Meet the Bison Aviation Team

The Bison Aviation team is made up of professionally trained, highly skilled individuals, selected specifically for their particular expertise in the fields of general aviation maintenance and avionics. All of our primary technicians are fully FAA licensed (something which isn't true in most maintenance shops). The experience and skills of our team members is what makes Bison Aviation a leader in the aircraft service industry and we are proud to have each of these individuals as a part of the Bison Aviation Team!

  • John D. Atkin IV

    Member Name: John D. Atkin IV

    Position: President

    Certifications: FAA: Airline Transport Pilot - ASEL, ASES, AMEL, CE500; Flight Instructor - CFI, CFII, MEI; EPA Refrigerent

    Location: All

    Special Training: CE500/550/560 Single Pilot Waiver; SW2, SW3, Advanced Pilot Seminar, BPPP.

    Bio: John earned his pilot's license in Kansas at the age of seventeen.  Since then, he has been obsessed with general aviation.  After working as a corporate pilot in San Antonio, John started Bison Aviation with the goal of providing aircraft operators an advocate in the aircraft maintenance industry.  As an avid general aviation pilot with over 9,000 flight hours (all in GA aircraft) and as a fellow aircraft owner; John has spent significant time on both sides of the aircraft maintenance equation, providing him with the unique viewpoint of someone who understands aircraft maintenance both as a pilot / owner as well as a repair station operator. 

  • Lesli D. Banner

    Member Name: Lesli D. Banner

    Position: Operations Manager

    Location: All

    Bio: Lesli's father, a pilot and aircraft owner, introduced her to general aviation at a very young age. As an avid traveler, Lesli has spent a great deal of time in general aviation aircraft, exploring the United States. After spending many yeaers in sales and operations management for major corporations Lesli was hired as Bison Aviation's first employee. Today she oversees the "behind-the-scenes" functions which keep Bison Aviation running smoothly and efficiently.

  • JD Phillips A&P / IA

    Member Name: JD Phillips A&P / IA

    Position: Director of Maintenance (5C1)

    Certifications: FAA: Mechanic - Airframe & Powerplant / Inspection Authorization

    Location: Boerne Stage Airfield - 5C1

    Special Training: NDT Level 2, EPA Refrigeration, Learjet 31A, 35, 36 40, 45, 45XR Maintenance, TFE731 Maintenance, Challenger 601 Maintenance & Ground Ops, Philips 66 Fuel Quality Management, JET Autopilot Maintenance, Honeywell / Garrett Fuel Control Maintenance, Cessna 208 Maintenance, Cessna 300 & 400 Series Maintenance, DEEC Setup & Adjustment, JT15D Maintenance & Troubleshooting, Flight Safety Avionics for AMTs.

    Bio: Growing up in the flight path of Ellington Air Force Base during the space race instilled JD with a great interest in technology and aviation.  After working as a commercial photographer for fifteen years, JD decided to become an A&P mechanic in order to earn additional money, so that he could purchase his own plane and tour the world by air.  After earning his A&P certificate in 1992, JD discovered that he enjoyed working on aircraft so much that he wanted to make that his primary career.  He has been diligently serving the general aviation community ever since.  His extensive background includes experience with virtually every make and model of GA aircraft in the Part 91 and Part 135 environment, as well as significant work history in major Part 145 MROs and aircraft manufacturers.

    Favorite Aircraft to Maintain:  Cessna 310

  • Tayseer Ismail A&P / IA

    Member Name: Tayseer Ismail A&P / IA

    Position: Aircraft Inspector

    Certifications: FAA: Mechanic - Airframe & Powerplant / Inspection Authorization; Commercial Pilot - ASEL, Instrument

    Location: Boerne Stage Airfield - 5C1

    Special Training: UH-60 Maintenance, Bell 407 Maintenance, Bell 412 Maintenance, CRJ-200 Maintenance, NDT Eddy Current, GE-34 Maintenance.

    Bio: Tayseer earned his A&P license in 2000, but has been working as an avionics technician since 1987.  He has significant experience with general aviation and corporate aircraft, as well as military and civilian helicopters.  In addition to his maintenance experience, Tayseer is an avid pilot and enjoys flying whenever he has the opportunity to do so!  

