FAA Roundtable - Monday, September 11 at 1:30pm

Erik Amend, P.M.P.

Regional Administrator, Great Lakes Region
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Erik Amend is the Regional Administrator for the Great Lakes Region. Mr. Amend serves as the principal executive representative of the FAA Administrator in the region, providing corporate leadership in cross-organizational matters and represents the FAA with industry, the public, and governmental organizations. The Great Lakes Region encompasses the geographical area of Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.
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.
General Session: Building Regional Aviation Education & Workforce Development Pipelines - Tuesday at 11:15am, AAM Integration into Local Communities - General Aviation at the Core - Tuesday at 2:00-3:00 pm

Grayson Ardies

Director, Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission

The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission is a state agency in charge of promoting aviation and aerospace across the state, including the 108 public airports that comprise Oklahoma’s air transportation system. As Director of OAC, Ardies’ emphasis is on promoting the aerospace industry, the state’s second largest industry; planning and development of the state’s air transportation system; and encouraging public-private partnerships to enhance the aerospace industry and support workforce development. Director Ardies graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Aviation Management with minors in Business Administration and Air Traffic Control. As part of his education through the aviation program, he also received a commercial pilot’s license with single and multi-engine instrument ratings and is a certified flight instructor.
Creative Approaches for Small Airports - Wednesday, September 13 at 8:30am

Brian Baldwin

Chairman, Bentonville Municipal Airport Commission

Brian is “semi-retired" from a sales and marketing career. He lives in Bentonville, AR. He is an instrument rated private pilot with approx 2300 hours as PIC. Currently flies a single engine turbo-prop, “Jetprop". Brian is an active pilot for Angelflight South Central. He is currently the Chairman of the Bentonville airport advisory board and has been involved with the airport for the past 15 years, when the mission to bring the community closer to the airport first began.
The Big Move: Complexities of Airport Consolidation and Relocation - Tuesday, September 12 at 9:45am

Glenn Boles

Manager, Arkansas/Oklahoma Airport District Office
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Glenn is the manager of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Arkansas/Oklahoma Airport District Office. Mr. Boles is responsible for overseeing and directing implementation of the Airport Improvement Program and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law program. Planning, implementation and oversight of these programs require constant coordination between his team, local airport and city officials and their consultants.

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.

Linking Airports and Communities Through Innovative Statewide Programs - Monday, September 11 at 10:30am

Bradley Brandt

Aviation Director, Aviation Division
Office of Multimodal Commerce, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development

He is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a bachelor’s degree in Aviation Management and a master’s degree in Aeronautics. He also earned an Aviation Law Diploma from the International Air Transport Association.

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.

Delivering on UAS Integration and Community Partnerships - Tuesday, September 12 at 9:45am

Grant Brewer

Manager, Community and Workforce Development

Grant Brewer serves as the Manager for Community and Workforce Development with DroneUp, and has been with the company since April 2022. Prior to joining DroneUp, Grant worked for 10 years in Higher Education and 8 years in Secondary Education. Grant helps DroneUp facilitate community engagement efforts across the country in all of the markets they operate. He also coordinates workforce development initiatives for High School STEM engagement and collegiate partnerships to help build a talent pipeline.
New Technologies For Airport Operations and Airport Obstructions - Monday, September 11 at 2:15pm

Michael W. Buening, P.E.

Chief Airport Engineer, Office of Aviation
Indiana Department of Transportation

Michael Buening, PE serves as the Indiana DOT office of Aviation chief airport engineer. His duties include maintaining the 5-year aviation capital improvement plan, coordinating the Indiana Airport Pavement Management Plan, reviewing and approving grant submittals, construction plans, airport layout plans, master plans and planning studies. He performs on-site inspections of airport projects and assists the UAS, Tall Structure and Airport Certification activities of the office. Mr. Buening serves as the lead member of the planning and coordinating committee for the annual Purdue Road school aviation tract. He also coordinates with INDOT’s research division providing multiple pavement evaluations of airport pavements across Indiana.

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.

New Technologies For Airport Operations and Airport Obstructions - Monday, September 11 at 2:15pm

Greg Campbell

Director, Virginia Department of Aviation (DOAV)

Greg Campbell was named Director of the Virginia Department of Aviation (DOAV) effective Feb. 14, 2022. Prior to his appointment by Gov. Glenn Youngkin, Greg was the Executive Director of the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (SHD), a position he held for 30 years.
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.
Delivering on UAS Integration and Community Partnerships - Tuesday, September 12 at 9:45am

John Campbell

Director of Communications and Education
Virginia Department of Aviation

John Campbell is the director of communications and education at the Virginia Department of Aviation. He also serves as vice president & executive director of the Virginia Small Aircraft Transportation Systems Lab; and is on the board of directors of the Military Aviation Museum.
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.
Welcome & Opening Session: Monday, September 11 at 8:30 am, The Big Move: Complexities of Airport Consolidation and Relocation: Tuesday, September 12 at 9:45 -10:45 am

Jerry Chism

Director, Division of Aeronautics
Arkansas Department of Commerce

Jerry Chism is a native Arkansan, born and raised in Cabot, Arkansas where he still lives. In 1982, Jerry married his High School sweetheart, Kelly, and they have three children and nine grandchildren. He graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1984 with a Bachelor of Architecture degree and practiced architecture for 20 years, with 10 years as partner in his own firm.

