2022 Annual Conference
SPEAKER BIOS & HEADSHOTS

  


 

Monday, August 8, 2022

 

Registration - Grand Ballroom Foyer
7:00am - 5:00pm

 

Time Session 

Speaker Bio & Headshot
8:00am - 9:00am 

Opening Ceremony

Honor Guard Ceremony
PHL TSA Honor Guard







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DE&I Awards 

 Melinda Montgomery, A.A.E. Airport Manager, Trenton-Mercer Airport,NEC/AAAE President

 

Keith Brune, A.A.E.

Interim Chief Executive Officer
City of Philadelphia

 

Anne Nadol
Commerce Director
City of Philadelphia

 


 9:00am - 10:00am

General Session I
Washington Update &
Industry Update

Todd Hauptli, President and Chief Executive Officer of A.A.E. 

 

 


Mark E. Gale, A.A.E.

10:00am - 10:30am

Break with Exhibitors

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 10:30am - 11:30am

General Session II
Airport Electrification:  Are You Already
Behind the Power Curve?

A discussion on the overall impacts that air and ground-based vehicle electrification will have on your airport's electrical infrastructure. Airport electrification will tax the airport's electrical infrastructure far beyond any previous industry change and airports who have not prepared for the future will either be forced to rush to accommodate users or will miss opportunities entirely.


Anne D. Morrison

 

 

 

Sam Hobbs

 


Moderator

Brian Smith, P.E.
Regional Director of Aviation, 
McFarland Johnson

 

11:30am - 12:00pm

Break with Exhibitors

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12:00pm - 1:30pm

Keynote Luncheon 

Keynote Speaker 
Michael A. Hales, Director of Aviation Programs at Delaware State University 


1:30pm - 2:00pm

Break with Exhibitors

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2:00pm - 2:45pm

General Session IIIA & General Session IIIB

   
 

General Session IIIA
AAAE Accreditation Discussion
(Accredited Members Only)

Moderator
Zach Sundquist,
A.A.E., Assistant Airport Director, Portland International Jetport

 
 

General Session IIIB
A.A.E.:  The Road to Accreditation

Moderator
Marshall Stevens, A.A.E.
Deputy Executive Director
Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority
 
2:45pm - 3:00pm

Break with Exhibitors

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3:00pm - 4:00pm

General Session IV
Incorporating Sustainability & Resiliency into Cargo Development 


Alexi Lachambre

 

 


Aretin Altman

 

 


Jessica Noon

 

 

 

James Dean

 

Moderator

Navin Nitish, NY Market Sector Lead, AECOM

 

4:00pm - 4:30pm

Break Exhibitors

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5:30pm

Meet in Hotel Lobby for Bussing
 to Franklin Institute

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6:00pm - 10:00pm

Reception
Franklin Institute

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Tuesday, August 9, 2022

  

Registration - Grand Ballroom Foyer
8:00am - 12:00pm

 

Time Session 

Speaker Bios & Headshots
8:00am - 9:00am

Breakfast with Exhibitors

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9:00am

Exhibitor Breakdown

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9:00am - 10:00am

General Session V
The YoPro Generational Roundtable:

Our generationally diverse aviation workforce has a broad set of skills and experience. This open conversation will bring out the best – and maybe the worst - that each generation brings to the team.

Devonne Jackson



 


Josh Cobb

 

 


Maria Sheridan, A.A.E.

 

 


Nick Ryan

 

 

 

Victoria Suber, E.I.T., ENV SP

 

 

 

10:00am - 10:15am

Break

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 10:15am - 11:15am

General Session VI
DE&I Toolkit:  Creating a people-first Airport design project

How a project develops a sustainable diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy by focusing on real people’s experiences to uncover and address systemic inequities.  

