Major: B.A. Aviation Management and M.S. in Aviation
Year of Graduation: 2000 (BBA), 2006 (MS)
Current Position: Airport Duty Manager on special assignment as Runway Activation Manager,
Port of Seattle's Airport Operations Department (Seattle-Tacoma International Airport)
Hometown: Minnetonka, MN
Please describe the path you took from graduation to get to the job you have today:
In my senior year of college I interned with the Airside Operations department of the Metropolitan Airports
Commission (MAC), who manage the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport's (MSP) Airside (Airfield) Operation.
I fell in love with the fast paced environment of airport operations and knew that I wanted to pursue a career in
Airport Management. Upon graduation, the MAC asked me to return to MSP's Airside Department. I later joined Omaha,
NE's Eppley Airfield as an Airport Operations Control Center Coordinator in 2001 and worked there until my husband
(UND Aerospace 99 Grad) and I relocated to the Seattle area in 2002 when my husband accepted a Flight Dispatcher
position with Alaska Airlines. I joined the Port of Seattle's Airport Operations team July, 2002 as an Airport Duty
Manager managing the day to day airport operations at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. I am currently on a
special assignment as SEA's Airport Operations Runway Activation Manager managing the Port of Seattle and FAA
activation/commissioning tasks leading to the opening of the new runway.
What is the best part of your current job?
Our reality today is that the Aviation world is constantly changing. I love the fast paced and changing environment
of Airport Management. I most enjoy utilizing my unique flight and aviation background in managing airfield related
items. Airport Management is a very large and diverse subject; I enjoy constantly learning new aspects to airport
and aviation management.
How has your education from the University of North Dakota helped you in your career?
UND Aerospace is a highly respected college program and provides a broad range of education. I very much value
both my B.B.A in Aviation Management and M.S. in Aviation from UND Aerospace. Both degrees are such unique degree
programs, pairing business and aviation is a very unique combination.
What advice would you have for student in the aviation program today?
Absorb everything, keep an open mind and have fun! What I mean by that is that it is easy to get focused on your
goals, which is a good thing, but keep an open mind because you never know what will come your way. Aviation is
such a large subject; possibilities are endless if you are open to them. And don't forget to have fun!!!