Previously, Mr. Amend was the Acting Western-Pacific Regional Administrator. As the principle executive representative of the FAA Administrator, Mr. Amend had oversight of the regional office facility and served as the lead FAA representative for industry, congressional, and public interests in the region, such as aircraft noise, advanced air mobility, uncrewed aircraft systems, and aviation policy. The Western-Pacific Region covers over 18.7 million square miles of airspace and includes the states of California, Nevada, Arizona, and Hawaii as well as the U.S. territories of American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam.
Mr. Amend also served as the Acting Deputy Manager for the APL Office of Aviation Policy and Plans, Analysis Division. In this role, Mr. Amend created and managed the full life-cycle development process for the FAA 2023 reauthorization proposal, which included project plans, schedules, milestones, and deliverables. He oversaw the development of a new executive level Power BI (data visualization) dashboard, which mapped the reauthorization’s alignment with DOT Strategic Plan goals, Flight Plan 21, and stakeholder concerns.
As the Executive Manager in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Office, Mr. Amend’s key accomplishments were related to strategic outreach and engagement and included the following high-profile initiatives: conception and development of national drone safety awareness week; execution of FAA’s annual UAS symposium; development, negotiation, and execution of the first agreement between the FAA and the “Know Before You Fly” founding partners; development of the UAS Help Desk, providing secretariat support for the Advanced Aviation Advisory Committee; and managing activities for multiple executive level Agency wide meetings to include the UAS board, UAS executive working group, UAS executive committee, and the AAM integration council.
Mr. Amend holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Connecticut. He is a certified Project Management Professional since 2006.
The annual investment in Arkansas airports in 2023 is nearly 70 million dollars. The AIP accounts for nearly $45 million with the balance from BIL. Federal grants provide resources to Airport Sponsors to improve safety, meet FAA design standards, preserve existing infrastructure and meet new operational needs.
Glenn has been with the FAA for over 30 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of Kansas and is a diehard Jayhawk! Glenn and his wife just celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary. They have two children. Their son graduated from the University of Arkansas recently and their daughter will is a senior in high school. Away from the office, Glenn enjoys taking on house projects or simply hanging out in the garage playing with a hot rod.
Brad began his aviation career in Airport Operations at the Denver International Airport. He relocated to Louisiana with the W.D. Schock Company where he managed the Noise Mitigation Program for the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport. He joined the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development’s Aviation Division in 2001. He currently serves the aviation community in Louisiana as the Aviation Director for DOTD serving with a staff of 11 and administering a $1.3 million Operations Budget and a $28.5 million capital outlay construction budget.
Brad served as a member of the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) holding numerous positions with the organization as a Regional Director, Chairman of the Finance Committee, and Chairman of the NASAO Center for Aviation Research and Education. He also served as Chairman of the NASAO Board of Directors in 2017. He also serves as chairman of the Louisiana Drone Advisory Committee.
Mr. Buening has been an active participant in NASAO, Aviation Indiana and FAA’s sponsored PEGASAS (partnership to enhance general aviation safety, accessibility and sustainability) research program.
Prior to being in the INDOT office of aviation Mr. Buening has held positions in the Pavement Division, Design Division, Construction Division and Utility Division at INDOT. Additionally, he has held positions at multiple aviation consulting firms. He has also held the positions of county engineer and city engineer for local governments.
Mr. Buening is a licensed professional engineer in Ohio and Indiana. He currently has a class 3 medical and is pursuing his private pilot’s license.
Mike currently resides in Princes Lakes with his wife Lisa. They enjoy spending time with family, friends and their 4 grandchildren at the 70-acre private lake.
As DOAV Director, Greg oversees a team of 35 professionals who grow local communities through economic development; serve the 66 public-use airports across the Commonwealth; meet the transportation needs of Virginians; assist in workforce development; and support the $22.9 billion aviation industry in Virginia.
In addition to his daily responsibilities, Greg serves on board of the Governor’s Aerospace Advisory Council; the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority; the Virginia Resources Authority; the Washington Airports Task Force; the Virginia Small Aircraft Transportation Systems Lab; and the Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society.
