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Northwest Chapter, American Association of Airport Executives, 2019 Board of Directors

PRESIDENT

Cathryn Stephens, A.A.E.

Assistant Airport Director, Eugene Airport

Term expires: October 2019

Cathryn Stephens came to the Eugene Airport in January 2007 where she now holds the position of Assistant Airport Director overseeing the day-to-day operation of EUG including Operations, Maintenance and Security; Project Management; and Airport Services. She was previously Deputy Director over Airport Services.

An Accredited Airport Executive, Cathryn serves on the AAAE Airline Economics and Air Service Committee, has chaired the AAAE Digital Media Summit conference committee, and has served on many AAE final interview panels. She is a past president of the Oregon Airport Management Association.

Cathryn serves on the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Council. She also served on planning committees for the Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Oregon in 2008, 2012, and 2016. Prior to her work in the aviation industry, Cathryn worked for 16-years in television news as a reporter, anchor, producer, and photographer, in addition to some work in radio and newspaper. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Technical Journalism from Oregon State University and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science degree in Applied Information Management from the University of Oregon. She enjoys travel, both business and pleasure, and has absolutely no fear of flying. She lives in Eugene with her husband and two children.

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT

Greg Phillips, A.A.E.

Director of Aviation, Colorado Springs Airport

Term expires: October 2019

Greg Phillips serves as the Director of Aviation for the Colorado Springs Airport.  He is an instrument rated commercial pilot and holds an engineering degree from West Point.  

Greg earned his wings as a helicopter pilot and Army Ranger.  Following military service as an Officer in the Army, he worked as an engineering project manager for Boeing and as a Civil Engineer and Program Manager for the Federal Aviation Administration.  While at the FAA, he served as Deputy Program Manager during the design and construction of the Denver International Airport.  He has served in executive positions at five airports, beginning with the Bend Municipal Airport in Oregon, where he was named Oregon Airport  Manager of the Year.  He served as Deputy Director at the Missoula, Montana International Airport, as Airport Director in Wenatchee, Washington and as the Vail/Eagle County Regional Airport Executive Director before assuming his current role in Colorado Springs.  Greg additionally serves as First Vice President of the Northwest Chapter Board of Directors for the American Association of Airport Executives.

He is an Accredited Airport Executive, a Senior Fellow in the Council for Excellence in Government, and an active member of the Colorado Airport Operators’ Association.  Outside work, he is an avid bicyclist and a long time alpine ski race coach.  

 

FIRST VICE PRESIDENT

Rebecca Hupp, A.A.E.  

Airport Director, Boise Airport

Term expires:  October 2018

Rebecca L. Hupp, Director, Boise Airport, was appointed to her current position in April of 2012. She is responsible for all aspects of the day-to-day operation and long-term planning and development of the Airport.

 

Rebecca was previously the Airport Director of Bangor International Airport located in Bangor, Maine for over a decade. Prior to that Ms. Hupp was the Airport Manager of the Aberdeen Regional Airport in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Rebecca began her career with the Kansas City Aviation Department where she served in several key positions including operations, marketing and business development.

 

In addition to her duties as Airport Director, Ms. Hupp has served on a variety nonprofit boards and industry trade group organizations.  She currently serves on the Boise Chamber’s Travel Industry Advisory Board, the Board of the Boise Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, the Idaho Freight Advisory Committee and the Idaho Lung Association. Rebecca is an accredited member of the American Association of Airport Executives and was appointed to the Board for the Northeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), serving as the President for this organization for 2011-2012.

 

Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management from Florida Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration degree from Webster University.

SECOND VICE PRESIDENT

Brian Sprenger, A.A.E.  

Airport Director, Boseman Yellowstone Int'l Airport

Term expires:  October 2020

Brian Sprenger is the Airport Director at Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport.  Brian graduated with a B.S. in Business Management from Montana State University in 1989.  In 1985, he began a 14 year career with Northwest Airlines holding various positions including Station Manager and Manager of Education Programs at the airline’s headquarters in Eagan, Minnesota until 1999. Brian returned to Bozeman in 1999 as the Assistant Airport Director at Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport and was named its Airport Director in 2009. 

Brian is an Accredited Airport Executive and is past president of the Montana Airport Management Association and past chair of the Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce.  He is currently chair of the Bozeman Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and a board member of the Northwest Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives.  Brian and his wife Phronsie have four children.

