Michael Hitch Combe — Chair
Hitch is a Contract Air Traffic Instructor with SAIC at the New Orleans Tower and TRACON. His career in the FAA began in 1989 and over the next 27 years Hitch worked at Houston and Seattle Centers. The last year was spent working in AJI in Washington DC at FAA Headquarters before retiring in June of 2016.
Hitch joined FAAMA in early 2009 and has served the Association in many roles. Starting with Regional Director for the Southwest Region, Director of Communications, the founding Chair of the FAAMA Foundation, and until October of 2022 as National Secretary. Currently Hitch is the Managing Editor of FAAMA’s award winning magazine Managing the Skies.
Hayley Jennings — Secretary
Hayley Jennings is an Operations Supervisor in the West Area at Jacksonville Center. Aviation has always been a lifelong passion of Hayley’s. Starting from age five, quoting “Memphis Belle” and showing off her WWII aircraft recognition skills at airshows, she went on to get her Commercial and CFI certificates at Southern Illinois University. Her career in ATC started at Toledo ATCT (TOL) where she met her husband Joshua at RTF, after certification, she moved on to Kansas City International (MCI). She then became a Supervisor at Kansas City Downtown Tower (MKC) and is now at Jacksonville Center as a Supervisor. In addition to being a Supervisor, Hayley enjoys pilot outreach, training, and networking within the local community. Hayley, her husband Josh, daughter Ava, and three chihuahuas escaped the Midwest and settled in Florida to enjoy year-round sun, sand and boating adventures.
Robin Rush — Treasurer
Ms. Rush retired from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on June 30, 2020. Before retiring, she served as the Air Traffic Manager at Torrance Airport Traffic Control Tower from 2006 until retirement. During that time, she also served the Agency by completing three details to Headquarters including in the Air Traffic Organization’s (ATO’s) Management Services, Technical Labor, AJG-L, as an Executive Technical Representative from March 2018 until August 2019. From October 2015 to October 2016, she worked as an Air Traffic Control Specialist in ATO’s Mission Support, Procedures and Standards Group, AJV-82. From March 2010 to October 2011, she worked as a manager in the ATO Diversity Office, AJG-9. In 2004, Ms. Rush became the 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.
Ms. Rush received a B.S. in Air Traffic Management from Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia and an M.B.A. from California State University, Long Beach, CA. She graduated summa cum laude in both programs.
In her spare time, Ms. Rush enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, reading, traveling, and going to the beach.