WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT
OCCUPATION: V.P. Security
HOMETOWN: Mineola, grew up in Queens for a lot
of my life
MENTOR: All the amazing people I’ve met and
worked with. I am most proud to be part of the
HOBBY: On the field with the kids watching them
turn into amazing people is totally rewarding.
FAVORITE AUTHORS: John Maxwell is a favorite.
I’ll admit John Grisham are Nelson DeMIlle
FAVORITE MOVIES: Top Gun, Usual Suspects,
Shutter Island and of course the Star Wars saga!
FAVORITE PLACES: Home, travel. Loved my trip
to Africa and would like to see more of it.
FAVORITE QUOTE/MOTTO: Amelia Earhart, “The
most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest
is merely tenacity.”
pleasure of having,” says Lora. she believes that being
part of an amazing team and phenomenal organizations
are the factor behind her success.
“You need to be positive and open for challenge.
Be thick-skinned but humble at the same time and
be ready for the ride of your life!” Says Lora to anyone
interested in the industry. It is a tough job.
WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT
OCCUPATION: Professor, Chair of Management
EMPLOYER: Vaughn College of Aeronautics and
HOMETOWN: Currently - New York City (previously,
London, Cape Town, Harare, Bulawayo)
HOBBY: Swimming, windsurfing, jogging, reading,
FAVORITE BOOK: Anything by Shakespeare, Jane
Austen, Isaac Asimov, Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur
Conan Doyle, Douglas Adams, and many others
FAVORITE MOVIE: Most Comedies, James Bond,
Star Trek, Star Wars
FAVORITE PLACES: Beach locations, historical
FAVORITE QUOTE/MOTTO: “Aviation is the
proof that given the will, we have the capacity
to achieve the impossible” by Edward Vernon
POEM: High Flight by John Gillespie Magee, Jr.
AIRPORT VOICE, APRIL 2020 19
V.P. Security JFKIAT, Terminal 4, JFK Airport
Stacey Lora’s involvement with the airport industry
began with a trip on the JFK shuttle bus. She
visited all of the terminals searching for a part-time
job to work for while she was in school. She eventually
accepted an offer from American Airlines and
at eighteen years old she took her very first flight to
She is happy to say that she loves her job and
the people that she gets to meet and interact with.
Each day is a different adventure and a fresh batch
of new faces to greet and serve. Even with a full day
of scheduled meetings, surprises are still out there!
“You never know which chocolate you will pick!”
As one of the few women in the security field,
Stacey has worked hard and fought to prove herself.
She considers herself fortunate to be in her position.
Stacey takes security seriously and works hard to
create a secure atmosphere where employees are
ahead of the game.
Asked what has been the biggest challenge of
Admittedly, I have fought to prove myself in
the security field. It isn’t a position held by many
women, in previous years, and I am very fortunate
to be in my current position.
We’ve had to think the unthinkable in our industry,
and especially in the security field, so challenges
to stay ahead and work to maintain a secure
atmosphere at T4 along with my colleagues is a challenge
I have always taken very seriously.
How do you define your success? “I don’t alone,
deserve the credit for all the ‘success’ I have had the
Dr. Maxine Lubner
Chair of Management, Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology
Dr. Maxine Lubner is a professor and chair of the
Management and formerly, Aviation departments at
Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology in
New York City. Previously, Lubner was appointed
as executive director of the CUNY Aviation Institute
at York College and as a faculty member at New
York University’s Graduate School of Social Work.
She has conducted research in the areas of aviation
safety, human factors and aviation education and
has been a research assistant since 1996 at Columbia
University. She holds an FAA Private Pilot Certificate.
She is involved in her community in many ways.
She serves on the advisory committee for the Intrepid
Sea, Air and Space Museum, has been involved
with a STEM camp for women and has volunteered
and fundraised for various educational
and social welfare programs both domestically and
abroad. She has also served as a counselor who delivered
diverse educational and therapeutic programs
“Even during the pandemic right now, aviation
remains important to the economy and society.
Aviation is performing several social, humanitarian
and medical functions, keeping its own industry
and society moving, albeit at lower levels. Travel
and connections remain as essential services.” Said
Lubner. Despite everything taking place in the
world, Lubner is confident in her industry and reassuring
of its necessity.
Dr. Lubner is very popular with her students at
Vaughn College and cn be found at many of their student
events. She is a strong supporter of the institution,
attending and social functions on and off the
campus supporting her college and aviation community.