Arizona Airports Association
The Board of Directors consists of the President, 1st Vice-President, 2nd Vice President, Administrative Director, Immediate Past-President, four (4) Executive Directors, two (2) Associate Directors, 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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Scott is currently the Deputy Director of the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of North Dakota with a double major in Airport Administration and Business Management along with 30 plus years of aviation experience. His experience includes general aviation, commercial service, state aeronautics as well as FAA.
Prior to his current position with Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, Scott spent more than four years with the FAA in North Dakota as a program manager/community planner. Scott received his pilot’s license over 25 years ago and is a certified member of the American Association of Airport Executives. Scott was also previously certified as an Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighter with first responder training.
Brad Falcetti became interested in aviation at a young age, when his father would take him to Bellingham International Airport during his Air Force National Guard weekends at 262d Combat Comm. Squadron. That nascent love of aviation became the drive to earn a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics and Master of Science in Safety Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ. During this time he was introduced to AAAE and ACI-NA, which he has begun the process to reach their highest certifications, AAE and IAP.
Mr. Falcetti has been Airport Manager at Grand Canyon West Airport (K1G4) since August 2016; in his time he has utilized FAA entitlement funds to prepare or execute ACIP’s ranging from an ARFF Building, to Airport Drainage, an embedded fencing, and the airport’s first Fuel Farm. He currently manages a diverse staff of 35 which are tasked with all aspects of airport management. Many of his staff are EMS/Firefighter’s which has prompted him to begin training as an EMT himself. K1G4 is the 5th busiest airport by enplanement in Arizona and one of the busiest non towered commercial airports in the country. Brad has initiated work on strengthening ties between Grand Canyon West Airport’s sponsor, The Haulapai Tribe, and industry groups such as AAAE, ADOT, AzAA and other Native American Tribes in the Southwest Region. Brad also gives back to the industry and others when he can. Currently he is Chair of AAAE’s Young Professional (YoPro) Group Inaugural Steering Committee and Training Subcommittee Chair. Once becoming an EMT he will volunteer in his local community fire departments.
Matt began his aviation career as a line service specialist at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway airport in 2001. He then worked as the airport drafting technician before moving to America West Airlines as a Price Analyst. Matt also worked for the TSA, Yuma International Airport, and ADOT Aeronautics. Matt became the manager of the Grand Canyon National Park Airport in January 2018. His professional interests are airport planning and economic development.
Ryan is currently the Airport Business Coordinator at Chandler Municipal Airport. His posting at Chandler comes after two-years as the Airport Coordinator of Buckeye Municipal Airport, which followed a 10-year tenure as General Manager of the Lux Air Jet Centers FBO at the Phoenix-Goodyear Airport.
Born into a General Aviation family, he took his first ride at three and is an aircraft owner. He began managing aircraft line service at FBO's and aerial application operations in 1995. Outside of aviation, Mr. Reeves has instructed at both the high school and university levels and served as an administrator for program and course development. Mr. Reeves is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University and holds a Masters Degree from the University of Illinois. He is in the process of completing his private pilot’s license, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. Mr. Reeves is also the President of the Phoenix Wing of the American Aviation History Association, as well as an advisor to AAHS - National Headquarters, fostering a dedication to research and preservation of aviation’s heritage. He is a member of the Eighth Air Force Next Generation Association, the Foundation of the U.S. Air Force Museum, the Foundation of the National Naval Aviation Museum, the Arizona Aerospace Foundation, the Experimental Aircraft Association, and a former docent at the Pima Air & Space Museum, as well as a public lecturer on a variety of aviation historical subjects. He is currently conducting research for a text on the history of Naval Air Facility Litchfield Park and a book on the heritage of U.S. flight crews in WWII.
Alice is a Special Projects Administrator in the Facilities and Services Division for the City of Phoenix Aviation Department at Sky Harbor International Airport. She has been with the Aviation Department for more than 20 years, working in several different areas including Public Relations, Capital Management, Design and Construction, the Business Office, the Director’s Office and Human Resources. Before joining the city, Alice worked for 13 years in private and non-profit organizations.
Alice has a Master of Arts degree from Ottawa University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marquette University. She has completed the Certificate of Airport Management from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. She is an Airport Certified Employee in Airfield Operations and an Accredited Airport Executive through the American Association of Airport Executives.
Alice is originally from Michigan. She has lived in the Valley of the Sun (Phoenix) for more than 30 years. She is the mother of two sons.
David Reffner has been the Airport Manager at the KCGZ – Casa Grande Municipal since June 2018. His primary duties include planning and directing the daily operations of a busy general aviation airport; developing short and long term planning and goals for the Airport; promoting airport development through marketing and development of airport policies and procedures. He also works on ACIP preparation and presentation and grant/project management. He coordinates with FAA, ADOT and other agencies on Airport and Air Transportation matters and has been affiliated with AzAA since 2015.
