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The Board of Directors consists of the President, 1st Vice-President, 2nd Vice President, Administrative Director, Immediate Past-President, four (4) Executive Directors, an Associate Director, and a Corporate Director. The Board of Directors shall establish policy for the Association. The Board shall monitor the activities of the President and advise him/her in the performance of his/her duties. The Board of Directors is empowered to make any decision and to take any action on behalf of AzAA, which appears too urgent to await a meeting of the general membership. The Board shall act as the contracting authority for those matters concerning the operation, development and growth of the Association and the well being of the membership.

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2017 - 2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President

Ed Faron, A.A.E.

Deer Valley Airport Manager
City of Phoenix Aviation Department
702 W. Deer Valley Road
Phoenix, AZ 85027
(602) 273-2122

Ed began his career in the aviation industry at a general aviation airport in San Jose, CA where he served as the fuel manager at an FBO during his college years. He then decided to make the transition from general aviation to commercial aviation when he accepted a position at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. At Sky Harbor, he served in increasingly responsible positions in various divisions within the department, including Airport Operations, Business & Properties, Administration, and Facilities & Services. In October 2013 he accepted the position of Airport Manager at Phoenix Deer Valley Airport in Phoenix, Arizona; the busiest General Aviation airport in the United States. He is an instrument-rated private pilot, and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation from San Jose State University. He is an Accredited Airport Executive through the American Association of Airport Executives.







1st Vice President
R. Steven Johnston, C.M., C.A.E., ACE

Airport Manager
Lake Havasu City Municipal Airport
5600 N. Hwy 95 #1
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86404
(928) 764-3330


Steve grew up in a family of pilots with ties back to aviation in the 1930s. In the middle 1960s a family aircraft (Mooney Mk 21) was purchased and used to explore the Western U.S.A., Canada and Mexico. Steve continues this family tradition by flying his 1965 Cessna 172 whenever the opportunity arises.

He had the opportunity to invest six years working for large federal bureaucracies in taxing and economic development missions. Thanks to this experience Steve has broadened his airport impact to include community economic development to diversify, increase and broaden the impact of airports to the communities they serve.

Steve’s 29-year career in airport management began at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in the Noise Abatement and Remedy Offices where he designed and implemented noise attenuating modifications to buildings and educated the public regarding aircraft overflights. His next position was at the third largest diversified general aviation airport in Washington State, Arlington Municipal with over 500 based aircraft and two industrial parks. There he handled project-grants management, leasing and operations. In 1997 he moved on to Airport Director at the Marina Municipal Airport, an Army base conversion facility and start up general aviation airport, (formerly Fritschi Army Airfield on Fort Ord) near Monterey California, focusing on leasing, infrastructure replacement/development and effective navigation of improvement projects through complex environmental and base reuse processes. Since 2007 he has been the Airport Manager at Lake Havasu Municipal Airport, a busy growing general aviation facility in the Northwestern portion of Arizona. He is responsible for all aspects of the airport operation and has leveraged many improvements via granting agencies, FBO investments and other agencies for the benefit of the community.

Steve is a public servant, Certified Airport Manager and California Certified Airport Executive with a 27-year membership with the American Association of Airport Executives. In addition, he has held memberships in the Southwest Chapter of American Association of Airport Executives, Association of California Airports and Washington Airport Managers Association where he served as Environmental and General Aviation Chairs and Secretary/Treasurer. He has been a FAA Safety Team Representative for Lake Havasu for seven years and served as a Monterey County Airport Land Use Commissioner and Vice Chair for seven years as well. In 2014 he was elected to the Arizona Airports Association Board of Directors as an Executive Director and has been involved in the Scholarship, Conference and Legislative Committees. He was elected to Second Vice President in May 2016. He holds a degree in Air Transportation Management from Green River College in Auburn, Washington and is in the process of completing studies for an A.A.E. Accreditation.


          

2nd Vice-President
Amanda Shankland

CEO, Airport General Manager
Sedona-Oak Creek Airport Authority
235 Air Terminal Drive
Sedona, AZ 86336
(928) 282-4487

A lifelong resident-native of northern Arizona, Amanda Shankland is the chief executive for Sedona’s airport and its airport authority. She is responsible for general management of the airport, its aviation users, numerous tenants, including Sky Ranch Lodge, Mesa Grill, and several tour operators and general aviation pilots, and directs its fuels fixed base operation, terminal, ramp and runway operations, and oversees the airport’s Class E airspace over Sedona. With 21 prior years’ experience in management, including the aviation industry, Amanda grew up in a northern Arizona flying family. After attending Life Pacific College, she returned to the region and was the principal coordinator for a non-profit. After being a CEO for a 21-person LLC and serving as a small business owner, Shankland became an airport executive and administrator, as the administrative assistant of the Flagstaff-Grand Canyon (Pulliam) airport. Her principle responsibilities included business and statistical management, economic development, airline operations oversight. Amanda served as liaison between TSA, DHS, FBI, DPS, sheriff and police security, Crash and Rescue (the fire department), and FAA aviation operations. She also facilitated code and safety compliance, facility, and hangar management. Shankland further oversaw tenant facilities, airline facilities, TSA operations and inspections, FBI, ADOT, FAA Support, contract FAA Tower, maintenance-station FBO operations, general aviation, corporate, transport, helicopter entities, SIDA-security, badging, airport access and security operations and inspection compliance. She fostered several aviation/educational interests such as EAA, “Wings over Flagstaff”, Armed Forces Day Open Houses, Young Eagles, Civil Air Patrol and 99’s aviation improvement projects). In 2016 Amanda Shankland became Sedona Airport’s chief executive.