 

 

Jo A. Schnieder, 

 

Saron McKee

 

 

 

Kent Lessly

 

Moderator
Api Appulingam, P.E., C.M., Deputy Director of Aviation, Capital Development, City of Philadelphia, NEC/AAAE DE&I Committee Chair

11:15am - 12:30pm

Chapter Membership Meeting

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12:30pm - 2:00pm

Lunch
NEC Annual Commercial Competition & Presidential Awards!
Presidential Gavel Exchange

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2:00pm - 2:50pm

General Session VII
The Southern Airways Story:  A Decade of Growth & Success

How the pandemic has altered work, travel and flight preferences and patterns. Changing demographics of today's airline passengers. Airline consolidation, legacy carriers, low cost and ultra-low-cost carrier preferences. Pilot, mechanic, and airport operations staffing trends.

Mark Cestari

 


Moderator
Stephen Williams

 

 Meet Our Speakers:

Melinda Montgomery, A.A.E. Airport Manager, Trenton-Mercer Airport, NEC/AAAE President

Having 30 years in the aviation industry, Melinda Montgomery, A.A.E. is currently the Airport Manager at the Trenton-Mercer Airport (TTN) in New Jersey. Ms. Montgomery is responsible for the overall oversight of the airport to include Finance, Maintenance, Operations, Noise Abatement, Emergency Planning and Security, growing the Airport to its highest commercial success with close to 1 million passengers each year.

Ms. Montgomery has received a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics and Management from Dowling College and a Master’s in Business Administration in Aviation from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Ms. Montgomery is an Accredited member and a registered mentor with the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE).

Ms. Montgomery is the current President of the North East Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives. Ms. Montgomery also received the prestigious F. Russell Hoyt Award in 2020 for her efforts in spearheading the Young Professionals Committee.

Keith Brune, A.A.E, Interim Chief Executive Officer, City of Philadelphia

Keith J. Brune, A.A.E., IAP, is the Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer for the City of Philadelphia Division of Aviation. He was appointed Interim CEO in June 2022 and COO in October 2017.
As Interim CEO, Mr. Brune serves as the City’s chief aviation representative in local, state, national and international affairs. He is responsible for the operation of the Airport System and directing the planning, development, and administration of all activities of the City’s Division of Aviation, including both Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE). He also oversees the management of airport personnel, including over 1,000 direct City employees and additional contracted and consulting staff.
As COO, Mr. Brune oversees all day-to-day operations of PHL and PNE, including landside and airside operations, security and maintenance of terminals and facilities, and capital development. He develops, monitors, and implements an annual operational budget of $70 million, along with the annual capital program. Mr. Brune leverages industry expertise, best management practices and key business drivers for both short- and long-range planning with a focus on defining results. His primary objective is developing and maintaining partnerships and collaborative relations with stakeholders at PHL and PNE, as well as professional, positive working relationships with federal and state regulators.
Mr. Brune joined the Division of Aviation in 1991 as an Airport Operations Officer. Throughout his more than 30-year tenure, he has held various positions, including Airport Operations Superintendent, Acting Facilities Maintenance Manager, Airport Operations Manager, and Deputy Director of Aviation- Operations and Facilities.
Mr. Brune holds B.S. and Master of Aeronautical Science degrees from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, is an Accredited Airport Executive ("A.A.E.") and accredited International Airport Professional (IAP). Additionally, Mr. Brune served 10 years with the United States Air Force and is a former adjunct instructor of aviation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Drexel University. He lives in the Pine Valley neighborhood of Philadelphia with his wife.
Mr. Brune is Vice President the Aviation Council of Pennsylvania and serves on the USO of PA/NJ Board of Directors. He was appointed to and currently serves on the Governor’s Aviation Advisory Committee, Chair for the International Facilitation Committee (AAAE) and a member of several additional committees for both American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and Airports Council International (ACI).