Prior to working as an Airport Manager, David was the Airport Operations Technician for the KCGZ – Casa Grande Municipal from August 2012 to June 2018. He worked on the management of airport lease agreements and was the acting FBO operations. David is ACE Fuel Safety Supervisor Certified and NATA Safety 1st Professional Line Service Technician.
David is also a Reserve Firefighter II/EMT/SRT and has been since September 2013. He provides fire protection and emergency medical services to the citizens of Rural Pinal County. He is Firefighter 1 & 2 certified and is a certified Arizona DHS Emergency Medical Technician.
David currently attends Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and is in the Aviation Business Administration Program. He previously attended the Central Arizona College from 2013 to 2014 in the Emergency Medical Services Program. He also holds a Business major and Fire Science minor from Northland Pioneer College.
Executive DirectorVeronica Ruiz-Ronquillo
Compliance Administrator/Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Liaison Officer
Tucson Airport Authority
7250 S. Tucson Blvd., Suite 300
Tucson, AZ 85756
Veronica Ruiz-Ronquillo is the Compliance Administrator and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Liaison Officer (DBELO) for the Tucson Airport Authority (TAA). As the Compliance Administrator, Veronica is responsible for ensuring compliance with all federally mandated program rules, regulations, audit, and reporting requirements. Veronica oversees the Civil Rights programs – Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), American Disability Act (ADA), and Title VI (Non-discrimination) – for TAA. Veronica is also a member of the Minority and Small Business Alliance, a group who recognizes excellence in minority and small businesses throughout Southern Arizona.
Veronica entered the workforce directly out of high school and had only recently returned to college to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree. In December 2019, Veronica graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s of General Studies with an emphasis on Economy and Industry. She hopes to continue with her education and grow her knowledge of the field of aviation. Veronica began her career with Pima County Government in Tucson. In her 16 years with Pima County, she worked with departments such as Finance, Wastewater, Community Services, and Procurement. Currently, as the DBELO for TAA, this is Veronica’s first introduction in the field of aviation.
Veronica was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. She lives with her husband, Mark, and two sons, Caden and Caleb. When she is not working, you can find Veronica mentoring young mariachi musicians, such as her son Caden, or riding her horses.
After serving 20 years on the Phoenix Police Department, Jeff launched a second career in Aviation Management. His experience includes 10 years as a supervisor, 2 years overseeing operations of the Phoenix Police Department’s Air Unit, 2 years as an entrepreneur, and most recently, he has spent the last 18 months managing in the Buckeye Airport.
Some of Jeff’s highlighted achievements are being on the PR Committee for AzAA, being an AAAE Accredited Airport Executive Program Participant, AAAE Certified Member (CM), Commercial Pilot, ASEL, CFII and his City of Phoenix LifeSaving Commendation.
Jeff holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocational Education and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership.
Joel is a Project Manager for Mead & Hunt. He has over 15 years’ experience in design, construction, and program management of airfield projects, ranging from small utility projects to Large Hub runway reconstruction. His work is now focused on airfield design and construction in Arizona and the southwest. Prior to joining Mead & Hunt he spent 10 years working overseas on various airfield projects across the Middle East and North Africa. He got started in aviation when he joined the team building the New Indianapolis International Airport and has never looked back.
Joel is a graduate of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering and a minor in Political Science. He is a registered professional engineer in Arizona.
Joel grew up in Kansas, met his wife in Indiana, and all three of his children were born in the Middle East. He and his family are thrilled to now call Arizona home.
Located in Kimley-Horn’s Phoenix office, Brandon has 7 years of aviation design and construction administration experience. He has worked on airside and landside improvement projects across Arizona, including runway/taxiway geometric and drainage design, asphalt and PCCP visual pavement distress inspection, pavement section design, utility coordination, pavement markings design and inspection, pavement rehabilitation recommendations, security fencing and project phasing.
Brandon is originally from Las Vegas and has lived in Arizona since he began pursuing his undergraduate degree. Brandon obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering and is a registered professional engineer in Arizona.
Jeffrey E. Flemming, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, has over 33 years of experience. He has been with ADM Group, Inc. for 2 years and counting. Mr. Flemming is well rounded in all aspects of project design, construction, project manage¬ment, and customer service. He possesses ex-emplary listening skills and is able to interpret the clients’ needs into project requirements.
Some notable work experience for Jeffrey is working for SkyBridge Arizona; Mesa Hangars; Chicago Rockford International Airport; AAR Corp; Rock Valley Community College; City of Rockford and The Village of Rockton.
American Institute of Architects
LEED Accredited Professional
NCARB Certification No. 66675
Arizona License No. 66788
Illinois License No. 001-013482
Michigan License No. 039868
Wyoming License No. C-1903
Texas License No. 28973
Jeffrey also holds a Bachelor of Architecture and Distinction in Design from University of Illinois.
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!