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Dr. Kathy Abbott
Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor, Flight Deck Human Factors, Federal Aviation Administration
Dr. Kathy Abbott has over 30 years of experience specializing in aviation human factors.
She currently serves as the chief scientific and technical advisor for Flight Deck Human Factors to the U.S.
Federal Aviation Administration on human performance and human error, systems design and analysis, advanced
automation for flight path management, flight crew training/qualification, and flight crew operations and
procedures. She is FAA liaison to industry and other government and international agencies dealing with flight
deck human factors.
Since 1996, Dr. Abbott has led the integration of human factors engineering into development and application of
FAA/international regulatory material and policies for flight guidance systems, avionics, all-weather operations,
Required Navigation Performance, flight crew qualification, data link, instrument procedure design criteria,
electronic flight bags, electronic displays, design-related flight crew error, and other areas.
Dr. Abbott also is vice chair of the Flight Safety Foundation Icarus Committee.
Before joining the FAA, she conducted research on flight deck design and operations at the U.S. National
Aeronautics and Space Administration.
She is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (since 2001) and a Liveryman of the Guild of Air Pilots and
Air Navigators (GAPAN) (Freeman since 2005 and elected to the Livery in 2008). Among other honors, she has
received the 2005 GAPAN Cumberbach Trophy for contributions to aviation safety and the 2002 Aerospace Laurel
from Aviation Week and Space Technology.
She is a private pilot, with training and familiarization with several large transport aircraft, including the B-747-400,
B-777, MD-11, and A320/A330/A340.
Dr. John Allan
Head of Wildlife Research, UK Food and Environment Research Agency
Dr. John Allan has worked as a specialist in bird-strike prevention for the past 21 years. He is head of the
Birdstrike Avoidance Team at the UK government’s Food and Environment Research Agency and is chairman of
the International Birdstrike Committee.
His main research interests are the objective assessment of risk from bird strikes and development of audit and
best-practice standards for bird management both on and around airfields. He received the Mike Kuhring award
for achievements in bird-strike prevention in 2003.
Rich Altman currently serves as executive director of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI).
Rich co-founded CAAFI in 2006 with U.S. airline (ATA), manufacturer (AIA), airport (ACI-NA), and FAA Office
of Environment and Energy sponsors. CAAFI sets an aviation focus for its more than 40 energy supplier
stakeholders and global airline members and serves as a catalyst to accelerate a broad range of initiatives leading
to certification, technology development environmental analysis, and deployment of a full range of sustainable
fuels from multiple feedstocks and processes. The CAAFI coalition now includes over 300 individual sponsors and
stakeholders from all continents.
A 42-year aviation veteran, Rich spent 39 years with Pratt & Whitney, initially as a propulsion engineer, branching
into Advanced Technology Business Development. At P&W Rich’s efforts included execution of P&W’s Advanced
Engine Advisory Process with airlines and airframe companies, leading to new commercial product definition and
the development and implementation of a business focus for P&W’s Green Engine Program.
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Richard L. Altman
Executive Director, Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative
Rich holds engineering degrees from the Brooklyn and Rennselaer Polytechnic Institutes and an MBA from the
University of Connecticut.
James G. Andresakes
Supervisor, Aviation Security, Air Line Pilots Association, International
Jim Andresakes began work as a senior security specialist with ALPA in September 2002. In that role, he provided
staff support to ALPA’s National Security Committee and coordinated with U.S. and Canadian government and
industry representatives on a variety of issues impacting the security of ALPA’s membership and the aviation
industry in general. In September 2006, he was appointed supervisor of aviation security.
He is a founding member of the U.S. Transportation Research Board Committee on Aviation Effects on the
Environment, and is the author of its papers on Technology Deployment and Alternative Fuels. He is a member
of the FAA PARTNER Center of Excellence Advisory Board, which includes alternative fuels “well to wake” CO2
life-cycle modeling and small-particle measurement among its projects. He is a member of the Transportation
Research Board, Airport Cooperative Research Program advisory panel, monitoring its project to create an
alternative fuels handbook for airports and alternative fuel suppliers.
Some of the security initiatives in which Jim participates include liaison with the Transportation Security
Administration, the Federal Air Marshal Service, Transport Canada, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the
Royal Canadian Mounted Police; the Federal Flight Deck Officer Program (armed pilots); the Common Strategy
(passenger and all-cargo); secondary barriers; cargo security; MANPADS (surface-to-air missiles); threatened
airspace management; NORAD/NorthCom; flight deck jumpseat security; and interaction with various additional
government and industry agencies.
Jim was an Arlington County, Va., police officer from 1971 to 1998 and served in a variety of assignments both in
uniform and as a criminal investigator. The last few years of his law enforcement career were spent on assignment
with the U.S. Secret Service, where he served on an alien fraud task force and a federal drug task force responsible
for investigating money laundering by major narcotics traffickers.
In 1998, Jim accepted a position as asset protection manager within the Corporate Security Department of US
Airways. He ultimately was promoted to manager of security, second in command to the airline’s director of
security. He remained there until beginning work with the Air Line Pilots Association.
Jim is a graduate of Georgetown University, and a member of the Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC)
and of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Center for Aerospace Safety/Security Education (C.A.S.E.) Advisory
Captain Dana C. Archibald, EGL
National HIMS Chairman, Air Line Pilots Association, International
Captain Dana C. Archibald is the chairman of ALPA’s Human Intervention Motivation Study (HIMS) program,
serving 36 airlines and nearly 54,000 pilots. He is also Aeromedical/HIMS chairman for American Eagle Airlines,
serving 3,000 pilots.
Captain Archibald graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in 1986 with a bachelor of science degree
in aeronautical studies. He has been employed with American Eagle Airlines for 21 years. Currently, he holds
the title of captain/check airman on the EMB-145 aircraft in New York with over 18,500 flight hours. Over the
years, Captain Archibald has volunteered his services to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, where he has had the
opportunity to fly children and their families to Disney World in Orlando, Florida. His dedication to helping others
was rewarded by American Eagle Airlines’ dedicating an aircraft in his name.
For the past 11 years, Captain Archibald has gone through many training courses on chemical dependence at the
Betty Ford Center, the Hazelden Foundation, Valley Hope Treatment Centers, and the Pilot Assistance Program in
Toronto, Canada. He currently is a Labor Assistance Professional Counselor (LAP-C), National Certified Addiction
Counselor (NCAC), and chairman of the FAA Advisory Board for the HIMS program.
Captain Archibald resides in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife and three children.
Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l
First Officer Dolores Argento, UAL
National Aeromedical Vice Chairman, Air Line Pilots Association, International
Dolores Argento is vice chairman of the ALPA National Aeromedical Committee and the Air Line Pilots
Association’s Oxygen Mask Contamination Project manager. A 777 F/O for United Airlines based in Chicago, she
has flown for United the past 24 years and holds a bachelor of science degree in professional aeronautics from
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
For more than 30 years, Dolores has devoted much of her free time to studying multiple natural healing modalities
emphasizing nutrition, as well as the physiological impact of international flying.
First Officer Dean Armstrong, DAL
MEC CIRP Chairman, Delta Air Lines, Air Line Pilots Association, International
Dean Armstrong has been with CIRP since 9/11 and been the Northwest, then Delta, chair for three-plus years. He is a B-757 first officer based in Detroit doing a lot of international flying, so, he says, “I realize the need for
global cooperation for all of us in the world of CIRP.”
J. Randolph Babbitt
Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration
Randy Babbitt was sworn in as the Federal Aviation Administration’s 16th administrator on June 1. Babbitt comes
to the FAA from Oliver Wyman, an international management consulting firm where he served as partner.
A veteran pilot and internationally recognized expert in aviation and labor relations, Babbitt is no stranger to
the FAA. He has been a member of the agency’s Management Advisory Council since 2001. In that capacity,
he provided guidance to the FAA administrator on a variety of topics, ranging from air traffic modernization to
regulatory policy. He was chairman of the council from 2004 to 2006.
He also was appointed by DOT Secretary Mary Peters to be a member of a special Internal Review Team to
assess safety oversight within the airline industry and the FAA.
Babbitt had been the founding partner of Eclat Consulting, a highly successful aviation firm, in 2001 and was the
president and CEO until Eclat was acquired by Oliver Wyman in 2007.
Babbitt began his aviation career as a pilot, flying 25 years for Eastern Airlines. A skilled negotiator, he served as
president and CEO for U.S. ALPA, the world’s largest professional organization of airline pilots. While at ALPA,
he championed the “One Level of Safety” initiative implemented in 1995 to improve safety standards across the
industry. He also promoted the international expansion of ALPA through a merger with the Canadian Air Line
Pilots Association in 1997.
He was recognized by Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine with the Laurels Award for outstanding
achievement in Commercial Air Transport.
Captain Kevin Bailey, EGL
Captain Bailey serves as the Security Council chairman for the National Security Committee of ALPA. His
chairmanship serves as the mouthpiece for the MEC coordinators of the Security Council, comprised of the 36
airlines of ALPA in the United States and Canada, and directly represents them to the chairman of the NSC. He
also sits on the National Security steering and oversight committee. Captain Bailey was formerly on the FFDO
Task Force of the Operations section.
Captain Bailey started flying for American Eagle in 1989 and was previously a charter pilot for a 135 company at
Midway Airport. Captain Bailey is currently on the EMB-145 series regional jet and also holds type ratings in the
ATR family and Saab 340 series, where he was a check airman. He has just over 12,000 hours of commercial
Captain Bailey recently retired from the U.S. Navy after 24 years of service in Navy Intelligence. Commander
Bailey spent two tours in support of Desert Storm and Enduring Freedom before leaving the Navy Reserves in
January 2007. He resides in Crown Point, Indiana, with his wife, Sharon, and three daughters.
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Security Council Chairman, National Security Committee, Air Line Pilots Association, International
Captain Bob Baker serves as director of aircraft evaluation for the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA).
He represents ALPA pilots in the evaluation of all new and existing aircraft flown for commercial purposes.
Captain Baker started flying in 1974 and graduated from Navy flight training in December 1976. He is a TOPGUN
graduate while flying the F-14 TOMCAT. Captain Baker is a Graduate with Distinction from the U.S. Naval Test
Pilot School, serving as the F-14 program manager at Strike Aircraft Test Directorate. He also served as a test pilot
instructor at the Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, MD.
Captain Baker has flown over 15,000 hours in over 80 different air vehicles and has 750 carrier landings.
Captain Baker is currently a 737 captain with Alaska Airlines and also has a type rating on the MD-80 series
aircraft. He holds an FAA airline transport pilot’s license.
Captain Bob Baker, ALA
Director of Aircraft Evaluation, Air Line Pilots Association, International
Christine Clifford Beckwith, CSP
Humorist, Author, Professional Speaker, President/Chief Executive Officer of The Cancer Club®
Christine Clifford Beckwith’s experience taught her how to market and sell products, services, and herself. Now she
shares that message with others. She cracked the “glass ceiling” by age 40 when she became senior executive vice
president for the SPAR Group, an international marketing services firm in New York.
As the top salesperson in the multi-billion-dollar retail services industry for eight years, Christine’s accounts
included Kmart, Toys “R” Us, WalMart, AT&T, Mattel Toys, and Revlon. Taking her company from a million-dollarper-year loss to over $54 million in sales, Christine signed the largest contract in the history of her industry with
Procter & Gamble, doubling the size of her company overnight.
Diagnosed with breast cancer in December of ’94, Christine went on to write five award-winning portrayals of her
story in books that included her best-seller, Not Now . . . I’m Having a No Hair Day! Her latest book, which she coauthored with her husband Harry—You, Inc. The Art of Selling Yourself—was released by Warner Books.
She has been featured in Better Homes & Gardens, MORE magazine, SELF, American Health, Golf Digest,
Worthwhile, The Singapore Women’s Weekly, and Hindu in India. Christine appeared on CNN Live as “one of the
world’s leading authorities on the use of therapeutic humor.”
Host of the Christine Clifford Celebrity Golf International, a benefit for breast cancer research, Christine has made
a total contribution of over $1 million.
Christine received her Certified Speaking Professional designation from the National Speakers Association. She
is married to speaker/author Harry Beckwith (Selling the Invisibles), and between them they have five boys, a
daughter, a dog, and a cat. Christine lives in Minneapolis.
Mark Berg
Professional Counselor and Senior Manager of EAP, ExpressJet Airlines
Mark Berg is senior manager of EAP at ExpressJet Airlines. A licensed professional counselor, he is also a
Certified Employee Assistance Professional, a substance abuse professional for the Department of Transportation,
and a certified trainer for ICISF and the University of Maryland. He is a member of ExpressJet’s Emergency
Response Team and coordinator of the CISM Response Program, and a member of the ALPA CIRP team.
Mr. Berg’s clinical experience includes providing therapy for foster children through Therapeutic Family Life
Inc. in Houston; a private therapy practice serving individuals, families, and couples; EAP coordinator for IRG
in Houston; therapist, researcher, and supervisor for Project Support at the University of Houston; and director
of intake/outreach and center activities at Covenant House Texas. He has done research in a variety of venues,
as well as presentations and critical incident responses for corporations, airlines, and government entities, and
has coordinated disaster drills and disaster operations. He is a member of the National Employee Assistance
Professionals Association.
Mr. Berg has a bachelor of science in sociology/psychology and a master of arts in marriage and family therapy
from the University of Houston–Clear Lake. He is single, with three children, and lives in Baytown, Texas.
Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l
Greg Bergner
Aviation Safety and Security Specialist, Air Line Pilots Association, International
In July 2009, Greg Bergner left a fulltime flying career and began work as a staff employee within ALPA’s
Department of Engineering and Air Safety in Herndon, VA.
During his flying career, Greg served as an assistant director of operations for ALPA’s National Security
Committee, where he oversaw the research and development of policy for the Association in areas such as air
cargo security, screening and access, MANPADS defense/mitigation, threatened airspace management, and flight
deck protection/hardening.
Bergner was a captain for American Eagle airlines for 10 years, and for 11 years flew for DHL as a Boeing 727
first officer. While with DHL, he worked with its manager of corporate security on special projects such as threat
assessments and asset and crew protection, as well as security training for pilots and other employee groups.
In that capacity, Greg helped initiate DHL’s Ground Security Coordinator (GSC) program, and developed and
conducted the In-Flight Security Coordinator (ISC) and GSC training curriculum.
Greg has been a regular attendee of the Wilmington, Ohio, Airport Security Committee as an assistant to DHL
corporate security. He is the founder of the Wilmington, Ohio, Airpark Users Group, which meets twice annually
and brings together all the stakeholders of the privately run airfield to discuss and resolve security and safety
In addition to holding a position on the National Security Committee, Bergner’s ALPA work includes: member,
ALPA President’s Committee for Cargo; chairman, DHL Council 17 Security Committee; chairman, DHL Council 17
Furlough Relief Committee; designated media spokesman, DHL Council 17. Greg has also represented ALPA on
the TSA’s Aviation Security Advisory Committee’s Air Cargo Working Group. In recognition of his aviation security
contributions, Greg has been awarded a Presidential Citation by ALPA.