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.

General Session: FAA Reauthorization - Tuesday, September 12 at 3:15 pm

Jim Coon

Senior Vice President of Government Affairs & Advocacy
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)

AAM in the Community: Engaging the Public on Infrastructure and Public Safety - Monday, September 11 at 10:30am

Jacques Coulon

Manager, Mobility and Innovation
City of Orlando, FL

Jacques Coulon has had the pleasure of working with the City of Orlando since 2015. He currently leads the City’s efforts on preparing for emerging transportation technologies such as Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) and Connected Autonomous Vehicles (CAV) and works on a variety of transportation planning efforts including the City’s planned Lake Highland/Alden Road realignment project and Edgewater Drive Complete Street project. In his current role with the City’s Transportation Department Jacques also serves as the lead for transportation focused issues and items for all major proposed developments within the City. Jacques is a proud graduate of the University of Central Florida where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning.
Featured Lunch Speaker: Monday, September 11 at 11:50 am

Chad Cox

President & CEO
Thaden Field

Chad Cox has worked as a professional in the aviation industry for 15 years. For the last 10 years, he has worked on aviation-related initiatives in Bentonville, Arkansas.
AAM in the Community: Engaging the Public on Infrastructure and Public Safety - Monday, September 11 at 10:30am, FAA Roundtable - Monday, September 11 at 1:30pm

Colleen D'Alessandro

Regional Administrator, New England Region
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

In August 2019, Ms. D'Alessandro was appointed as Regional Administrator. In this role, she serves as the senior agency official in the New England region providing cross-functional oversight and leadership for the FAA Administrator and coordination across lines of business to include Aviation Safety (AVS), Airports (ARP) and Air Traffic Organization (ATO). Ms. D'Alessandro is the principal FAA representative for the six New England states - Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island and Connecticut.

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.

FAA Program Updates-Airport Inspection Program & Weather Camera Program - Saturday, September 9 at 3:00pm

Jennifer Dahlstrom

Aeronautical Information Specialist, Airport Data and Airspace Division
Office of Airports Safety and Standards, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

AAM 101 Part II - Saturday September 12 at 12:30 pm

Mike Dyment

Founder and Managing Partner, NEXA Capital Partners

With thirty-five years' industry experience, Mike is a trusted advisor to institutional investors and top management in the aerospace, transportation and finance sectors. He specializes in corporate finance, business strategy, enterprise value dynamics and value creation.
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.
AAM Integration into Local Communities - Tuesday, September 12 at 2:00pm

John Eberhardt

Chief Technology Officer, Advanced Technology Applications (ATA, LLC)

Mr. Eberhardt is the Chief Technology Officer at ATA, LLC. Mr. Eberhardt has over 25 years of experience in Solution Architecture, Systems Engineering, Data Science, and Analytics, managing teams of scientists and engineers to rapidly create customer-centered solutions in the Aviation, Defense, Healthcare, Security, and Biotechnology sectors.

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.

The Big Move: Complexities of Airport Consolidation and Relocation - Tuesday, September 12 at 9:45am

Frank Farmer

Bureau Chief
Alabama Department of Transportation, Aeronautics Bureau

Frank Farmer is the Chief of the Alabama Department of Transportation’s Aeronautics Bureau. He is responsible for managing the State of Alabama’s $55.0 million channeling authority for the application, receipt and disbursement of federal airport grant funds for 68 Alabama airports. Mr. Farmer administers the Alabama Airport Improvement Funding Program that provides approximately $7 million in grants to communities for construction and improving airports throughout Alabama. His bureau is also responsible for inspecting and licensing over 260 landing areas in Alabama which includes public and private use airports, public, private and medical use heliports.

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.

General Session: Communicating the Economic Value of your Airports to the Public Speakers: Monday, September 11 at 9:00 am

Dr. Daniel Findley, Ph.D., P.E.

Associate Director at the Institute for Transportation Research and Education
North Carolina State University

Dr. Daniel Findley, P.E. is an Associate Director with the Institute for Transportation Research and Education in Raleigh, NC. He holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University and is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in North Carolina. Dr. Findley has 17 years of experience in economic impact analysis, multi-modal transportation studies, human behavior research, and transportation engineering studies, collectively. He served as Principal Investigator (PI) or co-PI on over 30 funded projects and has conducted research for sponsors including ACRP, NCDOT, FHWA, ITE, and others. He has led the study of North Carolina's airport's economic contribution in 2006, 2012, 2016, 2019, and 2021 and produced numerous impact studies at airports for a variety of projects and investment scenarios. Dr. Findley also participated in the creation of an economic development program for general aviation airports.
Ignacio Flores

Ignacio Flores

Fireside Chat with FAA Office of Airports - Monday, September 11 at 3:30 -4:30 pm

FAA, Airports Southwest Region

Linking Airports and Communities Through Innovative Statewide Programs - Monday, September 11 at 10:30am

Becca Gallas, P.E.

