Capt. Lee Moak Elected ALPA President
The Board of Directors of the Air Line Pilots Association,
Int’l (ALPA), elected a new slate of leaders on Thursday. The
team will guide the pilots' union over the next four years. The
elections took place during ALPA’s 43rd regular biennial
Board meeting, during which all of the union’s
representatives met to deliberate on union matters and chart a
course for the Association’s future.
Capt. Lee Moak, a Delta Air Lines captain, was elected to serve
as the union’s ninth President. Capt. Moak, who joined ALPA
in 1988, currently flies as a B-767 300 ER captain. A 22-year
veteran of Delta Air Lines, he is currently serving his third term
as the chairman of the Delta Master Executive Council (MEC), which
represents the more than 12,000 pilots of Delta Air Lines.
“Our union has faced many challenges throughout its long
history,” said Capt. Moak. “Our successes have been
most evident when we have worked together for the common good. I
look forward to working with the many talented ALPA pilots and
union staff as we proactively engage with each and every party that
has the potential to influence the careers and professional lives
of the pilots we represent.
Capt. Lee Moak Photo Courtesy ALPA
Prior to becoming an airline pilot, Capt. Moak served nine years
as a United States Marine Corps fighter pilot. After joining Delta
Air Lines, Capt. Moak transitioned to the Naval Air Reserve Force
to finish his military career as a U.S. Navy fighter pilot.
The ALPA Board also elected Capt. Sean Cassidy, an Alaska
Airlines pilot, as ALPA’s First Vice-President. A former
military pilot, Capt. Cassidy was a naval aviator for 10 years and
continued flying in the Naval Reserves for 3 additional years. An
ALPA member since 1996, Capt. Cassidy currently serves as Master
Executive Council chairman of the Alaska Airlines pilot group and
is a B-737 captain based in Seattle, WA. “The airline
industry is becoming more global, and issues outside our borders
can affect pilots here in North America,” said Capt. Cassidy.
“ALPA’s strength comes from identifying the values we
have in common as pilots around the globe, and working together as
we face the challenges ahead.”
Capt. Bill Couette was reelected for a second term as
Vice-President—Administration for the union. A 22-year
American Eagle pilot, Capt. Couette flies the Embraer ERJ-145 and
is based in Chicago. During his first term, Capt. Couette refined
ALPA’s membership services and focused on leveraging
technology to allow members to more fully participate in the union.
He also was the ALPA national officer who oversaw ALPA’s
Merger Policy Review Committee and led the union in forging a new
policy to help pilots transition more efficiently through mergers.
“I’ve spent most of my career helping pilots at many
different levels of our union,” said Capt. Couette.
“Assisting them is where I get my greatest reward, as we work
together toward the shared goal of advancing the airline piloting
ALPA’s Board of Directors also reelected Capt. W. Randolph
Helling as Vice-President–Secretary/Treasurer. Currently a
Delta Air Lines A320 captain, Capt. Helling flew for Northwest
Airlines for 22 years (prior to the Delta-Northwest merger in
October 2008). During his first term, Capt. Helling worked with
ALPA’s national officer team to stabilize the
Association’s finances in the wake of a decade of financial
turmoil in the airline industry. “While the past decade has
been challenging, I am enthusiastic about ALPA and our
members’ dedication to enhancing and protecting the airline
piloting profession,” Helling said.
ALPA’s Board also elected a new roster of 10 Executive
Vice-Presidents, who, along with the four national officers, make
up ALPA’s Executive Council. The Executive Council oversees
fiscal and budgetary matters for the union and participates in
The new Executive Vice-Presidents are: Capt. Larry Beck
(Continental Airlines), Capt. Bill Bartels (Delta Air Lines), Capt.
Joe Fagone (FedEx Express), Capt. Mike Hamilton (United Airlines),
Capt. Tom Maxwell (American Eagle), Capt. Bill Patterson (Air
Wisconsin), Capt. Todd Ortscheid (AirTran), Capt. Mark Segaloff
(Colgan) and Capt. Dan Adamus (Jazz Air).
All of ALPA’s national officers and executive
vice-presidents will begin their new terms on January 1, 2011.