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Your WAMA Board of Directors

Who We Are!

Your WAMA Board of Directors and Committee Chairmen consists of an all volunteer board who contribute their time and effort toward the advancement of our organization.

All of our Board members are active and involved in Corporate or General Aviation and represent a broad range of experience and knowledge to guide the organization.

We encourage input, suggestions and engagement from our Members for the continued success of the organization

Interested in Joining the Board or volunteering?

Please speak to or contact any of our board members and  we will invite you to one of our Board meetings. 

There are many reasons to get involved in a professional organization.  Career advancement visibility, networking, sharing your skill set to support a premier aircraft maintenance organization...and it's fun too!

Email any of us with your interests!

Board Officers

WAMA  President, Web/Technical

Jody Kerton

Dassault Falcon Jet- Customer Support Engineer

As a long standing member of WAMA since the mid 1980s, Jody has served on the WAMA board since 2004 as a volunteer, Membership Chair, Vice President, and now as President.  Jody is no stranger to Westchester County Airport.  Growing up 15 minutes from the airport, he started his aviation career at HPN pumping Avgas while attending college and studying for his A&P license.  He has since worked in General Aviation, an Avionics facility, fifteen years in a large corporate flight department, Chief of Maintenance for one aircraft and currently Engineering Support at Dassault Falcon Jet.  Experience includes part 91, 125 and 135 operations with aircraft to include King Air, Gulfstream, Boeing 737-400, Global Express and the Falcon family of aircraft.

“Being an active member of a premier aircraft maintenance organization really benefits your career through networking and increases your exposure to industry professionals.”


WAMA  Vice President, 

Dave Schiavone

Concorde Battery- Area Representative

Dave began his Aviation career by enlisting in the US Navy in 1979 as an Aviation Mechanic. He went to work for Aero Quality Sales and Aviall battery Shop. He joined the US Air Force Air National guard for a combined 22 years of service. He is an active member of American Legions helping other Veterans.  Dave has been part of W.A.M.A since 1983, he served on the board as treasurer, Membership chair, an active contributor and Training liaison.  Dave has developed the WAMA online spot Light and has written about our flight department members.  He is currently an Area Sales Manager for Concorde Battery Corporation,

His memberships include:  

Westchester Aircraft Maintenance Association, Professional Aviation Maintenance Association and Long Island Business Aviation Association.


WAMA CoTreasurer,

Joan Szemplenski

Joan brings over 35 years of aviation experience to the WAMA Board. Her aviation career started as an Assistant Manager of a flight school, at Central New Jersey Regional Airport (47N). The student pilot’s enthusiasm was contagious and it’s where her love of aviation began.

She has worked for Part 121, 135 but mostly at 91 operations, which includes several Fortune 50 companies as an Aircraft Scheduler. She retired from Verizon’s Corporate Flight Department after 16 years of service. Currently Joan schedules Demo flights for Dassault Falcon Jet.

Joan holds a BS Degree in Business Administration from Concordia College  Bronxville, NY, and has her Private Pilot’s License.


WAMA CoTreasurer,

Jennifer Riegel

Air Culinaire

Jennifer started her aviation career at Signature flight Support in MMU as the Customer Service Manager. She was promoted to Duty Manager by working both the customer service desk and outside fueling, towing and marshaling aircraft. She continued her aviation career at Jet Aviation TEB as Customer Service Manager/Client Liaison. Currently Jennifer is the East Coast Sales Manager for Air Culinaire Worldwide. 

WAMA Secretary,

Kate Lawrence

CCP Industries Area Sales Representative

Transitioning from customer service for fortune 500 companies to aircraft product sales, Kate is now the area sales manager for CCP Industries specializing in personal protective equipment as well as many other aircraft maintenance shop products.

Kate's clients include local flight departments, FBOs and service centers.  

Kate joined WAMA as a volunteer in 2017, working at the golf outing and dinner meetings and managing the WAMA Facebook page. In 2019 she was elected to her current position as Secretary.