Director, Division of Aviation
North Carolina Department of Transportation

Becca Gallas serves as director of the North Carolina Department of Transportation Division of Aviation, leading initiatives that promote a safe and robust air transportation system and vibrant economy.
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.

Creative Approaches for Small Airports - Wednesday September 13 at 8:30am

Alex Gertsen, CAM, C.M., ACE

Director, Airports and Ground Infrastructure
National Business Aviation Association (NBAA)

As Director of Airports and Ground Infrastructure at NBAA, Alex Gertsen focuses on airport access and advocacy, runway safety as well as aviation noise and fly neighborly initiatives on behalf of business aviation. With over 20 years’ experience in the aviation industry Alex is an active pilot and aircraft owner. He started his career coordinating aircraft charters and logistics in the White House Travel Office. Alex’s passion for technology and his focus on safety grew as part of his work at Lockheed Martin and carried through his efforts at the American
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.
FAA Roundtable - Monday September 11 at 1:30 pm

Raquel Girvin

Regional Administrator, Western-Pacific Region
Federal Aviation Administration

Raquel Girvin was appointed Regional Administrator for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Western-Pacific Region in December 2018. Raquel serves as the principal executive representative of the FAA Administrator and the senior FAA official in the region. Western-Pacific Region encompasses the states of Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada and the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam and Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands. Raquel has thirty years of multi- disciplinary experience in aviation.
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.
New Technologies For Airport Operations and Airport Obstructions - Monday, September 11 at 2:15pm

Stephanie Green, CM

Senior Aviation Planner, Mead and Hunt

Stephanie Green, CM, is a senior aviation planner at Mead & Hunt. Her interest in aviation started through volunteering at an air show while in high school and grew to her acquiring her pilot’s license and choosing aviation as her career. Over the last 23 years, Stephanie has provided services to more than 40 airports, including Dallas-Fort Worth International (DFW). Stephanie’s experience covers all aspects of airport management and planning, including master plans, state system plans, ALP updates, and strategic plans.
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.
General Session: Communicating the Economic Value of your Airports to the Public - Monday, September 11 at 9:00 am

Todd Green

Program Manager
Division of Aeronautics, Colorado DOT

Innovative Approaches to Airport Construction Projects - Wednesday, September 13 at 10:00am

Jim Halley

Halley Aviation Advisors

Jim has been the Airport Planning and Programming Director for Aviation at the Texas Department of Transportation since May of 2020. In this role he leads a team of outstanding aviation professionals responsible for the development of TxDOT Aviation’s Capital Improvement Program, airport coordination, project development, environmental reviews, land acquisition, and planning studies oversight. Prior to joining TxDOT, Jim was the Statewide Planning Coordinator with Florida DOT’s Office of Policy Planning where he was involved in the update to the Florida Transportation Plan as well as statewide public and partner involvement and outreach. Jim also led the office’s Automated, Connected, Electric, and Shared Vehicles efforts. Prior to joining Policy Planning, Jim was with FDOT’s Aviation and Spaceports Office where he managed FDOT’s public-use airport system program, the Continuing Florida Aviation System Planning Process, and FDOT’s airport sustainability efforts. Jim previously worked in airport operations at Palm Beach County and Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport and as an airport planner with Talbert & Bright and the Lee County Port Authority. Jim spent 8 years as a U.S. Marine special operations team leader and artillery officer. He received his B.S. in Aviation Management from Florida Tech and his M.B.A. in Aviation from Embry Riddle. He has 13 years of experience in airport operations, planning, development, and management. Jim is an Accredited Airport Executive and Airport Certified Employee, both through the American Association of Airport Executives, a licensed skydiver through the U.S. Parachute Association, and was named to Airport Business Magazine’s “Top 40 under 40 Aviation Professionals” in 2017.
General Session: Arkansas Readiness for Advanced Air Mobility Initiatives - Tuesday, September 12 at 8:30 am

Dr. Richard Ham, Ed.D.

Associate Director, Department of Industrial Engineering
University of Arkansas

Dr. Richard Ham is a seasoned transportation executive with 37 years of experience in security, safety operations, program administration, compliance, and enforcement.
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.
General Session: Building Regional Aviation Education and Workforce Development Pipelines & 2024 NASAO Annual Convention & Tradeshow Preview - Tuesday, September 12 at 11:15 am

McCall Harriman

Grants Manager, Division of Aeronautics
Arkansas Department of Commerce

Harriman is a multi-faceted public servant with success in organizational leadership and project management. During her tenure with the State of Arkansas, she has developed strong social service skills in community and industry engagement, program implementation, and multi-stakeholder collaboration.
AAM 101 Part II - Saturday September 9 at 12:30pm

Zach Hazzard

Aviation Research Analyst and Planner, Woolpert

Zach is an Aviation Research Analyst and Planner at Woolpert, with expertise in various aviation planning projects, such as statewide system plans and airport master plans. He has led numerous planning efforts for AAM, including developing statewide roadmaps and airport compatibility reports, conducting stakeholder working groups, and overseeing strategic master planning and site selection studies for on-airport vertiports.
Creative Approaches for Small Airports - Wednesday September 13 at 8:30am

Eric Jacobs

Partner/Director, Airport Monitoring Systems

Mr. Jacobs helps people, organizations, and their leaders grow and be more successful. He has been involved in GA for more than 40 years as a pilot and supporting the FAA, TRB, ACRP, and other aviation stakeholders. He is an engineer whose experience includes safety; cybersecurity; technology; leadership; and workforce development.

