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Phoenix Aviation Advisory Board

Phoenix Aviation Advisory Board Members

The Phoenix Aviation Advisory Board (PAAB) is made up of nine members appointed by the Mayor and City Council to four-year terms. The Board, which meets monthly to review airport policies, makes recommendations to the City Council on major airport projects, concession contracts and leases. Membership is voluntary and uncompensated.

Valencia Fisker, Chair addremove

Valencia Fisker has been a resident of Phoenix since 2009. She recently retired after a 25-year career in the public utility industry with a focus on federal regulatory policy, compliance, and operations. Ms. Fisker served in various capacities at the director level with electrical utility companies in Oregon and Arizona. She earned a Juris Doctorate from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College and graduated as a member of the Cornelius Honor Society for superior scholarship, leadership, and contribution to the law school community. Ms. Fisker spent her early legal career as a deputy city attorney for the City of Portland, Ore. She has served on a variety of state and community non-profit boards.

Seth Scott, Vice Chair addremove

Seth Scott is a native of Arizona and currently serves as Chief of Staff and General Counsel to U.S. Rep. Greg Stanton. Prior to this role, he worked for the Phoenix Mayor’s Office, where he served more than five years, including as Stanton’s Chief of Staff. In 2016, he took a leave of absence to serve as State Director for Secretary Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Over the past two decades, he has served in the offices of Congressman Harry Mitchell, Gov. Janet Napolitano, Tempe Mayor Neil Giuliano, and the Center for American Progress. Scott earned his J.D. from the Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law at Arizona State University, where he was a three-time Pedrick Scholar.

Ruben Alonzo addremove

Ruben Alonzo is an Executive Director for Government and Community Engagement at Arizona State University. Prior to joining ASU, Alonzo served as Mayor Stanton's Chief of Staff for Operations, a role he took on after successfully managing Stanton’s mayoral campaign. Born and raised in the border town of Somerton, Ariz., Alonzo moved to the Valley to attend Arizona State University as a Flinn Foundation Scholar. After graduating, Alonzo worked on various political campaigns, including serving as Campaign Manager for Attorney General Terry Goddard’s re-election in 2006 and Ruben Gallego's primary election bid to replace retiring Congressman Ed Pastor in 2014. He also served as a Senior Policy Advisor to Goddard in the Attorney General’s office. Alonzo is also on the board of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and lives in central Phoenix with his wife Catherine.

Stephanie Fleischman Cherny addremove

Stephanie Fleischman Cherny is a fourth-generation Arizonan born and raised in Tucson. She is the Associate General Counsel, Legal Compliance for Intuit. Prior to her current role, she was Chief of Staff and Special Counsel at the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. Stephanie spent the bulk of her career representing some of America’s largest companies and most prominent individuals in a wide variety of white-collar prosecutions and government and internal investigations, including export control, sanctions, and anti-bribery and corruption investigations, as well as designing and implementing legal and ethical compliance programs.

Stephanie graduated from the University of California, San Diego (B.A. in History) and the University of Southern California School of Law (Juris Doctorate). Stephanie is admitted to practice law in Arizona, California, and Washington, D.C.

Andrew M. Cohn addremove

Cohn joined Levine Investments Limited Partnership in March 2003 as Director of Real Estate. Primary functions include acquisition, disposition and evaluation of real estate holdings. Cohn also plays an active role in several companies owned or controlled by Levine et al, including Global Water Resources. Aviation Board member since 2007.

Sandra Ferniza addremove

Sandy Ferniza is the Campus Liaison at the Helios Education Campus, the home of Helios Education Foundation and its partners. In this role, she serves as liaison between Helios and its partners and for convenings and special events.

Previously, Ms. Ferniza worked in the office of Rep. Ruben Gallego, AZ07, where she served as Director Intergovernmental Relations. Ms. Ferniza also worked at Arizona State University as Executive Director, Community Development, in the Vice President’s Office of Public Affairs and as Director, Office for Excellence in Government in the administration of Gov. Jane D. Hull. Ms. Ferniza also served as President and CEO of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, where she oversaw the creation of DATOS: The State of Arizona’s Hispanic Market, the most comprehensive compilation of research on the impact of Hispanics in the Arizona marketplace.

Ms. Ferniza’s community involvement spans wide. She is involved in numerous boards and advisory committees including the Phoenix Community Alliance and Charter 100 Arizona. She previously served on the Housing Assistance Council’s National Board of Directors and the City of Phoenix’s Water/Wastewater Rate Advisory Committee. She has also been recognized in the community as a Woman of Achievement Alumnus by Xavier College Preparatory, Valle del Sol: Profiles of Success Exemplary Leader, and the Arizona State University Los Diablos alumni chapter.

