National Hispanic Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees (NHCFAE)


National Hispanic Heritage Month

One Endless Voice to Enhance our Tradition
September 15, 2018 – October 15, 2018


Viva OK Hispanic Chamber Expo JOB FAIR! 

August 18, 2018

Mike Monroney NHCFAE Members-

  1. We will work in two shifts the morning and afternoon of the Job Fair. Volunteers are needed. Please let Veronica Salazar know what shift you are available to volunteer. More information to come.
  • August 18, 2018 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Click here for more information

Address :

Plaza Mayor 
7000 Crossroads Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK 73149

Expo Flyer 2018 (1)

May 15th, Cinco de Mayo Festival

Hola Members,

Click on the link below and check out the article written for the Monroney e-News May Issue. Thank you for all the members who came out and supported the event. Everyone did a great job!

Cinco de Mayo Article


March 23rd, NBCFAE Regional Leadership Training Conference

Office of the Aeronautical Center-Southwest Region President
National Black Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees

The Aeronautical Center-Southwest Region invites you to our Annual Regional Leadership Training Conference. The conference will be held in Oklahoma City, OK. at the Tower Hotel (formerly Marriott), 3233 Northwest Expressway, Friday, April 10, 2015.

The conference begins with an Aeronautical Center and Southwest Region FAA Management Panel Discussion. The Office of Civil Rights, ATO Central Service Area will train on “Social Media Harassment”. The Aeronautical Center Human Resource Services Division will train “Career Pathways and Developing Effective Resumes” and “Generations in the Workplace”. Jones Wealth Management will conduct The Financial Power Hour, “Cleared for a Prosperous Retirement”.

This one day training conference is designed to be informative and educational. We know you’ll enjoy the opportunity to train, learn and network.
The conference is open to all FAA employees. The registration cost for non-members is $25.00 which includes lunch and refreshments.

The Director of Human Resources has approved the training conference as in compliance with FAA Human Resources Manual WLB-16-6 and meets requirements to be supported by the FAA. Attendance on duty time may be approved by management.

For additional information or to register, contact Secretary Alice Foster at 405-954-9026,, Conference Coordinator Chevelle Gaines at 817-222-5859,, or go to the website at Registration fees will be collected at the conference only.

March 13th, Upcoming 4-Day Training Symposium at MMAC


Good afternoon!

Please share with your employees that the Aeronautical Center is hosting a 4-day Training Symposium for FAA/MMAC employees – these sessions are designed to educate and enlighten our employees on topics such as developing effective resumes and completing on-line job applications, conflict resolution, managing stress and federal retirement benefits. The courses are sponsored collaboratively by the Oklahoma Aeronautical Center Chapter of the National Black Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees (NBCFAE) and the Human Resources Office. The training is scheduled to take place on March 31st, April 2nd, 7th, and 9th, 2015 in various auditoriums and conference rooms located across the campus.

Although the symposium is sponsored by the NBCFAE and the Human Resources Office, the course offerings are open to all FAA Aeronautical Center employees and attendance is supported by the Center Management Team. Due to the popularity of some of the courses provided, employees are required to pre-enroll on-line through the Knowledge Sharing Network (KSN) at MMAC Symposium Registration Site. Guidance and instructions concerning the enrollment process along with points of contact for questions are listed on the KSN website for your convenience. A listing of course offerings, descriptions, dates, times, and locations is attached for review and consideration. A complete schedule is also provided on the homepage of the registration site. The enrollment deadline for the first session (March 31st/April 2nd) is March 27th while the deadline for the second (April 7th/9th) is April 3rd. Please note that all sessions are being offered more than once so employees have more than one opportunity to attend a session in case their work schedule does not permit them to attend the first offering.

The FAA is committed to providing equal access to these events for all participants. If an employee needs alternative formats or services because of a disability, please have them contact Cynthia Work, President, Oklahoma Aeronautical Center Chapter NBCFAE at 954-0701 or via email with a request as soon as possible. Please note this activity meets the Cross-Organizational Training Events Review criteria. Attendance is subject to supervisory approval and workload requirements.

March 5th, F.E.B. training opportunities

Oklahoma FEB members,

The FEB office will only be accepting registrations for the Leadership FEB program for the next two weeks. Each year the Oklahoma FEB hosts a non-traditional, inter-agency, leadership development program. Participants MUST complete 5 of the 8 days in order to “successfully complete” the program. The class will visit a variety of federal agencies in Oklahoma and learn more of their missions, management challenges and creative solution development. If you have anyone wishing to attend who has not registered, please do so, soon. The registration form is on our website at:

The FEB office will be accepting registrations for the Leadership Series (traditional classroom development training) for the next month. The Federal Executive Board of Oklahoma has created a series of training days to address the unique needs of managers/supervisors in public service. Through interagency training opportunities such as this, each agency enjoys the sliding scale of savings created by the entire governmental community. We’ve identified speakers and topics to bring a wealth of valuable insight into our changing needs. Registration forms are provided at:

If you have questions about either of these programs, please contact the FEB office.