Greg is a certified member of the American Association of Airport Executives and a past president of the Virginia Airport Operators’ Council. He is a past president of the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce; former chairman of the Shenandoah Valley Partnership; and recently served as a board member on Go Virginia Region 8.
Greg was named Airport Manager of the Year in 1996, and was selected as Aviation Person of the Year in 2012. He received the James Madison University Public Servant Award in 2013. Greg earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Bridgewater College.
While he’s been with the Department of Aviation for more than five years, John is in his 32nd year of service with the Commonwealth of Virginia. Previous roles and agencies include: director of public information with the Virginia Department of Forestry; assistant professor of mass communications at Virginia Commonwealth University; assistant vice president of university relations at Christopher Newport University; and public information officer for the southeastern district of the Virginia Department of Transportation.
In 2015, John was named the Virginia Governor’s Agency Star, which is the highest honor for an employee in service to the Commonwealth. In 2022, the NASAO Center for Aviation Research and Education bestowed the Aviation Education Program Award on the Virginia Department of Aviation’s Education & Outreach Program that he leads.
John’s a U.S. Air Force veteran who was stationed at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia. He holds a master’s degree in media management; a bachelor’s degree in public relations; and an associate’s degree in photojournalism.
A life-long interest in aviation led him to begin flying lessons shortly after graduating from college and flying soon became an addiction. In January 2004, he was able to turn his hobby into a career when he joined the Division of Aeronautics as Assistant Director. He was appointed to the position of Director by Governor Asa Hutchinson in 2015.
Jerry is a Multi-engine, instrument rated Commercial Pilot and Certified Flight Instructor, and flies the agency’s Beechcraft A36 Bonanza.
He and Kelly enjoy spending time with their grand kids, riding their Indian motorcycle and flying their 1950 Cessna 170.
Prior to this role Ms. D'Alessandro served as the Director of the Organizational Performance Division in the FAA's Aircraft Certification Service (AIR). As Division Director, she provided leadership in the monitoring and assessment of AIR's organizational performance to reduce risk in the National Airspace System and integrate quality and safety into all aspects of AIR's operations.
Ms. D'Alessandro has held various leadership roles within AIR since joining the FAA in 2006. She was sworn into FAA's executive service in June 2015 as Manager of the Engine and Propeller Directorate (E&PD) with employees across the New England and Eastern Regions. In addition to her many years with the E&PD, she spent time at FAA Headquarters in Washington, DC working as the Technical Special Assistant to AIR's Director and Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety. Prior to joining the FAA Ms. D'Alessandro spent 18 years at General Electric, quickly progressing through a variety of engineering jobs of increasing responsibility. During that time, she gained extensive experience in engineering design, administration and leadership.
Ms. D'Alessandro brings together a strong knowledge base of the local New England aviation and political landscape, together with a broad FAA network in Headquarters and across the country, enabling her to provide strong FAA representation with local stakeholder groups.
Ms. D'Alessandro earned her Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA and a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering and control systems from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Ms. D'Alessandro is Six Sigma Black Belt certified.
Mike was Principal advisor to ITT on its 2007 $1.85 billion ADS-B award from the U.S. FAA, as well as holding titles of Officer, Principal, Senior Managing Partner, and/or Managing Director with the aerospace and transportation practices of AT Kearney Inc., Booz Allen & Hamilton Inc., PwC LLP and Arthur Andersen LLP.
Former clients include the world's leading aerospace companies such as Boeing, Embraer and Rolls-Royce, and airlines such as American, Swiss, and easyJet. He has been a senior advisor to several FAA administrators.
Mike’s opinion is regularly sought after by the media, and he speaks regularly on aerospace matters.
Mike holds a Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.Sc.Eng. in Geodesy and Geomatics from the University of New Brunswick.
