Airport Advisory Committee
What We Do
The Eugene Airport Advisory committee develops recommendations for airport staff by providing an ongoing citizen perspective and review of airport capital improvement projects, environmental issues, airport finances, air service development and changes to airport administration policy. Members have an initial term of two years, and can be reappointed another term.
Full Airport Advisory Committee Bylaws can be read here.
The AAC meetings are open to the public and occur on the third Wednesday of each month beginning at noon. Meeting dates are subject to change due to scheduling conflicts. Please see the calendar below for dates and times. Meetings are hybrid. You may join in person Airport Terminal Mezzanine located on the second level of the terminal building or contacting airport staff for the meeting link. For full details on meeting Decorum Guidelines please see the link below.
Airport Advisory Committee meetings are now viewable on the Eugene Airport YouTube channel.
The Eugene Airport Mission Statement can be found here
If you are interested in serving on the Airport Advisory Committee, please fill out and submit our online application.
Cedric Rudd, Chair – Public Community
2022 – 2026
Natalie Inouye, Vice Chair – Travel and Tourism
2022 – 2024
Liz Dahlager – Travel/Tourism
Liz Dahlager is Vice President of Market Intelligence with Mereté Hotel Management. Mereté operates 6 hotels in Lane County and 18 hotels in the Pacific Northwest. She is responsible for sales and marketing and identifying strategic partnerships that meet Mereté’s long term growth goals. Liz has more than 20 years of experience in hospitality with major brands as well as independent boutique hotels. Liz received her BA from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. She was recognized by Marriott International with a Global Sales Leadership Award, is a Certified Hospitality Revenue Manager and holds a Certificate in Hotel Real Estate Investment and Asset Management from Cornell School of Hotel Administration. Liz has a long history of working with travel and tourism partners across Oregon to increase tourism dollars to local and regional economies. She is passionate about sustainable travel, preserving outdoor recreation for future generations and the value tourism brings to a community.
Liz also serves on the Springfield Chamber Board of Directors and Chairs the Economic Development Committee. Since relocating to the Willamette Valley from Portland in 2009 she has served on the Springfield Rotary Board, Willamette Valley Pop Warner Board, LCC Hospitality Management Advisory, and the Eugene Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Council. Liz resides in Eugene with her husband Josh of 25 years, her two children, and her two beagles.
Eric Dziura – Bethel Neighborhood
Eric is a veteran of 21 years of military service and 20 years as a college professor/lecturer/instructor. His US Navy assignments included electronics technician and watch stander aboard a destroyer escort (USS Talbot DEG4), nuclear reactor operator, Radar Intercept Officer flying the F-4S Phantom from the USS Midway (CV41), Senior Lecturer at the USNS, and as a Tactical Action Officer (USS Kitty Hawk CV63 and USS Nimitz CVN68). At various times, Eric has taught electronics, pre-engineering, mathematics, and physics at several institutions of higher learning including the USNA, Olympic College, Southern Oregon University, and Rogue Community College. He is a graduate of the University of Louisville Speed School of Engineering and has an MSAE from the Naval Postgraduate School and an MSME from UW. He also served for 5 years on the Medford OR School Board, 4 years on the Jackson County Library District Board, and is currently a member of the Active Bethel Community executive board.
Courtney Griesel– Business Community
2022 – 2026
Courtney Griesel is the Oregon Community Relations Manager for Sierra Pacific Industries. She holds a Masters of Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University and Bachelor of Science in Planning, Public Policy and Management from the University of Oregon. Courtney began her career in public sector service and non-profit global consulting. She served as the City of Springfield, Oregon, Economic Development Manager, focusing on traded-sector industry support and growth, land development, and public private partnerships before joining Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) in 2022. Her recent transition from public service to direct support of SPI, one of the largest private forest management and wood products manufacturing firms in the US, has provided an exciting opportunity to further support an industry critical to local Oregon communities and the broader region.
