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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. 

 

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)

 

Randall 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 Second Vice 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.”

 

 

 


 

Michael Hannan-Advanced Flight Deck (AVFL 475 & 476)

 

 

Michael is a retired commercial airline pilot and a former Air Force jet instructor.

After leaving Delta, Michael was a Boeing 717 simulator instructor with Flight Safety Boeing in Long Beach, CA.  He spent two years working full-time at Westminster in the simulation and testing center. He enjoys many hobbies, but the most important one is that of hiking and climbing mountains.  He has climbed Kilimanjaro twice and traveled to South America, Mexico and all of the western states in search of high peaks.

This photo shows him atop South Thunder mountain.

He says, “Teaching AVFL 475 is a great opportunity to stay young at heart and get to know some of the finest young people in the world.”

 

 


 

James (Jim) Kelsey-Air Traffic Control Systems (AVIA 302)

 

 

A licensed private pilot, Jim was an aircraft navigator/tactical coordinator in the U.S. Navy on P-3, anti-submarine warfare aircraft from 1969 to 1972.  He was the manager of a fixed-base operation at the Salt Lake Airport in 1973 and was the station manager for a commuter airline in 1974.  In 1974 he became an air traffic controller at the Salt Lake Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) and retired in 2007.  During his time at the Salt Lake ARTCC he worked as an air traffic controller, a training instructor, a quality assurance specialist, a first-line supervisor, an operations manager and a support manager over quality assurance and training.  He was a contract air traffic control instructor working for Raytheon Corporation at the Salt Lake ARTCC from 2008 until 2011. He has taught college-level air traffic control courses since 1997.