Bergner attended Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA, and Emery Aviation College in Greeley, CO.
Richard Bert
Special Agent in Charge, Flight Programs Division, Federal Air Marshal Service,
Transportation Security Administration
Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Rick Bert is the division chief of the Flight Programs Division of the TSA’s Federal
Air Marshal Service (FAMS). In this position since 2008, SAC Bert has program management responsibility for the
Federal Flight Deck Officer program.
Rick joined the Federal Air Marshal Service in 2003 and served as the chief of the Domestic Planning Branch, then
as the SAC of the Emergency Preparedness Division, which oversees the COOP and exercise activity for TSA
Prior to joining FAMS, Mr. Bert worked at the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network
(FinCEN) for 13 years as the security director and later as a special assistant to the director. FinCEN focuses on
money-laundering investigations, supporting federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies.
In his first career he was a Secret Service agent engaging in investigations of federal criminal violations,
protecting government officials, and managing special projects. Rick has over 30 years of government experience.
James Berzon is a first officer on the 757/767 for Continental Airlines. James has been in the airline industry for
over nine years, and has always sought after the best interest of his fellow pilots.
Shortly after graduating from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Prescott), James was hired at SkyWest
Airlines in 2000. When he left SkyWest after seven years, he was a designated examiner for the airline on the
CRJ. This appointment afforded him interaction with many furloughed United Airlines pilots who received jobs
at SkyWest after September 11, 2001. It was from these relations that James developed a knowledge base on
furloughs and the encouragement to help furloughed pilots. It was a result of these dealings, as well as being a
commuter for nine years, that James became an avid jumpseat advocate.
Upon leaving SkyWest, James was hired at Continental as a 737 first officer in Newark, where he immediately
became an active member of CAL ALPA. James is adamant about the rights, rules, and regulations of
jumpseating and uses this passion in carrying out his responsibilities as CAL MEC Jumpseat Committee vice
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First Officer James Berzon, CAL
National Vice Chairman, Jumpseat Committee, Air Line Pilots Association, International
James lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, with his wife and fellow Continental Airlines pilot, Lauren.
Captain Pierre Bigelow, DAL
MEC CIRP Co-Chairman/HIMS Chairman, ASTAR Airlines
Hired in 1988 at DHL/ASTAR, Pierre Bigelow is currently a captain on the Airbus A300. He is cochair with Mark
Christensen of the CIRP Committee at ASTAR and chair of the HIMS Committee.
Pierre’s interest in CISM started in the law enforcement community. His first practical experience with CISM
debriefings, of multiple types, came while assisting in the recovery efforts at Ground Zero after 9/11, where he
lost both family and friends. While he was acting as the HIMS chair, the DHL shutdown was announced, and to fill
the need for CIRP, Pierre and Mark joined forces to create a unique and progressive CISM team.
chairman and the ALPA National Jumpseat Committee vice chairman. James is still dedicated to and most proud
of his work as CAL MEC Furlough Program coordinator. He is also an FFDO on the CAL MEC Security Committee.
A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Pierre lives in northern Arizona with his wife, Triscia, and their two
Captain Victor Cabot, EGL
Operations Committee Chairman, Air Line Pilots Association, International
Nancy Clark Burton
Industrial Hygiene Team Leader, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Nancy Clark Burton has a Ph.D. in environmental health from the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine,
and a M.P.H. from the University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry. She is also a certified industrial
hygienist. She has worked for NIOSH for 18 years in the Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations, and Field
Studies, conducting health hazard evaluations. She is currently an industrial hygiene team leader.
Her research interests include the evaluation and control of potential exposures to microorganisms and their
emissions, especially in indoor environments and the wastewater treatment industry. She serves as a member of
the U.S. EPA Pathogen Equivalency Committee.
Captain Marc Champion, UAL
FOQA/ASAP Project Team Lead, Air Line Pilots Association, International
Marc Champion serves ALPA on the FOQA/ASAP Project Team. He is responsible for coordination of ALPA
activities related to voluntary safety reporting programs, provides policy guidance to ALPA executive leadership,
and serves as the ALPA liaison to industry and FAA counterparts. Marc is employed by United Airlines and has
been an ALPA member and volunteer for 24 years.
He is an Airbus A320 captain and represents ALPA as a member of the United Airlines ASAP Event Review
Committee. He is a former chairman of the UAL MEC Training Committee. In addition to his present assignment
on the project team, he is involved in the evaluation of fatigue risk mitigation systems and has provided expertise
to the Air Traffic Safety Action Program.
Captain Champion holds a degree in aerospace science from Metropolitan State College and has worked as
an instructor or check airman on the DC-10, B-737, B727, B-747, and B-747-400. He resides and is based in
Denver, Colorado.
Captain Ellis M. Chernoff, FDX
UAS Team Lead ADO Committee, Air Line Pilots Association, International
Since 2004, Captain Chernoff has served the ATS and NASMOD Committees in developing positions in response
to expanded use and emerging technologies of Unmanned Aircraft Systems. He has represented the Air Line
Pilots Association, International, as an NAS stakeholder in meetings with government, industry, and other
Among those groups working to integrate UAS into civil airspace, Captain Chernoff has been an active participant
in RTCA SC-203 since its inception. During the past year, he was an important member of the FAA Small UAS
ARC helping to deliver a final package for eventual FAA rulemaking. He is also currently a member of the ICAO
Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l
UAS Study Group representing ALPA/IFALPA and has made presentations to NATCA, the NTSB UAS Forum, and
IFALPA. He has participated in numerous safety initiatives under ATS as well as for the FedEx MEC.
Ellis began flying in 1970. He has been an air carrier pilot under FAR 135 and 121 since 1977 and an instructor
in light single-engine planes and multiengine transports through the Boeing 747. He has been a director of flight
standards and training as well as a key player in the certification of two regional air carriers.
Captain Chernoff holds a bachelor of science degree in aeronautical studies and an associate’s degree in aviation
management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He has flown more than 15,000 flight hours in nearly
30 aircraft types. A native of Los Angeles, he resides in Norco, California, and presently is an MD-11 captain for
FedEx Express.
Timothy Childs
Federal Air Marshal, FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, Sacramento
Timothy Childs is a federal air marshal assigned full-time as task force agent with the Federal Bureau of
Investigation’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, Sacramento Division. Childs has been based in the Chicago and Los
Angeles field offices as well as the San Francisco resident agent office. FAM Childs has served as operations
officer, intelligence and ComSec officer, foreign air marshal liaison, ATSAC back-up, and team leader on
international and domestic missions as well as special mission coverage.
He has worked on international and domestic terrorism cases, serves as co-rail, maritime, and infrastructure
liaison agent, and assists the airline liaison agent coordinator in his capacity as a federal air marshal.
FAM Childs started the Sacrament Laser Strike Working Group in an effort to pioneer a response and investigative
model to combat the rising incidence of laser strikes against aircraft.
Prior to his time in the Federal Air Marshal Service, Childs spent time with the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the
U.S. Marshal Service as well as several state law enforcement agencies in California.
First Officer Mark Christensen, ASTAR
MEC CIRP Co-Chairman/Aeromedical Chairman, ASTAR
Mark Christensen is a Boeing 727 first officer for DHL/ASTAR. Hired in 1995, he co-chairs ASTAR CIRP and
is the chair of ASTAR Aeromedical. Within the atmosphere of a shutdown threat, Mark and Pierre Bigelow, in
six months, took a nonactive CIRP committee to a team of 22 qualified peer support volunteers with a unique
approach to the pilot group’s needs. Seeing that the situation needed a multidimensional response, Mark and
Pierre worked hard to put CIRP in position to relevantly address the climate of a potential shutdown. Mark brings years of experience as the FCAP (Fellowship of Christian Airline Personnel) leader at ASTAR, offering
spiritual care within the pilot group. Noticing a definite climate change after the May 27, 2008, announcement,
Mark accepted the challenge from ASTAR’s MEC to help ramp up the Pilot Assistance Committees with Pierre.
He is seasoned in recruiting, retaining, and motivating volunteers, bringing enthusiasm into teamwork building.
A graduate of Seattle Pacific University, Mark lives in Eugene, Oregon, with his wife and three children.
Captain Thomas Cook graduated from Boston College 1977 and was commissioned into the U.S. Navy in January
1978. He earned his wings in August 1979 at NAS, Beeville, TX. Captain Cook’s flying experience includes
the A-7E Corsair II, involving carrier operations aboard the USS America and USS Ranger.
He was an F/A-18 instructor pilot at Fighter Attack Squadron 125, and flew the C-12 in the U.S. Navy Reserve from
1987 to 1995. He was hired by Northwest Airlines in 1985, and currently is an Airbus A330 captain for Delta Air Lines.
Captain Cook and his wife, Aimee, have three children.
First Officer Louise Cullinan, MAG
National CIRP Chairman, Air Line Pilots Association, International
Louise is currently a first officer with Mesa Airlines, flying the CRJ200 and CRJ900 out of Phoenix. She has been
with Mesa since 1995, first as an agent, then progressing to station manager, and, since 1999, as a pilot. She is
Mesa’s CIRP chairman as well as the National CIRP chairman.
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Captain Thomas Cook, DAL
Captain Bill de Groh, EGL
Aircraft Design and Operations (ADO) Group Chairman, Air Line Pilots Association, International
Bill currently flies for American Eagle Airlines and is the Aircraft Design and Operations Group chairman.
He earned his bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering from Iowa State University in 1986. After
graduation Bill spent 11 years working for McDonnell Douglas Aerospace as a flight test engineer on the AV-8B
Harrier II and the F/A-18 Hornet. After the merger with Boeing, Bill worked as a mission systems engineer on the
F/A-18 Advanced Tactical Air Reconnaissance System.
Bill earned his first pilot certificate in 1980, and his journey to the left seat included time as a flight instructor,
Patuxent River Navy Flying Club chief pilot, glider tow pilot, and skydive pilot in both the DHC-6 and King Air. He
holds a commercial glider pilot certificate and the FAA Advanced and Instrument Ground Instructor Certificates.
He is typed in both the Saab 340 and the Embraer 145.
Louise has been volunteering in grief work for over 20 years. Her experience began by volunteering at the
American Cancer Society in Michigan and at her university after the crash of Northwest flight 255 in Detroit. She
continues to volunteer her time in her hometown of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, where she is called upon to
assist the community in dealing with tragedy and loss.
Bill began his involvement with ALPA Air Safety in 2001, attending Basic Safety School during the events of
September 11. He has served as an LEC Safety representative and is currently the Central Air Safety Committee
vice chairman at American Eagle. In 2002, Bill became involved in the ADO Group as a member of the Aircraft
Manufacturer Liaison project for the Embraer products. In 2003 he was a member of the ALPA team that
participated in a flight evaluation of the EMB 170 at the Embraer facilities in Brazil. In 2004 Bill was named the
director of the Aircraft Performance project, becoming deeply involved in the slippery and contaminated runway
problem. In November 2005 he presented a paper on rejected takeoffs at the International Aviation Safety
Seminar in Moscow, sponsored by the Flight Safety Foundation. He also testified, on behalf of ALPA, at the NTSB
public hearing following the runway overrun accident at Chicago’s Midway airport.
In March 2007 Bill was named ADO chairman and continues working on the slippery/contaminated runway
problem and, as the U.S. representative to the International Federation of Airline Pilots’ Association’s (IFALPA)
ADO Group, through the Flight Safety Foundation Runway Safety Initiative. He currently serves on the steering
committee of the FAA-sponsored Aviation Rulemaking Committee regarding Takeoff and Landing Distance
Bill and his wife, Sandy, live in Saginaw, Texas, with their four children.
Dr. Richard Dolbeer
Former National Coordinator, Airport Wildlife Hazards Program, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Wildlife Services
Dr. Richard Dolbeer retired in September 2008 as the national coordinator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture
(USDA) Airport Wildlife Hazards Program.
Richard was a scientist with USDA Wildlife Services for 36 years. He led a series of research projects to resolve
conflicts between humans and wildlife in the United States and abroad (Africa, Asia, Latin America).
He has published over 170 scientific papers and book chapters. He was the 2005 winner of the U.S. Federal
Aviation Administration “Excellence in Aviation Research” award. He has been recognized twice with “Excellence
in Research” awards by the Jack Berryman Institute for Wildlife Damage Management and is the 2008 winner of
the Caesar Kleberg Award for Applied Wildlife Research, presented by The Wildlife Society.
Richard served as chairperson of Bird Strike Committee–USA from 1997 to 2008. He was publicly elected to two
four-year terms on the Board of Education in Huron, Ohio, and served as president of the Board for two years.
Richard received degrees from the University of the South (B.A., Biology), the University of Tennessee (M.S.,
Zoology), and Colorado State University (Ph.D., Wildlife Biology). He currently works as a consultant in the aviation
industry regarding bird hazards to flight safety.
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First Officer Rob Dolsak, DAL
Rob graduated from Kent State University in 1986 with a bachelor of science degree in aerospace technology.
During college he worked as a university flight instructor and taught students privately through instrument
instructor flight courses.
From 1986 to 1988, he worked several civilian flying jobs, building flight time toward a career as an airline pilot.
These included a vast variety of experience, including flight instruction, charter, corporate, and cargo operations.
Rob was hired in 1988 as a first officer for Pan Am Express, a FAR Part 121 passenger commuter airline flying in
the northeast United States. Upgraded to captain in 1989, he went on to become an instructor, flying the fourengine turboprop de Havilland Dash 7 and Aerospatiale ATR-42 while gaining experience flying passengers into
some of the busiest airports, JFK, BOS, and DCA.
In 1995, he was hired by Northwest Airlines as a second officer on the Boeing 727. After a year, he was upgraded
to first officer on the Airbus A320 and flew North American routes. In 2006, he was upgraded to first officer on
the wide-body international Airbus A330.
Based in Detroit, Michigan, Rob flies routes from North America to Asia and Europe. To date, Rob has over 16,000
hours of flight-time experience. In 2008, Northwest and Delta Airlines merged, forming the new worldwide Delta
Air Lines.
Martin Eley
Director General, Civil Aviation, Transport Canada
Martin Eley was appointed to the position of director general, Civil Aviation, for Transport Canada on May 4, 2009.
Martin started his aviation career in 1972 as an undergraduate with the British Aerospace Civil Division at
Weybridge, Surrey, England. He graduated in 1977 with a B.Sc (Hon) in aeronautical engineering from the Imperial
College of the University of London. He then moved to work on the application of composite materials to Jaguar
and Tornado Aircraft with the British Aerospace Military Division at Warton, Lancashire, England.
