President - Las Vegas-based Flight Attendant
After graduating from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 1999 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Audrey worked at an outpatient children’s mental health clinic. After four years, she joined Southwest Airlines as a Flight Attendant in 2004. In her tenure with TWU Local 556, Audrey has served as a Shop Steward where she wrote the quick reference guide, “Contract Quickies”. She went on to be appointed the Baltimore Domicile Executive Board Member, and elected as the President and Lead Negotiator of TWU Local 556.
Audrey continues her work to strengthen our Local by increasing meeting participation, community involvement through committee work and improved communications. She looks forward to educating our Membership about changes to the Contract, as that is where her passion for Union advocacy began.
1st Vice President - Phoenix-based Flight Attendant
Michael joined Southwest Airlines as a Flight Attendant nearly 23 years ago after more than a decade of service to other carriers. Through the years Michael has served on numerous committees and focuses his time on his fellow Crew Member’s safety. He currently serves as the TWU Local 556 Operational Safety Chairperson.
Michael is married to Phoenix-based Flight Attendant Michael Broadhead. When not working on behalf of the Membership, Michael volunteers for The Arizona Animal Welfare League (Phoenix, AZ) and Best Friends Animal Sanctuary (Kanab, UT).
2nd Vice President - Las Vegas-based Flight Attendant
Brett began his Southwest Airlines career as a Flight Attendant in 1994. He’s been a lifelong El Paso commuter and has been based in Oakland, Phoenix, Chicago, and is currently based in Las Vegas. Over the years, Brett has served as an Executive Board Member at Large, committee chairperson, Contract Negotiator, and 2nd Vice President.
When not flying or serving the Members of TWU Local 556, Brett can be found spending time with his wife of nearly 20 years and their 9 year old son.
Treasurer/Financial Secretary - Dallas-based Flight Attendant
John was hired at Southwest in 1993 and began his Flight Attendant career in 1996. First becoming involved with the Union in 1997 representing Flight Attendants in meetings with Management, John has been a Shop Steward, Member of the Grievance Team, Grievance Chair, and currently serves as the Financial Secretary-Treasurer.
When not working at the Union, John enjoys spending his free time with his partner Tuan and their two miniature schnauzers, Chompers and Chloe.
Recording Secretary - Oakland-based Flight Attendant
Cuyler Thompson was raised in Bedias, Texas. Working his way through Texas A&M University teaching GED classes and working as a prison guard, he graduated in 1992 with a Bachelor’s degree in English. In 1995, Cuyler joined his sister, Joeli, as a Flight Attendant for Southwest Airlines.
Throughout his career, Cuyler has assisted Southwest Airlines Flight Attendants as a Shop Steward, serving as the Committee’s Chairperson for six years. First appointed to the TWU Local 556 Executive Board on September 11, 2001, as Oakland Domicile Executive Board Member, Cuyler was elected to serve as the TWU Local 556 Recording Secretary (2006-2012). Cuyler returned to the position in 2013 and was elected again in 2015. He currently serves as the Chairperson of the TWU Local 556 Communications Committee and as the Editor for Unity Magazine.
An avid world traveler, Cuyler has visited 67 countries so far. When he’s not traveling the world, flying a pairing, attending Executive Board meetings in Dallas, or Membership Meetings throughout our system, Cuyler spends as much time at home in Northern California as possible.
Board Member at Large - Oakland-based Flight Attendant
Sam began her Southwest Airlines career in 1998 as a Phoenix-based Flight Attendant. Since 2009, Sam has been based in Oakland where she currently serves as a Shop Steward and is an Executive Board Member at Large. Sam is an AFL-CIO certified Advanced Organizer and has assisted with organizing at JetBlue and Virgin America.
Board Member at Large - Oakland-based Flight Attendant
In 2017, Heather celebrates ten years with Southwest Airlines. Through the years, she has served our Union as a Shop Steward and Member of the newly renamed and rededicated Women’s Issues, Service, and Education (WISE) Committee. Heather is a champion of human and civil rights, fighting for equality for all.
Heather and her wife Tiffany live in Seattle, Washington, with their daughter Mattie Simone.
