Arizona Airports Association

2021 Annual "walter burg" fall Conference

October 27 & 28, 2021

Conference Speakers

Steven Cole, MAI, SRA

Holly Dixon

Holly brings a wealth of experience in engineering, project development and working with multiple stakeholders to this role. Prior to joining the Phoenix ADO as a Civil Engineer, Holly served as the State Airport Engineer for the State of Arizona, where she worked with numerous airports on pavement maintenance, safety enhancements and overall airport development. Holly spent a significant part of her career working for the State of Maine as a Civil Rights Office Manager, Program Manager, Project Manager, and highway engineer as well as previous service with the FAA with Tech Ops.

Holly & her husband Michael have a large, extended family and enjoy spending quality time with them, as well as friends and pets.

Bob Flanagan

Bob Flanagan leads the global economic impact analysis practice at IHS Markit’s Economics Consulting team. Bringing over 30 years of consulting, product development, and manufacturing experience to this role, Bob has led economic impact projects for clients across a spectrum of industries in the United States including the energy, computing, mobile communications, and semiconductor sectors. In addition to the recently completed ADOT economic impact analysis study, Bob was a principal member of a team that conducted a 2019 study for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority which calculated the economic impacts of Reagan National and Dulles International airports, as well as two other key transportation assets managed by the authority.

Chad Makovsky, C.M.

Chad Makovsky was named City of Phoenix Director of Aviation Services in March 2021 where he will provide executive leadership and strategic direction for the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), Phoenix Deer Valley Airport (DVT), and Phoenix Goodyear Airport (GYR).

Mr. Makovsky returned to Phoenix after serving as the Executive Vice President of Operations at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport since March 2017. There he led the airport’s Department of Public Safety, Environmental Affairs, Sustainability, Airport Operations, and Integrated Operations functions.

Prior to DFW Airport, Mr. Makovsky worked as Assistant Aviation Director for the City of Phoenix system of airports, including Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Phoenix Deer Valley Airport, and Phoenix Goodyear Airport. He also held positions in operations at Burbank Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, and America West Airlines over his 30-year professional career.

Mr. Makovsky serves on the American Association of Airport Executive’s IAAE Board and national Policy Review Council. He is also actively engaged with Airports Council International, where he recently served on the distinguished ACI/AUVSI Blue Ribbon Task Force tasked with identifying UAS Mitigation Measures for Airports. He holds a Private Pilot’s License, a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Operations from St. Cloud State University, and a Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business

Melissa McCaffrey

Melissa McCaffrey is currently responsible for government affairs and state advocacy issues affecting general aviation for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), the world’s largest aviation membership association in AOPAs Western Pacific Region. AOPA represents 330,000 members nationwide, with over 50,000 members residing in the Western Pacific Region. She is responsible for general aviation state advocacy, legislative and regulatory issues affecting general aviation in Arizona, California, Guam, Hawai’i, the Mariana Islands and Nevada. Melissa leads AOPAs initiatives in the region, including advocating for the general aviation position on legislation at the state level and representing AOPA as a subject matter expert in the areas of government and airport policy. She also manages AOPAs Airport Support Network in the Western Pacific Region, which includes over 250 volunteers.

Melissa has been with AOPA since 2012, initially serving as a Senior Government Analyst responsible for managing issues in the technical fields of airspace, air traffic services, instrument flight procedures, charting, weather, and other related policies within AOPA’s Government Affairs Division. During that time, she served as a subject matter expert and AOPA representative on several regional and national committees, notably as the co-chair of the RTCA Tactical Operations Committee, Class B Airspace Designation Design and Evaluation Task force in 2015 and was awarded an achievement of excellence for her leadership on the committee.

Melissa became involved in aviation at a young age and attended her high school aviation program in New York. She than attended Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Air Traffic Management. Melissa has been a licensed pilot since 2002, she resides in Southern California.

Matthew Munden

Matthew Munden is the State Airport Engineer at ADOT-Aeronautics. He joined ADOT in June 2018 and the Aeronautics Group within ADOT in October 2019. He serves as the state technical and administrative authority for airport design and construction grants. He provides engineering and administrative inspection, audit, and review and oversight of both ADOT airport development grant project, and for the Airport Pavement Management System (APMS). Prior to employment with ADOT, he earned his Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona where he also worked as an intern for Dr. Wu at the Smart Transportation Lab, located in the U of A’s Civil Engineering Department.

Corrine Nystrom, A.A.E.

Corinne has been employed in the airport management profession for over 35 years.  She is the Airport Director at Falcon Field Airport in Mesa, Arizona and is currently serving as the 1st Vice President of SWAAAE.  Corinne previously served as the Airport Manager in Grand Junction, Colorado and as the President of both the Arizona Airports Association and the Colorado Airport Operators Association.  She also served on the Colorado Aeronautical Board following her appointment by the Governor of Colorado.  Corinne graduated from the University of Colorado with a bachelor’s degree in business management which focused on human resources and transportation management.  She is an Accredited Airport Executive through the American Association of Airport Executives.  She loves animals and enjoys hiking and snow skiing.

