|Ms. Stern began her aviation career in the early 1980’s working in flight ops roles at both Cessna Aircraft and Western Airlines. During this time, she earned her pilots license after being awarded a full scholarship from the Long Beach Chapter of the 99’s (the International Organization of Women Pilots). Ms. Stern went on to compete in numerous air races sanctioned by the 99’s organization, and has logged over 1500 hours of flight time.
In 1987, Ms. Stern began a 30-year career as an Air Traffic Controller (ATC) for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). During her FAA tenure she worked aircraft at a variety of ATC Towers, including those at DeKalb Peachtree, Birmingham, St. Croix, Orlando Sanford, the annual Experimental Aircraft Association’s Sun N Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, FL (her home town), and Atlanta Hartsfield International Airports. During the final 6 years of Ms. Stern’s FAA career, she conducted field evaluations and investigations across the county in the role of an ATC Safety Assurance/Quality Control Specialist and Event Investigation Manager, and frequently travelled with the National Transportation Safety Board as an ATC subject matter expert during significant aircraft accident and incident investigations.
When away from school, Ms. Stern enjoys the spending time with her family and dogs and anything that involves the beach and salt water.