In 1982, Martin moved to Canada to join Transport Canada as a structures engineer in the Airworthiness Branch.
As a senior engineering program manager from 1985 to 1994, he was responsible for the type certification of
many Canadair/Bombardier aircraft and various foreign products. He rejoined the Structures Section in Aircraft
Certification Branch as superintendent from 1994 to 1999. He was appointed chief of the Engineering Division
in 1999 and director of the National Aircraft Certification Branch in 2001.
Martin is a professional engineer and an Associate Fellow of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI).
Captain Pete Elmore
Manager, Air Traffic Programs, NetJets Aviation, Inc.
Pete currently serves as the air traffic programs manager for NetJets, representing a fleet of over 870 aircraft,
and operations spanning FAR parts 91, 91K, 135, 129, and 121 with flights into more than 4,000 different airports
in 140-plus countries, totaling over 390,000 annual flights. Within the Air Traffic Programs Office falls not only the
standard ATC relations, but also procedure design from inception to flight validation, special event management,
safety investigation, and participation in several airport user groups from coast to coast.
Prior to joining NetJets in 2001, Pete spent nearly 20 years as an air traffic control specialist all over the Southern
California airspace, working at facilities such as Los Angeles Center, SoCal TRACON, Los Angeles Tower, and the
regional headquarters in Los Angeles. On the technical side of air traffic, Pete served as the program manager for
a joint FAA/DoD air traffic system. The development team enjoyed multiple agency and industry technical awards
such as R&D Magazine’s Top 100 New Products.
Pete began flying at the age of 16 at the Fullerton, California, airport and has been flying ever since. Pete is a
captain with NetJets and has also served as a training captain prior to getting his “desk” type rating. Pete holds
LOAs for the Flight Validation program, and has accomplished flight validation flights for NetJets and Boeing as well.
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Pete is a member of numerous Industry/agency working groups covering airspace, RNAV, pilot-controller
interface, and NextGen.
Karl is currently flying as first officer and instructing on the B-777 for United Airlines. He is the director of Human
Factors for ALPA. Karl earned his bachelor’s degree in 1988 from Miami University and earned his master’s degree
in cognitive psychology/human factors from the University of Denver in 1993. He flew C-130s in the Air Force
Reserve for several years.
Karl has provided human factors expertise on various projects, including the intelligent search engine and the
electronic flight bag. He has worked as a researcher and collaborator for various NASA aviation projects leading to
better understanding of automation issues as well as improved design and training. Karl helped Boeing to improve
training as an instructional designer on the Boeing 787 training program.
Karl has been involved in ALPA safety for several years, including UAL Council 93 Local Safety chairman, Central
Air Safety Human Factors member, Human Factors program member, and now director of Human Factors. He
was project lead on the ALPA Automation position paper that outlines the need for human factors in new and
existing automation and procedures design.
First Officer Karl Fennell, UAL
Director of Human Factors, Air Line Pilots Association, International
Karl lives in Evergreen, Colorado, with his wife and two boys.
Captain Glen Finch, ACJ
Pilot Training Program Director, Air Line Pilots Association, International
Glen Finch has been ALPA’s director of pilot training since early 2006 and chairs ALPA Training Council. Glen has
been actively involved in ALPA air safety work since 1990 and has held Central Air Safety chairman and Training
Committee chairman positions for his pilot group. He has been involved in national pilot training work, beginning
in 1992, for the Canadian Air Line Pilots Association (CALPA) and remained active as a member of ALPA’s Pilot
Training Committee following the merger between CALPA and ALPA in 1997.
Glen’s career began flying a variety of aircraft from light singles to DC-3s in northern Canada. In 1988 he was hired
by AirBC, which subsequently merged to become Air Canada Jazz. He has held instructor pilot and Transport
Canada-approved check pilot authority for his airline in the past.
With 29 years of professional pilot experience amounting to nearly 18,000 hours, Glen is currently a CRJ line
captain based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, with Katharin and his two daughters.
First Officer Robert Frank, ARW
National Jumpseat Committee, Air Line Pilots Association, International
Robert Frank graduated from the University of North Dakota with a B.S. in commerical aviation. After UND he
was hired at Piedmont Airlines and joined the Piedmont Jumpseat Committee in 2005. In 2006 he moved to Air
Wisconsin as a CRJ-200 first officer and immediately joined the ARW Jumpseat Committee as a new-hire.
In February 2007 the ARW MEC named Rob the ARW Jumpseat Committee chairman. In September 2008 he
was asked by FedEx First Officer/Jumpseat Chairman Rich Odbert to join him on the ALPA National Jumpseat
Committee as the regional airline representative. In February 2009 the ARW MEC named him chairman of the
ARW Security Committee.
Michael E. Fredericks
Sr. Aviation Security Specialist, Air Line Pilots Association, International
Mr. Fredericks has been with ALPA as an aviation security specialist since January 2004. He provides staff
support to the activities, programs, and initiatives of the ALPA National Security and Jumpseat Committees and to
ALPA MEC Security coordinators. He coordinates with government law enforcement, regulatory, and intelligence
entities at DHS, TSA, FAMS, FBI, NCTC, FAA, DOS, DOD, and the IC, and maintains established relationships with
industry representatives and airline and airport security directors.
Mike drafts policies, correspondence, and other written communications in furtherance of ALPA security interests
as well as conducting security training programs. In providing staff support to multiple ALPA security initiatives, he
supports portfolios on classified and sensitive issues such as MANPADS, Laser Illumination, the Risk Management
Assessment Program (RMAP) Working Group, RTCA SC-221 (secondary barriers), and other subjects.
Mike came to ALPA after a 30-year U.S. government law enforcement career, beginning as a sky marshal and
subsequently working as a special agent with the U.S. Customs Office of Investigations and with the Drug
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Enforcement Administration (DEA). Mike served with DEA in Portland, Oregon; Spokane, Washington; the DEA
El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC), where he was assigned to the Special Operations (Aviation Smuggling) Unit;
Bogota, Colombia; Lahore, Pakistan; San Juan, Puerto Rico; New Delhi, India; and DEAHQS. His final position
prior to retirement was as section chief (program manager) for DEA precursor chemical investigations worldwide.
Mike’s formal education is in criminal justice and police science. He studied Spanish language and Andean Area
Studies at the Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute (FSI) and has completed various training courses
conducted by the U.S. Departments of Treasury, Justice, State, and Defense, and the CIA.
Captain Bob Fredrickson, DAL
Pandemic Group Team Manager, ALPA Aeromedical, Air Line Pilots Association, International
Captain Bob Fredrickson is in his 24th year at Delta Air Lines and coordinates the “pandemic group” of ALPA
Aeromedical. This group facilitates coordination and information sharing between the airlines, the CDC, FAA,
IATA, and disease experts across the globe. It then provides pilot input to the decision makers and regulators
and develops ALPA policies in this area. Captain Fredrickson lives in Atlanta with his wife, Kim, and four semi-adults.
Steve Fulton
Chief Technical Officer, Naverus
Steve Fulton is chief technical officer and co-founder of Naverus, Inc., a company dedicated to the successful
operational deployment of performance-based navigation. Prior to Naverus, Steve was employed by Alaska
Airlines for over 12 years as a line and technical pilot, where he pioneered the Alaska Airlines RNP RNAV
procedure development and established the Flight Ops Technical Department.
He provided the leadership at Alaska Airlines for the creation of an operational RNP capability that provides
significant safety and economic benefits and has served as a model for all subsequent U.S. and international
deployments of RNP. This leadership was recognized in 1998 by the American Institute of Aeronautics and
Astronautics Aircraft Operations Award.
Prior to Alaska Airlines, Steve was an avionics engineer and development pilot for Honeywell International. Steve
is an FAA air transport pilot, an FAA flight test pilot designated engineering representative, and a former Alaska
Airlines instructor pilot and captain.
He earned a BS in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and is co-author of three U.S.
patents on air data formats for electronic primary flight displays and principles of RNP design. In April 2006, Steve
was recognized for his work with an Aviation Week Laureate Award.
James Patrick Gallagher
Special Agent in Charge, Liaison Division, Federal Air Marshal Service
Mr. Gallagher retired from the United States Secret Service as the deputy special agent in charge of the Foreign
Missions Branch, Uniformed Division. His 20-year career included assignments as the assistant special agent in
charge of the Secret Service Training Center in Beltsville, Md., and Secret Service attaché in London. Mr. Gallagher
was also assigned to the Presidential Protective Division, Counter Assault Team and Dignitary Protective Division.
Field assignments included the San Francisco, Washington, and New Haven field offices.
Mr. Gallagher has additional law enforcement experience as a United States Park Police officer; a detective with
the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office; an officer with USSS/Uniformed Division, assigned to the Foreign Missions
Branch; and a senior criminal investigator with the General Accountability Office.
Mr. Gallagher graduated from St. John’s University, Queens, NY, with a B.S. in criminal justice.
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Mr. Gallagher has over 31 years of law enforcement experience. He is currently the special agent in charge of
the Federal Air Marshal Service Liaison Division. Prior to his current position, Mr. Gallagher was detailed to the
Department of Homeland Security, Incident Management Division.
Ray is flying as a line training captain at Air Canada Jazz on the CRJ 100/200 and 705 based in Toronto, Ontario.
He began his employment with Air Nova (now Air Canada Jazz) in May 1988 and has also flown the Dash-8 100
and 300, as well as the BAe 146-100 and 200, for Air Canada Jazz.
Ray began flying by earning his Glider Pilot wings in 1981 and his Private Pilot wings in 1982 through the Royal
Canadian Air Cadets. Flying professionally since 1984, Ray holds a Canadian airline transport license and has
accumulated 14,000 flying hours.
His flying career has included being a flight instructor with Nighthawk Flying Club in Iroquois Falls, Ontario,
and flying Beechcraft King Air 90, A100, and Piper PA-31 aircraft in passenger and air-ambulance operations for
Voyageur Airways of North Bay, Ontario. While at Voyageur, Ray held the positions of training captain, check pilot,
and company chief pilot.
While working with Air Nova in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1990, he began his ALPA volunteer work as a pilot safety
representative for the Canadian Air Line Pilots Association on the Air Traffic Services Committee.
Captain Ray Gelinas, ACJ
Accident Analysis and Prevention Group Chairman, Air Line Pilots Association, International
As an ALPA volunteer, Ray has held the following positions: ATS Committee member, ATS Enforcement
Committee member/chairman, Central Air Safety chairman at his airline, strike media spokesperson for the 1997
pilot strike, ALPA Air Safety Communications coordinator—and currently, Basic Safety School instructor since
2001, Basic Safety School course director since January 2007, Accident Investigator Course instructor since 2007,
Advanced Accident Investigator Course instructor since 2003, Accident Investigation Board member since 2002,
IFALPA regional vice-president for Canada/Arctic since 2001, Air Canada Jazz MEC chief accident investigator
since June 2007, and the new ALPA Accident Analysis and Prevention Group Chairman since May 2007.
As an ALPA-trained accident investigator, Ray participated directly in the investigation of the Swissair 111 accident,
and he is currently assigned as an AIB member to ongoing TSBC and NTSB investigations. He and the other ALPA
and IFALPA investigators who participated in the Swissair 111 investigation were awarded the IFALPA Presidential
Citation for the work done during that investigation.
Ray and a group of Halifax-based and other ALPA-Canada pilots were recognized by an IFALPA Presidential
Citation for greeting and offering assistance to almost every pilot from the 44 aircraft diverted and stranded in
Halifax, as well as at other Canadian airports, following the terrorist attacks on 9/11.
Ray lives in Rockland, Ontario, with his wife, Colleen, and their two children.
Susan Gillpatrick
Crisis Management Specialist, Centerstone
As crisis management specialist with Centerstone, the ninth largest behavioral health organization in the nation,
Susan leads a variety of comprehensive crisis prevention and response programs and personal and professional
growth trainings, as well as providing immediate on-site post-incident behavioral health care (CISM) after any
traumatic event in the workplace.
Over 15 years experience in behavioral health, she is a Tennessee-licensed professional counselor and mental
health service provider, a national-certified counselor, a certified trauma specialist, a board-certified expert
in traumatic stress (diplomate, American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress), and a workplace conflict
mediator, and on the faculty for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.
Susan has a master of education degree in human development counseling from Vanderbilt University. While
working for the Shelby County government in Memphis, she was co-developer of Tennessee’s model program
“Homicide Response,” which was the 2000 Achievement Award Winner from the National Association of
She is also a wellness expert and a published author.
Karin E. Glasgow
Director, Airline Stakeholder Affairs, Transportation Security Administration
Karin serves as the branch chief for Airline Stakeholder Affairs within TSA’s Commercial Aviation Office,
representing TSA as a senior point of contact on policy and programs with airline stakeholders, including
ALPA and other union groups as well as ATA, RAA, ACAA, NACA, and individual air carrier corporate security
representatives. Karin works to build and sustain collaborative relationships with aviation stakeholders.
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Karin started with TSA in 2005 as the director of Aviation Stakeholder Affairs in the Office of Transportation
Security Policy after working in the aviation industry for a number of years in several capacities. She had served
as a director in United Airlines’ Government Affairs office in Washington, DC, focusing on federal safety and
security issues. In 2002, she received a political appointment to serve in the Secretary of Transportation’s Office
of Government Affairs. In her two years at DOT, Karin’s primary area of responsibility was aviation, working closely
with the FAA and the newly formed TSA.
Prior to DOT, Karin worked on converting the former Marine Corps Air Station at El Toro into a commercial airport
in Orange County, California.
Karin began her career on Capitol Hill working for two Southern California congressmen for nearly six years. She is
a native of Orange County, California, and graduated from UCLA.
Dr. Paul Grippo
Assistant Research Professor, Northwestern University
Dr. Paul Grippo is an assistant research professor in the Department of Surgery at Northwestern University. Over
the past decade, he has been focused on engineering and generating mouse models of pancreatic cancer and
using these models to improve the understanding of disease progression and its underlying cellular and molecular
mechanisms. In addition, several of his projects focus on early detection, chemoprevention, and therapy using
these genetically modified mice with the ultimate goal of improving patient quality of life and survival.
Dr. Grippo is a member of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and the American Pancreatic
Association (APA). He has authored several peer-reviewed articles and serves as a reviewer for notable journals
and a federal study section that reviews grant applications for the National Cancer Institute/National Institutes of
Health (NCI/NIH). He has received funding from the Rolfe Foundation, Lustgarten Foundation, Pancreatic Cancer
Action Network, and NCI/NIH.
Dr. Grippo received his PhD degree in 2000 from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and completed his
postdoctoral fellowship in 2002 at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. His first appointment at
Northwestern University was as a research associate until his current appointment in 2004.
