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National Officers
National Director

Louie Key

Louie has worked as an Airframe and Powerplant technician for Alaska Airlines (ASA) since 1979. He started in Fairbanks, AK then transferred to Seattle, WA in 1984 where he worked base maintenance before moving to the line.

Louie was active in the AMFA organizing efforts at Alaska Airlines in 1998 and was elected to the position of Airline Representative for Local 14. He was elected by the Local 14 membership to serve as a Delegate to the 2000 AMFA National Convention. In 2000 Louie was elected to the National position of Region I Director, and during his second term was appointed to Assistant National Director. In 2008 Louie was elected as National Director and is currently serving his second term.

Louie has been very active in AMFA’s organizing efforts at other carriers and has chaired several negotiating committees working on each of the carriers’ first AMFA contract. Louie has also served as an arbitration board member and was an aircraft accident investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board in the investigation of Alaska Airlines flight 261. He is a strong advocate for aviation safety.


  • 1990 -
  • 1985 -
  • 1980 -
  • 1979 -

Associate of Arts, Business Administration
Highline Community College in Des Moines, WA
Attended University of Puget Sound
Associate of Applied Science in Aviation Technology
University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Airframe and Powerplant license

The duties and responsibilities of the National Director are outlined in Article VI Section 3 of the AMFA Constitution.

Asst. National Director

Aaron Hansen

Aaron began his aviation career in 1987 in the United States Air Force as a KC-10 Crew Chief. He has worked at Southwest Airlines for the last 17 years as an Aircraft Mechanic, and he was a key organizer. Aaron faithfully served the Membership of Local 32 for eight (8) years prior to being elected as Assistant National Director in 2012. He strives to continue the evolution of AMFA with his organizing efforts within our class and craft. Aaron is very passionate about our profession and aviation. In addition to an A&P license, he also holds a private pilot’s license which enables him to fully enjoy the RV-7a airplane he built; the RV-7a took its first flight the summer of 2012.

The duties and responsibilities of the Assistant National Director are outlined in Article VI Section 4 of the AMFA Constitution.

National Secretary/Treasurer

Justin Madden

Justin Madden started his aviation career as a UH-1N (Huey)/AH-1W (Cobra) helicopter mechanic in the United States Marine Corps. After a successful enlistment and honorable discharge, he found employment as a mechanic at Trans World Airlines (TWA). As TWA was entering bankruptcy again, Justin joined Southwest Airlines (SWA) and has worked both line and hangar maintenance positions at MDW (Chicago-Midway), PHX (Phoenix), and PHL (Philadelphia).

While at TWA, Justin was introduced to AMFA by the previous Ozark mechanics that had been part of the Association since 1964. They were staunch in their support and enthusiasm for AMFA and shared their belief in a craft-specific union instead of the industrial union that represented TWA. When Justin transitioned to SWA, the mechanics were represented by the IBT and he was a key organizer in the successful card drive to certify AMFA on the SWA property. Justin has served the Association as a Local Secretary as well as a Delegate to two National Conventions.

Justin believes that three characteristics in particular separate AMFA from all other unions: first, direct member control over their Local and the finances of it; second, a democratic process where officers are elected instead of appointed, and those same officers can be recalled by the membership; and third, open negotiations where members are invited to attend and participate in collective bargaining sessions. These three things allow the AMFA membership to effectively maintain control over their union.

Justin has attended college in both Missouri and Arizona. He is married with two children.

The duties and responsibilities of the National Secretary/Treasurer are outlined in Article VI Sections 6, 7, and 8 of the AMFA Constitution.

National Safety & Standards Director

David Brooks

David Brooks began his aviation career in the US Army in 1987. He was a UH-60 Blackhawk crewchief in the 101st Aviation unit and served in Germany. After an honorable discharge, he received his A & P license and went to work for Delta Airlines. He has also worked for Dyn Air and BF Goodrich.  He was hired in 1995 by Southwest Airlines and has been there since.  David has worked in all aspects of the maintenance field, to include line, hangar, and inspector duties. He pursued the career because of his passion of aviation, and received his private pilot’s license in furtherance of that passion.

David feels honored to be serving as the AMFA National Safety and Standards Director.  He served for eight years as the Local 32 Safety and Standards Chairman and was instrumental in establishing the AMFA SWA Accident/Incident Investigation Team.  He feels that AMFA is the only alternative to our craft representation, although it requires the membership to be involved and participate.  He also feels that there needs to be accountability in our union, and that the most important thing we can provide to our members and the flying public is safety.

The duties and responsibilities of the National Safety and Standards Director are outlined in Article VI, Section 9 of the AMFA Constitution.

Region I Director

Earl Clark

Earl Clark has been employed by Alaska Airlines (ASA) as an Airframe and Powerplant technician since 1991 and has been an active member of the Association since AMFA was certified at ASA in 1998. He started in the hanger at Oakland working heavy maintenance and now works line maintenance.

Earl served as an Airline Representative for the Alaska membership from 1998 – 2008 with: Local 37 from 1998 to 2004, Local 9 from 2004 to 2008, and Local 32 in 2008. As Airline Representative he was a board member for system board arbitrations. Earl has served as a negotiator for all four AMFA negotiated contracts at ASA.

In 2012 Earl assumed the responsibility as the Negotiating Chairman for the Southwest negotiations. He was elected by the membership to serve as a Delegate to the 2000, 2001 Special, and 2004 AMFA National Conventions. In 2008 Earl was elected as Region I Director and is currently serving in his second four-year term.

Earl is married and has three sons.


  • 1991 – present
  • 1985 – 1991
  • 1985
  • 1983
  • 1979 – 1985

Alaska Airlines
Southern Air Transport
Airframe & Powerplant Licenses
Associate of Arts Degree in Electronics,
Chabot College, Hayward, CA
Transamerica Airlines

The duties and responsibilities for the Region Directors are outlined in Article VI Section 10 of the AMFA Constitution.

Region II Director

Mike Nelson

Michael Nelson has worked as a mechanic for Southwest Airlines (SWA) since 1996. Prior to SWA, he worked as an electrician for the Santa Fe Railroad, radio mechanic for Trans World Airlines, and Missile Systems Analysis in the USAF. Today, Mr. Nelson is privileged to serve you as Region II Director.

Michael Nelson strongly believes that we have the ability to be a very powerful group and that it takes solidarity to achieve our goals. He believes that Association issues (National, Local, bid location, etc.) must be addressed in their infancy as to not waste resources and lose sight of what we need to accomplish as a group. We have to unite, educate ourselves, and be involved if we are to grow stronger.

Being elected as Region II Director gives Mr. Nelson invaluable opportunities to support the Locals so that we can all benefit from a stronger and more focused Association. Mike believes that when the Association’s leaders earn the trust and respect of the membership, we will achieve the strength required to engage any issue from a position of power.

In addition to Michael Nelson’s commitment to AMFA, he has been married to his wife Tess for 19 years and is currently an empty-nester.

The duties and responsibilities for the Region Directors are outlined in Article VI Section 10 of the AMFA Constitution.


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