March 5th, Job Announcement: GS-14 Supv Training Specialist


The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced an opening for a Supervisory Training Specialist, GS-14. The announcement can be found on USAJobs at

January 20th, Free Tax Preparation for Federal Employees

Employees who do not qualify for free preparation due to salary may have family members who qualify with whom they can share this information:
The Oklahoma FEB has partnered with IRS Stakeholder Partnerships, Education and Communication (SPEC) to make “MyFreeTaxes” available for federal employees and their families in Oklahoma who made less than $60,000 in 2014 (individual or family). We also wish to extend this opportunity to contractors who work in federal space and their family members.
The MyFreeTaxes Partnership provides free state and federal tax preparation and filing assistance for qualified individuals. It’s easy, safe, secure and 100% free.
You will be able to:

• Use free tax preparation and e-filing of your federal and state return
• Get assistance; if you have questions, you can call a certified tax coach using the toll free number or email address provided.
• If unable to contact the certified tax coach immediately, you can leave a message and your call will be returned within 24 hours.
• Obtain knowledge and understanding about filing your return.
• Build confidence to file without assistance in the future.

Earned Income Tax Credit (ever wonder what THAT was about)? You may have extra money waiting for you with the Earned Income Tax Credit. If you or someone you know earned less than $52,427 from wages, running a business or farm or from Form 1099 Misc, check it out. Use the EITC Assistant and answer questions about yourself and other family members to see if you qualify and estimate the amount of your credit. EITC eligibility depends on several factors, including income and family size. If you don’t have a qualifying child and earned under $20,000, find out if you qualify for a smaller credit.

Start at:

January 9th, Lunch and Learn

Hola members,

I hope that everyone enjoyed their holiday season and are ready for an exciting 2015. We are going to kick off the New Year with a Lunch and Learn sponsored by First Command. The title of the presentation and description is below. Please RSVP so I can get a head count. (20 person max) I want to allow our members first opportunity to attend then I will open it to the other Employee Associations. Thanks for your participation and commitment to the MMAC Chapter. Look forward to seeing everyone there.


Seven Common Mistakes
This presentation focuses on the range of benefits offered to federal government employees, and the challenges that come with all
those options. It discusses ways to avoid common mistakes when selecting a benefits package and making retirement plans.

December 19th, MMAC Employee Forum Holiday Food Drive

Thank you for making the MMAC Employee Forum Holiday Food Drive a huge success. We have generous people across the Center, and many Employee Forum POCs that have dedicated their time and support during this event. It is amazing how MMAC employees give back to others during this time of year. The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is thankful for all the donations during their greatest time of need. Thank you for joining us in spreading good cheer and the spirit of giving this Holiday Season!!!!

October 12th, MMAC Chapter Social

Grab your bowling ball and most stylish bowling shoes for a night of family fun. The event will take place on Thursday November 13th, at RedPin Restaurant & Bowling Lounge in Bricktown. The chapter has rented two lanes from 6:30 to 8:30. Appetizers and pizza will be provided. Members will be responsible for drinks or any entrees.

Come out for a night of family fun and meet the newly elected Executive Board Members while they are visiting in OKC. This is a great opportunity to for our chapter to share in some food and fun with our families.

This will also serve as a Member Recruitment event, so BRING out a new member and show them why this is a great organization. Remember that there is a $50 recruitment incentive for the recruiter and recruitee.

RSVP to this email so I have a head count. Please include any family members or guests that you are planning to bring. Look forward to seeing everyone there.

October 6th, NHCFAE National Training Conference Presentations

Check out the presentations from the 2014 National Training Conference. This is a great member benefit that is available to our membership.

September 24th, Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff Event

MMAC Chapter of the NHCFAE Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff Event:
MMAC chapter will be hosting a lunch and learn on September 30th to kickoff Hispanic Heritage Month from 11:00am to 12:00pm. The event will be located in the LSF building room D110. The lunch and learn topic is Tax Diversification Triangle (description below). The MMAC Chapter and our sponsor, First Command, will provide meal vouchers for the cafeteria, therefore seating is limited to 20 so you must RSVP prior to the event. Seats are on a first come first serve basis so to reserve a seat please reply to this email or give me a call. Meal vouchers will be good for September 30th only and include a Taco Salad and Medium Drink.

Tax Diversification Triangle
Smart investors know: Saving money on taxes is a priority. And why wouldn’t it be? Taxes are likely to be your single largest expense each year.
Do you have a “tax diversification strategy?” One that properly allocates and diversifies your investments between the three possible tax scenarios — taxable, tax-deferred, and tax-free?
If not, join us for a complimentary educational presentation and learn what you can do to put yourself in the best tax situation to pursue your retirement income goals.

