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Laura brings 30 years of aviation experience to the AWAM board. She started her Airframe & Powerplant career as a Line Aircraft Mechanic with a commuter airline (Simmons Air) in Michigan, where she was born and raised. She accepted a job offer from Delta Air lines, Inc. and joined the Cabin Overhaul Crew January 16, 1989, in Atlanta. Laura’s passion for aviation and job quality saw her promoted repeatedly, including leading the way as the first female mechanic at Delta’s Seattle station. While Delta has employed women mechanics since 1942, this exciting milestone gave Laura another opportunity to raise awareness of aviation for women in general and serve as a role model and mentor for the Seattle station.
Laura helped in another landmark event: serving as a member of the organization team, for Seattle’s first Multi-Divisional Safety Fair which benefits Delta’s aircraft customer service, flight attendants, pilots, and mechanics. Coordinating the safety/environmental operations of Settle’s Aircraft Line Maintenance has provided her with the opportunity to identify and coordinate with several manufacturing companies to improve their products. In addition, she serves as Co-Chair for the “Santa Express” outreach program which gives Seattle area children from various economic groups an exciting and fun aviation introduction. The children get a “flight to the North Pole” to visit Santa (the jet is taxied from the Seattle Airport gate to the Delta hangar).
She is featured in Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee’s (AJAC) YouTube video which has served to raise awareness and build excitement globally:
"What is an Aircraft Mechanic?"
Laura’s small farming community roots with several generations working in the auto industry laid the foundation for her outside-of-the-box thinking for new ways to bring to the public awareness of aviation as a career.