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 email@example.com
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.
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!
Dennis Bedford - Secretary & 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.
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.
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!
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.
Corey Hester - Executive Director
Corey is the Executive Director of the Alaska Airmen Association. He is a born and raised Alaskan, and comes from a family full of 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 the National Geographic and 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. While at the Anchorage Chamber he created the Young Professionals Group and grew it into the largest young professional organization in the state, and subsequently created the Alaska Young Professionals Summit.
In 2016, he was appointed by Mayor Berkowitz as a Sister Cities Commissioner to represent relations with Tromso, Norway & Magadan, Russia; and was appointed by Governor Walker to the Alaska Workforce Investment Board, which develops a system to grow jobs and strengthen Alaska's economy.
In 2017, Corey was selected as one of Alaska's Top 40 Under 40 class of 2017. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Kelly Miller - Office Coordinator
Kelly was born in Texas, but grew up traveling across the country. Her father was a pilot in the air force and a large influence on her passion for aviation. Kelly began flying in North Carolina at the age of 15 and got her private pilot certificate before graduating high school. Having lived in Alaska before, Kelly moved back up in 2012 to continue her flight training in a place that she believed would challenge her to be the best pilot she could. She graduated from UAA with a Bachelor's degree in International Studies and is currently pursuing an Associate's degree of Professionalism Piloting. Kelly has an Instrument Rating and has nearly completed her Commercial license!
Kristen Armstrong - Administrative Bookkeeper
Kristen was raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, where her parents served in the Air Force and Alaska Air Guard. Growing up, she enjoyed four wheeling, snowboarding, camping, fishing, and any other activity that meant being outdoors. Kristen graduated from Eielson Senior High School as the salutatorian of her class. She continued her education with the University of Alaska Fairbanks and earned her Bachelor’s degree, majoring in Accounting in May 2015. In May 2016, she went on to earn her Master’s degree, majoring in Business Administration with a focus in General Management.
Kristen has held several positions with and volunteered for many not-for-profit organizations. She also has worked in a number of positions in the Accounting field, to include: bookkeeping, public audit, and internal audit. She has also helped to organize events of up to 500 people and is constantly looking to make positive impacts wherever she goes.
She is excited to work for Alaska Airmen Association, and to help promote and contribute to their success.
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.
Laurie Hege - Fairbanks Office Manager
I was born and raised in Missoula, Montana and moved to Western Alaska when I was 19 years old. While raising 2 children and working in Bethel I completed my Associates of Arts degree from UAF, Kuskokwim campus. I first became involved in Aviation in Aniak, Alaska working as a general manager for Inland Aviation. I loved flying and jumped on every opportunity to go out exploring with pilot friends and fellow employees to locations up and down the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers as well as to off-strip locations in remote areas of the YK Delta.
There I met and married my husband, a pilot/mechanic and we migrated up to the Interior and made Fairbanks our home. I continued working in the Aviation Industry all over the State including managing stations in Nome, Kotzebue, Barrow and Fairbanks. My work has given me a broad knowledge base and passion for all aspects of Alaskan Aviation. My husband and I have owned multiple airplanes and currently own a Cessna 170b. My hobbies include flying, camping, fishing, gardening and quilting. I am pleased to work in the Fairbanks office and hope everyone will feel welcome to contact me.
Amanda Allard - Business Administrative Intern
Amanda is currently a sophomore at the University of Alaska, Anchorage majoring in Business Management and Marketing where she is an honors scholar. She’s a life-long Alaskan who graduated from Service High School. Born and raised in Anchorage, she grew to love flying from her international travels throughout her life. Although new to the aviation community, she plans on getting her pilots license after graduation, to continue working on promoting general aviation to the next generation, working to keep the profession alive.
Amanda has helped with volunteering her whole life, getting a start helping her mother distribute food with the Alaska Food Bank, and later learning logistic, organizational, and management skills by helping to preparing for charity balls for Catholic Social Services and the Alaska Sea Life Center Marine Gala. She continues to volunteer at her university as the Fundraising Chair for the UAA chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success. Planning and running fundraising and member events each semester. Her ultimate goal is to travel the world, representing Alaska and the rich aviation culture that lives there.