Introducing our Negotiations Committee
ratify their new deals. A firm believer that leverage at the bargaining table comes from an informed and mobilized labor group, Paula looks forward to working with our Spirit team to fire up our members and address pressing concerns.
Jason Kachenmeister, Spirit AFA MEC President, began working as a Flight Attendant at Spirit in January 2002 in DTW base. Following the downsizing of DTW in 2007-2008, Jason moved to ACY where he was based until 2011. With the birth of his youngest daughter Amelia, Jason moved back to Michigan and became an FLL commuter for the next three years until the LAS base opened. Jason then transferred to LAS and continued to commute to that base until the DTW base reopened in 2016.
While DTW base was downsized, and Jason had to return from a line holder to a reserve schedule, he witnessed the contract violations the company was committing against the reserve flight attendants firsthand. This treatment of the reserve flight attendants by the company prompted him to join the AFA scheduling committee in local 76 back in 2008. Eventually, Jason became the MEC Scheduling chair for a time and participated in several groundbreaking modifications to the way crew scheduling operated; including changes to maximize reserve rest periods between reserve notification shifts as well as the creation of the reserve grid for approving drops/trades that are still in use today. Jason has also spent time with crew planning on more efficient base staffing formulas and worked with the company to open the LAS and ORD crew bases. Upon returning to DTW base, Jason resumed his former role as the LEC 76 scheduling chairperson and, in 2018, was tasked to assume the vacant position of MEC Hotel Committee Chairperson. As Hotel Committee Chairperson, Jason has overseen drastic changes to the AFA Hotel Committee at Spirit resulting in nearly 25 layover hotel upgrades over the past 3 years. In October of 2019, Jason was elected as the MEC President to finish out a previously vacated term following a resignation and was re-elected unanimously in 2020 to serve a full term. As MEC President, Jason negotiated on behalf of Spirit flight attendants to reach agreements resulting in the COVID MOU’s, including the CVTO/EVTO programs and mitigating any flight attendants being furloughed due to the pandemic. Jason looks forward to continuing his role as MEC President and adding the additional duty of chairing the negotiation committee.
Jason continues to be a DTW-based flight attendant, approaching his 20th year at Spirit. Jason lives in Tecumseh, MI with his wife Jill (also a Spirit Flight Attendant) and their three daughters.
Don Reno Intreglia has served as the Spirit Master Executive Council Vice President since July of 2019 after being appointed to fill a vacancy for the unexpired term of the previous MEC Vice President. He was re-elected to serve a full term in July of 2020. He first became a Union member after being hired at Spirit in October of 2014.
Don has extensive experience within the AFA structure, having served as the Local Executive Council Vice President for LEC 78 FLL from 2016-2019. Prior to that, Don served as the Co-Chair for the MEC New Hire Committee, MEC Communications and Webmaster, and LEC 76 ACY/DTW Scheduling Representative. During his time in the role of MEC Communications, Don crafted several informational campaigns for the SPA Negotiations Committee during the last round of CBA negotiations including the “Health Over Wealth” Campaign, and has advocated on Capitol Hill on behalf of all flight attendants during the Fight for 10 and more recently the CARES Act and PSP Extension.
As MEC Vice President, he oversees the New Hire, Government Affairs, Hotels, and Negotiations Committee. With a strong background in Technology and Information Systems, he also serves as our resident IT administrator.
Prior to becoming a Flight Attendant and union activist, Don served as a Marketing Manager for a large hospitality company in Delaware and completed network security and IT contracts for several aerospace and defense companies including Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman.
Don grew up in Rincon, Puerto Rico, and splits his time between Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, and Rincon. Don has a bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering from the IUPR and a master’s degree in DNA computing. In his spare time, he enjoys costume design, nerd culture, blogging and fitness.
Jasmine Lopez – MEC Secretary/Treasurer
Jasmine Lopez is in her 5th year as a Spirit Airlines Flight Attendant. She currently serves as Local Executive Council President for LAS (LEC 73) as well as the MEC Secretary-Treasurer.
Jasmine originally became involved with her local union as an EAP representative 4 years ago. Her vision to improve working conditions and protect the common interests of Flight Attendants through fair and equal representation of all union members led her into the position of LEC President.
Prior to fully immersing herself in the representation of the members of LEC 73, Jasmine had several years of experience in both non-profit entities and general corporate structure having served on the Board of Directors for non-profit organizations as well as owning multiple companies. In doing so, Jasmine has not only developed multiple business plans and created employee handbooks but has also established company policies and procedures. Furthermore, she is experienced in human resource management as well as business law. This unique position has allowed her to gain valuable tools from both sides of the coin as not just an employee but also as an employer.
Jasmine was born and raised just outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has lived there most of her life and currently resides between Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Las Vegas, Nevada. Jasmine has three adult children and has been married to her husband for 27 years. She has both a B.A. and M.A. in Psychology and will soon be pursuing an M.S.W. In her rare moments of spare time, Jasmine enjoys spending time with her family and close friends, binge-watching true crime, reading, and road trips.
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