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History of the National Executive Board

NATCA did not waste time developing its strength and finding its voice through these passionate individuals who laid the groundwork for what the Union is today.

The involvement required of the National Executive Board (NEB) exceeds the normal strain of many careers. Their fierce passion comes with extended periods of travel, time away from their families and children, personal sacrifice, and many hours of personal time dedicated to serving the membership — all to ensure the rights of every single NATCA member are protected and that the National Airspace System continues to be the safest in the world.

Despite these things, NATCA leadership takes pride in its “all hands on deck” mentality and wouldn’t have it any other way. For them, the Union is an extension of their family and their duty is to serve it diligently.

Since the provisional Executive Board, through the first NEB taking over in 1988, through today, NATCA’s leadership continues to evolve and shape the future of our Union. Below, see a history of NATCA’s leadership through the years.

1986-88: Founding Convention Regional Representatives (Provisional Executive Board)

  • Alaskan Region: Joe Dunigan (Note: Will Faville took over in 1987 after Dunigan stepped down)
  • Central Region: Jim Poole
  • Eastern Region: Steve Bell
  • Great Lakes Region: Fred Gilbert
  • New England Region: Howie Barte
  • Northwest Mountain Region: Gary Molen
  • Southern Region: Dennis Delaney
  • Southwest Region: Ed Mullin
  • Western-Pacific Region: Karl Grundmann

NEB1988

1988 – 1991: The First NEB

  • President: Steve Bell
  • Executive Vice President: Ray Spickler
  • Alaskan Regional Vice President: Will Faville, Jr.
  • Central Regional Vice President: Dan Brandt
  • Eastern Regional Vice President: Barry Krasner
  • Great Lakes Regional Vice President: Joseph Bellino
  • New England Regional Vice President: James Breen
  • Northwest Mountain Regional Vice President: Gary Molen
  • Southern Regional Vice President: F. Lee Riley (Note: Randy Schwitz took over the position in 1990 when Riley stepped down.)
  • Southwest Regional Vice President: Ed Mullin
  • Western Pacific Regional Vice President: Richard Bamberger

1991 – 1994: The Second NEB

  • President: Barry Krasner
  • Executive Vice President: Joseph Bellino
  • Alaskan Regional Vice President: Sam Rich
  • Central Regional Vice President: Michael Putzier
  • Eastern Regional Vice President: Tim Haines
  • Great Lakes Regional Vice President: Jim Poole
  • New England Regional Vice President: James Breen (Note: T. Craig Lasker took over the position after Breen was forced to retire in 1992 due to a health issue.)
  • Northwest Mountain Regional Vice President: Gary Molen (Note: James Ferguson took over the position when Molen retired in 1993.)
  • Southern Regional Vice President: Randy Schwitz
  • Southwest Regional Vice President: Ed Mullin
  • Western Pacific Regional Vice President: Karl Grundmann

NEB1994v2

1994 – 1997: The Third NEB

  • President: Barry Krasner
  • Executive Vice President: Mike McNally
  • Alaskan Regional Vice President: Jerry Whittaker
  • Central Regional Vice President: Michael Putzier
  • Eastern Regional Vice President: Joe Fruscella
  • Great Lakes Regional Vice President: Jim Poole
  • New England Regional Vice President: T. Craig Lasker
  • Northwest Mountain Regional Vice President: James Ferguson
  • Southern Regional Vice President: Randy Schwitz
  • Southwest Regional Vice President: Rich Phillips
  • Western Pacific Regional Vice President: Owen Bridgeman

NEB1997

1997 – 2000: The Fourth NEB

  • President: Mike McNally
  • Executive Vice President: Randy Schwitz
  • Alaskan Regional Vice President: Ricky Thompson
  • Central Regional Vice President: Bill Otto
  • Eastern Regional Vice President: Joe Fruscella
  • Great Lakes Regional Vice President: Jim Poole
  • New England Regional Vice President: Mike Blake
  • Northwest Mountain Regional Vice President: James Ferguson
  • Southern Regional Vice President: Rodney Turner
  • Southwest Regional Vice President: Mark Pallone
  • Western Pacific Regional Vice President: Gus Guerra
  • (Region X: 1988 marked the first expansion of the NEB. Pete Healy was appointed the first engineers vice president and invited to sit on the board as a non-voting member. At the 1988 Convention, delegates approved a voting position for Region X and Jim D’Agati, the Great Lakes Region local president, won the election to the NEB the next year.)

