Arizona Airports Association
The Board of Directors consists of the President, 1st Vice-President, 2nd Vice President, Administrative Director, Immediate Past-President, four (4) Executive Directors, two (2) Associate Directors, and a Corporate Director. The Board of Directors shall establish policy for the Association. The Board shall monitor the activities of the President and advise him/her in the performance of his/her duties. The Board of Directors is empowered to make any decision and to take any action on behalf of AzAA, which appears too urgent to await a meeting of the general membership. The Board shall act as the contracting authority for those matters concerning the operation, development and growth of the Association and the well being of the membership.
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Ryan is currently the Airport Business Coordinator at Chandler Municipal Airport. His posting at Chandler comes after two-years as the Airport Coordinator of Buckeye Municipal Airport, which followed a 10-year tenure as General Manager of the Lux Air Jet Centers FBO at the Phoenix-Goodyear Airport.
Born into a General Aviation family, he took his first ride at three and is an aircraft owner. He began managing aircraft line service at FBO's and aerial application operations in 1995. Outside of aviation, Mr. Reeves has instructed at both the high school and university levels and served as an administrator for program and course development. Mr. Reeves is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University and holds a Masters Degree from the University of Illinois. He is in the process of completing his private pilot’s license, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. Mr. Reeves is also the President of the Phoenix Wing of the American Aviation History Association, as well as an advisor to AAHS - National Headquarters, fostering a dedication to research and preservation of aviation’s heritage. He is a member of the Eighth Air Force Next Generation Association, the Foundation of the U.S. Air Force Museum, the Foundation of the National Naval Aviation Museum, the Arizona Aerospace Foundation, the Experimental Aircraft Association, and a former docent at the Pima Air & Space Museum, as well as a public lecturer on a variety of aviation historical subjects. He is currently conducting research for a text on the history of Naval Air Facility Litchfield Park and a book on the heritage of U.S. flight crews in WWII.
Scott is currently the Deputy Director of the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of North Dakota with a double major in Airport Administration and Business Management along with 30 plus years of aviation experience. His experience includes general aviation, commercial service, state aeronautics as well as FAA.
Prior to his current position with Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, Scott spent more than four years with the FAA in North Dakota as a program manager/community planner. Scott received his pilot’s license over 25 years ago and is a certified member of the American Association of Airport Executives. Scott was also previously certified as an Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighter with first responder training.
Brad Falcetti became interested in aviation at a young age, when his father would take him to Bellingham International Airport during his Air Force National Guard weekends at 262d Combat Comm. Squadron. That nascent love of aviation became the drive to earn a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics and Master of Science in Safety Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ. During this time he was introduced to AAAE and ACI-NA, which he has begun the process to reach their highest certifications, AAE and IAP.
Mr. Falcetti has been Airport Manager at Grand Canyon West Airport (K1G4) since August 2016; in his time he has utilized FAA entitlement funds to prepare or execute ACIP’s ranging from an ARFF Building, to Airport Drainage, an embedded fencing, and the airport’s first Fuel Farm. He currently manages a diverse staff of 35 which are tasked with all aspects of airport management. Many of his staff are EMS/Firefighter’s which has prompted him to begin training as an EMT himself. K1G4 is the 5th busiest airport by enplanement in Arizona and one of the busiest non towered commercial airports in the country. Brad has initiated work on strengthening ties between Grand Canyon West Airport’s sponsor, The Haulapai Tribe, and industry groups such as AAAE, ADOT, AzAA and other Native American Tribes in the Southwest Region. Brad also gives back to the industry and others when he can. Currently he is Chair of AAAE’s Young Professional (YoPro) Group Inaugural Steering Committee and Training Subcommittee Chair. Once becoming an EMT he will volunteer in his local community fire departments.
Mike Smejkal currently serves as the Vice President of Planning and Engineering for the Tucson Airport Authority and leads a team that complete TAA’s planning, environmental, design and construction projects for Tucson International Airport and Ryan Field. Mike previously served as the Sr. Director of Development Services and Director of Engineering for the TAA.
Prior to joining TAA, Mike was a Project Manager and Engineer for a Midwest based consulting engineering firm. He completed design and construction projects at airports ranging in size from Large Hubs to small General Aviation facilities. Mike is an Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.) of the American Association of Airport Executives and a licensed Professional Engineer. Mike has a Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois.
Alice is a Special Projects Administrator in the Facilities and Services Division for the City of Phoenix Aviation Department at Sky Harbor International Airport. She has been with the Aviation Department for more than 20 years, working in several different areas including Public Relations, Capital Management, Design and Construction, the Business Office, the Director’s Office and Human Resources. Before joining the city, Alice worked for 13 years in private and non-profit organizations.
Alice has a Master of Arts degree from Ottawa University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marquette University. She has completed the Certificate of Airport Management from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. She is an Airport Certified Employee in Airfield Operations and an Accredited Airport Executive through the American Association of Airport Executives.
Alice is originally from Michigan. She has lived in the Valley of the Sun (Phoenix) for more than 30 years. She is the mother of two sons.
Executive DirectorVeronica Ruiz-Ronquillo
Compliance Administrator/Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Liaison Officer
Tucson Airport Authority
7250 S. Tucson Blvd., Suite 300
Tucson, AZ 85756
Veronica Ruiz-Ronquillo is the Compliance Administrator and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Liaison Officer (DBELO) for the Tucson Airport Authority (TAA). As the Compliance Administrator, Veronica is responsible for ensuring compliance with all federally mandated program rules, regulations, audit, and reporting requirements. Veronica oversees the Civil Rights programs – Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), American Disability Act (ADA), and Title VI (Non-discrimination) – for TAA. Veronica is also a member of the Minority and Small Business Alliance, a group who recognizes excellence in minority and small businesses throughout Southern Arizona.