Hispanic Heritage Month
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.

August 27th, OPEN REGISTRATION OPENS AT 10 AM TODAY! Free Federal Training Institute Partnership –Leadership and Senior Executive Training


Ms. Yvette Rivera, Associate Director, Departmental Office of Civil Rights (DOCR), requested we distribute this training offer to all of our members. Please see the message below.

Have a great day!

Dear Colleagues,

Because of your interest in your DOT career, please know that you are invited to attend a FREE program from September 16-17, 2014 that features career development and leadership skills training at the United States Department of Labor headquarters building in Washington, DC. The training includes plenary sessions, workshops and executive coaching sessions to enable government employees to enhance their leadership skills and develop the Executive Core Qualifications. This training activity is approved by the United States Office of Personnel Management. Please see the attached certificate.

DOT is a proud sponsor of this program. If you are interested and have approval from your manager, please visit the FTIP registration link

The link will open today, August 27, 2014 at 10:00am EST.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions and if your registration was accepted.



Yvette Rivera, Esq.
Associate Director
Departmental Office of Civil Rights
Office of the Secretary
U.S. Department of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Rm. W-78-318
Washington, DC 20590

2014 LULAC FTIP Info Sheet


August 27th, August MMAC Chapter Meeting Minutes

Coalition Meeting 8/21/14

Attendees: Erik Salazar, John Espinosa , Cynthia Garcia

1. Budget Update -Erik Salazar
As of 8/21/14 we have $1660.58 in our account.. Our chapter helped sponsored Bill Fernandez to attend the conference and he received $1000. We received $500 as our quarterly reimbursement from National.

2. Meet and Greet with AMC-2, August 20, 2014.
Cynthia Garcia and John Espinosa attended a meet and greet for Robyn Burk who is the new Deputy Director of the Aeronautical Center, AMC-2. All Employee Associations/Groups/Coalitions attended.

3. Viva Expo, July 26, 2014
Once again our chapter participated in the Viva Oklahoma Expo. Special thanks to Erik, John, Bill and Karen Hunter from HR who helped man the booth. An article will be submitted for La Palabra regarding this event so be on the look for it.

4. Training Conference.
Attendees from our chapter were Cynthia Garcia , John Espinosa, Erik Salazar, Bill Fernandez, Sabrina Simmons, and Don Espinosa.

5. Hispanic Heritage Month
– 1st Command Session, have them provide lunch.
– Work something out with the cafeteria to provide a Hispanic meal during Hispanic Heritage Month.


– The Alaska Chapter is having a fundraiser to help get money back into their account. They are selling CD’s that have 160 images of the 2014 conference.

– Visit our MMAC Chapter website:

– Hispanic Heritage Month, Sep 15-Oct 15. Theme: “Hispanics: A legacy of history, a present of action and a future of success.” More info visit:

– Articles for La Palabra due Oct 15 to Susie Diaz,

July 21st, 2014 OK State Fair Coupon Booklets are available NOW!

The Oklahoma State Fair coupon booklets are available! They are $6 each. The attachment shows what coupons are offered this year. Books are available for purchase at The Launching Pad (Daycare on center). If you would like to sell some, please contact Casey Davis at 954-7897 or 474-4475.


July 12th, Early Bird Conference Registration EXTENDED

Dear members,

I am happy to announce that the early bird conference registration for NHCFAE members has been extended until Friday, July 18.

Please visit the to register for the full conference with banquet at a rate of $150. After July 18, the conference registration rate will be $199.

Also, don’t forget to make your hotel reservations by this date as well, for a discounted group rate of $167. Please enter our group code NHCNHCA.

Again, visit Hope to see you all in Washington, DC, August 5-7, at the Ritz Carlton Pentagon City Hotel.

We have an amazing conference agenda for this year’s NHCFAE 2014 Annual Training Conference.

Remember, it’s all about you!

July 1st, NHCFAE National Training Conference Flyer

Hello everyone,

Attached is a PDF of the conference flyer for you to print and distribute at your workplace and at event you may be holding or attending.

If asked, the theme is Embrace, Inspire, Empower, in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. Cesar Chavez, portrayed in the flyer, is a symbol of the civil rights movement.

The flyer is set up to be double-sided and two per page to maximize space and save paper. There are two per page so please cut it in the middle.

You can print it in any printer or go to Kinkos.

Please distribute them as much as you can and encourage members to register since the cut off date is fast approaching. An email to members with a web version of the flyer will go out today.

