Sven runs a small Pacific Northwest based family business in the construction materials industry and represents new Cessna aircraft sales in south central Alaska. An instrument rated pilot and aircraft owner, he enjoys the combination of small business and general aviation and promotes both with enthusiasm. He has lived on three continents, but chooses to reside in Anchorage for the mountains, nature, aviation, friends and community he has found there. Please contact him at 907-250-0172 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dennis Bedford - Southeastern Director
A Southeast Alaska native, Dennis grew up in Auke Bay a community located 12 road miles north of Juneau. Growing up in a “flying” family, it was logical he would join in the footpath of his father who was a mechanic for Alaska Coastal Airlines and aircraft owner. He attended Montana State University where he earned his private pilot ticket and a degree in mechanical engineering . He later attended the University of Washington earning a degree in Industrial Engineering. Dennis owns five airplanes, four of which he rebuilt from salvaged aircraft. He immensely enjoys his involvement in general aviation and has a strong desire to help preserve what we have now and pass it on to future generations.
David Delcourt - Vice-President & Northern Director
I am originally from Maine, I moved to Fairbanks in 1992 and spent my early years as a dog musher and adventure racer. I was a licensed hunting guide and spent many years traveling all over Alaska working as a big game guide. I got into aviation full time in 1999 and have since received my A+P, and I.A., I am also an FAA Designated Mechanical Examiner, and holder of an FAA Parts Manufacturing Authorization. My wife Wendy and I started our company, Delcourt Aviation, in 2009, and I was fortunate to have been named 2014 FAA Alaska Region Aviation Maintenance Technician of the year. I am an active member of the Fairbanks Airport Operators Council, and one of the organizers of Fairbanks Aviation Day. Our company is active in the local community. Some of the events and organizations we sponsor are, Wounded Warriors Program, White Mountains 100 Adventure Race, Fairbanks Aviation Day, Fairbanks Clean City, Pioneer Air Museum.
Grant Funk - Western Director
Grant has lived in western Alaska for 19 years. Thirteen of those years have been in Hooper Bay. Grant has been a Pastor and/or in youth ministries for over 25 years. He is a flight instructor and founder of AvSTEM Inc. which specializes in teaching aviation to middle and high school students in rural Alaska. He is also the founder of Warriors On Wheels (WOW), taking Western Alaskan youth and young adults on month long summer trips. Married to Lenna they have 6 children (5 of which still live in various places in western Alaska) and 8 grandchildren.
Josh Overturf - Southcentral Director
Josh was born into aviation, making his first successful flight a week after birth from Fairbanks to Galena where his parents had moved from the northwest to take teaching jobs. Growing up in rural Alaska meant flight after flight into the back country with friends and family, and his affinity for flight in the last frontier kept growing. After taking his initial discovery flight in college, Josh knew where his attentions would be focused for the immediate future. Upon returning to Alaska from his studies in Montana and Austria, he immediately began working on his private pilot’s license and purchased his first aircraft, a Cessna 150 taildragger. These days Josh can be found winging his way around Alaska in his Piper Supercub in a constant search for the abundant beauty in Alaska that can only be accessed by wings.
John M. Dahlen - Treasurer
John is a 35 year Alaskan resident who earned his private pilot license in 1981 and is employed with FedEx as a Ramp Ops Team Leader at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. His bring to the association experience in project planning/coordination; coalition-building; and interpretation, application, & development of state regulations. He is involved with organizing & implementing large volunteer projects including 8 years as the Race Start Coordinator for the Iditarod, and the 2009 World Beard & Moustache Championship Volunteer Coordinator. He states, “Serving on the Board is an opportunity to give back to the Association and the aviation community so that others in the future are able to enjoy the freedom of flying I have enjoyed. I welcome your ideas at AlaskanJohn@gci.net!
Nick is an aviation enthusiast earning his wings in 1975 holding land and sea ratings. He and his wife Donna have lived in Alaska since 2001 with their three children. Nick works for BP as their Regional Project Services Manager for Alaska projects. He has volunteered on numerous boards including AACE where he was the VP of administration and flew as member of the CAP Polaris search and rescue squadron. He remains an active supporter of veterans’ programs (Wounded, and Frosty warriors and AF-YMCA). Nick states that he no longer fly’s but takes great pleasure in watching his son progress as an A&P and commercial pilot at UAA. He wants to concentrate his efforts towards creating lower costs alternatives for younger pilots to own and operate planes and he sees that Alaska Airmen Association can take a positive role in this area.