Mr. Eberhardt has delivered data sharing systems in federal agencies, streaming data processing systems in commercial aviation, clinical decision support systems for cancer treatment, and logistics analysis systems, including award winning healthcare quality applications. Mr. Eberhardt is one of the founders of the Virginia Flight Information Exchange and led ATA’s efforts to become an FAA onboarded LAANC UAS Service Supplier.
With three patents, five patent applications, and over 50 publications and invited speaking engagements, John is a thought leader in advanced analytics with experience in machine learning, statistical algorithms, and user interface design for decision support in Aviation, Healthcare, Defense, and Logistics.
Mr. Farmer works closely with airports, the FAA and consultants to develop airport capital improvement plans, statewide airport system planning and airport system development for the State of Alabama. He is committed to developing Alabama’s airport system to provide the safest, most efficient and effective system of airports for the flying public.
Mr. Farmer begin working for the State of Alabama as an airport inspector in March 1996 after serving as an airport planner with an airport consulting firm for approximately three (3) years. As an airport planner, he managed planning studies to determine actions necessary for airports to meet federal standards for instrument approaches and was responsible for developing airport master plans, airport layout plans, capital improvement plans and justification studies.
The Alabama Department of Transportation’s Aeronautics Bureau is an active member of the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), where Mr. Farmer serves as the Regional Director for the Southern Region and Chairman of the Channeling States Committee. He also serves on the NASAO Center for Aviation Research and Education Board of Directors and on the NASAO Legislative Committee.
Mr. Farmer earned a Bachelor’s degree in Aviation Management from Auburn University in 1993 and became a licensed private pilot in 1997. A native to Alabama, he is married to Atresa Farmer and they have three children and one grandchild.
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Under her direction, the Division annually manages more than $270 million in state and federal funding and 300 infrastructure improvement projects at North Carolina’s 72 public airports, operates a nationally acclaimed unmanned aircraft systems program and provides planning and engineering assistance for airports, professional development for airport personnel, and passenger and photogrammetry flight services for state agencies.
Gallas works closely with N.C. airports, companies and state economic and workforce development partners to promote public and private investment that creates jobs and economic opportunity. Among its business development resources is the N.C. Airports Economic Development Fund. This performance-based program provides grants to general aviation airports for time-sensitive capital improvement projects that create jobs. Since inception, these grants have generated $224 million in additional investment and more than 1,000 jobs.
Gallas holds a B.S. degree in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a registered professional engineer in North Carolina.
Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA). He founded Aviation Fury, LLC and prior to joining NBAA consulted leading aviation technology companies to bring innovative safety solutions to airports and general aviation. Alex continuously relies on his Mooney for air transportation.
Raquel provides corporate leadership in cross-organizational matters and represents the FAA with industry, the public and governmental organizations. At the time of her appointment, she managed programs in the Office of Aviation Safety's Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program (IPP).
From 2013 to 2018, Raquel served as Deputy Director for Policy and Planning (APO) at FAA Headquarters in Washington, DC, where she advanced a wide- ranging portfolio of projects and crosscutting policy issues such as FAA Reauthorization, NextGen implementation, and integration of new users in the NAS. In 2016, she served as senior advisor to the Director of the FAA's Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Office on international issues. Raquel joined the FAA in 2007 as Manager of the FAA's Noise Division in the Office of Environment and Energy in Washington DC.
Prior to federal service, Raquel worked in the commercial aerospace industry as an advanced design aerodynamics and propulsion engineer at Boeing-Southern California, and McDonnell Douglas Corporation. She also performed airfoil research
at NASA Langley Research Center.
Raquel holds a Ph.D. in the inter-disciplinary field of Transportation Science from the University of California, Irvine. She completed her dissertation on an economic analysis of aviation noise regulations. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in mechanical engineering from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City and a Master's of Science degree in aeronautics from George Washington University.
Stephanie earned her bachelor’s degree in Aviation Business Administration from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She is a member of the American Association of Airport Executives, the Michigan Association of Airport Executives, and serves on her local planning commission, where her planning and land use experience are well utilized.
