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Eligible ATW participants will earn 7.75 PDH or CM credits for attending the entire duration of the 2020 ACC Virtual Airports Technical Workshop (ATW). Participants were required to successfully complete the ATW accreditation criteria by Friday, August 21st. A $50 late processing fee now applies. After October 30, 2020, ACC is unable to issue ATW credits.
PARTICIPANTS MUST READ THE FOLLOWING TO ENSURE THEIR SUCCESSFUL SUBMISSION OF ACCREDITATION CRITERIA
What criteria are participants responsible for completing to earn 7.75 credits for the 2020 ACC Virtual ATW?
To earn the 7.75 PDH or CM credits for attending the August 4-6, 2020 ACC Virtual ATW, participants are required to meet – and complete – the following accreditation criteria:
1. Have been a registrant for – and attended – the entire three-day 2020 ACC Virtual ATW (credits will not be issued to any participant for partial attendance);
2. Register for one of the two 2020 ACC Virtual ATW accreditation products (PDH or CM) below. Do not register for both the PDH and the CM product, as you can only claim credits for one or the other; and
3. Complete BOTH the 2020 Virtual ATW Attendance Verification AND the Evaluation Survey. Completion of the Attendance Verification and/or Evaluation Survey by anyone other than the ATW participant will nullify the issuance of credits.
$50 Late Fee for Completing Accreditation Criteria After August 21st
ACC must adhere to strict standards as a registered and approved continuing education provider. As such, ACC requires a $50 late processing fee to issue credits to 2020 ACC Virtual ATW participants who are claiming accreditation after Friday, August 21st.
How do participants access their PDH credits and certificate of completion once they complete the accreditation criteria?
ACC will report attendance for eligible participants directly to RCEP.net within 30 days after receipt of both your completed Accreditation Verification and Evaluation Survey. Participants will receive an automated email directly from RCEP/ACEC with notification of reporting of attendance/PDH credits by ACC. It is recommended that you check your junk or spam email in-box in the event this email is not approved for distribution by your company’s email firewall/spam filter. Upon receipt of the email, participants can then log-in to their RCEP account and download/print a copy of their certificate of completion.
If the participant does not have an existing account with RCEP, one is automatically created for them when ACC reports ATW attendance/PDH credits. The automated email sent to the participant from RCEP will include details on how to log-in to their new account, along with a temporary account password.
NOTE: ACC does not have access to the RCEP account of any participant, nor information on account passwords. Participants will need to contact RCEP directly at (202) 347-7474 for assistance, or can visit RCEP.net, enter their work email address in the log-in, and click "Forgot Password."
How do participants with the AICP professional designation obtain CM credits once they've completed the accreditation criteria?
Upon completion of the Accreditation Verification and Evaluation Survey, participants holding the AICP professional designation must self-report their CM credits to the American Planning Association (APA) for participating in the 2020 ACC Virtual ATW. Please refer to APA/AICP course #9202889.
If you should have any questions pertaining to the accreditation process and/or earning credits for the 2020 ACC Virtual ATW, please contact email@example.com.
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Mark A. Crosby, A.A,E., Principal Consultant, Ross & Baruzzini
Mark Crosby is a principal consultant with Ross & Baruzzini, focused in the areas of aviation and maritime operations, security, public safety, and emergency management. He joined Ross & Baruzzini in June 2016 after a successful and diversified 23-year career as an airport and seaport executive. Most recently, Mr. Crosby was the Director of Public Safety and Security at Portland International Airport (PDX) and the Port of Portland. At PDX, he oversaw the Police, Fire, Security, Communications Center and Emergency Management Departments. Previously, Mr. Crosby held various positions in operations, security and real estate in the Portland and Sacramento Airport systems. He is actively engaged with the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA), ACI World, the Airport Consultants Council (ACC), and the International Association of Airport Executives (IAAE) serving on various boards, steering groups and committees. Mr. Crosby is the Chair of the Security Committee for ACC and was the Chair of the AAAE Transportation Security Services Committee for five years. He is a graduate of the Air Force Academy, has an MBA in Finance, is an accredited airport executive (A.A.E.) and currently serves as a brigadier general in the Oregon Air National Guard.
