MEC President & Negotiating Committee Chairperson
Jeffrey Peterson grew up in Anchorage, AK, and graduated from A.J. Dimond High in south Anchorage. Jeff achieved a Presidential Scholar Award in 1991 and went on to attain a BA in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego. Prior to becoming a Flight Attendant, he spent several years in hotel management working in San Diego and San Francisco for Marriott International and a Marriott hotels franchise company. He started out his Flight Attendant career in 1999 in the Los Angeles domicile. Jeff has also been based in Seattle and now San Diego. He has served as AFA-CWA Alaska MEC President since July 1, 2011. Jeff currently splits his time between working remotely out of his family’s condo in Puerto Vallarta and the AFA Alaska office in Seattle.
Negotiating Committee Member
Sandra started her flying career in 1984 as a Jet America Flight Attendant. Jet America merged with Alaska Airlines in 1987 and that is when she started her Union career. She helped establish a new Local Council in LGB and held many positions. She was LEC President, MEC President, and a member of the negotiating team in early 1990. After years of negotiating, talks broke down and they entered CHAOS™. They eventually got a deal which led to the adoption of the Southwest Airlines agreement. Their team was proud that 94% of Flight Attendants voted to ratify the agreement.
Sandra took a break from Union work for about 10 years until 2010 when she ran for LAX LEC President. She was elected to the position for two consecutive terms. Sandra is currently a San Diego-based Flight Attendant, Grievance Committee Member, and serves as a member of the System Board of Adjustment.
Sandra lives in Menifee and has been married to her husband Chuck for 43 years. She has a daughter (Cassie), son-in-law (Joe), and twin grandkids (Jordan and Jacob).
Negotiating Committee Member
James started his career with Virgin America in 2009 as a SFO-based Flight Attendant, and has held many positions within Inflight since. Shortly thereafter, he became an Inflight Team Leader, an Air Transportation Supervisor, and an Inflight Instructor, a position he is still active with today. In addition to teaching Recurrent and Initial Trainings, James has co-developed numerous Inflight Training programs at both Virgin America and Alaska. His most memorable experience was the Virgin America / Virgin Australia Exchange Program where he, amongst five others, moved to Australia to fly as a Sydney-based Flight Attendant for one year.
James became involved with AFA shortly after ratification of the 2018 JCBA, serving as the SFO Hotel Committee Chair until his base transfer to SAN in October 2021. He has maintained his involvement with the Hotel Committee as a Committee Member in his new home. The Union draws its strength from those that serve, and giving back is the single most important way one can improve the collective conditions and livelihood of our Members. This has been his motivation in applying for the Negotiating Committee, a position he is humbled and honored to hold.
James holds a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from UC Davis. Prior to becoming a Flight Attendant, he was a Securities Licensed Banker and a Trip Leader for a high-end active travel company. When not flying the network, he enjoys diving, backpacking, skiing, and eating the various cuisines of the world while on location.
Negotiating Committee Member
Kiara (Kiki) O’Bryant (formerly Jenkins) was hired in 2011 as a Flight Attendant with Alaska Airlines. She was fortunate enough to be based in ANC for her first 8 months which allowed her to experience 24-hour sunshine in the summer and plenty of snow in the winter. After ANC and a few years in SEA, she left to experience the California lifestyle. At the LAX base, she served in the role of Government Affairs Committee Chairperson. In 2017, SEA called her back home where she now lives with her fiancée Mo and her two dogs Lumos and Nox.
Kiara has served in the position of MEC Grievance Committee Payroll Representative since June 2018 and hopes to help negotiate a contract reflective of what Flight Attendants deserve. She has been here through a Master Rebid, contract negotiations, tentative agreements, and extensions. Her experience and dedication to serve as a representative over the years is proof of her commitment to the negotiations process. She looks forward to meeting people from our membership who come from all walks of life so a contract suitable for 6,000+ Flight Attendants can be drafted. Feel free to say hi and ask questions if you see her on the line!
AFA Senior Staff Negotiator
With over 25 years of experience as a Staff Negotiator at AFA, Paula Mastrangelo believes that Flight Attendants drive successful agreements through steady commitment to strong labor activism and engagement. She believes that engagement is inspired by clear, transparent communication with AFA membership throughout the negotiating process.
Paula has worked with Alaska Flight Attendants through several contract campaigns. She was our staff negotiator for the 1994 CHAOS™ strike agreement and the Alaska/Virgin America JCBA and is well acquainted with our Contract and our culture. In addition to her work at Alaska, Paula has concluded contracts at United, AirTran, and Spirit, and many regional carriers. She recently concluded the Hawaiian Airlines contract.
Negotiating Committee Support
Negotiations Strategic Communications Representative
Justin Wetherell started as a Flight Attendant in 2014 at Horizon Air and joined Alaska Airlines in 2015. Justin previously attended college at Willamette University in Salem, OR, after growing up in Anchorage, AK. While at Alaska Airlines, Justin has held several AFA positions – MEC Inflight Training Committee Member, Local Scheduling Committee Chairperson, Local Communications Committee Chairperson, Human Rights Committee Member, Uniform Committee Member, and Reserve Committee Member.
Justin has a passion for union work and advocating for our members – they’ve been involved in several projects over the past few years, including crew systems training and contract roadshows. Justin also supports our members by conducting recurrent and initial training as an Inflight Instructor. Justin hopes their dedication, passion, and knowledge will continue to be an asset to our members during negotiations.
Negotiations Administrative Support Representative
Kristy Stratton began her Flight Attendant career with Alaska Airlines in 2005. In addition to flying, Kristy is an entrepreneur, published artist, and loves to travel with her husband, Jim. Her professional history and wide range of capabilities include – business development, project management, extensive negotiations and contract experience with various companies, unions, and our airline. As well as working on the previous two Alaska Airlines Flight Attendant contracts, she has assisted AFA and the company in various administrative roles over the years.
Kristy is passionate about maintaining current contract improvements and believes in supporting our Flight Attendants through confident representation. She is honored to assist in securing a new contract which will equitably reflect our Member’s commitment and unsurpassable contributions to our company’s success and sustainability.