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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.

Committee Members, click HERE for private access!

Call for Nominations!

Nominations several BSC USA steering committee positions is open until April 30, 2019.  Steering Committee members participate in monthly committee teleconferences and participate in-person or via teleconference at two meetings:  the annual meeting held in conjunction with the annual conference and the mid-winter meeting held in Washington, DC.
If you are interested in participating, please send an email expressing your interest in a committee position to: birdstrike.usa@gmail.com.  A committee member will respond to you for further information.

Steering Committee – Voting Position

  • FAA – 1 opening
  • Aerospace Industry – 1 opening
  • Airlines – 1 opening
  • General – 2 openings

Standing Committee Chair (Non-voting Position)

  • Operations & Policy Committee (Chair or Vice-Chair)

Nominations close on Wednesday, April 30, 2019!

The Steering Committee

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

Name/PositionOrganizationSector Rep.
John Weller, ChairFederal Aviation AdministrationFAA
Nick Atwell, Vice ChairUSDA, APHIS, Wildlife ServicesUSDA
Sarah Brammell, Past ChairBlue Wing EnvironmentalPrivate Sector Services

The Steering Committee. Comprised of elected members from representative organizations.
Name/PositionOrganizationSector Rep.
OpenOpenAerospace Industry
Craig QuickGE AviationAerospace Industry
Kim OwenThe Boeing CompanyAerospace Industry
Tahereh BehbehaniSouthwest AirlinesAirlines
Troy LevanenAlaskan Air GroupAirlines
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
Janell BarrilleauxFederal Aviation AdministrationFAA
Janny SiddensFederal Aviation AdministrationFAA
Marcy HeackerSmithsonian InstituteGeneral
Mark CrystalAirline Pilots AssociationGeneral
Sarah BrammelBlue Wing Environmental Private Sector Services
Lisa HarmonSenior Planner, Mead & HuntPrivate Sector Services
Dave MooreStrategic ResultsPrivate Sector Services
Mike BegierUSDA, APHIS, Wildlife ServicesUSDA
Russel OdellUSDA, APHIS, Wildlife ServicesUSDA
Travis GuerrantUSDA, 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
Lisa HarmonMead & HuntCommunications
Mike StephensDane County Regional AirportEducation & Outreach
Amy AndersonNational Wildlife Biologist, FAAMembership
Steve OsmekSeattle-TacomaOperations/Policy
Craig QuickGE AviationResearch & Development