Steven W. Debban, P.E., National Resource Expert for Airport Design, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Steve Debban is the National Program Manager of the FAA’s safety award-winning Runway Incursion Mitigation (RIM) Program. He is a civil engineer with a professional engineer’s license in the Commonwealth of Virginia and a civil engineering degree from Michigan State University. Mr. Debban joined the FAA’s Office of Airports, Safety and Standards in July 2012. Before joining the FAA, he worked as an airport and highway design consultant for over 15 years. With the FAA, Mr. Debban works on a myriad of programs, but his focus is on airport geometry, spaceports/airports integration, aircraft/airport compatibility, 777-X airport integration, wrong surface event mitigation and research, and more recently, the update to Advisory Circular AC 150/5300-13A, Airport Design. He is also a member of two ICAO committees: the Aerodrome Design Working Group and the Aerodrome Reference Code Task Force.
John R. Dermody, P.E., Director, Office of Airport Safety and Standards, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
John R. Dermody was selected as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Director of Airport Safety and Standards in December 2016. In this role, he is responsible for leading both airport safety and operations and the airport engineering offices. Mr. Dermody has over 20 years of aviation experience in both the private and public sectors. Previously, he served as Deputy Director of Airport Safety and Standards from September 2015 to December 2016, and as Manager of the Airport Engineering Division at the FAA in Washington, D.C. from July 2011 to September 2015. In the latter position, Mr. Dermody supervised a staff of 18 professionals with expertise in airport design, pavement, electrical, airspace, GIS applications, airport data management and airport safety research. He was responsible for developing national airport engineering policy and guidance contained in 81 Advisory Circulars. Mr. Dermody also provided oversight for the Airport Technology Research Program and the Airport Cooperative Research Program. Mr. Dermody was the former Manager of the New York Airports District Office (NYADO) from 2009 to 2011 at FAA. As the NYADO manager, he supervised a staff that managed approximately $160 million in federal airport improvement grants annually and provided oversight to more than 90 airports. From 2001 to 2009, he was the FAA's Senior Program Manager for the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey Airports, where his duties included oversight of all engineering and planning projects at John F. Kennedy International, LaGuardia, Newark Liberty International, and Teterboro airports. Prior to his FAA career, Mr. Dermody worked in the private sector for DY Consultants, an aviation planning and engineering firm, for over six years. He managed the company's engineering division which included all design and construction projects. He has also worked with Region 10 of the New York State Department of Transportation construction division as a transportation construction inspector. Mr. Dermody is a registered Professional Engineer and received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Douglas J. DiCarlo, Program Manager, Southeast Airports Group, ESA
Douglas J. DiCarlo has 25 years of experience in providing aviation consulting services for both commercial service and general aviation airports throughout the United States. He has served as project manager or senior aviation planner on various airport master plans, aviation planning studies, environmental documents, and airfield design projects. Mr. DiCarlo’s expertise has involved forecasting, airfield geometry, heliport facilities, alternatives analysis, airspace evaluations, and feasibility studies. His project experience has also included airfield analyses, landside facilities, airside/landside capacity, land acquisition, land use compatibility, airport zoning, financial planning, and economic development. Mr. DiCarlo’s commercial service airport assignments have also included terminal, gate, ramp, airfield, and landside planning, as well as developing detailed airline fleet forecasts and schedules for simulation models. He has also authored numerous technical reports and has presented his work at symposiums, conferences, workshops, and public meetings/hearings. Mr. DiCarlo has served as a lecturer for both undergraduate and graduate business and aviation classes at Florida Institute of Technology, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and the Ecole Nationale de l’Avation Civile in Toulouse, France.
Kent Duffy, Operations Research Analyst, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Kent Duffy is an operations research analyst in the FAA's Office of Airports, supporting initiatives related to airport capacity as well as technical and strategic planning. He serves as the FAA's National Resource Expert on Airport/Airspace Capacity. Mr. Duffy coordinates the FAA's R&D program related to airport planning and environmental matters. Prior to joining the FAA, he worked in the consulting industry supporting large-scale airport development projects. Mr. Duffy has a B.S. in Aeronautical Science from Florida Tech, and an M.S. in Public Policy from George Mason University. He has also worked as a flight instructor.
Mary Ellen Eagan, President and CEO, HMMH
As President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of HMMH, Mary Ellen Eagan is responsible for providing strategic leadership for the company and management to establish long-term goals, strategies, plans, and policies. In addition to her corporate responsibilities, Ms. Eagan is principal-in-charge for some of the firm's most challenging projects, including noise studies for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and on-call consulting at a number of airports, including Boston-Logan and Los Angeles International. Ms. Eagan is highly active in the industry and is frequently recruited to speak on emerging airport noise issues at conferences in the U.S. and internationally. Her leadership positions have included serving as Chair of the Transportation Research Board's Aviation Group, and ACC Board Chair. Ms. Eagan is also actively involved with Airports Council International, currently serving as vice-chair of the Noise Working Group and a Business Partner to the ACI World Environment Standing Committee. She holds a B.S. in Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from Simmons College.
