Jonah Kahlil Reed, the youngest member of the Pheasant Run crew, was born in 1999 and has always lived in Painesville Township. He is the son of Brad and Colette Reed and the great-nephew of Charles Reed, the airport’s founder.
Jonah’s congenial nature, love of history, desire to help others, and innate curiosity have made him a valued presence at the airport since 2008. He works with Airport Manager Chris Joles on maintenance of the grounds, buildings and airplanes. Jonah’s knowledge of history and his out-going personality have made him a popular tour guide because he explains details about the World Wars I and II aircraft. Jonah flies often with Chris, Jeremy and Gretchen and plans on getting his pilot’s license someday.
Home-schooled through eighth grade, Jonah attended Riverside High School and graduated in 2017. He was chosen a delegate to Buckeye Boys’ State in ’16 and earned many awards in soccer and track, including both regionals and district finals. His parents are dedicated to community service and quickly taught Jonah about the rewards of volunteering by taking him with them when delivering Meals on Wheels.
He became a “Junior Volunteer” when he was 9 and visited home-bound elderly people for the “Be a Santa to Seniors” program. He enjoys hearing the stories older people tell him. In high school, Jonah was a teacher’s assistant and a student leader for Senior Day. He helped organize an Elks parade in ’09 to raise money for charity. He volunteered for four years at Lake Metroparks events. He worked on fundraisers for two local alumni associations. He also learned a wide range of diversified skills while working as a construction assistant with his father at B.T. Reed Custom Homes and Remodeling.
Jonah truly loves learning, teaching and working with children. Friendly and quick with a smile, he is a fitness and nutrition enthusiast who wishes to pursue his love of working with people in all of their cultural diversity. To further these interests, he chose to attend Kent State University and began working toward his Bachelor’s Degree there in August of ’17. He plans to major in sociology and to further enhance his interest in history.