Carol Branaman is retired from a career as an air traffic controller and regional executive of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA). She began as a controller at the Daytona Beach Tower, later transferring to the tower at Centennial ATCT in Colorado. She served on the 1998 contract negotiation team for NATCA. She then served two terms as Regional Vice President of the NATCA Northwest Mountain Region. Ms. Branaman received her BA degree from the University of Maryland.