JoAnn Y. Ford, Navigation Programs Senior Management Team, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
JoAnn Y. Ford, a member of the FAA’s Navigation Programs Senior Management Team, has over 35 years of FAA air traffic and aviation experience. Among the numerous management positions Ms. Ford has held during her tenure with the FAA are Navigation Subject Matter Expert (SME) to the FAA’s Unmanned Aviation Systems (UAS) Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC); Division Manager for Aviation Weather Standards; Wide Area Augmentation Systems (WAAS) Operational Implementation Manager; Division Manager for Air Traffic Planning, Information and Analysis; and numerous Air Traffic Controller Manager positions in three air traffic field facility options – enroute, terminal and automated flight service stations. Ms. Ford has also been the designated FAA representative and/or speaker at international and domestic conferences; e.g., Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), Institute of Navigation (ION) Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), Asian Pacific Economic Council, 10th Air Navigation Conference, National Business Aviation Association, Association of American Airport Executives, Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association, and numerous other aviation, air traffic control and aviation weather conferences. Ms. Ford received her master’s degree from the University of South Florida, and bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida. Her articles on the operational applications for GPS and WAAS for aviation have been featured in ICAO Journal, Avionics Magazine, Alaska Airman Association Transponder, and other technical publications.
Jason C. Fuehne, P.E., Senior Project Manager, Burns & McDonnell
Jason Fuehne has been with Burns & McDonnell in the Aviation and Federal group for 16 years. He is a graduate with both his bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Illinois, and a member of ASCE's airfield pavement committee. Currently, Mr. Fuehne serves as a senior project manager for Burns & McDonnell and his project experience includes aviation infrastructure programs throughout the United States. He has participated in the design of over five new runways at general aviation airports in just the past three years. Mr. Fuehne’s specialties include pavement design, pavement maintenance, and materials related to the construction of those projects.
James I. Hileman, Ph.D., Chief Scientific and Technical Adviser for Environment and Energy, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Dr. James (Jim) Hileman is the Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor for Environment and Energy for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). In this capacity, he serves as the agency’s technical expert for research and advanced technology development in the areas of environment and energy. Dr. Hileman has responsibility for the environment and energy research portfolio of the FAA, which includes the Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions and Noise (CLEEN) Program; the Aviation Sustainability Center (ASCENT), the FAA Center of Excellence for Alternative Jet Fuels and Environment; and the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI), among other efforts. In addition to being a Chief Scientist for the FAA, Dr. Hileman is the Co-Rapporteur of the Fuels Task Group (FTG) of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP), which is determining how fuels are credited under the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). Prior to joining the FAA, Dr. Hileman was a Principal Research Engineer within the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT. His work focused on alternative jet fuels and innovative aircraft concepts that could reduce the impacts of aviation on noise, air quality and global climate change. He holds a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Ohio State University.
Michael Hines, Manager, Planning and Environmental Division, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Mike Hines has over 30 years of aviation planning experience. He is currently the Manager of the Planning and Environmental Division in the Office of Planning and Programming in the Federal Aviation Administration Office of Airports. This Division provides comprehensive guidance on airport planning including coordinating forecast review, managing the NPIAS, airport-airspace capacity analysis, and supporting the FAA’s NextGen initiatives. The Division also helps airports implement the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other Federal environmental laws and regulations including airport noise compatibility planning (Part 150). Prior to joining the FAA, Mr. Hines held several positions at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (operator of Washington Dulles International and Ronald Reagan National Airports) including airport planner, environmental planner, and Manager of the Authority’s Planning Department. He also spent more than 20 years as an aviation consultant where he prepared airport master plans and conducted a variety of comprehensive planning studies and technical analysis for a diverse aviation customer base consisting primarily of large and medium size commercial service airports.
Michel Hovan, Ph.D., Manager, Airport Technology R&D, Aviation Research Division, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) William J. Hughes Technical Center
Michel Hovan has been the Manager of the FAA’s Airport Technology Research Branch since 2013. Prior to that, he was the Manager of the FAA Airports Safety and Standards Branch in the New England Region from 2006 to 2013. Mr. Hovan previously served as the Program and Project Manager of Airport Research for the FAA’s Airport Technology Research Branch from 1993 to 2006. He was a research engineer with the Minnesota DOT from 1989 to 1993. Mr. Hovan was a Professional Engineer in the State of Minnesota for 20 years. He earned his B.S. degree in civil engineering in Paris, France; a Master of Science in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Manitoba in Canada; and a Ph,D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota.