First Officer Marc Henegar, ALA
Director, RNAV-RNP Initiatives, and Vice Chairman, Air Traffic Services Committee, Air Line Pilots
Association, International
Marc Henegar is director of RNAV-RNP Initiatives and vice chairman of the Air Traffic Services Committee for the Air
Line Pilots Association, International, working with government, industry, and local stakeholders to help build safe,
efficient, environmentally friendly departure and arrival procedures in the national airspace system for today and
tomorrow. He also works with industry and the FAA to develop criteria as well as training and operational guidelines
for RNAV and RNP operations in the NAS.
Marc flies the Boeing 737 for Alaska Airlines, where he also spent five years as a technical pilot, developing
Required Navigation Performance (RNP) procedures for challenging environments in southeast Alaska, Palm
Springs, Washington, DC, and San Francisco.
An Orange County, CA, native, he holds a bachelor’s degree from California State University–Fullerton in
geography and computer science and an MBA from the University of Georgia.
He is a part time feature contributor to AOPA Pilot magazine. He lives in Bend, Oregon, and is an avid mountain biker.
Captain Charles Hogeman, UAL
Human Factors and Training Group Chairman, Air Line Pilots Association, International
Captain Charles “Chuck” Hogeman is chairman of ALPA’s Human Factors and Training Group. From 2003 until
2006 he served as director of pilot training for ALPA and chairman of the ALPA Training Council. During this
period he led the effort to establish ALPA policy regarding Crew Resource Management (CRM) training and the
Advanced Qualification Program (AQP).
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Prior to Alaska Airlines, he flew a Cessna Citation X for NetJets and a Canadair Challenger for a private charter
company. Marc began his flying career in 1988 while still an air traffic controller for the Federal Aviation
Administration. In addition, he has extensive experience in the avionics industry and aviation/aerospace insurance
Captain Hogeman began his airline career in 1977 with Commuter Airlines in Binghamton, NY. In 1978, he
joined Denver-based Aspen Airways as a line pilot, and later as check airman, flying Convair 580 and BAe146
aircraft. He also held director of training and chief pilot positions in his 13 years at Aspen Airways, which later
merged into Air Wisconsin.
In 1991 he was hired as a pilot by United Airlines and was selected as a pilot instructor in the B-757/B-767
program. In 1994, he was selected as one of the initial pilot instructors to develop United’s B-777 Advanced
Qualification Program. From 1996 until 2000, he managed and oversaw the development of United’s line
operational simulation training program for all fleets.
Currently, Captain Hogeman is a B-737 pilot for United. He also maintains a current FAA Gold Seal Flight Instructor
Certificate. He holds an associate of science degree in aeronautical engineering from Daniel Webster College, a
bachelor of science degree in business management from Southern New Hampshire College, and a master of
science degree in technical communication from the University of Colorado.
In 2003, Captain Hogeman was designated as an ALPA advisor to the FAA at ICAO’s Flight Crew Licensing and
Training Panel. This panel revised international standards for the licensing and training of pilot crewmembers. As
the result of work on this panel, Captain Hogeman led the effort to create ALPA policy on the Multi-crew Pilot
License (MPL).
Dr. Donald E. Hudson
Aeromedical Advisor, Air Line Pilots Association, International
Since 1993, Donald E. Hudson, M.D, M.P.H., has served as aeromedical advisor for the Air Line Pilots Association,
International, and director of the Aviation Medicine Advisory Service in Aurora, Colorado. Dr. Hudson came to
ALPA as an associate aeromedical advisor in July 1987.
He is a 1978 graduate of the Mayo Medical School and certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine
in Aerospace Medicine. After graduating from Mayo Clinic, Dr. Hudson underwent three years of residency
training in psychiatry at the University of California–San Francisco and Boston University before going on active
duty with the U.S. Air Force as a flight surgeon in 1982. He served on active duty for five years, completing
residency training in aerospace medicine and earning a master’s degree in public health from the University of
California–Berkeley. He was assigned for two years as chief flight surgeon at the NASA Ames Research Center’s
Aeronautical Human Factors Research Office before joining ALPA’s aeromedical staff in 1987.
In 1996, the Aerospace Medical Association presented Dr. Hudson with the Boothby-Edwards Award as the leading
practitioner of aviation medicine for professional pilots. He is also the 2006 recipient of the Aerospace Medical
Association’s Raymond F. Longacre Award, for outstanding accomplishment in the psychological and psychiatric
aspects of aerospace medicine. He is currently the program director for the Human Intervention and Motivation
Study (HIMS) program, an FAA contract to the Air Line Pilots Association dealing with the identification, treatment,
and return to the cockpit of airline pilots suffering from alcoholism and other chemical dependencies.
Dr. Hudson is the former state air surgeon of the Colorado Air National Guard and, while no longer an active pilot,
has logged over 1,400 hours as a private pilot and military flight surgeon. He lives with his wife and three children
in Golden, Colorado.
Professor Edwin Hutchins
Cognitive Science, University of California at San Diego
Originally trained as a cognitive and cultural anthropologist (Ph.D., University of California–San Diego, 1978),
Professor Hutchins specializes in the study of thinking in real-world settings.
Following early work on litigation in Papua, New Guinea, and traditional long-distance navigation in Micronesia, he
worked for the U.S. Navy analyzing work practices on the navigation bridge of large ships and designing computerbased training systems. This led to the publication in 1995 of his book, Cognition in the Wild.
In 1985 Professor Hutchins was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, also known as the
MacArthur “genius grant,” in recognition of his accomplishments in documenting the relations of culture and
Since 1989 Professor Hutchins has focused on cognition in commercial airline flight decks. Over the past two
decades, he has been involved in the design of flight path automation interfaces, training systems, and operating
procedures. From 1989 through 2001, Professor Hutchins’ research was funded by NASA’s Aviation Automation
Safety program. In 1999 and 2000 he was a member of the Airbus Human Factors Audit team.
Professor Hutchins’ current research is funded by Boeing’s Flight Deck Concept Center and concerns the roles of
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language and culture in flight deck operations at airlines based outside the United States.
Professor Hutchins is a member of the Flight Safety Foundation’s Icarus committee. He holds a commercial pilot
certificate and is rated on the Douglas DC-3 and Cessna Citation (CE-500) business jet.
First Officer Mark Ingram, CAL
Chairman, Continental MEC Security Committee, Air Line Pilots Association, International
Continental Airlines 777 First Officer Mark Ingram took his first flying lesson in an Ercoupe, at age 9, soloed on
his 16th birthday, and obtained his Private Pilot certificate on his 17th birthday. He paid his way through college
working as a lineman, charter pilot, and flight instructor at an FBO and Cessna dealership, and then held various
corporate piloting and management posts until taking his first airline job with a small commuter operator in 1980.
Since that time, F/O Ingram has flown for various airlines, including Frontier and Braniff II, and was a member
of the “Group of 570” at United Airlines in 1985. Today, he flies the Boeing 777 for Continental on international
routes. F/O Ingram serves on the ALPA National Charting and Instrument Procedures (CHIPs) Committee, is
chairman of the Continental MEC Security Committee, and participated in a series of FFDO focus and working
group meetings with the Federal Air Marshal Service.
After organizing the ALPA unit at a commuter airline in the early 1980s, F/O Ingram moved on to Frontier Airlines,
where he began work on a monthly newsletter for the ALPA-represented pilots there, but that effort was cut short
when the airline shut down. In the mid-1990s he was recruited by Capt. Wally Roberts (TWA, Ret.) to become
involved with ALPA’s CHIPs Committee. Upon Continental’s return to the ALPA fold in 2001, F/O Ingram became
the CHIPs project manager for the FAA’s semiannual Government/Industry Aeronautical Charting (and Instrument
Procedures) Forum (ACF) in Washington, DC, and he continues in that role.
A past president of the Ozark Festival Orchestra, he has served as a regional resource person for the Smithsonian
Institution’s National Air and Space Museum and is a current local volunteer for the National Weather Service’s
Community Weather Involvement Program.
F/O Ingram is a former principal trumpet player for a regional orchestra; and the organizer, music arranger/director,
and principal trumpet player of a classical brass quintet/sextet. He is also an information technology consultant for
computer desktop publishing, servers, and high-speed local and metropolitan area networks.
Suzanne L. Kalfus
Senior Attorney, Air Line Pilots Association, International
Suzanne is a senior attorney in ALPA’s Legal Department, where she has worked as a lawyer since 1988.
As a Legal Department lawyer, Suzanne represents individual pilots and the Association in a wide variety of
litigation, as well as in System Board and FAA enforcement hearings. Besides her participation in litigation and
administrative hearings, Suzanne drafts comments on behalf of the Association in rulemaking proceedings. She
is the Association’s expert on drug and alcohol testing and has authored numerous articles on these and related
issues. She has been involved in addressing various security-related issues, including some of the legal issues
related to the criminal history record checks, now required for unescorted access to airport secured areas.
Suzanne is a trained mediator. She previously mediated intra-family and small claims disputes for the D.C. Center
for Community Justice. Additionally, she was co-director of the D.C. Consumer Protection Center, a consumer
mediation service affiliated with a local television station. She has also served as a telephone counselor and as a
trainer for the “Fact Hotline,” a D.C. crisis hotline and referral service.
Suzanne has a B.A. in psychology from Cornell University and received her law degree from George Washington
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Suzanne also serves as the legal advisor to the HIMS Advisory Board and works closely with ALPA’s Aeromedical
Office on substance dependency and other medical/legal issues. She also provides legal support to ALPA’s Pilot
Assistance, Professional Standards, Aeromedical, CIRP, and other committees.
Captain Rory Kay serves as Executive Air Safety chairman for the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA).
He represents ALPA pilots in airline safety and engineering matters arising within the industry and government.
His responsibilities include the oversight of more than 300 safety representatives from 36 airlines in the United
States and Canada as well as budgetary and management supervision of over 100 projects within the ALPA
Safety structure.
Captain Kay chairs the Steering and Oversight Committee for the ALPA, International, Safety Structure and is a
former member of the Operations Committee.
Prior to his current appointment, Captain Kay served as Central Air Safety chairman for the United Airlines MEC.
He also worked as safety coordinator for the Association of STAR Alliance Pilots (ASAP).
Captain Kay began flying in 1974 and attended the Oxford Air Training School, where he worked as a commercial
flying instructor, teaching airline pilot students from all over the world. He subsequently worked as a training and
checking pilot for British Aerospace, as well as managing a Flight Department for a diamond mining operation in
West Africa.
Captain Rory Kay, UAL
Executive Air Safety Chairman, Air Line Pilots Association, International
Currently, Rory Kay is a Boeing 767 and 757 captain and line check airman for United Airlines. He is rated on the
Boeing 777, 767, 757, 727, and 737, and Airbus 320 and 319 family. He was an FAA check captain on the Boeing
727. His total flight time is around 18,000 hours. He holds an FAA and UK CAA Airline Transport pilot’s license.
Captain Kay, originally from the Channel Island of Guernsey, lives with his wife and two children in Warrenton, Virginia.
Captain Jeffrey Kilmer, FDX
Executive Pilot Assistance Chairman, Air Line Pilots Association, International
Captain Jeffrey Kilmer serves as executive chairman of the Pilot Assistance Committee for the Air Line Pilots
Association, International (ALPA). He represents ALPA pilots in airline health and safety matters arising within the
industry. His responsibilities include oversight of more than 500 pilot assistance representatives from 36 airlines
in the United States and Canada, as well as budgetary and management supervision of over 50 projects within
the ALPA pilot assistance structure.
Prior to his current appointment, Captain Kilmer served as executive vice chair of the Pilot Assistance Committee
and chairman of ALPA’s Aeromedical Committee. He has also served as chair of the Critical Incident Response
Committee for the Master Executive Council of FedEx Express and as Aeromedical chairman for FedEx Express.
He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the FedEx Pilots Association.
Captain Kilmer began his aviation career in 1985 as student naval aviator assigned to basic flight training at Naval
Air Station, Pensacola, Florida. He served on active duty in both the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S Navy flying
the A-4 Skyhawk, the AV-8B Harrier, and the E-2C Hawkeye.
Captain Kilmer began his airline career with FedEx Express in 1996 as a flight engineer on the DC-10. While at
FedEx Express he has flown the B-727, A300/310, and MD-11. He served as a simulator instructor and proficiency
check airman on the A300/310. He is rated on the B-727, B-737, A300/310, and MD-11. He currently is a captain on
the MD-11 for FedEx Express and has more than 11,000 hours of flying time.
Captain Kilmer holds a bachelor of science degree in risk management from the University of Florida and is
completing work on his master’s of science in aviation safety management.
Captain Dennis J. Landry, DAL
Director, Master Minimum Equipment List, Air Line Pilots Association, International
Captain Dennis J. Landry has served on numerous ALPA Air Safety committees and is currently serving as the
chairman of the ALPA Master Minimum Equipment List (MMEL) Committee. He brings the perspective of both a
line pilot and an A+P mechanic to MMEL deliberations.
Captain Landry is currently flying as a Delta Airlines B-747-400 captain. During his 30-year career as a pilot for
North Central, Republic, Northwest, and Delta airlines, he has flown more than 27,000 hours, including more than
25 years of domestic operations.
While working on the MMEL committee he has also served on numerous other Air Safety committees as a
representative for the former Northwest pilots division of ALPA. He has chaired the Northwest ALPA Technical
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Operations, Special Projects, Winter Operations, Powerback, MEM Local Air Safety, and Hotel committees during
nearly two decades of ALPA volunteer endeavors.
A 1975 graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, he earned multiple degrees in aeronautical science and
aviation management disciplines.
Captain Landry was a flight instructor for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for three years, a commuter airline
captain for Air Carolina for three years, and for over 30 years has been an airline transport pilot for North Central,
Republic, Northwest, and Delta airlines. He is type-rated on the Convair 440/580, Douglas DC-9, Airbus A320,
Douglas DC-10, and Boeing B-747-400.
Captain Stephen A. Luckey, NWA (Ret.)
Special Security Advisor to the President, Air Line Pilots Association, International
Captain Steve Luckey is enjoying his 41st year of ALPA work!
Retiring from a rewarding 33-year career as a 747-400 captain with Northwest Airlines, he is an award-winning
international aviation security specialist serving as the special security advisor to the president of the Air Line
Pilots Association. He served as the chairman of ALPA’s National Security Committee for 11 years.
Captain Luckey’s military career included duty as an aircraft carrier qualified U.S. Marine attack pilot, flying the A4
Skyhawk and several other high-performance fighter aircraft. He flew numerous combat missions in Southeast
Asia. As a decorated Marine captain and in addition to flight duties, he saw extensive combat duty on the ground
as a special-operations commander and counterinsurgency specialist, serving with units of the U.S. Special
Forces, Korean Marines, Army of Vietnam, and the elite U.S. Air Force Air Commandoes. He originated the highly
successful Kit Carson Scout program, conceiving and implementing the concept of utilizing repatriated Viet Cong
and North Vietnamese soldiers for specialized counterinsurgency warfare missions, for which he received the
Bronze Star medal with Combat V.