SECRETARY AND TREASURER

Ryan Sheehan, A.A.E.

Director of Operations and Maintenance, Spokane Int'l Airport

Term expires: October 2020

Ryan Sheehan is the Director of Operations and Maintenance for Spokane Airports. He has worked in aviation for more than 22 years, starting in ground service with Horizon Air in 1995. He has been in Airport Operations since 2001, and has been with Spokane Airports since 2008, originally as the Operations Manager, and as the Director of Operations and Maintenance since 2010.

 

Ryan holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Management of Technical Operations from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. His a Certified Member of AAAE.

 

Ryan and his wife Kelly live in Spokane, and keep themselves entertained raising their seven children.

 

WEST

Chris Pomeroy

Airport Manager, Friedman Memorial Airport

Term expires: October 2020

Chris is the Airport Manager at the Friedman Memorial Airport (SUN) in Hailey, Idaho and gateway to beautiful Sun Valley.

Chris has more than 23 years of experience as an airport professional. Prior to becoming the Airport Manager at SUN in mid-2016, Chris held positions as an Airport Operations Intern and Specialist (APA Denver), Aviation Planner/Senior Aviation Planner with the Colorado and Washington State Aeronautics agencies, and as a senior airport planning consultant in Idaho and Colorado.  Chris has worked his entire aviation career in the FAA Northwest Mountain Region.

Chris currently serves on the AAAE United States Contract Tower Association (USCTA) Policy Board and leads the Idaho Contract Tower Coalition (ICTC). He previously served as Chairman of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) – Idaho – Aviation Committee.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Management from Metropolitan State University of Denver and is a proud alum of the Centennial Airport (APA) Internship Program. In his spare time, Chris enjoys fly-fishing and other outdoor recreational activities with his wife Mandy. 

 

Casey Boatman, C.M

Airport Business Coordinator, Renton Municipal Airport

Term expires: October 2019

Casey Boatman, C.M., is the Business Coordinator at Renton Municipal Airport (RNT) in Renton, Wash., handling business development, tenant relations and property management for Washington State’s fourth busiest airport. RNT is home to Boeing’s 737 manufacturing plant.

Boatman holds a public relations degree from Metropolitan State University of Denver, minoring in Aviation Management. Casey’s specialties in the industry are public relations, marketing, and just prior to joining the team at RNT, Boatman served as the PIO/ Airport Services Manager at Eugene Airport in Oregon.

Boatman has served on numerous committees with AAAE and NWAAAE and recently served as the Communications Chair for the Northwest Chapter.

He is passionate about aviation. When he isn’t plane spotting or advocating for our industry, he enjoys traveling and exploring the Pacific Northwest with his partner Adam.

 

EAST

Medardo Gomez, AAE

Maintenance Operations Superintendent, Salt Lake City Dept. of Airports

Term expires: October 2019

Medardo Gomez   is an active member of the American Association of Airport Executives. He holds the designation of Accredited Airport Executive, and currently serves in the board of directors of the American Association of Airport Executives North West Chapter. 

He holds a bachelor's degree in Facilities Management and a Master's degree in Public Administration from Brigham Young University.

Mr. Gomez airport experience includes over twenty five years as an airport executive and is currently the Airport Maintenance Operations Superintendent at Salt Lake City Department of Airports, and he serves as the Maintenance Division Liaison to the $3.5 Billion Airport Redevelopment Program

He also sits on the Professional Advisory Council at Salt Lake Community College School of Aviation Technologies and has been an adjunct professor of aviation Management courses for the past eight years.

He and his wife Nancy are the parents of eight children and seven grandchildren. He enjoys every time he gets to spend with them.

 

NORTH

Roelof-Jan (RJ) Steenstra, AAE

CEO, Fort McMurray Airport Authority

Term expires: October 2018

Roelof-Jan (RJ) Steenstra began his role as Chief Executive Officer of the Fort McMurray Airport Authority (FMAA) in September 2016. Prior to joining the FMAA, RJ held the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Red Deer Airport Authority since 2011. During his tenure, the airport transformed into a viable commercial transportation asset for Central Alberta, experiencing four years of revenue growth, attracting a regional and national air carrier and undergoing a significant airport development program. 