Anne Nadol, Commerce Director, City of Philadelphia

Anne K. Nadol joined the Kenney Administration in March of 2022 as Commerce Director for the City of Philadelphia.
Prior to joining the City, Ms. Nadol served for over 20 years at one the country’s largest public universities, most recently as Vice President and Secretary to the Board of Trustees of Temple University. While serving as Vice President, Ms. Nadol also functioned as the Chief of Staff to the President, and served as an officer of the Board of Trustees and of the University.
As Secretary to the Board of Trustees, Ms. Nadol oversaw the modernization of Board operations, revamped the Board orientation program to focus on governance best practices, and served as the principal liaison with Board leadership, and 36 individual trustees.
 At Temple University, Ms. Nadol served under five presidents, and was involved in significant university-wide initiatives, including the review of the University’s sexual assault policies and disciplinary process, Middle States Accreditations, an NCAA Recertification, and multiple strategic planning initiatives. Ms. Nadol staffed numerous searches, including the Presidential Search Committee in 2020, and searches for Provost, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Chief Compliance Officer, Athletic Director and Head Coaches.
Prior to joining Temple University, Ms. Nadol career in government administration is highlighted by her service to Philadelphia Mayor Edward G. Rendell, where she served as Special Assistant to the Mayor and Assistant Deputy Mayor. In those roles, Ms. Nadol worked directly with the Mayor to coordinate among state and local elected officials, City department heads, and other senior managers to resolve critical and time-sensitive issues. She co-directed preparation of the City’s Five-Year Financial Plan, and served as the principal staff member for Citywide strategic planning initiative. Prior to joining the City of Philadelphia, Ms. Nadol served as a Presidential Management Fellow in the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce as an International Trade Specialist.
Ms. Nadol currently serves as an appointee of Philadelphia Mayor James F. Kenney to the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC). During her tenure as Secretary to the Board of Trustees at Temple University, Ms. Nadol also served on the Association of Governing Boards Board Professionals Council.
Ms. Nadol holds two degrees from the University of Pennsylvania: a Master’s of Government Administration from the Fels Institute of Government and a Master’s in International Relations from the Political Science Department, as well as a B.A. in Government from Franklin & Marshall College.

Todd Hauptli, President and Chief Executive Officer of A.A.E.

President & Chief Executive Officer
Todd Hauptli is President and CEO of AAAE. He is the third CEO in the Association’s history.
Todd joined AAAE in 1991 and prior to becoming CEO was responsible for overseeing AAAE’s interactions with Congress and the Executive Branch agencies.
Before joining AAAE, Todd served as a Congressional Relations Officer handling aviation issues at the Department of Transportation.
Prior to his service at the Department of Transportation, Todd served on the White House staff of President Ronald Reagan as Associate Director of Cabinet Affairs. He also worked at the Department of Commerce, first in the Congressional Affairs office, then directly for the Secretary of Commerce.
He began his career on Capitol Hill working on the staff of the House Republican Research Committee. He is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Todd is married with three sons. He and his family reside in McLean, Virginia.

Mark E. Gale, A.A.E.

Mark Gale assumed the position of CEO/Director of Aviation for the Broward County Aviation Department in March 2016. Prior to his arrival in Broward County, Mark served as the CEO of Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) from 2009 to 2016, and as the Deputy Director of Aviation for Operations and Facilities from 2000 to 2009. Mark held several other positions with PHL dating back to 1985, and he retired from the City of Philadelphia in January 2016.
In his current role, Mark is responsible for the overall executive management and operation of Broward County’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International (FLL) and North Perry (HWO) Airports, including master plan and strategic vision development, implementation of capital improvement programs, financial metrics and performance, internal and external business relationships, operational efficiency and guest experience initiatives.
Mark holds a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Studies from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Mark is an accredited member in the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and currently serves as Chair on the Executive Committee of the National Board of Directors. He also serves on the U.S. Policy Council in the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA). Additionally, Mark serves on the Board of Directors for both the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce.
Mark has been the recipient of several awards and recognitions including: Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Sec. Ray LaHood “Man of the Year Award”, Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) “Executive of the Year”, the American Society of Civil Engineers “Government Service Award”, Smart CEO “Circle of Excellence Award” in Hospitality, and the South Florida Business & Wealth “Apogee Award”. Most recently, Airport Experience News (AXN) named Mark as their 2021 Director of the Year, Large Airports Division.

