Your Master Executive Council (MEC) conducted interviews last week for three positons for the new Inflight Training Committee: one chairperson position and two committee member positions. The MEC would like to thank the candidates who demonstrated willingness to represent our Flight Attendants. After thorough deliberation, the MEC has appointed Megan Brown to the chairperson position and Steven Vincent and Samuel Clifton to the committee member positions.
About The Committee Members
Megan Brown, Inflight Training Committee Chairperson
Megan started her Flight Attendant career in 1991. After Flight 261, she decided to get involved with the AFA Employee Assistance Program (EAP). She spent 10 years as the Local EAP Chair/Co-Chair for Council 19 in Seattle. In 2004, she joined the inflight training department where she was an initial instructor and recurrent instructor, which she enjoyed. In 2016, Megan stepped out of the classroom, but continued to support training by performing Probationary Observations and IOEs. She has recently stepped back into the classroom and hopes to support Flight Attendants’ training needs and concerns.
Megan’s greatest accomplishment is her son, Zane. When she’s not flying, she spends her time with her family. She looks forward to learning and supporting her fellow coworkers in her work with AFA.
Steven Vincent, Inflight Training Committee Member
Steven attended initial training in June 1981. He initially became involved with AFA just after probation, starting with involvement on the Safety Committee. He also became the chairperson of the AFA International Aircraft Technical Committee immediately after probation. In this role he worked with Regulatory committees and Aircraft Manufactures. He also provided accident support for the International committee and the member airlines representing AFA Flight Attendants.
In 1983, he joined the training department in preparation for the MD-80 aircraft arrival. He has worked on development and presenting training for the MD-80, 737-400 and Russian extended overwater flying for 727-200, MD-80 and support for ETOPS certification of the 737. He also has conducted Initial training since mid-80s.
Previously, Steve participated in the development and implementation of merger training for pre-merger Jet America Flight Attendants. In Alaska/Virgin America merger, he has supported pre-merger Virgin America Flight Attendants by participating in the blending of emergency procedures, manuals and training for FAM revision cycle 4 in SFO.
In this new role, Steve hopes to represent the entire membership as we merge to become one Flight Attendant group.
Samuel Clifton, Inflight Training Committee Member
Sam has been with Virgin America since May 2007 as an Inflight Team Leader and Inflight Instructor, mainly teaching recurrent training but has also taught several new hire training classes.
Prior to working at Virgin America, Sam worked at American Trans Air (ATA) from 1989 through 2007. While at ATA, he was a Flight Attendant and also taught recurrent training throughout the system. He was an active member of AFA and served on the LEC Informational Committee during contract negotiations.
From 1986-1989 Sam served in the United States Air Force as a C-5 Aircraft Crew Chief.
Sam has always had the aviation bug! When not working he enjoys being at home in the Bay Area taking his miniature Australian Shepherd for walks on the Bay Trail. Something interesting about Sam is he has a small collection of vintage Barbies ranging from 1959-1968.
He is extremely excited to be serving on the Inflight Training Committee and hopes to be a strong voice for his fellow instructors.
About The Inflight Training Committee
The Inflight Training Committee is an MEC-level committee responsible for working with management to advocate for Flight Attendant interests in all matters pertaining to Flight Attendant training programs and to represent the unique needs and interests of Flight Attendants who are involved in Flight Attendant Initial and/or Recurrent Training and training-related special projects. Additional information about the Inflight Training Committee can be found at http://afaalaska.org/inflighttraining.
Your MEC – Jeffrey Peterson, Brian Palmer, Linda Christou, Lisa Pinkston, Terry Taylor, Mario de’Medici, Melissa Osborne, Tim Green and Brice McGee