Board of Directors

Shelly Livengood – Corporate Officer/Founder

Shelly has been involved in the Volunteer Pilot Organization community for the past 8 years.  With her past knowledge she has now founded Aviation Angels of Hope, Inc. in 2015!






Brad Neihouser – Chairman of the Board



Brian Lerwick – Vice Chairman of the Board

Brian Lerwick

Brian is currently employed by the John Deere Horicon Works in Horicon, Wisconsin.  Brian has worked for the company for 18 years in various roles in manufacturing and engineering.  Brian has been flying for the past 15 years and has been a volunteer pilot for the last five, flying nearly 30 missions.  He is currently serving as Vice President of EAA Chapter 897 and is active in the Young Eagles program having completed over 50 Young Eagle flights.  Brian is very involved in the FIRST robotics program and coaches the high school FIRST Tech Challenge team in Beaver Dam as well as mentoring several middle school FIRST LEGO League teams.



Brooke Herrman – Secretary 





Karen Lavezzi – Treasurer

Karen is an alumnus of Illinois State University in Normal, IL, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education.  Before entering the financial services industry, Karen committed 15 years to social services and not for profit organizations.

Karen is a native of Central Illinois growing up in Canton and currently residing in Hanna City.  She and her husband, Bryan, stay busy keeping up with two daughters in college, a son in high school and a granddaughter.  When she doesn’t have her nose buried in a good book, she enjoys hiking and traveling.  Her family enjoys being a part of the First Presbyterian Church in Elmwood, IL.

Trisha Harms – Director