Anne D. Morrison

Anne is Vice President of Properties and Facilities for Avis Budget Group, Inc. Her responsibilities include airport relations and management / administration of Avis, Budget and Payless real estate and construction projects for all airports in the United States and Canada. Anne is an astute business lawyer with deep and diverse experience in airport concessions, commercial real estate, and development transactions.

 Sam Hobbs

Sam is a senior Team Member in Beta’s Charging System group. His responsibilities include formulating the architecture of an integrated, hardware-agnostic, electric aircraft charging system in the US as well as managing project teams that are permitting, designing, and installing the charging systems.

Brian Smith, P.E. Regional Director of Aviation, McFarland Johnson

Brian has over 30 years’ experience managing and / or designing the construction of runways, taxiways, aprons, heliports, fuel farms, terminals, SRE buildings, cargo buildings, and many other aviation facilities. Over the last several years, he has become one of McFarland Johnson’s subject matter experts in electric aircraft and related facilities, airport electrification, and advanced air mobility. Working with eVTOL / eCTOL manufacturers, airports, and industry groups, Brian is involved in helping prepare the aviation world for electric transportation.

Zach Sundquist, A.E.E., Assistant Airport Director, Portland International Jetport

Zachary Sundquist, A.A.E. is currently the Assistant Airport Director for the Portland International Jetport. Zach joined the Jetport in August of 2014. Zach previously worked for nine years at Chicago Rockford International Airport where he was responsible for promoting and growing passenger air service at RFD.
Zach received his professional accreditation from the American Association of Airport Executives in July of 2008, and received his Masters of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in May of 2011.
Within the airport industry Zach is currently the Vice President of the Northeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Directors and is on the Board of Examiners as an At-Large Examiner for AAAE.
In his spare time Zach enjoys travelling internationally as well as taking road trips with friends.

Marshall Stevens, A.A.E.

Marshall B. Stevens, A.A.E is the Deputy Executive Director for the Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority where he manages Harrisburg International Airport and three general aviation airports in Pennsylvania. He has 29 years of experience in the fields for airport management and capital development. From 1999 to early 2008, Mr. Stevens served as the Airport Manager for the Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport near Glens Falls, New York, where he was responsible for all aspects of the operation, maintenance, and capital improvement of the airport. From 1993 to 1999, Mr. Stevens worked as an airport consultant and prepared airport master plans, environmental and noise studies, and capital improvement plans. Mr. Stevens is an Accredited Airport Executive by the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and currently serves as the Northeast Chapter Representative on the AAAE Board of Examiners. He graduated from the Florida Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management.

Alexi Lachambre

Alexi joined the Aeroterm team in 2016 as Vice President of Development and Investments where he is responsible for projects across both acquisitions and development platforms. Alexi focuses on collaborating directly with airport authorities and airport users on real estate acquisitions and development projects with an emphasis on due diligence, legal documentation, design, project management and financial analysis.
Prior to joining Aeroterm, Alexi worked for Dallas-based real estate private equity fund specializing in industrial logistics properties. Alexi has over 10 years of related commercial real estate investment experience and holds an undergraduate degree in business from Bishop’s University, as well as a JD from Leicester University.

 Aretin Altman

Mr. Altmann has over 38 years of experience in a variety of planning and programming, architecture, and engineering design, as well as project management activities for airport facilities.
He is part of the AECOM Global Aviation Team and has managed airport projects on five continents as design director and planning director from regional small hubs to mega hubs handling more than 75 MPP. His diverse experience from owner client side to consultant project management to consultant architect role, gives him a unique view of the needs of these groups for the project delivery. It allows him to understand the issues that drive the demands, needs and critical elements for the team members as well as the other multiple stakeholders critical for the successful completion of the project. He has been successful in helping clients create winning proposal for airport privatization by being able to identify cost effective and time efficient solutions.
The ability to understand and create solutions that achieve and better the project needs has been a hallmark of his career and is valued by the teams that he leads.
Mr. Altmann is recognized for his capacity to handle complex programs, diverse clients, and multiple opinions, and developing innovative solutions. As an airport expert, Mr. Altmann has designed and developed in addition to multiple terminals, cargo facilities, aircraft hangar and ground service maintenance facilities, catering facilities, fire and rescue stations (ARFF) and control towers.
His greatest asset is his ability to define efficient and effective approaches to develop profit enhancing work processes and projects for client and owner alike.