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.

General Session: Communicating the Economic Value of your Airports to the Public - Monday, September 11 at 9:00 am

Rylan Juran

Aviation Planning Director, Office of Aeronautics
Minnesota DOT

General Session: Communicating the Economic Value of your Airports to the Public - Monday, September 11 at 9:00 am

Pam Keidel Adams

Vice President

Ms. Keidel-Adams has over 35 years of aviation planning expertise, starting her career as an intern with Landrum & Brown (L&B). Her areas of focus include aviation system planning, economic impact, master planning, air service development, activity forecasting, public outreach, airport development and coordination planning, and project management.

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.

FAA Roundtable - Monday, September 11 at 1:30pm

Marie Kennington-Gardiner

Regional Administrator, Eastern Region
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Marie Kennington-Gardiner became the Regional Administrator for the Eastern Region in August of 2021. Previously, she served as the Acting Regional Administrator beginning in May 2021 and in 2017. The Eastern Region encompasses the geographical area that includes Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. The Region oversees operations at some of the world's busiest airports including, JFK International Airport, LaGuardia Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, Newark International Airport, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Baltimore/Washington International Airport. Kennington-Gardiner also served as the Director of the New York Area Program Integration Office for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). As Director, she coordinated, integrated and monitored regional airspace issues, projects and initiatives to address congestion and delays in New York. Prior to this position, she served as Director of the Lower Manhattan Recovery Office to coordinate federal emergency transit investments following the 9-11 terror attacks. She was responsible for providing oversight of $4.5 billion in support of post 9/11 infrastructure establishment or replacement activities. Kennington-Gardiner has over twenty years of experience working for the FAA. She started with the agency in 1991 as an electronics engineer leading implementation efforts for numerous surveillance and weather radar installations throughout the FAA's Eastern Region. The blend of academic and practical skills she secured while in the field provided an opportunity for her to progress to General Engineer for larger Agency Projects and Programs prior to her stint with the Federal Transit Administration where she served as an Account Manager for the East Coast defining and prioritizing major federal infrastructure investments. These experiences led her to the most challenging positions of her FAA tenure. In her current position she provides corporate oversight for all projects and initiatives associated with delay reduction for the largest airports in the New York Metro Area. As a graduate of Manhattan College in Riverdale, NY, Kennington-Gardiner holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree. She is also the recipient of a Master of Science, Management of Technology from NYU Polytechnic University.
FAA Regional Administrators Roundtable - Monday, September 11 at 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Doug Lane

Deputy Regional Administrator Southwest

AAM Integration into Local Communities - Tuesday, September 12 at 2:00pm

Troy LaRue, CM

Operations Manager, Division of Statewide Aviation
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

Troy LaRue, C.M. is the Operations Manager for the Division of Statewide Aviation, directing aviation operations and planning for the State of Alaska’s rural airport system within the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.
Linking Airports and Communities Through Innovative Statewide Programs - Monday, September 11 at 10:30am

Evan Lester

Transportation Manager, Planning and Environmental Services
Aeronautics Division, Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT)

Evan Lester began his career with the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Aeronautics Division in 2017 as a Transportation Program Monitor writing airport improvement grants, conducting airport inspections, and investigating airport compliance issues. Evan also closed 380 project grants and recovered $15.3 Million in various funding sources that were then used for additional airport projects across Tennessee.

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.

New Technologies For Airport Operations and Airport Obstructions - Monday, September 11 at 2:15pm

Tyler Lewandowski

Project Manager, Office of Aviation
Indiana Department of Transportation

Tyler Lewandowski is the Project Manager for the INDOT Office of Aviation where he reviews and issues tall structure and noise sensitive permits. He is also active with the implementation of unmanned aerial systems into INDOT operations. Tyler previously worked as a UAS Pilot for the Purdue School of Civil Engineering and a UAS Dispatcher for Purdue’s Aviation Transportation and Technology. Tyler is a graduate with a Bachelor of Science in both Unmanned Aerial Systems and Aviation Management from Purdue University.
AAM 101 Part II - Saturday, September 9 at 12:30pm

Caryn Moore Lund

Vice President of Public Policy, Regulatory and Government Affairs, Ferrovial Airports

Caryn Moore Lund is the Vice President of Public Policy, Regulatory and Government Affairs for Ferrovial Vertiports. Backed by Ferrovial’s 70 years of transportation infrastructure experience, Ferrovial Vertiports is developing a series of vertiport networks in the United States and Europe. Ferrovial Vertiports will be the safe, secure and efficient landing facilities that will enable the introduction and scaling of Advanced Air Mobility.

