Heliport & Vertiport Integration Strategies, On Demand

Rex Alexander

Five-Alpha LLC

A 40-year veteran of military, general and commercial aviation, Rex is the co-founder and president of Five-Alpha (5α) LLC, a globally recognized aeronautical consultancy specialized in helicopter and powered
lift infrastructure development, safety, training, and education. He currently serves as Infrastructure Advisor to the Vertical Flight Society, is Co-chair of the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team’s (USHST) Infrastructure Working Group and is a committee member on the National Fire Protection (NFPA) 418, Standard for Heliports. He is also a platform instructor at the Transportation Safety Institute (TSI) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma where he teaches heliport accident investigation techniques and in 2010 was one of a select group of experts that assisted in developing the “Heliport Evaluation Training Course” for FAA and DOT inspectors. He is past president of the National EMS Pilots Associating (NEMSPA) and past president of the Indiana Association of Air Medical Services (INAAMS). Rex is an alumnus of Parks College of Aviation and is a former U.S. Army Warrant Officer and ‘Aeroscout’ Helicopter Pilot and Instructor Pilot having served both on active duty and in the Indiana Army National Guard.
Spotlight on Workforce Players- Recruitment & Strategies, LIVE Monday 9/14 2:45 pm eastern

Chase Beasley

State & Local Government Affairs Manager
American Airlines

Chase Beasley onboarded with American Airlines in 2016. He handles State and Local Government Affairs for the State of Oklahoma.
People have always been the passion for Chase. Combining an affable personality with a strong sense of civic engagement, his role at American affords the opportunity to represent American’s interests to a diverse mix of community stakeholders and visiting dignitaries.
While still relatively new to the industry, Chase has taken to it with vigor. Understanding that everything is a result of what came before, a full and thorough education of history is vital. Airlines are no different and Chase always considers himself a student, constantly on the prowl for new knowledge.
Prior to joining American and entering the Aviation field, Chase worked as an in-house Petroleum Landman for an exploration and production company.
Chase serves on the Board for the Tulsa Regional Chamber and State Chamber of Oklahoma. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, Economics, & Energy Management.
Convention Welcome

John Binder III

NASAO Board Chair
Deputy Commissioner of Aviation
Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities

ohn Binder serves as Deputy Commissioner for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) and Executive Director of the Alaska International Airport System.

He oversees the management of the state’s 239 airports including the Anchorage and Fairbanks International Airports, is the chair of the executive board of the National Association of State Aviation Officials, is a Trustee for The International Air Cargo Association, and is an Accredited Airport Executive of the American Association of Airport Executives.

After retiring from the Unites States Air Force in September 2012, Mr. Binder joined Lockheed Martin’s National Airspace Implementation Support Contract (NISC) team in assisting the Federal Aviation Administration upgrade Alaska’s airspace and air traffic infrastructure. He joined the State of Alaska government in June 2013 when he became the Operations Manager for the Division of Statewide Aviation, directing aviation operations and planning for the state’s rural airports.

Mr. Binder is a former U.S. Air Force pilot and combat veteran with over 21 years of service, having retired as a commander and a command pilot with both fighter and trainer aircraft experience in the F-15C Eagle, T-38 Talon, and the T-6 Texan II. He graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Astronautical Engineering. He also earned a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Sciences from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 1995 and a Master of Science degree in Space Systems from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 2006.

Mr. Binder and his wife Kia have four children and live in Anchorage, Alaska.

Delivering the AIP Program to GA-Consider Block Grant, On Demand

Steve Brian

Aviation Program Manager
Georgia Department of Transportation

Steve Brian, Aviation Program Manager, Division
of Intermodal, Georgia Department of Transportation

Steve Brian is the Aviation Program Manager for the Georgia Department of Transportation which administers the FAA Block Grant Program andthe State Aviation Grant Program. Prior to joining the
Department, Steve was the Airport Director in College Station, TX and Brunswick, GA (managing the Brunswick Golden Isles and the McKinnon St. Simons Island Airports).
He has over nearly 40 years of experience in managing airports holding position in the communities of Birmingham, AL, Binghamton, NY, and Kinston, NC. He also served in
Washington, DC with ACI working on issues affecting small airports, air service, and international route development.
Steve is a graduate of Auburn University, a certified member of the AAAE, and holds a private pilot certificate.

The Future of State and Local Involvement in Commercial UAS and UTM, LIVE Tuesday 9/15 2:30 pm eastern

Bob Brock

Director of Aviation & UAS, Kansas Department of Transportation

Robert W. Brock, Director of Aviation & UAS, Kansas Department of Transportation
Bob Brock, a Kansas native is the Director of Aviation & UAS for the Kansas Department of Transportation. Prior to joining KDOT, Bob served a 22-year career in the Air Force. An instrument-rated commercial fixed-wing and helicopter instructor pilot, he also serves as a Regional Director of the National Association of State Aviation Officials board and the FAA Drone Advisory Committee.
He is an alumnus of Pittsburg State University and Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management and a master’s degree in Human Resource Development from Webster University.
Conversation with Congressman Anthony Brown, LIVE Monday 9/14 1:00 pm eastern

Congressman Anthony Brown

Congressman (D, MD)
US House of Representatives

Anthony Brown was elected to his first term representing Maryland’s 4th Congressional District - encompassing parts of Anne Arundel and Prince George’s Counties - on November 8, 2016 and was sworn in on January 3, 2017. He is currently serving his second term in Congress.

Congressman Brown serves as the Vice Chair of the House Armed Services Committee, where he helps shape the policies to ensure we maintain the best-trained and best equipped military, make the right investments to fight 21st century threats, and keep our country strong and safe. Congressman Brown is also a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure as well as the Committee of Natural Resources, working to build 21st century transportation networks and ensure future generations of Marylanders enjoy a clean and healthy environment. He was also tapped by Democratic leaders to serve on the equally-divided House Committee on Ethics. The Ethics Committee interprets, investigates and enforces the House Code of Official Conduct and rules regarding gifts, financial disclosure and other activities of Members of Congress and employees. Congressman Brown is currently co-Chair of the New Democrat Coalition' National Security Task Force.

The son of immigrants and raised in a home where his father was the first in the family to ever attend college, Congressman Brown was taught the value of service at a young age. Through his military and public service, Anthony has devoted his life to serving his community and defending our nation.

A retired Colonel in the United States Army Reserve, Congressman Brown’s military record spanned more than a quarter century as an aviator and JAG officer, during which time he graduated first in his flight class and received both Airborne and Air Assault qualifications. Congressman Brown was awarded the Legion of Merit for his distinguished military service. In 2004, he was deployed to Iraq, where he earned a Bronze Star and became one of the nation’s highest-ranking elected officials at that time to serve a tour of duty in that conflict.

In 1998, Congressman Brown was first elected to the Maryland House of Delegates to represent Prince George’s County. Recognized by his colleagues for his leadership, Congressman Brown rose quickly, serving as Vice Chair of the powerful House Judiciary Committee and, later, as Majority Whip.

Congressman Brown made an even larger impact on Maryland during his eight years as Lt. Governor. He fought to increase investments in Maryland schools so that every child could receive a world-class education, protected victims of domestic violence, expanded health coverage to over 391,000 Marylanders, increased employment and health services to veterans, and spearheaded efforts to plan for and coordinate the arrival of 60,000 BRAC-related jobs to Maryland, including at Joint Base Andrews and Fort Meade.

Congressman Brown is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He and his wife Karmen are members of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Largo. They reside in Prince George’s County where they are raising their three children, Rebecca, Jonathan, and Anthony.