Finally, if you haven’t done so, please register at and also reserve your hotel room.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

Thank you! Y-


May 20th, NHCFAE Solicitation of National Award Nominations


Please solicit and submit National Award nominations for the following award categories:

Member of the Year
Chapter of the Year
Non-Member of the Year
Civil Rights Officer of the Year
Manager of the Year
Supervisor of the Year

For more information about the award categories and the nomination process, please refer to the Member Guide.

Nomination forms must be submitted to by:
MAY 23, 2014.

Please send a cc copy of the nomination(s) to:

If you have any questions, please contact Don Espinosa, National Vice-President at

May 16th, NHCFAE Annual Training Conference in Washington DC

MMAC Members,

Are you interested in attending the conference this year? One of the many benefits that we have as members of the NHCFAE is to attend yearly training conferences. The training provided is outstanding and this year is even better. The agenda is soon to come. Another great thing about attending the conference is that you get to network and interact with people all over the country! Also some of the training received at the conference can be uploaded onto your eLMS history.

Are you planning on going? Our chapter has some available funds to subsidize your trip so email me back and let me know if you are interested in attending the conference. I need to hear from you by May 30 so I can have an idea of who all is going and manage our budget.

Please call me if you have any questions or you can text me too. My info is below.


Cynthia Garcia
Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center
Regional/Center Director
National Hispanic Coalition of
Federal Aviation Employees
Office: 405-954-4267
Cell: 405-474-5743

May 13th, ATO Succession Planning Program-Extend Due Date- Apply NLT June 1, 2014 for Tech Ops Pool

Saludos Familia:

Please, help us by spreading the word! Let all employees with career interest in applying for the Technical Operations Manager (TOM) position know that they have until June 1 to complete an application in order to be considered for this new professional development program.

FAA employees who want to apply to the Technical Operations Manager Talent Pool must have at least: three full years of successful experience by July 14, 2014 as a front line or higher level manager in Technical Operations. Applicants may not be incumbents in the target position (FV-2186-K).

Employees do not need to be a current Tech Ops manager, but they do need to have had 3 years as a Tech Ops manager (supervisor) in their career in order to apply to this specific pool.

Employees can apply for this job-specific ATO talent pool on their own initiative. Any FAA employee who meets the pool-specific prerequisites may apply for a pool; entry into each pool is competitive. No nomination is required. Employees submit an application package for consideration as a program participant to a specific pool.

SPP is intended to be a highly competitive program and participants will benefit from two years of individualized development, rich assessments, on-the-job stretch assignments, coaching, and other forms of development designed to increase their preparedness for target positions. This development is centrally funded and represents a great opportunity for interested and motivated employees aspiring to the TOM role.

We know that employees with the required qualifications may be currently assigned outside of the Technical Operations organization; that’s why we want to make sure we’ve reached out to ensure everyone is aware of and may take advantage of this opportunity.

*We are also offering one-on-one appointments with program office staff for any managers who want to discuss the program in more detail. The consultation session would help managers answer questions, such as — Is this the right program for me? What would be expected of me? What is the time commitment? How is this different than TOSPP? How do I apply? Interested managers should email to set up an appointment.

Please contact us with any questions — and thank you for support of the ATO Succession Planning Program!

New! ATO Succession Planning Program
Program Web Site:

Succession and Career Planning Tool:

Program office email:

April 15th, NHCFAE 2014 Annual Training Conference

Save the Date! NHCFAE’s annual conference is back!

Visit: for more information

August 5-7, 2014
Where: Washington, DC
Location: Ritz-Carlton/Pentagon City
1250 South Hayes Street
Arlington, VA 22202
(Located just 10 mins. away from the National’s Capital)

Contact Cynthia or John if you are planning to attend.

April 11th, Scholarship Application Due May 1st

Saludos familia!

One of the benefits NHCFAE offers all members is the Scholarship Programs: The René Matos Scholarship Program and the Danny Gutierrez Scholarship Program. In addition, we also have a Tuition Reimbursement Program available to only NHCFAE members.

The due date to apply for the NHCFAE Scholarships is Thursday, May 1, 2014. All applications must be postmarked no later than the expiration date.

Send the complete applications to:
NHCFAE Scholarship Selection Committee
P.O. Box 23276
Washington, D.C. 20026-3276

If you have any questions, please email Raquel Ysasi-Huerta, Director of Education, at

Visit to read the application and notification process, including additional documentation required with the applications.

The René Matos Scholarship
The Rene Matos Memorial Scholarship was established in the name of a very motivated and dedicated man and NHCFAE member, who epitomized the dream to succeed, while helping others along the way.

Must be a US Citizen or a permanent resident residing in the United States or Puerto Rico.
Applicants must be accepted or attending an accredited college, university, or vocational/trade school at the time the scholarship is awarded.
Applications postmarked later than the expiration will not be accepted. Faxed applications will not be accepted.
The NHCFAE Scholarship Selection Committee evaluates applicants on the following criteria:
Financial Need
Academic Achievement
Student Activities
Community Involvement
Personal Qualities and Strengths
All decisions by the Scholarship Selection Committee are FINAL.
Click here to download the René Matos Scholarship application.

