The Role of States in Promoting Aviation STEM Workforce Development Programs at the High School Level: Monday, September 12 at 2:45 pm

Doug Adomatis

Aviation Educator
Greenville Technical Charter High School

Doug Adomatis teaches courses in science aviation at Greenville Technical Charter High School, using the STEM curriculum developed by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. GTCHS was the first school in South Carolina to adopt the curriculum in 2018. Last year’s graduates of the 4-year program have gone on to become pilots, aerospace engineers, and aircraft mechanics. Doug is currently working with other high schools and the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission to host the state’s first simulated flight competition. As an AOPA Flight Training Scholarship recipient, Doug shares this perspective with his students: Aviation offers a world of opportunity, at a significant cost.
Attracting Investment in Aviation Hangars: Wednesday, September 14 at 8:30 am

Jim Altschul

President
Aviation Advisory Service, Inc.

Jim Altschul is President of Aviation Advisory Service, a consulting firm, and of Hayward Hangars, LLC, which owns and operates an airplane hangar project in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has practiced corporate law, advised and raised money for several start-up and early stage companies, headed up a real estate investment banking firm, and developed two general aviation airplane hangar projects.

After starting his career as a financial journalist in Tokyo and working at one of the leading law firms in New York, Jim joined Aviation Advisory Service in 1990. Jim’s father, Selig Altschul, who was a pioneer in aviation finance, founded Aviation Advisory in 1947. Jim is able to draw on an exceptional network of relationships throughout the aviation industry and related fields, and bring to bear his wide-ranging experience in addressing the challenges faced by new ventures.

In 1997 and 1998, Jim put together California Hangars, LLC, which he believes was the first retail direct participation program to invest in an airplane hangar project. California Hangars owned and operated a 51-unit general aviation hangar project at Whiteman Airport in Pacoima, California for 17 years. California Hangars consistently delivered very high levels of occupancy and tenant satisfaction, and provided superior returns to its investors. Jim founded Hayward Hangars, LLC, and has handled all aspects of development, financing, local government relations, and property management.

Jim is a graduate of Harvard College (A.B., East Asian Studies, cum laude) and of Columbia Law and Business Schools. He is a member of the New York bar.

The Role of States in Promoting Aviation STEM Workforce Development Programs at the High School Level: Monday, September 12 at 2:45 pm

Grayson Ardies

State Director of Aeronautics
Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission

Grayson Ardies has been the Oklahoma State Director of Aeronautics since November 2020. The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission's mission is to promote aviation and aerospace, which includes fostering the growth of the aerospace industry and ensuring that the needs of commerce and communities across Oklahoma are met by the 108 public airports that comprise the state’s air transportation system. Ardies emphasis is on promoting the aerospace industry, one of the state’s largest industries and top employers; critical planning and development for the state’s air transportation system; making the state’s 49 regional business airports the best possible economic centers in their communities; and encouraging public-private partnerships to promote the aerospace industry.
Ardies began working for the Commission in 2009 as an intern. Rising through the ranks, he became the lone 5010 airport inspector as an Aviation Program Manager, conducting airport and pavement inspections at Oklahoma’s public-use, general aviation airports to provide each community with a foundation for the federal and state capital planning process. In 2016 he became Manager of the Airport Division to oversee the development of the Commission’s Five-year Airport Construction Program which directs approximately $25 million of federal, state, and local funding per year. He was responsible for airport inspections, airspace zoning reviews in accordance with the State’s Aircraft Pilot and Passenger Protection Act, the state’s anemometer tower marking law, and providing assistance to airports with their development, operation, and technical documents. Ardies served as Deputy Director from January 2019 through October 2020, and was unanimously selected by the seven-member Commission to fill the State Director of Aeronautics position, beginning November 2020.
He has led many statewide agency initiatives including a three-year effort working with the state legislature regarding the protection of military training airspace. He also managed a two-year project that conducted an Aerospace and Aviation Economic Impact Study which established the industry as the second largest economic engine in the state. Under his leadership the Commission developed a unique P3 (public/private) partnership at Carlton Landing Airport on Lake Eufaula, and guided the difficult but necessary five-year effort to close Lake Murray State Park Airport.
Ardies was awarded the honorable 2020 State Aviation Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO). The award, which was established in 1989, honors State Aviation personnel who have excelled in their service and dedication to aviation progress and development in their state. Ardies was also listed in the Power 15 List in Aviation and Aeronautics in Oklahoma by the Journal Record in 2020.
Director Ardies graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Aviation Management with double 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.
What are the Challenges & Solutions to Air Service Serving Small Communities: Tuesday, September 12 at 2:30 pm

Daniel Belmont

Director of Market Development
Skywest Airlines

Cutting Edge Aviation Technologies: Wednesday, September 14 at 10:00 am

Victor Bird

Chief Operating Officer
AIrcraft Towing

Longtime Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission (OAC) Director Victor Bird, a recognized state and national aviation leader who retired in 2020 as a public servant, is now Aircraft Towing Systems World Wide’s Chief Operating Officer. An aerospace-policymaking and regional-funding airport expert, Bird is a nationally respected leader in aviation. Bird is the first and only Oklahoman to serve as chairman of the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) in its 90-year history and is the only non-elected public official to receive the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association’s most prestigious award, the Hartranft Award. He was also honored with the General Thomas P. Stafford Award from Oklahoma’s aerospace industry for his outstanding contributions to the industry in 2009 and NASAO also presented him with its highest award, the Kenneth Rowe Ambassador of Aviation Award.
Innovative Aviation Technologies: Wednesday, September 14 at 11 am

Grant Bishop

President & CEO
Silent Falcon Technologies

President and CEO of Silent Falcon Technologies. Former F16 Fighter pilot highly decorated Combat Veteran now leading advanced drone and AI data company. Three patents awarded for FOD detection systems and now patent pending for PCI+ pavement condition index system that captures 100% of the surface data with drones and uses AI to process the distresses per ASTM 5340 which reduces the cost of pavement management from 30-60%.
FAA Regional Administrators Roundtable (State Members Only) Tuesday, September 13 at 1:15 pm

Elliott Black

Acting Deputy Regional Administrator, Great Lakes
Federal Aviation Administration

Innovative State Aviation Programs: Monday, September 12 at 9:00 am

Scott Brady, P.E.

