Airport Authority


Pursuant to the Illinois Open Meetings Act, notice is hereby given that the Board of Commissioners of the Springfield Airport Authority will hold its regular monthly meetings in the SAA Knotts Board Room at the east end of the second floor in the Terminal Building at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport, Springfield, Illinois at 5:00 p.m. on January 23, 2018, February 20, 2018, March 20, 2018, April 24, 2018, May 15, 2018, June 19, 2018, July 17, 2018, August 21, 2018, September 18, 2018, October 16, 2018, November 20, 2018,  and December 18, 2018 unless noted otherwise.

July 2017 Minutes ; August 2017 Minutes ; September 2017 Minutes ; October 2017 Minutes ; November 2017 Minutes ; December 2017 Minutes; January 2018 Minutes; February Minutes ; March 2018 Minutes; April 2018 Minutes ; May Agenda


Frank Vala - Airport Athority Chair

Frank J. Vala - Chair

Mr. Frank Vala was appointed to the Springfield Airport Authority Board of Commissioners by Sangamon County Chairman Andy Van Meter on September 11, 2002. Mr. Vala is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University and has served on numerous boards. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Springfield Chamber of Commerce, Springfield Urban League and the YMCA. Mr. Vala founded Community Care Systems in 1980 and Valco Awards & More, Inc., in 1982.

Herman G. Bodewes - Airport Athority Vice Chair

Herman G. Bodewes - Vice Chair

Herman G. Bodewes is one of the most senior attorneys at GWC&B, bringing more than 35 years of experience to his clients. He focuses his practices primarily in business law and planning, corporate representation of business and trade associations, financial institutions, governmental affairs, real estate, estate planning and probate law. For more than 30 years, he’s been a registered lobbyist in the State of Illinois representing numerous businesses.

Airport Athority Commissioner

Michael Meyer - Commissioner

Michael Meyer was appointed to the Springfield Airport Authority Board by Mayor James Langfelder in January 2016.  He is a retired United States Air Force officer with over 34 years of military service.  His last position was as the Wing Commander of the 183d Fighter Wing (ILANG) located at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport. He was USAF rated Command Pilot and has flown over 4000 hours in USAF fighter aircraft throughout the United States and on numerous overseas deployments.  He possesses an FAA commercial pilot’s license.  He has also served for a number of years on the Executive Board of the Abraham Lincoln Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He graduated from Marquette University with a B.S.B.A degree and from Georgetown University Law School with a J.D. degree. 

Airport Athority Commissioner

Dianne Hardwick - Commissioner

Dianne Hardwick was appointed to the Springfield Airport Authority Board in 2013.


Airport Athority Commissioner

Mike Houston - Commissioner

J. Michael Houston was appointed to the Springfield Airport Authority by Mayor James Langfelder in July 2015 and is the Chair of the Finance Committee. His career includes extensive experience in both the private and public sectors. He was elected mayor of Springfield in 1979 and reelected in 1983. In 2011 he was elected for a third time. The 24 years between terms was spent in the banking industry. He retired from J.P. Morgan Chase as a Senior Vice-President and the Town & Country Bank as its Chairman, President, & CEO. Upon his retirement from Town & Country Bank he was named Chairman Emeritus. His career includes more than 25 years in CEO positions. Long active in civic affairs, he has provided leadership in Springfield in each of the last 5 decades. He served 16 years on the Board of Trustees of Western Illinois University including 4 years as its Chair. He is a past president of the Illinois Municipal League, Springfield Jaycees, and Downtown Springfield, Inc. He was Chair of the Board of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce in both 1999 and 2009, the only person in the Chamber's 150 year history to serve as Chair twice. Among his current activities, he serves on the boards of St. John's Hospital where he also served as Chair of the Board for 4 years and the Abraham Lincoln Council of the Boy Scouts of America for 40+ years. He graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree and a major in Business Administration and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a M.B.A.


Airport Athority Commissioner

Rev. Dr. Eric Hansen - Commissioner

Rev. Dr. Eric A. Hansen has been the Senior Leader of iWorshipCenter in Springfield, Illinois for 15 years. During this time the fellowship has grown from 70 to over 1000 with 6 campuses. The television ministry of iWorshipCenter,, can been see three times a week on local cable channels as well as weekly on broadcast television (Fox 55). Eric is an Executive Commissioner of the Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission and a board member of Urbanized Area Human Services Transportation Plan Advisory Committee.

