The mission of the AAAE Operations, Safety, Planning and Emergency Management Committee is to: (1) provide member views, analyses, and comments used by AAAE staff in the development of AAAE positions and formal correspondence with federal agencies; and (2) develop professional programs and services for the airport community on those issues related to airport operations, safety, planning and emergency management.
NamePositionCompanyEmail
Mr. Dean E. Schultz, A.A.E.ChairReno-Tahoe Airport Authoritydschultz@renoairport.com
Mr. Joseph G. Marana, A.A.E., ACEVice ChairFort Wayne International Airportjmarana@fwairport.com
Ms. Melissa L. Osborn, A.A.E., ACEVice ChairDOWLmosborn@dowl.com
Ms. Serena Sheetz, C.M., ACEVice ChairSan Francisco International Airportserena.sheetz@flysfo.com
Mr. Justin T. BarkowskiStaff LiaisonAAAEjustin.barkowski@aaae.org

Committee Roster (Members only)

Committee General Information

The Operations, Safety, Planning and Emergency Management (OSPEM) Committee is open to all AAAE members who wish to join and engage with their aviation colleagues regarding policy relevant to these topic areas. The full committee meets in person twice per year, at the AAAE Annual Conference in the Spring and at the F. Russell Hoyt National Airports Conference in the Fall.  Conference calls are held in opposite quarters to update the committee membership on recent policy changes, proposed legislation and any other relevant developments in the industry. Each of the OSPEM Working Groups also provide updates on their recent activities at each meeting or call.   

All members of the OSPEM Committee are highly encouraged to join one or more of the committee’s working groups.  The operation of each working group varies, but they typically meet via teleconference either monthly or quarterly. Some of the working groups are very active year-round, while others take on issues and projects as they arise. In either case, having these organized collections of subject matter experts provides both the committee and AAAE an invaluable resource as we are confronted with specific policy issues. Any AAAE member can join the OSPEM Committee online through your membership account and working groups can be joined by emailing the AAAE staff.

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WORKING GROUPS

AIRSIDE SAFETY WORKING GROUP

Vice Chair: Serena Sheetz, C.M., ACE, San Francisco International Airport
Co-Leaders: Sarah Demory, A.A.E., ACE, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
Al Stuart, A.A.E., Salt Lake City International Airport

AIRSPACE AND NEXTGEN WORKING GROUP

Vice Chair: Serena Sheetz, C.M., ACE, San Francisco International Airport
Co-Leaders: Ralph Tamburro, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
Robb Varani, C.M., Ricondo

COMMERCIAL SPACE WORKING GROUP

Vice Chair: Dean Schultz, A.A.E., Reno-Tahoe International Airport
Co-Leaders: Chris Schmaltz, C.M., Tucson International Airport
Kevin Vandeberg, A.A.E., Huntsville International Airport

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT WORKING GROUP

Vice Chair: Joseph Marana, A.A.E., ACE, Fort Wayne International Airport
Co-Leaders: Stephanie Murphy, Tidal Bason
Christopher Rausch, ACE, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

PLANNING WORKING GROUP

Vice Chair: Melissa Osborn, A.A.E., ACE, DOWL
Co-Leaders: Shailesh Gongal, A.A.E., Massachusetts Port Authority
Fabien Vivier, A.A.E., ACE, Denver International Airport

UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS (UAS) WORKING GROUP

Vice Chair: Dean Schultz, A.A.E., Reno-Tahoe International Airport
Co-Leaders: Jason Schwartz, Port of Portland
Jeremy Worrall, A.A.E., State of Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT WORKING GROUP

Vice Chair: Melissa Osborn, A.A.E., ACE, DOWL
Co-Leaders: Jeff Kolodzinski, C.M., CWB, ACE, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
John Ostrom, C.M., Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

WINTER OPERATIONS WORKING GROUP

Vice Chair: Melissa Osborn, A.A.E., ACE, DOWL
Co-Leaders: Bob Junge, PASSUR Aerospace
Ryan Sheehan, A.A.E., Spokane International Airport

If you are interested in joining a working group please contact Justin Barkowski