Sgt. Tony Reid is Co-Founder, Vice President of Business Development, and Drone Instructor for Drone Cadets, a program which exposes and trains drone technology to youths; teaching FAA rules and regulations, repair classes, coding, and drone operations. It is his fervent goal to expose this technology to all black and brown communities.
Commercially, sUAS Pilot Tony Reid has been in the UAV drone industry for 5 years. He received his Part 107 UAS Certification in September 2016. Since then he has trained and deployed with the American Red Cross, operating in many missions from Mapping in Hurricane Harvey 2017, to Damage Assessments in Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria 2018. Recently, Mr. Reid deployed to the grand Bahamas in 2019 for Hurricane Relief. He conducted Damage Assessments for Dorian 2019, which included inspections of buildings, and critical infrastructure such as; bridges, highways, roof inspections, and powerlines.
Mr. Reid has been active in the United States National Guard for ten years. As part of the STEM Careers Program, which showcases the many STEM Military careers in the National Guard.
Mr. Reid has been Certified in:
Some of the equipment with which Mr. Reid has become very skilled:
Some of the UAV drone automated software Mr. Reid programs with include:
Chief Pilot Tony Reid holds several FAA Licenses, waivers, and respected Certifications:
As Co-Founder and CEO of Drone Cadets, Ms. Cantwell is propelling the next generation to new heights, one pilot at a time. She's helped teach hundreds of children safe and responsible drone flight and has been instrumental in the development of the Drone Cadet curriculum and method of teaching.
As President of Drone Wonders and commercial drone pilot, she also delivers drone photography, inspection, data collection, and imaging services to clients.
Prior to Drone Wonders, Ms. Cantwell worked for five years with schools across the Hudson Valley, helping them enrich their STEAM programs and promote literacy through the use of robotics and coding. Her background in teaching and technology includes teaching children to fly and build drones at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center and Challenge Camp. She’s also taught children Python, Dash Robotics, LEGO Master Builder, Tynker Coding, and Escape Room.
Ms. Cantwell has conducted STEAM Professional Development training and “Tech Petting Zoos” for teachers. She has worked with several high-profile authors and taught many Business Development and Sales Training workshops to adults. Her teaching career began as Planetarium Lecturer at the Hudson River Museum. As a respected marketing executive, she worked her way up the corporate ladder, finally serving as Marketing Communications Officer for both a software developer and financial services firm.
Always comfortable in front of an audience, she sings at her church and has spoken before groups of up to 20,000. Ms. Cantwell is a community leader who believes in giving back and serving others. She’s made multiple trips to Nicaragua, Cuba, and Haiti to provide medical relief, construct homes and build churches. She’s led many organizations including serving as a founding Board Member of the Blue Eagle Institute, President of Kiwanis, and Board Member of Executive Women’s Golf Association (EWGA).
She is a certified FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot, and an FCC licensed HAM Radio operator. Ms. Cantwell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History from the State University of New York at Albany and a Master of Science degree in Mass Communications from Iona College.
She lives in Dutchess County, New York with her wonderful husband David. They have two dogs who think drones are just some kind of crazy bug-bird monster sent to torment them.
As Co-Founder, CFO, Robert Stipak has been a drone flight, repair, and build instructor with Drone Cadets since April 2019. He brings to Drone Cadets his exceptional ability as a professional organizer; a talent he has elevated to an art form. His organizational expertise extends to management and system operations involving student flight data, physical inventory, purchasing, asset management, finance, time allocation, pricing models, and support services. To this he adds his vast technical knowledge of electronics, computers, and sound engineering.
He has an extensive background in sound and lighting production serving as Production Supervisor at KJK Productions, Lighting Specialist at Silent G Productions, and Production hand at Westchester Broadway Theatre. He is the Front-of-House Sound Engineer at the Mission Church and has been volunteering in all positions on the Production Team Ministry since 2014.
He is joined by his daughter Robyn who is our number one Drone Cadet volunteer and future instructor.