Jessica Noon

Jessica Noon is the Sustainability Manager for Philadelphia International Airport and Northeast Philadelphia Airport, and works within the Capital Development Group of the Division of Aviation of the City of Philadelphia. Ms. Noon oversees the sustainability initiatives, which range from energy efficiency, renewable energy and fleet electrification to waste diversion and climate change mitigation, for Philadelphia’s airports. Ms. Noon leads efforts to incorporate sustainable design into airport facilities and airfield projects, including the achievement of LEED and Envision certifications, and Philadelphia’s pursuit of Airport Carbon Accreditation for carbon emissions tracking and reduction for both airports.
Prior to working at the airport, Ms. Noon spent 11 years with the City of Philadelphia, leading policy and partnership efforts for the City’s innovative green stormwater infrastructure program, and has worked in sustainability planning and environmental policy with the Bronx Borough President for the City of New York; the New Jersey Sustainable State Institute; Sarasota County, Florida; and Dresdner Robin, an engineering and planning firm.

James Dean

James Dean is the Project Executive for the National Aviation Group at The Walsh Group, a 122-year-old construction services company consisting of two major entities, Walsh Construction and Archer Western Construction. James has more than 20 years of experience overseeing all phases of complex, multi-million-dollar construction infrastructure and aviation related projects for government and private sector clients. He received a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from the University of Houston and is a board member for their Construction Program. From a young age, James had a fascination for the aviation industry which ultimately led him to join the United States Air Force where he served and led construction projects all over the world. Today, he continues to share his passion of the construction aviation industry to drive innovation and help communicate novel ideas, applications, and developments to young construction professionals.

Navin Nitish, NY Market Sector Lead, AECOM

Mr. Nitish is experienced in the planning, design, construction, project management, and owner’s representation of airports, transportation & public works infrastructure rehabilitation projects. He has managed and performed extensive architecture/engineering services for the design and construction of airport terminal, cargo buildings, runway, taxiway & apron improvement projects, municipal roadways, urban highways, large & small-diameter sanitary sewers & water lines, parking lots, storm drains, & drainage channels.
Navin understands the functional and operational necessities of an airport in conjunction with the requirements of various stakeholders and jurisdictional agencies, having managed many diverse architecture / engineering projects, with an emphasis in aviation, Navin currently serves as Vice President, Global Aviation with focus to lead the Aviation Market Sector for AECOM in New York and New Jersey and the Air Cargo Practice for AECOM across USA.

 Devonne Jackson

Devonne Jackson is CEO and Principal of D’Jack Consulting LLC, an engineering consulting firm with expertise in Contract Management, Owner Representation, MEP Engineering, Design and Construction Phase Support. Devonne has thirty plus years of experience in the Nuclear, Higher Education, Pharmaceutical, and Aviation market sectors. Devonne is a registered professional engineer in six states (KY, MD, NJ, NY, PA, and VA); DBE certified in NJ, NY, and TX; MWBE in NJ and the City of Philadelphia. She frequently participates in industry conferences and technical society meetings to maintain her network and a technological edge as it relates to airport facilities and aviation technology.
Devonne is a graduate of Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. She is currently an active member of COMTO, the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and Women in Transportation Seminar (WTS).

Josh Cobb

Originally from Southeast Virginia, Josh began his aviation career while in the military as an airframe technician and completed his degree in Aviation Management from Southern New Hampshire University. His airport career began in Operations and Maintenance at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, and he is now the Airport Operations Manager at Portland International Jetport. He serves as Co-Chair of the NEC Young Professionals Committee and is involved with AAAE National YoPros and Academic Relations.

Maria Sheridan, A.A.E.

