Each LEC President is also a member of an MEC. Find out more on the LEC Officer Page for your base.
Your Master Executive Council (MEC) Officers
Current Term Start Date: January 1, 2017
Current Term End Date: December 31, 2019
AFA Election Category I
MEC President Ernie Lazernick
Ernie Lazernick grew up in Norfolk, VA and graduated from Talmudical Academy in Baltimore, MD in 1982. He attended college at Towson State University in Towson, MD and Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA where he studied Business Management.
Prior to becoming a Flight Attendant, Ernie was a unit manager for a national restaurant chain. His aviation career began in 1997 where he was a reservation agent, airport agent, and eventually Flight Attendant with TWA. Following September 11, 2001, he also became a freight train conductor for Norfolk – Southern Railroad, but yearned to return to the skies.
In 2005, Ernie had the opportunity to once again fly for Independence Air. Following their demise, he started with Air Wisconsin in 2006.
Ernie has been based in PHL, DCA, and currently is based in IAD. He has served as the LEC President for Council 28 for the past 8 years. He has also held various committee chairs including Legislative Affairs, and was elected as MEC President in January 2016.
Ernie currently resides with his husband and three cats in Charleston, WV and is a proud supporter of not only his local Flight Attendants in IAD, but also is a very strong advocate for all Flight Attendants in the employ of Air Wisconsin and the aviation industry as a whole.
MEC Vice President Michael Bounds
Michael Bounds grew up in Elk City, Oklahoma before moving to Bethel, Missouri in 2000. He attended Heartland Christian Academy in Bethel from 2000 – 2003, and received his GED from Jefferson Community College in Hillsboro, MO in 2003.
Michael began his aviation career in 2004 in St. Louis, MO as a baggage handler for Airport Terminal Services, a contract employer which handled baggage for American Airlines. Later that year, Michael had the opportunity of either becoming a customer service agent for American Connection or a Flight Attendant for Chautauqua Airlines. In October 2004, at the age of 19, Michael became a Flight Attendant for Chautauqua Airlines based out of Indianapolis. Michael was based in IND, CMH, and SDF. While at Chautauqua, Michael received the President’s Award for creating a travel guide that is still in existence today for the Flight Attendants at Republic Airways. Michael left Republic Airways Holdings in 2008 due to personal reasons.
Michael joined the Air Wisconsin family in 2010, and has been based in DCA, ORF, and now ORD. While at Air Wisconsin, Michael has worked with AFA in various ways – including being local Vice President for Council 29 for over a year.
While at Air Wisconsin, Michael has received 3 Associate Degrees in Business Management and Accounting, as well as his Bachelors of Sciences in Business Administration from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.
Michael was elected to become the Air Wisconsin AFA MEC Vice President in 2018, and has been a key person to ensuring committee work is running smoothly, and been a major asset to our Union where he brings experience of leadership, technology, and web design.
MEC Secretary Shanitha “Ann” 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.