Sherelle T. Carper
"You are the salt of the earth"...Matt5:13
Sherelle began her journey with the Federal Service in 1968 as a ZMT Distribution Clerk with U.S. Post Office at the Brooklyn Cadman Plaza General Post Office (GPO). While working there in 1972, she attended a recruitment seminar conducted by representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Eastern Region Office. After completing the FAA’s employment requirements, she was hired as a candidate for the ATCS 150-Program an outreach initiative to hire 150 minorities and women into the agency from across the country with zero aviation knowledge and who had at least three years of work experience as a Federal Service employee.
During the course of her 39 years with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Mrs. Carper has held several distinguished “first” positions. She holds the distinction of being the first African American woman: Air Traffic Control Specialist for the New York metropolitan area; First Line Supervisor at Morristown Tower, Morristown, NJ, Air Traffic Manager at Trenton Tower, Trenton, NJ; Manager for Training Philadelphia ATCT, Philadelphia International Airport; and was eventually promoted as the first African American woman Level Five Air Traffic Manager in the Eastern Region and Branch Manager in the ATO in headquarters. She retired on September 30, 2007 after working at Dulles Tower for more than twelve years. During her tenure in the FAA, Sherelle found it was necessary to join the National Black Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees in 1976 to take on causes impacting minorities and women. She has held positions on every level of the organization including the Regional President of the former Eastern Region which she was instrumental in renaming to the Northeast Region.
Because of her unique career path, in 1985 the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Incorporated (NANBPWC) submitted her name to Good Housekeeping magazine and she was selected and featured in the 1985 Special Edition of the 100th Anniversary in an article entitled, “100 Young Women of Promise”.
Sherelle has been a member of the NANBPWC. since 1978 when she joined as a member of the Brooklyn Young Adult Club. She has served on every level of the organization. After serving as the Governor of Mid Atlantic District for four years, she was elected for the National Second Vice President overseeing the Youth Division in 2011. After her 4-year tenure, she was appointed as the Director of Global Affairs, International District under the current Governor, Dr. Beryl Dorsett. She was instrumental in forming a partnership between NANBPWC, Inc. and the U.S. Department of State, Student Exchange Programs.
Sherelle’s passion lies in “if I can help somebody along the way…” which is continually evidenced by her committed involvement in numerous programs affecting the social ills of our communities. She is vigorously engaged in improving the lives and well-being of people in general but particularly the disenfranchised and is an active participant in programs involving human trafficking, cancer, AIDS/HIV, and youth leadership and development to name a few,
Mrs. Carper and her husband of 40 years, Timothy T. Carper reside in Centreville, VA. They are the proud parents of 3 children and four grandchildren and one great-granddaughter, Sariah!