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Mike MacDonald

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Mike MacDonald
Region X Vice President  
National Air Traffic Controllers Association

mmacdonald@natca.net

Mike MacDonald is serving his third term as the Region X Vice President. Mike began his government service in the U.S. Army in 1974. Upon leaving the Army in 1977, he went on to receive his Master Electricians License and practiced that trade until 1989 when he decided a career change was in order. In 1992, Mike earned a BSCE and was hired as a civil engineer in the FAAs Airway Facilities Division in the New England Region.

Mike has served in many capacities in his career, including EEO counselor, board member and president of the Federal Employees Child Care of Nashua, president of NATCA Local ENE, a NATCA representative on both the Career Level Descriptor (CLD) and Promotion Criteria Workgroups, NATCA arbitration advocate, alternate RVP for Region X, and a member of the 2006 Engineers and Architects Contract Team. In addition, Mike is a charter member of the NATCA Engineers and Architects bargaining unit.

Hamid Ghaffari

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Western Pacific Regional Vice President
National Air Traffic Controllers Association
hghaffari@natca.net

Hamid Ghaffari is serving his third term as Western Pacific Regional Vice President of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association after spending his entire 16-year FAA career as an air traffic controller at Los Angeles Air Route Traffic Control Center (ZLA). Ghaffari served as local NATCA chapter president of ZLA from 1997-2005 after working his way up the union ranks there as area representative and facility vice president.

His NATCA experience includes training completion in facility representation and basic and advanced arbitration, and he also served on the NATCA Western Pacific Region's executive council and labor relations teams.

Prior to the beginning of his employment with the FAA, Ghaffari served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1983-1988.

Bryan Zilonis

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Great Lakes Regional Vice President
National Air Traffic Controllers Association

bzilonis@natca.com

Bryan Zilonis is serving his fourth term as Great Lakes Regional Vice President for the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. Bryan became active in NATCA in 1994 as an area representative at Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center, followed by a term as alternate facility representative, and finally three terms as facility representative. He has spent his entire ATC career at Chicago Center, and has served NATCA nationally for over 10 years as a negotiator.

Bryan is a graduate of St. Rita High School in Chicago and attended Illinois Benedictine College in Lisle, Ill., until making the decision to become an air traffic controller in 1987.

Mike Robicheau

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New England Regional Vice President
National Air Traffic Controllers Association
mrobicheau@natca.net

Mike Robicheau is serving his third term as New England Regional Vice President for the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. Robicheau has represented NATCA in a variety of regional and national positions, including those involving contract negotiations. He has been an air traffic controller for the FAA since 1991 and has served many NATCA positions while at the Boston Air Route Traffic Control Center local, including facility vice president, before assuming his current position.

He began his career as an air defense controller in the United States Air Force, serving at Homestead AFB in Florida, Rockville NAS in Iceland, and Griffiss AFB in New York.

Robicheau is based in Nashua, N.H. He and his wife, Marie, have two children.

Kevin Peterson

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Kevin Peterson
Central Regional Vice President
National Air Traffic Controllers Association
Kevin.Peterson@natca.net

Kevin Peterson is serving his second term as Central Regional Vice President for the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. Kevin began his air traffic control career at Des Moines, Iowa in 1986, becoming a charter member of NATCA in 1987. While at DSM, Kevin served as both secretary-treasurer and vice president. In 1990, Kevin returned to his home state of Missouri and went to work at Kansas City Tower/TRACON. Here he has served as facility representative for 12 of his 18 years. Prior to this, he served as vice president and legislative representative.

Kevin lives outside of St. Joseph, Mo., and is the proud parent of two children, Mallory and Blake.

Kevin is based in Kansas City, Mo.