Member Focus: Amanda Stierwalt (ICT)
Friday, May 31, 2013
Amanda Stierwalt and her son, Jaden.
Air traffic control career: Air traffic controller in the Army for nearly five years, then worked in the Department of Defense (DoD) for two years. Been in the FAA for five years.
Born and raised, other places of living: Born in Wichita, Kan., and raised in Amarillo, Texas. While in the Army, she was stationed at Fort Drum, N.Y., and Fort Lewis, Wash.
Q: How did you become a NATCA member?
A: I applied for the FAA while the White Book was in effect and I was working for the DoD. I knew that NATCA was the only one fighting for us to get any of our rights back, so joining the Union once I was hired was never a question.
Q: How did you get involved and what are you involved in with NATCA?
A: I started with the legislative side of it. Our legislative rep is really great and has good political relationships that she has built. I went to NATCA in Washington with her and went to the legislative training, but still wasn’t sure if it was for me. Now I am the NATCA vice president, so I get to be more involved with workgroups and local changes. I also just got back from Basic FacRep training, which was a great class.
Q: What made you decide to take on leadership roles within NATCA?
A: I knew I wanted to be involved but I wasn’t quite sure where that would be. I was asked to be the vice president and thought it would be a great opportunity to be involved, but also to learn a lot.
Q: What's the most rewarding part of being facility vice president? What's the most challenging?
A: The most rewarding has been being more involved with things that happen around the facility. The most challenging for me is when there has been conflict created within the Union, not from management or non-members.
Q: Do you have any hobbies or any other activities you enjoy outside of NATCA?
A: I enjoy running and yoga (sporadically!), reading, and of course spending time with my son.
Q: Has there been a favorite moment for you while at NATCA?
A: My favorite has to be NATCA in Washington. I wish everyone could experience it at least once. It makes you realize how much goes on behind the scenes every single day and that we really do have a say in our Union. Plus, you get to meet controllers from all over the place. Also, I enjoy everything that we do locally as a Union. Our FacRep is really good at setting up events, and they are always a good time.
Q: Do you have any advice/tips/messages for members who would like to get involved?
A: Just jump in. There are many volunteer opportunities, so it can be anything. And use all of the invaluable resources around you. We fail to realize sometimes how knowledgeable and experienced our fellow controllers are. We’re a pretty smart bunch!
Let's go beyond your involvement with NATCA:
My favorite band is: Florence and the Machine.
My favorite quote is: "And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should." - Desiderata
I absolutely cannot stand: Slow drivers in front of me!
My favorite book I could read over and over is: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
The best place I've ever travelled to was: Spain.
If I could have a theme song, it would be: Suddenly I See - KT Tunstall
Candy or Chocolate? CHOCOLATE