Robin K. Hunt, CFE, Deputy Director, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Western Pacific Region, Airports Division
Robin Hunt is currently the Deputy Director for the Western Pacific Region Airports Division. She is responsible for the planning, direction, implementation, and evaluation of Airports programs in the Western Pacific Region (Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and the Pacific). Ms. Hunt joined the FAA in May 2008 as the Manager of the San Francisco Airports District Office. As the Manager of the FAA San Francisco Airports District Office, she was responsible for airports in Northern California and Nevada. Prior to joining the Federal Aviation Administration, Ms. Hunt spent over 19 years with the Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General (DOT-OIG). At the DOT-OIG, she served in various Senior Executive Service (SES) and regional management positions, including Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Aviation and Special Program Audits. Ms. Hunt received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Kansas and is a Certified Fraud Examiner.
Douglas B. Johnson, P.E., Senior Civil Engineer – Pavements, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Doug Johnson is the FAA Senior Civil Engineer – Pavements, responsible for the FAA Advisory Circulars relative to the design, construction, maintenance, and evaluation of airfield pavements. He is a member of the FAA Test Center Pavement Technical Advisory Group (PTAG). Mr. JJohnson is currently the rapporteur of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Aerodrome Pavement Expert Group (APEG). He has a BSCE from Missouri S&T (Formally known as University of Missouri – Rolla). Mr. Johnson is a Registered Professional Engineer with 37 years of experience, the last 30 years working on projects at – or for – airports.
John D. Karrasch, Airspace Specialist – Central Region Office, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
John Karrasch serves the public as the Airspace Specialist for the FAA Central Region Office in Kansas City, MO. He has been in this position and with the FAA for five years. In this position, Mr. Karrasch is responsible for processing all aspects of the Part 77 and Part 157 airspace requirements for on airport studies. This includes everything from overseeing the review of construction projects located on airport property, establishing private use facilities, and reviewing off airport Obstruction Evaluation (OE) Studies. During the past five years, he has been involved with various work groups charged with initiating/reviewing/and implementing upgrades to the airspace software systems (OE/AAA) and processes. Mr. Karrasch is also part of the current teaching staff for the FAA internal Airspace Course. In addition to internal teaching, he has the pleasure of teaching airspace-related topics to colleges and conferences throughout the Central Region. His education is in Landscape Architecture and Community Planning. Prior to joining the FAA, Mr. Karrasch spent over 20 years as a consultant, designer, and contractor working on projects ranging from small scale residential to multi-million dollar civic and entertainment projects. He spent his youth working on the family farm and for various agribusinesses in the community. These varied experiences prepared him well for his current position with the FAA. During college, Mr. Karrasch enlisted with the United States Army Reserves and served as a Squad Leader during Operation Desert Storm. He was awarded the U.S. Army Commendation Medal.
Peter J. Kirsch, J.D., Partner, Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell
Peter J. Kirsch is a partner with the law firm of Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell, dividing his time between the firm’s offices in Denver, Colorado and Washington, D.C. For 30 years, Mr. Kirsch has concentrated his practice on airport development. He has represented scores of airports on land use, regulatory and environmental issues that arise in connection with airport operations and development. Mr. Kirsch regularly advises airports on federal legislation and regulations, and airport financial issues and has represented clients in precedent-setting litigation regarding the powers of airport proprietors. Mr. Kirsch has been involved in dozens of airport expansions, redevelopment projects and commercial development projects and frequently advises both airports and investors in airport-related partnerships. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he has been actively advising dozens of airports on the operational adjustments, relief to airport tenants, funding opportunities and legal implications of new mandates for public health safety. He is a frequent speaker at conferences on airport law in the United States and elsewhere. Mr. Kirsch is a graduate of Oberlin College and the University of Chicago Law School and a member of the ACC Board of Directors.
Carlton Lambiasi, P.E., Civil Engineer – Airspace, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Carlton Lambiasi currently serves as a Civil Engineer for the FAA’s Office of Airports, Airport Engineering Division located in Washington D.C., specializing in the field of airspace. He began his FAA career in 2006 and worked for the Great Lakes Region for about 10 years. In 2017, Mr. Lambiasi joined the Airport Engineering Division in Headquarters. He is responsible for the management and coordination of airport design standards relating to the protection of airspace surrounding a runway. Mr. Lambiasi serves as the airport engineering coordinator addressing the issues of obstacles, airspace, and airport approach and departure surfaces. He represents the United States in international working groups, to ensure our country’s interests are protected while fulfilling the mission of promoting global standardization. Mr. Lambiasi has earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois and is a licensed Professional Engineer.
