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Be sure to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website to familiarize yourself with the Interim US Guidance for Risk Assessment and Public Health Management of Persons with Potential Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Exposures to help you assess your personal level of risk and make informed decisions about your well-being and health and that of your family.

CDC has identified certain categories of people as being at higher risk for serious complications if they get sick with coronavirus. This includes:

  • Older adults
  • People who have severe underlying health conditions like:
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Lung disease
  • Compromised immune systems

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Executive Officers & Board Chairs


Akua recently joined the Aircraft Certification Service – International (AIR-420) in November 2016 where she currently serves as the Country Manager for the Western Hemisphere region. She joined the FAA in 2007 in the Office of International Affairs (API), where she held a number of positions, most prominently, the Foreign Affairs Specialist for the Sub-Saharan portfolio. Akua’s academic background in international business management combined with over 8 years of professional experience in the area of international aviation (aid & capacity development) lend to her dexterity, keen cultural awareness & sensitivity, and inclusive leadership style.

Akua is a Howard University, School of Business graduate and a DMV native. She lead the agency’s efforts to support the United States Presidential Initiative under the USDOT “Safe Skies for Africa” (SSFA) program. As such, Akua was responsible for the joint oversight and implementation of the FAA’s $1 million SSFA allotment. Akua enjoys learning, traveling, volunteering, styling, and spending time with her family & friends. She has visited over 25 countries – there is so much more of the world to see!

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Vice President

Meleny Gomez recently joined the Aircraft Certification Service in September 2017 where she currently serves as the Congressional Management and Program Analyst for the Executive Operations Branch of the Organizational Performance Division. She earned a degree from the Harrisburg Area Community College and has served the Federal Aviation Administration since 2016. Her academic background and over 15 years of professional experience lend to her work ethic, dedication, cultural awareness & sensitivity, and eagerness to serve you in her new executive role within NBCFAE HQ.

Meleny, a New York native to immigrant parents, enjoys helping others and is an active member of her church and community. She also enjoys reading, traveling, and learning new things.

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Alicia N. Ford, is the Treasurer for the NBCFAE Washington, DC Headquarters Region. Alicia joined the Office of the Administrator (AOA) in June 2019, she currently serves as the Executive Support Specialist to the Administrator, prior to that she worked in the Office of Finance and Management (AFN) as the Executive Assistant to the Assistant Administrator (AFN-1). Prior to joining the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), she had 15 years within the Banking industry.

Alicia holds a Master’s degree from the University of Maryland Global Campus and has served with the FAA since 2016. Alicia, is a Native Washingtonian and enjoys spending time with her 10 year old daughter, spending time with family & friends and traveling.

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Ronisha Dickerson is currently serving as the Team Lead in the ATO Diversity and Inclusion Office, People Services Directorate, Management Services Organization. In this role, Ronisha provides advice and knowledge in the area of Equal Employment Opportunities. Ronisha joined the FAA as a federal employee in 2006 where she has held various positions from the Executive Advisor to the ATO COO to Program Management. Prior to joining the FAA Ronisha worked as a Human Resource Specialist at the Department of Interior. Ronisha is considered a Diversity and Inclusion expert, most recently completing the Diversity and Inclusion curriculum at Cornell University. Ronisha is a Washington DC native and enjoys spending time with family and friends, exploring restaurants, dancing, and traveling.

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Public Affairs

Cherise Ojo

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Conference Coordinator

Tamara Smith is a Management and Program Analyst (Recruiter) for the Office of Human Resources, Corporate Engagement. She is also the National Chairperson for Education, Recruitment, & Training (ERT) for the National Black Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees (NBCFAE), and HQ Region Conference Coordinator. With over 20 years of Federal Government Service, most of her Federal Service was working with attorneys. Since coming to the FAA, nine and a half years ago, under the ATO Diversity office, Tamara took an interest in diversity and recruitment. In her role in the ATO Diversity, her passion for really assisting others became known. She assisted in the hiring initiative of Persons with Disabilities. Since then Tamara has play a significant role in outreach to Persons with Disabilities, and continues to be a reference for external organizations and consumers for employment with the FAA.

Another passion of Tamara is cooking. She caters small events for friends and family. She also enjoys traveling (personal time), reading, music, dancing, loves action movies, and loves to laugh and joke, but most of all helping others. She said, “When helping other the fulfillment is seeing and knowing how much they appreciate your willingness to help”.






Christopher E. Riggins is currently assigned to the Air Traffic Organization (ATO), Management Services Service Unit, People Services Directorate, Administrative Services Group, Administrative Services Team, AJG-P13. Chris serves as a senior Management & Program Analyst for the Administrative Services Group performing a wide range of management and program support duties supporting the various programs of the Air Traffic Organization (ATO) at the Headquarters and Field Office levels. He assists managers with establishing duties and responsibilities of technical and professional positions in accordance with HR policy and guidance. Creates Job Analysis Tools and captures technical competencies in collaboration with management and the servicing HR office. Works with management to identify to HR, positions eligible for targeted recruitment to increase hiring of persons with targeted disabilities, under represented populations, and developmental positions to establish meaningful succession planning. Additionally, Chris is currently serving as the National Black Coalition Federal Aviation Employee (NBCFAE) Association Parliamentarian.

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