Staff - A non-profit helicopter emergency medical service for south Texas.
The HALO-Flight team is comprised of highly -trained pilots, nurses, paramedics, maintenance personnel, communications specialists and administrative personnel who consider safety their number one priority and take personal pride in serving the south Texas area.
Tom Klassen: Executive Director
Mr. Tom Klassen grew up in Claremore, Oklahoma and started flying a spotting helicopter off of a Mexican tuna fishing boat in Central America at age 19. He has lived and worked in Papua New Guinea, Australia, Thailand, Russia, Eastern Europe, and all over the United States including Hawaii and Alaska, but has found a home here in Corpus Christi. He has had an exciting flying career having flown helicopter logging operations in Alaska, bush flying in Papua New Guinea, TV reporting in Boston, aerial firefighting missions in Alaska and the West Coast, tours in Hawaii, and a Russian fighter jet in air shows for seven years. However, in his over 10,000 hours of flight time, he feels that the twelve years spent transporting patients in helicopters has been the most rewarding.
Tom started with HALO-Flight as the Director of Operations in 2010 and was promoted to Executive Director a year later. He is the FAA designated company check airman and continues to fly patients whenever given the opportunity. He currently serves as President-Elect for the Texas Association of Air Medical Services, Chairman of the Directors of Operations Section for the AAMS, and is a member of the Helicopter Association International, the National EMS Pilots Association, and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Outside of work, he is an active member of the Soaring Society of America, Refugio Soaring Circle, and can be found flying his sailplane most weekends.
Angela Hanley: Chief Financial Officer
Mrs. Angela Hanley joined the HALO-Flight family in 2013 as the Chief Financial Officer. Her educational background includes graduating Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Accounting & Administration. She has lived and worked all around the country including New Hampshire, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Washington D.C., Florida, California, Ohio and has finally settled in Texas. Angela switched to the non-profit world of accounting in 2011 and appreciates the opportunity to continue non-profit work that inflicts progress within the community.
Randy Endsley: Chief Medical Officer
Mr. Randy Endsley was born in Beeville, Texas and raised here in Corpus Christi. He has a wide array of experience within the medical field beginning with his service in the US Air Force in 1989. He obtained his EMT basic, firefighting experience, and became a Licensed Practical Nurse, followed by becoming a Registered Nurse. Randy’s background in nursing includes Emergency Room and Intensive Care Unit. He joined HALO-Flight in 1999 and was promoted to Chief Medical Officer by 2002. Additional certifications that Randy holds include Certified Emergency Nurse, Certified Flight Nurse, and Certified Medical Transport Executive.
Rickey McLester: Communications Director
Mr. Rickey McLester was born in Corpus Christi and raised in Fulton, Texas. At the age of 14, his father allowed him to join Fulton Fire Department as Jr. Member in May of 1995. Since then, he has held the position of Sgt at Arms, Captain, Assist Chief, and currently Fire Chief. As for Rickey’s paid career in Public Safety, in February 2002 he was provided the opportunity to begin his career as a 911 dispatcher with the Rockport Police Dept. Afterwards, he worked for the City of Rockport for six years and was recognized by the late Sheriff Mark Gilliam as Communicator of the year twice, as well as received several letters of accommodation. In March of 2008 he was given the opportunity to join the HALO-Flight Air Ambulance team in Corpus Christi as the Communications Director.
Since being at HALO-Flight, he has strived to maintain the most up to date Communications center and help HALO-Flight adhere to the ever changing regulations of the Federal Aviation Administration. Rickey currently sits on the Coastal Plains Local Emergency Planning Committee as the Exercise and Design Chairman, the Regional Communications Committee, the Coastal Bend Emergency Managers Association serving on the Hurricane Conference Committee, and was recently appointed to the Board of The National Association of Air Communication Specialists.