ReFocus after COVID-19, LIVE Monday 9/14 4:15 pm eastern

Kevin Burke

President and Chief Executive Officer
Airports Council International - North America

Kevin M. Burke joined Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) as President and Chief Executive Officer in January of 2014. Since he joined ACI-NA, Burke has expanded ACI-NA’s reach and influence as the Voice of Airports® in North America by amplifying the important role airports play in our everyday lives, unifying the industry behind shared priorities, and advancing a common cause with non-traditional allies.
In addition to decades of experience as a government relations professional and his proven background managing associations, Burke is a visionary leader who serves the airport industry as a passionate advocate for legislative and regulatory policies that strengthen the ability for airports to serve their passengers, customers, and communities.
Prior to joining ACI-NA, he served for 13 years as President and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA). Growing its member programs, its financial position, its standing on Capitol Hill and around the world are among his many accomplishments at AAFA.
Throughout his career, Burke has served in many roles, having previously led government affairs efforts for Food Distributors International, the American Bakers Association, and the National Association of Broadcasters.
Kevin is a graduate of American University with a Master’s degree in Public Administration.
Delivering the AIP Program to GA-Consider Block Grant, On Demand

Kari Campbell

Grant Management and Administration Director
TX Department of Transportation- Aviaition Division

Kari has spent most of her career in public administration, with twenty years as an executive-level public servant. Her entire career has also had a focus on fiscal management, from the banking field to serving as the chief budget officer for three entities. She served as County Judge for eight years and worked as Assistant Executive Director and Interim Executive Director for an Economic Development Corporation, so she recognizes the benefits and economic value of general aviation and grant administration. She currently works with Texas Department of Transportation – Aviation Division, where she originally served as the RAMP Grant Program Manager and has been Director of Grant Management and Administration since 2011.
Kari earned her bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from St. Edward’s University.
The Development and Performance History of the P-404 Specification, On Demand

Ronald L. Corun

Specialty Products Manager
Associated Asphalt Partners, LLC

Mr. Corun is the Specialty Products Sales and Marketing Manager for Associated Asphalt Partners, LLC, a major asphalt supplier founded in 1948 with headquarters in Roanoke, VA. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. Previously, he worked for 21 years as the Director of Asphalt Technical Services for Axeon Specialty Products, Manager of Asphalt Technical Services for NuStar Asphalt LLC and the Sr. Technical Manager for the CITGO Asphalt Refining Company. Prior to those positions, he worked for 33 years for Corun & Gatch, Inc., an asphalt paving construction firm founded by his grandfather. He has worked extensively in all areas of the asphalt paving industry – laborer, equipment operator, plant operator, quality control and mix design technician, superintendent, estimator and general manager. He serves on numerous committees of the Asphalt Institute, the National Asphalt Pavement Association, the Association of Modified Asphalt Producers and is currently Co-Chairman of the Northeast Asphalt User Producer Group. He is a member of the Transportation Research Board, The Association of Asphalt Pavement Technologists and Who’s Who in America.
Discussion with FAA Regional Administrators LIVE Wednesday, Sept 16 1:00 pm

Colleen D'Alessandro

FAA Regional Administrator, New England Region
Federal Aviation Administration

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.

ReFocus after COVID-19, LIVE Monday 9/14 4:15 pm eastern

David Dague

Executive Vice President
InterVISTAS Consulting Inc

Dave has worked extensively in the aviation consulting industry for 30 years, beginning his career at SH&E where he worked for 24 years. For the last six years, Dave has been the managing director of the InterVISTAS' Boston office, where he advises large, medium and small-sized airports on air service development issues, airline performance, airport marketing, long range passenger forecasts, cargo, economic impacts, and local stakeholder engagement. Dave also managed recent InterVISTAS projects with the Commonwealth of Virginia including a Commercial Air Service Plan and a COVID-19 Impact and Financial Recovery Plan. Dave currently serves as Project Manager for InterVISTAS air service development clients in Albany, Charlottesville, Denver, Fort Myers, Los Angeles, Manchester, NH, Miami, Nashville, and Salt Lake City. Dave graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Air Transportation Management.
Concrete Overlay Technologies can be the Next Generation of Long- Lasting, Resilient Pavements, On Demand

Greg Dean

Executive Director
Carolinas Concrete Pavement Association

Greg is the Executive Director of the Carolinas Concrete Paving Association with responsibilities that include the marketing of concrete pavements for both Highway and Airport applications within North and South Carolina. He currently serves on the American Concrete Pavement Association’s Engineering and Design committee and recently asked to serve on the review team that will provide industry comments to the FAA on their recently drafted Pavement Design and Evaluation Circular. In 2017, Greg served as the Chapter-State Committee Chairman on the ACPA Board of Directors.
Prior to becoming Executive Director, Greg served as the Airport Director for the ACPA-SE Chapter. These years permitted establishment of professional relationships with the FAA Southern Region, FAA Airport District Offices, Southeastern State Aeronautic Agencies, and consultants who specialize in airport project development and airfield pavement design.
The presentation will highlight concrete overlay technology use and how concrete overlays can be the next generation of long-lasting, resilient pavements for airfields.
When Greg is not sharing his knowledge of concrete pavements, he enjoys spending time with his wife and family and rooting on his alma mater, North Carolina State University (BS Civil Engineering, 1983).
Do's and Don’t's of Elevating Young Staff, LIVE Tuesday 9/15 4:00 pm eastern

Katie Eleam

Aviation Planning Manager/Project Manager
Croy Engineering

Aviation Project Manager
7 Years of Experience
Auburn University – BS in Aviation Management
Certified Member, American Association of Airport Executives

Katie has seven years of airport planning and project experience including previous work experience as the statewide aviation planner and aviation project manager for the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), where she was actively engaged in the State Aviation System Planning process. As an airport planner, Katie has participated in many airport layout plan and master plan updates across the southeast including the planning of two new general aviation airports. Katie is a private pilot and FAR Part 107 small UAS remote pilot. She has been an active participant in many sUAS missions around the metro Atlanta area, including several at airports. Katie was part of the team who conducted the first sUAS flight on the airfield at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

How are States Promoting Aviation & Workforce, On Demand

Jared Esselman

Director of Aeronautics
State of Utah

Jared Esselman, Director of Aeronautics, Utah Department of Transportation
Jared began his career in aviation as a Loadmaster on C-17’s in the US Air Force. After 7 years of service in both Iraq and
Afghanistan Jared completed his BA in Political Science from the College of Charleston and his Master’s in Public Policy
with a focus on state and local public finance from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Jared
served as a White House Intern for President George W. Bush and served on the Board of Directors for the National
Conference of State Legislators. Jared was the Director of State Government Affairs at AOPA where he personally
impacted aviation law in over 22 states. He now serves as the Director of Aeronautics for the State of Utah and is the Chair of the NASAO Center for Aviation Research and Education. He is an AAAE CM, an FAA certified private pilot and UAS pilot.
FAA Update, LIVE Tuesday 9/15 1:00 pm eastern

Daniel K. Elwell

Deputy Administrator
Federal Aviation Administration

Daniel K. Elwell is the Deputy Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Mr. Elwell was sworn in to office on June 26, 2017 following his appointment by President Trump. He also served as Acting FAA Administrator from January 2018 until August 2019.

Elwell previously served at the FAA as the Assistant Administrator for Policy, Planning, and Environment from 2006–2008. Most recently, he was Senior Advisor on Aviation to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao. Earlier in his career, he served as a legislative fellow for the late Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska).

From 2013–2015, as Senior Vice President for Safety, Security, and Operations at Airlines for America (A4A), Elwell was responsible for leading the advancement of commercial aviation safety and security excellence for major U.S. air carriers.

