Staff

Tim Bannon, A.A.E.

Bannon currently serves as the Executive Director for Willard Airport. He previously served Willard Airport as the Assistant Director of Operations and Maintenance since February of 2018. Prior to joining Willard Airport he served as the Assistant Airport Director at Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport in Bullhead City, AZ. Tim has also held airport positions at Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Columbia Metropolitan Airport in Columbia, South Carolina.

Tim graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Master of Public Administration degree, a bachelor of science degree in Aviation Management, and an associate degree in Applied Science in Aviation Flight. At the time of completing graduate studies, Tim served as a Graduate Assistant for the Southern Illinois Airport Authority. Tim is a commercial pilot with instrument and multi-engine ratings.

In March of 2017, Tim earned his Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.) designation through the American Association of Airport Executives. Previously, Tim has served as an Executive Director for the Arizona Airports Association (AzAA), as well as the Legislative Committee Chair for the Southwest Chapter of the  American Association of Airport Executives (SWAAAE).

Brian Ewalt

Brian Ewalt currently serves as the Assistant Director of Operations and Maintenance for Willard Airport.  Brian is responsible for the 24/7 oversight of operations, safety, security, and maintenance functions of the airport.  Prior to serving Willard Airport, Brian was an Airport Operations Officer and Airport Communications Specialist with the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Brian is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Science & Administration.  Brian also a FAA licensed Private Pilot.

John Riegel
John Riegel

John Riegel is the Airport Fire Chief. He began his work as chief in September of 2012, working as a Crash Rescue Coordinator and Specialist since 2000. John is also the interim Director of Operations, the Wildlife Hazard Coordinator, and the Airport Security Coordinator. John has an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Valdosta State University. John loves spending time with his beautiful wife, Dawn, and their three wonderful boys.

Ashley Hipsher

Ashley Hipsher joined Willard Airport in February of 2018 as the Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications. She manages the marketing plan, airport advertising, public relations, and media outreach. She previously worked for the Technology Entrepreneur Center in the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois. She holds her bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Illinois State University. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys do-it-yourself projects, following her favorite sports teams, binge-watching Netflix shows, shopping and spending time with her friends and family, especially her husband, Nick and their sons, Weston, Nash, and Beau.

Jessica Pike

Jessica Pike

Jessica Pike is the Office Manager. She began working for the University at Willard Airport in 2006 as an Office Assistant. Jessica is also part of the airport security team, the most likely face to make your airport security badge. Her favorite part about working at Willard is all the different people she gets to interact with daily. When she’s not working, she’s spending time with her husband and three children.

Rebecca Martlage

Rebecca Martlage joined Willard Airport in March of 2019 as an Account Technician. She previously worked as a bookkeeper for Royal Bookkeeping Services (RBS) in St. Joseph, IL, where she was responsible for the oversight of numerous clients within the RBS portfolio of business. Prior to joining RBS, she worked as an Office Administrator for Equant in Stamford, CT, and was a buyer for US Food Service in Indianapolis, IN. Rebecca holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Indiana State University. Rebecca brings to the Willard team a diverse background focused on attention to detail and a high level of customer service.