    Favorite Aircraft to Maintain:  Beechcraft Baron

  • Robin Rodriguez, A&P

    Member Name: Robin Rodriguez A&P

    Position: Aircraft Mechanic

    Certifications: FAA:  Mechanic - Airframe & Powerplant

    Location: Boerne Stage Airfield - 5C1

    Bio: After spending most of his life in the culinary industry, Robin decided that it was time to take his career to a new level.  Robin enrolled in college and subsequently graduated with honors (Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society) earning two associate's degrees along with his FAA Airframe & Powerplant mechanic's license.  Robin found his landing spot at Bison Aviation and continues to pursue his career in aviation near his home and family.

    Favorite Aircraft to Maintain:  Cirrus SR20 & SR22

  • Deena Smith, A&P

    Member Name: Deena Smith A&P

    Position: Lead Expeditor

    Certifications: FAA:  Mechanic - Airframe & Powerplant

    Location: Boerne Stage Airfield - 5C1 

    Bio: After earning her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in English Literature, Deena taught at the collegiate level for three years, including an aviation university which kindled her interest in aircraft.  She pursued and earned her FAA airframe and powerplant mechanic's license, planning to travel the world as a contract mechanic.  Deena subsequently joined Bison Aviation where she begin working as an aircraft mechanic, prior to taking a leave of absence in order to hike the Appalachian Trail in its entirety.  After completing her 2,200 mile trek, Deena returned to Bison Aviation where she currently serves as Lead Expeditor, facilitating parts procurement and scheduling operations for the company.

    Favorite Aircraft to Maintain:  Cessna 206

  • Roel Rogerio, AET

    Member Name: Roel Rogerio, AET

    Position: Lead Avionics Technician

    Certifications: FAA: Repairman

    Location: Boerne Stage Airfield - 5C1

    Special Training: Garmin G500, G600, G1000 Line Maintenance, Raytheon Aircraft Maintenance Professionalism & Resource Management, Rockwell Collins Proline Maintenance

    Bio: After earning his degree as an Electronics Technician at Texas A&M Extension Service in San Antonio, Roel joined the United States Army in 1988 where he served as an aircraft electronics technician maintaining avionics systems on aircraft such as the OV-1D and RC-12.  Upon transitioning into the civilian world, Roel worked as Lead Avionics Technician for Raytheon (later called Hawker-Beechcraft) Services servicing Beechcraft, Hawker, Mitsubishi, Falcon, and various other aircraft for fourteen years.  After Hawker-Beechcraft closed their San Antonio location, Roel worked at Sierra Industries, again serving as Avionics Crew Chief performing avionics repairs and installations on everything from Cessna 172s through Citations.  When Sierra Industries was bought-out and subsequently closed, Roel found a new home at Bison Aviation where he serves as Lead Avionics Technician and Chief Installer.

    Favorite Aircraft to Maintain:  Beechcraft King Air series

  • Cody Strack, A&P

    Member Name: Cody J. Strack, A&P

    Position: Aircraft Mechanic

    Certifications: FAA:  Mechanic - Airframe & Powerplant

    Location: Boerne Stage Airfield - 5C1

    Special Training: Cessna 300 & 400 Series Maintenance, Advanced Pilot Seminar

    Bio: Cody left a career in the oil and gas industry to pursue his goal of becoming an aircraft mechanic.  Cody's hard work and dedication lead him to successful completion of his A&P training at the Aviation School of Maintenance in Houston after which he received his FAA A&P license.  Cody is an avid UAV pilot, and enjoys building and flying his own creative designs.

    Favorite Aircraft to Maintain: Cessna Twins

  • David Bustamante, A&P

    Member Name: David Bustamante, A&P

    Position: Aircraft Mechanic

    Certifications: FAA:  Mechanic - Airframe & Powerplant

    Location: Boerne Stage Airfield - 5C1

    Special Training: Sheet metal and composite structures

    Bio: David began his careen in aviation while attending high school through a work release program where he worked as a Production Control Analyst Assistant.  After high school, David joined the United States Army where he served for twelve years, performing maintenance on aircraft ranging from the Boeing 737 through the F-35.  David served in the middle east during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom helping develop next generation counter measures systems for the US military before returning to his home town of San Antonio.  His extensive structures and composites experience lead him to a job with Sierra Industries and later at the Mooney factory in Kerrville.  David then brought his skills to Bison Aviation where he heads-up line maintenance for the flight school program. 

