Sherry Reese was named Director of the Federal Aviation Administration's Academy in January 2015. The FAA Academy is the premier training institute for the FAA and global community and provides technical training for thousands of students each year. As Director, Sherry leads a workforce comprised of nearly 500 employees and several hundred contractors and manages a budget of $150 million. In this role, Sherry is responsible for setting the strategic direction for the Academy to meet the mission needs of the agency.
Previously, Sherry was the Manager of the Air Traffic Division at the FAA Academy where she provided leadership and direction to ensure the nation's air traffic controllers received necessary training.
Sherry has more than 33 years of experience with the FAA. She began her career as an Air Traffic Controller at the Denver Air Route Traffic Control Center. She served in various roles including Staff Specialist, Traffic Management Coordinator, and Front Line Manager.
In 1992, Sherry was selected as a Headquarters Staff Specialist in a newly created organization located in Oklahoma City tasked with developing requirements for a new Air Traffic Controller Training and Evaluation Program at the FAA Academy. For the next several years, Sherry was responsible for several national training programs including the Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative.
In 2006, Sherry was selected as the Manager of the Systems Support Branch in the Air Traffic Division of the FAA Academy. In this role, she was responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining the infrastructure used to train controllers including simulation and classroom hardware and software.
In 2008, Sherry was selected as the Manager of the Airports and International Training Division at the FAA Academy. She was responsible for providing training and technical assistance to the international community and FAA Airport's personnel. Services provided by Division span several technical disciplines including Flight Standards, Air Traffic Control, Instrument Flight Procedures Development, Maintenance Technician, Aviation English, and Management Development.
Sherry also served in various detailed positions including Acting Manager of the Regulatory Standards Division and Acting Deputy Superintendent of the FAA Academy.
Sherry has a Master of Science Degree in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership both from Southern Nazarene University in Oklahoma. Sherry also holds an Associate of Science Degree in Air Traffic Control/Traffic Management from Mt. San Antonio College in California.