2016 – 2017 Invasion Organizers

800.399.5867 (JUMP)


Karlee Ayer

I have 11 years in the sport, with jumps in all disciplines, from fs to wings suits, but my heart belongs to freeflying. It’s been an honor to fly with the elite in 3 vertical world record formations and 2 women’s world record formations. I’ve competed in 4 U.S. National completions with 2vfs teams and 2 mfs teams, taking home one bronze metal in the mfs open category.  I’m also a yoga instructor and massage therapist, I love laughing, long walks and sunsets on the beach.


Steve Lefkowitz

  • Started Skydiving: 2005
  • Number of Jumps: 9,500+
  • Discipline: FS
  • Home DZ: Skydive Chicago
  • Tunnel Time: Several Hundred Hours
  • Ratings: Coach
  • Skydiving Roles: Outside Center for Rhythm and Octomino, Bringer of Myrrh
  • Achievements: Multiple medals from USPA Nationals 4-Way, Dubai International Parachuting Championships, and other 4-Way Competitions, member of SDC Octomino, SDC Octimus Prime, SDC Jetstream, SDC Tempo and CSC Rubicon
  • Fun Fact: I was a World Champion Aardvark Caller – two years in a row!

JaNette Lefkowitz

  • Started Skydiving: 2003
  • Number of Jumps: 8,000+
  • Discipline: Relative Work
  • Home Dropzone: Skydive Chicago
  • Tunnel Time: Several Hundred Hours
  • Ratings: Coach
  • Skydiving Roles: Inside Center for Rhythm and Octomino, and Food Network Celebrity Chef
  • Achievements: Multiple medals USPA Nationals 4-way, Dubai International Parachuting Championships, and other 4-way competitions, past member of SDC OCtopussy, SDC Jetstream Tango, SDC Rhemix and CSC Furies.
  • Fun Fact: I wrote P90X. It used to be called P90JANETTE bust the Marketing Department said it was too “hardcore” and they went with 90X.

Andrew Happick

  • Started Skydiving: 2006
  • Number of Jumps: 5,800+
  • Discipline: FS
  • Home Dropzone: Skydive Chicago
  • Tunnel Time: LOTS!
  • Ratings: Coach, AFF-I, Tandem-I, Pro
  • Skydiving Roles: SDC Rhythm Team Member, Load Organizer, Coach, AFF, Tandem, Pro
  • Achievements: 2015: Carolina Turbo XP – 4th Place USPA Nationals Open, 2014: Carolina Turbo XP – 4th Place USPA Nationals Open, 2014 – GKXP – 1st Place USPA Nationals (16-way), 2014: XP8 – 3rd Place USPA Nationals Open (8-way), 2013: Carolina Turbo XP – 4th Place USPA Nationals Open, 2013: Carolina TurbOcho – 5th Place USPA Nationals Open (8way), 2012: Carolina Turbo XP – 6th Place USPA Nationals Open
  • Fun Fact: I can swallow a skittle and then… unswallow it!

Doug Barron

  • Started Skydiving: 2003
  • Number of Jumps: 5,300+
  • Discipline: FS
  • Home Dropzone: Skydive Chicago
  • Tunnel Time: LOTS!
  • Ratings: Coach, AFF-I, Tandem-I
  • Skydiving Roles: Pro AAD’s and Skyhooks and Anti-Pulling Low!
  • Achievements: Collegiate Open 4-way Nation Champion 2009, Intermediate 4-way National Champion 2009, Advanced 4-way National Champion 2010, Intermediate 8-way National Champion 2012, Open 8-way Bronze 2014, 16-way National Champion 2014 and current member of SDC Rhythm XP
  • Fun Fact: I love awesome socks.

Jake Jensen

  • Started Skydiving: 2007
  • Number of Jumps: 6,000+
  • Discipline: Freefly
  • Home Dropzone: Skydive Chicago
  • Tunnel Time: 2,500+
  • Ratings: Coach, Tandem, PRO, IBA Tunnel Lvl 4
  • Skydiving Roles: SDC Core VFS Member, Freefly Organizer and Coach, Tunnel Coach
  • Achievements: VFS National Championship, Represented the US in World’s (2016), 3 Up-Right World Records, 162-way Head Down World Record
  • Fun Fact: I love back country snowmobiling.  I was actually on a professional team called Alpine Assassins.

