Mike Perrone
National President
Phone: (202) 293-7277
Fax: (202) 293-7727
E-mail: President

Mike Perrone was elected to his first term as PASS national president in October 2012 after serving as the union’s national vice president since 2003. Following five years of service in the U.S. Air Force, Perrone joined the FAA in 1984. He began his career in air traffic control before working as a radar technician. Prior to becoming PASS’s national vice president, Perrone worked in a variety of union roles, including PASS national assistant and PASS liaison to several FAA programs and involvement in training, engineering and system design. He was elected to a third three-year term in 2018.

Carlos Aguirre
National Secretary-Treasurer
Phone: (202) 293-7277
Fax: (202) 293-7727
E-mail: Secretary-Treasurer

Carlos Aguirre was first elected to national office in October 2018. Prior to being elected, Aguirre served as Region I Assistant for five years. He has also represented PASS in various capacities, including regional director for the Americas for the International Federation of Air Traffic Safety Electronics Associations (IFATSEA), lead negotiator for the PASS 2017 Air Traffic Organization contract team, Chapter FL1 president and Region I representative on the PASS National Legislative Committee. He began his career at the FAA as a mechanical engineer in 1987 and became an airway transportation systems specialist in 1997, working at various facilities including the Miami Air Route Traffic Control Center Environmental and System Operations Units and the FAA’s National Operations Control Center in Warrenton, Va.

Luke Drake
Region I Vice President
Phone: (603) 493-2267
Fax: (866) 380-3831
E-mail: Region I

About Region I

Luke Drake is serving his fourth term as vice president of PASS Region I. After four years in the U.S. Air Force as a communications/navigation technician, Drake started his FAA career as a communications technician at the Boston Air Route Traffic Control Center in 1987. Prior to being elected regional vice president, he served as an assistant to the previous two Region I vice presidents. At various points in his PASS career, Drake has served in multiple first- and second-level contract representative positions as well as president of the PASS New England chapter. In 2010, Drake completed his bachelor’s degree in Union Leadership and Administration at the National Labor College.

Dave Spero
Region II Vice President
Phone: (918) 344-8050
E-mail: Region II

About Region II

Dave Spero is currently in his sixth term as vice president of PASS Region II. Following four years in the U.S. Air Force, Spero joined the FAA as an electronics technician in 1988. Prior to being elected regional vice president, Spero served as a chapter vice president, local union representative and regional member of PASS’s National Legislative Committee. In 2009, he graduated from the National Labor College with a bachelor’s degree in Union Leadership and Administration and was recognized with a Distinguished Senior Paper Award.

Joan Matthiesen
Region III Vice President
Phone: (858) 663-8571
Fax: (800) 903-2160
E-mail: Region III

About Region III

Joan Matthiesen is currently serving her second term as vice president of PASS Region III. Matthiesen served almost eight years in the U.S. Marine Corps as an electronic countermeasures technician before joining the FAA in 1991 as an enroute automation technician. Prior to being elected regional vice president, Matthiesen served as the PASS Chapter CA3 president, a Region III delegate to the PASS Convention, a liaison for the Free Flight Program, a member of the 2012 PASS Air Traffic Organization contract team, the PASS national Office of Workers’ Compensation Program (OWCP) representative and, most notably, she spent 12 years as a Regional Assistant for Region III.

Ben Struck
Region IV Vice President
(202) 301-6970
E-mail:  Region IV
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About Region IV

Ben Struck was appointed interim Region IV vice president in January 2021. His unconventional path to joining the FAA’s Flight Standards Service as an operations aviation safety inspector included running away and joining the Big Apple Circus. He worked in the entertainment industry before pursuing a career in aviation. Struck was a flight instructor and was chief instructor for a successful collegiate aviation program in New York and a Part 135 captain for a charter company. Struck has served in many roles for PASS: chapter vice president, both designee and principal representative positions, and most recently was the eastern regional business agent for Region IV. He is an aviator who loves to fly, is passionate about aviation safety and he is determined to find the fun in all things.

Howard (Hawk) Hawkins
Region V Vice President
Phone: (202) 293-7277
Fax: (202) 293-7727
E-mail: Region V

About Region V

Howard (Hawk) Hawkins was elected Region V vice president in October 2018. Hawkins came to the FAA in 2004 after serving 26 years in the U.S. Air Force, 22 of those as an air traffic controller. He has been assigned to the Aeronautical Information Service his entire FAA career, working to develop instrument approach procedures. Prior to being elected regional vice president, he served in multiple first- and second-level contract representative positions. Additionally, Hawkins has served as president of PASS Chapter OK3 in Oklahoma.

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