The current members of the Honor Flight Michigan Board of Directors were hand-picked by our founder Dave Cameron in 2006-2007 from his circle of business and personal friends. Dave believed each of these individuals could contribute to the realization of his dream of flying every Michigan World War II Veteran to see their memorial in Washington D.C.

When Dave passed away in June 2008 the board became even more dedicated to fulfilling Dave's promise to the Michigan WWII Veterans. As more and more applications came in, it was necessary for Honor Flight Michigan to grow and expand. That expansion included the creation of an Auxiliary Board of equally dedicated people who have been invaluable to the ongoing mission of Honoring Our Michigan Veterans.

The Auxiliary Board was formed from our Volunteer Committee Members who expressed interest in being more involved everyday with Honor Flight Michigan. What a great asset the Auxiliary Board is to Honor Flight.

If you have interest in becoming more involved with Honor Flight Michigan, one of the first steps we suggest is to Volunteer at one of our events. All you have to do is be willing to donate some of your time and we will show you how you can help. If you Volunteer, you will then be eligible for consideration to join our Auxiliary Board and from the Auxiliary Board we add members to our Honor Flight Michigan State Board of Directors.

For a Volunteer Application, go to our Applications page on this web site.

Current Board of Directors

Ed Burkhardt

Mike Cameron

Catherine Kavanaugh

Catherine Kavanaugh, 44, of Dearborn is a writer at the Daily Tribune, Royal Oak, which has supported and promoted the Honor Flight Michigan effort ever since it was launched in late 2006. At the urging of founder David Cameron, Kavanaugh chronicled the start of the non-profit group and then joined the board to document the role of south Oakland County veterans in World War II and to keep the public informed about fundraisers. She graduated with honors from Eastern Michigan University in 1986 and began an award-winning career in community journalism.

Michael McCarthy

Pam Robbins

Pam Robbins grew up and has lived in Royal Oak, MI for the past 55 years. Pam comes from a military family and her father served in New Guinea during WWII. She is actively working for Universal Flow Monitors, Inc. as the MIS Director. She is one of the original Board members picked by Founder David Cameron. Pam has worked tirelessly as Administrative Assistant to Honor Flight Michigan and developed the original website

Rick Sage

Rick is a retired Royal Oak Fire Dept. Captain and a Vietnam combat veteran with 7 years’ service in the U.S. Army. Being involved with WWII veterans for many years through his Dad's WWII reunion group has always been very rewarding. Currently, a full-time volunteer with Honor Flight Michigan since its inception in the Fall of 2006.

Rick is a proud member of the American Legion and Elks clubs. He is married to wife, Maureen and is the father of three daughters. Rick is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys golf, biking, camping, hiking, canoeing and kayaking.

Nate Strong

Nate Strong has been involved with WWII veteran groups and events for over a decade. He commemorated both the 60th Anniversaries of D-Day and The Battle of the Bulge in Normandy and Belgium respectively. And for the 60th Anniversary of V.E. Day, he helped escort a group of 20 WWII veterans across Europe. He has been an avid supporter of Honor Flight Michigan since its inception and now serves on the board and acts as a part-time photographer for our trips to DC.

Nate lives in Wixom with his wife and three children and works for an advertising agency as an Associate Creative Director.

Kevin Sutherland

Kevin is the Court Administrator for the 44th District Court located in Royal Oak, Michigan. Appointed Treasurer for Honor Flight Michigan by Dave Cameron at the inception of Honor Flight Michigan. Kevin earned his Bachelor Degree from University of Detroit in Administration and a Masters Degree from Wayne University in Education. Kevin taught High School for 22 years before joining the Court System Court as an Administrator in 1984. Married to his lovely wife Jennie since 1984, they have one child, Anne Marie, a senior at Shrine High School.