Veronica entered the workforce directly out of high school and had only recently returned to college to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree. In December 2019, Veronica graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s of General Studies with an emphasis on Economy and Industry. She hopes to continue with her education and grow her knowledge of the field of aviation. Veronica began her career with Pima County Government in Tucson. In her 16 years with Pima County, she worked with departments such as Finance, Wastewater, Community Services, and Procurement. Currently, as the DBELO for TAA, this is Veronica’s first introduction in the field of aviation.
Veronica was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. She lives with her husband, Mark, and two sons, Caden and Caleb. When she is not working, you can find Veronica mentoring young mariachi musicians, such as her son Caden, or riding her horses.
Matt began his aviation career as a line service specialist at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway airport in 2001. He then worked as the airport drafting technician before moving to America West Airlines as a Price Analyst. Matt also worked for the TSA, Yuma International Airport, and ADOT Aeronautics. Matt became the manager of the Grand Canyon National Park Airport in January 2018. His professional interests are airport planning and economic development.
Robin is an Accredited Airport Executive with 17 years of experience at four commercial service airports and two general aviation airports, including her current position as Prescott Regional Airport’s Director. She also has extensive academic experience, most recently as the Business School Founding Chair at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Prescott. In 2019, she was named Prescott Area Leadership Woman of the Year and AzAA’s Airport Executive of the year.
Dr. Sobotta has worked with NASA as a business/technical consultant, served on the Arizona Aerospace and Defense Commission, and served on four Airport Research Project (TRB-ACRP) panels focusing on: airport terminal design, common use passenger processing systems, and airport social media use. She has authored several publications including an airport administration book, has a Ph.D. in Public Administration from Arizona State University, and an MBA in Aviation from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She enjoys golfing – and looks forward to seeing everyone at the AzAA golf tournaments!
Joel is a Project Manager for Mead & Hunt. He has over 15 years’ experience in design, construction, and program management of airfield projects, ranging from small utility projects to Large Hub runway reconstruction. His work is now focused on airfield design and construction in Arizona and the southwest. Prior to joining Mead & Hunt he spent 10 years working overseas on various airfield projects across the Middle East and North Africa. He got started in aviation when he joined the team building the New Indianapolis International Airport and has never looked back.
Joel is a graduate of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering and a minor in Political Science. He is a registered professional engineer in Arizona.
Joel grew up in Kansas, met his wife in Indiana, and all three of his children were born in the Middle East. He and his family are thrilled to now call Arizona home.
Carmen Rose, PE, is a Senior Project Engineer with Dibble Engineering. She has more than 10 years of experience in design and construction management of airport projects. Carmen serves as both a Project Manager and a design engineer and oversees the development of construction documents including regular coordination with the FAA and ADOT on behalf of her clients. Her career in the airport industry began in 2006 with a three-year internship at Z&H Engineering while she was still in college. Since then, Carmen’s focus has been partnering with airport sponsors to successfully complete airport planning, design, and construction projects across the state of Arizona.
Carmen was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan and has lived in Arizona for 14 years. She lives with her husband Wade and their dog Boo near the foothills of the superstition mountains and enjoys running, hiking, snowboarding, mountain biking, boating and traveling with friends and family. Carmen teaches Airport Design once a year at Arizona State University and wrote a book “How to Believe In Yourself: A 7-Step Guide for Overcoming Fear and Self-Doubt.”
Carmen is a graduate from Arizona State University and holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering/Minor in Psychology and a master’s degree in Transportation Engineering. She has her P.E. with both the state of Arizona and Nevada.
Throughout his 25 plus year career, Lance has worked almost exclusively on airport improvement projects. He has been fortunate to have had the opportunity to successfully complete projects at a majority of Arizona’s public use airports. His work includes geometric design, pavement design, pavement rehabilitation, infrastructure design, and development of complex phasing plans. Lance also assists sponsors with airport capital improvement programs, preparation of grant applications and reimbursement requests, annual reports, DBE reporting, and coordination with FAA and ADOT.As a consultant, Lance participated in the creation of the Arizona Best Practices Guide. In 2004, Lance assisted the Arizona branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) with developing and publishing Arizona's first ever Infrastructure Report Card. He researched and authored the aviation portion of the publication. Several years later, in 2015, ASCE requested that he once again author Arizona’s aviation section for incorporation into the national Infrastructure Report Card.
Lance holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Business Administration Degree from Arizona State University and he is a registered professional engineer in Arizona.
Lance is third generation Arizona native and has a great deal of pride in our great state. He has two children, Malia and Ian. Lance has a passion for the outdoors and most of his vacations revolve around the hunting and fishing seasons in Arizona and various other states. However, as his kids say, he does a lot more “fishing” than “catching”.
Desirae is the Administrative Director for the Arizona Airports Association through the association management firm of KCA. Desirae is an Arizona native and a graduate of Arizona State University with degrees in Supply Chain Management and Business - Tourism as well as certificates in Special Event Management and Meeting Planning. Her background in logistics and events helps to ensure every detail is covered and meetings run smoothly!