Prior to A4A, Elwell was Vice President of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) from 2008–2013. In this role, Elwell represented civil aerospace manufacturers and led policy development and advocacy for the civil aerospace manufacturing interests of more than 300 AIA member companies.

Elwell was a commercial pilot for 16 years with American Airlines, flying DC-10, MD-80, and B-757/767 aircraft. While maintaining his proficiency as an MD-80 Captain, he served as Managing Director for International and Government Affairs at American Airlines.

Dan earned his pilot wings at Williams Air Force Base in Arizona after graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in International Affairs. Lieutenant Colonel Elwell retired from military service as a Command Pilot with more than 6,000 hours combined civilian and military flight time in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Air Force Reserve, including combat service during Operation Desert Storm.

Resilience and Response of State Aviation in COVID, LIVE Wednesday 9/16 2:30 pm eastern; Heliport & Vertiport Integration Strategies, On Demand

David Fleckenstein

Director, Aviation Division
Washington State Department of Transportation

David Fleckenstein is the Director of the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Aviation Division. David has over 27 years of aviation experience stemming from his current position, his previous role as an airport director, and as an Army Aviation officer and pilot. The current work of WSDOT’s Aviation Division is focused on providing for airport infrastructure, addressing emerging aviation technology, and coordinating aviation emergency services with programs also supporting aircraft owner and dealer registration, airport infrastructure grants and loans, aviation planning, and management of the state owned/managed airports. David earned an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of South Carolina and master’s degrees in Adult Education from South Dakota State University and in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.
Connecting Students to the Explosion of Aviation/Aerospace Career Opportunities, On Demand

Barry Franco

Dean of Aeronautical Studies
Trident Technical College

Name: Barry Franco
Organization: Trident Technical College, Charleston, SC
Position: Dean of Aeronautical Studies, managing the programs of Aircraft Maintenance, Avionics Maintenance, and Aircraft Manufacturing
Education: PhD in Business Administration, Aviation Management Specialization
Background: Aircraft Maintenance – 15 years (USAF and civil aviation)
Aviation Education – 32 years (instructing at 2, 4, and 6 year institutions)
Do's and Don’t's of Elevating Young Staff, LIVE Tuesday 9/15 4:00 pm eastern

Linda G. Frankl

Senior Project Manager
ADK Consulting and Executive Search

Linda has been an aviation administration professional for over 33 years. Currently, she is a Senior Project Manager with ADK Consulting and Executive Search, a firm known to the aviation industry that advances leadership by building enduring partnerships and offering client-focused innovative solutions. Linda has a Bachelor of Science degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and received her designation as an Accredited Airport Executive in 1993.

Throughout her career, she has been very active in industry leadership positions and was on the National Board of Directors for the American Association of Airport Executives for six years as well as served as a Great Lakes Regional Examiner for the industry Accreditation program. Linda served the Great Lakes Chapter in numerous leadership and officer roles. She has been a team member on various Transportation Research Board/Airport Cooperative Research Panels, including “Cultivating Talent in the Airport Environment” and “Airport Leadership Development Programs.”

Before working with ADK, she worked for 21 years with the Columbus Regional Airport Authority (CRAA) in various roles, and the last position she held was the Vice-President of Strategy Management. Linda has prior airport experience at Memphis International Airport and Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport.

Next Generation State Aviation Workforce, On Demand

Michelle Frazier

Director of Aeronautics
Tennessee Department of Transportation

Michelle Frazier is the Director of Aeronautics at the Tennessee Department of Transportation. As Director, she is focused on the operational safety and efficiency of the state aviation system. Since becoming Director, in June of 2017, she has worked hard to build a team with the competency to support and assist Tennessee’s public use airports with airport planning, grant funding, airport compliance, and project management.
Michelle has over 15 years of experience with the State of Tennessee in various roles. She severed on an Executive Committee responsible for the Top to Bottom Review of operational and organizational efficiency within the Department of Transportation. The committee identified improvements resulting in $43 million dollars of departmental savings. She is currently serving on the TDOT COVID Response Team responsible for ensuring continuity of operations, evaluating organizational needs and performance, and the development and implementation of a return to work plan.
Michelle holds a bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University. She is a graduate of LEAD Tennessee, an intense leadership training program for emerging leaders within state government.
Michelle and her husband Ryan have been married for 28 years and live in Middle Tennessee.
Digital Twins and Maximizing Airport Assets, On Demand

Josh Geimecke


Josh’s diverse background in both structural and architectural design and BIM project management lends itself to extensive experience in all aspects of building design and construction. Josh has worked in both the design and construction sides of the AEC Industry in many different capacities. He has design and coordination experience on small to large projects. He has led and supported efficiently the design, BIM Modeling, construction documentation, coordination, shop drawing review, RFI correspondence and field verification for K-12 and higher education, retail, municipal, manufacturing, cold storage, multi-use, multi-story, heavy industrial, nuclear, government and medical building projects throughout the United States. Josh has spent the last 10 years in management roles as Lead Coordination Manager, Technical Director and BIM manager, prior to co-founding MG3d, and coupled with previous years of experience in CADD and BIM modeling as an individual contributor in structural and architectural roles has given him a vast knowledge base and technical expertise.
ReFocus after COVID-19, LIVE Monday 9/14 4:15 pm eastern

Alex Gertsen

Director of Airports and Ground Infrastructure
National Business Aviation Association

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.
Alex is a graduate of The George Washington University and holds a Masters degree from The Johns Hopkins University.
Discussion with FAA Regional Administrators LIVE Wednesday, Sept 16 1:00 pm

Raquel Girvin

FAA Regional Administrator, Western-Pacific
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.

The Future of State and Local Involvement in Commercial UAS and UTM, LIVE Tuesday 9/15 2:30 pm eastern

Reggie Govan

Lawyer, Regulator, Senior Executive

Reginald C. Govan
Lawyer, Regulator, Senior Executive

Reggie Govan, the former Chief Counsel of the FAA, played an integral role shaping public policy at the cutting edge of aviation technology and he has a deep understanding of the impact of the regulatory environment on emerging technologies. He is one of the architects of the legal and regulatory framework governing the commercialization of drone technology, strengthening drone security, and expanding performance-based rule making.

Reggie is an advocate for streamlining and accelerating the pace of regulatory development and for developing a new regulatory framework to recognize the important role of state, local and tribal governments in protecting private property and privacy rights.

Before joining the FAA, Reggie served as a corporate counsel with responsibility for a broad range of compliance issues and as Counsel to Committees in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Carnegie Mellon University.

Spotlight on Workforce Players- Recruitment & Strategies, LIVE Monday 9/14 2:45 pm eastern

Nicole Green

Director of Global Talent Acquisition
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

Do's and Don’t's of Elevating Young Staff, LIVE Tuesday, 9/15 4:00 pm eastern

Kali Hague

Jetlaw, LLC

Kali Hague is a Partner at Jetlaw, LLC in Washington, D.C. She counsels clients across the country and internationally on complex aviation regulatory issues, airport matters, aircraft purchase and sale transactions, and best business practices. She represents some of the largest air carriers in the United States as well as Fortune 500 companies. Hague holds a commercial pilot certificate, multi-engine and tailwheel ratings, and she is a certified flight instructor (airplane, single engine, instrument). She competes annually in the women's Air Race Classic cross-country air race in her restored 1946 Luscombe E8.