Eric and his wife Cheryl have been married for 26 years. Cheryl is also an ordained minister, as associate pastor at the church, an RN cancer nurse and a trained classical pianist. Together, they are the parents of one daughter, Rev. Hannah Jean Hansen, who is in ministry school in California.

Airport Authority  Commissioner

Dr. Susan Shea - Commissioner

Dr. Susan Shea was re-appointed to the Springfield Airport Authority Board (SAA) by Mayor James Langfelder in February 2018. She previously served on the SAA Board from 1993 – 2005, as Finance Commissioner and Chair; she resigned when she became the first female Director of Aeronautics for the Illinois Department of Transportation, a position she held from June 2005 through December 2014. Dr. Shea is also a former educator with extensive experience in administration and personnel. Previous positions include K-8 teacher, school administrator, Manager of Program and Professional Development for the Illinois State Board of Education, adjunct professor and guest lecturer for the University of Illinois at Springfield, and the Education Policy and Agency Relations Director for the Illinois Education Association. Dr. Shea received her Bachelor’s and Master's Degrees from Western Illinois University and her Doctorate in Administration from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.


Mark C. Kinnaman - Airport Athority Treasurer

Mark C. Kinnaman - Treasurer

Mark Kinnaman was appointed to the Springfield Airport Authority Board in August of 2006. He is a Springfield native having attended both Lincoln Land Community College and Sangamon State. He was appointed to serve on the Selective Service board in March 2005, after serving as an ad-hoc member of several boards under the Governor and Secretary of State. He has an extensive background in project development, sales and marketing, management and training, as well as a strong background in computer skills.

R. Beverly Peters - Airport Athority Secretary

R. Beverly Peters - Secretary

R. Beverly Peters was appointed to the Springfield Airport Authority Board in April 2008. Mrs. Peters is President of Peters Consulting and Management Group, Inc. and Vice President of HAP III, Inc., a management and strategic planning firm. Peters holds a Bachelor Degree from LeMoyne Owen College, Memphis, TN, Masters Degree from SIU-Carbondale, and is currently a doctoral student.

Mrs. Peters worked for over thirty five years for the State of Illinois. From 1991 until 2004, she worked at the Illinois Department of Transportation as a legislative liaison, Bureau Chief of Small Business Enterprises, and Deputy Director of Finance and Administration.

Mrs. Peters is President of the Springfield-Decatur Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a 2006 graduate of the Springfield FBI Citizen's Academy, serves on the Executive Board of the NAACP, and is a member of the Frontiers International Springfield Club.

Mrs. Peters is a past recipient of the YWCA "Women of Excellence" award and the recipient of the "2009 Studs Terkel Humanities Service" award. Mrs. Peters holds the distinction of being named Chairperson of Springfield Mayor Timothy Davlin's 1908 Race Riot Commemoration Commission.

Mrs. Peters is married to Rev. Howard A. Peters III. They have two adult sons.


Mark Hanna, A.A.E. -Airport Athority Executive Director

Mark Hanna, A.A.E. - Executive Director

Mark Hanna graduated from University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, N.D with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree, with majors in Airport Administration and Management. He later attained a Master of Business Administration degree from Quincy University in Quincy, IL. He was previously employed by the City of Quincy, IL as its Airport Director for nearly 9 years. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Public Airports Association and completed a term as its Chairman in 2003, and currently serves on its Executive Committee. Mark is an Accredited Airport Executive as granted by the American Association of Airport Executives and holds a private pilot certificate. In 2010 he retired from the Army National Guard with over twenty years of service, which included a number of mobilizations.

Roger Blickensderfer, A.A.E. - Director of Facilities & Maintenance

Roger Blickensderfer began his airport career with the Tulsa Airport Authority in 1981 . In 1990 he accepted the Executive Director position at the Tupelo Regional Airport in Tupelo, Mr. Blickensderfer, a native of Central Illinois accepted the Director of Operations and Maintenance position with the Springfield Airport Authority in January 2000 and subsequently transitioned to his current position.

Mr. Blickensderfer graduated from Parks College of St Louis University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautical Administration; He is an Accredited Member of the American Association of Airport Executives .

Tim Franke - Director of Operations & Public Safety

Timothy J. Franke is the Director of Operations and Public Safety for Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in Springfield, IL. He has been employed with the Springfield Airport Authority for 30 years. He is a current board member of the Illinois Local Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Unit #10. He has served on the board of directors for the Sangamon County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 55, Illinois Police Association Midstate Division, Central Illinois Police Chiefs Association, and served with Springfield’s 183rd Illinois Air National Guard for seven years.

Kenneth R. Boyle - Director of Administration & Finance