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Board of Directors

Debra Santos
Boeing Retiree
Seattle, WA

President-Elect, COO
& Acting VP, Asia

Marita Lintener
Managing Director, European Aviation Consultancy
Frankfurt, Germany

VP, Treasurer/ Secretary
Karen Blanks Ellis
Managing Director-Strategic Envir. Mgmt & Sustainability - FedEx Express
Memphis, TN

VP, Leader Development (Next Gen)
Shelley A. Svoren

CEO + Founder
Infinite Branches, LLC 
Napa Valley, CA

Kathy Guilfoyle
Member                                    Campbell Conroy & O‘Neil P.C.
Boston, MA

VP, Annual Conference
Selda Konukcu

Sr. Director, Commercial Aircraft Sales, Airbus
Dubai, UAE

VP, Association Development & Affiliations
Connie Avery

Flight Test Safety Lead, Wisk Aero
Phoenix, AZ

VP, Stakeholder Experience
Sheila Remes

Boeing Retiree
Seattle, WA

VP, Events
MC Ernst

Senior Vice President,
Special Risks Underwriting Department Manager - USAIG
New York, NY

VP, Americas
Keren Rambow
VP Americas Sales
GE Aerospace
Cincinnati, OH

VP, Europe
Carol Anderson
Assistant Director Legal Services, IATA
Geneva, Switzerland

VP, Africa/Middle East
Sophie Ghezai

Aviation Safety and Operations 
Washington, D.C.

VP, Marketing & Communications
Cristiane Dart
DEI Communications Head & Senior Marketing Manager, Americas, SITA, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2024 Board Meetings

  • Wednesday, January 24
  • Tuesday, April 9 – Wednesday, April 10
  • Thursday, June 27
  • Thursday, September 12
  • Sunday, November 3 –Monday, November 4

In Memoriam

Honoring those who are trailblazers in the industry and contributors to IAWA. Click here to view their backgrounds and accomplishments.


Advisory Board

Advisory Board, Co-Chair
Katie Callahan

Vice President, United States Aircraft Insurance Group
New York, NY

Advisory Board, Co-Chair
Diana Gurfel
Partner - Condon & Forsyth LLP
New York, NY

Advisory Board
Vice President of Marketing 
Birmingham, AL

Advisory Board
Andrea Brantner

SVP & Lead Counsel - GE Capital Aviation Services
Norwalk, CT

Advisory Board
Dr. Sharon DeVivo

President and Chief Executive Officer - Vaughn College of Aeronautics & Technology
Flushing, NY

Advisory Board
Kris Fellrath

Aviation Advisor
Seattle, WA
Advisory Board
Mary Ellen Jones

VP Sales, Asia Pacific - Pratt & Whitney
Hartford, CT
Adivsory Board Elizabeth Freidenberg
Freidenberg,Freidenberg & Lifsic
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Advisory Board
Zoé Layden

Managing Director - Claveaux Consulting
London, UK
Advisory Board
Ana Maria Blanco-Persiani

Regional Sales Director - Latin America & Caribbean, Aireon
Miami, FL
Advisory Board
Susan Walsh

Director, Commercial & Int. Programs- Pratt & Whitney
Washington, DC
Advisory Board
Di Reimold

Director of Strategic Operations - Federal Aviation Administration
Washington, DC
Advisory Board
Mylene Scholnick

Principal - ICF International
New York, NY

Advisory Board
Ellyn Slow

Consultant - Ellyn Slow Consulting, LLC
Weston, CT

Advisory Board
Robbin Page                        Vice President of Human Resources
Memphis, TN

Advisory Board                      Kathy Posner
Condon & Forsyth
New York, NY

Advisory Board
Ann Thornton Field
Gordon & Rees LLP

Philadelphia, PA

Advisory Board
Bobbi Wells

Vice President Safety
American Airlines
Fort Worth, TX

Honorary Board

Marion Blakey
President and CEO (Ret.)
Rolls-Royce North America, Inc.
Reston, VA

Sharon Holahan
Executive Vice President, Global Head of Complex Claims
Global Aerospace, Inc.
Parsippany, NJ

Dame Deirdre Hutton
Chair (Ret.)
Civil Aviation Authority, UK
London, United Kingdom

Dr. Fang Liu
Secretary General
Quebec, Canada