NEB2000

2000 – 2003: The Fifth NEB

  • President: John Carr
  • Executive Vice President: Ruth (Stilwell) Marlin
  • Alaskan Regional Vice President: Ricky Thompson
  • Central Regional Vice President: John Tune
  • Eastern Regional Vice President: Joe Fruscella
  • Great Lakes Regional Vice President: Pat Forrey
  • New England Regional Vice President: Mike Blake
  • Northwest Mountain Regional Vice President: Carol Branaman
  • Southern Regional Vice President: Rodney Turner
  • Southwest Regional Vice President: Mark Pallone
  • Western Pacific Regional Vice President: Kevin McGrath
  • Region X: Jim D’Agati

2003 – 2006: The Sixth NEB

  • President: John Carr
  • Executive Vice President: Ruth (Stilwell) Marlin
  • Alaskan Regional Vice President: Ricky Thompson
  • Central Regional Vice President: John Tune
  • Eastern Regional Vice President: Phil Barbarello
  • Great Lakes Regional Vice President: Pat Forrey
  • New England Regional Vice President: Mike Blake
  • Northwest Mountain Regional Vice President: Carol Branaman
  • Southern Regional Vice President: Andy Cantwell
  • Southwest Regional Vice President: Darrell Meachum
  • Western Pacific Regional Vice President: Bob Marks
  • Region X: Jim D’Agati

2006 – 2009: The Seventh NEB

  • President: Pat Forrey
  • Executive Vice President: Paul Rinaldi
  • Alaskan Regional Vice President: Ricky Thompson
  • Central Regional Vice President: Howard Blankenship
  • Eastern Regional Vice President: Phil Barbarello
  • Great Lakes Regional Vice President: Bryan Zilonis
  • New England Regional Vice President: Mike Robicheau
  • Northwest Mountain Regional Vice President: Scott Farrow
  • Southern Regional Vice President: Victor Santore
  • Southwest Regional Vice President: Darrell Meachum
  • Western Pacific Regional Vice President: Ham Ghaffari
  • Region X: Mike MacDonald

NATCA Group 2009

2009 – 2012: The Eighth NEB

  • President: Paul Rinaldi
  • Executive Vice President: Trish Gilbert
  • Alaskan Regional Vice President: Larry Lescanec
  • Central Regional Vice President: Kevin Peterson
  • Eastern Regional Vice President: Phil Barbarello
  • Great Lakes Regional Vice President: Bryan Zilonis
  • New England Regional Vice President: Mike Robicheau
  • Northwest Mountain Regional Vice President: Jim Ullmann
  • Southern Regional Vice President: Victor Santore
  • Southwest Regional Vice President: Tim Smith
  • Western Pacific Regional Vice President: Ham Ghaffari
  • Region X: Mike MacDonald

NEB Final2012

2012 – 2015: The Ninth NEB

  • President: Paul Rinaldi
  • Executive Vice President: Trish Gilbert
  • Alaskan Regional Vice President: Steve Munroe (Note: Scot Morrison finished the term after Munroe’s retirement in 2014)
  • Central Regional Vice President: Kevin Peterson
  • Eastern Regional Vice President: Phil Barbarello
  • Great Lakes Regional Vice President: Bryan Zilonis
  • New England Regional Vice President: Mike Robicheau
  • Northwest Mountain Regional Vice President: Jim Ullmann
  • Southern Regional Vice President: Victor Santore
  • Southwest Regional Vice President: Tim Smith
  • Western Pacific Regional Vice President: Ham Ghaffari
  • Region X: Mike MacDonald

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2015 – 2018: The 10th NEB

  • President: Paul Rinaldi
  • Executive Vice President: Trish Gilbert
  • Alaskan Regional Vice President: Clint Lancaster
  • Central Regional Vice President: Kevin Peterson
  • Eastern Regional Vice President: Dean Iacopelli
  • Great Lakes Regional Vice President: Bryan Zilonis
  • New England Regional Vice President: Mike Robicheau
  • Northwest Mountain Regional Vice President: Doug Pincock
  • Southern Regional Vice President: Jim Marinitti
  • Southwest Regional Vice President: Andrew LeBovidge
  • Western Pacific Regional Vice President: Ham Ghaffari
  • Region X: Mike MacDonald