Election 2024

It's Time To Vote For Your Board of Directors

It's Time To Vote For
Your Board of Directors

Board of Directors
Annual Election

It’s that time of the year again! AFPAA’s by-laws call for an annual vote of the association’s membership to ensure its leadership remains responsive to the needs of its members.

The association is led by a board of directors consisting of thirteen voting members and one non-voting member. Voting members are elected to two-year terms, with approximately half of the board standing for election in alternate years. The non-voting member serves in an advisory capacity and is appointed by the SAF/PA Director and approved by the voting members of the board.

This year we are electing seven board members for a two-year term beginning July 1, 2024 and ending June 30, 2026.

You can review the biographies of the candidates for the board here.

Only Full Members in good standing (dues paid up-to-date) may vote. To be counted, all ballots must reach the Election Committee by midnight Friday, June 14, 2024.

How To Vote


You can choose one of two options for voting in this year's election:

  • Online
    • To vote online, use the Online Ballot below.
    • When you vote online, your ballot is automatically sent to the Association's Election Committee.
    • You must submit your online ballot not later than midnight, Friday, June 14.
    • Please read the ballot instructions carefully to ensure your vote gets counted.
    • If a paper ballot is received through the mail from a member who has voted online, only the mailed in ballot will be counted.
  • By postal mail
    • If you prefer to vote by mail, you can use the paper ballot in the May 2024 edition of the AFPAA newsletter.
    • Mail the ballot to:
      Kathy McCollom
      AFPAA Elections Chair
      5009 Donovan Drive
      Alexandria VA 22304-8620
    • Your ballot must be mailed in time to arrive no later than midnight, Friday, June 14.

Meet The Candidates


Brett Ashworth


Brett Ashworth

Life Member and current AFPAA chairman, Brett was an Air Force Public Affairs Officer at the wing, DRU, MAJCOM, joint and Air Staff levels for 21 years. He was public affairs officer at Whiteman Air Force Base, and Director of Public Affairs at the U.S. Air Force Academy, and commanded the 344th Recruiting Squadron. He retired in 2014 from the Pentagon where he was Director of Air Force Media Operations. He then was Vice President of Communications and Marketing at The Citadel followed by Vice Chancellor of Communications and Marketing for the Texas Tech University System. Brett joined Lockheed Martin in 2019, working in F-35 communications. He and his wife, Katy, reside in Flower Mound, Texas. They have 21-year-old triplets, two at Baylor University and one at Texas Tech University.



John Dorian


John Dorian

John is a Life Member of AFPAA. After graduating from The Citadel in 1990, he entered the Air Force and spent 25 years as a Public Affairs Officer at wing, numbered air force, major command, Headquarters Air Force and combatant command levels. He also commanded the 305th Mission Support Squadron at McGuire AFB, New Jersey. His many deployments included duty as chief of press desk operations for the International Security Assistance Force, Kabul, Afghanistan, and as principal military spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq. He retired in 2017 and became Vice President for Communications and Marketing at The Citadel. In 2021 he became senior manager, Communications at Lockheed Martin.



Linda Chick Haseloff


Linda Chick Haseloff

An AFPAA Life Member, Linda served 28 years in the Air Force and Air Force Reserves as an exec and a PA officer, retiring as a Lt Colonel in 2012. She served in all major commands including ACC, SAC, AETC, US Forces Korea, CENTCOM and USAFE, and was temporarily assigned to the Pentagon during the Iraq “Shock and Awe” campaign. While at CENTCOM, she deployed to the AOR, leading several multi-service member teams as well as participating as lead PAO on several international exercises. From 2004 to 2012, she was the IMA to the Air University PA director. Since retiring, she volunteers in the local community and assists the VA Service Center. She is currently working to archive AFPAA material from the association’s inception. She and her husband, a retired AF pilot, live in Seguin, TX.



Cheryl Law


Cheryl Law

Cheryl retired from the Air Force as a Colonel in 2018. She has 25 years of experience in the Army, Army Reserve, and Air Force, with expertise in crisis management, media relations/media training, and communication programs. She trained and advised key leaders from the Department of Defense, Secretary of the Air Force, White House, and Department of State. She deployed to U.S. Central Command and to Kyrgyzstan, and escorted media representatives to Iraq. Her assignments included Chief of Operations for the Air Force Memorial, Joint Base Andrews, and Deputy Director of PA, HQ ACC, Langley AFB. Other assignments included Director of PA at Los Angeles AFB and Dover AFB; Media Operations Officer, SAF/PA; and assignments at HQ USAFE and US EUCOM in Germany. She is an AFPAA Life Member and lives in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.



Chuck Merlo


Chuck Merlo

An AFPAA Life Member, Chuck was an enlisted teletype repairman until he was selected for officer training. As a first lieutenant he was the Public Affairs advisor to the Under Secretary of the Air Force. Later, the Chief of Staff handpicked him to revamp operations in his International Affairs Division and selected him to serve as an assistant secretary for JCS and NSC matters. He directed a 40-person team that demonstrated US Special Operations Command’s capabilities to legislative, business, and military leaders. He was director of Public Affairs for Air Mobility Command when he retired in 2002. After his retirement, Chuck was a consultant to ITT Systems Division, the multinational engineering firm AECOM, and Aegis Defense Services, a British security company with offices throughout the Middle East. He and his wife own a ranch in San Saba, Texas.



Eric Schnaible


Eric Schnaible

A Life Member and current AFPAA VP, Eric (aka 'Flak') served 27 years in AF PA. He earned an AFROTC commission in 1985 with a BS in Mass Comms from Norwich University, the Military College of Vermont. His PA assignments included chief at two USAFE GLCM wings, standing up 14th AF and DMA; Thunderbirds #12; EWI with Hill and Knowlton; and USAFE deputy. He deployed to MNF-I Baghdad and was the PA director for the Space and Missile Systems Center, US Forces Japan, ACC, and AF CENTCOM. Since retiring in 2012, his civilian jobs have included the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Defense Security Cooperation Agency, Armed Forces Medical Examiner System, Lockheed Martin F-35 Int'l Comms Manager, LM-Sikorsky, and speechwriter for the ACC commander. He is now the VA's National Cemetery Administration PAO and Chief of Outreach.



Carla Sylvester


Carla Sylvester

Carla served nearly 21 years as an Air Force Public Affairs officer. In addition to wing and MAJCOM positions, her assignments included special assistant to the chief of staff of the 1992-93 Armed Forces Inaugural Committee; operations officer for the AF European Broadcast Squadron; Education With Industry fellow at Hill and Knowlton; and chief of marketing at AF Recruiting Service. At SAF/PA, from 1998-2001, she helped establish the Air Force's new symbol and identity. She deployed to Incirlik AB, Turkey in 1997 and Bagram AB, Afghanistan in 2002. Carla was named AF Outstanding Field Grade PAO of the Year in 1996. After retiring in 2004, she worked for Martha Stewart Crafts and the Central Park Conservancy in New York City. A Life Member of AFPAA, she lives in New Jersey and is married to retired Air Force PAO Jim McGuire.

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