Directors

Robert Sabino — Chair

Rod Sabino is an Operations Manager at the Salt Lake ARTCC. He started his aviation career in 1987 when at the age of 16 he obtained his private pilot certificate and began working for a Fixed Base Operator located at Boise airport (KBOI), in Boise, Idaho, where the best part of his job was touching airplanes all day. His passion for aviation led him to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in sunny Daytona Beach Florida with aspirations of being a commercial pilot. After taking a course in Air Traffic Control and visiting several Air Traffic Control facilities, Rod discovered a larger vision for his aviation career. Rod graduated from Embry-Riddle with a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in the triple majors of Air Traffic Control, Aviation Administration and Aviation Safety. He then turned his sights to the Federal Aviation Administration where his adventure continued as a Salt Lake Center Air Traffic Controller in 1999.

Rod has close to two decades of successful experience as an Enroute Air Traffic Control Specialist in various roles including Operations Supervisor, Plans and Program Manager, Airspace Manager and finally his current position as Operations Manager. He helped usher ERAM into the NAS as the POC for key site ZLC, going on to promote the safe roll out of the system throughout the NAS by traveling nationwide as a SME. He later became Management Lead for the Data Communications design team, further demonstrating his skills to work collaboratively and productively with NATCA. He has also served as the Western Service Area ATC Technical Representative with responsibilities in Headquarters designing Airborne/Pre-departure TFMS reroute systems (ABRR/PDRR) system integration and Data Comm integration.

He joined FAAMA to get involved with an organization that makes a difference for individuals and the Agency through their advocacy, peer support and to have some fun. Rod has proudly served FAAMA as Chapter 315 Treasurer, and Associate Mountain Director and has been a FAAMA member since 2009. Rod is married to his lovely bride Merilee, a former FAAMA member who now proudly serves Veterans at the VA. They have two rescued dogs who provide endless joy and challenges. Rod’s family enjoys traveling all over the world, hiking, and looking for the next adventure. His family is committed to FAAMA and the causes the organization champions.

Andy Singer — Secretary

Andy Singer is the Manager of the MRO & Supply Chain Branch, Radar Product Division of the FAA Logistics Center. He has been a Manager in the Logistics Center for over 10 years, leading a team of four Section Managers and 85 personnel supporting the National Airspace System’s Surveillance, Beacon, and Weather Systems. His FAA career began in 1995 after serving for more than 10 years in the United States Marine Corps.

Andy joined FAAMA in 2014 and has become increasingly active in Chapter 382 at the Aeronautical Center, recently becoming Chapter Vice President. He attended the Gathering of Eagles each year for the last three years, and as a result, became a supporter of the FAAMA PAC.

His passions are education and leadership: he lives by the core principle of leading from the trenches. Under his leadership, many teams as well as individual employees have been recognized for numerous accomplishments and achieved organizational and personal goals.

Robin Rush — Treasurer

Currently, Ms. Rush is on a detail to the Air Traffic Organization’s (ATO’s) Management Services, Technical Labor, AJG-L1, as an Executive Technical Representative. Since 2006, her permanent position of record is Air Traffic Manager, Torrance Airport Traffic Control Tower (ATCT), Torrance, CA. In 2004, Ms. Rush became Operations Supervisor at Torrance ATCT. In 2000, as an Air Traffic Control Specialist, she was promoted to John Wayne ATCT from Santa Monica ATCT, where she began her FAA career in 1996.

Additionally, Ms. Rush volunteers for Professional Women Controllers, Inc. (PWC). She served over 20 years on PWC’s Board of Directors, first as Western-Pacific Regional Director, then as Vice President and President. Currently, she is PWC Parliamentarian and PWC representative on the ATO Leadership and Career Development (LCD) Partnership. For SkyOne Federal Credit Union, Ms. Rush has served as Supervisory Committee Chair since 2015. Prior to becoming Chair, she was a Supervisory Committee member from 2010 to 2014.

Ms. Rush has received many awards from the Department of Transportation (DOT), FAA, and PWC including the DOT Secretary’s Award for EEO, two FAA Administrator’s Awards for EEO, and one for Making a Difference in the Workplace. Plus, she received the Western-Pacific Regional Administrator’s Golden West Award for her efforts to provide training and a mentor program to employees at no expense to the Agency and received PWC’s highest honor—Professional of the Year—along with several President’s Awards.

In 1993, Ms. Rush received a BS in Air Traffic Management from Hampton University, Hampton, VA and in August 2009, received an MBA from California State University, Long Beach, CA, graduating summa cum laude in both programs.