In 2018, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) recognized Hague with their Top 40 Under 40 award for her career achievements and contributions to the industry. Kansas State University recognized her with their Alumni Fellow award in 2019. Hague is chair of the Aero Club of Washington’s young professional Runway Program and she is an inaugural member of NBAA’s Young Professionals Council. Both programs provide networking and educational events and promote diversity and inclusion in the aviation industry. Hague is co-author of the Federal Aviation Regulations Explained book series. She has also written articles for Business & Commercial Aviation, AAAE’s Airport Magazine, Aviation Business Journal, and Twin & Turbine.

Resilience and Response of State Aviation in COVID, LIVE Wednesday 9/16 2:30 pm eastern

Jim Halley

Airport Planning and Programming Director
TxDOT Aviation

Jim has been the Airport Planning and Programming Director for TxDOT Aviation 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 Policy Planning’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.
Resilience and Response of State Aviation in COVID, LIVE Wednesday 9/16 2:30 pm eastern

Pam Keidel-Adams

Vice President
Kimley Horn

Pam is a Vice President and member of the firmwide Aviation Leadership Team at Kimley-Horn. She supports the firm’s aviation practice including continued growth and development of all practices, including aviation planning. With more than 30 years of aviation experience, Pam has worked in nearly 40 states across all FAA regions, with additional international projects around the globe. She has played key roles in numerous large- and small-scale airport projects with expertise in policy, project management, and several of the technical elements involved in airport planning. During her career, Pam has focused on system planning and economic impact and through her research and project-related work has contributed to many of the innovative methodologies currently used in practice. Pam has served as an advisor to several state aviation organizations and continues to serve the aviation industry as a chair, panelist, and member of TRB, ACC, AAAE, and ACRP, among others. Pam is currently the Chair of TRB’s Aviation Group and a long-time participant in NASAO’s annual meetings.
Remote Air Traffic Control Towers- Options for the Future, LIVE Wednesday 9/16 3:45 pm eastern

Jason Licon

Airport Director
Northern Colorado Regional Airport

Jason Licon serves as the Airport Director of the Northern Colorado Regional Airport a position he has held since 2011. He resides in Northern Colorado with his growing family, and is an active FAA certified pilot and commercially certified UAS pilot. He became involved in aviation at a very young age and has twenty-four years of experience working for airport organizations. He is an active member of the Colorado Airport Operators Association (CAOA) currently serving as the Past President, and is involved with the Colorado Department of Transportation Division of Aeronautics on a variety of statewide initiatives including system planning, economic impact studies, and shaping policy and legislative advocacy for airports in the state. He is also directly involved in the Remote Air Traffic Control Tower Project, also sponsored by the Colorado Aeronautics Division, at the Northern Colorado Regional Airport. This innovative project will be testing and ultimately certifying a new concept for air traffic control that will serve as the FAA industry standard for future remote air traffic control tower systems.
Discussion with FAA Regional Administrators LIVE Wednesday, Sept 16 1:00 pm

Kerry B. Long

FAA Regional Administrator, Alaskan Region
Federal Aviation Administration

Mr. Long is the Regional Administrator for the Alaskan Region. Prior to joining the ARC senior management team, he served as the National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) Designated Agency Ethics Official, responsible for establishing, maintaining, and carrying out the NTSB ethics program. Mr. Long is no stranger to the FAA, having previously served, by Presidential appointment, as Chief Counsel from 2007 to 2009. As Chief Counsel, he led 270 lawyers and staff and was responsible for all aspects of the agency's legal workings, including its regulatory program, administrative and judicial litigation, nationwide enforcement activities, legislation, alternative dispute resolution, ethics compliance, and legal relations with foreign civil aviation authorities.

Mr. Long served as a partner in the Washington law office of Fulbright and Jaworski L.L.P. beginning in 2001, focusing his practice on aircraft finance. He also served as an associate and partner at Perkins Coie L.L.P. in Washington from 1985 to 2000, also focusing on aircraft finance. He began his legal career as a corporate associate at White and Case L.L. P. in New York from 1980 to 1985.

Mr. Long received his law degree magna cum laude from Cornell Law School in 1980, and his bachelor's degree in political science from Colgate University in 1972.

Prior to his legal career, Mr. Long served in the U.S. Navy aboard the frigate USS Thomas C. Hart (FF-1092) as a division officer and navigator. He rose to the rank of Lieutenant and qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer. Mr. Long was recognized for his role in the rescue efforts following the collision of USS Belknap (CG-26) and USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) in the Mediterranean Sea in 1975.

Discussion with FAA Regional Administrators LIVE Wednesday, Sept 16 1:00 pm

Rob Lowe

FAA Regional Administrator, Southwest Region
Federal Aviation Administration

Rob Lowe is the Regional Administrator for FAA's Southwest Region, including the states of Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and New Mexico. Rob is the FAA Administrator's principal representative for this region and its 4,900 employees. As Regional Administrator, he provides corporate leadership and represents the FAA before industry, government organizations, and civic and private interest groups. He directs delivery of corporate services in the region including command and communication operations, building and facility services, executive services, and cross-organizational project integration.

Rob also serves as the Department of Transportation (DOT) Regional Emergency Transportation Coordinator (RETCO) supporting FEMA Region VI. As the DOT executive lead for Transportation Emergency Support Function (ESF-1) across a large multi-state area, he leads DOT emergency transportation programs across all DOT modes while ensuring development, training and deployment of emergency preparedness/response plans. As the RETCO, Rob serves as the executive point of contact and linkage to transportation stakeholders, local, state and federal agencies and elected officials. ensuring development, training and deployment of emergency preparedness/response plans. As the RETCO, Rob serves as the executive point of contact and linkage to transportation stakeholders, local, state and federal agencies and elected officials.

Rob Lowe has more than 34 years of FAA experience and has held numerous leadership positions across multiple service units within the agency. The majority of his public service career has been in the FAA's Air Traffic Organization (ATO) in roles that include the Central Service Area Director of Operations for Air Traffic Services South, Terminal Operations, Technical Operations and System Operations. Known for his systemic operational expertise and customer relations, Rob also has spent a number of years in the Washington DC area working in FAA HQ and the Air Traffic Control System Command Center (ATCSCC). He has also led large service delivery point facilities such as Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON), and all the Air Traffic Control Towers and TRACONs in Northern Texas, New Mexico and Louisiana. Extensive experience in Crisis Response and Emergency Operations is another trademark of Rob Lowe's federal service playing crucial leadership roles in response to events such as September 11, 2001, Hurricanes, wild fires and floods. He served as the senior Department of Transportation representative (S-1) in New Orleans, Louisiana, immediately after Hurricane Katrina leading the evacuation, response and initial restoration for which he was recognized with the Department of Transportation's highest award (Gold Medal) for his actions.

Born in Albuquerque, NM, Rob is also an accomplished Sports Public Address Announcer. He is often heard across Texas and around the country announcing Airshows, as well as High School, NCAA, and Professional sporting events.

ReFocus after COVID-19, LIVE Monday 9/14 4:15 pm eastern

Christa Lucas

Senior Vice President of Government Affairs
National Business Aviation Association

Christa Lucas, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, NBAA
NBAA Senior Vice President, Government Affairs Christa Lucas oversees the association’s outreach to the U.S. Congress, the federal administration, state and local governments, the aviation community and grassroots programs, working to ensure the safety, efficiency and acceptance of business aviation. She was originally hired as vice president, government affairs in January 2014.
Lucas came to NBAA from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), where she was the associate administrator for airports. While there, she oversaw a $3.35 billion annual federal airport grants program and passenger facility charge collections totaling $2 billion. She also managed programs for national airport planning and development, including safety standards, design and engineering, certification, environmental processing and financing.
Previously, Lucas was deputy assistant secretary for aviation and international affairs at the U.S. Department of Transportation. In this capacity, she served as the principal advisor to the secretary on a broad portfolio of responsibilities covering domestic and international aviation, international trade, and other international cooperation and facilitation issues.
Before joining the office of the secretary of transportation, Lucas served as the legislative director to Representative Jerry Costello (IL) and was professional staff on the House Aviation Subcommittee, which Rep. Costello chaired. She managed the legislative agenda and handled responsibilities related to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
Lucas received her B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and her M.P.P. from George Washington University.
Discussion with FAA Regional Administrators LIVE Wednesday, Sept 16 1:00 pm

Rebecca MacPherson

FAA Regional Administrator, Great Lakes Region
Federal Aviation Administration

Rebecca MacPherson is the Regional Administrator for the Great Lakes Region. She was appointed on January 8, 2018. As Regional Administrator, MacPherson 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.

