Sean Hennessy spent the last 22 years flying as both a Captain and a First Officer for Delta Air Lines and its Delta Connection subsidiary, Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA). Sean was ASA’s 2004 Award of Excellence recipient. At Delta, he has spent the last five years as an instructor and proficiency check pilot on the Airbus 320. This spring he will be instructing on the Airbus 330.
Sean grew up on the northside of Atlanta, in Sandy Springs. He graduated from Pace Academy in 1994 where he was a State Champion tennis player and Service Award winner. Sean continued his education at Denison University where he graduated with a BA in Spanish with a focus on international relations. While at Denison, Sean spent three semesters abroad honing his Spanish speaking skills. Two were spent in Spain and his third was spent at the Center for Wetland Studies in Puerto San Carlos, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Sean worked with the school, local government and variety of stakeholders in laying the foundation for a sustainable economic and social plan for the town. When the semester ended and the rest of the students went home, Sean stayed in Mexico to continue his community organizing and outreach efforts. He started an english school and co-designed and implemented an environmental education program for the local youth called Eco Scouts. Additionally, he worked as the Nature Conservancy’s Sea of Cortez Project intern where he worked as a community organizer raising awareness and coordinated donor trips to conservation sites. Through his work Sean assisted in raising $150,000 for these various projects.
The fall of 1997, Sean returned to Denison and graduated the spring 1998. After graduation Sean returned to Mexico with the Nature Conservancy where he acted as a trainer for the U.S. Agency for International Development’s inaugural Mexican National Park Staff First Aid and Emergency Program. Sean trained more than 60 people, including members of the Mexican Armed Forces and National Park staff throughout the Yucatan peninsula. Additionally, he participated in a conference focused on financing of national parks and nonprofit organizations.
In fall of 1998, Sean accepted a position as a Project Assistant/Field Representative with The Nature Conservancy living in Loreto, Baja California Sur, Mexico. There he coordinated community outreach activities for Loreto Bay National Park. As well, he developed a fundraising strategy for local conservation organization working with multiple stakeholders including national park staff. Sean guided Molly Moore of the Washington Post for a weeklong trip to report on conservation programs in Baja California, Mexico (Washington Post,“In Baja: Ecology vs. Economy”). He assisted in the planning and execution of two VIP donor trips by the Executive Directors of three large foundations. Both trips were to remote places and required complicated itinerary and logistical planning. Those trips resulted in $600,000 donated to the Nature Conservancy’s Mexico Program.
Sean spends his free time with his wife, Sandi, two daughters and son. They love traveling and visiting parks. They recently purchased a home on Jekyll Island, GA. Sean has been a volunteer diver at the Georgia Aquarium since 2010.