Jessie was lucky to find their love of aviation at a young age. It was that moment on their first flight, that they decided to become a pilot. They were told that their dream was too expensive and too difficult to achieve, but Jessie persevered and graduated from the only school in their state with an aviation degree. To this day, Jessie feels lucky to experience joy every day in their work and pride in wearing the Delta Uniform.
June, PRIDE month, is particularly important to Jessie. As a member of the LGTBQ+ community, the Chairperson of the Delta Flight Operations Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Taskforce and VP of Delta’s LGBTQ+ business resource group, EQUAL, Jessie is proud to work for a company that shares the same core values. Jessie said that “one of the most rewarding parts of being a Delta pilot is being part of the great Delta family and the great Delta brand. Delta sets itself apart from other airlines because of its emphasis on servant leadership, honesty, integrity, respect, and perseverance. Our Core Values are priorities in everything that we do. And because of that, we have a product that people prefer and value.”
Jessie’s commitment to bringing inclusion to the flight deck extends beyond their involvement with Delta. As a member and volunteer of OBAP, they work to create more professional development opportunities for scholarship applicants, particularly those who are not awarded a scholarship. With inclusion in mind, Jessie also believes that the Propel program “is a great program in so many ways but I love most that it provides opportunities to many who frequently do not have such opportunities.”
Jessie is a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, a wife of 5+ years and a dog mom. Lastly, Jessie says “I love the flying itself...I'll never get tired of flying over the Grand Canyon on a clear day, or of seeing the northern lights or the Milky Way on those pitch-black nights. I am proud to put on my Delta uniform because of how the Delta family treats each other and our customers.”