MAA Elects New Board Members

By Kathy Kenne, Executive Director
Mississippi Airports Association

Serving on the board for the first time are (from left) Matt Dowell, Matt Owens and Chanse Watson.

​Due to the extension of board terms last year through the COVID-19 pandemic, it was a bit of an unusual election in the number of board members selected by the Mississippi Airports Association at the annual conference.  We have several returning members and welcome some new faces as well.

Newly elected members, some of whom have served previously, include Tommy Booth of Michael Baker International, Matt Dowell of Golden Triangle Regional Airport, Tom Heanue of Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport, Matt Owens of Hesler-Noble Field in Laurel and Chanse Watson of Stennis International Airport.

Re-elected or continuing board members are Nick Ardillo of Neel-Schaffer, Inc., Paul Brown of Jackson Municipal Airport Authority, Mike Forster of Louisville-Winston County Airport, Elton Jay, retired Director of MDOT Aeronautics, Wes Kirkpatrick of Monroe County Airport, Carol Snapp of Trent Lott International Airport, Sam Washington of Greenville Mid-Delta Airport, Clay Williams of Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport and Tom Williams of Meridian Regional Airport.

Many thanks to those who rolled off the board, for their years of service: Bill Cotter, Mike Hainsey, Clint Johnson and Rodney Lincoln.

Officers for 2021-22 are President Carol Snapp, President-elect Tom Heanue, Secretary Wes Kirkpatrick, Treasurer Mike Forster and Assistant Treasurer Matt Dowell.

We are looking forward to a year of accomplishments with this leadership and appreciate their commitment to serve, furthering aviation interests in our state.