As the term of office for the current MEC officers will end on December 31, 2016, your Master Executive Council (MEC) conducted interviews this week for the upcoming MEC Officer term. We would like to thank the candidates who expressed a willingness to serve and interviewed for the positions.
In accordance with the AFA-CWA Constitution and Bylaws, each of the five Local Executive Council (LEC) Presidents is afforded one vote for each officer position. After thorough deliberation, the LEC Presidents have elected the following candidates:
MEC President Jeffrey Peterson
Jeffrey Peterson grew up in Anchorage, AK, and graduated from A.J. Dimond High in south Anchorage. Jeff achieved a Presidential Scholar Award in 1991 and went on to attain a BA in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego. Prior to becoming a Flight Attendant, he spent several years in hotel management working for Marriott International and a franchise company associated with Marriott Hotels. He started out his Flight Attendant career in 1999 in the Los Angeles domicile. Jeff has also been based in Seattle and now San Diego. He has served as AFA-CWA Alaska MEC President since July 1, 2011, and this will be his third term of office. Jeff currently splits his time between his family’s condo in Puerto Vallarta and the AFA office in Seattle.
MEC Vice President Brian Palmer
Brian started his career with Alaska Airlines as a Flight Attendant in 2006. Initially based in Anchorage, he also spent time based in Los Angeles and Portland, and is currently based in Seattle. Brian first became involved in AFA work in 2009 as a member of the Council 39 Portland Reserve Committee when he became frustrated with the quality of life that he and other reserve Flight Attendants were experiencing. He went on to serve as Council 39 Reserve Chairperson and LEC Vice President. Brian was first elected MEC Vice President in January 2014 and is honored to have been reelected to a second term of office.
Prior to his career as a Flight Attendant, Brian held various leadership positions in the hotel and retail banking industries. He currently splits his time between Atlanta and the Seattle area.
MEC Secretary-Treasurer Linda Christou
Linda has been with Alaska Airlines since 1980. She started out as a Union volunteer and became more involved by joining the Council 19 Seattle Inflight Service Committee and was eventually appointed Local Chairperson of the committee. While serving on that committee, Linda had a desire to do more to help and subsequently ran for and was elected Council 19 LEC Secretary. Linda has served in that role, along with being a Grievance Representative, since July 2011. She is very excited to start her new position as MEC Secretary-Treasurer and looks forward to serving all of our Members.
Prior to being with Alaska, Linda attended Green River Community College and had an emphasis in Political Science which is what drew her to get involved with Union work. Outside of work, Linda enjoys spinning and gardening. She also enjoys cooking, entertaining, and collecting wine with her husband. Linda also enjoys volunteer work, focusing on raising money for The Moyer Foundation, which is a foundation for “children in distress”.
The newly elected MEC Officers will serve a three-year term of office from January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2019. More information about their duties and responsibilities can be found in the AFA Constitution and Bylaws and the AFA Alaska MEC Policy Manual
Your MEC – Jeffrey Peterson, Brian Palmer, Yvette Satterlee, Lisa Pinkston, Laura Masserant, Cathy Gwynn, Tim Green and Brice McGee