Associate Instructors

Associate Instructors

Also known as adjunct professors, associate instructors are experts in their field who also enjoy teaching. Our associate instructors have extensive backgrounds in their specialized field and share their experiences, knowledge, and expertise with our students both in and out of the classroom. 

Gene Reinecke - Assistant Chief Instructor for Simulation and Testing
Phone: (801) 832-2626

Education: B.S. Finance, California State University, Long Beach

About Me: I started, operated and eventually sold a medical equipment rental company providing lasers to doctors and hospitals. I also managed a P135 charter company, two P141 flight schools and a rock and roll band (long story!)  My business endeavors allowed me to pursue a career in aviation where I have been a lifelong instructor, airline and corporate pilot and safety advocate. I am currently a Boeing B-737 captain for a major US airline. I have had the opportunity to teach in flight schools, airlines, and now at Westminster College.  

Why I joined Westminster's Aviation Dvision: The professional and personal satisfaction of mastering flying aircraft for personal use or a career is unparalleled. However, this career can be a rollercoaster! Air Line bankruptcies, flight department closures, economic meltdowns, new aircraft deliveries, personal health and family situations-all these can provide setbacks and opportunities for the career aviator. I have been fortunate to have some of these events shape my career and would like to give back to my chosen profession by teaching and advising the next generation of aviators to “keep your seat belt on and enjoy the ride!”           

Hobbies: Married with three teenage daughters so I guess one of my hobbies is drama. . . Seriously, I enjoy outdoor sports, winter and summer, traveling with the family and running with my Labradors. And for pure flying enjoyment I go soaring (gliders) every chance I get.




Jodi Howick-Aviation Law (AVIA 435)

Jodi Howick has taught Aviation Law at Westminster College as an adjunct professor since 2004.  She is a practicing attorney, and for over 20 years her practice has included representing a variety of aviation clients.   Among them, she was counsel for the Salt Lake City International Airport for 15 years.  In private practice she has represented airports in five states, and she represented the St. George Airport as it closed a former facility and moved to a newly constructed airport.  She has also represented aircraft owners, concessionaires and contractors, and others with aviation interests.

Ms. Howick has been active in national organizations for aviation attorneys throughout her aviation career.  She was chair and a member of the steering committee for the Legal Committee of Airports Council International – North America and is a current member.  She also served on the governing board of the American Bar Association’s Air and Space Forum.  She has made presentations in these and other forums on aviation law topics for over 15 years

Ms. Howick recently published two papers on aviation law through the Airport Cooperative Research Program, a division of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies.  A 2012 publication studied state authorizing language affecting airports, and a 2010 publication analyzed federal laws, regulations, and case law regarding the proprietary rights of airports. 

Ms. Howick practices law in Salt Lake City, Utah, where her practice focuses on aviation and transportation law, government law, leasing, contracting and procurement, and administrative agency issues.  She graduated from the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah, and she taught as an adjunct professor for other Utah colleges prior to her work for Westminster College.






Randall (Randy) Berg, A.A.E.-Managing the Airport Environment (AVIA 415)

 Randy Berg is currently the Director of Airport Operations for the Salt Lake City Department of Airports.  He is responsible for the daily operations of the Salt Lake City International Airport, a “large hub” facility that handles approximately 20 million passengers and over 357,000 annual aircraft operations.  Additionally, he is responsible for the department’s two general aviation airports.

Overall, Mr. Berg has been involved in the aviation industry for over 36 years and in addition to his current position, he has held executive level airport management positions with the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority; the City of Long Beach, California; El Dorado County, California; and the City of Auburn, Washington.  Prior to his airport management career, he worked his way through college while working at the Van Nuys Airport servicing General Aviation aircraft.

Mr. Berg holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Management from Pepperdine University.  In addition to his airport management career, he has been an adjunct instructor in Aviation Management at California State University, Los Angeles for the past 27 years and at Westminster College in Salt Lake City for the last eight years.

Randy is an Accredited Airport Executive and was elected to the Executive Committee of the American Association of Airport Executives in 2011 where he is currently serving as the Chair.  Randy is also a past member of the Board of Directors for the American Association of Airport Executives (2003-2007), the Northwest Chapter, American Association of Airport Executives (2001-2005), and the National Aeronautic Association.  In 2008, Randy served as the chair of the AAAE National Airports Conference.  He has also served as President of the Southwest Chapter, American Association of Airport Executives (1997-1998) and the Aero Club of Southern California (1999-2001).  He is an active participant of the Transportation Research Board, National Academy of Sciences Airport Cooperative Research Program and is a current member of the Next Generation Air Transportation System Working Group.

Randy’s spare time is spent by showing his vintage Volkswagen and the continuing restoration of his grandfather’s 1946 Ford truck.  He is married with three children.

He notes, “Over the years I have been very proud to watch the remarkable success of Westminster graduates who have pursued careers in airport and aviation management.”




 Sarah Rogowski-Meteorology (AVIA 303)

 Sarah Rogowski is an Aviation Meteorologist. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Atmospheric Sciences, in May 2004. She has worked as a meteorologist for 11 years with the National Weather Service (NWS) at offices in Louisiana, Mississippi, and the Baltimore/Washington metro. Sarah has worked with student volunteers in operationally-based weather research. Many of the students presented their research at national academic and professional conferences and went to pursue higher degrees and/or enter the NWS.

In December 2006, Sarah relocated to Salt Lake City and began working as an Aviation Meteorologist at the NWS Center Weather Service Unit (CWSU) in the Sale Lake City ARTCC control room. She provides aviation-specific, impact-based forecasts for air traffic and on-demand weather briefings for traffic planning and for pilot emergencies. She leads the Outreach and Training programs at the CWSU and provides training for CWSU staff and air traffic controllers. Sarah has presented at the 2014 National Weather Associating Meeting in Salt Lake City and at the Southwest Aviation Weather Safety Conference in Las Vegas in 2015. She also teaches weather refresher training to pilot groups through the FAA Safety Team and the classes are certified to receive WINGS Credit.






 Randy (Kent) Palmer-Air Traffic Control System (AVIA 302)

Kent graduated from Brigham Young University in 1986 with a BS in Psychology. On a whim, he took the air traffic controller test and scored highly so he was hired as an Air Traffic Controller at Salt Lake City ARTCC.  He still works as a full time Air Traffic Controller.

In his current role, he trains Air Traffic Developmentals to become certified as Air Traffic Controllers. 

Kent grew up in Arizona and met his wife at BYU. They have been married for 32 years and have 5 children.

He notes, "I'm excited to start teaching at Westminster. I love being an Air Traffic Controller. It is an exciting, secure job with excellent pay and benefits."