May 29, 2015                
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APA National Officers

APA National Officers

APA President Keith Wilson

APA President

Captain Keith Wilson, 57, was hired by American Airlines in 1985. During his American Airlines career, he has flown the DC-10, S80, and Boeing 727 and 777. Captain Wilson is currently assigned to fly the Boeing 737 domestically.

Captain Wilson’s prior Allied Pilots Association work includes serving as chairman of the union’s negotiating committee. He was also elected to serve three terms on the APA Board of Directors as vice chairman of the DCA Domicile, and appointed by the APA Board as chairman of the Benefits Review and Appeals Board and as a member of the Financial Audit Committee.

A 1977 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics, Captain Wilson spent eight years on active duty. He was on military leave of absence from American Airlines in 1990-91 with his C-5 Mobile Air Command unit, which was activated to serve in Desert Shield/Storm/Calm.

Captain Wilson and his wife live in Chevy Chase, Maryland. They have three adult daughters.

APA Secretary-Treasurer First Officer Scott Shankland

APA Vice President

First Officer Neil Roghair, 52, was hired by American Airlines in 1999. He has flown the Boeing 737, 777 and S80. He’s currently assigned to fly the Boeing 777 internationally.

At the Allied Pilots Association, First Officer Roghair founded and chaired the military affairs committee. He also began serving on the union’s negotiating committee in 2009 and was elected chair the next year, leading APA through contentious negotiations before and during American Airlines Chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring. He also oversaw negotiations with US Airways management as part of the pending merger with that carrier.

A 1983 graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, First Officer Roghair is an active-duty retiree of the Air Force. He served as commander of the Air Support Operations Center in Baghdad during the battles of An-Najaf, Fallujah and Fallujah 2. He then commanded the Air Force Detachment in Fort Sill, Okla.

First Officer Roghair has four children and lives with his wife in Argyle, Texas.


APA Secretary-Treasurer First Officer Scott Shankland

APA Secretary-Treasurer

First Officer Pam Torell, 53, was hired by American Airlines in 1998 after flying for American Eagle and Atlantic Coast Airlines. During her American Airlines career, she has flown the Boeing 737, 777 and S80. First Officer Torell is based in Miami and currently assigned to fly the Boeing 777 internationally.

First Officer Torell has served the Allied Pilots Association most recently on the national training committee, coordinating with the American Airlines Training Department to improve training for all fleets. Her experience with the union also includes chairing the National Family Awareness Committee, representing the union for layover hotels in the Caribbean as a member of the National Hotel Committee, and serving as Flight Assist deputy chair on the National Aeromedical Committee, during which she trained, managed and facilitated Critical Incident Stress Management debriefings through the entire AA flight schedule during 9/11.

First Officer Torell earned her B.A. in psychology and sociology in 1981 from Western Maryland College. She and her husband live in St. Lucie County, Florida.



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