TSA Names Federal Security Director at Hawaiian Airport

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today named Sharlene K. Mata as the Federal Security Director for Lihue International Airport, Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii.

"Shar brings a wealth of knowledge to this position, as both an airline and TSA employee," said Dennis Clark , the Western Area Director in Washington,D.C. "I am confident the airport, TSA employees and travelers into and out of Lihue will benefit from her exceptional abilities."

Mata began working for the TSA in 2002 and has served in several capacities, including Administrative Officer, Assistant Federal Security Director (AFSD) for Screening and AFSD for Operations. Previously, Mata was the District Sales Manager for Hawaiian Airlines and Assistant Airport Manager at Lihue Airport when Hurricane Iniki devastated the island of Kauai. Shortly thereafter, she accepted a job with the County of Kauai as Project Manager of the hurricane recovery efforts with Federal Emergency Management Agency. Mata then returned to the airport industry as the Assistant Airport Manager at the Honolulu International Airport until she accepted her first position with the TSA.

Mata holds a Bachelor's of Business Administration Degree from the School of Travel Industry Management at the University of Hawaii, Honolulu .

The position of federal security director was created by the Aviation and Transportation Security Act signed by President Bush on November 19, 2001 .

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SOURCE Transportation Security Administration

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