Senior Consultant
EG Solutions

Scott Brady earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Georgia Tech. He is a registered professional engineer with 44 years civil engineering experience emphasizing public sector projects. More than 36 years of his total experience has been on airport projects as program manager, project engineer, and consultant. He has worked on over 300 total projects including projects at over 50 airports in four FAA regions. He has specialty practice experience in geotechnical and water resources engineering. Scott is recognized as a leading expert on stormwater management on airports in the state of Florida. He has been at the forefront of new advancements for handling stormwater on airports for over 20 years. As a consultant to the FDOT, Scott was also the technical manager and author of the FDOT Statewide Stormwater Best Management Practices Manual (currently being updated under a subcontract for the FDOT) and the Technical Report for the Statewide Airport Stormwater Study. In 2012, Scott was co-recipient of the Corporate Eagle Award from the Florida Airports Council for his contributions toward Florida’s stormwater legislation. He is a commercial, instrument rated pilot for both land and sea airplanes.
Making the Case for Greater State Investment in Airports- A Case Study in North Carolina: Monday, September 12 at 4:15 pm

Steve Brian

Manager, Aviation Programs
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.
Innovative State Aviation Programs: Monday, September 12 at 9:00 am; Our Future Workforce - What State Agencies are Doing to Develop the Pipeline: Monday, September 12 at 1:30 pm

Bryan Budds

Deputy Administrator at Office of Aeronautics
Michigan Department of Transportation

Bryan Budds currently serves as the Deputy Administrator of the Michigan Department of Transportation Office of Aeronautics. In that role, Bryan oversees both sections within the Office of Aeronautics including the Airport Planning and Development Section and Aviation Services Section including the Office’s Emerging Aviation Unit which is driving Michigan’s safe integration of new aviation entrants into Michigan’s airspace. Bryan holds a bachelors degree in public policy from Michigan State University, a masters degree in public policy from George Mason University, and is an active private pilot.
What are the Opportunities for State Aviation Leaders with Drones & AAM Technologies?: Tuesday, September 13 at 3:45 pm

Skye Carapetyan

Team Member, Aircraft Sales
Beta Technologies

Skye Carapetyan is a member of the aircraft sales team at BETA Technologies, where he works with existing and potential customers to realize the benefit of our aircraft to help improve their bottom line and reduce their carbon footprint. During his time at BETA, he has also spent time focusing on the build-out of the company's nationwide multimodal charging infrastructure, which is designed to advance the development and deployment of our zero-emissions aircraft and other EVs.

Skye has built his career leading teams in the aviation and electric vehicle (EV) sectors. Prior to his post at BETA, he served as VP for a large transportation and logistics firm where he led the sales team in all western states before ultimately moving to the EV sector. As National Sales Director for an EV startup, Skye worked with the State of California, various utilities, and numerous municipalities to further the adoption of clean transportation and EV infrastructure. A commercially rated pilot, Skye has flown Embraer regional jets for nearly 5 years as a First Officer and when he was promoted to Captain, flew Canadair CRJ 700s. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor and certified flight instructor (CFI), CFII, MEI at Jacksonville University via the Delta Connection Academy. He graduated from Jacksonville University with B.S. in Aviation Operations and Management and currently lives in Sacramento, CA with his family.

Cutting Edge Aviation Technologies: Wednesday, September 14 at 10:00 am

Halil Ceylan,Ph.D

Professor in Civil Engineering and Director, Program for Sustainable Pavement Engineering & Research
Iowa State University

Dr. Ceylan has extensive experience in pavement field investigation and forensic testing, pavement performance evaluation and modeling, mechanistic-based pavement analysis and design concepts, nondestructive testing and health monitoring of transportation infrastructure systems, smart infrastructure/engineering materials, innovative airfield pavement engineering solutions, and engineering application of intelligent data mining and computational and artificial intelligence techniques.

Over the course of his career, he has been involved with over 115 research projects – worth more than $20.8 million project funds since 2002 – related to transportation infrastructure systems and pavement/geo/engineering materials, serving as the principal investigator or co-principal investigator. Research sponsors include the National Science Foundation, Federal Highway Administration, Federal Aviation Administration, National Cooperative Highway Research Program, Strategic Highway Program, Portland Cement Association, various state departments of transportation and highway research boards, among others.

Dr. Ceylan has authored and co-authored over 345 peer-reviewed publications, which includes 6 edited books, 4 invited book chapters, more than 130 journal articles (plus 3 fully peer-reviewed Geotechnical Special Publications), and over 140 fully-refereed conference proceedings and technical reports. He is also an avid technical presenter, having delivered over 350, including more than 100 invited presentations at universities and conferences with several keynote lectures. During the course of his tenure at ISU, he has advised and mentored over 70 graduate students, postdoctoral research associates, and research staff.

And besides having served on the editorial board for 9 international journals, he has been a member of over 30 national and international committees and organizations, serving as the chair of the ASCE Geo-Institute (GI) Pavements Committee, chair of the newly-formed ASCE Transportation and Development Institute (T&DI) Task Force Committee on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Impacts, and having organized and chaired many technical conference sessions for these professional associations

A Future in Aviation: Integrating Unmanned Aircraft into the National Airspace System: Monday, September 12 at 10:45 am

Jim Cieplak

Program Manager
Vantis

I've spent my career in both manned and unmanned aviation. Over the last 25 years, I've worked in developing and implementing advanced aviation-systems technology, including early work on the Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS), Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) and next-gen air traffic control technologies.
More recently, I've helped commercial efforts to facilitate the integration of UAS into the National Airspace System (NAS) by supporting Vantis, North Dakota's statewide BVLOS UAS network.
The Ground to Air Planning Group: A Collaboration with the National League of Cities: Tuesday, September 15 at 9:30 am

Jacques Coulon

Mobility Innovation Manager
City of Orlando

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 Advanced Air Mobility and emerging transportation technologies and works on a variety of transportation planning efforts including the City’s planned Lake Highland/Alden Road realignment project and Virginia Dr. corridor study. In his current role with the City’s Transportation Department Jacques also serves as the primary interface and reviewer on 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.
FAA Regional Administrators Roundtable (State Members Only) Tuesday, September 13 at 1:15 pm

Colleen D'Alessandro

Deputy 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.