Prior to his appointment to RDRAA, RJ contributed to the transportation, technology and financial industries in various senior roles. He has extensive leadership experience and is active on a number of industry and community boards. RJ currently serves as Vice Chair for IAAE (Canada) and a Director for ICOA/ACI Community of Practice. In addition he serves as a Director of the Small Airport Caucus of the Canadian Airports Council.

RJ holds a BSc. in Anthropology and BA in Communications from the University of Calgary, and an MBA from Royal Roads University. He has earned an Accredited Airport Executive designation (AAE) from the International Association of Airport Executives, an International Airport Professional (IAP) designation from the International Civil Aviation Organization/ Airports Council International, and an Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D) designation from the University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management.

 

Cuyler Green, AAE

Fort McMurray International Airport

Term expires:  October 2019

Cuyler’s career has spanned over 20 years where he has been directly involved with the operations, maintenance, environment, safety and security of airports.  Interested in aviation since high school when he joined the Royal Canadian Air Cadets, Cuyler has gone on to earn a diploma in Civil Aviation from Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario, a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Business Administration from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Northern British Columbia. 

Cuyler earned his Accredited Airport Executive (AAE) designation from the International Association of Airport Executives – Canada in 2003 and joined the board that same year.  A board member until 2016, he has held a number of positions including serving four years as Vice-Chair and four years as Chair.  Cuyler has also served on the executive of aviation and airport association boards in both Alberta and British Columbia.  Cuyler is active on the Canadian Airport Council’s Operations Safety & Technical Affairs, Environment and Security committees.

Cuyler holds an airplane and glider pilot license and his career duties have ranged from aircraft manufacturing and performing basic airport maintenance, to managing certified scheduled passenger airports in three provinces. 

 

CORPORATE

Annell S. Kuelpmann

Co-Owner / Executive Vice-President, ADK Consulting & Executive Search

Term expires: October 2019

In 2003 Annell and her husband, Doug, created ADK Consulting & Executive Search, a firm that specializes exclusively in airports and performs executive searches for all sizes of commercial service and general aviation airports. From ADK’s modest beginnings, ADK now conducts more executive searches and repeat business for airports in the U.S. than any other search firm.

Annell’s background in recruitment, training and business development made a natural fit with Doug’s career, which is now over 40 years in the aviation industry. Annell developed an appreciation for the aviation industry through her husband, Doug, and together they have been attending AAAE conferences annually since 1988.

Annell has spent 25 years as a recruiter and trainer. During her career, she started her own company, Profit Center, a consultancy dedicated to the training and development of executive level professionals as well as training companies to do their own recruiting. She sold her company to become a Broker/Manager for RE/MAX, helping to grow a Louisville firm to become ranked in the top 10 of over 80,000 individual real estate offices in the U.S. and in the top 3 individual offices of the RE/MAX International organization. As a result of her recruiting success, she was named International Manager of the Year for RE/MAX.

Having grown up in Louisville, KY and having graduated from the University of Kentucky, she claims allegiance to both the Cardinals and the Wildcats. Annell & Doug spend almost 6 months each year in the northwest flying in and out of Spokane, WA, which is Doug’s hometown. They have a home 2 hours away in Priest Lake, ID where their three adult children and seven grandchildren visit every summer. In the winter, they are Florida snowbirds.

 

NWAAAE CHAPTER REPRESENTATIVE TO THE AAAE BOARD 

Cathryn Stephens, AAE

Assistant Airport Director, Eugene Airport

Term expires: June 2021

Cathryn Stephens came to the Eugene Airport in January 2007 where she now holds the position of Assistant Airport Director overseeing the day-to-day operation of EUG including Operations, Maintenance and Security; Project Management; and Airport Services. She was previously Deputy Director over Airport Services.

An Accredited Airport Executive, Cathryn is a board member of the Northwest Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives. She has served as an AAE final interview panel member and also participated on the AAAE Digital Media Summit conference committee. She Past President of the Oregon Airport Management Association.

Cathryn serves on the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Development

Commission. She also served on planning committees for the Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Oregon in 2008, 2012, and 2016. Prior to her work in the aviation industry, Cathryn worked for 16-years in television news as a reporter, anchor, producer, and photographer, in addition to some work in radio and newspaper. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Technical Journalism from Oregon State University and is currently perusing a Master’s degree in Allied Information Management from the University of Oregon. She enjoys travel, both business and pleasure, and has absolutely no fear of flying. She lives in Eugene with her husband and two children.

