Michigan Aeronautics Commission Appointed Members
- Russ Kavalhuna
Mr. Kavalhuna is the Executive Director of Flight Operations at Western Michigan University. He is a former airline captain, a licensed attorney, and a former federal prosecutor in the Western District of Michigan.
- J. David VanderVeen, A.A.E.
Chairman of Air Service Advisory Committee
Mr. VanderVeen is the Director of Central Services for Oakland County, which includes responsibility for the County’s three Airports. He has over forty years of airport management experience and a pilot’s license.
- Rick Fiddler
VIce Chairman of Safety Advisory Committee
Mr. Fiddler is the Vice President of Aviation for Amway Corp., where he has worked for nearly 30 years. Previously, he served as a patrol officer, helicopter pilot, and on the underwater recovery team for the Lansing Police Department.
- Pete Kamarainen
Chair of General Aviation Advisory Committee
Mr. Kamarainen, of Grand Ledge, is the owner of GrandAir Aviation, Inc., the fixed based operator for Abrams Municipal Airport in Grand Ledge.
- Roger Salo
Chairman of Safety Advisory Committee
Mr. Salo is Regional Vice President of Westfield Aviation and Instructor for Western Michigan University. He brings 40 years of experience in business aviation operations.
Michigan Aeronautics Commission Statutory Members
- Capt. Joe Gasper
(Representing Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue)
Michigan Department of State Police
Capt. Gasper is from the Special Operations Division and oversees three main areas within the department, which includes the Field Support and Aviation Section, Executive Protection Section, and State Security Operations Section.
- Brigadier General Len Isabelle
(Representing Maj. Gen. Gregory J. Vadnais)
Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
Brigadier General Isabelle is the Commander of the Michigan Air National Guard assigned to the Michigan National Guard Joint Forces Headquarters in Lansing.
- Kevin Jacobs
(Representing Keith Creagh)
Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Mr. Jacobs is the Aviation Manager for the Department of Natural Resources based in Roscommon, MI.
- Laura J. Mester, C.P.A. Commissioner
(Representing Kirk Steudle)
Michigan Department of Transportation
Laura J. Mester is the Chief Administrative Officer of the Michigan Department of Transportation.
- Mike Trout Director, Michigan Aeronautics Commission
As Director of Michigan Department of Transportation's Office of Aeronautics, Mr. Trout oversees Michigan's lead agency for overall administration and direction of aviation programs, airport development, and new initiatives.