Board Bios

Francis “Rusty” Kennedy, AMA Foundation Board Chairman

Associate Vice President, District IV, Rusty Kennedy, is retired. He was the co-owner and operator of a retail hobby shop from 1997-2007. He is an AMA Life Member, AMA Museum Life Patron, a Lifetime Contributor for the AMA Foundation and an AMA Foundation Torchbearer. In 2015 and 2021 Rusty was awarded the AMA Distinguished Service Award.


Rich Hanson, AMA Foundation Board Member and AMA President

AMA President Rich Hanson has been an AMA member for nearly fifty years and is a proud member of the Model Aviation Hall of Fame. He has served nearly 25 years as an AMA District Vice President and more recently as AMA’s Government and Regulatory Affairs Representative. As president, Rich is looking forward to enhancing AMA’s outreach to its members, clubs and special interest groups and working with the other members of the Executive Council and headquarters staff in upholding aeromodeling traditions while moving the Academy forward.

Dan Bott, AMA Foundation Board Member

Academy of Model Aeronautics Life Member Daniel Bott Sr. served on the AMA Foundation Board as the Chairman from 2017-2021 and is now a Board Member. Dan is a Certified Investment Management Consultant (CIMC), team leader of the Bott Group, and a global institutional consultant with Bank of America Merrill Lynch. As a financial professional, Dan provides the experience the AMA Foundation board of directors requires, and he has plenty of ideas for the future of the AMA Foundation. He is also an avid aeromodeler and is an AMA Leader Member, Contest Director, AMA Foundation Diamond Level supporter, and a Life Member for more than 25 years.


Tim Jesky, AMA Foundation Board Member

Bio forthcoming.


Bill Barbee, AMA Foundation Board Member

Bill’s family moved to Savannah in 1808 from the northern part of Florida where they emigrated from the southern area of France near Spain. His great grandfather started a seafood business that has a special place in Savannah’s history due to it being one of the only terrapin farms in the world. Bill himself has been an avid boater and R/C modeler for most of his life. He started modelling at the age of about 8. He sold greeting cards door-to-door to make enough point to order a Cox PT-19 with a .049. He then found interest in R/C boats and even had a small business in his garage building and selling boats. His most notable customer was Allen Paulson. He has also been the President of the Tri-County RC Flyer, and has CD’ed several events in Hinesville and Statesboro, GA.  Bill and his wife also do charity work for a week-long camp for children with diabetes and Benedictine Military School. He can’t wait to serve on the board for the AMA Foundation and make a difference in other modeler’s lives.


James “Bud” Layne, AMA Foundation Board Member

Bio forthcoming.