Maria Sheridan, A.A.E., is the Airport Manager at Teterboro Airport (TEB), one of the busiest general aviation airports in the country. She graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida with a B.S. in Aeronautical Studies with a concentration in management. For almost 30 years, she has been building a successful career in airport management. Prior to joining the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to run TEB, she began her career in airport management at Morristown Airport where she rose through the ranks to the position of Senior Director of Government Affairs & Business Development.
Maria attained accreditation status through the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) in 2003, joined the executive board of the Northeast Chapter of AAAE in 2015, and became President of the Northeast Chapter/AAAE in 2018. She recently completed a two-year term on the Board of AAAE representing the Northeast Chapter. She continues to be active with the Chapter through participation on the Nomination committee and the DE&I committee.
In addition, Maria was Chair of the Morris County Economic Development Corporation and was a member and former Chair of the Hanover Township Economic Development Advisory Committee and a Director on the Board of TransOptions. Maria was also honored by her selection as one of the 2017 Best 50 Women in Business by NJBIZ.
Maria is a resident of Hanover Township, is married and has three children.

Nick Ryan 

Nick was fortunate to be introduced to Aviation as a participant in Drexel University’s College of Engineering coop program here in Philadelphia. Over two decades later he is proudly serving as the Aviation Market Leader for RS&H and its 270+ aviation focused professionals. Nick’s experience includes extensive project and program management for civil, electrical, multidisciplinary, and systems improvements for airport facilities of all sizes, and through all stages of the project life cycle.
Industry involvement and engagement has always been important to Nick, which has contributed to his growth and connectivity. He currently serves on several boards including the Airports Consultants Council, Illuminating Engineering Society Aviation Lighting Committee, and his local Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he currently chairs and participates in several committees within the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) and AAAE.
He prides himself on strategic planning and project execution and has been responsible for organizing and producing over 550 for profit and nonprofit events. Join Nick and his special guests during General Session V for an open discussion on our generational diverse workforce.

Victoria Suber, E.I.T., ENV SP

Victoria Suber is an engineer in C&S’s Aviation group with a focus on airfield design. She received a degree in Civil Engineering from Temple University in 2017 and has been devoted to enhancing her professional development and progressing in her career since. Since joining C&S, Victoria has received her Engineer-in-Training certification and became an Envision Sustainability Professional. When Victoria is not working she can be found navigating new recipes in the kitchen, exploring her creative side while painting, and reading.

Jo A. Schnieder

Jo A. Schneider AIA LEED AP is currently the Director of Architecture for the Maryland Aviation Administration including BWI Thurgood Marshall International Airport and Martin State Airport. She is a licensed and LEED certified architect with extensive experience. A creative design professional with leadership and management skills, Jo has been the Eastern Regional Design Principal for Jacobs Global Buildings, Head of Commercial Architectural Design for Carter Burgess and a Principal and Associate Vice President with RTKL Associates in the commercial studio. She has also been inspired by working for Frank Gehry Partners and studying with Charles Moore. Jo has been fortunate to be the design lead on large scale commercial mixed-use projects worldwide including in Japan, Korea, Netherlands and Dubai. She has worked on projects for numerous government and transportation agencies including MTA, MDTA, FAA, NSA, GSA, USACE and MSHA. Jo worked on the FAA’s Nextgen project designing the sustainability features of the new prototype and on the ARTCC’s. A strong concept designer, Jo has experience in all aspects of architecture. She has received numerous architectural, artistic and academic awards.
USGBC LEED certified for 18 years, she is an experienced sustainable design professional and has designed 3 LEED Gold projects and documented 7 LEED Silver projects. Jo also co-wrote the FAA’s Sustainability Handbook. Good design must be sustainable.
Jo has a Master of Architecture (MArch) degree from UCLA Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning and a Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) from the State University of New York (SUNY) Alfred, NY. She graduated Valedictorian in a class of 860 from High School.
As an adjunct professor, Jo has taught the Graduate Architecture Thesis at Morgan State University and taught hand drawing at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has also been the Artist in Residence at Wolverhampton University, England. Jo also greatly enjoys mentoring young people.
Jo is a professional artist and creates and designs large scale public art commissions internationally and has shown her personal sculpture in galleries and museums around the US and UK. Jo, working as Jo Schneider Design LLC creates public sculptures from artistic concepts to development to working hands on the sculptures with teams of fabricators and foundries in a variety of materials including clay, bronze, stainless steel, and aluminum. Jo also creates her personal sculpture.
A “travel -junkie”, Jo has lived in Japan, England and Italy and traveled extensively throughout the world including China, Korea, India, Nepal, Thailand, Russia, Ukraine, Rwanda and through Europe. She still looks forward to more adventures!!!!