The Danny Gutierrez Scholarship
The Danny Gutierrez Memorial Scholarship was developed to assist minorities and females studying electronic and engineering majors, who need financial assistance to attend college. Each year, one (1) scholarship is awarded to one (1) individual who is studying electronics or engineering.
Major field of study must be in Engineering/Technical (ONLY).
Must be a US Citizen or a permanent resident residing in the United States or Puerto Rico.
Applicants must be accepted or attending an accredited college, university, or vocational/trade school at the time the scholarship is awarded.
Applications postmarked later than the expiration date will not be accepted. Faxed applications will not be accepted.
The NHCFAE Scholarship Selection Committee evaluates applicants on the following criteria:
Education in Engineering/Technical Fields
Financial Need
Academic Achievement
Student Activities
Community Involvement
Personal Qualities and Strengths
All decisions by the Scholarship Selection Committee are FINAL.
Click here to download the Danny Gutierrez Scholarship application.

Member Tuition Reimbursement

Member Tuition Reimbursement Program is for NHCFAE Members ONLY.
Enrollment and completion of a program or course(s) of higher education MUST have been within the previous calendar year.
Applications postmarked later than the expiration date will not be accepted. Faxed applications will not be accepted.
The NHCFAE Scholarship Selection Committee evaluates application packages and all decisions by the committee are FINAL.
Click here to download the Member Tuition Reimbursement application.

Submit your application today!

Remember, it’s all about you.

April 9th, Northwest Mountain Event

Saludos familia!

One of NHCFAE’s strategic plan initiatives is to visit areas of the country that have potential of recruiting new members, re-energizing current members and reaching out to locations that have not been previously visited. Recently, several NHCFAE executive officers visited Denver, Colorado to host recruitment events and management meetings. The National Vice President, Don Espinosa; National Director of Resources, Erik Salazar; Northwest Mountain Regional/Center Director, Sara Wibmer; and Northwest Mountain Region Special Assistant, Lora Singh, represented the organization by visiting multiple FAA facilities in the Denver area. Two evening social events were held in the Denver and Longmont areas, were current members, potential members and corporate partners participated. First Command and SkyOne Credit Union graciously sponsored the meals and door prizes. Meet and greets were also held during business hours at the FAA Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) in Denver and the Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) in Longmont. We were pleased to have several employees visit and inquire about our Coalition.

During this time, the officers were also able to meet with several FAA Managers to discuss the mission of our organization, as well as, to offer assistance and collaboration efforts. Our officers met with Kevin Stark, Air Traffic Manager, Denver ARTCC; Mike Olivas, Technical Operations Manager, Denver ARTCC; Yancy O’Barr, Air Traffic Manager, Denver TRACON; Tracey Salazar, Technical Operations Manager, Denver TRACON; and Michael Valencia, Air Traffic Manager, Denver Tower. They were receptive to our message and pledged their support to our organization.

This visit also allowed us to gain two new members, plus potential of several other members from the Denver area that we will be following up with in the near future. Please help us welcome new members: David Vigil, Supervisor, Denver ARTCC; and Michael Valencia, Air Traffic Manager, Denver Tower.

Finally, we would like to thank our local Denver members, Randy Garcia, Paul Garcia and Rachel Sessions, for all of their assistance in planning these events. Their efforts made this visit a success. I will continue to update you on all of our events and meetings as they take place across the country.

Remember, it’s all about you!

David Dominguez

NHCFAE National President

March 26th, FEB Training

Below is a list of FEB sponsored training scheduled in the very near future to through summer dates:

THIS THURSDAY!: Resilient Accord (one-day Continuity tabletop) No cost

April 15-17: COOP Planners’ Course No cost

May 5: Annual Awards Luncheon $25 per person

May 13, 2014: Financial Wellness Workshop

June 5: Power of Persuasion (Lunch n Learn) $15

June 25: Encore Workshop No cost

August 7, 2014: The Exceptional Leader (lunch n learn) $15

March 20th, President’s Message

Dear Members,

March has just begun, and it has been a busy two weeks.

