photo of Kathryn VernonKathryn Vernon assumed the leadership role as Regional Administrator for the Northwest Mountain Region on April 12, 2009. Her responsibilities include representing the FAA Administrator in the region's seven states of Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Additionally, she leads the region's support of the Air Traffic Organization's Western Service Area. The Western Service Area includes the seven states in the Northwest Mountain Region as well as those in the FAA's Western-Pacific Region (Arizona, California, Nevada, Hawaii and Pacific islands) and the State of Alaska - Alaskan Region.

Throughout her career with the FAA, Kathryn has held increasingly responsible positions with the Air Traffic Organization and the FAA. Prior to becoming the Regional Administrator, she was the Director of Western Terminal Operations and was responsible for 150 FAA terminal and contract tower facilities, including the busiest Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) facility in the country - Southern California TRACON (SCT). She worked with all facets of the Agency in the quest to upgrade facilities, install new technology, implement new procedures, develop employees, and create the model work culture in the Western Service Area.

Kathryn has served two tours in Iraq, the most recent of which ended in December 2011. During her first tour, she was the Senior Aviation Advisor for the US Embassy in Baghdad working with the Iraq Civil Aviation Authority on airspace, airport, and air traffic control issues. Her most recent assignment was as the US Secretary of Transportation's Representative to Iraq — the Transportation Attaché — and she worked on all modes of transportation, to include seaports, aviation, roads and bridges, and railroads. During both tours, she worked with members of the US military, the Iraqi military, the US State Department, the Iraq Ministry of Transportation, and advisors to the Prime Minister of Iraq. These experiences had incredible professional and personal impacts on Kathryn, thus shaping her belief in our duty to do more to help those who are persecuted and threatened.

Kathryn holds a bachelor's degree in Management and a master's degree in Organizational Leadership. She is currently working on her doctorate at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.