Atlanta Domicile Executive Board Member - Atlanta-based Flight Attendant
Pamila is a native of Sacramento, California and eventually relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area. After traveling and living abroad Pamila moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1997 where she began her career as a Flight Attendant in 1999 with AirTran Airways. Pamila was Member of The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA during her career at AirTran Airways before transitioning over to Southwest Airlines in 2012. Pamila was elected as a Shop Steward for TWU Local 556 in 2012 and served in that role while based in Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Chicago
With the opening of the Atlanta base, Pamila was appointed as the Atlanta Domicile Executive Board Member. Pamila is married, has three Step-daughters, two Step-grandchildren and two dogs. She enjoys traveling, basketball, football, and walking on the beach. In her spare time, Pamila works with The Leukemia Society, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Human Trafficking Awareness, and PRIDE Atlanta. Pamila is a proud Member of The Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
Baltimore Domicile Executive Board Member - Baltimore-based Flight Attendant
Stacey Vavakas was hired in December of 2000 as a Flight Attendant for Southwest Airlines. She graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Marketing in 2000 from Towson University. Stacey is currently in her second term as the Baltimore Domicile Executive Board Member. She was born and raised in Baltimore and has been lucky enough to spend her whole career based in Baltimore.
When not busy flying the friendly skies or helping Members, Stacey enjoys spending time with her son, Tyler, and cheering on the Baltimore Ravens!
Chicago Domicile Executive Board Member - Chicago-based Flight Attendant
Brian "BR" Ricks
Dallas Domicile Executive Board Member - Dallas-based Flight Attendant
Brian “B.R.” Ricks became a Southwest Airlines Flight Attendant just over thirty years ago. Currently based at Dallas, he was elected in 2015 to as the Domicile Executive Board Member (DEBM). Over his career, B.R. has served in many positions, including as an elected official for the Board of Election, CISM Chairman, the Emergency Response Team, the Go Team, and Shop Steward.
In his free time, B.R. enjoys home renovation and spending time with his two boys. You will likely catch B.R. flying trip back and forth across the country.
Denver Domicile Executive Board Member - Denver-based Flight Attendant
Jessica began flying for Southwest Airlines in March of 1998. Becoming involved in TWU Local 556 relatively early in her flying career, she regularly attending Union Meetings and stayed abreast on important Union topics. Over the years Jessica took on a more active role by serving as a Shop Steward, TWU Constitutional Convention Delegate, and Contract Educator. Jessica was elected to serve the Membership as the Denver Domicile Executive Board Member in May, 2015, and also currently serves as Chairperson of the Scholarship and Women’s Issues, Service, and Education (WISE) Committees.
Jessica lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with her incredibly sweet, but not very smart dog Nelson and new puppy, Roger. They’re both good boys.
Houston Domicile Executive Board Member - Houston-based Flight Attendant
David became a Southwest Airlines Flight Attendant in 1997. He became involved in Union work in 2004 and along the way has been a Precinct Captain, Contract Action Team Leader, Shop Steward, Seniority List Integration Team Negotiator and Houston Domicile Executive Board Member. David and his partner are the proud parents of two boys, Jax and Jace.
Las Vegas Domicile Executive Board Member - Las Vegas-based Flight Attendant
Rachel grew up in the Seattle area where she was introduced to flying at a young age as an Unaccompanied Minor to Germany, Baltimore, and Georgia to visit her father serving in the U.S. Army. Rachel studied Nursing in college while working at Harborview Medical Center. In 1998 Rachel began her Flight Attendant career at Southwest Airlines and spent 13 years commuting to Oakland, Chicago, Orlando, and Baltimore before moving to Las Vegas in 2012.
Rachel first became active in the Union in 2002 as a Precinct Captain for the Blue Contract campaign. Rachel became a Shop Steward in 2012 and the Las Vegas Domicile Executive Board Member in 2014. She volunteers with the Veterans and Working Women’s Committees and the Nevada, Arizona, and Colorado TWU State Conference as well as the Nevada AFL-CIO.
Rachel is married to a Pilot for another Airline and together they enjoy boating on Lake Mead, traveling internationally, or camping in National Parks. They are expecting their first child this Summer.
Orlando Domicile Executive Board Member - Orlando-based Flight Attendant
Oakland Domicile Executive Board Member - Oakland-based Flight Attendant
Matt Hettich was hired by Southwest Airlines as a Flight Attendant in 2001 and has been based in Oakland for over 15 years. Matt holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. He has represented TWU Local 556 as a Delegate to the Alameda Labor Council since 2009 and has been engaged in the struggle to advance the interests of working families within his community and at the state and federal levels of government for over eight years. Currently, Matt serves as the TWU California State Conference Chairperson, the TWU Local 556 Committee on Political Education Co-Chairperson, and TWU Local 556 Domicile Executive Board Member for Oakland.
Matt is married to TWU Local 556 Member, Leslie Hettich, and together they have two children who attend public schools in Alameda, California, where both are active parent-volunteers and PTA members.
Phoenix Domicile Executive Board Member - Phoenix-based Flight Attendant
John joined Southwest Airlines in July, 2000, as a Customer Service Agent in Phoenix, AZ. He joined the Inflight Family in 2002 and has been based in Oakland and Phoenix. John has served as the Phoenix Domicile Executive Board Members since 2008.