Tina Guldberg – University of Oregon
Tina joined the University of Oregon in September, 2018 as the senior director, industry partnerships. She leads and executes strategies to enhance university-led industry, innovation, and economic development partnerships with key business and regional leaders. In this capacity, she engages in the development of new and strategic university initiatives that align with innovation and economic development goals. She brings experience from Ford Motor Company as a product development engineer, a research engineer in the Sustainable Design and Manufacturing program at Georgia Tech, and as the associate director of the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute where she spent the last 15 years developing strategic partnerships for the Institute. She is also graduate from the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering and currently serves as the inaugural board chair for Onward Eugene and on the Technology Association of Oregon and Oregon Bioscience Association’s advisory boards.
Mike Pati - General Aviation
Mike Pati is President of Papé Properties, Inc. and Director of Rimrock Insurance Corporation, respectively the real estate and insurance subsidiaries of The Papé Group of capital equipment dealerships. He and his team manage capital projects, property acquisitions & sales, leases, and alternative energy infrastructure development across nearly 200 properties in 9 western states. They also develop and manage The Papé Group’s captive, self-insured, and outside insurance programs. First with Bellevue, WA-based heavy truck manufacturer PACCAR Inc, and now with The Papé Group, Mike brings 30+ years of experience in various senior management and real estate development roles. In all his positions, he has prioritized fostering strong interpersonal relationships amongst teams and stakeholders to help positively resolve complex and sensitive issues. He graduated from the University of Southern California with his degree in Economics. Outside of work, Mike and his wife, Bobbi, enjoy traveling to new places, trying new and interesting foods, and tackling any and all DIY improvement projects at their home in Heceta Beach. Mike is pleased to continue The Papé Group’s long-term association with the Eugene Airport through his Advisory Committee role.
Rhonda Reed - Public Member
Rhonda Reed is the Travel and Accounting Manager, and a Tour Group Leader for Trips Inc. Special Adventures®. Trips Inc.™ arranges and provides group travel packages for adults with various intellectual and developmental disabilities. She has led over 40 groups to domestic and international destinations around the world. Rhonda believes traveling is an opportunity for personal growth, to learn about and appreciate other cultures, and make new friends.
Rhonda has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. She has a certificate in travel agency operations from Lane Community College, and a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Linfield University in McMinnville, Oregon. Rhonda is also the co-founder and manager of a small 501c3 non-profit dog rescue, and a certified dog trainer from Animal Behavior College. Rhonda lives in Eugene with her dogs, parrot and turtle.
Joshua Rickert – Airport Tenant
Joshua M. Rickert is a commercial pilot and flight instructor. As the Director of Lane Aviation Academy with Lane Community College, Joshua has extensive knowledge of aviation, the Eugene Airport, and the challenges facing both. He also has previous backgrounds in finance, business, and computer science.
Mark Stringfield, Chair – Public
Brittany Quick-Warner – Business Community
Brittany Quick-Warner is the President and CEO of the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce. Prior to this role she was the Eugene Chamber’s Director of Business Advocacy. Brittany moved to Eugene in 2012 from Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated from the University of Missouri, twice. Once with a degree in atmospheric science which has turned out to be just as helpful as the weather app on her phone, only $30,000 more expensive. Her master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis in nonprofit management has been slightly more useful as she can successfully navigate a city budget committee meeting and has made it a few years successfully managing a nonprofit.
In 2012, Brittany and her husband started a boutique production company and a photo booth company in their renovated 1973 VW bus. Nine years later both parts of the company have grown and expanded. Brittany has the pleasure of serving on several nonprofit boards that do absolutely amazing things for our community.
Shad Turner - Airport Tenant
Shad Turner is President of Lawrence Air Service. Shad started his aviation career in 2006 with SkyWest Airlines after retiring from 3M. Along with his wife Cheryl, they have 7 children and 6 grandchildren. After raising 3 kids of their own, they adopted 4 siblings prompted by the "Forever Family" program. Shad purchased Lawrence Air Service in 2010 . In 2012, Shad purchased Eugene Flight Center and added 2 aircraft to their fleet until it sold 2019. Shad currently sits on the Aviation Academy Board at Lane Community College, as well as the Marcola School District Board. He coaches the high school football and track teams. Shad and his family lives on a 40-acre ranch in the beautiful Marcola Valley. Additional hobbies include gardening, fishing and hunting, and summers are spent in SE Alaska fishing and building a container home lodge.