Ryan Kelley: Education Director
Mr. Ryan Kelley graduated from Ellison High School in Killeen, Texas in 1994 and began his service in the U.S. Marine Corps shortly thereafter as an Aircraft Rescue Firefighter Specialist. From 1998 to 2011 Ryan served the cities of Kingsville and Portland Fire Departments gaining a wide variety of experience and education in the emergency medical and fire service fields eventually serving as a Shift Captain and EMS supervisor. He joined the HALO-Flight team in 2010 as a Flight Paramedic on a part-time basis and in 2012 he left the fire service all together to become a full-time member of HALO-Flight. Over the years he has obtained his EMT-Basic, Intermediate, Licensed Paramedic certifications, and Associate's Degree in EMS from Del Mar College. Additional certifications that Ryan holds include Certified Flight Paramedic, Critical Care EMT-P, National Registry EMT-P, and TDSHS Instructor. Ryan most enjoys spending time outdoors with his family and is also an Certified Coach and avid Crossfit athlete at Crossfit XLR8 in Portland.
Vince Vincent: Director of Maintenance
Mr. Vince Vincent joined the HALO-Flight team July 2012. Born in the little town of Creole, Louisiana, he joined the Army right out of high school. As a UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter Crewchief and Mechanic, he learned his skill and trade in the aviation world of rotorcraft.
After the Army, Vince acquired his Airframe, Powerplant, and Inspection Authorization certificates. With over 12 years of experience, his journey has taken him around the world working on various types of rotorcraft, attending numerous helicopter schools, and gaining an abundance of experience from senior mechanics. From the Oil Industry in the Gulf of Mexico to the deserts of Iraq, and Border Security of the United States to the castles of Germany, he has supported many missions affecting many lives.
While managing the maintenance of 3 Bell 407’s, he supervises two highly qualified and factory trained mechanics. He also oversees HALO- Flight’s intern program, enabling an intern from Del Mar College, pursuing a career in the aviation industry, to gain the experience and knowledge of aircraft in real world missions. He believes that the main goal of the maintenance department is to produce and maintain quality aircraft for transport of the critically ill and to bring crews back home to their family. Vince is supported by his wife, Jennifer and daughter, Kylie. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, cooking Cajun food, listening to his Cajun music, and most importantly, spending time with his family and friends.
Stephanie Murphy: Marketing Director
Mrs. Stephanie Murphy joined the HALO-Flight family in 2013 as Marketing Director. Before, she was the Communication Coordinator for the Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce. Stephanie graduated Cum Lade at Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree, double majoring in Political Science and Communication. She was born and raised in Corpus Christi and especially enjoys being able to work for a non-profit organization within the community.
Mark Ritter: Chief Pilot
Mr. Mark Ritter is originally from Alice, TX, which is where he is now based. He began his aviation career in the Air Force as an aircraft mechanic on B-52 bombers and C-130 airplanes. Mark then pursued his aircraft mechanics license upon departing the Air Force. He was involved in civilian aircraft maintenance for approximately 20 years. Mark obtained his Commercial Helicopter Pilot license while working as a mechanic for a Helicopter company that herded cattle and performed wildlife capture and surveys on South Texas ranches. He has flown helicopters in a multitude of capacities including Oil and Gas, Glacier tours in Alaska, Corporate Flight Depts., and Helicopter Air Ambulance. Mark currently has six years of experience with helicopter air ambulance and is our Chief Pilot. His excellence and dedication for HALO-Flight’s mission is confirmed through his actions and general attitude towards the organization every day.
Wendy Greer: Training Academy Coordinator
Wendy joined HALO-Flight in February 2011 when she was hired as a member of the Critical Care Team for HALO’s SCT. She was the Clinical Education Manager for Guardian EMS Training Academy since the acquisition of Roberson EMS in December of 2006. She had previously been the Academy Administrator for the Roberson EMS Training Academy, in Alice, Texas. She has over 30 years of Emergency Medical service experience.
Wendy started her EMS career while she was growing up in the Lagarto community. She obtained her ECA in 1978 and was a volunteer with the Lagarto Fire Dept. and EMS service. She went on to obtain her EMT, in 1980 and obtained her Paramedic certification in 1995 and was later one of the first Licensed Paramedics in the state. Wendy has primarily worked for 911 providers during her EMS career, including as a Flight Medic for an Air Medical service in the Rio Grande Valley.
Wendy started instructing in 1990 while she was the director for a rural 911 provider. She later obtained her Advanced Coordinator Certification and has been instructing at all levels of EMS for the past fourteen years. Wendy is also an ITLS, PALS, EMD, EVOC, and AHA instructor. Wendy brings with her a strong commitment to the EMS community. She looks forward to assisting those wishing to continue their EMS education and being part of an elite team, providing critical patient care.