Dr. Ham retired from the United States Air Force after a distinguished career, serving as a senior air traffic controller, airfield manager, security executive, and commander of the command-and-control school. After his retirement, Dr. Ham worked for the United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA), holding positions as the senior executive responsible for regulatory compliance and managing the official enforcement automated data systems as well as the world’s largest K9 explosive program, general aviation, regulatory enforcement, and regulatory risk management.
Mr. Jacobs has been hanging out at small GA airports since he was 4 years old, going to the very small local airport on weekends with his dad who ran a flying club .. that airport is now a shopping center.
Eric and his partner, Michael Cummings, founded Airport Monitoring Systems to affordably empower airport managers, airports, consultants, and states with information that will help them and GA be more successful.
She has managed large teams including aviation planners, transportation economists, and freight professionals in offices across the U.S. She has extensive experience in strategic planning both on a firmwide basis and within her niche of aviation planning. Pam has also been a speaker at numerous national, state, and regional conferences on topics ranging from air service to airport roles to economic impact.
Building on her six years as Chair of the Intergovernmental Relations in Aviation Group for Transplantation Research Board, she was named Chair of the Aviation Group in April 2020. She served as a member of the Technical Activities Council of TRB for three years.
Evan is now the Transportation Manager of the TDOT Aeronautics Division’s Planning and Environmental section. Evan has managed and completed various TDOT Aeronautics Division and Statewide airport planning and environmental projects, including the 2020 Tennessee Aviation System Plan, 2019 Tennessee Aviation Economic Impact Study, annual Airport Capital Improvement Plan project programming process, State Airport Layout Plan (ALP) Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), ALP template work authorization and comments matrix, State operations data counter system grant program, State Environmental SOP, and State Priority Rating model. Evan is continuously pursuing improvements to airport planning and environmental processes and providing guidance to Tennessee airports through research and collaboration to ensure a successfully planned and integrated Tennessee aviation system.
Evan graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2016 with his Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace and in 2019 with his Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Science.
In her role, Mrs. Lund leads the Federal, State, local, and community partnerships to support the development of zero-emission aviation networks. Prior to joining Ferrovial in 2023, Mrs. Lund led North American partnerships for aircraft manufacturer Lilium, and served in leadership roles at the US Department of Transportation and on the US House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. She is a graduate of UCLA.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Miniace served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Human Resources Management. He began his FAA career in May 2005, as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Strategic Labor Management Relations, and is recognized as an expert in employee and management relations with a proven track record in strategic labor relations.
Previously, Mr. Miniace was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Pacific Maritime Association where he championed a ten-year strategic plan that revolutionized the west coast shipping industry, and produced a labor contract that generated cost reductions of nearly $1 billion. He also served as the Vice President for Administration and Human Resources at the New York University Medical Center and as Group Director for Human Resources at Ryder Systems, Inc.
Mr. Miniace holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Creighton University and a Master's degree in Management from New York University. He serves on Advisory Boards for Creighton University, Stanford University School of Law, and New York University School of Law. He has also served on the board of directors for numerous businesses, including the California Chamber of Commerce and the Employee Benefits Research Institute.
Moreover, Dr. Nulton's advocacy resulted in the recognition of aviation pilots and mechanics as High Priority Occupations in Pennsylvania, expanding funding opportunities for students. Currently, he is collaborating with Pennsylvania high schools to introduce aviation certification programs and curriculums to kickstart students' careers in the field.
Dr. Nulton has been instrumental in developing the Community Airport, initiating a University Pilot Training Program and University Aviation Mechanic Program. He has also successfully recruited an airline to partner with the University, fostering an environment of practical learning and growth. Furthermore, he is working with other universities to create an innovation park at the airport, promoting an ecosystem of knowledge sharing and advancement. Through his humble yet determined efforts, Dr. Nulton continues to enrich the educational landscape for aspiring aviators.