During the week of March 4, 2014, I attended the 2014 Professional Women Controller (PWC)/Technical Women’s Organization (TWO) Training Conference in Orlando, Florida. Some of the training highlights included a session by author Joseph A. McCartin, who wrote “Collision Course”. The book is about his extensive research and knowledge on management and labor relations. In addition, other training sessions included “The Power of Resiliency” and “Conflict Resolution”. PWC/TWO conference teamed up with Women in Aviation International (WAI). Because of this partnership, they joined their general session and heard from Joy Bryant, Boeing Space Exploration Division; Barbara Barrett, Aviation Policy Official, Pilot and Astronaut; Deborah Hersman, Chairman of the NTSB; and Linda Markham, Cape Air President and Chief Administrative Officer. At the conference, the NHCFAE staffed a booth that was organized by Ida Marrero’s team from the Southern Region, and included Miguel Narvaez, along with his wife Annette, and Yessenia Milan. Miguel also hosted a “Meet and Greet” event that was attended by 17 local personnel including a representative from First Command. As a result of this event, we recruited five (5) new members, with the possibility of recruiting several more. WooHoo!! I also visited with local management for Technical Operations and Air Traffic at the Orlando TRACON and Airport Traffic Control Tower (ATCT), which included:

1. Tracy Jones, Front Line Manager, Technical Operations, Orlando, Florida

2. Eligio Colon, Technical Operations Manager, North Florida Group Technical Operations, WET3-MCO

3. Debbie Kies, Manager, Orlando international ATCT (MCO)

4. C. Boyd Martin, Air Traffic Manager (ATM), Central Florida TRACON

These mangers and their teams were very receptive to our message and pledged their support for our organization.

The week of March 10, 2014, I traveled to Washington, D.C., to attend the Air Traffic Organization Leadership Career Development Partnership (ATOLCD) and National Employee Forum (NEF) meetings. I’ve attached a copy of the presentation of the recommendations (Dashboard) that the ATOLCD is working on. I’ve also attached the National Employee Forum agenda. As you can see, your NHCFAE organization is involved and engaged.

In an effort to meet our vision in being the leading Hispanic employee association among all federal government agencies, I had another noteworthy meeting with several presidents from other federal Hispanic employee associations. The meeting came together as a result of the relationship developed with Yvette Rivera, Department of Transportation, Office of Civil Rights. Ms. Rivera put me in contact with Mario Lopez-Gomez, Department of Justice, President of Association of Hispanic Employees for Advancement and Development (AHEAD). Mario and I talked about the idea of organizing a meeting with other Hispanic employee association groups to discuss collaborating and partnering with each other. Because NHCFAE is one of very few well-organized and funded employee associations, Mario thought that we, NHCFAE, could be the lead employee association to possibly share “best practices” with other Hispanic employee associations in regards to getting established and organized. However, before we could proceed to that step, we needed a meeting to find out if the other groups were interested in working together. As a result, a meeting was coordinated on March 12, 2014, at FAA Headquarters. There were about 10-12 representatives in the room and 15 callers on the telecon, which represented about 12 different federal agencies including agencies such as the State Department, Department of Energy, Department of Education, Housing and Urban Development, as well as, several others. Members of the Capital Chapter, RCD Jacqueline Pino and her team, Special Assistant Yadira Lacot, and National Director of Administration (via telecon) Misty Peña, attended the meeting. After introductions, I gave a presentation to the group with a high level overview of the NHCFAE, e.g., our history and mission, governing documents, executive board and elections, membership and member benefits, regions, national training conference, legislative effort and corporate sponsors. Many of the presidents committed to participating in our training conference this year, which gives us the opportunity to showcase the exceptional training and speakers we bring to our training conference each year. Mr. Lopez-Gomez also provided a presentation with hiring statistics. The discussion in the room was positive, energetic, and everyone was eager to begin! There were many questions and lots of conversation. At the conclusion of the meeting, it was determined that we would entertain the idea of having a Coalition of Presidents of Hispanic Federal Affinity Groups. However, there are still numerous questions and decisions to be made but what was very clear was the energy in the room and the motivation to make a difference on a national basis. Mario and I plan to continue conversations to determine how to move forward, and I will continue to update you all as we progress with this new adventure.

Thanks and remember it’s all about you!

February 27th, Calling all Articles for La Palabra


You will soon receive a copy of La Palabra magazine for Winter 2013 / Fall 2014 edition via mail. As a reminder, you can also find a copy in your national website,

It’s time to start collecting articles you may have for our Spring issue. The deadline to submit articles is: Friday May 9, 2014.

I look forward on reading them all. Remember, we have “Our Stories” section. Please feel free to share your story.

Any questions, feel free to contact Susie Diaz at

Thank you!

February 22nd, FEB Newsletter

Check out the FEB newsletter for information on the FREE tax program.

Click to access 201403MarNews.pdf

February 18th, Job Opportunity Tab


Check out the NEW Job Opportunities Tab located above to get the most recent job postings from various businesses. If you have a opportunity to share feel free to email John Espinosa at

February 13th, Member Update from the NHCFAE President

Hello Members,

It is with great pleasure that I write this update to let you know of coalition business and what we have been up to over the past months. First and foremost, I am happy to announce the long anticipated news that we will be hosting our 36th Annual Training Conference! Please save the date on your calendars: August 5-7, 2014 in Washington, DC at the Ritz Carlton, Pentagon City Hotel.

