Meet AFPAAA's Officers and Board of Directors

Meet AFPAAA's Officers
and Board of Directors

AFPAAA Leadership

AFPAAA is led by a board of directors elected by the membership. Each director serves a two year term. Five board members also serve as officers of the Association, filling the positions of chairperson, president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer on a yearly basis.

AFPAAA's leadership progression protocol dictates that the chairperson step down at the end of his or her term. At the same time, the president, vice president, and secretary each move up one position to replace the previous incumbent, with a new secretary joining the line of succession. This leadership rotation takes place in July of each year.

This sequential assumption of progressively greater responsibilities ensures the Association will benefit from experienced management, continuity of leadership, and the regular infusion of fresh ideas.

On July 1, 2022, a new team assumed AFPAAA’s leadership responsibilities. Brett Ashworth became the new chair, replacing Perry Nouis, who remains on the board. Greg Smith stepped into Brett’s former role as president, and John Dorrian became the vice president. New board member Eric Schnaible volunteered to be the new secretary, becoming part of the leadership succession process.

Incumbent board members Brett Ashworth, John Dorrian, Doug Kennett, Chuck Merlo, and Carla Sylvester were elected to new two year terms. Eric Schnaible was elected as a new board member, filling the slot on the board vacated by John Gura, who left the board after over twenty years of distinguished service to the association.

The current leadership team is pictured below. The duration of each elected member's current term is listed under his or her name. The board also includes two members whose terms are indefinite — the newsletter editor, who is appointed by the board, and a representative from SAF/PA.

At the October 6, 2022 board meeting, the board formally appointed Dick Cole as the newest board member and the editor of News and Notes — AFPAAA's newsletter. Dick replaced John Terino, who stepped down after his outstanding work serving as the editor of News and Notes for most of the association's existence.

AFPAAA also benefits from the work of numerous members who serve on committees overseen by the board, and the support and advice of our past board chairs and presidents.

To find contact information for any individual member of the AFPAAA leadership team, please use either the printed or online Membership Directory. To reach the entire board of directors, please go to the Contact Us page and choose the Board of Directors option in the form field.

Board Meetings...

Meetings of AFPAAA’s Board of Directors are held on a regularly scheduled quarterly basis. All association members in good standing are welcome, and encouraged, to attend.

The meetings are held via Zoom. If you wish to attend a meeting, please use this link to let us know in advance so that we can send you the Zoom information you will need to join the meeting by computer or phone.

The next meeting will occur on May 19, 2023, at 10:00AM Eastern time. The specific date and time for subsequent meetings will be posted here when available.

Meeting Minutes...

Minutes of previous meetings are now being archived online. To view the minutes of recent board meetings, please go here.

Board Members

Past Board Chairs
and Presidents

  • 1994 - 2000

    • Mike McRaney
  • 2000 - 2001

    • Jim Hart
  • 2001 - 2002

    • John Gura
  • 2002 - 2003

    • Joe Purka
  • 2003 - 2004

    • Dave Smith
  • 2004 - 2005

    • Mike Gannon
  • 2005 - 2006

    • Charley Powers
  • 2006 - 2007

    • Linda Arnold
  • 2007 - 2008

    • Tom Halbert
  • 2008 - 2009

    • Pete Peterson
  • 2009 - 2010

    • Sam Giammo
  • 2010 - 2011

    • Christine Queen
  • 2011 - 2012

    • Bud Ross
  • 2012 - 2013

    • Mark Foutch
  • 2013 - 2014

    • Mike Cox
  • 2014 - 2015

    • Phil Ratliff
  • 2015 - 2016

    • Clem Gaines
  • 2016 - 2017

    • Larry Clavette
  • 2017 - 2018

    • Judy Bivens
  • 2018 - 2019

    • Art Forster
  • 2019 - 2020

    • Tom Dolney
  • 2020 - 2021

    • Jay DeFrank
  • 2021 - 2022

    • Perry Nouis


  • 2022 Annual Meeting

    • Perry Nouis
    • Al Cummings
    • Phil Ratliff
  • Communications and Newsletter

    • Dick Cole
  • Development

    • Joe Purka
  • Elections

    • Kathy McCollom
  • Hall of Fame

    • Art Forster
    • Judy Bivens
    • John Dorian
    • Clem Gaines
    • Larry Hill - Musicians Rep
    • Pat Miner - Broadcasters Rep
    • Renee Tyron - Combat Camera Rep
    • Johnny Whitaker
  • Finance

    • Phil Ratliff
    • Hank Hufnagel
    • Jim McGuire
  • Membership

    • Christine Queen
    • Neil Buttimer
  • Oral History

    • John Gura
  • Public Relations

    • Bud Ross
  • SAF/PA Liaison

    • Lou Timmons
  • Social Media

    • Judy Bivens
  • Website

    • John Gura
    • Jim McGuire