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AAPA Technical & Policy Committees

Technical Committees

Technical committees can include individuals from all membership categories, and they help the Association set policy, develop new programs and serve as a valuable resource to AAPA members.

Cruise 

Cruise terminals, operations, marketing and itineraries

Lauren Gleason
Greg
Lovelace

Cindy
Burman

Chris
Chase

Chair: Greg Lovelace, Port Tampa Bay, (813) 905-5123
Vice Chair: Cindy Burman, Maryland Port Administration, (410) 385-4458
2nd Vice Chair: Chris Chase, Port of Los Angeles, (310) 732-3846
AAPA Staff Liaison: Greta Casey, (771) 212-8044
Cruise Committee webpage 
Cruise Committee roster (AAPA members only)

Defense 

U.S. military operations, strategic ports

Chris Fisher
Chris
Fisher

Chair: Chris Fisher, Port of Beaumont, (409) 835-5367 x222
AAPA Staff Liaison: Derek Miller(607) 321-9765
Defense Committee webpage
Defense Committee roster (AAPA members only)

Environment

Air quality, water quality, stormwater, contaminated sediment, sustainability, environmental management systems, engaging stakeholders and communities


Tiffoni Buckle
McCartney

Emily
Federer

Carly
Beck

Chair: Tiffoni Buckle McCartney, Georgia Ports Authority, (912) 964-3973
2nd Vice Chair: Emily Federer, Port of New Orleans, (504) 528-3344
3rd Vice Chair: Carly Beck, Port of Cleveland, (419) 386-6095
AAPA Staff Liaison: Ian Gansler(508) 654-4264
Environment Committee webpage
Environment Committee roster (AAPA members only)

Facilities Engineering

Landside infrastructure, marine terminal design and construction


Patrick
Blair

Brandon
Bergeron

Maria
Rivas

Nick
Pestello

ChairPatrick Blair, P.E., Port Tampa Bay, (813) 905-5001
Vice Chair: Brandon Bergeron, P.E., Port of Beaumont, (409) 835-5367
2nd Vice Chair: Maria Rivas, P.E., Hatch, (346) 901-6020
2nd Vice ChairNick Pestello, P.E., Port of Lake Charles, (337) 794-3687
Staff Liaison: John Bressler(771) 212-8030
Facilities Engineering Committee webpage
Facilities Engineering Committee roster (AAPA members only)

Finance

Port administration, financing, accounting practices 


Delphine
Prevost

Chair: Delphine Prevost, Port of Oakland, (510) 627-1141
Vice Chair: Kevin Beardsley, Duluth Seaway Port Authority, (218) 727-8525
2nd Vice Chair: Mary Kay Radford, Maryland Port Administration, (410) 385-4697
AAPA Staff Liaison: Charissa Meikle(771) 212-8073
Finance Committee webpage
Finance Committee roster (AAPA members only)

Harbors & Navigation

Waterside infrastructure, federal navigation channel, dredging, dredged material placement


Randy
Lewis

Patrick
Blair

Chair: Randy Lewis, Port of Grays Harbor, (360) 533-9513
Vice Chair: Patrick Blair, Port Tampa Bay, (813) 905-5001
AAPA Staff Liaison: Shawn Balcomb(771) 212-8033
K&L Gates Liaison: Brian Hopkins
Harbors & Navigation Committee webpage
Harbors & Navigation Committee roster (AAPA members only)

Information Technology

Information technology, cybersecurity

Ken Washington
Ken
Washington

Michael
Fink

Milton
Corney

Chair: Ken Washington, Port Tampa Bay, (813) 905-5100
Vice Chair: Michael Fink, Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay, (215) 925-2615
2nd Vice Chair: Milton Corney, Port of South Louisiana, (985) 618-9479
AAPA Staff Liaison: Liz Mancini(202) 604-5737
Information Technology Committee webpage
Information Technology Committee roster (AAPA members only)

Legal

Legal issues, litigation, contracts

Heather
McCloskey
Lauren
  Beagen  

Chair: Heather McCloskey, Port of Los Angeles, (310) 732-3750 
Vice Chair: Lauren Beagen, Squall Strategies, (231) 645-2271
AAPA Staff Liaison: Cary Davis, (202) 792-4033
Legal Committee webpage
Legal Committee roster (AAPA members only)

Maritime Economic Development

Port real estate, industrial development, energy cargoes, master planning & research


Joe
Cappel

Jorge A.
Hernández

Franc J.
Pigna

Chair: Joseph Cappel, PPM, Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, (419) 243-8251
Vice Chair: Jorge A. Hernández, Port Everglades, (954) 468-3501
2nd Vice Chair: Franc J. Pigna, Aegir Port Property Advisers, (305) 529-2281
AAPA Staff Liaison: Shannon McLeod(757) 412-9466
Maritime Economic Development Committee webpage
Maritime Economic Development Committee roster (AAPA members only)

Public Relations

Media and public outreach, community programs, workforce education


Micah
Cormier

ChairMicah Cormier, Port of South Louisiana, (985) 652-9278
Vice Chair: Lisa Hinojosa, Port of Corpus Christi, (361) 882-5633
Vice Chair: Jenifer Barsell, Port of San Diego, (619) 686-6350
AAPA Staff LiaisonMelodie George, (771) 212-8043 
Public Relations Committee webpage
Public Relations Committee roster (AAPA members only)

Security

Cargo and facility security, security personnel


Jill
Taylor

Mark
Dubina

Chair: Jill Taylor, Port of Los Angeles, (310) 732-7628 
Vice Chair: Mark Dubina, Port Tampa Bay, (813) 241-1893
AAPA Staff Liaison: Derek Miller(607) 321-9765

Security Committee webpage
Security Committee roster (AAPA members only)

AAPA Policy Committees

There are two policy committees that are limited in membership and activity by virtue of the AAPA bylaws or by tradition.

U.S. Legislative Policy Council

The United States Legislative Policy Council (LPC) reviews the legislation and governmental relations program and activities of the Association.


Paul
Anderson

Chairman: Paul Anderson, Port Tampa Bay, (813) 905-5104
AAPA Staff Liaison: Cary Davis, (202) 792-4033

Professional Development Board

Administers the AAPA Professional Port Manager (PPM®) certification program.

Chairman: Dr. Noel Hacegaba, PPM, Port of Long Beach, (562) 283-7071 
AAPA Staff Liaison: Shannon McLeod(757) 412-9466