Michael A. Lawrance, Senior Airport Planner, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Michael A. Lawrance is a senior airport planning specialist with the FAA’s Office of Airport Planning and Programming in Washington D.C. He is responsible for developing and coordinating various airport and aviation planning policy documents for the Office of Airports. Mr. Lawrance provides guidance and technical analysis on airport master and system planning, aviation demand forecasts, airport layout plans, airport facility planning, and related airport and aviation planning functions. He previously held senior planner positions at San Francisco International Airport in both Landside Operations and in the Bureau of Planning and Environmental Affairs. Prior to SFO, Mr. Lawrance was a Senior Airport Planner at Washington Group International (now AECOM), responsible for the preparation of Airport Master Plans, Airport Layout Plans, and environmental assessments and reports in Denver and Cambridge, MA.
Genevieve E. Long, P.E., LEED AP, Program Director, Applied Pavement Technology, Inc.
Genevieve (Gen) Long is the Program Director for the Department of Defense and Commercial Airport Program at Applied Pavement Technology, Inc. (APTech). She has 16 years of experience in pavement engineering, and is involved with pavement evaluation, pavement design, pavement management, training, and research projects. Ms. Long has served as Project Manager for airport pavement management programs (PMPs) and pavement evaluation and design projects across North America. She has extensive experience working at commercial airports and military facilities, with many of her projects including a structural analysis component. In addition to pavement management services, Ms. Long has extensive pavement evaluation and design experience, including analyzing falling weight deflectometer (FWD) deflection data, calculating Pavement Classification Numbers (PCNs), developing pavement design alternatives, conducting life-cycle analyses (LCCAs), and training clients in these various pavement management, evaluation, and design items. She uses a variety of pavement design and evaluation software programs in her work, including FAARFIELD and COMFAA, and has served as an instructor for the Airport Consultants Council (ACC) Airport Pavement Design, Evaluation, and Analysis Workshop. Ms. Long has also presented on the Pavement Classification Number—Aircraft Classification Number (PCN-ACN) airfield pavement strength reporting method at several conferences throughout the country.
Joe Manges, Senior Attorney, Airports and Environmental Law Division, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)/Office of the Chief Counsel
Joe Manges is a senior attorney with the FAA Office of Chief Counsel, Airports and Environmental Law Division. He has over 32 years of legal experience. Mr. Manges practices in the Airports Law Branch and supports the following areas: Airport Improvement Program, Airport Compliance Program, Airport Safety Program, and the Airport Civil Rights Programs. He also provides support for the FAA’s airport noise and access restrictions program under the Airport Noise and Capacity Act of 1990. Mr. Manges represents the FAA in administrative proceedings involving airport grant assurance compliance and works closely with the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of the FAA in federal court litigation concerning airport matters. Mr. Manges comes from an aviation family, and is a certificated pilot based out of KHEF.
Michael A. Meyers, P.E., Supervisory Engineer, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Michael Meyers serves as the Acting Manager for the Airport Engineering Division of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), He manages the day-to-day operations of the engineering division, to include oversight of advisory circular updates and engineering briefs. Mr. Meyers also manages the initiatives involving Runway Safety Areas and EMAS, as well as the Airports Data and Information Program (ADIP). Additionally, his incumbent position is the Manager of the newly formed Airport Data and Airspace Branch, within the division. Prior to working in his role as the acting manager, Mr. Meyers has served as the Deputy Manager of Airport Engineering since 2016, and prior to that as a Civil Airport Engineer in this division starting in 2009. In that role, he primarily managed the Runway Safety Area (RSA) Program, which also involved the installation of Engineered Materials Arresting Systems (EMAS) at various airports. Under his leadership, the United States Congressional Mandate to improve all RSAs was successfully completed on December 31, 2015. Prior to working with the FAA, Mr. Meyers worked as an Aviation Specialist with Jacobs Engineering in Arlington, VA from 2008-2009, and prior to that, he worked as an Airport Engineer with URS Corporation (now part of AECOM) in Baltimore from 2000-2008. Mr. Meyers developed his interest in airports while working as an intern with the Virgin Islands Port Authority at Cyril E. King Airport on his home island of St. Thomas. Mr. Meyers holds an Engineering Science degree from the University of Virginia and is a professionally licensed civil engineer in Maryland and Virginia. Additionally, he is a 2013 graduate of the FAA’s Program for Emerging Leaders (PEL) and a 2018 graduate of the FAA’s Airports Leadership Development Program (ALDP).