Scott Van Gompel

Scott Van Gompel has more than 21 years of experience providing engineering and project management services at commercial and general aviation airports in Arizona and California. He has been the Arizona Aviation Market Lead for Mead & Hunt, ever since opening the office in 2014. He manages and is responsible for a team of 18 aviation professionals, 8 located in Scottsdale, Arizona and 10 located in Ontario, California.

Scott has extensive experience in developing and managing large, complex, multi-year airport capital improvement programs for both air carrier and general aviation airports. Scott has completed more than 200 engineering and planning projects at Commercial Service and General Aviation Airports throughout the Western-Pacific Region. Over the last 10 years, Scott has managed the design and construction of more than $175 Million in airport improvement projects in the Western-Pacific Region.

Scott is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. He began his career as an intern for Mead & Hunt in Madison, Wisconsin before moving to California in 2006. He holds both Arizona and California professional engineering licenses. Scott is an avid golfer, who also enjoys hiking and traveling. He is also actively involved in both the Arizona Airports Association (AzAA) and Southwest Chapter of American Association of Airport Executives (SWAAAE).

Phil Derner, C.M.

Phil Derner joined NBAA in 2018 after 13 years working as a Loadmaster, Dispatcher, and in management of Part 121, Part 121 Supplemental, Part 135, and Part 91 operations. He also owned and operated a New York City-based aviation news and consulting company for 14 years before moving to Southern California. He now serves as NBAA's Western Regional Representative, working hands-on with legislative efforts, industry advocacy, and workforce development efforts in Nevada, Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii. He earned his Certified Member accreditation from the Association of American Airport Executives in 2020.

Todd Johnson

Todd Johnson is currently working as a Senior Systems Engineer and Subject Matter Expert (SME) for CGH Technologies, Inc (CGH). CGH provides contract support to the FAA, and is responsible for the management and development of the Airport Data and Information Portal (ADIP) website hosted by the FAA Office of Airports (AAS-120). His background includes over 35+ years of airport-related work experience, including 5+ years of contract support for AAS-120. He is a retired Air Traffic Controller (22-years), and has been performing Instrument Flight Procedure Design (TERPS and ICAO Pans-Ops) and Airport/Airspace analysis for over 22-years. He is very proficient in the use of CADD/GIS software, and geo-database development. Todd is also the contract technical advisor for changes/updates to AAS-120 managed Advisory Circulars and Engineering Briefs. He is currently developing the draft update to AC 150/5300-18D – Aeronautical Survey and Data Standards for Submission into Airports GIS that will be delivered to the FAA by the end of 2021.

Gary Mascaro, C.M., C.A.E.

Gary has over 24 years in the aviation industry.  He currently serves as the Aviation Director for Scottsdale Airport, which he has held since February 2010.  His responsibilities include the overall operation and development of the airport and the surrounding aviation community in Scottsdale. Prior to his current position, Gary served as the Airport Manager at Phoenix Deer Valley Airport for five (5) years and his first stint with the City of Scottsdale was as the Assistant Aviation Director for Scottsdale Airport for eight (8) years.

Gary received his Bachelor of Science degree in Airway Science Management from Arizona State University.  He is also a Certified Member of the American Association of Airport Executives and a Certificated Airport Executive of the Southwest Chapter of AAAE (SWAAAE). Gary is a past president of the Arizona Airports Association and past president of SWAAAE.

He was the recipient of the 2003 and 2007 Presidents Award and in 2012 the Airport Executive of the Year for his service and dedication to the Arizona Airports Association.  In 2008, Gary was one of the participants that received the 2008 FAA Herman C. Bliss award for his leadership and contribution to development of the Best Practices Guide. Gary is very active in the aviation industry and serves on several local, regional, and national boards and committees.

Mike Williams, A.A.E., C.A.E.

Mike Williams represents the Federal Aviation Administration as the Manager of the Phoenix Airports District Office. The ADO serves airports in the States of Arizona and Nevada.

Prior to joining the FAA, Mr Williams served as the Director of Airports for the County of San Bernardino, (CA), where he oversaw a system of six (6) general aviation airports. Prior to that, Mr Williams was employed as the Development Manager for the Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport Authority. Mr Williams began his airport management career in 1992 with the City of Palm Springs, California, serving in various capacities with the Palm Springs International Airport. Ultimately, Mr Williams served as the Deputy Director of Aviation – Operations where he had oversight for operations, maintenance, security and capital development for the Airport.