From 2013 through 2017, MacPherson worked as a transportation attorney, first as of counsel at Jones Day and then as the principal at Rebecca B. MacPherson, Attorney at Law, PLLC. She specialized in advising clients on the impact of Federal transportation regulations on day-to-day operations, including compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations, hazardous materials regulations, airport slots, and citizenship determinations. She made guest appearances on National Public Radio's The Diane Rehm Show and Marketplace, as well as CNBC, to discuss the impact of FAA initiatives on unmanned aerial vehicles. She authored the chapter "The FAA's Certification and Regulatory Scheme for U.S. and Foreign Air Carriers" in the 2014 publication Aviation Regulation in the United States.

MacPherson served as the FAA's Assistant Chief Counsel for Regulations from 2004 to 2013, where she was responsible for providing legal and policy guidance to senior FAA officials on matters associated with the development of regulations governing all aspects of aviation, as well as overseeing the drafting of new and amended regulations and the day-to-day implementation of existing standards and regulations. MacPherson routinely represented the FAA's interests before the White House and Congress. In 2012, her portfolio was expanded to include legal oversight of the FAA's international and legislative programs and initiatives.

Prior to joining the FAA, MacPherson was a regulatory attorney at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a trial attorney at the U.S. Maritime Administration. She graduated cum laude from Tulane School of Law in 1990 and magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree from Loyola University in 1986.

MacPherson is a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia bars. She is a two-time recipient of the Secretary of Transportation's Gold Medal; she was named the Federal Bar Association's Transportation Attorney of the Year for 2008 and was awarded the Department of Transportation's Schneider Award for 1995.

Remote Air Traffic Control Towers- Options for the Future, LIVE Wednesday 9/16 3:45 pm eastern

Matt Massiano

Director, Business Development
Surveillance Systems | ATM Safety & Efficiency
Saab, Inc

Matt Massiano
Director, Business Development
Saab, Inc.

Matt has 30 years of business development experience with Saab, Inc. in Syracuse, NY, pursuing safety- and surveillance-related contracts with the FAA, various State aviation departments, and the Department of Defense. Matt led the company’s capture of FAA contracts for the Airport Surface Detection Equipment (ASDE-X) and Capstone/Safe Flight 21 ADS-B programs, and the Wide-Area Multilateration surveillance program with the Colorado Division of Aeronautics. He is currently directing Saab’s launch of its camera-based, Remote Tower System in the U.S. – centered on FAA certification and commissioning at Leesburg Executive Airport, Virginia.
Prior to joining Sensis Corp. in 1988, Matt worked as a radar system engineer with General Electric. He holds a private pilot certificate with an instrument rating.

Next Generation State Aviation Workforce, On Demand

Mike McHugh

Education Coordinator
North Dakota Aeronautics Commission

Mike McHugh, Aviation Education Coordinator, North Dakota Aeronautics Commission

Mike McHugh is the Aviation Education Coordinator for the North Dakota
Aeronautics Commission and has been working in this role since 2015. Prior to working for the Aeronautics Commission, Mike spent 12 years as a high school teacher, instructing
an aviation class available to 10-12th grade students in Bismarck, North Dakota. During the time as a high school teacher, Mike became a Google Certified Teacher and was awarded the Scott Crossfield aerospace teacher of the year.
As the Education Coordinator, he is tasked with promoting aviation education careers as well as overseeing the agencies educational programs. Mike is a graduate of the University
of North Dakota with a degree in Aviation Management and Masters (M.Ed) in Instructional Design and Technology. He is also a commercial pilot (ASMEL).

Discussion with FAA Regional Administrators LIVE Wednesday, Sept 16 1:00 pm

Joseph (Joe) N. Miniace

FAA Regional Administrator, Central Region
Federal Aviation Administration

Mr. Miniace is the Regional Administrator for the Central Region. Prior to his arrival in Kansas City in May 2009, Mr. Miniace served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Human Resource Management. He joined the FAA on May 15, 2005 as the Deputy Assistant Administrator, 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, he 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 Group Director for Human Resources at Ryder Systems, Inc.

Mr. Miniace holds a Master of Science Degree in Management from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Creighton University. He serves on Advisor 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 the AIP Program to GA-Consider Block Grant, On Demand

Carol Niewola

Senior Aviation Planner
New Hampshire DOT/Bureau of Aeronautics

Carol Niewola Senior Aviation Planner New Hampshire Department Of Transportation /Bureau of Aeronautics
Carol Niewola is the Senior Aviation Planner at NHDOT/Bureau of Aeronautics, a position she’s held for nearly 15 years. She is a graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Civil Engineering and holds a Professional Engineers License. She was one of the original team members pursuing and implementing the FAA’s State Block Grant Program for New Hampshire in 2008. She brings to this program a diverse understanding of the aviation industry having been both an airport consulting planner and engineer for over 13 years, an airport manager for a thriving general aviation airport in southern Maine, and continues to provide independent consulting services for airports outside of New Hampshire. Ms. Niewola has had her private pilot’s license since 2003.
Discussion with FAA Regional Administrators LIVE Wednesday, Sept 16 1:00 pm

Michael O'Harra

FAA Regional Administrator, Southern Region
Federal Aviation Administration

Michael O'Harra was appointed Regional Administrator for the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Southern Region in January 2018. Mr. O'Harra serves as 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.
Mr. O'Harra serves as the FAA Administrator's primary representative to Congressional, state, local and tribal officials, aviation industry, educational institutions, civic organizations and other Federal agencies, and spokesperson for the Agency within his geographic area of responsibility. 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 provides leadership for the 24/7 Regional Operations Centers (ROCs) that communicate information on aircraft accidents and other emergencies impacting aviation operations to appropriate internal and external entities.
Mr. O'Harra's previous appointment was as the Deputy Regional Administrator for the FAA Southwest Region in February 2008, which included serving as the Regional Emergency Transportation Coordinator (RETCO) to ensure effective transportation emergency planning and response for incidents of national significance for the Department of Transportation's Region 6.
His FAA career also includes various leadership positions as an acting Chief Information Officer and as the national Operational Integration Manager, where he was instrumental in the effective oversight of several major capacity initiatives. Mr. O'Harra also chaired the FAA Airport Obstruction Standards Committee (AOSC) working group that was responsible for developing corporate policy solutions to highly visible issues in the airport environment. He 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. Michael and his wife, Cristy, have three daughters.
Remote Air Traffic Control Towers- Options for the Future, LIVE Wednesday 9/16 3:45 pm eastern

Bill Payne

William E. Payne and Associates, Inc.

William E. Payne & Associates, Inc. has been designing Airport Traffic Control Towers (ATCT) since 1991. As principal, Mr. Payne has prepared the Siting Studies for and designed ATCTs across the United States and participated on the Safety Risk Management Panels for each.