J.J. Morton, P.E., Senior Vice President, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.
Arthur (J.J.) Morton is a Senior Vice President with Kimley-Horn and has over 20 years of experience in civil engineering, specializing in aviation airside and landside design and construction administration and management. He has been project manager or engineer on more than 20 runways, 36 taxiways and 15 aprons at 22 air carrier airports requiring knowledge of airspace, airport operational considerations, and a thorough knowledge of the FAA Advisory Circulars and coordination with municipal, state, and federal agencies. Mr. Morton currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Airport Consultants Council (ACC) and is the past Chair of the ACC Engineering Committee and the ACC/AAAE Planning, Design and Construction Symposium. Mr. Morton also served as the Vice Chair of the ACC Institute and has presented at several ACC training events and conferences.
Chad G. Nixon, President/Chairman, McFarland Johnson, Inc.
Chad G. Nixon serves as President and Chairman of the Board at McFarland Johnson, Inc. (MJ), a national consultancy providing program management, planning, environmental, engineering, and construction phase services for both private and public infrastructure projects large and small. Mr. Nixon brings tremendous energy to the company and is consistently sought out for his innovative problem-solving skills. He leads the strategic growth of MJ’s transportation, aviation, environmental and civil/facilities divisions and provides oversight relative to new services, growth opportunities and industry trends. Mr. Nixon has a highly diverse background that includes contract negotiations, program management, and financial planning. He has performed FAA and DOD airspace liaison duties in numerous countries including Malaysia, Thailand, and Oman. Mr. Nixon’s areas of aviation expertise include aviation forecasting, economic analysis, business planning, and project management. He currently serves as Special Projects Manager on statewide and airport specific planning projects. Mr. Nixon received his MBA with a specialization in Aviation from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He serves on numerous national, state, and regional committees and boards of directors such as the American Association of Airport Executives National Board, the Lourdes Foundation, and the New York Aviation Management Association Board. Mr. Nixon has a strong bond with his community through volunteerism and civic activities. He assists local aspiring entrepreneurs through his interaction with the Pre-Seed Workshop and is credited with inventing the Airport Dynamic Analysis Tool, which automates the aviation planning process. Mr. Nixon has also served as a Cub Scout leader, is an Adjunct Professor at Binghamton University in the Scholar’s Program where he has been engaged in aviation research for approximately 10 years.
Gail C. Orendorff, J.D., Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)/Office of Chief Counsel
Gail Orendorff is a Senior Attorney in the headquarters Environmental Law Branch in the Airports and Environmental Law Division of the Office of Chief Counsel. Ms. Orendorff has been with the FAA since 2003 and has a background in environmental litigation and environmental law compliance. She has worked extensively with the Office of Airports on environmental approvals for airport development projects, as well as policy matters for the Airports Line of Business, and providing advice and counsel on environmental matters to other FAA Lines of Business and Staff Offices, including the Office of Commercial Space Transportation, the Air Traffic Organization, the Flight Standards Service, and the Office of Environment and Energy. Prior to joining the FAA, Ms. Orendorff worked for the Department of Justice’s Environmental and Natural Resources Division, where she defended federal agencies’ compliance with environmental laws and regulations.
Sylvia A. Palmer, MPH, Director of Operations and Regulatory Affairs, Airport Consultants Council (ACC)
Sylvia Palmer has several years of experience of program management, regulatory affairs, advocacy, and policy development in various industries. She has managed regulatory initiatives and environmental health and safety initiatives in an ongoing commitment to help improve human health, safety, and the environment. As a subject matter expert, Ms. Palmer has provided support on projects for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT), developing web-based materials for communicating best practices for regulatory compliance on topics including hazardous materials transportation, hazard and risk assessment, hazard communication, HAZWOPER and construction safety. At ACC, she provides strategic leadership and member support for various FAA regulatory and technical issues, manages committees, and helps craft policy recommendations on matters relevant to the airport development member community. Ms. Palmer earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry with Honors at the University of Sierra Leone, and her Master of Public Health in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Brad W. Rolf, P.E., Vice President, Mead & Hunt, Inc.
