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Meet Our Team

We’re headquartered in Nashville, TN, but many of our teammates work remotely from wherever they choose, using technology and strong communication to manage and to push projects forward.

Alan Perlman

CEO & Founder

Alan founded UAV Coach in 2014 with a focus on education, safety, and commercial opportunity. He holds an FAA Remote Pilot Certificate and is the lead course instructor for Drone Pilot Ground School. Earlier in his career, he ran a boutique marketing agency in NYC, built HubSpot’s customer certification program, and traveled to 50+ countries as a cost-of-living research analyst. Alan has a BA from Washington University in St. Louis. He spends his free time with wife/business partner Lana, their 2-year-old son and dog and is always planning his next outdoor adventure.

Lana Axelrod

Chief Operating Officer

Lana holds an FAA Remote Pilot Certificate and has over a decade of experience in strategic planning, financial analysis, product management, marketing and customer experience. Prior to joining UAV Coach, Lana managed credit card products at American Express and spent several years on Wall Street at Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs. Lana has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS from New York University’s Stern School of Business. She spends her free time with her husband/business partner Alan, their 2-year-old son and dog and enjoys travel and home improvement shows.

Isabella Gustave

Digital Marketing Manager

Isabella is a digital marketing expert who creates knock-out strategies for building web presence and online communities. She has held a variety of roles including copy editor, writer, content creator, and marketing manager and has received awards for her work from the American Advertising Federation and the Society of Technical Communication. Isabella has a BA in English from the University of Florida and a MA in Technical Communication from the University of Central Florida, where she graduated magna cum laude. Outside of work, she enjoys time with her husband, labradoodle, and tabby cat.

Mike McGuirt

Student Support Manager

Mike served nearly 28 years in the U.S. Air Force, where he held various management and leadership roles in human resources, supporting personnel around the globe. Most recently, he spent 3 years as a high school Aerospace Science Instructor, where he started and grew the drone program. Mike has a BS in Industrial Technology from Southern Illinois University and an MA in Management and Leadership from Webster University. Mike and his wife of over 30 years raised two sons and lived in many unique places; they now reside in Jonesboro, AR.

Zacc Dukowitz

Contributing Writer

Zacc is a writer with professional experience in education technology and digital marketing. Zacc also holds the rank of nidan in Aikido, a Japanese martial art, and is a widely published fiction writer. Zacc has an MFA from the University of Florida and a BA from St. John’s College.

David Jensen

Curriculum Consultant

David has held various management and aviation positions in his career. He was Chief Pilot of an FAA Part 141 flight school after writing the program, an Adjunct Professor at Dowling College – School of Aviation, a high school teacher of Aviation at a technical high school, and a Certified Flight Instructor, all the while running a multi-state janitorial services organization. David has an MBA in Finance from Pace University and a BS in Business Administration from SUNY. He spends his free time with his wife and two children, flies his own plane and enjoys motorcycling and SCUBA.

Miles Perlman

Future Drone Pilot

When he’s not napping or honing his fine motor skills, Miles dreams of one day operating an unmanned aerial system. In the meantime, it’s all board books, toy trucks, and smiles for this kiddo.