Mr. Payne was selected in 2006 as the State’s Program Manager for the Colorado Surveillance Project, which is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between the FAA and State of Colorado. This project brings surveillance to mountain airports supporting the State’s multimillion-dollar ski industry by employing the NextGen Technologies of ADS-B and Wide Area Multilateration (WAM). Phase I of the project, which provides surveillance (“radar-like”) services to four mountain airports in northern Colorado, was successfully completed and certified for use in the NAS. Phase II, which provides surveillance coverage to four additional mountain airports in southern Colorado, was completed in 2012.

Mr. Payne was on the team that designed the camera system at the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport (ASE) that addressed visibility issues associated with the FAA staffed ATCT.

Mr. Payne is the Program Manager for the Colorado Remote Tower Project currently being tested and evaluated at the Northern Colorado Regional Airport (FNL). This innovative project is another collaborative effort between the Colorado Division of Aeronautics and the FAA NextGen Program Office. When certified the Colorado Remote Tower Project will provide full Class D airport control services by employing a series of distributed video cameras in conjunction with a track based (radar) surveillance to display a comprehensive picture of the airport surface and local airspace to the air traffic controller.

Mr. Payne obtained and manages the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Blanket Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) to operate its fleet of UASs.

Mr. Payne was a member of the Denver RNAV SIDS and STARS Working Group, which was responsible for designing the RNAV arrival and departure routes for Denver International Airport and the two major satellite airports in the Denver Metroplex -- Centennial Airport (APA) and Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (BJC). He has worked closely with the FAA to develop both Public and Special instrument approach procedures for Ski Country Airports in Colorado.

The Development and Performance History of the P-404 Specification, On Demand

Bill Prange

Sr. Aviation Engineer and Project Manager

William (Bill) Prange
Sr. Aviation Engineer and Project Manager responsible for Design and Construction Administration projects at Commercial Service and General Aviation Airports – 33 years of experience
BSCE, Civil Engineering, University of South Florida, 1987
Professional Engineer in Florida
Mr. Prange's expertise is in project planning, design, scheduling, inspection and construction administration, and client communications for all types of aviation-related facilities. He is also involved in the administration of FAA and FDOT grant programs, including preparation of FAA and state grant funding pre-applications and applications. Mr. Prange’s experience includes aviation, road and bridge, site civil, landscaping and irrigation, drainage, pavement rehabilitation, architectural, and environmental projects. He prefers a hands on approach to projects where he is involved in all stages of a project from conception to construction.
Numerous projects involving Runway, Taxiway and Apron construction and reconstruction using P-401, P-404 and State asphalt mix designs.
Connecting Students to the Explosion of Aviation/Aerospace Career Opportunities, On Demand

Stephen Saucier

Carolinas Aviation Museum

Stephen Saucier, M.Ed.,
Bachelor of Arts: Biology and Anthropology (concentration – Native American Studies)
Masters of Education: Science Curriculum and Instruction
Duke University Certificate Program in Nonprofit Management / Duke Continuing Studies
Stephen Saucier – Is a museum and STEM education leader. He has worked with science centers, children’s museums, national parks, and schools developing master plans, strategic plans, interactive exhibits, educational programs and curricula, opening facilities, and helping position organizations develop compelling visions for meaningful impact and sustainable operations.
As Exhibit Coordinator for the Louisiana Nature and Science Center in New Orleans, he led the development of natural and cultural exhibits, program development, and exhibit interpretation. He became a National Park Ranger at Mesa Verde National Park in Southwest Colorado developing interactive tours through 800+ year- old cliff dwellings and archeological sites. He later became the Outreach and Science Director at the Louisiana Children’s Museum, New Orleans, where he launched several initiatives including geography and science- based outreach programs that traveled nationally.
Having moved to North Carolina in the early 2000s, he became the Founding Executive Director for a start-up children’s museum - KidSenses Children’s InterACTIVE Museum – where he ran a $3 million capital campaign, master planning, construction, program development and workforce development. When it opened in 2004, the museum was awarded honors from North Carolina’s Main Street Program for its public/private partnership development model. He then went on to become the Executive Director of a statewide association – the NC Grassroots Science Museums Collaborative – where he directed a network of 34 science centers, museums, and children’s museums throughout North Carolina to advance STEM education through legislative advocacy raising $18 million in State funding. He was then recruited to become the Executive Director of the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute, a 200-acre site in western NC that was originally the east coast tracking station for early NASA space travel programs. While there, he led the transformation of the facility to become a STEM education center.
Now, he serves as President of the Carolinas Aviation Museum, having been there since October 2017. Working with a new Board of Directors and a revamped and talented team, Stephen is building on the Museum’s 25-year history toward becoming a significant cultural institution and STEM/aviation educational resource in Charlotte, NC. He works with a dedicated staff of 7, over 35 activate volunteers, and a 10-member Board of Directors to achieve a new level of vibrancy and relevancy in this region and the State working to address STEM education and workforce development in aviation and aerospace.
The Future of State and Local Involvement in Commercial UAS and UTM, LIVE Tuesday 9/15 2:30 pm eastern

Brent Skorup

Senior Research Fellow
George Mason University

Brent Skorup is a senior research fellow at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center. His research areas include transportation technology, telecommunications, aviation, and wireless policy. He serves on the FCC’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee, as a drone law advisor to the Virginia Department of Aviation, and on the Texas DOT’s Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Task Force.

In addition to economics journal and law journal publication, Brent has authored pieces for Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Wired, Air Traffic Management magazine, and elsewhere. He’s appeared as an interview guest for news outlets like C-SPAN, NPR, CBS, and CNBC Asia. Brent has a BA in economics from Wheaton College and a law degree from the George Mason University School of Law.

Discussion with FAA Regional Administrators LIVE Wednesday, Sept 16 1:00 pm

Jennifer Solomon

FAA Regional Administrator, Eastern Region
Federal Aviation Administration

Jennifer Solomon became the FAA Regional Administrator for the Eastern Region on December 27, 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.

Prior to her appointment, Ms. Solomon served as FAA Assistant Administrator for Policy, International Affairs, Environment and Energy (APL) in Washington, D.C. As Assistant Administrator for Policy, International Affairs, Environment, and Energy, Ms. Solomon was responsible for leading the FAA's efforts to foster the safety and capacity of the global aerospace system in an environmentally sound manner. In this role, she focused on FAA's reauthorization efforts, corporate management of international engagement through the FAA's Global Leadership Initiative, and overseeing the agency's environmental activities and initiatives in NextGen and ICAO.

Before joining the FAA, Ms. Solomon served as a Professional Staff Member on the Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee, working on the Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety & Security. She served on the Commerce Committee staff for Chairman Jay Rockefeller, then Ranking Member Bill Nelson.

Before joining the Commerce Committee, she served in a variety of roles for U.S. Senator Bill Nelson. In addition to advising on aviation policy, she developed and implemented legislative strategies on homeland security, surface transportation, and immigration policy.
Ms. Solomon graduated from Duke University with a degree in Political Science, and originally hails from New York City.

Resilience and Response of State Aviation in COVID, LIVE Wednesday 9/16 2:30 pm eastern

Clayton Stambaugh

Deputy Director of Aeronautics
Illinois Department of Transportation

Clayton Stambaugh serves as the Deputy Director of Aeronautics at the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). Stambaugh recently served at IDOT as an aviation facilities specialist, managing the Illinois Aviation System Plan process and supporting the development of annual and multiyear airport improvement programs. Additionally, he helped manage the Illinois Marine Transportation System Initiative. He previously served as airport manager at Pekin Municipal Airport and served on the executive committee with the Illinois Public Airports Association. Stambaugh participates in multiple projects and programs with the Airport Cooperative Research Program. In addition, he serves as Chair for the Transportation Research Board (TRB) committee on Aviation Policy and Administration.

