Pioneering Naval Aviator to be Guest Speaker at Portsmouth Christian Academy’s 2016 “On Eagles’ Wings”Annual Gala


October 7, 2016 – Dover, NH – Portsmouth Christian Academy (PCA) is pleased to announce that pioneering Naval Aviator, Karen Baetzel, will be the guest speaker at their annual fundraising gala – “On Eagles’ Wings” – on October 15 at The Oaks in Somersworth, NH. The theme of this year’s annual gala – sponsored by Cutter Family Properties of Rollinsford, NH – is “On Eagles’ Wings.” The public is invited to attend this special evening of celebration and inspiration featuring PCA student ambassadors.

The parent of two PCA alumni, Karen Baetzel is a fusion of tough-minded senior military leader, successful corporate executive, and gifted speaker and trainer. She retired after thirty years as one of the United States Navy’s most senior female Naval Aviators and one of the few Naval Aviators of either gender qualified as an Aircraft Commander in helicopters, propeller and jet aircraft. After her Commanding Officer tour, she served as an Instructor on the elite Navy Leadership Training Team and then translated that success in the corporate world before founding her own business, BattleAxe Consulting. Captain Baetzel has the resume of a practitioner, serving high performing organizations such as NASA, Microsoft, and the Departments of State and Defense.  To learn more about Captain Baetzel, go to:

Cutter Family Properties, a local company that specializes in renting space to artists and small businesses on the NH seacoast, has signed on as the lead Legacy Sponsor for the “On Eagles’ Wings” Annual Gala. Co-owner Leanne Pellerin, whose grandparents started Cutter Family Properties in the 1940s, is a 1998 graduate of PCA. To learn more about Cutter Family Properties, visit their web site at Other sponsors of the gala include American International Student Service Center, Bank of New Hampshire, and Gordon College, as well as the Carpentier, Noronha, and O’Connell families.  Find out more about the gala by visiting