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.

Delivering on UAS Integration and Community Partnerships - Tuesday, September 12 at 9:45am

Mira Marquez

Skydio For All Program Manager, Skydio

Before Skydio, Mira spent nearly a decade in the video game industry focusing on User Interface and Experience Design for mobile and VR platforms. At Skydio, she has worked as a Product Designer, building a range of products from Skydio 2 and the Skydio Enterprise Controller to multiple software applications such as KeyFrame and 3D Scan. In addition to design, she conducted multiple research initiatives at Skydio that contributed to development of the Skydio For All program which she now leads. Mira is a trained pastry chef and enjoys confectionary recipe development in her spare time.
Building Regional Aviation Education and Workforce Development Pipelines - Tuesday, September 12 at 11:15am, AAM Integration into Local Communities - Tuesday September 12 at 2:00pm

Anthony McCloskey

Director, Bureau of Aviation
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

Tony McCloskey is the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's Director for the Bureau of Aviation in the Multimodal Transportation Deputate. He’s responsible for directing all aviation-related programs within the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, which includes the following but not limited to the statewide airport development and improvement program, aviation safety, airport and heliport licensing and safety compliance, commonwealth Flight Operations and aviation outreach, awareness and education.
Innovative Aviation Education Programs Developed by States - Tuesday, September 12 at 2:00pm

Mike McHugh

Aviation Education Coordinator, North Dakota Aeronautics Commission

Mike McHugh has more than 20 years of experience in aviation education. Currently the aviation education coordinator for the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission, Mike was previously a high school teacher in Bismarck, ND where he was awarded the A. Scott Crossfield, National Teacher of the Year. He holds an MsEd in Instructional Design and Technology and a bachelor’s degree in aviation management from the University of North Dakota. Mike is currently the chairman of the NASAO Center for Aviation Education and Research and was appointed by the governor to serve on the State board of Public School Education and the State Board of Career and Technical Education in North Dakota. Mike holds a Commercial Pilot’s license with Multi-engine and instrument privileges as well as a Remote Pilot Certificate.
General Session: Building Regional Aviation Education and Workforce Development Pipelines & 2024 NASAO Annual Convention & Tradeshow Preview - Tuesday, September 12 at 11:15 am

Jason McMullen, M.Ed.

Aviation Instructor
Northwest Technical Institute

Jason is an award-winning Aviation Instructor at the Northwest Technical Institute in Springdale, Arkansas. He recently received the 2023 Distinguished Graduate Award from Western Governors University for his work in promoting aerospace education at the secondary level. In addition, Jason received the KNWA/Post Foods Golden Apple Award in May of 2021 for going above and beyond to support learning in the classroom. He worked to create a brand-new aviation STEAM program in 2020 with the help of local, state, and national partners. This program created a career pathway for Arkansas high school students to pursue aviation and aerospace careers for elective credit. In just 3 short years, this program has been adopted by 16 schools across Arkansas and it continues to grow. He is a co-founder of the Arkansas Aviation Council promoting workforce development between secondary schools and members of the aerospace and defense industry. He serves as a counselor for the S.H.E. Can STEAM Aviation Camp, a summer camp sponsored by the Smithsonian / National Air & Space Museum. This camp hosts 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade students from underrepresented populations in the aerospace industry and gives them an immersive aviation experience.
FAA Roundtable - Monday September 11 at 1:30pm

Joe Miniace

Regional Administrator, Central Region
Office of Finance and Management, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Joseph N. Miniace became the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Office of Finance and Management’s Regional Administrator for the Central Region in May 2009. His responsibilities include representing the FAA Administrator in Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska. He provides critical aviation leadership, integration, and business services to internal and external customers, serving as an essential agency link to state and local entities to facilitate integrated planning, implementation, and execution of FAA programs and initiatives.
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.
Delivering on UAS Integration and Community Partnerships - Tuesday, September 12 at 9:45am

Kennedy Murphy

U.S. Community Engagement Lead, Zipline

Kennedy Murphy is the US Community Engagement Lead for Zipline, the world's largest instant logistics and delivery system, revolutionizing goods transportation. Previously, Kennedy played key roles in human resources, marketing and public relations where she championed a positive company culture through employer brand management, optimized media coverage for clients across the region, and spearheaded impactful community programs to expand access to care. Outside of her professional endeavors, Kennedy prioritizes exploring new destinations, cherishes visits with loved ones across the country, tends her garden, and embarks on invigorating hikes through the picturesque Ozarks.
FAA Reauthorization - Tuesday, September 12 at 9:45am

Jessica Nagasako

Director, Government Affairs

Jessica joins NASAO with more than a decade of experience working in the legislative and executive branches. She served as a political appointee at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and U.S. Department of Homeland Security where she worked on policy development and communication. Prior to that, she served as a Legislative Assistant to Senator Brian Schatz and as a Professional Staff Member for the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs' Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management. In these positions, she advised on aviation and security issues and oversaw the appropriations priorities in these areas.
General Session: Building Regional Aviation Education and Workforce Development Pipelines & 2024 NASAO Annual Convention & Tradeshow Preview - Tuesday, September 12 at 11:15am

Larry Nulton, Ph.D.