Stambaugh is a graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC), where he obtained a Master of Public Administration degree focusing on aviation administration. He served as a graduate assistant working with various partners through the National Airport Safety Data (5010) Program. His primary research focused on using digital technologies, such as social media, to improve airport communication, public relations, and marketing. Stambaugh also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Management and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Aviation Flight from SIU. He holds a Commercial Pilot Certificate for Airplane Single and Multi-Engine Land with an Instrument Airplane rating, as well as a Remote Pilot Certificate. Stambaugh now acts as an Assistant Lecturer for SIUC and teaches both on and off campus.

ReFocus after COVID-19, LIVE Monday 9/14 4:15 pm eastern

James Stephens

Executive Director
SC Aeronautics Commission

Stephens, JamesJames D. Stephens
Executive Director
South Carolina Aeronautics Commission

James Stephens is the Executive Director of the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission, and is charged with managing the state’s executive aircraft fleet as well as the state’s system of airports. He holds degrees in Aviation Management and Aircraft Maintenance from Bob Jones University, and is a licensed Airframe & Powerplant mechanic and Private Pilot.

Prior to Aeronautics, he served as Vice President of Marketing and Sales for the Special Services Corporation in Greenville, SC. During his time with Special Services, the aircraft management company grew from a fleet of four aircraft to ten, most of which were offered on the aircraft charter market for private use. Stephens’ past experiences also include airport management in McMinnville, Tennessee, and aircraft maintenance in Greenville, South Carolina.

Stephens is currently the chair of the South Carolina Aerospace Education Working Group, and is working with industry, academia, and government to promote the aerospace/aviation industry to South Carolina students. He serves as the Regional Representative for the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) Southern Region, and is a member of the NASAO Board of Directors.

Discussion with FAA Regional Administrators LIVE Wednesday, Sept 16 1:00 pm

David C. Suomi

FAA Regional Administrator, Northwest Mountain Region
Federal Aviation Administration

David Suomi is currently the Regional Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Northwest Region. In this capacity, he serves as the principal representative of the FAA Administrator and the senior FAA official in the region. He provides corporate leadership in cross-organizational matters and represents the FAA before industry, the public and governmental organizations. He also serves as the US Department of Transportation (DOT) Regional Transportation Coordinator (RETCO) designated to carry out critical functions for DOT in response to disasters as documented in the National Response Framework.

Immediately prior to his current role, He served as the Deputy Regional Administrator of the Northwest Mountain Region. Prior to that, he served as the national Manager of the FAA's Airport Improvement Program, a $3.5 billion annual infrastructure grant program that aids airport owners in financing critical aviation infrastructure. The program is funded through the Aviation Trust Fund. Mr. Suomi oversaw project identification, prioritization, eligibility and ultimate grant obligation for approximately 2,500 grants annually.

Prior to his FAA roles, Mr. Suomi served in a variety of senior executive roles associated with private and public-sector aviation management positions, and has represented interests before Federal, State and local governments. He was vice president of BAA USA, Inc., the US subsidiary of BAA plc, the United Kingdom private sector airport company that owned and operated London Heathrow, as well as other major aviation facilities around the world.

Mr. Suomi is an accredited aviation professional with a record of accomplishment of increasingly responsible experience in chief executive officer and chief operating officer roles at U.S. airports, ranging from small reliever fields to large hubs, including Chicago's O'Hare and Midway Airports. His primary responsibilities included liaison with governmental (executive and Congressional) officials, Airport Improvement Program oversight, facility safety, emergency preparedness and response, security and operations, community relations, and stakeholder relations and facility development.

An accredited executive with the American Association of Airport Executives, Mr. Suomi has served as officer and/or board member in various state aviation organizations, functioned as a university instructor in Airport Development and Operations, holds a pilot certificate, has written articles and papers on airport issues, and spoken on various airport/airline subjects around the country.

Mr. Suomi received a Bachelor's Degree in Aviation Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and has completed graduate work at the University of Central Florida, State University of New York, University of Pennsylvania, and George Mason University.

Connecting Students to the Explosion of Aviation/Aerospace Career Opportunities, On Demand

Elizabeth Tennyson

Executive Director
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

Elizabeth Tennyson
Executive Director, You Can Fly, AOPA
As Executive Director of You Can Fly, Elizabeth Tennyson is responsible for programs designed to get people flying and keep them flying. You Can Fly comprises four initiatives aimed at introducing high school students to aviation careers, improving the flight training experience, making flying more accessible through flying clubs, and returning lapsed pilots to the cockpit. Elizabeth joined AOPA in 1998 and has held positions that included managing editor of Flight Training magazine, executive editor of Pilot magazine, vice president of publications, vice president of e-media, vice president of aviation program operations, and senior director of communications. She is an instrument-rated private pilot and a hang glider pilot.
Resilience and Response of State Aviation in COVID, LIVE Wednesday 9/16 2:30 pm eastern, Remote Air Traffic Control Towers- Options for the Future, LIVE Wednesday 9/16 3:45 pm eastern

David Ulane

NASAO Secretary
Aeronautics Division Director
Colorado Department of Transportation

David Ulane, A.A.E., Director, Colorado Division of Aeronautics

Under the direction of the Colorado Aeronautical Board, Dave leads the Colorado Department of Transportation’s innovative and forward-leaning Aeronautics Division.
Prior to his current role, Dave was the Northwest Mountain Regional Manager for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), where he managed the
association’s airport advocacy, state and local legislative and governmental affairs, and member engagement in seven
northwestern states. He serves as the current Secretary on the National Association of State
Aviation Officials (NASAO) Executive Committee, and previously was President of the Northwest Chapter of the American
Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and President of the Wyoming Airport Operators Association. An active pilot
since 1987, Dave is a seaplane rated private pilot, currently flying a variety of general aviation aircraft.
Dave has a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Management from Metropolitan State University of Denver
and is an Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.).

Do's and Don’t's of Elevating Young Staff, LIVE Tuesday 9/15 4:00 pm eastern

Eddie Wade

Executive Vice President
Croy Engineering

Vice President
12 Years of Experience
Auburn University, BS in Biosystems Engineering
Professional Registrations: Engineer, Georgia #38197; Tennessee #114258; Alabama #34924_E
Memberships: Water Environment Federation; American Water Works Association; American Society of Civil Engineers; National Society of Professional Engineers

Involved in several engineering excellence award winning projects during his career, Eddie excels at working on projects ranging from small municipal and private design, to city-wide modeling and program management. He has been involved in the planning and design of intakes, treatment facilities, pump stations, reservoirs, and distributions systems. In the program management realm, Eddie has assisted City officials in coordinating with contractors, consultants and private citizens, while assisting in the management of the rehabilitation design efforts of over 500 miles of pipe. He played an integral role in developing an asset management and GIS system for two local governments. Eddie has worked on numerous green projects, including wastewater reuse studies, green infrastructure master plans, and an award winning rain garden.

