Board of Directors
Silver Wings Board of Directors
BETH HOLCOMBE, President
Beth was hired in 1964 and flew domestic and international routes out of ORD and JFK as both a Flight Attendant and Flight Service Manager. While at JFK, she worked as a F/A Supervisor for 3 1/2 years. After returning to the line, Beth worked for the Union, both ALSSA and IFFA, mostly as the Scheduling Committee of one. She also heard Step 1 and Step 2 grievances and many cases before the four man and five man System Boards of Adjustment. She retired in 1989. Born and raised in the PHL area, Beth graduated with a BA from Purdue University in 1964 in Spanish with minors in Russian, English , and Education. She has an MA in English from Hunter College in NYC with minors in Spanish and Education. She is married to Pierson J. Holcombe, Jr, and calls his two children and five grandchildren her own. Her interests are quilting, gardening, reading, and traveling. She volunteers at church with the Quilting Ministry and with Quilts of Valor through the Red Rose Quilt Guild in Lancaster, PA.
KATE NORVELL, Vice President
Katie came right out of college in 1970 to start her career with TWA. In 1973, she went back to Breech Training Academy to teach three training classes, then off to fly New York International. In 1977, she was one of the original 200 Flight Attendants who transferred into the newly opened St. Louis domicile. Katie was also a Service Manager in St. Louis on the L-1011.
She was flying domestic out of St. Louis when the strike occurred in 1986. She was recalled in June of 1988 and based in New York flying International. That is where she met her future husband, Captain Jim Liddell. Katie continued flying New York International for 5 years and finished her career with TWA in 2001. That is when American Airlines bought TWA. She flew for two years for American Airlines and was furloughed in July of 2003.
Katie retired in 2006 when she moved to Sarasota, FL. to marry and make her home with Jim Liddell. He retired from TWA in 1998. They are both now very passionate and involved with their favorite charity, Cat Depot. It is a 12,000 square foot, state of the art cat shelter in Sarasota. Their mission is rescue, education, and adoption for homeless cats and kittens.
VALERIE ROFFE, Secretary
Valerie began her career with TWA in June 1965 a week after graduating from St. Louis University. She was based in JFK domestic and international and MKC. In 1971 she married her husband, Ken, and began 20 years of moving and travel.
They have lived in New York, Toronto, San Francisco, and Cleveland and presently reside in Westport, CT. She retired from TWA in 1988 to raise their two boys, Peter and Luke.
After three years as a stay at home mom, she was offered a temporary position as a paraprofessional teaching gifted and talented students at the middle school level. Fourteen years later with the experience of a lifetime, she moved up to the high school and now works with a Special Education Program called Study Skills.
Valerie also serves as co-chair of the CT Chapter of Silver Wings. Her older son, Peter and his wife, Jessica, are the proud parents of Ella, her 2-1/2 year old granddaughter. They have returned to the East coast and currently live in West New York, NJ. Peter is employed by Haier America, a large Chinese consumer products company. Her younger son, Luke, married his high school sweetheart in 2015 and they residenin Fairfield, CT. Luke fulfilled his dream f working for an advertising agency and is currently working in digital marketing for Merchant Cantos, a London based ad agency and PR firm. His wife Rachel, is a 4th grade teacher in Westport, CT.
STEPHANIE BYRNE, Treasurer SWI
Stephanie Byrne started her career at TWA in 1964. She flew New York International and for a short time out of Chicago domestic. She retired
from TWA in 2001. She is now working as an Appeals Officer for the
Internal Revenue Service.
ANITA RIDPATH, Web Director SWI
Anita has served as Vice President of SWI from 1998-2002
and President from 2003-2008. She was based in JFK and SFO as a Flight Attendant and Service Manager during her TWA career which started May 30, 1966.
Her daughter Alison is a Doctor for the CDC in Atlanta and travels internationally for the CDC.
Anita volunteers for various charities in her community and also for 10 yr. old triplet boys, Kai, Luka & Noa since they were born Nov. 2005.
She lives in Aptos, California.