ORD Officers

Term Began: July 1, 2016

Term Ends: June 30, 2019

AFA Election III Category

LEC President Jaime Martinez

Master Executive Council (MEC) Voting Member

AFA Board of Directors Member

Jaime Martinez was born in Toa Alta, Puerto Rico and lived there until he was 5 years old when his family moved to Grand Rapids, MI.  He graduated from Grand Rapids Central High School in 2001.  He attended University of Phoenix where he earned his Associates Degree in Business Management.

Prior to becoming a Flight Attendant, Jaime worked in the hotel industry as front desk agent and bellman.  While working at the hotel he caught the flying bug watching flight crews arriving and leaving the hotel.  He became a Flight Attendant with Air Wisconsin Airlines on April 18, 2004 and hasn’t looked back.

Jaime was been based in ORD when he first started before the switch in 2005 from United to Us Air which eventually became American.  While flying with American he was based in PHL and LGA.  Now that we are back with United he is based in ORD.  Jaime has served as a Safety Committee Representative and is currently a committee member of EAP and is CIRP certified. He is also our current Hotel Committee Chair which he has served the past 10 years.

Jaime currently resides with his wife and four children who all support his union work. When Jaime is not flying or doing union work he enjoys taking vacations, swimming, and visiting with friends and family.

Contact Information

Email – jaime.martinez@arwafa.org

Phone – 616-378-0267


LEC Vice President Shanitha Blackmon

Shanitha Blackmon grew up in Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from Kaplan University where she attained both a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Psychology.   She reflects a varied personality including ambition, and the qualities of generosity and thoughtfulness.  She is also a well determined and vigorous individual, yet pleasantly calm.  She encourages others to fight for what they believe in and what they desire.

Prior to becoming a Flight Attendant, Shanitha worked in the medical field, as well as the banking field as an Assistant Branch Manager.  She also worked for Southwest Airlines as a station trainer.  During that time, she served diligently as a Union Representative from 2004 until 2006.

Through her passion of helping others, she embraced a fanatical interest in inflight operations.  Her flying career began in 2012 with Air Wisconsin.   Shanitha has been based in DCA, LGA and currently is based in ORD.  Shanitha became an IOE Instructor in 2013.  She now serves as the AFA MEC Secretary for Air Wisconsin.

Locally, she is involved in volunteering in homeless shelters and food pantries.  She is also an ordained minister.  She believes strongly in creating avenues for individuals with no outlet, which fosters the establishment and development of their talents that can ultimately benefit our society.

Contact Information

Email – Shanitha.blackmon@arwafa.org

Phone – 773-449-8126


LEC Secretary / Treasurer Derric McDaniel

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Contact Information

Email – Derric.mcdaniel@arwafa.org

Phone –720-207-4944