The mothers, the millennials, and the mavens. Changing our communities.
This is our seventh annual unveiling of 50 amazing women who are raising the bar in their communities, serving as beacons of light in their industries, and forcing change for the greater good. Meet this West Virginia Wonder Woman, Cynthia Rodina, and many more that are creating a better West Virginia with their can-do attitudes and Mountain State spirit.
From parties in her father’s hangar to traveling the world, Cynthia Rodina was born into the aviation world. She was also destined to encourage young women to explore careers in aviation. She’s an instructor of aviation maintenance at Pierpont Community and Technical College, where she teaches what she loves and promotes aviation careers for women in any way she can. Her father inspired her to pursue a lifelong career in aviation and, after touring the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, she was immediately convinced that was where she belonged.
Since Rodina immersed herself in a male-dominated field, she was determined to build a foundation for women in aviation, beginning with her work as one of the few female mechanics at Delta Airlines for 17 years. She believes women need to get into fields that allow them to sustain themselves. So, after retiring from Delta, she decided to use her passion to teach young females to become strong and independent aviation professionals.
Rodina’s work doesn’t stop there—she is also on the board of directors for the international Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance, and she is involved with the local chapter of AWAM, too.