Doug was born in Minnesota and after growing up between MN and AK, he moved north for good at 18 to escape the cold! He graduated with an aeronautical engineering degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 1990 and was subsequently selected for USAF Undergraduate Pilot Training for the 168th Air Refueling Wing/Alaska Air National Guard just outside of Fairbanks.
Originally hired in 2000 by Northwest Airlines (now Delta Air Lines) flying Cargo 747’s based in Anchorage, he worked as the Director of Operations in his guard unit and as an airline pilot at Delta until retiring from the Air Guard in 2012.
Having a background in military and airline flying, his main passion lies in general aviation. A pilot since he was 17, he has owned three airplanes including one of the remaining Piper PA-14’s still flying. Wanting to promote and retain the privileges we enjoy as airmen in the Last Frontier, his wife, Heather is a seasoned flyer and comes from an aviation family, son Caleb (also an AK Airmen’s Member) is a Sophomore at UND studying Professional Aviation and then there’s the family dog, ‘Piper’, of course!
Honored to be selected as a Board member, he is hoping his experience can contribute to the promotion and retention of the privileges we enjoy as Alaska Airmen.
If you want to contact him, email is best, otherwise you may have to call his satellite phone as he and his family are usually ‘off the grid’ on Lake Iliamna. When you do get an answer, don’t be surprised to hear “FISH ON” when he answers!
Corey Hester - Executive Director
Corey is the Executive Director of the Alaska Airmen Association. He is a born and raised Alaskan, and grew up with a family full of aviation experts and pilots. He has a strong background in non-profits and leadership, and has a successful track record in organizational growth and development.
In 2013, Corey helped pioneer the concept of Geotourism in Alaska after working with various local and national tourism executives looking to boost rural economies. He helped create the Alaska Geotourism Collaboration and was its first co-chair. In 2015, he gave the first TED talk on geotourism in the world.
Corey stays engaged in the community and in 2015, he was elected President of the Anchorage Downtown Community Council. In 2016, he was appointed Sister Cities Commissioner by Mayor Berkowitz to represent relations with Tromso, Norway & Magadan, Russia.
He’s a proud alum of East High School, graduated with honors with a B.A. in Journalism from UAA, and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s HBX program.
He is excited to represent and grow the aviation community in Alaska! Please contact him at: email@example.com
Adam White - Government & Legislative Affairs
Adam grew up in Georgia, where his first real job as a kid was washing and refueling airplanes at the local airport, within a short time he was a mechanic’s apprentice and flying whenever he could. Adam came to Alaska in 1995 after earning a BS in Aviation Technology from LeTourneau University where he also earned his pilot and mechanic certificates. He holds CFII, Multi, and Seaplane ratings. Living in Nenana with his wife and three daughters, he is an Itinerant Pastor flying his Maule M7 throughout the Interior visiting homesteads, fishcamps and Villages. Adam is actively involved in the aviation community of Fairbanks and the Interior.
Logan Claus - Office Director
Logan is a third generation pilot who grew up at a remote fly-in lodge in the Wrangell Mountains. She soloed for the first time on her 16th birthday and is proud to have completed all of her flight training without ever landing on pavement. Her bird of choice is her family’s stripped down Super Cub, although it still makes her Dad nervous to see her hand prop the plane. Logan is extremely excited to be working with the Alaska Airmen and helping to fight for aviation in Alaska. She and her giant puppy Evangeline continue to spend summers at her family lodge, where she recently finished building a small cabin, just big enough for a girl and her dog.
Melanie Malone - Bookkeeper
Born in Anchorage to family deep in Alaskan aviation, Melanie spent her childhood summers exploring the last frontier by airplane. She caught the bug from her father, a second generation professional pilot himself. He helped her get her Private Pilot’s license in their family’s Luscombe 8F when she was 20, and go on to obtain her Instrument, Commercial, and CFI ratings; with complex and float hours logged in a Cessna 185. In 1997 Melanie joined the Alaska Airmen Staff and helped put the very first Trade Show together. Three sons and six moves later, she has come back to the Airmen family. She and her sons spend their free time enjoying the Alaskan outdoors, four-wheeling and camping in the summer and downhill skiing in the winter.
Oscar Sigl - Outreach Coordinator
Oscar first started flying in the Pacific Northwest. Not having any pilots within his family, Oscar started networking in the aviation community at a very young age.
After earning his Private Pilot’s License, Oscar worked as a ramp lead and represented a local FBO at commerce events and trade shows, including NBAA in Las Vegas. Wanting to advance his aviation career and flight training, Oscar made the decision to move to Alaska in April, 2016. He hopes to educate the community about general aviation and establish outreach programs to assist Alaska youth wanting to get into aviation.