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BOARD OF DIRECTOR ELECTIONS
 
Corporate members vote for the corporate directors.  There are (2) corporate seats up for election to represent the Corporate members, with one being a non-profit.  The nine general member positions are voted from and by the General Members to represent the nine (9) Aviation Districts in the state.  Districts 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 are up for election.
 
 
General Member Candidates:
 
KEVIN EDWARDS - incumbent (appointed to fill vacancy in 2020)
Nominated to represent District 1 – Northeast Region
 
Kevin has been in aviation for more 30 years.  He served as an Aviation Electrician and Aircrewman in the Navy for 20 years where he retired as a Senior Chief (E-8).  Kevin is a certified FAA Turbofan Flight Engineer and A&P mechanic.

Since he retirement from the Navy, he has worked as a maintenance analyst on the Boeing 707 and a King Air mechanic before coming to Nevada County.  He has been the Airport Manager at Nevada County for 3 years. 
ASHLEY WHITMORE - incumbent (appointed to fill vacancy in 2019)
Nominated to represent District 3 - Eastern Sierra Region
 

Ashley Whitmore is the Airport Manager and Administrative Manager for the City of Tehachapi. Whitmore joined the team at City of Tehachapi in 2008 and has served as Tehachapi Municipal Airport Manager since 2018. 

In 2019, Whitmore was elected to the ACA Board of Directors, Region 3. Since that time she has overseen the production of ACA’s Comm 1 Podcast, and served on the ACA conference committee.

 
CODY ROGGATZ, CM - incumbent
Nominated to represent District 5 – Northwest Region
 
Cody has over 16 years of experience in the aviation industry. He started as the Director of Aviation for the County of Humboldt on September 24th, 2018. As the Director of Aviation, Cody oversees six airports throughout Humboldt County including: California Redwood Coast-Humboldt County Airport (ACV), Eureka-Murray Field (EKA), Rohnerville Airport (FOT), Garberville Airport (O16), Kneeland Airport (O19) and Dinsmore Airport (D63). 

Cody attended the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, receiving his B.B.A. in Airport Management in 2009. While attending college he worked in Flight Operations for the Aeronautics College, helping to manage the largest public aircraft training fleet in the country. Cody has actively tried to promote his profession, colleagues and his communities in the past by serving: the SD Airport Management Association (AMA)-President, Dakota Transit Administration (DTA)-Board Member, Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce-Board Member, and the Exchange Club of Aberdeen-Board Member among numerous other activities.  Cody was elected to the ACA Board in 2019.
 
CHRIS HASTERT, CM (appointed to fill vacancy in 2021)
Nominated to represent District 7 – Los Angeles Region
Chris is a California native (born in Granada Hills), raised in Simi Valley. He has been married nineteen years to his wife Kathy. They have two sons Riley and Colin. 

Chris served the US Army from 1991–1996 as an aviation operations specialist. He has been actively responsible for developing and managing airport properties for more than twenty years. Prior to his current position, he served as Deputy Director with Ventura County Airports. In his current role as General Manager of the Santa Maria Public Airport, a position he has held since 2008, he oversees the daily operations, budget, and capital improvements of the more than 2,500-acre facility.  The District leases more than 200 small hangars, 85-unit mobile home park, and several agriculture and commercial leases.

Chris is also an active member in many professional organizations and is Past President of the Santa Maria Breakfast Rotary Club.
 
CHARLIE BROADBENT, CM (appointed to fill vacancy in 2020)
Nominated to represent District 9 - San Diego Area Region

 

Charlie was inspired by his Grandfather, a B-24 pilot during WWII, to pursue aviation. He started taking flying lessons with a flying club instructor at Gibbs Flying Service located at Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport. While training for his Private Pilot Certificate, he landed a job at Gibbs Flying Service as a Line Service Technician and a Dispatcher. During this time frame, he completed the Private Pilot and Instrument Rating.

Charlie has an Associate Degree in Airport Operations Management from Miramar College, and a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  After graduation Charlie started working for the City of San Diego as an Airport Operations Assistant at Montgomery Gibbs-Executive Airport. Charlie is currently working for the City of San Diego as the Airport Manager at Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport. 

 
Corporate Candidates:
 
CAROL FORD
Corporate (Non-Profit) - Incumbent
 
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 President of CalPilots; a Director of the CalPilots/ACA Political Action Committee; AOPA representative for San Carlos Airport; President of the San Carlos Airport Association; and Past Chapter Chairperson, International Organization of Licensed Women Pilots.  Carol has also founded Ford Aviation Consultants, now Ford & Associates LLC, dedicated to ensuring airports receive funding they deserve.  Carol has been a member of ACA and served on the Board of Directors for a number of years and has been instrumental in the development of the annual California Aviation Day event.
 

JUSTIN CASTAGNA, CM
Corporate – Incumbent

 
Justin is the Operations and Project Manager for Aeroplex/Aerolease Group.  In his current position, he has successfully managed projects ranging from large scale hangar developments, fuel farm construction, and the buildout of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Facility.  Justin oversees the day-to-day operations at five of Southern California’s premier aviation facilities at the Long Beach, Van Nuys, and Santa Monica Airports, with over 200 based tenants.  He manages all contractor bidding and management, oversees construction project management for the Aerolease entities, and negotiates lease and license agreements, at all times ensuring compliance with airport master leases, rules and regulations, and municipality policy. 

A private pilot, Justin builds cooperative working relationships by interfacing with tenants, governmental agencies, airport and city officials, and community stakeholders. He is a certified member of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and the Southwest Chapter, a participant in the Association of California Airports, an active member of the Long Beach Chamber Young Professionals, Airport Cooperative Research Program, and serves as the current Chair of the Southern California Aviation Association Mentoring Committee.  Justin was elected to the Board in 2019.
 
JOHN PFEIFER, P.E.
Associate Director - Incumbent
 

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 both the Association of California Airports (ACA) and the Nevada Airports Association (NvAA), was the Chair of the ACA Legislative Committee for nearly 18 years until handing the baton to Melissa McCaffrey, and is the California representative on the Southwest Chapter American Association of Airport Executives Legislative Committee. 

John held many positions during his 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.