NASAO Workshop -Block Grant Session: Saturday, September 10 at 12:30 pm

David Duchow

Financial Analyst, Office of Airport Compliance
Federal Aviation Administration

The Ground to Air Planning Group: A Collaboration with the National League of Cities: Tuesday, September 13 at 9:30 am

John Eberhardt

Chief Technology Officer
ATA, LLC

Mr. Eberhardt is the Chief Technology Officer 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.

Getting the Lead Out - The Charge Toward Fleetwide Unleaded Fuel: Tuesday, September 13 at 9:30 am to 10:00 am,

Daniel Findley

Associate Director
ITRE at NC State University

Dr. Daniel Findley is the Associate Director of ITRE’s Economic Analysis and Policy Assessment Group and 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 contributed to and 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. He holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University and is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in North Carolina.
What are the Opportunities for State Aviation Leaders with Drones & AAM Technologies?: Tuesday, September 13 at 3:45 pm

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.
A Look at Federal & State Policies for the UAS & AAM Industries: Tuesday, September 13 at 2:30 pm

Chris Fletcher

Director of Policy and Agency Affairs
Office of Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson

Chris Fletcher joined Governor Asa Hutchinson’s staff in 2019 as a legislative liaison. Chris graduated from the University of Arkansas with bachelor's degrees in Anthropology and History, and a master's in Anthropology. Prior to joining the Governor’s Office, Chris worked as an archaeologist where he directly assisted utility companies, state agencies, and federal contractors on regulatory compliance for infrastructure projects. While serving in the Arkansas Department of Agriculture and in the Governor’s Office, Chris completed an additional master's degree in Public Administration. In early 2022, Chris was promoted to Director of Policy and Agency Affairs for the State of Arkansas. In this role Chris serves as the advisor to the Governor and state cabinet officials on energy, environmental, and advanced mobility matters.
A Look at Federal & State Policies for the UAS & AAM Industries: Tuesday, September 13 at 2:30 pm

Liz Forro

Federal Aviation Administration

Our Future Workforce - What State Agencies are Doing to Develop the Pipeline: Monday, September 12 at 1:30 am

Ryan Gaug

Interim Office Director
Minnesota Department of Transportation

Ryan began his career with MnDOT in 2008 as a transportation planner and in 2011 joined MnDOT’s Office of Aeronautics as an aviation planner. He was promoted to Planning Director in 2014, to Assistant Office Director in 2019 and to Interim Office Director in 2022.
Ryan has an undergraduate degree in Political Science and a Master in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute and is AICP certified. In his previous career he worked as a legislative aid in the U.S. Congress.
Getting the Lead Out - The Charge Toward Fleetwide Unleaded Fuel: Tuesday, September 13 at 9:30 am to 10:00 am

Mike Ginter

Vice President. Airports & State Advocacy
AOPA

Mike Ginter is the vice president of airports and state advocacy for AOPA. He leads AOPA’s team of regional managers and airport policy experts, and oversees a volunteer force of more than 1,700 Airport Support Network volunteers across the United States. This team accomplishes AOPA’s mission of protecting our freedom to fly by focusing on three areas: partner with, promote, and protect America’s airports; advocate for general aviation interests in all 50 state legislatures; and engage with members and key general aviation stakeholders in AOPA’s seven regions. Ginter served 27 years in the U.S. Navy flying the carrier-based S–3B Viking. He is an active pilot and has logged more than 500 carrier landings and 5,000 flight hours in various military and general aviation aircraft during his 40-year flying career.
FAA Airport Inspection Update: Saturday, September 10 at 4 pm

Drew Goldsmith

Project Manager - Aviation Data Services & Software Application Development
Federal Aviation Administration

Mr. Goldsmith is a Program Manager supporting the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Airports, Office of Airport Safety and Standards, Airport Engineering Division. He currently oversees the incorporation of National policy on aeronautical data capture into the Airport Data and Information Program (ADIP, formerly Airports GIS), which includes the management of the Airport Master Record (5010) and State Inspection Programs. Mr. Goldsmith has served in this position for 5 years, culminating from a decade of prior experience surrounding aeronautical data related activities in support of the FAA’s National Flight Data Center, Chart Supplement and VFR Charting teams.
What are the Opportunities for State Aviation Leaders with Drones & AAM Technologies?: Tuesday, September 13 at 3:45 pm

Scott Gore

Program Manager for Strategic Engagement, Safety and Integration Division, UAS Integration Office
Federal Aviation Administration

Attracting Investment in Aviation Hangars: Wednesday, September 14 at 8:30 am

Steve Gould

Airport Director
Rock Hill - York County Airport

Steve continues to serve as Airport Director at Rock Hill-York County Airport since June 2013. Prior to arriving there, he served two and a half years as Operations Manager at McKinney National Airport in McKinney, Texas and three years as an Airport Certification Specialist at Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Aviation Management from the Florida Institute of Technology in 2007, is a Certified Member of American Association of Airport Executives, was selected as one of Airport Business Magazine’s 2018 “Top 40 Under 40”, and is a past President of South Carolina Aviation Association.
Update from Washington with FAA: Tuesday, September 13 at 11:00 am

Shannetta Griffin, P.E.

