FY 2017-2018

Each conference attendee will receive an official ballot at the time of registration, which begins at 8 am, Wednesday, September 13, 2017.  Corporate members vote for the corporate directors.  There is one corporate seat up for election which is the Corporate/Non-Profit seat.  Associate members vote for the Associate Board Director.  There is one seat up for Associate.  The nine general member positions are voted from and by the General Members to represent the nine aviation districts in the state.  Districts 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 are up for election.

According to the ACA Bylaws, the names of nominees for Directors shall be published and made accessible to the General Membership at least two weeks in advance of the meeting at which the elections to be held and the ballots counted.


Information on each nominee will be coming soon.

Corporate/Non- Profit Candidate


California Pilots Association

Carol took her first ride in a small plane when she was 12 years old and has been hooked on flying ever since.  She originally took lessons at Phoenix Field in Fair Oaks, California, and earned her Private Pilot Certificate.  Phoenix Field is now a housing development.  Carol later moved to Fremont and flew out of the small Airport along the bay which is also now closed.  When she moved to Redwood Shores, under the pattern of San Carlos Airport, she was determined that would not happen to other airports.

Carol continues work to work with airports.
  She was awarded Airport Defender of the Year by the California Pilots Association in 1997.  She now serves as Vice President of Region 3 of CalPilots;  a Director of the CalPilots/ACA PAC; AOPA representative for San Carlos Airport;  President of the San Carlos Airport Pilots Association;  and Past Chapter Chairperson, International Organization of Licensed Women Pilots.  Carol has also founded Ford Aviation Consultants dedicated to ensuring airports receive funding they deserve.  Carol has been a member of ACA for a number of years and has been instrumental in the development of the annual California Aviation Day event.

Associate Member Candidate

FAA Retired/ACA Legislation Chair

John Pfeifer formerly served as the Chair of the California Transportation Commission’s Technical Advisory Committee on Aeronautics.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Nevada Airports Association (NvAA), is the Chair of Association of California Airports Legislative Committee, and serves on the Southwest Chapter American Association of Airport Executives Legislative Committee.

John held many positions during his nearly 50 year career.  He worked as an independent consultant with the Sacramento firm Advocation, Inc., from March 2015 until his semi-retirement in July 2016.  He was Manager of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Western-Pacific Region from January, 2012, through February, 2015.  He was responsible for AOPA government affairs activities in Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Nevada. Prior to serving as Western Pacific Regional Manager, he was AOPA’s California Regional Representative for ten years.  His role as the California Regional Representative included representing AOPA in statewide and regional governmental affairs, as well as providing background and experience in a wide range of airport issues.  He also has over 35 years of professional experience in the Federal Government, including 29 years in various engineering, planning, safety, and management positions in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). His last assignment for the FAA was as the Manager of the San Francisco Airports District Office, a position he held for 14 years.  He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1967, and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of California.  He served on active duty in the United States Navy, Civil Engineer Corps, from 1969 through 1972, during which he was assigned to the staff of the Armed Forces Aide to the President.

Among other things, John plans to remain active in SWAAAE and ACA in his retirement.


General Member Candidates

Airport Manager, Lake Tahoe Airport
Nominated to represent District 1 – Northeast Region

Mark is the new Airport Manager for Lake Tahoe Airport.  He was previously the Airport Director for the City of Elko, Nevada, Elko Regional Airport.  Prior to that, he was the Principal Planner for the Airfield for Denver International Airport.

Mark currently serves as a research panelist for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.  He is working on ACRP 03-44, Best Pratices in Building Air Service Through Incentive Programs, which is due to be published in the Fall of 2018.  Mark was previously the Vice President of the Nevada Airports Association.

Mark received a B.S. in Aviation Management with highest honors from the Florida Institute of Technology.  He also received his M.S. in Airport Development & Management also from Florida Institue of Technology.

Airport Manager, Mojave Air & Space Port

Nominated to represent District 3 – Eastern Sierra Region

Kevin is the Chief Operations Officer of the Mojave Air and Space Port (MASP), where he has been overseeing air and land based operations for the past five years.  In this role, Kevin leads the safety and security efforts for FAA’S air and space activities.  Prior to his role as Chief Operations Officer, he served as contracts manager where he oversaw the execution and implementation of lease agreements for more than 150 permanent customers as well as numerous military and DoD contracts.

Kevin was enlisted in the US Navy as an IT2 (SW) and rescue swimmer before joining Mojave.  Kevin received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in technical management from DeVry University with a focus on project management. 


SHERRY MILLER (previously District 1 Director; changed locations)
Airport Manager, Chico Municipal Airport

Nominated to represent District 5 – Northwest Region

Sherry is currently the Airport Manager at Chico Municipal Airport.  Sherry was previously the Airport Director of Lake Tahoe Airport (TVL); a General Aviation Airport serving South Lake Tahoe. She currently serves on the Association of California Airports (ACA) Board of Directors representing the Northeast region of the state. Since July 2009, Sherry has directed the Operations and Administration of TVL, with environmental compliance as a top priority due to the sensitive nature of the Tahoe Basin.  Her Administrative responsibilities include short, medium and long range strategic planning, budget development and oversight; planning, prioritizing, reviewing and evaluating the work of two airport Maintenance staff; as well as training and development.

Before coming to Lake Tahoe Airport, Sherry worked for County of San Diego Airports System for eight years, beginning as an Assistant Airport Manager and worked her way up to Principal Airport Manager where she over saw the Operations of all eight County airports and directly managed the Administration of all eight airports. For a period of time she was acting Airports Director with a budget of over $10 million and a 32-member staff. Sherry has a Bachelor’s Degree in Aviation Management from Southern Illinois University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from National University.  She is a private pilot with over 300 hours.

Airport Manager, Fullerton Airport

Nominated to represent District 7 – Los Angeles Region


Brendan O’Reilly was born and raised in Southern California, and has earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Aviation Studies from California State University Los Angeles.  He is a licensed Private Pilot, Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic, and lifelong supporter of General Aviation.  Brendan served as the Airport Operations Manager for Hayward Executive Airport in the Bay Area, and Airport Project Manager for the County of Los Angeles Airports.  He is a Certified Airport Executive and serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of California Airports, as well as Commissioner for the Orange County Airport Land Use Commission.

Brendan shares a common goal with airport tenants and business owners in keeping general aviation airports such as Fullerton Municipal open and operating safely


Airport Manager, Imperial County Airport

Nominated to represent District 9 – San Diego Region

Sandra Gutierrez-Carver started her aviation career November 1980 at SkyWest Airlines. Steady promotions landed her the position of Imperial Station Manager. Sandra retired as the SkyWest manager in 2005.

Now Sandra Gutierrez-Carver is the manager of both Holtville and Imperial County Airports. She started her professional endeavor with the Imperial County Airport in September 2004, during her time at Imperial she has also performed in the capacity of Airport Analyst / Lead Operations Supervisor. She found herself doing research into various aspects of Federal and State requirements; she went to any airport related class the Imperial County Airport would send her to. She currently serves on the Aviation Day and Airport Land Use Committees. Her current memberships include Vice President ACA. She elevated to the position of Airport Manager in March of 2012.

Over the years Sandra has taken various college courses; she plans on getting her degree before her eventual retirement. She enjoys taking airport oriented classes which give her further insight and knowledge which support her as airport manager.