Seaplane Pilots Association Team

Steven McCaughey

Executive Director

Known for his unquenchable thirst for flying and his passion to make meaningful positive impacts on the water flying community. Steve dreams big and will not relent until the job is done. His goal is to guide the Seaplane Foundation to achieving more than we ever believed possible as he makes the hard work enjoyable for all around him.

Ann Gaines

Office Manager

Ann has been with the Seaplane Pilots Association and Seaplane Foundation since 2001. She ensures that everything runs smoothly behind the scenes. With a strong eye for organization and detail, Ann provides stability to the foundation’s business.

Abbie Kellett

Assistant to the Executive Director

Abbie Kellett is the newest team member at the Seaplane Pilots Association. She began flying from a young age with her father and received her private pilots license at 17 years old. After attending the University of West Florida, Abbie began her professional career in aviation and seaplanes in 2018 with Shoreline Aviation, a Cessna Caravan operator based out of New Haven Connecticut. After returning home, Abbie obtained her flight instructor certificate and began teaching at Jack Brown’s Seaplane Base. Abbie is passionate about spreading the joy of seaplane flying and creating safe, competent seaplane pilots.

Water Flying Magazine

Mark Twombly


Mark’s skills as a editor help the Seaplane Foundation ensure that our messaging is clear and to the point. As the former editor of AOPA Pilot and the current editor of SPA’s WaterFlying magazine Mark brings a wealth of experience and perspective to helping us achieve our mission goals.

Susie Holly

Art Director

Susie Holly has spent her career in all facets of publishing—newspaper reporter, production editor, magazine editor, layout artist, art director, and even bookstore owner. She has served as art director of Water Flying for 10 years. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism. She is a yoga enthusiast and avid tennis player. Her home base is Sanibel, Florida.

Peter Christie

Advertising Director

Peter started working with the foundation as a passionate volunteer, which lead to him joining our staff to assist on a wide variety of research, mission achievement and sweat equity projects.