Jason Russell

  • Started Skydiving: 2002
  • Number of Jumps: 12,000+
  • Discipline: Free Fly
  • Home Dropzone: Skydive Chicago
  • Tunnel Time: 4,000+
  • Ratings: Coach, AFF, PRO, IBA Tunnel Lvl 3-4
  • Achievements: SD Nexus Founding Member, SD Nexus 2010 – 2013, 2012 Vertical World Record 138-way, 2011 Skydive Dubai 16-way VFS project, 2009 Vertical World Record 108-way, 2008 US Nationals: Gold- Freefly Intermediate SkyLab SVC, 2007 Vertical World Record 69-way
  • Awards: Way too many for this space… seriously.
  • Fun Fact: I love a good, strong and smart debate, and discussing astronomy.

Stephanie Strange

  • Started Skydiving: 2002
  • Number of Jumps: 7,000+
  • Discipline: Free Fly
  • Home Dropzone: Skydive Chicago
  • Tunnel Time: 4,000+ hours
  • Ratings: Coach, AFF, IBA Tunnel Lvl 3-4
  • Skydiving Roles: SDC Core VFS Team Member, Free Fly Organizer and Coach, Tunnel Coach
  • Achievements: Founding member SD Nexus, SD Nexus 2010-2012, 2012 138-way HDWR, 2011 Skydive Dubai 16-way VFS project, 2010 Women’s Vertical World Record 41-way, 2008 Parachutist Magazine Profile Person of the Month, 2008 US Nationals: Gold – Freefly Intermediate SkyLab SVC, 2008 Women’s Vertical World Record 20-way
  • Awards: Way too many for this space… seriously.
  • Fun Fact: I was on my first World Record with only 220 jumps!

Kai Kai Buchholz

  • Started Skydiving: 2003
  • Number of Jumps: 9,000+
  • Discipline: Free Fly and Anything Fun
  • Home Dropzone: Skydive Chicago
  • Tunnel Time: A few thousand hours
  • Ratings: Ratings?!?
  • Skydiving Roles: SDC Core VFS Team Member, Free fly Organizer and Coach, Tunnel Coach
  • Achievements: Most of all, just having fun in the sport since I started.  I was on the 138-way Head Down Record.  I won the Bedford World Challenge in 4-Way Dynamic.  Wow, that might be it… 😉
  • Awards: Way too many for this space… seriously.
  • Fun Fact: I love ping pong; wait, I mean table tennis?

Sandy Grillet

  • Started Skydiving: 1973
  • Number of Jumps: 10,300+
  • Discipline: FS
  • Home Dropzone: Skydive Chicago
  • Tunnel Time: 114 Hours
  • Ratings: None
  • Skydiving Roles: FS Organizer, FS Tunnel Camp Organizer, Dealer for Vector, PD, Vigil, and Cypres
  • Achievements: I think my biggest achievement is working hard to stay current and relevant in a sport that changes rapidly.  I’ve not allowed myself to fall into the very easy category of “used to be”.  I also believe I have helped many people navigate our sport in terms of gear, technique, safety (especially canopy) and how to choose their mentors.
  • Fun Fact: I took Evil Knievel pheasant hunting and hid $45,000 of his jewelry in our carburetor while we walked in some fields.  He was a cool guy.

Reese Pendleton

  • Started Skydiving: 2005
  • Number of Jumps: 6,000+
  • Discipline: Free Fly
  • Home Dropzone: Raeford
  • Tunnel Time: Not Enough
  • Ratings: PRO and USPA Coach
  • Skydiving Roles: Member of the Golden Knight VFS Team and serving my country.
  • Achievements: 138/`64 World Records and Advanced Gold USPA Nationals 2012/2014.
  • Fun Fact: I often listen to books on tape!

Joe Abeln

  • Member of the US Army Golden Knights Team
  • 9000 jumps
  • 200 hours tunnel
  • 164 VWR 138 VWR 2x Gold VFS Advance US Nationals

Sam Smith

  • Started skydiving: 2011
  • Total number of jumps: 2,500+
  • Total hours of tunnel: 100+ hours
  • Sponsors: Vertical suits, Alti2
  • Teams: Control Tower MFS
  • Records – Florida women’s largest upright formation 2013, Florida general largest upright formation 2013, National women’s upright formation 2013, Florida women’s head down sequential 2014, Maine largest upright formation 2015, Georgia largest upright formation 2015
  • Awards – 1st place 2way VFS Advance Skyventure New Hampshire Tunnel Competition 2013, 3rd place 2way VFS Open XP Freefly Tunnel Competition 2015

Sam Carrasco

My name is Sam, but most know me as Sunshine. I started jumping in 2008 in Chambersburg, and since then have made well over a thousand freefly and angle jumps, and have logged about 500 hours in the tunnel. I’ve had the pleasure of working at three different tunnels in the east coast, as well as being part of the Skydive Suffolk staff as an AFF instructor. I’ve most recently been part of the opening crew at iFly KOP and spend my days ripping it up in the wind with my friends, and teach people how to fly. When I’m not at work, I spend as much time at the dropzone as possible. I am super amped to be joining the team for Invasion, and shredding with new friends and old. Till then, EFS and blue skies to you!