In addition to his military and airline training, Captain Luckey has actively participated in numerous antiterrorist
training schools and has trained with the FBI and other federal agencies in aircraft-related SWAT procedures,
including tactical explosive entry. He helped originate ALPA’s International Aviation Security Academy, teaching
security specialists from all over the world. He regularly works with government and local law enforcement
groups on the development of tactical procedures designed to improve coordination between airlines and tactical
LEO units involving crimes aboard aircraft. Captain Luckey is a former deputy sheriff and certified firearms
Captain Luckey served as a member of the Baseline Working Group of the Vice Presidential Commission on Aviation
Safety and Security and on the Gore Commission, and has chaired working groups of the Scientific Advisory Panel
of the congressionally mandated TSA Research, Engineering, and Development Advisory Committee, and the
Transportation Security Agency’s Aviation Security division. He also served as the U.S. representative and former
vice chairman of the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Association’s Security Committee.
He has appeared on several popular television and radio shows, including Good Morning America, ABC’s
20-20, Fox News Live, Inside Edition, 60 Minutes, NBC’s Today Show, America’s Most Wanted, and the
Law Enforcement Television Network Series. His security articles have been published in several books and
periodicals, and his commentaries continue to appear in hundreds of major news media publications worldwide.
Captain Luckey played a significant role in the highly successful aviation security accomplishment, providing a
lethal force capability in the cockpit through the creation of the Federal Flight Deck Officer Program. Initially highly
controversial, the currently applauded FFDO program was recently recognized by the TSA to be one of the most
effective deterrents to terrorist hijacking of commercial aircraft. Captain Luckey participated as both a student and
official observer in the first class of armed pilots trained at the Glynco Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in
Brunswick, Georgia.
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As an internationally recognized authority on aviation crime, Captain Luckey makes frequent presentations to
professional law enforcement organizations, and he has addressed both the U.S. House and Senate congressional
committees on various aviation security issues, as well as the International Congress of Aviation Organizations,
the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and several other federal law enforcement agencies.
Captain Robert Lynch is a graduate of the Air Force Aviation Cadet program (predecessor to the Air Force Academy)
and served six years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force as member of a combat-ready crew in B-52 aircraft. He also
served as an instructor/evaluator on the SAC Standardization Evaluation Board.
Captain Lynch left the Air Force to join United Airlines as a pilot, completing a 30-year career as a line captain/pilot
and captain qualified in narrow-body and wide-body aircraft in domestic and international operations. He holds
type ratings in B-727 and DC-10 aircraft and served as an FAA-designated line check airman. Captain Lynch has
logged over 20,000 hours as a pilot.
Upon retirement from United Airlines, Captain Lynch joined Battelle Memorial Institute as a senior consultant
and was appointed project manager of the NASA Aviation Performance Measuring System (APMS) research
program. This program was tasked with developing next-generation technology for airline flight safety programs.
Under Captain Lynch’s direction, the NASA APMS program developed, prototyped, demonstrated, and patented
a substantial number of new flight data analysis tools, many of them now a normal part of airline flight safety
programs worldwide. While managing this operation, Captain Lynch also served as a working member of the
APMS development team and is named as an inventor on over a dozen patents.
Captain Robert E. Lynch, UAL (Ret.)
Captain Lynch served as chairman of both the United Airlines and the ALPA National Professional Standards
programs. He authored the original Professional Standards program procedures and training syllabus documents
that are the basis for the current ALPA National Professional Standards program, which is currently in use at most
major U.S. airlines.
In November 2005, Captain Lynch was appointed Battelle director, National Aviation Safety Archives, to oversee
the development and implementation of the first comprehensive flight data collection and analysis program
in the United States. The Archives are now a central piece of the FAA Aviation Safety Information and Sharing
(ASIAS) system.
Captain Lynch also served with the NASA Space Shuttle Cockpit Council, assisting in the redesign and upgrade of
space shuttle cockpit instrumentation.
Captain Lynch has received many aviation industry awards, including Achievement Awards from the U.S. Air Force,
United Airlines, the Air Line Pilots Association, and NASA.
Captain Lynch is currently serving as deputy program manager for a new NASA program, the General Aviation
Operations Performance System (GA-OPS) managed by Booz-Allen-Hamilton. This program will implement many of
the tools now used by airline safety departments in the general aviation business jet and helicopter communities.
Captain Lynch is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society in London. He is married with four grown children. His
wife, Kathy, is a 34-year flight attendant for United Airlines.
Captain Jerry McDermott, CAL
National Vice Chairman, Professional Standards, Air Line Pilots Association, International
Captain Jerry McDermott has been with Continental Airlines since June 1987. He is based in Newark, New Jersey,
and has flown the B-737 since 1999. He began his aviation career at Purdue University, receiving a bachelor of
science in aviation technology in 1981.
Captain McDermott joined the ALPA Professional Standards Committee as a volunteer member in May 2001.
He has held positions on the committee as LEC lead for two years, MEC chairman for five years, and the ALPA
National vice chairman for Professional Standards for the past two years.
He and his wife, Malinda, live in Scottsdale, Arizona. They have three grown daughters and two grandchildren.
First Officer David McKenney, UAL
Vice Chairman, Human Performance Committee, International Federation of Air Line Pilots’
First Officer Dave McKenney serves as vice chair (Human Factors) for the Human Performance Committee for the
International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA). F/O McKenney represents IFALPA pilots in airline
safety and advises the IFALPA principal officers on matters pertaining to aeromedical, human factors, licensing,
and training aspects of human performance as they relate to pilots. His responsibilities include developing human
factors standards for international aviation, which are promoted at the ICAO level.
Besides his IFALPA work, F/O McKenney is a current member of the Human Factors and Training Group for
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the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), Safety Structure. He represents ALPA pilots as the cochair of a national Flight Deck Automation Working Group established jointly by two national safety groups, the
Performance-based operations Aviation Rulemaking Committee (PARC) and the Commercial Aviation Safety Team
(CAST). He also serves as the Human Factors representative to the ALPA Aircraft Development and Evaluation
Committee for the Boeing 787, predominantly dealing with flight deck design.
F/O McKenney served as an IFALPA advisor to the ICAO Flight Crew Licensing and Training Panel (FCLTP), which
developed changes to ICAO Annex I that were published in 2006, including the new Multi-crew Pilots License
(MPL). He also served as an ALPA representative to the global forum organized by the Flight Safety Foundation to
define the international operational requirements and guidelines for Ultra Long-Range (ULR) flights, having block
times greater than 16 hours.
Dave McKenney is a first officer on the Boeing B-747-400 for United Airlines. He is rated on the B-747, B-747-400,
and B-777. He worked as an instructor on the B-747-100 and -400 aircraft. He has more than 15,000 hours of total
flying time, including over 6,000 hours instructor time.
Prior to his airline career, F/O McKenney served in the U.S. Air Force as a flight instructor and flew C-141s and
C-130s worldwide. He also served as an assistant professor of computer science at the U.S. Air Force Academy.
He retired as a lieutenant colonel with over 20 years of active and reserve duty. He holds a bachelor of science
degree in computer science from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a master of science degree in computer
science from the University of Utah, specializing in artificial intelligence and human-machine interface.
Janelle Miller
Director of Security and Compliance, Alaska Airlines
Janelle Miller’s aviation experience spans 26 years with Alaska Airlines. Her varied managerial background has
been both operational and administrative. Following several years as director of policy, procedure, and training for
customer service and ground operations functions, she assumed a regulatory role as liaison to the FAA.
After 9/11, she became the director of aviation security for Alaska Airlines and its sister carrier, Horizon Air. She
currently oversees the Operational Security Department for both carriers. Her responsibilities include regulatory
as well as operational security functions.
Janelle holds a certificate from the University of Southern California’s Safety and Security Program and is a
member of the Security Councils of the Air Transport Association, Regional Airline Association, and International
Air Transport Association.
Captain Murray Munro, ACJ
National Pilot Assistance Chairman, Canada, Air Line Pilots Association, International
Captain Munro (ACJ) serves as Pilot Assistance chairman for Canada and National Pilot Assistance chairman,
Canada, for ALPA’s National Pilot Assistance Committee. In this role he provides guidance to pilot peers and pilots
alike in all aspects of pilots’ health and well-being. His main responsibility is to oversee pilot peers as they work
one on one with pilots at Jazz as well as all the administrative duties associated with committee work.
Captain Munro is a graduate of the Mount Royal College Aviation Program. He started his flying career in northern
Canada as a bush pilot, flying in the high Arctic and specializing in off-strip work. One of his first positions was with
Kenn Borek Air, flying everything from King Airs in an air ambulance role to hauling freight in a DeHaviland Caribou.
In the spring of 1986 he was involved with a project conducted by the U.S. Navy, flying logistical support for a
research team conducting experiments 235 miles off the north coast of Greenland. It was the first time a non-skiequipped aircraft had been used to land on an ice strip built on moving floe ice in the high Arctic.
In February 1990 Captain Munro joined Air BC, part of the Air Canada family. As well as volunteering his time with
ALPA, Captain Munro sits on the Board of Directors for a nonprofit theatre group in Red Deer, Alberta.
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Prior to his current position, Captain Munro served as vice chairman of the Human Performance Committee,
Canada. Captain Munro has been involved with this type of work with the pilot community since 1990, starting as
a pilot peer (pilot assistance) with CALPA.
Paul Nelson is a captain on the Canadair regional jet with over 23 years of piloting experience in general aviation,
flight instruction, and airline transport flying. His keen interest in safety, especially in complex systems, has kept
him involved in the Air Line Pilots Association safety structure for over a decade.
As an ALPA safety volunteer, he has been an investigator on several aircraft incidents and accidents, most
recently as an ALPA member of the NTSB investigation of the Comair Flight 5191 accident in Lexington, Kentucky,
on August 27, 2006. For the last two years Paul has been involved in the ADS-B project and is presently the
project team leader. He has a master’s degree in human factors and system safety from Lund University in
Sweden, where he studied under Dr. Sidney Dekker.
Captain Leja Noe, MAG
Central Air Safety Chairman, Mesa Air Group
Captain Paul Nelson, CMR
ADS-B Project Lead, Air Line Pilots Association, International
Captain Leja Noe serves as the Mesa Air Group Central Air Safety chairman for the Air Line Pilots Association,
Int’l. She represents over 1,300 pilots in matters of safety and provides leadership for project managers within the
Mesa Air Group safety structure.
Captain Noe also co-chairs the Low Experience Pilot Workgroup for ALPA’s Human Factor and Training Council and is
focusing her graduate studies on human factor issues surrounding low-experienced pilots.
Currently a line captain on the Canadair regional jet, Leja Noe has a diverse background in aviation. She worked
in flight operations for two airlines as well as an operational support squadron for the U.S. Air Force prior to
beginning her professional pilot career.
Recognizing that all pilots were once low experience, Leja leads a formal mentoring and leadership program for
aspiring professional pilots.
John A. Novak
Assistant Director, Field Operations, Federal Air Marshal Service
John A. Novak currently serves as the assistant director of the Office of Field Operations, Federal Air Marshal
Service, where he is responsible for all 21 field offices, including the four resident agent offices; the Policy and
Compliance Unit (PCU); the Investigations Division, which includes the Counterterrorism Branch and Transportation
Information Branch; the Joint Coordination Center (JCC); the Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR)
Program; the Global Response Teams (GRT); the Assistant Federal Security Director for Law Enforcement (AFSD/
LE) Program; and Manpower Operations.
Mr. Novak began his career with the Federal Air Marshal Service in June 2002 as deputy assistant director, Office of
Field Operations. He served as the assistant director for field operations prior to being assigned as assistant director
of flight operations, with responsibilities for the TSA’s Transportation Security Operation Center (TSOC); the OLE/
FAMS System Operation Control Division (SOCD); the Emergency Preparedness Division; Continuity of Operations
(COOP); the Federal Flight Deck Officer (FFDO) Program; and domestic and international liaison activities.
He has 31 years of law enforcement experience with the U.S. Secret Service, the Environmental Protection
Agency, and the Federal Air Marshal Service.
Captain Todd O’Brien, PDT
Vice Chairman, National Security Committee, Air Line Pilots Association, International
Captain Todd O’Brien is the vice chairman of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) National Security Committee.
As vice chairman, he is responsible for coordinating all aspects of the National Security Committee mission,
including budget oversight and project mentoring. A dedicated advocate of aviation security, he encourages
proactive vigilance measures that combine both technical and human factor aspects. Captain O’Brien is a recognized security professional. He has served in a liaison role to major federal law
enforcement entities and continues to provide an important aviation perspective to the Transportation Security
Administration and Federal Air Marshal Service. In addition to his current security and professional airline pilot
duties, he previously served as the ALPA National Security Committee director of operations and as the Piedmont
Airlines Security Committee chairman.
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A professional pilot, Captain O’Brien possesses a broad spectrum of qualifications, including air transport pilot,
commercial pilot, and flight instructor. Currently flying the DeHavilland DHC-8 for Piedmont Airlines, he has flown
for Central Air Southwest and Kansas State University.
Captain O’Brien holds a degree in aviation science from Kansas State University, and is a combat veteran of the
U.S. Army.
First Officer Rich Odbert, FDX
National Chairman, ALPA Jumpseat Committee, Air Line Pilots Association, International
As National Jumpseat Committee chairman, First Officer Rich Odbert’s most recent activities include meeting
with, and re-establishing a positive position with, the TSA regarding the value of PIC authority as it applies to
aircraft security and operational safety in day-to-day line haul operations. He has also been updating the ALPA
policy manual to reflect a stronger position on PIC authority and protect the human element over automated
systems now in place for security.
Rich Odbert formerly served as National Jumpseat vice chairman and FedEx Jumpseat Committee chairman, and
he created and chaired an ALPA Operational Oversight Committee as a direct liaison to senior flight management
while employed by a previous FAR 121 passenger carrier. This committee dealt with line issues regarding safety
and improving customer services and integrating new fleet types to the airline operation.
First Officer Odbert is presently an MD F/O with FedEx, based in KMEM. He previously was a B-727 F/O and
flight engineer. He has served on the FedEx ALPA MEC since 2003.
First Officer Odbert’s aviation background consists of limited military service, six FAR 121s, two FAR 135s, and
Part 91 past employments. His line captain and LCA experience was mostly in passenger airline operations.
His previous airline jobs were with America West, B-737 (ALPA); Air Wisconsin, when it was a UAL subsidiary
corporation, on the BAe-146 and DO-328 (ALPA); Mountain Air Express (division of Western Pacific), DO-328; Big
Sky Airlines, Metro and C-402; Air Methods, air ambulance BE-20; Corporate Air, BE-1900, B-99, and AC-500/680;
and Alpine Aviation, B-99.