 

Bruce Goetz, AAE

Director of Airside Operations, Denver Int'l Airport

Term expires:  June 2020

Bruce Goetz is the Director of Airside Operations at Denver International Airport and oversees the Airfield and Ramp Tower. His teams are responsible for regulatory compliance with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), emergency response and incident management, coordination of activities with the Air Traffic Control Tower, snow removal, deice-que management, gate assignments and ramp control for two concourses and the cargo facility. 

 
Prior to joining the DEN team two years ago, Bruce was the Director of Operations at Paine Field Airport in Everett Washington for 22 years where he was responsible for construction, security, access control, technology, noise abatement and FAA regulatory compliance. Paine Field is also the home of the Boeing Companies wide body assembly lines for the 747, 767, 777 and 787 aircraft. During his time at Paine Field he worked closely with the Boeing Company on infrastructure needs and supporting the delivery of all their wide body aircraft to airlines around the world.

 
Bruce is a graduate of the University of North Dakota with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Airport Administration. He is also an Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.) member of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and also served on AAAE’s Board of Examiners for 10 years. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of AAAE.

 

NWAAAE CHAPTER REPRESENTATIVE TO AAAE BOARD OF EXAMINERS

Melissa Osborn, AAE

Superintendent of Airport Operations, Fairbanks International Airport 

Term expires:  October 2020

Melissa Osborn, A.A.E. has been named as the NWAAAE Chapter's representative to the American Association of Airport Executives Board of Examiners. In her new role, Osborn joins other airport management professionals from across the nation in ensuring the integrity, continued development and advancement of organization’s prestigious Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.) program.

Headshot of Melissa Osborn“I’m so very excited to be part of AAAE’s board of examiners,” said Osborn, airport operations superintendent for Fairbanks International Airport (FAI). “I feel the position is the perfect opportunity to give back to the aviation industry and to help airport professionals in our region work towards mastering the many facets of airport management through AAAE’s rigorous accreditation process.” 
 
A third-generation Alaskan, Osborn holds multiple degrees from the University of Alaska and brings with her more than twenty years of industry experience. Osborn has served as a regional airport safety and security officer for Northern Region of Alaska. Additionally, she has experience as an operations officer at Fairbanks International and as a load planner for Alaska Airlines, Lufthansa, and Cargolux.

Osborn is president-elect of her local Rotary Club and recently founded an Aviation Explorer Post, encouraging youth, ages 14-20, to explore careers in aviation. She resides in Fairbanks, Alaska with her husband and six children. She is a lover of all things outdoors and strives to be the “happiest and most positive person in your address book.”

 

NWAAAE CHAPTER REPRESENTATIVE TO AAAE NOMINATING COMMITTEE

Al Stuart, AAE

Airport Operations Superintendent, Salt Lake City International Airport

Term expires: October 2020

Alvin L. Stuart (Al), A.A.E., has 38 years’ experience at the Salt Lake City International Airport. Stuart started as an airport operations officer which, at the time, performed all operational duties associated with curbside enforcement, law enforcement, and terminal, ground transportation and airfield operations. Additionally, he has served as a senior airport operations officer, airport operations supervisor, airfield manager, and airfield operations superintendent.

Stuart currently serves as Salt Lake City International Airport’s superintendent of airport operations, managing airfield 
operations, emergency programs, safety management systems, and general aviation programs. 


Leveraging a career that spans almost four decades, Stuart has developed and managed noted airfield, terminal, landside and law enforcement programs. He is recognized in the industry as a national expert on FAR 139, low-visibility operations (SMGCS), runway safety, construction safety, airport drivers training and snow removal programs.

Accredited by the American Association of Airport Executives, Stuart has served as chair of the NWAAAE/AAAE Airport Facilities Management Conference many times, as well as Runway Safety Symposium and the NWAAAE Annual Conference. He has served on the board of the Utah Airport Operators Association for 35 years, the Board of the NWAAAE for eight years, serving as both president and chair for both organizations. Additionally, he has served six years on the AAAE National Board, and five years as the co-chair and chair of the national AAAE Operations, Safety and Planning committee. Stuart is currently co-chair of the runway safety working group. He holds a has B.S. in CDFR from Brigham Young University.

    

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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