Brad Rolf serves as an Environmental National Practice Leader and Project Manager for Mead & Hunt, Inc. With a degree in civil and environmental engineering, and licensed as a Professional Engineer, he has over 20 years of aviation environmental planning experience. Mr. Rolf’s responsibilities are concentrated in the preparation of planning and environmental documentation, including FAR Part 150 Studies, Environmental Impact Statements (EIS), Environmental Assessments (EA), and Environmental Review analysis in support of Categorical Exclusions. Additionally, he is assisting airports with the preparation of sustainability plans, greenhouse gas inventories, and environmental stewardship initiatives.
Mike A. Rottinghaus, P.E., Civil Engineer, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) – Office of Airports
Mike Rottinghaus is a senior Civil Engineer in the FAA’s Office of Airport Safety and Standards, Airport Engineering Division. He has over 32 years of service with the FAA and currently serves as a subject matter expert (SME) for standards for marking, signage, and airport construction safety. Mr. Rottinghaus previously served as a management and program analyst in FAA’s Planning and Programming Office, providing agency guidance and policy interpretation in support of the Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Prior to arriving at FAA headquarters, he served as the engineering team lead for the FAA Central Region Airports Division. Mr. Rottinghaus holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri – Columbia and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Missouri.
Tracy J. Saunders, P.E., C.M., Vice President/Design Manager, Delta Airport Consultants, Inc.
Tracy Saunders has over 27 years of airport design and construction experience, all with Delta Airport Consultants, Inc. Currently he serves as Delta’s Design Manager, where he is responsible for management, leadership, and quality control of firm-wide airport development design projects. Duties include coordination with multiple offices, team members, and subconsultants, technical leadership and support, teambuilding, and mentoring. Mr. Saunders also serves as Project Manager on large scale and complex projects. Prior to this role, Mr. Saunders served as Project Manager on numerous major and complex runway, taxiway, apron, and lighting improvement projects. He is very experienced with projects including pavement rehabilitations, rigid and flexible pavement, and complex design and construction phasing. Mr. Saunders graduated from NC State University with a BS in Civil Engineering and is also a Certified Member of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE). Currently he serves as the Chair of the Airport Consultants Council (ACC) Engineering Committee.
D. Kirk Shaffer, Associate Administrator for Airports, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Kirk Shaffer was reappointed by President Donald Trump and Secretary Elaine Chao as Associate Administrator for Airports on December 17, 2018. He served in this role previously between 2007-2009. Mr. Shaffer has more than 30 years of experience as an entrepreneurial airport executive, advocate, and regulator. He leads more than 500 employees, manages an annual budget of $3.35 billion (which includes an operating budget of about $112 million), and is responsible for the Airport Improvement Program grants, which total around $7 billion annually, as well as two major research programs. Mr. Shaffer is also responsible for overseeing national airport safety and standards, planning, engineering, environmental processing, financial assistance, and compliance programs for more than 3,320 public-use airports nationwide. He is the author of the nation's first Letter of Intent securing a Federal funding commitment for an airport capacity project in advance of appropriations, thus inventing an airport infrastructure finance system, which now yields about $7 billion annually in safety, security, and capacity investment. Mr. Shaffer also created the business-based U.S. Customs and Border Protection Service documentation eliminating bureaucratic requirements and facilitating the first-ever public-private partnership airport/landside international border crossing between Tijuana, Mexico and Otay Mesa, California. He returns to the FAA from service as the principal for D. Kirk Shaffer, PLLC and as senior counsel at an AmLaw 100 international law firm, where he provided strategic policy and planning counsel and consensus building among a variety of aviation stakeholders and clients. From 1986 to 2004, Mr. Shaffer served simultaneously in positions as executive assistant to the president, director of properties, and general counsel to the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority. In those capacities, he worked on a wide range of environmental, construction, and airport funding issues, especially those related to the FAA's Airport Improvement Program and the National Environmental Policy Act. He also served as chairperson and vice chair of the legal committee for Airports Council International-North America. Mr. Shaffer is a veteran of the U.S. Army and is Ranger, airborne, jumpmaster, and air assault qualified. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point; a law degree from the University of Texas at Austin; and a Master of Laws degree from The Judge Advocate General's School of the U.S. Army. He is also a private pilot. Mr. Shaffer is a certified member of the American Association of Airport Executives and a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia, the State of Tennessee, and the State of Texas in addition to numerous Federal courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States.
