glass cockpit aircraft to the general aviation community. He currently has logged 5,000 hours in numerous aircraft.


GaryMarschheuserGary Marschheuser grew up near Kennedy airport and enjoyed watching the big jets fly over his house as a kid.  His fourth grade teacher, a pilot, took the class on a field trip to a local airport.  He attributes her with his lifetime career in aviation.  Another early influence was his uncle who was a flight engineer.

In 1974 he got his private pilot’s license.  He also joined the Navy to attend air traffic control school.  He was a controller at Navy Cecil Field Jacksonville Florida until returning to civilian life in 1979.  His next job was Operations/Flight Line manager at New York’s East 34th Street Heliport then the world's busiest heliport. 
He returned to air traffic as a controller in 1980 at Suffolk County Tower, now called Gabreski in Westhampton Beach, N.Y.  He did a short stint as DOD supervisor at Navy El Centro Tower, California before transferring to the FAA in 1981.  His FAA career includes Newark Tower, Philadelphia Tower and Daytona Beach Tower where he retired from the FAA in 2006. He went on to work at two contract towers in Florida before retiring again in 2012 with 37 years of ATC service.  In addition to controlling, Gary contributed to numerous aviation and safety committees.   
He is currently a commercial pilot with multi engine and instrument ratings and has logged over 1,600 hours in various aircraft.  He enjoys being a contract pilot and lives in Central Florida.


ClaraHoward-M4Clara Howard is an MBA student at the Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), specializing in aviation finance and management. Ms. Howard graduated with honors from the University of Chicago in 2007 with a B.A. in economics with a focus on econometrics and statistics.

She then spent a year as a research associate at Yale Law School to gain experience with the complicated dynamics of highly regulated industries. Ms. Howard has a deep interest in aviation, both as an economic analyst and as an aviator. Her commitment with the field began with flight lessons as a teenager. This progressed into a natural career choice given her background in economics and finance. Clara currently holds a private pilot land and sea license with an instrument rating, and regularly participates in aerobatics.

Ms. Howard is working towards a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) qualification June 2008, she passed Level I and currently a candidate for Level II.THINKGLOBAL She was the recipient of a merit scholarship at the University of Chicago, and her ERAU MBA work is funded through Research Assistantships. Her current research interests include increasing the density of the current general aviation transportation network, hub and spoke system optimality, commuter airlines, and fractional ownership financing and personal aviation. She currently has logged over 1,000 hours in numerous aircraft.