Committees & Chairs



Young Professionals Committee


Purpose: To provide our future leaders with resources and ideas.  Open to anyone under 35, or those with less than 5 years in the industry.  Please contact our Committee Liaisons regarding membership at [email protected], subject line Yo Pro.

Co-Chairs:  Natalie Pavelock, Jacobs and Josh Cobb, C.M.

Committee Liaisons:  Paul Brean, C.M., Pease Development Authority and Melinda Montgomery, A.A.E., Trenton-Mercer Airport


Academic Relations Committee

Purpose: Provide opportunities for Northeast Chapter students through networking with industry professionals and other NEC student chapters.

Chair:  Darren S. Large, A.A.E. Morristown Municipal Airport


Balchen/Post Awards Committee

Purpose: Promote better snow and ice control, and to recognize those individuals responsible for outstanding performance.

Chair:  Alex M. Kashani, A.A.E. NEC/AAAE


Communications Committee

Purpose: Foster communication through electronic email, social media and chapter website for internal and external customers.

Chairs: Corey Hanlon, Morristown Municipal Airport, Jill Johnson, McFarland Johnson

Corporate Committee

Purpose: Maintain strong relationships between the organization Airports and the Corporate Community aligning strategic initiatives and being advocates in both the Northeast Region and Washington, DC.

Chair: Nicholas Ryan, PMP RS&H, Nick McLaughlin, C&S Companies


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee

Purpose: Enhancing the environment for diversity, equity and inclusion across the chapter

Chair: Api Appulingam, PE, City of Philadelphia, Division of Aviation


Government Affairs Committee

Purpose:  An additional voice for advocacy (FAA, TSA, CPB, Contract Tower, LEO Reimbursement Program) 

Chair: Chad Nixon, President, McFarland Johnson


Hub Airports Winter Operations & Deicing Conference Committee

Purpose: Coordinate conference logistics and serve as the liaison between AAAE and NEC/AAAE.

Chair:  Wayne S. Pennell, A.A.E. Maryland Aviation Administration and Bob Junge PASSUR Aerospace, Inc.


International Aviation Snow Symposium (IASS) Committee

Purpose: Plan, organize, and facilitate the International Aviation Snow Symposium and Snow Academy certifications.

Co-Chairs:  Joseph E. Guarino, C.M., Buffalo Niagara International Airport and Carlton Braley, A.A.E. Manchester-Boston Regional Airport


Membership Committee

Purpose: Grow and maintain strong relationships with active and engaged members serving as a conduit that adds real value to the membership.

Chair: Paul Brean, C.M., Pease Development Authority


NEC ARFF Committee

Purpose: Plan and execute the NEC/AAAE annual 40-hour ARFF School and certification in accordance with Federal Aviation Regulation PART 139.319.

Chair: Thomas Bonura, Allegheny County Airport Authority


Nominating Committee

Purpose: Appointed by the President to solicit interest from chapter members to serve as future Board of Director and/or Executive Committee members in accordance with the bylaws.

Chair: Ed Foster, A.A.E., University Park Airport


Professional Development Committee

Purpose: Provide training and professional development opportunities for the membership.

Chair: Derek Martin, A.A.E., ACE, Erie Regional Airport Airport Authority


State Representatives Committee

Purpose: Foster communication between state membership and leadership.

Chair:  Barry Brown, Portland International Jetport


Onboard with Autism Committee

Purpose: The mission of the NEC "On Board with Autism" Program is to provide families with special needs the tools to allow them to experience travel in the airports throughout the Northeast Chapter of AAAE. The experience helps airline staff, TSA, and families learn about autism and create positive flying experiences for individuals with autism and their families.

Chairs:  Derek Martin, A.A.E., ACE, Erie Regional Airport Airport Authority, Marcela Hernandez, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority