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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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2018 - 2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President
R. Steven Johnston, C.M., C.A.E.

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.

 





1st Vice-President
Mike Smejkal, A.A.E., P.E.

Vice President of Planning & Engineering
Tucson Airport Authority
7250 S. Tucson Blvd., Suite 300
Tucson, AZ 85756
(520) 573-4856

Mike Smejkal currently serves as the Vice President of Planning and Engineering for the Tucson Airport Authority and leads a team that complete TAA’s planning, environmental, design and construction projects for Tucson International Airport and Ryan Field. Mike previously served as the Sr. Director of Development Services and 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 an Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.) 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.


              

2nd Vice President
Jessie Baker


Assistant Airport Director

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.




Past 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.

 



Executive Director
Scott Brownlee


Deputy Director/COO
Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority
5835 S. Sossaman Road
Mesa, AZ 85212
(480) 988-7604





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 Falcon Filed Airport in Mesa, Arizona.  Ms. Cornejo is responsible for the negotiation of lease agreements, ensuring that leases are properly executed, monitoring leases for compliance, and following up with tenants who are non-compliant.  In addition, she assists tenants with the City planning and building permit process by reviewing and commenting on plans from the Airport’s perspective and ensuring that plans meet the Airport Planned Area Development Design Standards.  Ms. Cornejo is also responsible for ensuring tenant compliance with storage agreements and following-up with tenants who are non-compliant.  Ms. Cornejo coordinates and manages various facets of special events and functions.  She is also responsible for the supervision of administrative staff and for the smooth management of the Airport administration workflow.  Ms. Cornejo also assists the Airport Director with special projects as assigned.

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 managed all airport grants & contracts including tenant leases.  During her time at the Eloy Municipal Airport, Ms. Cornejo 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 and fuel flowage fees

Overall, Ms. Cornejo has 18 years of municipal government experience, previously serving the City of Scottsdale in the Planning and Development Department and the 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
Brad Falcetti


Airport Manager
Grand Canyon West Airport
P.O. Box 359
Peach Springs, AZ 86434
(928) 769-2627




Executive Director 
Ryan Reeves

Airport Coordinator
Buckeye Municipal Airport
3000 S. Palo Verde Road
Buckeye, AZ 85326
(623) 349-6880

Mr. Reeves comes to Buckeye from a 10-year tenure as General Manager of the Lux Air Jet Centers FBO at the Phoenix-Goodyear Airport. He oversaw the FBO’s daily world-class aircraft and crew support services, as well as the design and construction of the new 66,000-sq-ft facility. He was the Jet Center’s Customer Service and Airline Liaison for both the domestic and international markets. 


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.


 





Associate Director
Judi Krauss

Associate
Coffman Associates
4835 E. Cactus Road, Ste. 235
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
(602) 993-6999

 


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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