Our Staff

A safety first philosophy is the foundation of our business. We foster this culture at Skydive Allegan because our staff members are less like employees and more like family. Each staff member is sent through rigorous training and hold the appropriate certification, license and medical clearance through the FAA, USPA and other appropriate agencies congruent to their position.

All parachute packers are supervised on site by an FAA certified Senior Rigger.

Dropzone Owners

Dennis Bennett

DZ Co-Owner, Tandem Instructor, S&TA, Senior Rigger, IAD Instructor

Ed Straub

DZ Co-Owner, Tandem Instructor Examiner, Senior Rigger


Kirk Shoemaker

Tandem Instructor, Coach

Chad Kayner

Coach, Tandem Packing Artist

Charity DeRoo

IAD Instructor, Coach

Luke Daly


Kelly Winegar

Tandem Instructor, Lead Student Instructor, Coach, IAD Instructor

Mitch Steere

IAD Instructor, Coach, Multimedia Expert, Lead Packer


Thomas (TJ) Andrews

Chief Pilot

Commercial Single & Multi Engine Land, Instrument Rated, High Performance Endorsement, Complex Endorsement

Benjamin (Ben) Egan


Gerald (Jerry) Marier


Robert (Bob) Galler


Julie (Pilot Chick) Renkema


Henry (Hank) Miller


Wesley (Wes) Durst


Support Staff

Emily Bennett

Tech Guru, Manifest Temp, Whip Cracker, DZO Spouse

Cassandra LaMacchia

Support Staff

Mary LName

Tandem Packing Goddess

Terra Bykerk

Support Staff

Jason Mainstone

Jack of All Trades