Jesse Hayes IV
Founder & President
Red-Tailed Hawks Flying Club

Growing up in Houston, TX, he was first introduced to aviation by the Bronze Eagles Flying Club in 1968. His first solo was at the age of 15. He remained connected to general aviation while in the Air Force and helped start a new chapter of Black Pilots of America, Inc. (BPA): the Arkansas Thunderbirds. While living in Waco, TX, he started the Bronze Eagles Flying Club’s Waco Region and the annual Waco Youth Fly-In. Now a resident of Washington State, he has introduced BPA to the Puget Sound area as President of the Red-Tailed Hawks Flying Club (RTH). Under his leadership RTH has grown to be the largest chapter in BPA and created a year-around youth program, two aviation camps and a formal flight training program – Red-Tailed Hawks FLY. With over 40 years of aviation and space operations experience, introducing youth to the aerospace industry is his ministry.

Sherman Robinson
Red-Tailed Hawks Flying Club

Sherman has over 37 years of experience in aviation training, management and leadership an Airframe & Propulsion Technician in the United States Air Force, as a Department of Defense contractor, and currently as a Federal Aviation Administration Air Safety Inspector.  He has been a loyal member of the Red-Tailed Hawks since 2014 and facilitates our mentor program. As the lead RTH marshal, he trains and supervises ground crews.


Chief Pilot
Red-Tailed Hawks Flying Club


Jordan E. Hayes
Red-Tailed Hawks Flying Club

Jordan received her degree in communications from the University of Texas and has spent her professional career facilitating project goals in both the private and government sectors as a writer, copy editor, and legal assistant.  Her diverse work experience has honed her ability to meet the specific needs of varying organizations through effective communication and project management.  These are skills that serve well during Red-Tailed Hawks outreach events, curriculum development and in the leadership of the finance committee.


Angelita Crawford, MBA
Membership Chair, Red-Tailed Hawks Flying Club
Red-Tailed Hawks Flying Club

Angelita Crawford joined the Red-Tailed Hawks Flying Club through her
sons’; participation in the RTH Youth Program.  She became the
membership chair of the organization in February of 2022 and also took
on the role of secretary in the same year to help advance the mission to
introduce underserved and underrepresented youth to the world of

Angelita Crawford also has a background in science, technology,
engineering and math (STEM) with over 7 years of experience in clinical
research and over 7 years of experience as a math educator.  She
graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Engineering in
biomedical engineering and earned a Masters of Business Administration
from Johns Hopkins University.  Her two sons were participants in the
Red-Tailed Hawks Youth Program.

Angelita Crawford grew up in Birmingham, AL, and she currently resides
in Baltimore, MD.

Christopher K. Smith
Operations Officer

My name is Christopher K. Smith (Chris), and I'm thrilled to embark on this journey with you as your Red-Tailed Hawks Flying Club’s Operations Officer. As such, I am tasked with assisting the Red-Tailed Hawks with the day-to-day operations of the organization. I was born and raised in Houston, Texas where I graduated from Booker T. Washington’s High School for Engineering Professions (HSEP). After High School I moved to San Diego Ca and embarked on an 8-year journey in the US Navy where I served as an electronics technician working on Radars, Transmitters & Receivers. I also have a Master’s Degree in Information Security (MSIS) and a background in technology, system design and project management.

I am married and I have 3 beautiful intelligent daughters. When my Naval career concluded I relocated to the Pacific NW and began working for The Boeing Company. At Boeing I worked primarily on Avionics and Network Systems on the 737/757/767 & 787. After 22 years at The Boeing Company, I retired in 2022. I bring to this organization a unique blend of experiences, creativity, analytical thinking, empathy, and a love for working with our youth to help them activate their greatness.

Outside of my professional pursuits, you might find me listening to music, watching sports on tv, or surfing the web where I draw knowledge and inspiration to recharge my creative energy. I believe that life is all about “knowing your purpose”, giving back to our community and to our young people that may need a little help pursuing their dreams. I am a fan of embracing new experiences, learning from diverse perspectives, and constantly seeking growth.

Thank you for allowing me to join you on this journey. I can't wait to explore, learn, and grow together with this organization.

Volunteer Parent

Joe Villarino
Webmaster & Technology Officer
Red-Tailed Hawks Flying Club

Joe was born at Ft. Lawton Hospital in Seattle, WA and attended Queen Anne High School, and Shoreline College. A US Army veteran with the 101st Airborne Division, he has had thirty years of experience in law enforcement and private security management. In his spare time Joe has over 20+ years in web design, chatbot, and a (GMB) Google My Business consultant. Now retired, he donates his time to his beloved Magnolia community by working on websites for local, community-based organizations.