Chairman and Executive Director
Aerium Aviation

Dr. Larry J. Nulton, Chairman and Executive Director of Aerium, dedicates his efforts towards enhancing aviation education. Collaborating closely with the Pennsylvania State Bureau of Aviation, he has been influential in reshaping regional aviation training. Under his leadership, Aerium has achieved approval from the state Department of Education for six aviation-specific CIP Codes, enabling schools to offer programs such as pilot training, mechanics, and drone piloting for credit and funding.
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.
FAA Roundtable - Monday, September 11 at 1:30pm

Mike O'Hare

Regional Director, Alaskan Region
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

FAA Roundtable- Monday, September 11 at 1:30pm

Michael O'Harra

Regional Administrator, Southern Region
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Michael O'Harra was appointed Regional Administrator for the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Southern Region in January 2018. He is the senior agency official within the eight-state region including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, as well as the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He is the FAA Administrator's primary representative to elected officials, civic groups, aviation industry, educational institutions, and other Federal agencies for the region. He is responsible for outreach activities to stakeholders and local communities regarding environmental impacts and noise management issues, as well as information sharing on initiatives such as NextGen, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) integration, Commercial Space, airport improvements and airspace and procedure changes.
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.
General Session: FAA Reauthorization - Tuesday, September 12 at 3:15 pm

Brian Olsen, P.E.

Aeronautics Administrator, Wyoming Department of Transportation
NASAO Legislative Affairs Committee Chair

Brian Olsen is the Aeronautics Administrator for the Wyoming Department of Transportation. He oversees the distribution of state and federal funds for airport development through the state’s Airport Improvement Program, planning and design of airport construction and maintenance projects, air service development through the Air Service Development Program and manages flight services for the
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.
Welcome & Opening Session - Monday, September 11 at 8:30 am, Fireside Chat with FAA Office of Airports - Monday, September 11 at 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Greg Pecoraro

President and CEO

Chief Executive Officer of NASAO, which is dedicated to representing the interests of the states and the public before policymakers at the federal level. Our goal is to ensure the nation has a safe, secure, efficient, and well-funded aviation system as a powerful economic engine for growth and job creation. NASAO is the only organization deeply invested in representing the public interest in all facets of aviation and airports. NASAO members organize, promote and fund a wide variety of aviation programs across the nation.
Maintaining your #1 Asset for your Airport - Pavement - Monday, September 11 at 1:30pm

David Peshkin, P.E.

Founder, Vice President and Chief Engineer, Applied Pavement Technology

Founder, Vice President and Chief Engineer of Applied Pavement Technology (APTech), David Peshkin is an accomplished pavement engineer with extensive experience in pavement evaluation, pavement design, and pavement maintenance and rehabilitation techniques. In collaboration with his colleagues, David works on pavement evaluation projects, including examining pavement performance, modeling future conditions, and developing rehabilitation recommendations. He has also played a leading role nationwide in researching and presenting on preventive maintenance. Because of his deep knowledge and experience in the pavement engineering field, David is frequently sought out as a technical expert or as an expert witness on complex pavement-related litigations.
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.
Building Regional Aviation Education and Workforce Development Pipelines - Tuesday September 12 at 11:15am

Glenn Ponas

Director, High School Outreach

Glenn is responsible for providing programmatic, management, and fiscal oversight of AOPA's High School initiative. He helps lead AOPA's effort to expand the adoption and implementation of the AOPA High School Aviation STEM Curriculum. Glenn has thirty-one years of experience as a secondary teacher, building and district level administrator, and curriculum development specialist with the Pittsburgh Public Schools. In 2002, he founded the Pittsburgh Gifted Center Aviation Program. Over the next 18 years, the Program introduced over 3,000 students to aviation, fostered over 900 EAA Young Eagles flights, and helped inspire 30 former students to become FAA certificated pilots. He is an FAA certificated private pilot and remote pilot. In 2005, Glenn co-founded and was named President and COO of Frameworks Information Technology, Inc., a web-based data visualization and GIS analysis company. He was also an educational data systems consultant for the Pennsylvania and US Departments of Education. Glenn is an avid homebrewer, husband to an amazing wife, and father to a golden retriever and a whippet. He lives in Northern Maryland in a house that George Washington slept in. Really.
FAA Program Updates-Airport Inspection Program & Weather Camera Program - Saturday, September 19 at 3:00pm

Cohl Pope

Program Manager, Weather Camera Program
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Cohl has supported the Weather Camera program in multiple capacities for 22+ years to include implementation, operations, engineering, and management. The program provides pilots and aviation stakeholders with real-time visual images of current weather conditions to aid in aviation flight decision making prior to takeoff and in-flight. Cohl is grateful to support the best team in the agency who is continually striving to improve aviation safety and efficiency across the National Airspace System.
Maintaining Your #1 Asset for Your Airport, Pavement - Monday, September 11 at 1:30pm

Laura Raczkowski, P.E.

