The Committee

The Committee

Bird Strike Committee USA is a volunteer organization directed by a Steering Committee consisting of members from representative organizations, including the Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense, the private sector, aviation industry/airlines and airports.

The Steering Committee

The Executive Committee. Comprised of Chair, Chair-Elect, Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Immediate Past-Chair.

Name/PositionOrganizationSector Rep.
Sarah Brammell, ChairEnvironmental Resource SolutionsPrivate Sector Services
John Weller, Vice ChairFederal Aviation AdministrationFAA
Mike Begier, Immediate PastUSDA, APHIS, Wildlife ServicesUSDA

The Steering Committee. Comprised of elected members from representative organizations.
Name/PositionOrganizationSector Rep.
Chris DemersPratt & Whitney AircraftAerospace Industry
Craig QuickGE AviationAerospace Industry
Kim OwenThe Boeing CompanyAerospace Industry
Tahereh BehbehaniSouthwest AirlinesAirlines
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Nick AtwellPort of Portland AirportAirports
Johnny MetcalfOrlando InternationalAirports
Jeff TurnerMassportAirports
Jay HigginsU.S. NavyDOD
Dan SulllivanU.S.A.F. BASH TeamDOD
David WrightAir National GuardDOD
John WellerFederal Aviation AdministrationFAA
Ron SingletaryFederal Aviation AdministrationFAA
Janny SiddensFederal Aviation AdministrationFAA
Gary CookeNational Business Aviation AssociationGeneral
Carla DoveSmithsonian InstitutionGeneral
Mark CrystalAirline Pilots AssociationGeneral
Sarah BrammelEnvironmental Resource SolutionsPrivate Sector Services
Barthel JosephReed-Joseph, Inc.Private Sector Services
Dave MooreStrategic ResultsPrivate Sector Services
Mike BegierUSDA, APHIS, Wildlife ServicesUSDA
John McConnellUSDA, APHIS, Wildlife ServicesUSDA
Martin LowneyUSDA, APHIS, Wildlife ServicesUSDA

Non-Voting Appointed Steering Committee Members
Name/PositionOrganizationSector Rep.
Phyllis Miller (Secretary)USDA, APHIS, Wildlife ServicesN/A
Laura Francoeur (Treasurer)N/AN/A

Emeritus Members. Nominated, merit-based elected appointments.
Name/PositionOrganizationSector Rep.
Matt KlopeU.S. Navy ret.N/A
Gene LeBoeufFAA/USAF ret.N/A
Ron MerrittDeTect, Inc.N/A
Russell DeFuscoBash, Inc.N/A
Robert DoganUSAFN/A
Richard DolbeerPast ChairN/A

Standing Committee Chairs. Appointed non-voting members.
Name/PositionOrganizationSector Rep.
John OstromMinneapolis/St. Paul Intl. AirportAnnual Conference
Cathy BoylesDFW International AirportCommunications
Mike StephensDane County Regional AirportEducation & Outreach
Amy ReedEnvironmental Resource SolutionsMembership
Steve OsmekSeattle-TacomaOperations/Policy
Craig QuickGE AviationResearch & Development