Associate Administrator of Airports
Federal Aviation Administration

What are the Opportunities for State Aviation Leaders with Drones & AAM Technologies?: Tuesday, September 13 at 3:45pm

Dr. R. Michael Guterres

Senior Principal, Aviation
MITRE

Michael is a key leader at MITRE's Center for Advanced Aviation System Development and has over 18 years of experience in UAS.
At MITRE he has led a portfolio of programs with public and private sector partners focusing on UAS integration and proliferation in the national airspace system. These have included the FAA UAS integration Pathfinder Program, the White House Drone Integration Pilot Program, the FAA’s BEYOND program, and multiple state and local government level initiatives in UAS operations and integration. His activities focus on the intersection of disruptive technology, novel aviation operations and infrastructure, aviation policy, aviation safety, advanced data analytics, innovation implementation and societal impact.
Before joining MITRE, Dr. Guterres was a Director at Textron Systems where he led UAS product development, strategy, and engineering.
Dr. Guterres has authored several articles and holds multiple patents in UAS. He received a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park.
Innovative State Aviation Programs: Monday, September 12 at 9:00 am

Jim Halley

Airport Planning and Programming Director
TxDOT Aviation

NASAO Workshop -Block Grant Session: Saturday, September 10 at 12:30 pm

Dan Harmon

Director of Aviation Division
Texas Department of Transportation

Dan Harmon serves as Director of the Texas Department of Transportation's (TxDOT) Aviation Division(AVN). The Division works closely with the Federal Aviation Administration and local stakeholders to support the 278 general aviation airports in the Texas Airport System Plan. He is also responsible for operating the state’s flight services organization, providing passenger and utility service for state agencies, as well as maintenance services for all state-owned aircraft.
He previously served as Director of TxDOT’s Maritime Division, as well as Director of Facilities for the Texas Department of Public Safety. In 2016, he was appointed as a member of the US Department of Transportation’s Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Committee, where he served as Co-Chair of the Marine Highway Sub-Committee and Domestic Shipping Sub-Committee until 2021. He currently serves as chair of the National Association of State Aviation Officials State Block Grant Program Committee.
A U.S. Navy veteran, he served on active duty for over 22 years, as a Naval Aviator in the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance community flying the P-3 Orion. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Government from the University of Texas and a Master's degree in Business Administration from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, graduating with honors.
Attracting Investment in Aviation Hangars: Wednesday, September 14 at 8:30 am

Kevin Howell

Senior Vice President/COO
Greenville Spartanburg International Airport

Kevin Howell serves as senior vice president and chief operating officer of the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport District, where he is responsible for the Airport Capital Improvement Program, Airport Operations & Public Safety, Airport Facilities and Maintenance, and Cerulean Aviation, the airport’s passenger and cargo ground handling business line and the airport’s Fixed Based Operation (FBO).
Prior to joining GSP, Mr. Howell served as the development director for the Asheville Regional Airport. He also previously worked at the Little Rock National Airport and Nashville International Airport. Mr. Howell is an accredited International Airport Professional by Airport Councils International and a certified airport manager by the American Association of Airport Executives. He earned his bachelor’s degree in aerospace administration from Middle Tennessee State University.
Innovative Aviation Technologies: Wednesday, September 14 at 10:00 am

Vince Howie

Vice President, CEO
Aircraft Towing Systems World Wide LLC

Richard "Vince" Howie has more than 36 years of experience in the aerospace industry. His career has spanned government at the federal, state and local levels, including industry experience. In early 2016, Howie helped build and incorporate Aircraft Towing Systems World Wide LLC., in Oklahoma. He now serves as the Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the Oklahoma- and internationally based company. Howie leads activities designed to develop, promote and build ATS into a world-recognized leader in aircraft transport systems – one that revolutionizes the way aircraft move around airports. Howie also served from November 2013 until recently as the Director of Aerospace & Defense for the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. He was appointed to the Oklahoma Science & Industrial Development Authority, Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission, Oklahoma Governor's Unmanned Aerospace Systems Council, and the Oklahoma F-35 Task Force and serves on the Oklahoma Careers Pathways Sub-Committee. Prior to his work at the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, Howie retired from the U.S. Air Force in April 2012 after 29 years of service. He is a former member of the Senior Executive Service (served as a civilian equivalent to a Bridger General in the U.S. Air Force). He holds a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University in Washington D.C., a Master of Arts degree in Management from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Central Oklahoma. Howie studied as a National Securities Study Management Fellow at the Maxwell School of Business at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York, and received his Senior Professional Military Education from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at the National Defense University in Washington D.C.
FAA Reauthorization: Opportunities to Address Challenges to the Aviation Industry: Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 8:30 am

Karen Huggard

Vice President of Government Affairs
National Air Transportation Association

A seasoned government affairs professional, Karen Huggard brings diverse public policy and strategic communications experience to her role as Vice President of Government Affairs at the National Air Transportation Association, as well as a personal background in aviation. Huggard began her career in public policy and advocacy on Capitol Hill, where she served as a legislative aid in the U.S. House of Representatives, a registered lobbyist for national associations, and a government affairs consultant before federal agencies. Her career has also included advocacy, strategic communications, public relations, and marketing at the local and state levels within the nonprofit, higher education, and transportation sectors.

Huggard joined NATA in 2020 as the Managing Director for Industry Relations, adding legislative advocacy to her role in 2021. She is passionate about representing the unique needs of NATA’s member businesses before their elected officials, telling the story of business and general aviation’s contributions to local economies and communities throughout the nation, fostering industry-wide environmental sustainability and increased innovation, and securing a strategic direction for the continued success of aviation businesses.

Innovative Contracting for Statewide Pavement Maintenance Implementation: Monday, September 12 at 2:45 pm

Taylor Janney

Aeronautics Engineering Manager
Alabama Department of Transportation

Taylor attended Auburn University where he earned a degree in Civil Engineering. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Alabama and has over 15 years of experience in the construction and engineering industry. Taylor currently serves as the Engineering Manager for the Alabama Department of Transportation Aeronautics Bureau where he oversees 145 million square feet of airfield pavement. He is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and is currently serving as the president of the Montgomery Branch where he enjoys volunteering his time.
What are the Challenges & Solutions to Air Service Serving Small Communities: Tuesday, September 12 at 2:30 pm

Mariah L. Johnson

Air Service Development Program Manager,
Wyoming Department of Transportation - Aeronautics Division

FAA Regional Administrators Roundtable (State Members Only): Tuesday, September 13 at 1:15 pm

Marie Kennington-Gardiner

Director, New York Area Program Integration Office
Federal Aviation Administration

Marie is the Director of the New York Area Program Integration Office for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). As Director, she coordinates, integrates and monitors regional airspace issues, projects and initiatives to address congestion and delays in New York.
Prior to this position, Kennington-Gardiner 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.
Our Future Workforce - What State Agencies are Doing to Develop the Pipeline: Monday, September 12 at 1:30 pm