Rich Odbert has been a four-time ALPA member since 1997, including nonactive continued membership before
again going active when the FedEx Pilots Association voted to rejoin ALPA. He has been a career commuter via
the jumpseat since 1993 and has been quite creative at times while commuting from places such as Kalispell,
Montana, and North Platte, Nebraska.
Rich believes that flight deck access security and jumpseat issues are always best dealt with by the Pilot in
Command. He works to ensure that regulations continue to embrace this time-honored, safe, and proven
relationship between access and the PIC. He believes that the flight deck crew is the first line of safety and the
last layer of defense in air carrier line operations. He continues to study counterterrorism techniques and effective
security and defense mechanisms in aviation, especially as they relate to flight deck access.
Captain Linda M. Orlady, UAL
Captain Linda Orlady was appointed ALPA’s executive air safety vice chairman in January and remains the Safety
Management System (SMS) project director. Captain Orlady is a member of the FAA SMS Focus Group and
the Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO) Safety Working Group. She was appointed to serve as one
of the tri-chairs for the FAA’s SMS ARC (Aviation Rulemaking Committee), which has just begun the process of
developing SMS rulemaking recommendations.
Captain Orlady has been involved in aviation and human factors for 30 years as author, researcher, instructor, and
lecturer. She helped to organize the first International Symposium on Aviation Psychology in 1981 and later served
as technical chair. She has been a NASA-sponsored researcher for Yale and Harvard University on a research project
investigating crew complement, procedures, and automation. With her late father, Harry Orlady, Linda co-authored
a 600-page book, Human Factors in Multi-Crew Flight Operations, published by Ashgate Publications in 1999.
Captain Orlady is a third-generation pilot. She received her initial flight training at Ohio State University while
completing a master’s in business administration with concentration in organizational behavior and human factors.
She flew for several corporations and for Henson and Comair Airlines in the early ’80s. She was hired by United
Airlines as a line pilot in 1985 and has flown the Airbus A-319, A-320, Boeing B-737, and B-747-400. Captain Orlady
also worked in United’s Crew Resource Management Department and was the program manager. She presently
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Executive Air Safety Vice Chairman and Director, Safety Management System Project
Air Line Pilots Association, International
Captain Orlady is the chair of the Flight Safety Foundation Icarus Committee and serves on the Board of Governors
for the Foundation. She also serves as a trustee for the Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology in New York.
Captain Orlady resides in Lothian, Maryland, with her husband, John Cirino, and four dogs.
J. Alan Orlob
Vice President, Corporate Security, Marriott International Lodging
Alan Orlob, the vice president of corporate security for Marriott’s International Lodging Organization, oversees all
its safety and security operations and manages the crisis management program.
Prior to working for Marriott, Alan was the corporate security director for Al Ghanim International, managing a
close protection detail, and had been the director of public safety at Snowbird, Utah. He served with U.S. Army
Special Forces, both active duty and reserve, for a combined total of 24 years.
flies domestic and international routes on the Boeing B-757 and B-767 out of Washington, DC. She also holds a
commercial rotorcraft rating.
Mr. Orlob is a member and former committee chairman of the U.S. State Department’s Overseas Security
Advisory Council (OSAC), and a security advisor to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a
Washington, DC–based think tank. He organized the Hotel Security Group, a group of hotel corporate security
directors from the major hotel chains.
Mr. Orlob has been a frequent speaker on terrorism in different venues worldwide, especially in how businesses
identified as soft targets can protect themselves against the threat of terrorism. He has written several articles on
this subject as well as a chapter in the book Homeland Security, published by McGraw-Hill.
Mr. Orlob is a member of the Board of Directors of ISMA, the International Security Management Association. He
has served as a consultant with the U.S. State Department’s Antiterrorism Assistance Program on hotel security
and was a stakeholder on a RAND initiative on counter-surveillance. In this role, he has consulted with several
foreign governments on hotel security. Following the Mumbai terror attacks, Mr. Orlob testified before the U.S.
Senate Committee on Homeland Security in January 2009, and was introduced by Senator Lieberman as an
internationally recognized expert on hotel security and terrorism.
Captain Robert Perkins, ACJ
Airport and Ground Environment (AGE) Group Chairman, Air Line Pilots Association, International
Bob began his flying career in 1968 at Toronto’s Island Airport on a flying scholarship with the Royal Canadian Air
Cadets. After graduation, and with a brand new private pilot’s license, he began working part-time at the Central
Airways school, washing and fueling aircraft and keeping track of the flights of the school’s student pilots.
Commercial, multi-engine, and IFR ratings followed, as did a Class II instructor’s rating, which allowed Bob to rise
to the position of assistant chief flying instructor at Central Airways. At the time, it was one of the busiest flying
schools in Canada.
In 1973, Bob quit Central to take a position as chief (and only) flying instructor at White River Air Services flight
training school in Kapuskasing, Ontario. This was the beginning of a long relationship with the Deluce family, which
would see the acquisition of Austin Airways and Great Lakes Airlines, the transformation into Air Ontario, the amalgamation with the other Air Canada connectors into Air Canada Regional, and finally the formation of Jazz Air Inc.
Throughout the years, Bob has flown across Canada, and north to the Arctic. He has logged time on virtually every
type of aircraft the airline has operated over the years, with the exception of the DC-3 and the Canso, and was
instrumental in the development and implementation of the first dedicated air ambulance fixed-wing aircraft in
Ontario, a Cessna Citation 500, on which he logged around 2,500 hours.
Bob has also been involved with pilot associations for a long time and was the first chairman of the Austin Airways
pilot council at the old CALPA. Switching from the political side to the air safety side, Bob was the Air Safety vice
chair for a time at CALPA and was named the Canada Air Safety chairman after CALPA merged with ALPA.
Bob currently holds the position of air safety coordinator–Canada, as well as being the AGE Group chair, a position
he holds at IFALPA as well. Bob sits on numerous regulatory committees and working groups with Transport
Canada and Nav Canada and is a member of the ICAO Visual Aids Working Group. He also sits as the IFALPA
member on the ICAO Aerodromes panel.
Bob is an active line captain with Jazz on the CRJ and has accumulated approximately 26,000 hours of flight time.
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Rick Pipkin, Ph.D.
Employee Assistance Manager/Corporate HIMS Director, American/American Eagle Airlines
Dr. Rick Pipkin is the Employee Assistance manager and corporate HIMS director for American Airlines and
American Eagle. Dr. Pipkin has been in practice in the Dallas- Fort Worth area for over 20 years. He has a
tremendous amount of experience in working with psychiatric hospital patients and families with substance
abuse and chemical dependency issues. Dr. Pipkin brings with him years of management and clinical expertise
in the psychiatric field. He has served as clinical director for several treatment centers and psychiatric hospitals in
the Dallas–Fort Worth area.
Dr. Pipkin is a licensed professional counselor, a certified chemical dependency specialist, and a substance abuse
professional. He is an adjunct professor of psychology at a local university and has presented numerous workshops
and seminars on the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric and substance abuse disorders. He holds degrees from
Freed-Hardeman University, Western Illinois University, LaSalle University, and Texas A&M University.
His humor and direct approach to problem-solving have led to invitations to present at the Fifth International
Congress on Ericksonian Hypnosis and Psychotherapy, the National Labor Assistance Professionals Conference,
the ALPA HIMS National Conference, and the International Order of Foresters. He has made numerous radio
appearances in the DFW market.
Dr. Carlos R. Porges
Clinical Neuropsychologist
Dr. Carlos Porges is a clinical neuropsychologist and an airline pilot. He has a private practice in Orlando, Florida,
and is a B-757-767 pilot for Continental Airlines. Working in both professions helps him to provide a special
perspective on the challenges faced by, and demands placed upon, airline pilots. Dr. Porges works closely with
ALPA, the HIMS program, various airlines, universities, aviation training programs, and the FAA. The main thrust of
his work lies in helping sick pilots get back to work, and assisting in selection, training, and performance issues.
Dr. Porges is originally from Colombia. He completed undergraduate work in psychology and political science at
Ithaca College in 1985 and then completed a doctorate in clinical psychology at Nova University in 1992. He was
an intern at Boston City Hospital, holding an appointment as a fellow of the Boston University School of Medicine.
He was offered a fellowship in neuropsychology at the Harvard Medical School, Cambridge Hospital, then
completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Boston University School of Medicine at the New England Rehabilitation
Hospital. He then moved to Orlando, where he worked as a neuropsychologist at Florida Hospital’s Rehabilitation
Center. About five years later, he moved into private practice and became the first Hispanic psychologist to be
board-certified in rehabilitation psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. He now has a small,
aviation-focused private practice in Orlando.
By the late 1990s, at age 36, he decided to become an airline pilot. He took a job as a traffic watch pilot over
Orlando’s congested roads and flew about 1,500 hours in the following year and a half. He then flew for ASA,
flying EMB-120 Brasilia and CRJ aircraft. While doing this he decided to focus his practice on getting sick
pilots back to work. This started many years of collaborative work with ALPA, HIMS, the FAA, and many other
organizations and institutions. Presently, Dr. Porges is on the B-757/767 at Continental Airlines. He currently has
about 6,500 hours total time, of which roughly 4,500 hours are in transport category turbine aircraft operated
under Part 121 rules.
About three months ago, he took a company-offered leave of absence (COLA) from Continental and is focused
exclusively on his clinical and consulting practice. He is scheduled to return to the line in March 2010. He remains
committed to helping sick pilots return to work, and is very interested in human factors and cross-cultural issues
in aviation.
Captain Robert M. Powers, ALA
National Security Committee Chairman, Air Line Pilots Association, International
Captain Robert Powers began his airline career at Mesaba Airlines in 1992 as a pilot flying Fokker F-27s, Fairchild
Metro IIIs, and deHaviland Dash-8s. He later served as a check airman and instructor for the commuter airline.
Currently, Captain Powers is flying the Boeing 737 for Alaska Airlines. He has amassed over 11,000 hours during
his tenure.
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A passionate love for aviation had been a consistent theme in his life, and he obtained his private pilot’s license
during his internship year at Boston City Hospital. Over the next 10 years he flew as much as he could afford
(about 50−60 hours a year).
In 1986, Captain Powers was hired as a police patrol officer for the city of Tacoma, Washington, Police
Department. After graduating from the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center, he served as a patrol
officer and later as a field training officer. He is the recipient of numerous letters of commendation for his
performance during 23 years of law enforcement and security work.
Robb has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Puget Sound, is married, and has one child. He currently
resides near Seattle, Washington.
Captain John Prater, CAL
While working as a pilot, Captain Powers has volunteered numerous hours to ALPA in a number of capacities.
Primarily, he has worked as the security coordinator for the Alaska Airlines Master Executive Council. His duties
included providing assistance to law enforcement, the airline, and employees on aviation security matters. Since
2001, Robb has served ALPA’s National Security Committee in numerous capacities, including federal flight deck
officer program manager, director of communications, and director of operations. Currently, Captain Powers is the
chairman of ALPA’s National Security Committee.
President, Air Line Pilots Association, International
Captain John Prater is the eighth president of the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA). He was elected by
the union’s Board of Directors on Oct. 18, 2006, and began his four-year term on Jan. 1, 2007.
His election signaled a change in direction for the largest airline pilot union in the world. Under Prater’s leadership,
ALPA has taken an aggressive stance aimed at restoring strength within the union, defending the professional
standards and interests of airline pilots, and reclaiming losses suffered when pilots helped to save the industry
after the events of 9/11.
As ALPA’s chief executive and administrative officer, Prater oversees daily operations of the Association and presides
over the meetings of ALPA’s governing bodies, which set policy for the organization. He is also chief spokesman for
the union, advancing pilots’ views before Congress, Parliament, government agencies, and the news media.
Prater’s labor affiliations include membership on the Executive Council of the AFL-CIO and the Executive
Committee of the Transportation Trades Department of the AFL-CIO.
He also is a member of the Air Traffic Management Advisory Committee, the Air Traffic Management Steering
Committee, the NGATS Institute Management Council (IMC), the NGATS Institute Executive Committee, and the
Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) MidTerm Implementation Task Force.
Prater, who comes from a family background of strong union supporters, is a 31-year veteran of ALPA. He served in
positions ranging from Strike Committee chairman to chairman of the Continental pilots’ Master Executive Council
(MEC), as well as vice chairman of the international Wings Alliance (now part of the SkyTeam Alliance). He helped
to lead union fights against such notorious airline management figures as Frank Lorenzo, Carl Icahn, and Dick Ferris.
Currently a B-767 captain, Prater has flown the B-727, DC-8, DC-10, A300, B-757, and B-777 for passenger and
cargo airlines during a piloting career that spans nearly three and a half decades. Before joining Continental, he
flew for a number of companies, including Buckeye, Skyway, the Wall Street Journal, and United (as an instructor),
and contract freight for UPS/Airborne. His experience spans several eras: He flew as a single pilot on night
freight runs in World War II–era propeller airplanes and, more recently, was a member of ALPA’s working group
addressing the development of the B-787.
A graduate of Parks College of St. Louis University with a bachelor’s degree in meteorology, Prater is a resident of
Edwardsville, Ill., with his wife, Michele, and daughter, Alexandra.
Hans Rahmann
CISM Coordinator, Stiftung Mayday and Lufthansa
Hans Rahmann was co-founder of Stiftung Mayday—Mayday Foundation—pilots helping pilots, in 1994 and is now
an honorary board member. The foundation has been expanding into CISM for flight and cabin crews since 1998.
Rahman did ab initio training with Lufthansa Flight Training from 1972 to 1974. He began flying for Lufthansa as a
first officer on the B-727 in 1974 and on the B-747-200 in 1981, as a senior first officer on the B-747-200 in 1988,
as a captain on the B-737 in 1989, and on the B-747-400 in 2005. Beginning in 1978 he did a number of different
projects for the Chief Pilot’s Department.
He retired in March 2009 with a total of 17,524 flight hours.
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Captain Everett Reese III, XJT
National Security Committee Director of Operations, Air Line Pilots Association, International
Captain Everett Reese is the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l’s National Security Committee director of operations
and training. He is responsible for daily operations, project management, and oversight of the NSC Security
Training programs.
Captain Reese is a member of the National Security Steering and Oversight Committee and is the chairman of the
ExpressJet Security Committee. He is also a member of the ALPA Security Council.
Everett began flying in 2000. He has held fight instructing positions and worked as a Part 135 charter pilot before
he began his career at ExpressJet in 2004.
Captain Reese holds an airline transport pilot’s license and is type-rated on the EMB-145.