T.J. Schulz, President, Airport Consultants Council (ACC)
T.J. Schulz was appointed by the ACC Board of Directors to become President of ACC in January 2014. His duties include routinely interfacing with aviation-related government agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the U.S. Congress concerning high-priority technical, regulatory, and legislative issues. Mr. Schulz has more than 25 years in transportation policy experience. During his 14 years with ACC, he has represented airport development companies and suppliers in several diverse matters relating to aviation policy and regulations. Mr. Schulz has been the industry representative in numerous interactions with FAA and TSA, including serving as an appointed member of the TSA Aviation Security Advisory Committee. He was instrumental in the formation of the Security Manufacturers Coalition (SMC), an organization of security technology manufacturers formed under ACC, and he currently serves as the Director of the coalition. Mr. Schulz also serves on the board of the Aero Club of Washington. He is an expert in surface transportation. Prior to his tenure at ACC, Mr. Schulz worked as the Director of Transportation Programs for the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) and worked for 10 years at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). He graduated from Bucknell University with a B.A. in Political Science.
Scott M. Tumolo, Director – Terminal Planning, C&S Companies
Scott Tumolo is terminal planning leader for C&S Companies, based in San Francisco. He has 18 years of airport planning and architecture design experience, with the last 14 years focused on terminal planning. Mr. Tumolo has worked with more than 25 small to large hub airports, assisting them in creating high-level terminal development strategies that meet projected passenger demand, but maintain financial feasibility and promote environmental stewardship. He is an expert in airport terminal innovative trends, including the passenger processing evolution. Mr. Tumolo’s core strengths are strategic airport planning, terminal planning, master planning, apron/aircraft parking layouts, and airfield and facilities planning.
Beth White, Senior Strategist for Industry and Public Engagement, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Beth White is currently Senior Strategist for Industry and Public Engagement for the FAA Air Traffic Organization. She is responsible for the coordination of a matrixed team that is developing standards for engagement efforts with aviation stakeholders, as well as local communication efforts with local communities. Prior to her move to the Air Traffic Organization, Ms. White was the Senior Advisor of Communications for the FAA. She was responsible for the creation, development, and implementation of a strategic communications campaign to educate and promote the modernization of the national airspace system. The initiative – known as NextGen – is a $42 billion dollar investment in aviation infrastructure.
Jack F. Williams, J.D., Attorney-Advisor, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)/Office of Chief Counsel
Jack F. Williams is an attorney in the Airports and Environmental Law Division of the Federal Aviation Administration's Office of Chief Counsel, where he leads all matters related to AFFF and PFAS. Previously, Mr. Williams worked on litigation in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Department of Justice. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law and has published many articles in the environmental law field.
Jen E. Wolchansky, AICP, ENV SP, Project Manager, Mead & Hunt, Inc.
Jen Wolchansky is a project manager with nearly 15 years of experience in environmental and sustainability planning. She is a certified planner under the American Institute for Certified Planners and a certified Envision Sustainability Professional. Ms. Wolchansky leads environmental and sustainability planning for airports and other organizations, addressing growth and facility needs, all while considering the need to minimize financial, operational, social, and environmental impacts. Throughout her work on aviation, environmental and sustainability planning projects, she has gained extensive experience preparing and managing sustainability plans, environmental planning documents, and Part 150 Noise Studies. Ms. Wolchansky has worked on environmental and sustainability planning for multiple airports including Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW), Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), Denver International Airport (DEN), Flagstaff Airport (FLG), Jackson Hole Airport (JAC), and Aspen-Pitkin County Airport (ASE), among others. Most recently, she has developed sustainability programs, conducted NEPA analyses, managed PFAS investigations, developed resiliency strategies, and participated in Part 150 Noise Compatibility Studies for airports across the country. Ms. Wolchansky contributes to environmental and sustainability planning on a national level as a member of the ACI Sustainability Planning Workgroup and AAAE Environmental Working Group. She served on the ACRP Panel – Climate Resilience and Benefit Cost Analysis: A Handbook for Airports and is currently chair of the Airports Consultants Council (ACC) Planning and Environmental Committee.
Jean Wolfers-Lawrence, Environmental Analyst, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Jean Wolfers-Lawrence is an Environmental Specialist within the FAA’s Office of Airports, Airport Planning and Programming (APP) Division. As an Environmental Specialist within APP, she is involved in revising and implementing NEPA and environmental policy. Additionally, Ms. Wolfers-Lawrence is a team member on FAA’s only current project subject to One Federal Decision, the LGA Airport Access Improvement Project EIS. She has also been heavily involved in FAA’s response to the Infrastructure Permitting Dashboard and environmental streamlining initiatives.
PARTICIPANT PROGRAM RESOURCE MATERIALS
Below please find valuable resources for your use during the 2020 ACC Virtual Airports Technical Workshop (ATW).
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