Kim Kenville

Professor, Aviation Dept
University of North Dakota

Dr. Kim Kenville is a tenured full professor at the University of North Dakota, where she has been teaching airport management since 1999. Prior to UND, she worked for Detroit (DTW), Milwaukee (MKE) in airport operations, as well as a Noise Internship with the MSP airport.
She has completed 12 different Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) guidebooks and syntheses that pertain specifically to airports and their response and recovery to emergencies, social media, funding industrial aviation development, aviation education, strategic planning, and organizational effectiveness, and aviation education.
In 2019, Dr. Kenville was appointed by the US DOT Secretary to be a member of the ACRP Oversight Committee (AOC) for a four-year term.
Kim has served on the National Research Council’s committee on Leaded Emissions in Piston-Powered Aircraft. In 2016, she was appointed to the US DOT Committee for Improving Air Service to Small Communities. Dr. Kenville has been a member of the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission since 2011.
She owns Kim Kenville Consulting (KKC) which is a registered disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) under the U.S. Department of Transportation guidelines in ND, MN, and WI. Kim has consulted with various airports on strategic planning and guiding public input processes, along with teaching Airport 101 and the Certified Member course for the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE).
Kim is a private pilot, she is married to an airport engineer and they have five children. Kim grew up in Thief River Falls, MN.
Making the Case for Greater State Investment in Airports- A Case Study in North Carolina: Monday, September 12 at 4:15 pm

Michael Landguth

President & CEO
Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority

Michael Landguth is RDU’s President and Chief Executive Officer. With nearly 20 years of experience in the aviation industry, Landguth is responsible for overall staffing, budgeting, strategic planning and operations at RDU.

Prior to joining RDU, he served as chief executive officer and president of the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority after also holding the position of director of airport operations within the organization. Landguth holds both bachelor and master’s degrees in Aeronautical Sciences from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

He was selected as the 2016 Airport Revenue News Medium HUB Airport Director of the Year, and serves on the board of directors for the Airports Council International – North America. He is also a board member for both the Raleigh and Durham Chambers of Commerce. In 2017, Landguth was named CEO of the Year by the Triangle Business Journal and is a North Carolina Airports Association President’s Award recipient.

FAA Reauthorization: Opportunities to Address Challenges to the Aviation Industry : Tuesday, September 13 at 8:30 am

Holly Woodruff Lyons

President
HWL Aerospace Policy

A Future in Aviation: Integrating Unmanned Aircraft into the National Airspace System – A Case Study in North Dakota: Monday, September 12 at 10:45 am

Frank Matus

Director, ATC Digital Aviation Solutions, Americas
Thales Airspace Mobility Solutions

Frank Matus has over 20 years of experience establishing strategy/development initiatives for emerging air traffic management concepts and solutions in the global aviation market.

As Director, Matus leads this emerging part of the Thales Airspace Mobility Solutions business serving as a system-of-systems integrator combining sensor technology with cloud-native, digital tools to modernize and facilitate the integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) globally.

Innovative State Aviation Programs: Tuesday September 12 at 9:00 am

Anthony McCloskey

NASAO Board Chair
Aviation Director
PennDOT: Bureau of Aviation

Anthony McCloskey, P.E., is PennDOT’s Director for the Bureau of Aviation since 2015. He is responsible for overseeing all aviation-related programs within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania including the State Block Grant program, Safety/Licensing, Aviation Awareness, Project Management and Flight Services.

Anthony is a project panel member on ACRP 01-37 Best Practices in State Aeronautics Division Performance Measures.

Anthony has over 30 years of engineering experience with over 24 years being with PennDOT. In addition to aviation, he has experience in bridge design/construction/inspection to roadway maintenance to highway project delivery.
Recently, Anthony was serving as Acting Deputy Secretary for PennDOT’s Multimodal Transportation which is responsible for overseeing Aviation, Public Transportation, Passenger Rail, Rail Freight, Ports, and the state’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs. He also serves as the Vice Chair for the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) Board of Directors Executive Committee.
Anthony has earned a bachelor’s degree in Structural Design and Construction Engineering Technology (1991) from Penn State University and holds a master’s degree in Engineering Science from Penn State University (2003). He is registered in the state of Pennsylvania as a professional engineer and serves on Penn State Harrisburg’s Structural Design and Construction Engineering Technology Advisory Board.

The Role of State Members in Promoting Aviation STEM Workforce Development Programs at the High School Level: Monday, September 12 at 2:45 pm

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).

FAA Regional Administrators Roundtable (State Members Only) Tuesday, September 13 at 1:15 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.

What are the Challenges & Solutions to Air Service Serving Small Communities: Tuesday, September 12 at 2:30 pm

Margaret Muir

Mead & Hunt

Performance of Airport Asphalt Pavement Constructed using State Specifications: Monday, September 12 at 1:30 pm

James Musselman

Senior Engineer
National Center for Asphalt Technology at Auburn University

Jim is a Senior Engineer for the National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT), where he is currently involved in a number of research projects and training activities. Prior to joining NCAT, Jim spent 30 years with the Florida Department of Transportation where he was the State Bituminous Materials Engineer. Jim was also an Asphalt Performance Manager for CRH Americas Materials for three years. He has worked in the area of asphalt pavement materials and construction for over 36 years. Jim has both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida and is also a registered professional engineer in the State of Florida.
FAA Regional Administrators Roundtable (State Members Only): Tuesday, September 13 at 1:15 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.
FAA Reauthorization: Opportunities to Address Challenges to the Aviation Industry: Tuesday, September 15 at 8:30 am

Andrew Pantino

Vice President of Government Affairs
American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE

Andrew Pantino currently serves as the Vice President of Government Affairs for the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE). Prior to this, he’s held various positions on Capitol Hill, including as a Policy Advisor for U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) in charge of the senator’s transportation and national security portfolios, as well as a legislative staffer for Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR).
A native of Roswell, Georgia, Mr. Pantino earned his undergraduate degrees in political science and public relations from the University of Georgia. He also holds a master’s degree international public policy from Erasmus University in the Netherlands
The Role of States in Promoting Aviation STEM Workforce Development Programs at the High School Level: Monday September 12 at 2:45 pm

