Our mission is to advocate, promote, and grow the societal and economic benefits of safe, accessible, and affordable unmanned systems technologies in Pennsylvania.
The PA Drone Association is a 501C(6) trade association established in February 2019. We are an association of businesses, institutions, and individuals with a common interest in unmanned systems technologies. We work to advance that common interest through networking, collaboration, advocacy, education, and economic development opportunities in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Collaboration with our members and Pennsylvania legislators and leadership to craft policies that enable industry growth.
Educate recreational and commercial users to cultivate a mantra and practice of safety first.
Identify and cultivate commercial /enterprise users of drone technology and encourage the scalable adoption of their UAS application.
Grow the commercial drone industry in Pennsylvania by developing an environment of integration, utilization, research, training, and funding of drone technology.
Our committees provide you the opportunity to get involved in an area of expertise that interests you. We need you to participate. The committees usually all meet via conference calls. Please reach out to the Committee Chair to learn about the activities and opportunities to participate.
COO, Argos Unmanned Aerial Solutions, LLC
LTC (Ret.) Todd Kishpaugh joined the Argos Unmanned Aerial Solutions team as a business partner and COO in 2017 after 20 years of service in the United States Army. A graduate of West Point, he led the development of multiple manned and unmanned aviation programs, including the establishment of the first UAS organization within US Army Europe Command. He later served as the Officer in Charge of the US Army UAS Training Center at Fort Huachuca.
Todd has worked closely with multiple Army Program Management Offices to field and sustain numerous manned and unmanned aviation programs supporting worldwide operations. Todd is a proven leader, providing innovative solutions and effective team building to successfully manage large scale and complex operations. A combat aviator, Todd also possesses an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate, Remote Pilot Certificate and multiple type ratings with over 2,700 flying hours including
multiple international assignments and combat deployments.
Rene L. Diehl, Chair
Government Affairs Advisor, K&L Gates
Legislative/Government Committee Strategies:
Operations Manager, Consortiq
“Drones bring more “good” to the greater-good.” – Stephen Glaus
This committee is purposed to promote and advance the benefits and societal good that drones can offer to the state. From media communications to live demonstrations, the Drones for Good Committee is an advocate-in-action – bringing to focus the work that is currently being done by law-abiding drone professionals statewide.
JILL HELSEL GINGRICH
Jill brings 18 years of experience in communications and public relations in the private and public sector. Her sharp eye for detail, high energy and professionalism allow her clients to achieve the results they need.
Prior to joining La Torre Communications, Jill spent seven years at the Pennsylvania Bankers Association, where she handled the association’s public relations and communications needs, including serving as the managing editor of paBanker Magazine. During her tenure, she guided the association through a rebranding campaign, website redesign and social media launch. She also handled the association’s extensive marketing of programs, events and annual meeting.
Jill started her career at the United Way of the Capital Region, where she gained valuable media relations and event planning experience before joining the Office of Rural Development under Govs. Ridge and Schweiker, and later the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s Office of Communications.
While at the Public Utility Commission, Jill played a key role in several statewide public service campaigns, including consumer education for the 711 telecommunications relay service. The 711 telecommunications relay service campaign focused on educating all Pennsylvanians so that people who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech disabled could be empowered by the PA Relay technology. The campaign accomplished this through 2,500 radio spots across 50 stations statewide, 60 billboards, 400 mass transit ads, more than 80 newspaper ads in over 15 papers, mall kiosk advertising, a website and in-classroom elements. As a result, the relay service saw recognition rise among the hearing public.
She graduated from Lebanon Valley College with a bachelor’s degree in English/communications with a minor in business. She is a United Way of the Capital Region public relations/social media committee member and vice president of the Girls on the Run – Capital Area board.