An all-embracing aviator and enthusiast, Shankland is the second of three pilots in her parents’ family, and second of three in her current family. She and her husband (a retired Naval Aviator, CFII/MEII and area observatory director and astronomer) both own, maintain and restore two aircraft: a classic Bonanza, and an antique cabin Waco biplane. Shankland remains a member of the American Association of Airport Executives, and is in the AAAE accreditation program. She is also a member of its Southwest Chapter (SWAEE), and is an executive member of the Arizona Airports Association (AzAA). She is also a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), the National Waco Club (NWC), the 99’s (National Women Pilots Association), the Vintage Aircraft Association (VAA), and the International Aerobatics Club (IAC).





Past President

Bradley Hagen, A.A.E.

Phoenix Goodyear Airport Manager
City of Phoenix Aviation Department
1658 S. Litchfield Rd.
Goodyear, AZ 85338
(602) 683-3630

 

Bradley Hagen has been the Airport Operations Supervisor at Falcon Field Airport since May 2013.  He was previously the Airport Director at Waterloo Regional Airport in Waterloo, Iowa, for 5 years and has served as Airport Director at Rapid City Regional Airport in Rapid City, South Dakota for 5 years, and also as Airport Director at Fort Dodge Regional Airport in Fort Dodge, Iowa for 5 years.

He is a graduate of the University of Iowa with a Master in Business Administration degree, a Master in Aeronautical Science degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Bradley is an accredited member of the American Association of Airport Executives.  He has also served as a member of the Iowa Airports Association, Chamber of Commerce – Transportation subcommittee, and Great Lakes Chapter AAAE.  He is also a member of the Arizona Airports Association. 

 

Bradley has two children.  Both of his sons live in Chandler. Bradley has been very active in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. He is an active pilot and enjoys flying in Arizona.

 



Executive Director
Jessie Baker

Assistant Airport Manager
City of Prescott - Prescott Municipal Airport
6546 Crystal Lane
Prescott, AZ 86301
(928) 777-1152

 

Jessie Baker has been the Assistant Airport Manager at the Prescott Municipal Airport (KPRC) since September 2015, her primary roles are managing all tenant leases and negotiations, monitoring and creating the annual airport department budget, including the Capital program in coordination with the FAA & ADOT.  She manages a staff of 10 in both airfield operations and maintenance, and serves as the airport department representative for all development throughout the City of Prescott.  She also currently serves on the FlyPrescott Advisory Board, assisting in the development and promotion of aviation in the Prescott region. 

 

Relocating from mid-west, Jessie lived in the “Air-Capital of the World” of Wichita, KS, in which she was employed at both Hawker Beechcraft and Spirit Aerosystems in the Industrial Engineering and Capacity Planning fields.  She continued her career on the 787 Dreamliner Program that eventually led her to be a Composite Fabrication Manager, responsible for the composite build of the fuselage 41 section of the Dreamliner. She also has experience in managing key account managers for a manufacturing and distribution company that served aerospace, machine shops, catalog houses, etc. that provided Jessie with knowledge regarding marketing, outreach, development, sales, contracts, and customer service. 

 





Executive Director
Tim Bannon, A.A.E.

Assistant Airport Director
Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport
2550 Laughlin View Dr., Suite 117
Bullhead City, AZ 86429
(928) 754-2134

Tim Bannon currently serves as the Assistant Airport Director at Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport in Bullhead City, Arizona. Previously, Tim served as an Operations Officer at Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and an Operations specialist at Columbia Metropolitan Airport in Columbia, South Carolina.

He graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Master of Public Administration degree, a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Management, and an Associate in Applied Science degree in Aviation Flight. While in college, he was involved in officiating intramural sports and part-time apartment complex management. Tim is commercial pilot with instrument and multi-engine ratings.

Tim’s passion for aviation started early life, dreaming of one day becoming a professional airline pilot. This early interest began a path focused on achieving his goal, and learning about aviation throughout his childhood. At the age of 10, Tim took his first flight in an ultralight aircraft. After earning his bachelor’s degree in 2009, his focus changed from being a commercial pilot to becoming a professional airport executive. His long-term goal is to be an Airport Director at a medium to large hub airport. In March of 2017, Tim earned his Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.) designation through the American Association of Airport Executives.