Glenn Ponas

Director, High School Outreach
AOPA

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.
NASAO Workshop -Block Grant Session: Saturday, September 10 at 12:30 pm

Keturah Pristell

Airport Compliance Specialist, FAA Airports Division HeadquartersFederal Aviation Administration

Serves as a Regional Airports Compliance Program Manager for the FAA's Office of Airports [Southern Region, Airports Division, Safety & Standards Branch] and is responsible for assessing and evaluating complaints in accordance with 14 Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) Part 13 concerning non-compliance with applicable laws, policies, and procedures related to the terms and conditions of federal land transfers and federal grant obligations that include airport rates, charges, and revenue diversion among other compliance areas.
FAA Weather Cameras Program Overview: Current Operations and Future Expansion Plans: Tuesday, September 13 at 10:00 am to 10:30 am

Cohl Pope

Program Manager, FAA Weather Camera Program
Federal Aviation Administration

Our Future Workforce - What State Agencies are Doing to Develop the Pipeline: Monday, September 12 at 1:30 pm

Ann B. Richart

Aeronautics Director
Nebraska Department of Transportation

Richart comes to NDOT from Martha’s Vineyard Airport, in Massachusetts, where she served as Airport Director. She has extensive experience in both the public and private sector, including Director of the Oregon Department of Aviation and State Airports Manager at the Oregon Department of Transportation, as well as Director of Aviation at Elmira Corning Regional Airport in Horseheads, New York. Richart has also managed airports in Klamath Falls, Oregon and Hutchinson, Kansas.
Innovative Contracting for Statewide Pavement Maintenance Implementation: Monday, September 12 at 2:45 pm

Paul Reit

Civil Engineer
Kimley-Horn

I am passionate about providing highly practical pavement management services that ensure the safety and compliance of airfields and roadway facilities for the benefit of the public. I am challenged by the ever evolving innovation and technology that allows me to develop tools and advantages that are applicable to other practices beyond my own. I am an experienced Civil Engineer and Pavement Management Inspector that is skilled in ASTM Pavement Inspections, AutoCAD Civil 3D, ArcGIS Online, and Web Application Development. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Platteville and was an All-Conference football player.
A Look at Federal & State Policies for the UAS & AAM Industries: Tuesday, September 13 at 2:30 pm

Troy Rule

Professor of Law and the Joseph Feller Memorial Chair in Law and Sustainability
Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law

Troy Rule is a Professor of Law and the Joseph Feller Memorial Chair in Law and Sustainability at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. He graduated with honors from the University of Chicago Law School in 2005, where he was awarded the John M. Olin Student Fellowship in Law & Economics. Prior to entering academia in 2009, Professor Rule was an attorney at K&L Gates LLP in Seattle, USA, with a practice focused primarily on commercial real estate transactions and wind energy development. Professor Rule is the author of RENEWABLE ENERGY: LAW, POLICY AND PRACTICE (West Academic Publishing, 2018), SOLAR, WIND, AND LAND: CONFLICTS IN RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT (Routledge-Earthscan, 2014), and more than a dozen law journal articles on renewable energy law, airspace rights, civilian drones, and related subjects, including Airspace in an Age of Drones, 95 BOSTON UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 155 (2015), and Drone Zoning, 95 NORTH CAROLINA LAW REVIEW 133 (2016) His op-eds on drone policy issues have appeared in such newspapers as the WALL STREET JOURNAL, ARIZONA REPUBLIC, and LOS ANGELES TIMES.
Innovative Contracting for Statewide Pavement Maintenance Implementation: Tuesday, September 13 at 2:45 pm

Gary Siegfried

Program Manager
SC Aeronautics Commission

Gary Siegfried is the Program Manager for the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission. In this role Gary is responsible for the Airport Development Program. This program oversees a variety of services to airports throughout the State of South Carolina including financial assistance for airport capital projects, safety inspections, and airfield maintenance.
Gary has a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Wisconsin and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois and is a registered professional engineer in the State of South Carolina. He has focused the vast majority of his career on airport engineering and project management, having spent 26 years as an airport consultant before coming to the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission in 2016.
Outside of work, Gary enjoys spending time with his three children, cooking and travelling to warm destinations to go scuba diving.
A Look at Federal & State Policies for the UAS & AAM Industries: Tuesday, September 13 at 2:30 pm

Brent Skorup

Senior Research Fellow
Mercatus Center at George Mason University

Brent Skorup is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. His research areas include transportation technology, telecommunications, aviation, and wireless policy. He serves on the Texas Urban Air Mobility Advisory Committee, he was a drone law advisor to the Virginia Department of Aviation, and he testifies regularly to state legislatures. In addition to economics and law review publications, he has authored pieces for Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Wired, Air Traffic Management magazine, and elsewhere. He’s appeared as a TV and radio interview guest for news outlets like C-SPAN, NPR, CBS News, ABC News, and CNBC Asia. Brent has a BA in economics from Wheaton College and a law degree from the George Mason University School of Law.
A Look at Federal & State Policies for the UAS & AAM Industries: Tuesday, September 13 at 2:30 pm

Lydon Sleeper

East Policy Leader
Joby Aviation

FAA Reauthorization: Opportunities to Address Challenges to the Aviation Industry: Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 8:30 am

Mike Smitsky

Director of Governmental Affairs
Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)

Michael Smitsky is the Director of Government Affairs at the Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). In his role, Mike staffs the maritime advocacy committee comprised of over 27 maritime organizations. He also manages the uncrewed state advocacy portfolio that covers all 50 states and 30 AUVSI chapters. Formerly he was the special assistant to the President & CEO and board liaison. Mike is an attorney in good standing in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is a former Captain and Drill Sergeant Commander in the United States Army Reserve.
FAA Reauthorization: Opportunities to Address Challenges to the Aviation Industry: Tuesday, September 15 at 8:30 am

Clayton Stambaugh

Deputy Director of Aeronautics
Illinois Department of Transportation

Clayton Stambaugh serves as a Deputy Director with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) charged with overseeing Aeronautics. 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. 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 (ACRP). In addition, he serves as Chair for the Transportation Research Board (TRB) committee on Aviation Policy and Administration. Stambaugh also serves as a Director for the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) covering the Great Lakes Region.