    Favorite Aircraft to Maintain: Cessna Citation V

  • Teresa Bollin, A&P

    Member Name: Teresa Bollin, A&P

    Position: Aircraft Parts Technician

    Certifications: FAA: Mechanic - Airframe & Powerplant

    Location: Boerne Stage Airfield - 5C1

    Bio: Teresa joined the United States Air Force in 1980 where she served as an Aircraft Maintenance Crew Chief on the KC-135A Stratotanker, she was a member of "Fair Force One" - the first all women Strategic Air Command KC-135 air crew at Castle AFB and was later stationed in Greece, working on the RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft.  After her military service, Teresa attended Rice Aviation college where she earned her FAA A&P license, she then went on to work as an aircraft mechanic at Southwest Airlines and ExpressJet.  In addition to her aviation degrees, Teresa holds an Associate's degree in Human Resource Management and a Bachelor's degree in Management.

    Favorite Aircraft to Maintain: Lockheed SR71 Blackbird

  • John Senecal, A&P / IA

    Member Name: John Senecal, A&P / IA

    Position: Contract Mechanic / Inspector

    Certifications: FAA: Mechanic - Airframe & Powerplant / Inspection Authorization; Airline Transport Pilot - AMEL, EMB-145, BE40, BE300; Commercial Pilot - ASEL, ASES, Glider, Helicopter; Certified Flight Instructor - CFI, CFII, MEI, CFIG; Flight Engineer - Turbojets

    Location: Boerne Stage Airfield - 5C1

    Special Training: Bell 206

    Bio: John's aviation career began during his senior year of high school when he took a job working for a local charter company, assisting with maintenance on their fleet of Cessna 310s and Piper Aztecs.  After high school, John enlisted in the United States Army where he served as an OH-58 helicopter mechanic and later as an Aviation Maintenance Warrant Officer.  After leaving the Army, began his career as an airline pilot.  John holds a Bacchelor's degree in Aviation Maintenance Management from Embry-Riddle University.

    Favorite Aircraft to Maintain: Beechcraft Bonanza.

  • Matthew Gurniak

    Member Name: Matthew Gurniak

    Position: Mechanic's Apprentice

    Certifications: FAA: Private Pilot - ASEL

    Location: Boerne Stage Airfield - 5C1

    Bio: Matthew's interest in aviation began when he was in the third-grade when his class went on a field trip to a local FBO which provided rides to the students.  That trip around the pattern sparked a passion for aviation and Matthew earned his Private Pilot's License at age 17.  After high school, Matthew joined the United States Air Force where he served as an aircraft mechanic, maintaining aircraft such as the F-15, F-16, A-10, F-117, C-130, C-141, C-17 and C-5.  After twenty six years of service, Matthew retired in the top 1% of the enlisted corps as a Chief Master Sergeant.  Matthew continues to enjoy flying and is working on his instrument rating.  He joined the Bison Aviation team so that he could enjoy the camaraderie of the general aviation community and gain experience in preparation for his FAA Mechanic's license tests.

    Favorite Aircraft to Maintain: Cessna 100 & 200 series

  • Halibut

    Halibut

    Position: Hangar Security Consultant

    Certifications: Feline

    Location: Boerne Stage Airfield - 5C1

    Special Training: Wing walking, Bird chasing, Cat napping.

    Bio: Halibut adopted Bison Aviation in early 2018; since then she has "grown" into her position, maintaining a pest free environment for the rest of her Bison teammates.

    Favorite Aircraft to Maintain: The one she happens to be sleeping under.

  • Tuna

    Tuna

    Position: Hangar Security Consultant

    Certifications: Feline

    Location: Boerne Stage Airfield - 5C1

    Special Training: Caterwauling, Cat napping, Glaring from high vantage points.

    Bio: Tuna has been a fixture at the 5C1 service center for as long as any of us can remember; she enjoys singing loudly in her native tongue and stealing Halibut's bed.

    Favorite Aircraft to Maintain: The one that isn't making noise.