Team

Alyssa Connell Founder, Aviation Fitness Group

Alyssa is an award winning fitness enthusiast – winning the international social media fitness challenge, “Mamavation” two years in a row. Alyssa understands the importance staying healthy and active has in having positive mental health.

As an aviator, Alyssa Connell loves the sky and those who’ve dedicated their lives to it, starting with her own family. As the CEO of Connell Communications, a preeminent marketing and public relations firm – Alyssa founded Connell Aviation Group to combine her love of the open air, her aviation family and her passion for strategic communications. She believes her greatest responsibility is to bring the knowledge and experience of the most dedicated aviators to the aviation and aerospace industry through affordable, quality communications platforms.

Scott "Scooter" Yoak Co-Founder, Aviation Fitness Group

Scott “Scooter” Yoak is a NASM certified personal trainer and the Aviation Fitness Group expert-in-residence. Scott demands the best from his aircraft and his body. Scott says, “There’s no reason in the world why I shouldn’t demand the best from my body. In doing so, I found a second love in aesthetic bodybuilding.”

Scott Yoak is regarded as one of the best Mustang pilots in the world. His extensive background in working on and flying these aircraft have made him a highly respected figure not only in the warbird industry, but the entire aviation industry.

He is a 2008 graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), Daytona Beach Campus with a major in Aviation Maintenance Science. While attending school at ERAU, Scott obtained his Commercial Single and Multi Engine Land, Single Engine Sea, Certified Flight Instructor and Airframe and Power Plant Mechanic. 

In between all of the school flying, Scott built hours by banner towing and instructing in the family North American T-6 Texan. He then was checked out in the P-51 Mustang at the age of 20.  For years he trained and absorbed as much knowledge as he could from some of the legends that performed in the Mustang. At the age of 23, Scott performed his debut airshow routine at the world’s largest aviation celebration, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

Scott currently resides in South Carolina, where he runs the family restoration and fabrication business with his Inspection Authorization certification. He currently holds a Surface Level Aerobatic waiver in the P-51 and performs in dozens of airshows a year. His current Total Time is 6,500+ hours and over 1,000 hours in P-51’s.

Jennifer Armbruster Certified Personal Trainer

Jennifer Armbruster is a personal trainer certified through the American College of Sports Medicine. She began her career in fitness with a bachelor’s degree in Sport and Exercise Science from Indiana University. Jen enjoys working with everyone whether they are experienced lifters or just beginning their fitness journey. She has experience coaching one-on-one, teaching group classes, and writing programs for different levels of fitness. Jen also has experience working with groups who have chronic conditions, such has heart disease. When she isn’t at the gym you can usually find her training for a triathlon or hanging out with her husband.

Collin is an experienced air traffic controller in the southeast who has worked EAA AirVenture Oshkosh for more than four years. He also flies as a personal hobby. Graduating from college with a concentration in aeronautics, Collin trained in singles and light twins. He was signed off on his flight school’s King Air. His favorite rating earned is his Seaplane and hopes to own one some day.

Allyssa VanMeter Aviator & Healthy Active Lifestyle Influencer

Allyssa is the Healthy Active Lifestyle Influencer at Aviation Fitness Group. She is a lifetime fitness enthusiast, competing in cycling competitions like RAGBRAI, Cycle Greater Yellowstone and also the Golden Nugget Triathlon in Alaska. Allyssa is also a multi-year Girls on the Run Coach. She is a well-versed vegetarian. 

Allyssa is a Private Pilot working toward instrument/commercial ratings. She currently holds her tailwheel, high performance and complex ratings. She is a salon owner in Illinois and a certified Cosmetologist. She handles sales and marketing for Hooker Harness.  

Allyssa is also a proud dog mom, a fun enthusiast, adventurer, traveler, and nature lover.