Michael Rigney
Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Flight Programs Division, Federal Air Marshal Service
Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) Michael Rigney began his career in federal law enforcement with the
U.S. Border Patrol in 1999. In 2002, he transferred to the Federal Air Marshal Service, where he was assigned
to the Washington Field Office and as a temporary instructor for defensive measures at the Federal Air Marshal
Service Training Center.
In 2005, Mr. Rigney was assigned to the FAMS Headquarters Liaison Division, where he was responsible
for several areas, including acting as the Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge (ATSAC) of the Air Carrier
Liaison Section. Currently, ASAC Rigney is assigned as the program manager of the Crew Member Self-Defense Program within
the Flight Programs Division.
Captain Pedro Rivas, DAL
Director, Charting and Instrument Procedures Committee (CHIPs), Air Line Pilots Association,
Captain Pedro Rivas, director of ALPA’s Charting and Instrument Procedures Committee, chairs the SAE G-10
Charting Committee and has been integrally involved in the development of Required Navigation Performance
(RNP) instrument procedure design criteria. He is the ALPA representative to the FAA’s Performance-Based
Aviation Rulemaking Committee (PARC), where he serves as the lead for the PARC RNP Charting and Navigation
Data Currency Working Groups. He is also the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA)
representative to the ICAO Performance-Based Navigation Study Group.
Captain Rivas began flying in 1975 in Britain and joined the U.S. Air Force in 1980. During his 26-year combined
active duty and reserve Air Force career, he acted as an instructor pilot and flight examiner on the C-141 and C-17
and was a member of the C-17 Initial Cadre. He joined Delta Air Lines in 1987 and is rated on the Boeing 737NG,
757, and 767.
Captain Rivas served two years in the Delta Training Department and has a combined total flight time of
approximately 16,000 hours.
Captain John Rosenberg is a native of Omaha, Nebraska, and a 1974 graduate of Purdue University, holding a B.S.
degree in technology through the Aviation Technology School’s Professional Flight program. Upon graduation, John
returned to Omaha and worked for a Piper dealer before joining a large Omaha-based savings and loan association
as their first corporate pilot.
In 1978, John joined North Central Airlines as a Convair 580 first officer. Today, he flies for Delta Air Lines as a
check airman on the B-757/767.
John has a long history of ALPA volunteer participation, having spent almost his entire career as a member of
ALPA’s Professional Standards Committee. After having served as his local council’s Professional Standards
chairman twice and MEC Professional Standards chairman for two-and-a-half years, he is currently the national
chairman of ALPA International’s Professional Standards Committee, which is a subcommittee under ALPA’s Pilot
Assistance Committee.
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Captain John Rosenberg, DAL
National Professional Standards Committee Chairman, Air Line Pilots Association, International
Captain Rosenberg is also active in the air safety arena. He is a participant in Delta’s three-party ASAP program,
representing ALPA as an alternate member of the Event Review Committee.
In addition to ALPA, John is no stranger to volunteer work, as he has fulfilled a number of roles in various
organizations. Currently, he is a member of two boards of directors—the 6,700-member ALPA Federal Credit
Union located in Willowbrook, Illinois, and the Adler Graduate School in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Captain Rosenberg resides in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area with his wife, Sydney, and their two children. Both
John and Sydney are involved parent volunteers in their children’s activities, and John remains active in general
aviation sharing ownership in a Beechcraft Bonanza.
Tim Ryan
As the national chairman, Captain Rosenberg provides oversight for all of ALPA pilot groups’ Professional
Standards Committees ensuring compliance with ALPA policy and protocol. John plans and executes the
Professional Standards activities at the annual Pilot Assistance Forum.
Director, Business Development, ARINC
Tim Ryan leads the business growth and expansion efforts for the Information Management Portfolio of products
and services at ARINC. This collection includes applications associated with identity management, dispatch
decision-making tools, and flight deck data support. Mr. Ryan is currently the program director for ARINC’s newest
service—CrewPASS. In this capacity, he is responsible for coordinating governance issues with TSA, operational
issues with the individual airlines, and roll-out of a nationwide service.
Mr. Ryan joined ARINC in 1989. Prior to his current assignment, he was program director for all of the Aviation
Communications Services. From 1995 to 2000, he also led the engineering team charged with the expansion of
ARINC’s ACARS data link network into Asia.
Captain Mary Ann Schaffer, UAL
Chairman, President’s Task Force on Aviation Sustainability and the Environment,
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Captain Mary Ann Schaffer serves as the chairman of the President’s Task on Aviation Sustainability and the
Environment for the Air Line Pilots Association, International. This task force was created to ensure pilot input to
policy and procedures resulting from environmental initiatives.
Captain Schaffer assumed the lead of this task force in May 2008 and has since testified in front of the House
Subcommittee on Aviation, provided written testimony to other congressional committees, presented at an Aviation
Week Forum, and participated on an environmental panel at NATCA’s Communicating for Safety conference.
Currently flying for United Airlines as an Airbus 320 captain, Schaffer has flown the B-757 and B-767 as captain,
the B-727 as captain and check airman, and the B-777 and B-737 as first officer. She has also served as a local
council safety chairman, flight manager, domicile safety officer, and flight operations duty manager. Prior to her 20
years at United, Captain Schaffer flew for Presidential Airways.
Captain Schaffer began her career as an electrical engineer working on space programs before pursuing her flying
ambitions. She holds a bachelor of engineering in electrical engineering from Vanderbilt University, a master’s of
aeronautical science, with distinction, from Embry-Riddle, and a juris doctor, magna cum laude, from American
University, Washington College of Law.
In addition to her work for ALPA, Captain Schaffer is a corporate counsel for CSSI Inc. She lives in Alexandria,
Virginia, with her husband, Gary Schaffer.
Scott A. Shappell, Ph.D.
Professor, Industrial Engineering, Clemson University
Dr. Scott A. Shappell is a professor of industrial engineering at Clemson University. Before joining the faculty at
Clemson, Dr. Shappell was the Human Factors research branch manager at the Civil Aerospace Medical Institute.
In addition, he has served over 16 years in the U.S. Navy as an aerospace experimental psychologist.
He has published/presented well over 200 papers, books, and presentations in the fields of accident investigation,
system safety, spatial disorientation, sustained operations, and fatigue.
Dr. Shappell received a B.S. in psychology (1983) from Wright State University, graduating summa cum laude with
honors in psychology and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Texas Medical Branch in 1990.
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Larry Smith
Chemical Dependency Counselor
Larry J. Smith, CAS, is a chemical dependency counselor and lecturer. He was a pilot for Braniff Airlines and now
flies 747s for United Airlines. He has been an ALPA EAP rep since being released from monitoring in 2004.
Larry enlisted at the age of 17 and is now retired from the Air Force Reserve, where he served as a fighter pilot
and transport pilot. He is certified in EEG neurotherapy and attends the Optimum Health Institute in San Diego.
He is a group facilitator at many Southern California Treatment Centers. Larry resides in San Clemente, California.
Both of his sessions will include parts of “my story.” First session: “The Hijacked Brain” (in layman’s terms, electrical
and chemical brain regulation); second session: “The Progression of Addiction and the Progression of Recovery.”
Captain Shannon Smith, CAL
National Jumpseat Committee Member, Air Line Pilots Association, International
Shannon Smith, currently a B-756 captain based in Newark, New Jersey, has been employed with Continental
Airlines since July 1994. From 1994 to 1998 he flew with the wholly owned subsidiary Continental Express,
where he flew the ATR as both F/O and captain. Since 1998 he has been with CAL mainline and has flown every
aircraft in the current CAL fleet, from the B-737 to the B-777 and from every base, including Guam.
Captain Smith graduated from the Alabama Aviation College and later attended Embry-Riddle through the Dept.
of Independent Studies while flying for Continental Express. It is there that his union work began. During his
3½ years at CALX he was a member of the RJ, Strike, and Jumpseat Committees. He was also an elected IAH
captain representative for the IACP, now merged into ALPA. Since joining CAL mainline, he has remained active
as a Jumpseat coordinator and is now the CAL ALPA Jumpseat chairman and recently was added to the ALPA
National Jumpseat Committee.
He considers his greatest union work to be the time spent on the flow-through negotiations that ultimately led to over
1,400 pilots’ moving over from CALX to better-paying mainline jobs with Continental.
Captain Smith’s aviation background is civilian only, with stints as a flight instructor, corporate pilot, Part 135 on
demand night freight, regional airline, and finally major airline experience. He remains active in general aviation
and at times is known to own several aircraft types.
He resides in Campbellsville, Kentucky, with his wife, April, and their two daughters. He and his wife own and
operate CENTURY 21 Smith Realty Group, a real estate and auction company.
Quay Snyder, MD, MSPH
Associate Aeromedical Advisor, Air Line Pilots Association, International
Dr. Quay Snyder serves as associate ALPA Aeromedical advisor and president of Virtual Flight Surgeons. He
provides advice on aeromedical certification and aviation medicine safety issues to ALPA pilots and ALPA
leadership. His duties include direct advocacy for individual pilots with FAA Aeromedical Offices, and consultation
with ALPA legal staff members, Pilot Assistance Committee members, and MEC representatives on a broad
variety of safety and health topics.
Prior to beginning work at the ALPA Aeromedical Office, Dr. Snyder served as a flight surgeon and instructor pilot
(gliders) in the U.S. Air Force. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Duke University School of Medicine,
and the University of Colorado Health Sciences. He maintains board certification in aerospace medicine,
occupational medicine, and family practice.
Dr. Snyder has been an active certified flight instructor since 1975, an FAA-designated pilot examiner (private,
commercial, and CFI), and an FAA Safety Team representative for the Denver FSDO. He is a four-time Master CFI
designee with the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators and the National Association of Flight Instructors.
As an owner of a Schleicher ASW-24B single-seat glider, he spends his leisure time soaring on long-distance
cross-country flights through the Rocky Mountains.
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Dr. Snyder is a member of the joint FAA-ALPA HIMS Advisory Board and the Flight Safety Foundation. He is a
frequent speaker at numerous aviation safety seminars, including the ALPA-NATCA Communicating for Safety
Seminar. He also serves on the editorial board of the scientific journal Aviation, Space and Environmental
Captain Robert A. Solik has been flying for Delta Air Lines for 23 years. He received his pilot training from the
Navy flying the A-6 Intruder.
He has held several volunteer positions with Delta’s LEC/MEC before accepting the position of Aeromedical chairman
in May 2008. He has been married to his wife, Beth, for 30 years and has three children.
Captain Robert M. Spadea, UAL
United MEC Jumpseat Committee Chairman
Captain Robert “Bob” Spadea has been a member of the United Airlines MEC Jumpseat Committee since 2002,
and in 2006 was elected to the chairman’s position. His experience with all aspects of jumpseat administration
and commuting by jumpseat date back over 25 years. In 2003, he was instrumental in procuring the CASS
jumpseat verification system for United Airlines. He is responsible for overseeing all jumpseat operations,
establishing reciprocal agreements, and assisting fellow jumpseat chairpersons with operational difficulties.
Captain Robert A. Solik, DAL
National Aeromedical Chairman, Air Line Pilots Association, International
Bob began flying in 1979 and obtained his private pilot’s license in high school. He is a graduate of the Bridgewater
State College aviation management bachelor of science program. Upon graduation, he was employed as a flight
instructor for this institution, teaching U.S. and international students how to fly.
Bob has been employed with United Airlines since 1989 and is currently flying international routes in Europe
and Asia. Prior to United Airlines, he was employed with Bar Harbor Airlines of Bangor, Maine, and Will’s Air of
Hyannis, Massachusetts. Bob’s flying experience of over 18,000 hours has taken him to every continent of the
world except Australia and Africa. He currently holds captain ratings in Beech 1900, 300, 350, Saab 340, Airbus
319/320, and Boeing 727, 737, 747, 757, 767, 777 aircraft.
Bob resides in Ormond Beach, Florida, with his family of five.
Captain Craig Stephens, UAL
National Jumpseat Committee Member, Air Line Pilots Association, International
Captain Craig Stephens serves as a National Jumpseat Committee member as well as South chairman of the DAL
MEC Jumpseat Committee. He represents pilot jumpseat access issues within the industry and government. His
national arena of focus is on international access and issues surrounding international jumpseating.
Captain Stephens also serves on the Hotel Committee and System Board for Delta Air Lines Master Executive
Council. Previously he has served as second officer representative for Council 43 and first officer representative
for Council 108, as well as working on the Legislative Affairs Committee.
Captain Stephens began flying while in high school and attended Purdue University studying aviation technology.
After graduation, he followed a civilian career path, which included flight instruction, pilot for a skydiving operation,
night freight, corporate pilot, and charter flying, prior to joining Delta Air Lines in 1990.
Currently, Craig is a captain on the Boeing 767/757 international operation for Delta Air Lines. He is rated on the
Boeing 727, 737, 757, 767, MD-11, and Lear Jet. His total flight time is approximately 18,000 hours.
Becky Stoll
Director of Crisis Services and Crisis Management Strategies, Centerstone
Becky Stoll is responsible for the overall operation of Centerstone’s Crisis Services as well as Crisis Management
Ms. Stoll graduated from Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee, with a BS in psychology. She
received her master’s in the science of social work from the University of Tennessee in Nashville.
Ms. Stoll is a licensed clinical social worker with 12 years of behavioral health experience. She is a boardcertified expert in traumatic stress and a diplomate of the American Association of Experts in Traumatic Stress.
In addition, she is certified in acute traumatic stress management by the American Academy of Experts in
Traumatic Stress, certified as a trauma specialist by the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists, and a certified
employee assistance professional. She is a member of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, the
Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists, and the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.
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Her professional experience has included both clinical and management responsibilities. Ms. Stoll’s clinical
concentration has covered such areas as assessment and diagnosis, individual and family therapy, critical incident
stress management, and mental health disaster response.
Ms. Stoll is on the faculty of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) and serves as the chair
of its Board of Directors. She has received the ICISF’s Certificate of Specialized Training in (1) mass disaster
and terrorism, (2) schools and children crisis response, (3) workplace and industrial application, (4) emergency
services, and (5) substance abuse crisis response. Ms. Stoll has provided disaster response training to area
school districts, banks, business/industry, emergency responders, and civic groups.
Joseph P. Terrell
Federal Security Director, Pittsburgh International Airport, Transportation Security Administration
Joe Terrell is the federal security director at Pittsburgh International Airport and, as such, is senior representative
for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in Western Pennsylvania. Currently overseeing, managing,
and promoting the agency’s security interests in an area that is characterized by both a diverse and robust
transportation network and infrastructure, Mr. Terrell has well over 20 years of civil aviation security experience.
Mr. Terrell has been with TSA since its inception, joining directly after having spent 15 years with the Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA). While he spent two tours at FAA headquarters in Washington focused on policy
issues as they relate to civil aviation security, Mr. Terrell spent the majority of his FAA career deeply involved in the
agency’s international civil aviation security program. He represented the agency overseas for seven years, four of
which were spent as the manager of the FAA International Field Office in Brussels, Belgium.