Brian J. Foster addremove

Brian Foster has been at the Snell & Wilmer law firm for 30 years. His practice is concentrated in commercial litigation and international law with an emphasis on real estate and business litigation, partnership and shareholder disputes, merger and acquisition disputes, contract disputes, sale of business disputes, and TCPA litigation. Foster also has substantial experience in the payment processing industry. Foster has obtained plaintiffs’ verdicts for millions several times and has obtained numerous defense verdicts in trials involving multi-millions.

Foster is a frequent legal commentator on FOX 10 News and has made more than 150 local and national appearances on various media outlets (including FOX News) covering, among numerous other top news stories, President Trump's Supreme Court nominations, the Jodi Arias trial, and Bill Cosby's criminal and civil cases.

In addition to serving on the Phoenix Aviation Advisory Board, Foster is a Board Member of the Phoenix Sister Cities Board where he is the Chair-Elect and an Executive Committee Member. He also sits on the Arizona Advisory Committee for U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and is a Board member of the Ahwatukee YMCA. Foster received his J.D. from the University of Iowa School of Law with high distinction and his B.A. in accounting from the University of Iowa.

Verma Pastor addremove

Pastor is a retired educator who served as director of bilingual education for the Arizona Department of Education for 20 years. She is also a board member on the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority and Friends of Phoenix Library board, and recently finished her term as a board member for Homebase Youth Services. Mrs. Pastor earned a Bachelor of Arts from Arizona State University. When not serving her community, she enjoys spending time with her four grandchildren.

Ron Price addremove

Ron Price brings 26 years of experience in the tourism industry to his newly appointed role of President and CEO at Visit Phoenix.

Prior to his arrival in Greater Phoenix, Price served as President & CEO of the Arlington Texas Convention and Visitors Bureau. During his tenure, he honed the economic development aspect of the city's tourism industry. By overseeing the creation of a Tourism Master Plan — an effort that involved input from myriad community stakeholders — the city saw over $4 billion in new tourism development. Under Price’s leadership, Arlington became only the second city in Texas to implement a Tourism Improvement District, which helped fund destination sales and marketing.

Price also served as the Assistant Executive Director of Visit San Antonio, a recognized leading convention destination. Prior to his time in the DMO world, Price spent over 12 years as a Marriott International executive.

Price, who has long-been an active proponent of tourism on national, state, and local levels, currently serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the U.S. Travel Association and Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association, the Board of Directors for Downtown Phoenix Inc., and was recently appointed to the Phoenix Aviation Advisory Board.

Camilo Henao - Ex-Officio Member addremove

Camilo Henao serves as the General Manager for Frontier Airlines at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, which is considered a focus city for the airline. Born in Colombia, South America, Camilo moved to Miami in 2001 after living in Hagen, Germany for two years. Camilo began his career in the Aviation Industry in 2015 while attending college in Orlando, Fla. Since then, he has been based in three major airports, which include Orlando International Airport, Boston Logan International Airport (2016), and finally relocating to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in February 2020.

Camilo has experience in both domestic and international operations. Prior to joining Frontier as a Stations Regional Supervisor in 2019, he served as a Passenger Service Duty Manager in Boston with Swissport. During his time there, he managed 21 airline contracts and 30 international daily departures. In addition to daily operations, Camilo ran an internship program for Aer Lingus, which involved interviewing and selecting university students from the University of Ulster in Belfast to work in the Aer Lingus operation for one year. Camilo is looking forward to further expanding his network within the Phoenix Aviation community.

Board Meetings

The Phoenix Aviation Advisory Board (PAAB) usually meets on the third Thursday of the month at 3 p.m. in the Phoenix Aviation Advisory Board Room, 2485 E. Buckeye Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85034. Dates and times of the meetings are subject to change for quorum purposes. Meetings are open to the public. Agenda packets are available at least 48 hours prior to the meeting and remain posted until just before the next meeting.
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, these meetings are currently taking place electronically via a video conferencing platform.

Agendas

Current Agenda:  February 16th, 2023

Previous Agendas

Subcommittees

Business and Development Subcommittee

Board Members:

  • Valencia Fisker - Chair
  • Andrew Cohn
  • Sandra Ferniza

Aviation Staff
Pearl Mesa
(602) 273-3382

Meets:

First Thursday of each month,2:30 p.m. Aviation Conference Room

Meeting Agenda: Feb 2, 2023

 

Previous Agendas:

 

Planning and Development Subcommittee

Board Members:

  • Seth Scott - Chair
  • Brian J. Foster
  • Ron Price

Aviation Staff
Pearl Mesa
(602) 273-3382

Meets:

First Tuesday of each month,2:30 p.m. Aviation Conference Room

Meeting Agenda: November 1, 2022