NYAMA Adds Two New Board Members For 2022
The New York Aviation Management Association (NYAMA) recently announced the addition of two new members to the board for 2022.
Dr Maxine Lubner is Professor and Chairman of the Departments of Management and Formerly of Aviation at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology in Queens, New York. Previously, Dr Lubner was appointed Executive Director of the CUNY Aviation Institute at York College and a faculty member of the Graduate School of Social Work at New York University. His FAA-sponsored research included pilot studies and led to the development of training programs for general aviation.
As a representative of a consortium of universities and businesses, she has promoted aviation education and information exchange between the United States and Tanzania. She is the author of several articles, presentations and summaries. As a media spokesperson, she has addressed various aviation safety issues on local, national and international forums on television, radio and in print media.
She holds a private pilot’s certificate from the FAA. She obtained BA (undergraduate) and Honors BA in Counseling Psychology from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and obtained her M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in socio-medical sciences from Columbia University, New York.
Dr Lubner was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, and has lived in South Africa, UK and
currently lives with his family in New York, USA.
Matt Colbert is the Founder and Principal Consultant of Empire Aviation Services, an aviation consulting firm based in New York, NY. He has over a decade of experience in the airline industry, all in New York City. Prior to Empire Aviation Services, Matt held progressive business strategy roles at JetBlue, Delta and United Airlines.
In each airline, Matt has increased market share and profitability through an integrated, cross-functional approach. Working collaboratively with airport, business, community and government leaders, Matt has helped expand air service in the upstate and upstate while deepening each carrier’s engagement in the region. Matt’s first job was at Ithaca-Tompkins International Airport (ITH) when he was 14.
In partnership with the outstanding teachers and administration at Aviation High School in Queens, NY, Matt led the development of a mentorship program during his time at Delta Air Lines. The program showed dozens of New York City Public School students the breadth of careers available to anyone in the aviation industry. Most mentor-mentee relationships continue today, with many mentees now working at New York City airports. Matt is a graduate of Cornell University, where he also earned his Masters in Industrial and Labor Relations. He is the author of a case study on workforce integration in airline mergers and a member of the Wings Club.
NYAMA’s mission is to promote the viability and commercial interests of New York State airports, which are the backbone of aviation services and the engines of economic development. Through advocacy, education, communications and business services, NYAMA supports New York’s airports and the businesses and communities that depend on them.