You may recall, last year we were unable to hold a conference, instead, we conducted an open general membership meeting in Ft. Worth, Texas. We have been informed that FAA will grant administrative leave for the the conference and therefore, we are currently working with FAA to obtain approval for the training agenda.

This is very exciting news! I encourage you to attend and make your reservations as soon as possible to take advantage of the greatest comeback conference ever! More details can be found in the conference website: In the meantime, we are still in the process of developing the registration process and other important details, but you can start reserving your hotel rooms via the conference website.

Another point of business is that we continue to host local membership outreach and recruitment events to increase awareness about our organization, but more importantly to reconnect with you and to attract new members. Last week, I had the opportunity to participate at two events in the Western-Pacific Region, one in San Diego and the other in Los Angeles. The event in San Diego was attended by local members and prospective members, officers and national board members. I had the privilege of meeting a very motivated member who was our local host, Mr. Abel Lemus, ATSS, San Diego. The event was co-sponsored by First Command and attended by their District Advisor, Mr. Tate Young, as well as Mr. Ron Johnson, Financial Advisor. In addition, it was co-sponsored by SkyOne and Ms. Dina Earl was on hand to present a few door prizes. It is because of this level of commitment from members like Abel who step up, and through sponsorships from our partners that we are always successful at these events. Many thanks to all of them!

The following day, we had an opportunity to meet various managers and other FAA employees in the Los Angeles area. The day began with a meeting with ATO Tech Ops District Manager, Donell Johnson and followed by a meeting with the Acting Regional Administrator, Mr. Murray Hueling. They were briefed on current initiatives that I am personally involved in such as the activities with the Air Traffic Controller hiring and the Air Traffic Organization Leadership Career Development Partnership and were also given an opportunity to meet the Regional Chapter Director, Elsa Gonzalez and our team including Susie Diaz, Director of Public Affairs and Faviola Garcia, President’s Representative West. We had a lot of success throughout the two-days with a potential for recruiting 5 members and one followed to sign up on the spot. Welcome to Christopher Short from the Los Angeles Flight Standards District Office. In this same regard, I also want to give a shout out to the Southern Regional Chapter for hosting an event in Atlanta, who got similar support from our sponsors. Many thanks to all involved.

Events like this are a driving force for recruitment and revitalizing chapters and everyone plays a critical role. I salute all of members, officers, and partners for a job well done and I look forward to visiting many of you as I make my rounds through the country.

I also want to extend my appreciation to the Capital Chapter for agreeing to plan this year’s conference all over again. In 2011, we were at the Gaylord Hotel and for those that attended, it was an amazing conference and the Chapter did an outstanding job

Last but not least, I’d like to also announce an update in the recruitment incentives program. Every person that recruits a member will receive $50 (instead of $25) and the new member will also receive $50. This is a great opportunity to get a little cash for a great cause, so let’s get started!

Recuerda, it’s all about you!

January 27th, 2014 FAA Virtual Career Fair

January 27, 2014 – The FAA is launching a nationwide recruitment, outreach, and education program in advance of a public vacancy announcement for new air traffic control specialist positions via USAJOBS expected on or about Feb. 10, 2014.
The Office of Human Resource Management will host two Virtual Career Fair Events on Jan. 29 and Feb. 12, available to all online audiences. In addition to these events, the Office of Communications will provide recruitment information to job applicants via agency official social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) and

Help us find eligible applicants
We have created a digital recruiting kit with multimedia products you can use to help us get the word out about upcoming recruitment activities and vacancy announcements.
Print and share or electronically distribute the following promotional material for the FAA Virtual Career Fair in advance of upcoming events on Jan. 29 and Feb. 12 with potential job-seekers:

Virtual Career Fair Announcement(PDF)

Print and share or electronically distribute the following promotional materials about general information regarding applying for the ATCS position in advance of the Feb. 10 vacancy announcement:

ATCS Job Qualifications(PDF)

All FAA federal and contract employees are invited to attend the Virtual Career Fair events. Hiring Specialists from the Office of Human Resource Management will be available to answer questions from participants. For additional information, contact the Office of Human Resource Management, Recruitment and Marketing Program.

January 16th, 2014 Member Recruitment Dinner

Thanks to all the members and new members for coming out and having a good time and enjoying some good food at KD’s last night.

Pictures of KD’s Membership Drive

January 15th, 2014 FEB Leadership Opportunity

The Leadership FEB class for 2014 will begin in March.
We are actively accepting applications for this nontraditional, experiential leadership development opportunity.

A quick one page application is attached for your convenience; however, the full brochure, outlining the program, schedule and benefits is provided at this link:

If you have questions regarding this program, please call the FEB office at the number below or you are welcome to email me.

