PAMA appoints new leadership

10 Jul 2018 1:12 PM | PAMA National (Administrator)

Six directors were recently appointed to PAMA's Board of Directors. The new leaders will join Chairman John Goglia and Secretary/Treasurer Clark Gordon to guide the future of PAMA.


Loretta E. Alkalay is an aviation attorney and regulatory consultant to airmen, aviation entities and foreign civil aviation authorities, specializing in issues related to compliance with federal aviation regulations, including maintenance rules, and international air safety standards.


She is an adjunct professor at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology where she teaches drone laws, aviation safety and other courses in New York and abroad. She has taught for Vaughn joint degree programs with universities in Hyderabad, India and in Shanghai, China.


Loretta was an attorney for the Federal Aviation Administration for over 30 years, more than 20 of those years she served as regional counsel in New York. As head of the FAA’s New York legal office, she was responsible for FAA legal matters arising in seven states, the District of Columbia, Europe, the Mid-East, Africa and parts of Asia.


Loretta holds a B.A. from Cornell University, cum laude and with distinction, and a J.D. from the NYU School of Law. She holds an FAA remote pilot certificate with UAS rating.


Ernest (Ernie) Kiss is vice president of quality and engineering at Airborne Tampa / PEMCO World Air Services in Tampa, Florida.


Over his 35 years in the aviation industry, he has worked in commercial airline, general aviation, and corporate aviation maintenance organizations. Ernie has served as technician, lead, inspector, manager and director across the industry with companies such as Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Eastern Airlines, AAR Corporation, and AAR Landing Gear Services.

He holds associate degrees and certificates in business and finance, is a certified quality auditor, certified aviation maintenance instructor, human factors instructor, and holds an FAA mechanic certificate.


Ken MacTiernan is a 32-year aviation maintenance technician for American Airlines in San Diego.

Ken joined the United States Air Force right out of high school, where he served as a B-52 mechanic at Castle Air Force Base. In 2002, he founded and became the director of the Aircraft Maintenance Technicians Association (AMTA), a non-profit organization that promotes Charles E. Taylor and the aviation maintenance technician’s craft. He is also a founding director for the AMTSociety, where he served as chairman for the Maintenance Skills Competition and scholarship program.


Ken has served as a director of the Northrop Rice Foundation since 2012. In 2013, he became the vice president of the Aerospace Maintenance Council, where he helped create the Aerospace Maintenance Competition. He currently lives in San Diego and is married with three children.


Michael Bartron is a product safety manager and technical fellow with Pratt & Whitney/United Technologies Corp. and leads the company’s Safety Management System, with a continued focus on alignment with customer, supplier, and company SMS efforts.


Michael also provides guidance on product-related safety investigations and is Pratt & Whitney’s focal point for national aviation authorities and safety agencies. Michael’s connections with these agencies began with a one-year detail to the National Transportation Safety Board, where he worked under the auspices of the Hon. John Goglia and supported multi-modal transportation safety initiatives.


Michael is a technical expert in aircraft accident investigations and system safety disciplines and has helped develop several industry standards.


He demonstrates a strong commitment to learning through teaching and advising at Vaughn College of Aeronautics in New York City. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University and an MS in Mechanical Engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


John S. Koza is a flight safety investigator for Pratt and Whitney, and a certificated mechanic. His 20-year aviation career includes roles as a mechanic in both commercial and corporate aviation, as well as substantial experience in the manufacture, testing, and maintenance of turbine engines with multiple manufacturers.


When not engaged directly with investigative activities, John shares his unique level of practical, “real-world” experience with his colleagues in engineering. He is also actively involved in mentoring and supporting the next generation of maintainers and technicians at Pratt & Whitney and elsewhere in the trade, through such organizations as the Aerospace Maintenance Council.


John resides in the Hartford, CT. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Aviation Maintenance from Embry-Riddle, and a Masters in Engineering from Penn State.


Marshall Puckett is president of AvReps International. His 50 years of experience in aviation includes selling engine overhaul services for Airwork Corp, acting as president of Avionics Associates Inc., a national distributing company, and helping formulate strategic plans for over 20 of the best companies in the aviation industry.


Marshall worked directly with National Aeronautics and Space Administration contractors helping to commercialize administration technology, most notably data link weather. He is cofounder of the New Mexico Aviation and Aerospace Association and a member of its board of directors. He is also an active member of the Aircraft Electronics Association and has served on its board for 9 years.

Marshall is a private pilot with 5,000 total flight hours and prior to his aviation career spent six years in the United States Navy submarine service.


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