New leadership has been elected to serve the Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance (AWAM). New officers are president: Lynette Ashland of Voyager Aviation, Cincinnati. She replaces Denise Waters of Air, Land and Sea who has held the office since 2006 and is now serving on the Board of Directors. Vice president: Jane Shelton of Pratt and Whitney, Columbus Ga. Treasurer: Dr. Teressa Stark, Pensacola Fla. Re-elected as secretary and director: Sharon Riffle, American Airlines, Dallas.
AWAM is an industry leader in promoting diversity in the workforce. Aircraft maintenance schools are seeing a 30% increase in female applicants and AWAM is assisting those students with career counseling and all around support for working in a nontraditional field. AWAM also assists the seasoned mechanic to advance in their profession by offering industry specific training courses through scholarships. Many top fortune 500 aviation companies gain top notch employees through AWAM.
A nonprofit organization, AWAM formed for the purpose of championing women’s professional growth and enrichment in the aviation maintenance fields by providing opportunities for sharing information and networking, education, fostering a sense of community and increasing public awareness of women in the industry.
For additional information about our organization, sponsors, scholarships, programs, and individual success stories, please contact : Lynette Ashland, president at 912-247-2908 or Jane Shelton, vice president at 850-712-8647.