Leadership

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Lynette Ashland

President  | Convention Exhibit Coordinator
♦ A&P with Inspection Authorization (IA)
♦ Chief of Maintenance
♦ Corporate Mechanic
♦ AWAM Event & Exhibit Coordinator

Lynette Ashland has over 25 years experience in the world of corporate aviation maintenance. She is a licensed A&P mechanic with an IA. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Thomas Moore College. Lynette also served as an experienced regulatory compliance manager for many maintenance facilities within corporate aviation. She instituted the research and development of RSP implementation in creating a FAA Certified Repair Station. She has a multitude of talents surrounding her aviation career including Chief Inspector, QMS Inspector and Maintenance Control Supervisor.

Her mastery of multi-tasking is evident with her management role of President along with AWAM Coordinator for Convention Exhibits. She also finds the time to manage all of AWAM’s social media to include facebook and linkedin. She has successfully grown the facebook group to well over 200 members. She develops the monthly eNews for AWAM. In her spare time she maintains the role of Chief of Maintenance for a Citation II based out of Cincinnati, OH.

Jane Shelton

Vice President | Education Chair
♦ Airbus Americas A320 Assembly Line
♦ A&P with Inspection Authorization (IA)
♦ Former USAF Crew Chief
♦ AWAM IA/Recurrent Training Chairperson

Jane Shelton’s 28 year aviation maintenance career started in the USAF as an A-10, F-16 crew chief. After leaving Germany, she started work on the Undergraduate Naval Flight Officers (UNFO) program at NAS Pensacola, working on Citations and Sabreliners as a mechanic and inspector, troubleshooting all systems and engine components. Over the course of 20 years her organization achieved over 300,000 maintenance mishap-free flight hours.

She graduated from Troy University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Aircraft Maintenance Management and obtained an FAA Inspectors Authorization. In 2010 she accepted a Quality Assurance position with the USAF Combat Support Officers (CSO) program working on the T-6 aircraft. Early 2011 Jane was awarded a Pratt and Whitney Engine Scholarship through AWAM. She is presently employed with Airbus Americas A320 Assembly Line in Mobile, Ala., as a Quality Conformance Manager.

Laura Gordon

Secretary |  Past President
♦ AAvionics Technician, American Airlines
♦ Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) Mechanic

When Laura Gordon was growing up, she wanted to be a ballerina, and was, briefly, then opened a classical ballet school, which she operated for twenty years and was a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dancing. Ready to switch careers, and having gotten her private pilot’s license, she attended Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics and graduated in avionics. She was immediately hired by Pan Am at JFK, but preferring a warmer climate, relocated to the Miami area, working avionics line maintenance for Eastern Airlines.
After Pan Am and Eastern shut down, she was hired by FlightSafety International as a subject matter expert to develop training on the Airbus Avionics. As a project manager she continued to develop training for most corporate aircraft and lead the co-development of the initial Gulfstream V training. She then was Director of Learning Solutions for Aviation Learning, and Program Manager with Carley Corporation, developing military training, with her longest project the development of training for the Joint Strike Fighter.
Laura is currently working as a Sr. Instructional Designer for United Health Care and as bookkeeper for her church. She holds a FAA Private Pilot, Airframe, and PowerPlant Licenses and FCC RadioTelephone license. She has an Associate Degree in Specialized Technology from Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics and a Masters in Aviation/Aerospace Educational Technology from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She lives in the country in central Florida.

Teressa Stark

Treasurer | Web Development
♦ Retired Healthcare Professional

Teressa Stark is a retired healthcare practitioner and entrepreneur. She is a graduate of Santa Fe Community College, the University of Florida,and Barry University. Her varied career includes practicing as a Registered Nurse, Vice-President of a communications company and most recently a Physician.

She is passionate about supporting women who work and excel in non-traditional occupations.

