As employees and Goodwill Ambassadors of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, we’re known as the Ambassabloggers. Coming from departments throughout the Airport Authority, we post to this blog every few days. Our goal is to help everyone around us — co-workers, family, friends and neighbors — better understand the role of the Airport Authority and one of our region’s greatest assets: San Diego International Airport. See below for a little more about each of us. And if you want to see a handy list of all posts written by any one of us, just click on the respective Polaroid-style picture below.
Hi there, I’m Sara, and I’ve worked at the Airport Authority for the past seven years in the Corporate Services Department. I was born and bred in San Diego, so that makes working here even more rewarding to me, as the airport has always had a special place in my heart. In my free time, you can find me roller skating at the beach on any given weekend. It’s my passion! I’m also a huge fan of the San Diego Chargers (of course). Let’s go Bolts! Fun facts about me: If I’m not skating, I’m belting out 80’s tunes in any given karaoke bar in town. I’m the proud mother of a spunky 4 year old. And I worked for two years as a clown (balloon animal, anyone?).
Hi. I’m Ann. I joined the Airport Authority 3 years ago and work in the Business Planning Department. I grew up as a military brat with a new home every 2 years, then married and settled in the Bay Area for many years. I moved to San Diego in 2006 to be closer to family and I love it! I also love the airline industry, having worked for Delta in Atlanta and United in San Francisco. Nothing is more exciting than airports and airplanes – unless it is foreign travel. I don’t get to do that often enough. Probably my most unique trip was 5 days in Cholula and Tlaxcala, 2 beautiful colonial cities east of Mexico City. Nowadays, I spend lots of time walking my neighborhood with my yellow lab, Cali. I can’t wait to get on to my latest great adventure as “rookie ambassablogger”! See ya soon!
Hi I’m Dennise. I work as a Telecommunications Analyst for the Airport Authority. Along with Ryan and Mary, I’m one of the three original Ambassabloggers. I actually have the honor of writing the very first post that appeared on the Ambassablog, way back on January 7, 2008. It’s called Mission Impossible. That’s what started it all! Click on my picture to left to see a handy listing of all the posts I’ve written so far. That goes for all the Ambassabloggers pictured here. Click on a Polaroid-style picture below, and see a listing of all posts written by that Ambassablogger. Thanks for stopping by, and let us know what you think of the Ambassablog by clicking on the blue comment link at the bottom of any post.
Ryan here. I’ve been in the Airport Planning Department for an exciting five years. I earned a Masters Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Southern Calfornia (USC) (Fight On!) and two bachelor degrees from the University of Washington in Seattle. Previously I worked for Alaska Airlines, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and the Southern California Association of Governments on a variety of aviation issues. I grew up in rural Quincy, CA, about 80 miles west of Reno. In my spare time I love to travel (always fly out of SDIA), practice my Spanish, explore the North Park neighborhood of San Diego, try new restaurants and go to musicals at the Starlight Theatre in Balboa Park. Fun Facts About Me: My undergraduate degrees are in Geography and Drama. My coworkers named me Employee of the Year in 2008! I was a California Arts Scholar in 1993. I love driving my fuel-efficient 2002 Mini Cooper. Let’s Motor! When I was a kid, I used to draw “make believe plans” for the new Quincy International Airport (QCY). LOL! See, airports are always in your blood.
Hello, Ambassablog fans! I’m Mary, and I work in the Administration Division here at the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. I’ve been at the Authority for six years. I love to travel, but I also love to come home to beautiful San Diego! I’ve lived in San Diego for 24 years and am a proud graduate of the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) and Mt. Carmel High School. Some of my favorite San Diego things include: the giraffes at the Wild Animal Park, the seahorses at the Birch Aquarium and the manatees at Sea World. I also love baseball and root for both the Cleveland Indians and the San Diego Padres. I hope you’re enjoying our blog and our airport! Fun Fun Facts About Me: I’ve been to 49 states and 12 countries; my favorite place in the world is a tie between Bora Bora & Paris; the place I most want to visit next is Italy; I love puzzles, especially jigsaw puzzles.
I’m Sjohnna, and I’m the Manager of the Quieter Home Program. I’ve worked at the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority for over three years. I’m originally from the Brainerd Lakes Area of Minnesota and moved out west upon graduation from St. Cloud State University, where I majored in Aviation Management. I fell in love with airplanes when I was nine years old and flew in my neighbor’s plane that he parked at the dock on our lake. I’ve worked in various positions at airports, focusing on airport operations, planning and noise. I absolutely love San Diego and hope to stay here for a very long time! Fun Facts About Me: I’ve worked at four airports: MSP, RNO, SFO and SAN (click on the codes to see what ones they are!); as a consultant, I worked for many different airports across the nation; when I moved to San Diego three years ago, I threw away my ice scrapper (that was a great day!); I love baseball, especially the Padres; I live close enough to Petco Park to be able run home and grab a sweater if it gets too cold during the game!
I’m Ed, a planner at the Airport Authority. I came here from the County of San Diego, where I worked as a land use planner for five years. Before that, I was a planner for two years with the city of San Antonio, Texas. I grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas, and earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin (Hook ‘em Horns!). I was previously a school teacher in both public and private schools at both the elementary and secondary levels in San Antonio and Corpus Christi. I came to San Diego seeking refuge from the oppressive, humid heat of Texas and have fallen in love with the landscapes of California and the American West. I enjoy adventures in the great outdoors, particularly in national parks with my family visiting from Texas. Fun Facts About Me: I’ve been a lifelong Oakland Raiders fan (even while in Texas); my black-and-silver-accented “Raider Nation” truck can be seen representing my team on the streets here in Chargers territory! I also ride a Harley-Davidson motorcycle (silver and black, of course!), and I’ve ridden it on two historic routes across the West: the Pony Express Trail in 2009, and Route 66 in 2010. Thanks to Southwest Airlines’ non-stop connections to SAN, I was able to fly to the point of origin to meet my shipped bike and make one-way western voyages!
Profiles coming soon for the following Ambassablogger:
- Suzanne Royball (Real Estate Management)