Mr. O'Harra's previously served as the Deputy Regional Administrator for the FAA Southwest Region from 2008 until 2018, also supporting the DOT planning and response for transportation emergencies. He has experience leading major capacity and policy initiatives for the FAA, and previously held positions in private industry for nearly a decade spanning both aviation and aerospace fields.
Mr. O'Harra graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland.
governor and other officials on state business.
A Wyoming native, Olsen earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wyoming in 2002. He started his engineering career at the Wyoming Department of Transportation in the Bridge Program. His interest in aviation led him to a position with The Boeing Company in Seattle, Washington, in 2004, as a structural engineer on the 747 program. In 2008, he returned to the Bridge Program and subsequently to the Aeronautics Division in 2010.
Like many in the profession, David followed a circuitous route to pavement engineering. His journey began with a B.A. in History, which was followed by 2 years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Central African Republic and another 4 years working in the Peace Corps office in Morocco. A townie at heart, he eventually returned to Champaign-Urbana to study civil engineering. Now David is enjoying his third decade with APTech, applying his experience to research, analysis and forensics, and technology transfer challenges, both in the United States and around the world. Working on both airfield and roadway projects keeps him engaged with great clients and partners in interesting projects. It also makes David a natural and an invaluable resource to APTech as its Chief Engineer.
Nick is a private pilot and is recognized as an Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.) by the American Association of Airport Executives. In his spare time, he enjoys music, travel, and spending time with his lovely wife Mary and sons Henry and Jack.
Christopher joined TDOT as a construction inspector in charge of a 17.4-million-dollar road widening project. After two years, he was promoted into supervision as a District Maintenance Supervisor in charge of optimizing maintenance operations for several units.
At the end of 2018, he joined the asset management office as a Civil Engineering Manager 1 in the Maintenance Division overseeing a team in charge of asset data collection, asset condition assessment, Culvert Condition Assessment Program, Underdrain Program, FHWA Emergency Relief Program, management of a $155 million-dollar routine maintenance budget and much more.
In 2022, Christopher joined the TDOT Aeronautics Division as a Civil Engineering Manager 2. He is currently in charge of several sections that collectively oversees the airport improvement program, asset management program and advance aviation of the 77 public-use airports in the State of Tennessee.
When not working, Christopher, his wife and 7 kids enjoys chasing life.
Grady also serves as the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Regional Emergency Transportation Coordinator (RETCO) designated to carry out critical functions for DOT in response to disasters as documented in the National Response and Recovery Frameworks.
Immediately prior to his current role, he served as the Deputy Regional Administrator of the Northwest Mountain Region. Prior to that, Grady served at the American Embassy‐Dakar as the FAA’s Senior Representative in Africa. Grady was responsible for advancing FAA’s civil aviation goals in Africa by promoting safety and efficiency through harmonization of global standards and ensuring cooperation through international alliances.
Grady’s primary role was to liaise with the leadership of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) regional offices in Dakar and Nairobi, African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC), International Air Transport Association (IATA), Airports Council International (ACI), Sub‐Saharan Regional Safety Oversight Organizations (RSOO), and the Directors General of 49 Civil Aviation Authorities throughout Sub‐Saharan Africa.
Grady began his career in government 18 years ago in the Office of the Secretary of Transportation’s Competition Policy Division where he focused on global airline anti‐trust immunity cases and domestic and international airport slot policies and regulations. Prior to moving to Dakar, Grady served in the FAA’s Office of Airports as the compliance specialist for the Southern Region.
Prior to entering government service, Grady worked for 18 years in the private sector for two major U.S. airlines and two European aircraft manufacturers where he directed network and strategic planning initiatives. Grady is a licensed commercial pilot (SEL).
Grady holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Science in Marketing from Georgia State University.
His passion for unmanned aerial systems began over 6 years ago. As a drone operator he has gained a reputation for excellence that include a number of firsts. His operations included the first operation ever inside a state capitol building, and the first commercially permitted UAS operations at Timberline and Mt. Hood Meadows on Mt. Hood. Kenji also sits on the Oregon Tourism Commission. In the past he was Chief Operating Officer for a legal e-filing company.