Andrew Csondor

Director | Scholarship Chairperson
♦ Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) Mechanic
♦ B.S. Degree – Aviation Maintenance Technology
♦ Technical Analyst – Engine Test Cells, Delta Air Lines, Inc.
♦ Private Pilot

Drew Csondor graduated from Western Michigan University in 2012 with his Bachelors of Science in Aviation Maintenance Technology. While at Western he worked as a line technician refueling and marshaling aircraft and also completed a 7-month internship with the fleet maintenance department. During his internship he helped with 50 and 100 hour inspections on Cirrus SR-20, Piper Seminole, and Piper Arrow aircraft. He also won six scholarships while at Western. (2-Pratt & Whitney, 2-Delta Air Lines, Inc., 1-West Michigan Business Aircraft Association, 1-SnapOn).
Drew started his aviation career with Delta Global Services as a Maintenance Records Coordinator in 2012. He currently works for Delta Air Lines, Inc. at their TechOps facility in Atlanta, GA. During his time with Delta he has worked as a Material Controller in the JT8D-219 engine shop, a Records Specialist, as well an AMT in the Engine Test Cell facility. He currently works as a Technical Analyst in the Engine Test Cell facility. Drew also has his private pilot’s license and has 12 years of IT experience as a network administrator and network security officer.

Angel Green

Director | Chapter Chairperson
♦ Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) Mechanic
♦ B.S. Degree Aviation Maintenance Management
♦ Line Maintenance Supervisor UPS Next Day Air Operation

Angel Green got bitten by the Aviation bug on a school trip to Paris, France. She absolutely loved her first commercial flight and wanted to do something in the airline industry. She went to A&P School just outside of Detroit Michigan, at Michigan Institute of Aeronautics while working part time at UPS loading the airplanes and holding flashlights for the mechanics every chance she got. She had her first experience with the power of networking in 2003. After obtaining her A&P and FCC licenses she attended the Women in Aviation Conference. She was introduced to the Association of Women in Aviation Maintenance (AWAM) group and found a community within the small aviation world that supported her in her endeavors. Her first job in aviation was with Timco Aviation Services in Goodyear, Arizona. While in Arizona she gained valuable mechanical experience working on nearly every type of commercial jet from MD-80’s to 777.

During her time there she met and married her husband of 10 years and had three adorable children who are now 10, 8 and 6. The company she was working for changed hands to AeroTurbine and she became an alternate lead first and advanced to a lead mechanic taking on the responsibility of running her own crew. She kept UPS on her radar and when she discovered the Management Trainee Program, decided to go back to school and work towards her degree. After attending another Women in Aviation Conference where she renewed her AWAM national membership, she started to get more involved in networking and improving her professional footprint. She received her Bachelor of Science in Aviation Maintenance Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University shortly after joining UPS and is now a Line Maintenance Supervisor on the UPS Next Day Air Operation. In addition to her supervisor responsibilities she also holds the office of chapter secretary in the local Louisville AWAM chapter and is involved in the many volunteer opportunities for community outreach and education.

Judith Grigsby

Director | Education Co-chairperson
♦ Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) Mechanic / I.A.
♦ Extensive US Army Active Duty/ Army Reserves Service
♦ Primary Base Mechanic Air Evac Lifeteam

Judith Grigsby is a certified A&P mechanic with Inspection Authorization. Her 22 year venture into aviation maintenance grew from her service with both the Active Duty Army & DoD Civilian/Army Reserves, as an avionics technician/aircraft electrician, and later, as a CH-47D rotor-wing mechanic/crew chief. She transitioned to become an Army Reserve Warrant Officer and completed her service in the reserves as an Aviation Maintenance Manager for the component repair section of her unit. In transition from maintaining government aircraft, she worked as an avionics II installer for Bell Helicopter at Edward’s & Associates. Currently, and for the last eight years, she has been a primary base mechanic for Air Evac Lifeteam, a helicopter air ambulance operator; she also provides part-time maintenance services in the private helicopter sector.