LeAnn Jenkins, Executive Director
Federal Executive Board of Oklahoma
215 Dean A. McGee, Ste 153
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Office: 405-231-4167
Fax: 405-231-4165

December 17, 2013 Message from the President

Saludos familia!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and you are ready to celebrate the Holiday season.

One of my initiatives is to keep our members informed on what I am doing as President. During the week of December 9, I was in Washington, D.C., and I attended meetings related to the National Employee Forum and the Air Traffic Organization (ATO) Leadership Career Development (LCD) program. I also met with DOT and FAA Executives to introduce myself as the new National President and to promote our mission of advocating career placement and advancement for Hispanics, women and other minorities in the FAA.

I participated in the ATO LCD Quarterly Meeting. The LCD is a group of key FAA stakeholders, which include the eight Employee Associations, three Special Emphasis Programs, a representative from the Federal Aviation Administration Manager’s Association (FAAMA), Air Traffic Supervisor’s Committee (SUPCOM), and Technical Operations SUPCOM, that partner with program offices and senior leadership to endorse and support programs that promote diverse, inclusive, and integrated talent management initiatives in pursuit of the Agency goal “people are our strength”.

In addition, I attended the National Employee Forum Quarterly Meeting. This group is chaired by Mamie Mallory, Assistant Administrator, Office of Civil Rights; and Carrolyn Bostick, Assistant Administrator, Office of Human Resource Management. We discussed the planned Air Traffic Controller Public Offering scheduled for February 10, 2014.

I had the opportunity to meet with Sara Clemente, Director of Federal Affairs, with the League of United Latino American Citizens (LULAC), and I was accompanied by Yadira Lacot, my Special Assistant; Kristina Harris, Capital Chapter member; and Cenely Jarquin, Director of Administration, Capital Chapter. We discussed the opportunity to partner on different events, like training for our membership. Thanks to our Capital Chapter member, Myrna Rivera, for setting up this meeting. Myrna is currently on a detail assignment to LULAC as the Assistant Director for Federal Affairs.

A meeting with the Department of Transportation (DOT) was also on my agenda for that week. I met with Yvette Rivera, DOT Associate Director of Civil Rights at ; Bryna Helfer, DOT Deputy Assistant for Public Engagement; Mamie Mallory; and Carrolyn Bostick,. This meeting had many purposes, and one of them was to request for a decision on the Employee Associations Training Conference support. As you all know, two years ago DOT withdrew monetary and administrative time support. I feel it is important that we get clarity on the agency’s support level so we know how to move forward in the years to come. Our discussion was positive, and I hope to provide you with the agency’s decision as soon as possible.

I met with Department Of Justice employee and President of Association of Hispanic Employees for Advancement and Development (AHEAD) to discuss strategy on how smaller employee associations can partner with us to make systemic changes throughout the federal government to improve minority under-representation.

My last meeting of the week was with Veronica Villabobos, Director, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Veronica is not new to NHCFAE and has been a great supporter to all of the FAA Employee Associations. The meeting was to address the FAA Barrier Analysis, discuss the training agenda for our conference and due dates to get it approved by OPM, as well as other subjects.

I will continue to keep you posted of my travel and meeting plans. I want you all to be aware of our efforts in Washington, D.C., and how we are advancing NHCFAE’s interests and mission throughout the nation – – all the way from Alaska to Puerto Rico.

Remember, it’s all about you!

Happy Holidays!

November 21, 2013 VLTP Member Request

Saludos Familia,
Long time NHCFAE member Karla Hernandez, recently gave birth to a healthy baby boy. She has been approved to be part of the Voluntary Leave Transfer Program (VLTP) to cover her maternity leave and she is in need of hours. As a famlia that NHCFAE is please consider donating leave for her medically approved absence. You may click the following link and enter your FAA Network credentials to begin the process of donation:

You can also visit our website to learn about other members or FAA employees that are part of the VLTP.

November 20, 2013 Adopt a Family


At our last meeting we voted on adopting a family for Christmas. The purpose of this is to provide for those in need during the holidays. I know we have been hit hard this year ourselves with the May tornadoes and the recent furlough but we are here going stronger and continue to strive for the better. So today I am happy to confirm the family we adopted. Attached you will find information about the family along with gift ideas. We will be collecting items up to December 6. I ask that you take the time to read the list attached.

Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 5 at 11:00 in HQ building room 117A. You can bring your items to the meeting. You will be receiving a meeting invite soon.


Cynthia Garcia
Christmas 2013 LF375 sponsor letter
MMAC Adopt a Family

November 7, 2013 4th Quarter Membership Meeting

Article in the FAA Academy Skywriter on the NHCFAE 4th Quarter Membership Meeting in Fort Worth, TX featuring the National Vice President, Don Espinosa. Click on the following link to access:

Academy Skywriter Fall 2013