Saron McKee

Saron McKee, Director of Access and Accessible Programs, provides compliance, oversight, and programs for travelers with disabilities at PHL. McKee seeks to move PHL forward, ensuring equity and inclusion in our programs, services, and activities. Additionally, it is their goal to go beyond the ADA standards to ensure that PHL is accessible to everyone for years to come.
Deeply committed to full inclusion in all aspects of society, McKee has dedicated more than 20 years to increasing access, providing training, and ensuring accessible transportation, housing, arts, educational facilities, and city, state and local governments.
McKee is a Western Washington University alum with a Masters degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and holds a certificate as a Reasonable Accommodation Specialist.

 Mark Cestari

Mark Cestari is Chief Commercial Officer at Southern Airways Express, which since 2013 has grown to he the largest commuter airline in the U. S., serving over 50 markets from Nantucket in the east to Honolulu in the west, with over 250 daily flights.
In his role at Southern, Mark oversees all airport and community engagement, route development, governmental affairs and new business development. Mark is a graduate of Boston College and although raised in a New York Giants family, he is a rabid New England Patriots fan.

Michael A. Hales, Director of Aviation Programs at Delaware State University

Since March of 2016, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Michael A. Hales has been the ninth Director of Aviation Programs, at Delaware State University. His leadership and responsibilities include both the Bachelor of Science in Aviation with concentrations in Professional Pilot and Aviation Management. He leads an experienced and dedicated staff of faculty and instructors who serve over 130 students, utilizing a fleet of 25 university-owned airplanes. Lieutenant Colonel Hales is 25-year veteran of the US Army, who has served as an Aviation officer at multiple levels of key leadership positions and responsibility. Growing up in Dayton, Ohio and South Bend, Indiana, he began his military career in 1987 as an enlisted Soldier in the US Army Reserves. In 1994, he was commissioned as an 2nd Lieutenant and attended flight school at Fort Rucker, Alabama in the US Army. His military assignments have taken him to multiple locations within the United States, and overseas to South Korea, Kuwait, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and the country of Colombia, South America. Lieutenant Colonel Hales has flown in combat and deployed five times, beginning with Operation Desert Storm back in 1991. He is considered a subject matter expert in aviation operations, pilot training and aircraft maintenance training. He is an FAA Commercial Pilot, dual-rated in both airplanes and helicopters. He possesses a Bachelor of Arts degree from Excelsior College, and a Master of Arts degree in Procurement and Acquisition Management from Webster University. Lieutenant Colonel Hales is excited to be working in his “dream job” as a Director of Aviation Programs. He has been married to his bride since 1993 and has two adult children. His hobbies and interests include reading military and aviation history, skydiving, spending time with his family, and of course FLYING! He brings an insatiable passion for all things aviation and a bold strategic vision for the future of the program.

Kent Lessly

Kent Lessly is a licensed architect/project manager at Jacobs’ Philadelphia office and currently serves as Project Manager with the Capital Development Group at Philadelphia International Airport on their Restroom Renovation Program Phases 5-9. Prior to joining Jacobs, Kent enjoyed over 25 years’ managing both Architecture and Interior Design projects for Philadelphia International Airport as well as managing Hospitality design projects while a Principal at Daroff Design Inc + DDI Architect P.C. in Philadelphia, PA. For 6 years, Kent managed a private practice focused on high performance building design, energy modeling, and hygrothermal modeling.



 

 

 

 

 

 

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