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The Committee

The Committee

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The Committee
Bird Strike Committee USA (BSC USA) is a volunteer organization dedicated to providing leadership in managing wildlife strikes to aviation. The BSC USA Steering Committee sets policy and is responsible for the actions of BSC USA in accordance with the bylaws. The Steering Committee includes an Executive Committee, members from eight classes of membership, a non-voting Standing Committee, and Emeritus members who work together to further the mission and objectives of BSC USA.

Executive Committee
The five-member Executive Committee includes three voting members of the Steering Committee—the Chair, Vice Chair, and Immediate Past Chair, who are empowered to lead the Steering Committee and take action on behalf of the Steering Committee. Two non-voting positions, the Secretary and  Treasurer, support the Executive Committee.

Steering Committee
In addition to the Executive Committee, the Steering Committee includes representatives from eight classes of membership identified in the bylaws: the Aerospace Industry, Airlines, U.S. Airports, U.S. Department of Defense, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), U.S, Department of Agriculture/APHIS/Wildlife Services (USDA WS), Private Sector Services, and a general classification. Each membership class will include three representatives and function as a subcommittee within the greater Steering Committee.

Standing Committee
Five standing committees are responsible for implementing activities identified by the Standing Committee: Membership, Annual Confrence, Operations & Policy, Research & Development, and Education & Outreach. Standing Committee membership does not include voting privileges.

Emeritus Members
Invaluable support is also provided by Emeritus Members, who are nominated and elected by voting members of the Steering Committee. Emeritus members are voting members who graciously lend their expertise to the committee and its work in support of aviation wildlife hazard management.


EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

CHAIR
John Weller
Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA)

VICE CHAIR
Nick Atwell
Port of Portland
Portland International Airport

PAST CHAIR
Sarah Brammell
Blue Wing
Environmental

TREASURER
Laura Francoeur
Port Authority of
NY / NJ

SECRETARY
Erin O’Connor
American Association of
Airport Executives (AAAE)

STEERING COMMITTEE

AEROSPACE
Craig Quick, Chair
GE Aviation

Kim Owen
The Boeing Company

OPEN

FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION
John Weller, Chair
Washington, D.C.

Janell Barrilleaux
Northwest Region

Janny Siddens
Southwest Region

AIRLINES
Troy Levanen, Chair
Alaska Air Group

Tahereh Behbehani
Southwest Airlines

OPEN

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Travis Guerrant, Chair
Illinois

Russel Odell
California

Michael Begier
Washington, D.C.

AIRPORTS
Nick Atwell, Chair
Port of Portland
Portland International Airport

Cathy Boyles
DFW International Airport

Jeffrey Turner
Massport

PRIVATE SECTOR
Sarah Brammel, Chair
Blue Wing
Environmental

Lisa Harmon
Mead & Hunt, Inc.

David Moore
Strategic Results

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
Jay Higgins, Chair
U.S. Navy

Dan Sullivan
U.S. Air Force/BASH Team

David Wright
Air National Guard

GENERAL
Marcy Heacker, Chair
Smithsonian Institution

OPEN

OPEN

STANDING COMMITTEE

MEMBERSHIP
Amy Anderson
FAA
 

ANNUAL CONFERENCE
John Ostrom
Minneapolis-St. Paul
International Airport

COMMUNICATION
Lisa Harmon
Mead & Hunt, Inc.
 

OPERATIONS & POLICY
Christopher Pollock
Seattle-Tacoma International
Airport

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
Craig Quick
GE Aviation
 

EDUCATION & OUTREACH
Mike Stephens
Dane County
Regional Airport

MEMBERS EMERITI

Matt Klope
U.S. Navy, Retired
 

Gene LeBoeuf
FAA/USAF, Retired
 

Ron Merritt
DeTect, Inc.
 

Russell DeFusco
BASH, Inc.
 

Robert Dogan
USAF, Retired
 

Richard Dolbeer
USDA, Retired
 

 


Call for Nominations!

Nominations several BSC USA steering committee positions is open until April 30, 2020.  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.

OPEN POSITIONS
Steering Committee - Voting Position

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