  • Mr. Williams is a 1990 graduate of Arizona State University, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Management Technology: Airway Science Management.
  • Mike is an Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.), having received this distinction in 1998 from the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE).
  • Mike is a Certified Airport Executive (C.A.E.) from the Southwest Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives (SWAAAE).
  • Mike is a past member of the Arizona Airports Association and SWAAAE. Mike is a past Board Member of SWAAAE and the AAAE Board of Examiners.

Catherine Woodwell

Catherine Woodwell is an aviation planner specializing in aviation system plans and economic impact studies. She offers more than 12 years of experience in the planning and design engineering industry. In addition to her work for ADOT on the 2021 Arizona Aviation Economic Impact Study and 2018 State Aviation System Plan, Catherine has served as the deputy project or task manager on large-scale, statewide studies in Washington, Idaho, Minnesota, Tennessee, and others. To remain on the cutting-edge of the aviation industry, she is also an active participant in several state and federal initiatives focusing on emerging aviation technologies including electric aircraft and Advanced Air Mobility.  

Captain Jeffrey Sedin

Captain Jeff Sedin is currently the Airport Ground and Environment (AGE) Chairman for the Air Line Pilots Association. The AGE committee has hundreds of pilots that volunteer to be Airport Safety Liaisons at commercial airports that are served by airlines.  Their mission is to give the airline pilots view on airport issues. He is also the Chairman Position for Airports with the International Air Line Pilots Association which works on airport safety throughout the world.

Captain Sedin currently flies the B-737 out of Chicago O’Hare, ORD.  He is currently type rated on many commercial aircrafts and is currently a B-737 Line Check Airmen.

Captain Sedin currently sits on the FAA Airport Research and Development Advisory Committee and Surface Safety Group. He has also been the ORD ASL since 1989 and has helped the airport safely implement a major expansion.

Conference Moderators

Scott Brownlee

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.

Michael Hunter

Kenneth Moen, A.A.E., C.A.E, ACE

Ken began his aviation journey as an Army air traffic controller serving in Kentucky, South Korea, and Alabama from 1977-1981. In 1982, Ken was hired as an air traffic controller with the Federal Aviation Administration while earning BS Professional Aeronautics and Aviation Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Following retirement from the FAA in 2009, Ken spent a year at Baghdad International Airport training Iraqi controllers and supporting US Military operations with Washington Consulting Group. Ken began his civilian airport career in 2011 at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport advancing through airport operations and administration. Ken completed his AAE airport management accreditation in July 2016. In 2018, Ken assumed the airport manager position at the Carson City Airport (CXP) until retiring in March 2021. In April 2021, Ken was hired by Armstrong Consultants as a Special Projects Manager and Airport Planner. Ken has been married to Denise for 38 years…in a row! Ken is a father of two and grandpa of one.

Carmen Rose, P.E.

Carmen Rose, PE, is a Senior Project Engineer with Dibble Engineering. She has more than 10 years of experience in design and construction management of airport projects. Carmen serves as both a Project Manager and a design engineer and oversees the development of construction documents including regular coordination with the FAA and ADOT on behalf of her clients. Her career in the airport industry began in 2006 with a three-year internship at Z&H Engineering while she was still in college. Since then, Carmen’s focus has been partnering with airport sponsors to successfully complete airport planning, design, and construction projects across the state of Arizona.

Carmen was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan and has lived in Arizona for 14 years. She lives with her husband Wade and their dog Boo near the foothills of the superstition mountains and enjoys running, hiking, snowboarding, mountain biking, boating and traveling with friends and family. Carmen teaches Airport Design once a year at Arizona State University and wrote a book “How to Believe In Yourself: A 7-Step Guide for Overcoming Fear and Self-Doubt.”

Carmen is a graduate from Arizona State University and holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering/Minor in Psychology and a master’s degree in Transportation Engineering. She has her P.E. with both the state of Arizona and Nevada.

Pam Keidel-Adams

After starting her career as an intern with Landrum & Brown, Pam has been an aviation planner for over 32 years. A firmwide Aviation Practice Leader at Kimley-Horn, Pam serves the firm and the aviation industry in technical and support roles. She has completed assignments in over 35 states and worked in all FAA regions. She has played key roles in numerous large-scale and smaller airport projects with a focus on policy, project management, and the technical elements of airport planning, including developing innovative techniques and preparing client-driven high-quality deliverables. Pam serves the aviation industry through her participation and contributions as a chair, panelist, and member for ACC, AAAE, ACI, TRB, NASAO, and ACRP. She serves as the Aviation Group Chair for TRB. Pam graduated from the University of Cincinnati (go Bearcats!) with a Bachelor of Urban Administration degree and has enjoyed sunny Phoenix for 18 years.

Matt Smith, C.M.

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. 

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