Executive Director 
Zenia Cornejo

Airport Administration Supervisor
City of Mesa - Falcon Field Airport
4800 E. Falcon Dr.
Mesa, AZ 85215
(480) 644-4386

Zenia M. Cornejo is the Airport Administration Supervisor at Flacon Filed Airport in Mesa, Arizona.  Ms. Cornejo previously supervised the operations and maintenance of the Eloy Municipal Airport during her five (5) year tenure with the City of Eloy, Arizona as a Management Assistant.  She also managed all airport grants & contracts including the tenant leases for the airport hangars.  During her time at the Eloy Municipal Airport, Zenia accomplished the following milestones:

  • Initiated Airport Partnership Meetings
  • Activated an Airport Advisory Board
  • Established Airport Rules and Regulations
  • Developed Airport Minimum Operating Standards
  • Implemented an Airport Rate and Fee Schedule
  • Established a long overdue Commercial Operations Agreement in lieu of a Through-the-Fence Agreement  

Overall, Ms. Cornejo has 17 years of municipal government experience previously serving the City of Scottsdale in the Planning and Development Department and the Scottsdale Police Department.

 

Ms. Cornejo received both her Bachelor’s degree in Communication and her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Arizona State University.

Ms. Cornejo currently resides in Chandler, Arizona.  She is excited about the new chapter in her professional career among a team of professionals at the City of Mesa.  





Executive Director 
Mike Smejkal, P.E.

Director of Engineering

Tucson Airport Authority
7005 S. Plumer
Tucson, AZ 85756
(520) 573-4856

Mike Smejkal currently serves as the Senior Director of Development Services for the Tucson Airport Authority Planning and Development Group and leads a team that complete TAA’s planning, environmental, design and construction projects.   Mike previously served as the Director of Engineering for the TAA.

Prior to joining TAA, Mike was a Project Manager and Engineer for a Midwest based consulting engineering firm.  He completed design and construction projects at airports ranging in size from Large Hubs to small General Aviation facilities. 

Mike is a Certified Member (C.M) of the American Association of Airport Executives and a licensed Professional Engineer.  Mike has a Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois.





Associate Director
Ryan Toner, P.E.

Airport Development Practice Leader
Dibble Engineering
7878 North 16th Street, Suite 300
Phoenix, AZ 85020
(602) 957-1155

Ryan Toner, P.E., is an engineering consultant with a comprehensive focus on airport development including expertise in capital improvement programming/planning, engineering and construction management.  Since beginning his professional career in 2004, he has worked on and successfully completed a wide variety of projects across the nation, including projects in AZ, CA, NV, CO, TN, and MI.  His practice focuses on humility, passion, honesty, and integrity in order to position his clients to be as successful as possible with their respective airports.

Ryan is tremendously excited to be serving as Associate Director for AZAA, and is looking forward to helping increase awareness of hurdles facing aviation in Arizona and promoting this wonderful organization to each corner of our state. 

Ryan is happily married to Stephanie, and they share the love (and unending labor) of raising 3-year old twins, Amelia and Colton.  There is never a dull moment in the Toner household, but when he does get a break, Ryan loves a good, competitive game of paintball, seeing the sights in Arizona and throughout the Southwest, and catching up on the latest movies.


 


Corporate Director
Charlie McDermott, LEED AP

Aviation Planning Manager

Dibble Engineering
7878 North 16th Street, Suite 300
Phoenix, AZ 85020
(602) 957-1155

Charlie McDermott has worked in the aviation industry for over 30 years focusing on planning, sustainability, and environmental assignments at medium hub, small hub, non-hub, and general aviation airports. With experience at more than 95 airports across the country, Charlie believes it is paramount to work together with airport sponsors, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and state aviation staff to achieve a successful project.

With inspiration and encouragement from a creative airport manager, Charlie created the vision of a sustainable airport master plan and was instrumental in securing FAA funding to allow the vision to become a reality. Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport made a name for itself by becoming the first airport in the country to develop a master plan that fully incorporates sustainability into the planning process. Located in a community known for its support of environmentalism, this innovative project was a natural fit. An overall project goal is for this master plan to serve as a learning tool and template for the FAA and other airports to learn best practices and develop guidelines to apply sustainability principles to other projects. This groundbreaking project was recognized by multiple national, regional, state, and local organizations.

 



Administrative Director
Desirae Barquin

KCA Association Management
107 S. Southgate Dr.
Chandler, AZ 85226
(480) 403-4618

Desirae is the Administrative Director for the Arizona Airports Association through the association management firm of KCA. Desirae is an Arizona native and a graduate of Arizona State University with degrees in Supply Chain Management and Business - Tourism as well as certificates in Special Event Management and Meeting Planning. Her background in logistics and events helps to ensure every detail is covered and meetings run smoothly!



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