Mr. Terrell has worked with representatives of nearly 30 nations on four continents in an effort to promote global
standards of civil aviation security.
David J. Thatcher
CASS Program Manager, ARINC
David Thatcher is a program manager at ARINC in the Aviation Solutions Division, Annapolis, Maryland. He graduated
from Old Dominion University in 1984 with a B.S. in electrical engineering and earned a M.S. in computer science
from Johns Hopkins in 1994. Dave’s first job was as a supervisory electronics engineer with the Air Force at the
Inertial Guidance Test Facility at Holloman AFB, New Mexico.
He followed with 12 years in the development of process control software for industrial gauging and
communications systems with several companies in the Washington, DC, area. Dave joined ARINC in 1997 and
worked on the ACARS HF Datalink Ground Station and the ACARS Message Processor for several years before
moving to the Aviation Solutions Organization, where he has worked on the Centralized ADS Waypoint Reporting
Service (CADS), the Oceanic Clearance Delivery Service (OCD) for Gander, and the Centralized FMC Waypoint
Reporting Service (CFRS).
Dave has been involved in the development and deployment of the Cockpit Access Security System (CASS) since
the initial prototype demonstrations at Reagan National Airport in December 2002.
Captain R. “Rip” Torn, DAL
Captain Torn serves as the Air Traffic Services (ATS) Group chairman for the Air Line Pilots Association,
International. As the recently appointed chairman of the Air Traffic Services Group, he leads a group of staff,
consultants, and pilot volunteers working on technical issues covering current and future technology applications
and procedures in air traffic control, flight information services, meteorological, and other related issues.
Captain Torn is a member of the Steering and Oversight Committee for the ALPA Safety Structure. Most recently
he was a founding member and former chair of the now defunct Presidential Committee on NAS Modernization.
This committee was formed to focus work on projects involving future communications, navigation, surveillance,
traffic management, and unmanned air vehicles.
Rip is a longtime advocate for aviation safety, and he has been involved through the ALPA Air Safety Committee
at local, national, and international levels. In addition to chairing the group, he is the team leader for Future
Communications Data Link projects. He is the designated representative to the IFALPA ATS Committee and also
serves as the vice chairman for that group. Through IFALPA he is the representative to the ICAO Operational Data
Link Panel, working directly with ICAO.
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Air Traffic Services Group Chairman, Air Line Pilots Association, International
Captain Torn began flying in 1978 as a pilot with the U.S. Air Force, where he trained at Vance AFB, Oklahoma.
He flew the RF-4C reconnaissance fighter stationed in Germany twice and was an advanced flight training
instructor T-38 at Reese AFB, Texas. He also was a functional check pilot in the T-37, T-38, and later RF-4 performing
maintenance acceptance flights after extensive rework of the aircraft.
Currently, Rip is a Boeing 767 and 757 captain based in New York City for Delta Air Lines. He is also rated on the
Boeing 737 and a flight engineer on the L-1011 and B-727. His total flight time is around 12,000 hours, and he
holds a FAA airline transport pilot’s license.
Captain Torn, originally from Germany, is married with three children and lives in Austin, Texas.
Captain Torn started his ALPA career in March 1993 and has served as the Delta MEC Air Safety Committee
Air Traffic Services member and chairman, Accident Investigator Team member, DALPA Jumpseat Committee
representative. While a member of the NAS MOD Committee and former project lead of the ADS-B Project Team,
he was a representative for the association when they received the 2008 Collier Trophy Team recipient.
Robert A. Vogt
Principal Security Inspector, Commercial Airlines Division, Transportation Security Administration
Bob Vogt joined TSA in February 2003 and is assigned to the Commercial Airlines division. As a principal security
inspector (PSI), he is the primary liaison between TSA headquarters and assigned aircraft operators. He interprets
compliance with aviation security regulations and aviation security programs. Bob was assigned to his current
position as the PSI for Continental Airlines in June 2008. Previously, Bob was the PSI for American Airlines.
Bob is a 1978 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He received a master’s degree in business administration from
the University of West Florida in May 1986.
Bob retired from the Navy in July 1999 after serving 21 years as a naval aviator. He operated the P3 Orion aircraft
from a number of locations throughout Europe and Western Pacific. After retirement, Bob was hired by US
Airways as a first officer. He flew the Boeing 737 from Reagan National Airport until furloughed in January 2002.
In March 2002, Bob was hired by Titan Systems Corporation in Arlington, Virginia, and was assigned to Task Force
Web supporting the Navy’s Web-enabling initiative.
Bob holds a FAA airline transport pilot’s license and is rated in the Boeing 737, Beechcraft King Air, and Lockheed
Electra aircraft.
Captain Nico Voorbach
Security Committee Chairman, International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations
Captain Nico Voorbach began his career as a police officer in the Netherlands, and in 1987 he became a police
pilot with the Dutch National Police. In 1992 he joined KLM, where he was promoted to captain in 1993. He
currently flies the Boeing 777 for KLM.
In 1999, Captain Voorbach became the Dutch ALPA Security Committee chairman, and following the September
11 attacks of 2001, he was elected to be vice chairman of the IFALPA Security Committee. In March 2009 he
was elected IFALPA Security Committee chairman. As chairman, he is responsible for international security
representation at ICAO, IATA, ACI, and other international organizations.
Since 2002, he has been the IFALPA observer at the ICAO AVSEC Panel. He was part of the ICAO working group
on Amendment 11 for Annex 17, and a member of the working group on In-Flight Security Officers. Now he is a
member of the ICAO AVSEC Panel working groups on Annex 17, New and Emerging Threats, Guidance Material,
and Training.
He has represented the European Cockpit Association since 2003 at the ECAC and is also on the European
Committee Stakeholder Advisory Group on Aviation Security.
John Weller
Staff Wildlife Biologist, FAA Office of Airport Safety and Operations
John Weller arrived at the FAA in February 2009 at a time when the hazards of bird strikes had played out
dramatically on the national consciousness. His role with the FAA is to determine national strategies and
federal regulations for management of wildlife issues at or near airports. He develops programs and control
methodologies to manage airport wildlife hazards, provides technical guidance to FAA offices and airports, and
guides research of new technologies that can be applied to wildlife mitigation.
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Prior to this latest appointment he was a USDA wildlife biologist for 5 years mitigating wildlife hazards at 75
airports in North Carolina. Earlier experience included 17 years wildlife management for the National Park Service,
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, state and local wildlife agencies, the private sector, and a nonprofit organization.
Much of this work involved the restoration, inventory, monitoring, and research of endangered species, large
carnivores, and avifauna.
Captain James Woodke, EGL
National CIRP Vice Chairman, Air Line Pilots Association, International
Captain James Woodke is chairperson of the Critical Incident Response Program for the Air Line Pilots Association
at American Eagle Airlines and the national vice chairman of the Critical Incident Response Program for the Air
Line Pilots Association, Int’l. He is responsible for providing CISM services to over 2,900 pilots at American
Eagle Airlines in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. He also currently serves as the damage
assessment coordinator for the Village of Antioch Emergency Management Agency (Illinois).
Prior to his current appointment, Captain Woodke was the CIRP vice chairman for the American Eagle Airlines pilot
group, where he has also served as the MEC and LEC Grievance chairman, the captain rep, and LEC chairman.
Captain Woodke began his aviation career in 1982, flight instructing at various locations in Wisconsin, Virginia,
and Texas. In 1986–1987 he instructed at the University of Dubuque (Iowa) and in 1987 at Chadron State College
(Nebraska). He began his airline career in 1987 with G.P. Express Airlines as a C402 first officer. Since 1988 he has
worked for Simmons/American Eagle Airlines, serving as captain on SD-3, ATR-42, ATR-72, and EMB-135, 140, and
145 aircraft with more than 16,000 hours of flight time.
Captain Woodke holds a bachelor of science degree in economics from Northern Illinois University. He is an ICISFapproved instructor for individual crisis intervention and peer support as well as group crisis intervention. He is
a Fellow of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, a Board-certified expert in traumatic stress, a
Board-certified expert in emergency crisis response, and a Board-certified expert in school crisis response. He is
certified in Acute Traumatic Stress Management and listed in the International Registry of the American Academy
of Experts in Traumatic Stress. He is a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.
Dale Wright
Director, Safety and Technology, National Air Traffic Controllers Association
Dale Wright was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 1975 he entered the U.S. Air Force and in 1976
was assigned to Berlin Center, Germany, as an air traffic controller. In 1978 he transferred to England AFB,
Louisiana, where he was assigned until he was discharged in June 1983.
Wright was hired by the FAA in June 1983 and, upon completion of FAA Academy training, was assigned to
Charlotte Tower as an air traffic controller. In 1987 he was transferred to Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport.
During the assignment to ATL, he served as an air traffic controller, a training specialist, and one year as a
supervisor. In 1993 he transferred to Charlotte, NC, as an air traffic controller and remained there until 2000.
In 2000 Wright became a liaison between the FAA and NATCA to the Requirements branch of the FAA in
Washington, DC, and four years later became a liaison between NATCA and the JPDO, working on the initial
development of NextGen. These two positions enabled him to represent the air traffic controllers by ensuring their
issues were addressed during the development of equipment and procedures.
In 1982 Wright received his private pilot’s license and has since added an instrument rating. He has been a member
of AOPA for over 25 years and active in the Charlotte flying community for over 15 years as an aircraft owner.
Captain Gregory Wright, ALA
Assistant Director of Operations–Law Enforcement Affairs, National Security Committee
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Captain Greg Wright has just been appointed as the assistant director of operations–Law Enforcement Affairs
for the NSC. In this capacity, he will assist the NSC director of operations as a liaison between ALPA and federal
law enforcement agencies. In addition to this national post, Captain Wright serves as the chairman of the Alaska
Airlines Security Committee. Newly appointed to this position as well, Captain Wright brings with him 10 years of
experience as the MEC vice chairman of Security.
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In 2005 Wright returned to Charlotte as an air traffic controller and retired on September 7, 2007. He has served as
the director of safety and technology for NATCA since then.
Upon graduation from CWU, Captain Wright served as a flight and ground instructor at Fort Lewis, Washington,
for several years before beginning his airline career at West Air Airlines. Captain Wright has been with Alaska
Airlines since 1996 and has flown over 14,000 hours. He flies the Boeing 737-400, 737-400 combi, 737-400
freighter, 737-700, 737-800, and 737-900.
Jerry Wright
Manager, Safety and Security, Air Line Pilots Association, International
Jerry Wright is the manager of the Air Line Pilots Association’s Safety and Security section of the Engineering and
Air Safety Department. He has been with ALPA more than 20 years and was initially employed as a staff engineer
assigned to support the Association’s airport standards and aviation security efforts.
Captain Wright began flying in 1980 and attended flight school at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake,
Washington, before transferring to Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington, where he obtained a
bachelor of science degree in aerospace science. During that time, he also worked as a firefighter, police officer,
and deputy sheriff. He was a member of the Washington State Marijuana Eradication Task Force.
He was subsequently promoted to the position of senior staff engineer, and promoted again in 1999 to his current
position, where he oversees and directs the staff support of the National Security, Pilot Assistance, Human
Factors and Training, Airport and Ground Environment, and Cargo committees. He has more than 23 years of
experience in the promotion of safety- and security-related policy in the national and international arenas.
Prior to being employed by ALPA, he served as the director of technical services for the Airport Operators Council
International (now Airports Council International–North America) in Washington, D.C. In that position, he was
responsible for supporting that organization’s security committee and airport technical group. Prior to joining AOCI,
he was employed as a management intern at the Birmingham International Airport, Alabama.
Mr. Wright is a graduate of Auburn University, a flight instructor, and holds the designation of Certified Protection
Professional by the American Society of Industrial Security.
Kevin Yorke
Lieutenant Detective Commander, Intelligence Division, New York City Police Department
Lieutenant Kevin Yorke is a senior supervisor and intelligence officer assigned to the NYPD’s Intelligence Division.
He currently serves as deputy director of the NYPD’s unique overseas liaison program, which has 11 NYPD
officers deployed in countries around the globe.
A 25-year NYPD veteran, with over 40 awards for bravery and exceptional police work, Kevin has previously
served on patrol in Manhattan South and Brooklyn and in investigative assignments in the Detective Bureau
and the Organized Crime Control Bureau. Immediately after the 9/11 attack, Kevin was assigned to the NY
Joint Terrorism Task Force and spent seven years working on some of the nation’s most serious and sensitive
international terrorism investigations and operations.
Kevin has a bachelor of science degree in transportation management from New York Maritime College and
a master’s degree in public administration from Marist College, and he has completed additional training in
terrorism and intelligence topics with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and
the Central Intelligence Agency.
Nancy N. Young
Vice President, Environmental Affairs, Air Transport Association of America
Nancy N. Young is the vice president of environmental affairs at the Air Transport Association of America Inc. (ATA).
In this capacity, Ms. Young directs ATA’s environmental programs, represents the ATA airlines in international
negotiations over new aircraft noise and emission standards, and provides counsel to ATA and its members
on other environmental issues of significance to the air transportation industry. Ms. Young also serves on the
Steering Group of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI), which is working to hasten the
development and deployment of commercially viable, environmentally friendly alternative jet fuels.
Ms. Young returned to ATA in 2007 from the law firm of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., where she was a principal/
partner. There, Ms. Young worked extensively in the aviation and transportation areas and with a variety of
other industries, providing comprehensive regulatory and litigation services with respect to a wide range of
environmental media, including climate change, hazardous and solid waste, fuel management, spill prevention,
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air quality, noise, and water quality. Ms. Young served as co-chair of the firm’s Climate Change and Waste
Management and Recycling practices.
Ms. Young is a graduate of The College of William and Mary in Virginia (B.A., 1986) and of Harvard Law School
(J.D., cum laude, 1990), where she served as editor-in-chief of the Harvard Journal on Legislation. She served as a
legislative assistant to Congressman E. Thomas Coleman (MO) from 1986 to 1987. Ms. Young is a member of the
bar in Virginia and the District of Columbia. She is a member of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Air and
Space Law and the International Aviation Women’s Association and participates in several of the working groups
under the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection.
Daniel W. Zenga
Licensed Psychologist
Dr. Daniel Zenga is a licensed psychologist in clinical practice in Mankato, Minnesota. He has provided training and
consultation to education, business, legal, medical, and religious organizations throughout the United States.
His professional areas of interest include stress management, conflict resolution, family relationships, psychology
of birth order, domestic violence, personality development, and veterans’ issues. In addition to human service
experiences, Dr. Zenga is an instructor at the Adler Graduate School, Richfield, Minnesota.
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He lives in Mankato, Minnesota, with his wife, Ruth. They have five grown children and eight grandchildren.