PASS Member Profile: Melissa McMahon
Melissa McMahon is an automation air traffic systems specialist at the Boston Air Route Traffic Control Center in Nashua, N.H. She is certified to work on a variety of systems, including En Route Backup Surveillance (EBUS), User Request Evaluation Tool (URET), Display System Replacement (DSR), Flight Data Input/Output Gateway (FDIO-G), among others, and is currently doing on-the-job training for En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM). McMahon joined PASS shortly after being hired by the FAA in 2005 and is an active member of PASS Chapter NG3.
“I joined PASS because I believe in unions and what they have done for employees to better the working environment,” she said. “Without PASS, I believe the safety and integrity of the NAS would be compromised through outsourcing. I take great pride in my work and the service that my fellow coworkers and I provide to keep the flying public safe.”
When she is not ensuring the safety of the aviation system or displaying her union pride, McMahon takes on a very important cause: raising awareness about breast cancer. “Four women in my family have been affected by this horrible disease,” she explained. “My aunt is a 30-year survivor; my mom had it twice and is a 20-year survivor; and two of my four sisters are survivors for over 10 years.” In order to honor the survival of these women, McMahon and her daughter, Jenifer Symes, have committed to participating in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Breast Cancer Walk for the Cure. The walk takes place July 26 to 28 in Boston and the pair will be walking 20 miles each day for a total of 60 miles. “This will be our first time walking and it has been a huge undertaking, to say the least,” said McMahon.
In order to participate in the walk, McMahon and her daughter are on a quest to raise $2,300. They are holding several fundraisers, including a bake sale, a dinner at Applebee’s in Nashua on May 21 where 15 percent of all dinner checks will be donated to the walk, a breast cancer benefit at Slade’s Food and Spirits in Nashua on June 2, an event at the Hudson Sam’s Club on June 9, and a motorcycle run on June 23 with the Old Amsterdam Bar and Lounge in Nashua. All money raised will go directly to the walk.
“No breast cancer organization provides more support and care than Susan G. Komen for the cure,” said McMahon. “Virtually every major advance in the fight against breast cancer in the last 30 years has been impacted by a Komen grant, and millions of women rely on Susan G. Komen every day. These women need our help more than ever to safeguard Komen’s great work in our local communities for another 30 years.”
PASS salutes McMahon’s efforts and encourages local members to attend one of the events listed above. If you are interested in making a donation, you can visit McMahon’s walk website here.