Stambaugh is a graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC), where he obtained a Master of Public Administration degree focusing on aviation administration. Stambaugh also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Management and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Aviation Flight from SIUC. 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.

Our Future Workforce - What State Agencies are Doing to Develop the Pipeline: Monday, September 12 at 1:30 pm

James Stephens

NASAO Board Treasurer
Executive Director
South Carolina Aeronautics Commission

James Stephens has been with the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission since 2012 and has been the Executive Director since 2014. He 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, is a licensed Airframe & Powerplant mechanic and Private Pilot and is a Certified Member with the American Association of Airport Executives.

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 has served as Treasurer on the executive committee of the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) for the past year, and in October, will be stepping away from State Aviation and NASAO to manage the Greenville Downtown Airport here in Greenville, South Carolina.

FAA Regional Administrators Roundtable (State Members Only) Tuesday, September 13 at 1:15 pm

Grady Stone

FAA Regional Administrator, Northwest Mountain Region
Federal Aviation Administration

What are the Challenges & Solutions to Air Service Serving Small Communities: Tuesday, September 13 at 2:30 pm

David Sunde

Co-Founder & CEO
Landline

David Sunde is the co-founder & CEO of Landline, a transportation platform that makes flying stress free from door to door. Founded in 2018, Landline partners with airlines to seamlessly add ground transportation to their networks. Landline’s partners include Sun Country Airlines, United Airlines and American Airlines at various locations across the US. Prior to Landline, Mr. Sunde worked in the network planning departments of Surf Air and Alaska Airlines. He began his career as a management consultant with Seabury Group with a focus on maintenance operations and fleet strategy. Mr. Sunde holds a B.S. in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University.
Innovative Contracting for Statewide Pavement Maintenance Implementation: Monday, September 12 at 2:45 pm

Edwin Tamang

Vice President
Kimley-Horn

Innovative Aviation Technologies: Wednesday September 14 at 11:15 am

Zachary Tecson

Geographic Information Systems Analyst
Michigan Department of Transportation: Office of Aeronautics

Zach Tecson is a Part 107 certified UAS pilot and Geographic Information Systems Analyst for the Michigan Department of Transportation Office of Aeronautics. He has spent the last three years in aeronautics blending the data collection prowess of drones with the analytical detail of GIS to solve transportation issues across the State of Michigan. He has worked hard to bring drones to several projects including public-use airport inspections, live traffic monitoring and reporting, and bridge deck design and inspections. Zach is passionate about pushing the UAS industry forward and is excited to see just how far drones can take us.
Innovative Contracting for Statewide Pavement Maintenance Implementation: Monday, September 12 at 2:45 pm

Eusebio "Chevy" Torres

Airport Engineering Director
Texas Department of Transportation: Aviation Division

Eusebio has been the Airport Engineering Director for TxDOT Aviation since October of 2017. In this role he leads a team of outstanding aviation professionals responsible for the management and inspection of general aviation airport engineering, design, construction, and maintenance. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University- Kingsville and is a Licensed Professional Engineer.
Keynote Luncheon Speaker: Monday, September 12 at 1:15 pm

Steve Townes

CEO & Founder, Ranger Aerospace
President & CEO, ACL Airshop

Steve Townes is the CEO and founder of Ranger Aerospace and its aviation services affiliates. Ranger’s largest and latest enterprise is ACL Airshop, the worldwide Air Cargo products, services, and leasing company, for which Townes is President & CEO. Ranger is a corporate co-investor in ACL. He is also Board member and past Chairman of “SC Aerospace,” a statewide public/private partnership in one of the fastest-growing aerospace states in the US; and a Board director for InTech Aerospace (another Ranger company) and Phoenix Defense in Arizona and Florida. Steve remains a tireless champion and advocate for aerospace growth in South Carolina, including as the first industry leadership voice calling for “Aviation High Schools” across the state for workforce development.
Townes is an engineering graduate of West Point, where he earned the Eisenhower Award upon graduation. He also holds an MBA from Long Island University and completed the advanced “PMD” post-MBA graduate program at Harvard Business School. He is a featured speaker at aerospace conventions and symposia and has testified on aviation matters before the U.S. House of Representatives, FAA, and NTSB. He was most recently a Keynote speaker at the large SC Aerospace & Manufacturing Expo in South Carolina, and a featured speaker at the annual IATA World Cargo Symposium in Europe. Ranger and ACL are periodically featured in the aviation trade and financial press.
He founded Ranger Aerospace in 1997 in Greenville SC. Ranger co-invests to acquire, lead and grow companies in the aviation and aerospace sectors, as full-time sleeves-up Officer experts. Under Townes’ leadership, Ranger Aerospace has employed as many as 4,250 people at 56 airports. As the management stewards for over $650 Million in various buying, selling, and investing events over 25 years across multiple growth companies, Ranger’s efforts have yielded superior results through transformational leadership, fostering and growing truly High-Performance quality-centered cultures. Large-scale previous Ranger successes include “ASIG,” Elsinore Aviation, Skytanking GmbH, Keystone Helicopter, the Keystone “HeliPlex,” Composite Technology Inc., Ranger International Services Group, CAV International, Ranger Saudia Ltd., US Logistics, Hawthorne Services, and Intech Aerospace.
Ranger’s most recent growth platform is ACL Airshop, with air cargo support operations doubled in 5 years to more than half of the world’s Top 100 airports. The mantra is “GROW THE NETWORK” – plans call for again doubling the global strategic footprint and capabilities of this unique company in the coming years. ACL Airshop is supplementing its network power with innovative new technologies, including proprietary Repair Station software, ULD Control logistics programs, Bluetooth tracking, and the award-winning “FindMyULD” App putting all of the ULD logistics management systems into the customer’s hand.
Mr. Townes has incisive and informative commentaries (and perhaps some bold predictions) on the current state of play in the fast-moving Aviation sector … in his trademark “high energy” style.
Making the Case for Greater State Investment in Airports- A Case Study in North Carolina: Monday, September 12 at 4:15 pm