As a previous volunteer and mentor for the Girl Scouts, she naturally became a dedicated AWAM member and volunteer. Judith has a passion to help and assist anyone, especially other women, to achieve career success within the aviation industry, as she is also a three-time AWAM scholarship recipient herself. She expresses her creative and artistic talents through various outlets and mediums, as she often applies them to her passion in aviation through past designs of military unit emblems, a heavy-lift helicopter battalion unit poster for Boeing, to currently making vintage aviation-themed jewelry and creations for fund raising, just to name a few. In her spare time she also likes to spend time firing a few rounds off at the range, kayaking, to hiking out in the wilderness.

Laura Mancevich

Director
♦ Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) Mechanic
♦ Co-organizer of Seattle Multi-Divisional Safety Fair, Delta
♦ Coordinator of Seattle Safety/Environmental Operations, Delta

Laura Mancevich brings 28 years of aviation experience. She started her career as a Line Aircraft Mechanic with a commuter airline (Simmons Air) in Michigan, where she was born and raised. She accepted a job offer from Delta Air lines, Inc. in the fall of 1988 and joined the Cabin Overhaul Crew beginning January 16, 1989, in Atlanta. Laura’s passion for aviation and job quality saw her promoted repeatedly, including leading the way as the first female mechanic at Delta’s Seattle station. While Delta has employed women mechanics since 1942, this exciting milestone gave Laura another opportunity to raise awareness of aviation for women in general and serve as a role model and mentor for the Seattle station.

Laura helped in another landmark event: serving as a member of the organization team for Seattle’s first Multi-Divisional Safety Fair to benefit Delta’s aircraft customer service, flight attendants, pilots, and mechanics. Coordinating the safety/environmental operations of Settle’s Aircraft Line Maintenance has provided her with the opportunity to identify and coordinate with several manufacturing companies to improve their products. In addition, she serves as Co-Chair for the “Santa Express” outreach program which gives Seattle area children from various economic groups an exciting and fun aviation introduction. The children get a “flight to the North Pole” to visit Santa (the jet is taxied from the Seattle Airport gate to the Delta hangar).

Laura’s small farming community roots with several generations working in the auto industry laid the foundation for her outside-of-the-box thinking for new ways to bring to the public awareness of aviation as a career, She is featured in Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee’s (AJAC) YouTube video, “What is an Aircraft Mechanic?” which has served to raise awareness and build excitement globally.

Stephanie Morris

Director | Scholarship Co-chairperson
♦ AMT Student at Georgia Northwestern Technical College
♦ B. S. Degree in Psychology
♦ FAA Airframe Mechanic Certificate
♦ Basic Machinist Certification

Stephanie Morris’ aviation career began as an intern at Gulfstream. After leaving Gulfstream, she received her B.S. Degree in Psychology from Berry College. She then worked in the video communication field. She quickly learned that aviation maintenance was her passion, so she enrolled in the A & P program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. She has successfully completed the airframe program receiving her “A” License. She is finishing her powerplant license and has enrolled in a flight school. She discovered her love for helicopters and hopes to land a job in this field after graduation.

Elise Levi

Scholarship Committee Member
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Elise Levi graduated from South Seattle College with an Associate’s Degree in Aeronautical Technology in 2016. She also took online classes in Meteorology and Statistics through the University of Maine at Machias to complete her Bachelor’s Degree. While at South Seattle College, Elise served as Secretary and then President of AWAM Chapter 19. During her tenure with Chapter 19, she fostered relationships between industry professionals, airlines, other AWAM Chapters, and her fellow A&P students. She also participated in outreach to high school students about careers in aviation and aircraft maintenance.
Elise has also won multiple scholarships which include FlightSafety International and United Parcel Service. These courses have provided invaluable tools she utilizes on every aircraft.
Since graduating from South Seattle, Elise has been an Airframe and Powerplant Intern with Delta Air Lines, Inc. at SeaTac working Line Maintenance. She came to the trade of aircraft maintenance as an artist and finds that the craft of being an A&P satisfies her hunger to be mentally and materially challenged by her work. She likes the exacting, critical nature of the work and finds airplanes to be most compelling. She loves being an aircraft mechanic and knows she made the right career choice.