Michael Schulte

I used to be pretty good, but I took time off from the sport because of some chick. I started jumping again occasionally again and am now fairly mediocre. Now who wants to get organized?!

Alex Lupson

  • Lever 4 instructor at IFly
  • 3000 + jumps
  • 70 + Hours Tunnel time
  • 1st place VFS in Orlando 2014
  • December tunnel Comp Outside Video for Invasion 2014
  • Organized at Lanes Paquins Head up skills camp in Sebastian 2015
  • Organized at Summerfest 2015
  • Organized at Invasion 2015
  • Weekly free fly organizing and coaching at Start Skydiving 2015
  • HD State Record in Ohio 12 way
  • HU Stare Record in Ohio
  • 6 way RW State Record in Ohio
  • 34 way Largest HD formation completed 42 way
  • Judge for Ifly Naperville Untouchables Competition 2015
  • 1st place overall Sunpath Open 2013
  • Advanced 3rd place overall Sunpath Open 2014 Advanced

Jon Dixon

  • Started Skydiving: 2001
  • Number of Jumps: 1800+
  • Home Dropzone: Sebastian
  • Available to Organize: Basic RW, Intermediate Head Up, Intermediate Angle/Tracking.  Bring me your tired, your poor, your old dudes, solos  and misfits. All the hot chicks will be jumping with the skygods anyway. Hook up with me and we will keep it safe, have some fun and look good on video.
  • Fun fact: I’m a skinny dude trapped in a husky body. Really.

Mike Brewer

Mike Brewer is a self-proclaimed non-hipster, in spite of his man-bun, eclectic vinyl collection, and Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts. After graduating UNC Wilmington, Mike filed his diploma in a very thick stack of other useless documents, bought himself a nice tent (to finance his tunnel membership), and settled down in the fine city of Raeford, NC. Eventually, the Paraclete XP staff got sick of him whining about his shitty sleeping bag, and offered him a job. Since then, Mike has spent his days shooting tandem video, buzzing around in the windy tube, and ripping with the XP family on his days off. In spite of all his progress, he still eats Lunchables for dinner.

James Kunze

28 years old Started jumping in 2010 800+ jumps 70+ tunnel hours James is an active duty U.S. Army Soldier. He volunteers on the weekends as skydiving/tunnel videographer and photographer as well as a Tandem instructor and coach. When he’s not working in the Army, skydiving or tunnel flying he’s looking for new comedy videography/photography ideas to create as well as currently earning his Bachelors of Science in Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis. He’s also a Mac and cheese coonosier and pizza enthusiast.

Mike Parker

  • USPA ‘D’ License
  • USPA Coach Rating
  • 1000 Jumps
  • Specializing in RW formation jumps
  • Club ‘Jump In’ Organizer
  • Send Mike an Email
  • Cell Number: 321-917-5199

I started jumping in 1984. Learned early on from some of the greats. After a hiatus, I returned to jumping with a renewed outlook and passion. Now, as an Organizer for Club Jump In, I want to share the excitement and thrill with others. Come join me for fun jumps, coach jumps, or to just get in the air! I am available during weekdays and most weekends.

Danielle Olivella

  • Home Drop Zone: Skydive Sebastian
  • Number of Jumps: ~ 2000
  • 1st jump: May 1998
  • Main Discipline: Freeflying
  • Freefly coach and organizer at Skydive Sebastian since 2006
  • Freefly world and state record holder
  • Also enjoy: Wakeboarding, Kite Surfing, Snowboarding, and playing with my crazy boxers dogs
  • Fun Fact: I actually am a rocket scientist J
  • Sponsors – Vertical Suits, Camorigs/SKD Tactical, Kryptek, Larsen & Brusgaard
  • Making skydiving in to a fun learning adventure

Bill Flynn

  • “Jump In” coordinator “Club Jump In”
  • Rw organizer and coach
  • Jump suit retailer for Liquid Sky, Body sport USA, & Bev Suits
  • Webpage
  • Follow me on Twitter @skydiverbill
  • Send Bill an Email
  • Muff brother 2775
  • With 18 years of RW experience, I specialize in making learning not only safe but fun. A purpose driven path to a well rounded skydiver.