Bobby Walston

NASAO Board Immediate Past 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.
A Future in Aviation: Integrating Unmanned Aircraft into the National Airspace System – A Case Study in North Dakota: Monday, September 12 at 10:45 am

Kyle Wanner

NASAO Board Secretary
Executive Director
North Dakota Aeronautics Commission

Kyle has served as the Executive Director for the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission since 2014. He provides strategic planning and direction, ensures the regulatory framework of aviation is upheld throughout the state, and provides support to maintain and grow the aviation system throughout North Dakota.
Kyle has a multi-faceted background in aviation that has its roots in his home state of North Dakota. Additionally, he is a graduate from the University of North Dakota’s aviation program where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Airport Management, a Bachelor of Aeronautical Sciences in Air Traffic Control, and a private pilot’s license.
Throughout the last decade, he has advocated for additional airport infrastructure funding support at all levels of government and has worked with state legislators to pass positive legislation to further enhance the aviation industry within North Dakota. He also previously held the position of NASAO’s Great Lakes Regional Director and currently serves as a member of its Executive Board.
Additionally, Kyle also serves as an Executive Board member for the Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site Authority which oversees and provides direction to the congressionally authorized UAS test site within North Dakota.
Our Future Workforce - What State Agencies are Doing to Develop the Pipeline: Monday, September 12 at 1:30 pm

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.
FAA Regional Administrators Roundtable (State Members Only): Tuesday, September 13 at 1:15 pm

Victoria Wei

Acting Regional Administrator, Alaska
Federal Aviation Administration

Our Future Workforce - What State Agencies are Doing to Develop the Pipeline: Monday, September 12, 1:30 pm

Kaitlyn Westendorf

Aviation Planner
Colorado Department of Transportation

Kaitlyn Westendorf is one of three Aviation Planners for the Colorado Aeronautics Division. Kaitlyn started with the Division as an intern in 2005 and was hired as the Grants Administrator in 2008. In addition to her role as a Planner for 25 airports in the Southeastern portion of the state, she is also the Colorado Aeronautical Board liaison and the Surplus Sale Coordinator.

Kaitlyn has a Business Administration degree from the University of Northern Colorado. Her background in her family's agricultural retail business has rooted her focus in Customer Service for aviation stakeholders in Colorado and beyond. She is always eager to help in any way she can.

As a Colorado native she enjoys the ability to see the beautiful state of Colorado in her role as planner and sharing the majesty of the state with her friends and family. Outside her role at the Division she spends her time supporting agriculture, volunteering in the community and supporting her four kids in all their athletics and extracurricular activities.

Cutting Edge Aviation Technologies: Wednesday, September 14 at 10:00 am

Colette Williams

Assistant Aviation Program Manager, Division of Intermodal
Georgia Department of Transportation

Colette E. Williams is the Assistant Program Manager-Aviation for the Georgia Department of Transportation, Division of Intermodal. Georgia is a part of the FAA’s State Block Grant Program and is home to 105 public use airports. Colette manages the airport funding, FAA grants, airport contracts, and capital improvement/development program for Georgia’s 95 general aviation airports.

Prior to starting with GDOT in March 2015, Colette worked in Florida for the Titusville-Cocoa Airport Authority, and then in Georgia for the Glynn County Airport Commission and Savannah Airport Commission. She worked in various capacities from 2002 to 2015 in airport operations, security, and management.

Colette holds a master’s in aviation safety from Central Missouri State, a bachelor’s in aviation management, and an associate’s in aviation flight from Southern Illinois University. She also has a commercial pilot’s license with instrument and multi-engine ratings, is a past president of the Georgia Airports Association, and an Accredited Airport Executive with the American Association of Airport Executives.

Colette currently lives in Brunswick, GA with her husband, James, and 2 dogs, Sierra (German Shepherd), and Sandy (Saluki). In her spare time, Colette travels with her Saluki to compete in lure coursing; Sandy is an AKC Junior Champion.

The Ground to Air Planning Group: A Collaboration with the National League of Cities: Tuesday, September 13 at 9:30 am

Amber Wilson

Manager of Aviation Technology
Virginia Department of Aviation

The Ground to Air Planning Group: A Collaboration with the National League of Cities: Tuesday, September 13 at 9:30 am

Doug Woods

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Program Manager
Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission

Doug joined the Commission staff in January of 2022 and brings 26 years of law enforcement experience, with 17 years as a first line supervisor responsible for training, supervisory, management and administrative tasks, including project development of the former RCPD Underwater Rescue/Recovery (Dive) Team, Patrol Rifle Program, In-House Rangemaster Development Program, School Safety and Workplace Violence Program, Initial Ft. Riley RCPD Range project, and RCPD small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Program. He served 23 years in the U. S. Navy (Reserve) as a “Deckplate Leader” with increasing levels of responsibility for training, supervisory, administrative, mentoring, and technical expertise as a first-line supervisor and upper-level non-commissioned officer primarily in the area of Firearms Training and Anti-Terrorism / Force Protection Physical Security Procedures.

Doug works directly with users of UAS in the state, FAA, and other state/local government agencies and administer's the Commission’s UAS program. He also conducts research related to other states’ rules and regulations for UAS and determines how Oklahoma can best position itself within the industry. He is the primary contact point to develop/update a UAS strategic plan for the state and provides recommendations to other state agencies or local governments on UAS operations, regulations, and policies.

Doug holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Central Christian College, McPherson, Kansas.

A Future in Aviation: Integrating Unmanned Aircraft into the National Airspace System – A Case Study in North Dakota: Monday, September 12 at 10:45 am

Trevor Woods

Executive Director
Northern Plains UAS Test Site

Trevor is the Executive Director, overseeing all test site operations, including the administration of Vantis, North Dakota's statewide UAS network. He participates on the FAA's Drone Safety Team and served as the Lead for the FAA's BVLOS ARC Working Group 2.1.

Trevor's work has facilitated advancements in C2 and DAA technologies and in BVLOS Operations. He was also instrumental in facilitating test site participation in the FAA's Integration Pilot Program, now the BEYOND program. Trevor holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Aviation Management and a Master of Business Administration