Closing Remarks, Delivering the AIP Program to GA-Consider Block Grant, On Demand

Bobby Walston

NASAO Board Vice Chair
Aviation Division Director
North Carolina Department of Transportation

Bobby Walston, P.E.
Director, NCDOT Division of Aviation
In his role as Director of Aviation for the NC Department of Transportation, Mr. Walston is responsible for all aviation functions regarding state airport and aviation system planning and development, and programs that provide funding and resources to communities for constructing and improving airports throughout North Carolina. He also oversees the division’s aircraft utilized by state agencies, the state’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drone) Program, and support for aviation business development across the state.
He is currently the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO). In 2019 he was awarded the Kenneth Rowe Ambassador of Aviation Award from NASAO.
A graduate from NC State University, he has a BS in Civil Engineering and a master’s degree in Military Operational Art and Science from the US Air Force Air University's Air Command and Staff College. He is also a registered professional engineer in NC.
As a Lieutenant Colonel in the NC Air National Guard, he serves as a Civil Engineer Operations Officer with the 245 Civil Engineer Flight located in Charlotte, NC. LtCol Walston has served over 25 years in the National Guard.
A native to North Carolina he now lives in Wake Forest with his wife and four children.
Spotlight on Workforce Players- Recruitment & Strategies, LIVE Monday 9/14 2:45 pm eastern

Stephanie Ward

Aviation Planning Manager
Mead & Hunt

Stephanie Ward, AICP, Manager, Aviation Planning, Mead & Hunt
Stephanie Ward is a graduate of Michigan State University with a BS in Urban Planning and a Masters in Parks and Recreation Planning.
She has been involved in the aviation industry for more than thirty years beginning with obtaining her private pilot license
at 17. She has been an aviation planner and manager with Mead & Hunt for 21 years and has over 29 years of aviation
planning experience completing projects of all sizes across the U.S. She is a certified planner (AICP) and has completed
more than 200 projects across the country ranging from traditional airport master planning, and environmental
assessments, to state aviation system plans and national research for the Airports Cooperative Research Program
(ACRP) where she has been involved with more than 20 projects. Stephanie’s perspective as both an aviation planner
and pilot brings unique understanding to her projects, big and small. She has a passion educating the public on the value
of aviation and getting our next generation of aviation professionals engaged in our exciting industry.
Heliport & Vertiport Integration Strategies, On Demand

Yolanka Wulff

Co-Executive Director
Community Air Mobility Initiative (CAMI)

Yolanka Wulff is Co-Executive Director of the Community Air Mobility Initiative, an educational nonprofit working globally to support local communities in the responsible integration of advance air mobility into local and regional transportation systems. Yolanka is responsible for CAMI’s programs including the development of topical resources, webinars, conferences and collaborations. Prior to joining CAMI, she was a sustainable aviation consultant for ten years, working with industry, government, academia and nonprofits on policy, standards and regulations, industry development, market challenges, communications and media relations. Yolanka is a business attorney and consultant with over two decades of experience in the successful development, implementation and management of mission-driven programs. She has experience in sustainable transportation and land use. Yolanka is a member of the Transportation Research Board New Users of Shared Airspace Committee, the GAMA Electric Propulsion Innovation Committee, serves on several ASTM committees developing standards for electric aviation, and also serves as Executive Director of CAFE Foundation where she organizes the annual Electric Aircraft Symposium.
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Basil Yap

UAS Program Manager
NC Department of Transportation-Aviation Division

UAS Program Manager
N.C. Department of Transportation Division of Aviation
919.814.0572 | bkyap@ncdot.gov

Basil Yap serves as program manager for the N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) Division of Aviation’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Program. In this role, he envisions and directs efforts that position North Carolina as a global leader in UAS (drone) safety, government integration, commercial and economic development, and knowledge creation. That includes ensuring North Carolina maintains the safest possible environment for drone operations; maximizes state and local agency use of UAS technology to improve public services and operations; builds a world-leading UAS economy; pursues research and innovations that promote drone safety, government integration and commercial development; and designs and advocates for supportive local, state and federal policies.

Under Mr. Yap’s direction, NCDOT has launched an impressive list of UAS innovation “firsts:”
 North America’s first demonstration of an unmanned air taxi.
 Launch of nation’s first routine drone package deliveries for pay.
 Nation’s first and only permitting system for commercial and government drone operators.
 North Carolina’s first coordinated drone response to a disaster.
 North Carolina’s first Drone Summit and Flight Expo convening UAS leaders from business, government and academic focused on drone innovation.
 Launch of initiative to develop an unmanned traffic management system for North Carolina.

Mr. Yap serves as a subject matter expert for state transportation and industry organizations, sharing his experiences, best practices and recommendations on developing drone technologies and programs. He serves on and advises national standards-setting committees, including the ANSI Unmanned Aircraft Systems Collaborative, which in 2018 published the comprehensive Standardization Roadmap as a key resource for nationwide drone deployment.

North Carolina’s UAS Program, under Mr. Yap’s direction, has won numerous awards for transportation innovations, including the National Association of State Aviation Officials Organization’s 2019 Most Innovative State Program Award and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International's 2019 XCELLENCE Award in the humanitarian category for North Carolina’s coordinated drone support of statewide emergency response during Hurricane Florence in 2018.

Mr. Yap secured and directs North Carolina’s participation in the Federal Aviation Administration’s three-year UAS Integration Pilot Program as one of only 10 U.S. teams selected. The N.C. pilot is creating viable operational concepts, testing tools and developing infrastructure that enables safe drone use for package delivery, particularly medical package delivery, food package delivery and transportation infrastructure inspection over local communities and beyond line of sight. Mr. Yap interfaces with the FAA’s program management team, assesses concepts and emerging UAS technologies, fosters technical interchange towards integrated solutions for advanced UAS urban and rural operations, and coordinates broadly across a diverse team of industry technology experts and government officials to achieve operations within North Carolina. This pilot offers the potential for unleashing a new era of drone use for public and private purposes across the state and the nation.

Mr. Yap brings to this work extensive experience in engineering, program and project management, policy development, and research design and analysis. In a previous role as an airport project manager with the Division of Aviation, he worked directly with 17 airports to administer federal and state grants for airport development. This required engaging and working closely with local governments and airport authorities on airport planning and land use, public outreach, project prioritization, construction monitoring and inspection, and assuring grant obligations were met.

Mr. Yap is vice chair of the National Association of State Aviation Officials UAS Committee, a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Standing Committee on Aviation System Planning, FAA’s EDC-5 Innovations UAS working group, and ASTM International’s Committee F38 on Unmanned Aircraft Systems. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from North Carolina State University.

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Dawn Zoldi

P3 Tech Consulting

Dawn M.K. Zoldi* is a licensed attorney, an U.S. Air Force veteran and the founder and CEO of P3 Tech Consulting, connecting people and their advanced tech platforms with full spectrum policy-relevant information. Ms. Zoldi was admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1992 and commissioned through direct appointment in the United States Air Force in July 1993. In her almost 25 years of active duty as a member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, Ms. Zoldi ultimately attained the rank of Colonel and performed a myriad of duties at various command echelons in the continental U.S. and deployed forward. Upon her retirement from active duty in 2018, she spent two years with the Office of the Air Force General Counsel as the Business Matters Attorney for the U.S. Air Force Academy. Ms. Zoldi is currently the Deputy Director of the USAFA's Center for Character and Leadership Development. She is an internationally recognized expert on unmanned aircraft system law and policy, and a recipient of the Woman to Watch in UAS (Leadership) Award 2019. Her recent business endeavors in the drone policy arena include roles as a legal columnist for Inside Unmanned Systems magazine; regular contributor to Commercial UAV News and InterDrone Newsletter; Adjunct Conference Planner for InterDrone 2020 & Member of InterDrone Advisory Board; Senior Advisor to the Urban Low Altitude Transport Association; strategic consultant to Women & Drones' Women to Watch in UAS Global Awards 2020 initiative; strategic partner to Airavat Solutions and Legal/Policy Committee Chair to DRONERESPONDERS.

*Ms. Zoldi is appearing in her private capacity. As such, the views and opinions expressed during her presentation do not reflect those of the DOD, do not constitute endorsement of any organization mentioned and are not intended to influence the action of federal agencies or their employees.