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NH grad soars to new Airports position

NH grad soars to new Airports position
NH grad soars to new Airports position
Winsome Lenfert

A love of aviation, coupled with the right education and training, landed a North Harrison High School graduate a position with Airports.
Winsome Lenfert, who grew up in Greenville and graduated from NHHS in 1990, was appointed last month as the organization’s deputy associate administrator.
‘I am honored to be serving the American public at such an exciting time in aviation,’ Lenfert said.
The mission of the Airports organization is to provide leadership in planning and developing a safe and efficient national airport system. The office is responsible for all programs related to airport safety and inspections, as well as standards for airport design, construction and operations, to include international harmonization of airport standards.
According to Airports, the office annually awards approximately $3.3 billion in airport grants and approves passenger facility charge collections totaling about $2 billion. Also, the office is responsible for national airport planning and environmental and social requirements. Policies related to airport rates and charges, compliance with grant assurances and airport privatization is established by the Airports office.
‘We continue to focus on our responsibility for the safe and efficient operation of the national airspace system,’ Lenfert said, ‘while we integrate new technology such as drones and commercial space operations into the system.’
While at North Harrison, Lenfert ran track, was a member of the marching, concert and jazz bands and the Student Government Association and was a cheerleader.
After graduation, she earned a double major, in professional pilot technology and aviation administrations, with a minor in business administration from Indiana State University, where she was a member of Sigma Kappa sorority. She followed that with a master’s degree in public affairs from Indiana University.
Lenfert, who has a commercial pilot certificate with an instrument rating and held a Certified Flight Instructor Certificate, began her aviation career working for the Indiana Dept. of Transportation as a chief airport inspector then worked as an airport certification safety inspector for the FAA. Since then, she’s had several positions with the FAA, including airport certification/safety specialist in Washington, D.C.; community planner for the O’Hare Modernization Program in Chicago; assistant manager of the Detroit Airport District Office; and manager of Regional Operations and director for the Airports Division Southern Region in Atlanta.
She is a member of Women in Aviation International as well as the alumni associations of Indiana State and Indiana universities and Sigma Kappa. Growing up, she attended St. Michael’s parish in Bradford; now, she attends Nativity parish in Burke, Va.
The daughter of David and Marcella Lenfert of Greenville, Winsome is the oldest of the couple’s four children. Her siblings are Felicia Krizman, Nathaniel Lenfert and Katerina Bradfield. Their grandmother is Laverne Lenfert.
Winsome and her husband, Richard Manser, who is a commercial pilot, have three daughters, Asella, 12; Ceara, 9; and Eleena, 6.
She credits where she is now to her upbringing.
‘This position represents what can happen when a teenage girl has a dream and passion for aviation paired with years of support from a loving family, friends and professional mentors,’ Lenfert said. ‘All of these factors allowed me to chart my future through education, training and work experience.’