Anna Romer

Director
♦ AWAM Student of the Year 2005
♦ Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) Mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), Private Pilot (SEL)
♦ Airlines, General Aviation, Manufacturing, Corporate Aviation
♦ AWAM Director

Anna Romer is a past AWAM Student of the Year Award winner as well as the recipient of eighteen national aviation scholarships. In addition to completing her Private Pilot’s license in a Piper Cherokee Warrior II from Thunderbird Aviation, she also earned an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Aviation Maintenance and her A&P License in 2006 from Minneapolis Community and Technical College. In 2011, she earned her IA at Baker’s School of Aeronautics in Nashville, TN. In October 2015, she was accredited by IBAC as an IS-BAH Auditor. She is currently pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Aviation Maintenance Management with a Minor in Aviation Safety through Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide.

Anna has rapidly advanced throughout her aviation maintenance career. She started as a Line Service Technician, and then went on to become an Aircraft Maintenance Technician for an FBO, airline, and aircraft manufacturer. She has worked in quality as an Inspector for a jet engine and aircraft manufacturer, as well as a Quality Engineer overseeing aircraft production. Currently she is working her dream job as a Flight Mechanic on a corporate jet aircraft.

Anna enjoys aviation, hopes to serve as a mentor and role model for future generations of women in aviation maintenance, and aspires to become a Director of Maintenance.

Gail Rouscher

Director
♦ Western Michigan University faculty
♦ Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) Mechanic / Corporate
♦ Former U. S. Navy Aviation Machinists Mate
♦ AWAM Chapter Chairperson

Gail Rouscher’s career in aviation began in the U.S. Navy as an Aviation Machinists Mate stationed in Rota, Spain where she supported the squadrons by maintaining the powerplants for the TF30, T34, and F404 engines. She was transferred to Naval Air Facility (NAF) Detroit and attached to AIMD where she supported the VP-93 squadron and performed maintenance on the T-56 engine, APU, and propeller for the P-3 Orion, and became test-cell qualified for the T-56 engine.

She earned her A&P license, then worked for Duncan Aviation, performing composite and sheetmetal repairs and modifications to corporate aircraft. During her time with the avionics department, she was heavily involved with the testing and modification of aircraft during the Reduced Vertical Separation Minimums (RVSM) initiative.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management and Organizational Development and a Master of Arts Degree in Organizational Management from Spring Arbor University. She currently is on the faculty at Western Michigan University teaching maintenance courses in Reciprocating Engine Systems, Test Evaluation and Instrumentation, Propellers, Structures, Composite Repair and classes in the flight science curriculum.

Marcia Buckingham

Ambassador | Past President
♦ AWAM co-founder
♦ Past  Treasurer
♦ Charter member

Marcia Buckingham is a licensed A&P and IA, and a 16 year veteran of the Space Shuttle Program, first as a Mechanical and Electrical Technician and later as a Lead Quality Control Inspector. She was the first female Spacecraft Operator (SCO) at Kennedy Space Center. SCOs or “grounded astronauts” perform system tests and checkout from the cockpit of the Orbiter between launches.

Marcia is also a certified Airline Transport Pilot and a Flight Instructor in fixed and rotor wing. She is working toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering Technology and was awarded the 2003 AMT of the Year Award.

Marcia can often be found during Sun ‘n Fun in the Workshops as Co-Chair and providing recurrent training on electrical topics. She is currently completing a degree program in electrical engineering. She also displays her musical talents performing in two bands: “Fly By Night” and “No Boyz Allowed.”

Robin Lamar

Ambassador | Past President
♦ AWAM co-founder
♦ Past Vice-President
♦ United Airlines, retired
♦ Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) Technician
♦ Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) Instructor

Robin Lamar is a co-founder and Past President & Vice-President of AWAM. Currently retired, she was a Line Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic for over twenty-one years, first with TWA and then with United Airlines. She is also retired from both Airframe and Powerplant Instructor and the PAMA National Board. She was the first woman A&P at TWA’s Los Angeles Maintenance facility.