Assistant Program Director, State Airport Agencies Program
Applied Pavement Technology, Inc.

Laura Raczkowski, P.E. is a pavement engineer and the Assistant Program Director of the State Airport Agencies Program at Applied Pavement Technology, Inc. (APTech). She obtained her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and is a licensed professional engineer in several states. Laura began her career with APTech over 20 years ago and since then has focused on airport pavement evaluation and management projects. She has worked with twenty-two state aviation agencies to assess pavement condition, establish customized airport pavement management systems, develop maintenance and rehabilitation plans, and assess the impact of different pavement funding strategies.
The Big Move: Complexities of Airport Consolidation and Relocation - Tuesday, September 12 at 9:00am

Blake Roberson, P.E.

Senior Project Manager, Garver

For the past 19 years, Blake has served over 70 airports, working alongside them to design and construct new runways, terminals, and beyond that keep those communities connected. As Garver’s Regional Aviation Leader, he leads a team of aviation experts in crafting the innovative infrastructure solutions that keep clients on-time and under-budget. With a broad range of experience – from design coordination to construction management, Blake has worked alongside clients in airport development, runway extensions, taxiway extensions, safety improvements, terminal development, and much more. For he and his team, it’s about more than designing state-of-the-art terminals or runway improvements, it’s about connecting and uplifting the communities they call home.
Innovative Aviation Education Programs Developed by States - Tuesday, September 12 at 2:00pm

Scott Romney

Manager, Workforce Development
Division of Aeronautics, Utah Department of Transportation

Scott Romney is the Workforce Development manager for the Division of Aeronautics at the Utah Department of Transportation. Romney has overseen Utah’s Career Pathways that create workforce training pipelines for various industries including: aviation, aerospace manufacturing, diesel technology, medical innovation, construction, and information technology. Romney has helped develop workforce programs for targeted industries from the ground up and has helped place more than 5000 students into high-demand positions. Scott has a Master’s Degree in public administration which has helped him build strong connections between government, industry, and education partners. He spends his free time attempting to learn the banjo and trying to convince his friends to watch pro-wrestling.
General Session: FAA Reauthorization - Tuesday, September 12 at 3:15pm

Max Rosen

Senior Manager of Government Affairs
Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems (AUVSI)

The Big Move: Complexities of Airport Consolidation and Relocation - Tuesday, September 12 at 9:00am

John Rostas

Senior Aviation Planner, Garver

John Rostas serves as a senior aviation planner for Garver’s Aviation Team with over 10 years of experience in airport planning and development. He has extensive experience as a planning consultant where he developed Airport Master Plans, Airport Layout Plans, environmental assessments, feasibility studies, and capital improvement plans. Prior to joining Garver, John served as Planning Manager for a small hub airport where he managed the airport’s Capital Improvement Plan and oversaw various planning initiatives. John has bachelor’s degrees in Airport Management and Political Science from the University of North Dakota and a Master of Business Administration degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He is a Certified Member of the American Association of Airport Executives and licensed pilot.
AAM Integration into Local Communities - Tuesday, September 12 at 2:00pm

Nicholas Sabo, A.A.E.

Executive Director, Winchester Regional Airport Authority
President, Virginia Airport Operators Council

Nick Sabo serves as Executive Director of the Winchester Regional Airport Authority and current president of the Virginia Airport Operators Council. In his primary role, Nick oversees strategy, policy, and daily operations of the Winchester Regional Airport, a business-class general aviation facility located in Winchester, VA. Previously, Nick was commissioned in the US Air Force as an Airfield Operations Officer, during which he managed operations at two stateside duty stations and completed two deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. After military service, Nick served as Assistant Manager at the Frederick Municipal Airport and taught aviation curriculum at the Community College of Baltimore County. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Purdue University and a Master of Aeronautical Science degree from Embry-Riddle University.

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.

Innovative Approaches to Airport Construction Projects - Wednesday September 13 at 10:00am

Owen Silbaugh

Director of Airport Engineering, Aeronautics Division
Massachusetts Department of Transportation

Owen Silbaugh is the Director of Airport Engineering for the MassDOT Aeronautics Division and adjunct professional at UMASS Lowell. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University in 2002 and the University of Pittsburgh in 2004. Since moving to the greater Boston area in 2005, he has worked solely on aviation design, construction, and permitting projects in the New England region. At the Aeronautics Division, Owen leads the engineering department with yearly pavement maintenance program, pavement condition index program, and implementation of new web-based project management software as well as managing the capital improvement program and projects of public-use airports.
Delivering on UAS Integration and Community Partnerships - Tuesday, September 12 at 9:45am

Linn Smith

Manager, Airspace & Emerging Aviation Systems
Office of Aeronautics, Michigan Department of Transportation