Bud Wease

Nathan A. White

Founding Partner of the Hilgendorf & White Law Group l.l.c

Brad Ziegler

Brad Ziegler is a Native Bostonian who relocated to Michigan 4 years ago. A regular contributor for HOUR Detroit, Brad is a dedicated photographer who has been documenting HFM's mission. His Grandfather served on the USS Tuscaloosa (CA-37)from 1942 to 1945. Brad's award winning HOUR Detroit pictorial on B17 crewmembers entitled "Flyboys" led him to HFM founder Dave Cameron's office in October of 2006 where Brad offered his photographic services to Dave and HFM to thank the Veterans for their service.

Chris Zimmel

Chris Zimmel RN, BSN has 37 years of nursing experience and has held national certifications in Emergency Nursing and Flight Nursing. Currently she is a Clinical Analyst and Learning Coordinator for St. John Health. She joined Honor Flight Michigan as the Medical Consultant in 2007.

Catherine Zimmerman, (Cathy)

A real hometown girl, born and raised in Royal Oak. Cathy is the widow of former Royal Oak Fire Marshal, Larry, and "Mom" to Amanda and husband, Ken, Nicole and husband, Steve, and Jason and wife, Kim. Proud "Grandmama" to Madelaine, Hannah, Isabelle, Hayden, Corban, and Trevor.

When her dear friend, Dave Cameron (HFM Founder), called and asked her to help with Honor Flight Michigan in the Fall of 2006, she was honored and readily joined the group. As a long-time employee for the Royal Oak Schools, Cathy serves as the "HFM Schools Liaison" for Michigan as well as handling "flight trip prep" and working in fundraising.

Cathy notes "I have met some wonderful people and has never looked back. What a rewarding mission we have undertaken. I am so privileged to honor these WWII Veterans." "I do so proudly in memory of my father, Frederick A. Naas, who flew on 65 missions for the Army Air Corps in B-26's." "Thanks for the memories".

Current Auxiliary Board

Carole Burgess

Carole Burgess is the proud granddaughter of WWII Navy veteran, George Rychlinski, and niece to several great uncles who also served. Several of her uncles also served in the Korean War and one earned a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. In addition, her father was in the Army. Her sister is fellow board member Catherine Kavanaugh. Carole has been married to Dennis for 12 years and has two step-children, Misty and Ryan. She works in the accounting department for Big Boy Restaurants.

James C. Johnson

Jim is a Senior Accountant/Office Manager since 1949 At Clarence H. Johnson, P.C., CPA's. Married to his wonderful wife Marge for 57 years, they are the proud parents of two children and grandparents to two fantastic grandchildren. A life-long Royal Oaker, Jim attended K-12 in Royal Oak Schools and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration - Detroit Institute of Technology. He serves on the Royal Oak Salvation Army Advisory Board-1993 to Present. Red Run Golf Club-Member since 1968 to Present and Chairman/Treasurer = 1968 to Present of the Faith Baptist Church-Royal Oak. Jim enjoys his involvement with Honor Flight Michigan

Maureen Sage

Maureen was born and raised in Royal Oak. After a 30 year absence, she has returned to Royal Oak, and is employed at Beverly Hills Department of Public Safety as a communications specialist. She was recently married to Rick Sage, Honor Flight Board Member, and has two grown children. She has earned a black belt in karate, and is an avid outdoorswoman, enjoying hiking, roller blading, biking, cross country skiing and golf. A recent auxillary board member, Maureen assists with applications, mailings, and phone calls. As with any volunteer with Honor Flight, she wears many hats. "It is an honor and a privledge". M.S.

Wil White

Wil White is the Fire Chief for the City of Royal Oak. Wil grew up in Royal Oak, Michigan and he has been a member of the Royal Oak Fire Department since September of 1988. He's been married to his wife Nancy for 23 years and they have two children, Amanda and Nicholas. Wil has lent his support and knowledge to Honor Flight Michigan since its inception.

Jan Williams


Ed Burkhardt

Cynthia Canty

Cynthia Canty

Melissa&Tim Downey

Melissa & Tim Downey


Mike McCarthy


Pam Robbins


Rick & Maureen Sage

Cris Zimmel

Chris Zimmel


Cathy Zimmerman

Jim Johnson

Jim Johnson