Robin utilizes her expertise as a Speaker and Instructor in Aviation Maintenance programs at colleges, youth training events, community outreach and in AWAM’s Speakers Network. Granted the title of AWAM Ambassador, she is a strong, innovative representative to the international aviation industry. She is a Speaker and Radio Talk Show host at Sun ‘n Fun.

Robin has been an EAA member for over 20 years. She is a recipient of the prestigious Aero Club Scholarship Award and the 2001 AMT of the Year award.

Robin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology and possesses a background in social work. With her husband, she owns a hangar, a Cessna 182 and an experimental aircraft kit plane project at Santa Paula Airport in California.

Sharon Riffle

Ambassador | Girl’s In Aviation Day Chairperson
♦ AAvionics Technician, American Airlines
♦ Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) Mechanic

Sharon Riffle is a licensed A&P mechanic with varied Overhaul and Field experience and currently works as an Avionics Technician with American Airlines.

She earned a Master’s degree in Communication Studies from West Virginia University. Her varied career in the aviation and aerospace industry includes working as an Instructor at NASA’s Alabama Space and Rocket Center and Underwater Astronaut Training Facility and as a collegiate and corporate educator. Relocating to the Caribbean, Sharon spent many years working on a variety of aircraft including airlines, vintage rotor and seaplanes. She was instrumental in developing youth aviation programs and curriculum for the U. S. Virgin Islands Department of Education.

She holds the position of Chair of the Working Women’s Committee for the Air Transport Division of the Transport Workers Union and is active in AWAM and WAI events. As a youth & community volunteer, she also assists in leadership training/mentoring for women in the industry & is a student pilot.

Linda Sollars

Ambassador | International Chapter Chair
♦ Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) mechanic
Electronics Certificate
♦ Airbus A320 pilot for JetBlue Airways
♦ Aviation Safety Professional
♦ Former Chief Pilot and Director of System Safety for 121 Airlines
♦ Charter member of AWAM

Linda Sollars, CPCC, MBA, received her private pilot’s certificate in 1987 while completing her Masters in Business Administration at the University of Connecticut. After enjoying a decade long career in the Financial Services industry and private flying, she left to pursue an education in aviation maintenance and advanced flying. In 1998 she received her Associates in Applied Science in Aviation Maintenance Technology, along with her FAA A&P certificate and an Electronics Technology Certificate at Frederick Community College. She started flying for Part 121 airlines that same year and is currently flying Airbus 320’s for a major US carrier.

Linda has served in various leadership roles in airlines including Chief Pilot and Director, System Safety. She enjoyed being an Adjunct Professor for Vaughn College of Aeronautics teaching Airline Management in India. With her Aviation Safety background, she has worked on several domestic and international projects in safety, regulatory oversight and NextGen technologies. Publications include maintenance safety issues and aviation career development. Speaking engagement topics include System Safety, NextGen and Oversight.

In addition to her aviation passions, Linda is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, and a certified Science of Raw Food Nutrition Educator.

Denise Waters

Ambassador | Past President
♦ Charter member

Denise Waters has been involved in General Aviation since 1988. She began flying and working on aircraft while enjoying previous careers in music education and telecommunication management. Today she holds a FAA A&P license, Light-Sport Repairman-Airplane, Commercial Pilot, with Instrument license for single and multi-engine aircraft, and a single engine seaplane rating. She owns and maintains a 1979 Grumman Tiger and occupies her spare time working on experimental aircraft construction.

As an avid Air Racer, Denise completed an Around the World Flight (2001) while competing in the London, England to Sydney, Australia Air Race and the Air Race Classic. She’s the Chief Pilot and Lead Mechanic for the “Ride the Sun” Team and has placed first in the 1999 and 2000 Air Race Classics, taken honors in the U.S. Air Race and the Around New Zealand Air Race (2004) and other races, often finishing in the top.