Mr. Smith has more than 33 years of experience working in transportation safety. The focus of his work for the past 24 years has been managing aviation planning, zoning, and airspace related projects and initiatives. He has lead system planning initiatives including the Michigan Aviation System Plan 2017 as well as aviation facility master planning and zoning projects for over 50 airports in Michigan. He has served as the Administrator of the Michigan Tall Structures Act as well as staff specialist for Airport Zoning and Airport Planning. He has supervised the MDOT Aeronautics Planning and Environmental Unit that provided critical services to local communities and airports on airport planning, environmental, land use and zoning related issues. In 2021, Mr. Smith was appointed to manage the Office of Aeronautics efforts in the emerging aviation technology sector. His newly created team has been focused on Advanced Air Mobility issues including multiple research projects related to emerging aviation. He is a licensed pilot and has a Degree in Applied Science/Civil Engineering Technology.
Maintaining Your #1 Asset for Your Airport - Pavement - Monday, September 11 at 1:30pm, Innovative Approaches to Airport Construction Projects - Wednesday, September 13 at 10:00am

Christopher Starr, P.E.

State Aviation Manager, Tennessee Department of Transportation

Christopher Starr received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master’s in Business Administration from Tennessee Tech University (TTU) plus a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK). He has 10 years of professional experience with the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) and is a licensed engineer in the State of Tennessee.
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.
FAA Roundtable - Monday, September 11 at 9:00am

Grady Stone

Regional Administrator, Northwest Mountain Region
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Grady Stone is the Regional Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Northwest Mountain Region. In this capacity, he serves as the principal executive representative of the FAA Administrator in the region. He provides corporate leadership in cross‐organizational matters and represents the FAA before industry, the public and governmental organizations. The Northwest Mountain Region encompasses the states of Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

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.

AAM in the Community: Engaging the Public on Infrastructure and Public Safety - Monday, September 11 at 10:30am

Kenji Sugahara

Oregon Department of Aviation

A graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Oregon School of Law, Kenji is the founder of Ariascend. An attorney, he played a critical role in the FAA’s 2017 Remote ID and Tracking Aviation Rulemaking Committee. As a full member he helped author the Technology Workgroup’s report and helped write the final report. In early 2017, he wrote a white-paper on Remote Identification and Tracking of UAS that will likely serve as a foundational element of the broadcast technology for FAA rulemaking on Remote ID and Tracking. Kenji was recently accepted as a Producer for ASTM F38.02. He currently works with a state aviation agency as a UAS policy advisor, and advises numerous state agencies and local municipalities on drone issues. He also sits on the UAS stakeholder group that advises the Oregon Legislature on UAS issues. A prolific writer, he has written a number of articles for trade groups that utilize UAS.
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.
Creative Approaches for Small Airports - Wednesday, September 13 at 8:30am

BJ Teichman, M.S.

Airport Coordinator, Bloomsburg Municipal Airport

BJ is an experienced aviation professional. She earned her pilot private certificate in 1981, and holds both instrument and commercial ratings. She worked her way through graduate school at UNC – Chapel Hill Flying cancelled checks at night. – Since 2017 she has been the Airport Coordinator for the Bloomsburg Municipal Airport. As part of her responsibilities, she hosts monthly FAASTeam Safety Seminar for Wings Credits serving as an FAA service provider. In 2019, and 2020 respectively she became the Secretary of Bloomsburg EAA Chapter, and Ray Scholarship Coordinator. She also holds leadership roles serving as a board member on the PA State Aviation Council, and the Governor’s Aviation Advisory Committee, as well as a committee member on her county Emergency Management Services Team. What brings joy to her job as Airport Coordinator is outreach education to the local schools, supervising interns, facilitating approximately 200 Young Eagle Flights per year, and obtaining flight scholarships for youth to earn their Privat Pilot license.
General Session: FAA Reauthorization - Tuesday 3:15-4:30 pm

David Ulane, A.A.E.

Director, Aeronautics Division Colorado Department of Transportation

Under the direction of the Governor-appointed Colorado Aeronautical Board, Ulane has the privilege of leading the Colorado Department of Transportation's innovative and forward-leaning Aeronautics Division. In collaboration with 76 public use airport sponsors, the users of Colorado's aviation system, and numerous other stakeholders, our Division endeavors to enhance aviation safety, aviation education, and the development of an effective air transportation system through the efficient administration of the Colorado Aviation Fund. Ulane serves as Executive Chairman for NASAO.
AAM 101 Part II - Saturday, September 9 at 12:30pm, AAM in the Community: Engaging the Public on Infrastructure and Public Safety - Monday, September 11 at 10:30am

Yolanka Wulff

Executive Director, Community Air Mobility Initiative (CAMI)

Yolanka is an experienced Executive and Program Director with mission-driven organizations. With an excellent ability to create and execute on a strategic vision, solve problems creatively, mediate stakeholder differences collaboratively, and communicate effectively. She is a leader and a bridge builder with a passion for the human effort to make our world sustainable.