Alaska Idaho Montana North Dakota Oregon South Dakota Washington Wyoming
Northwest Section
of The Ninety-Nines
The international organization of women pilots.

Section Officers

Patty Mitchell

Governor

Patty Mitchell

Patty Mitchell has been a member of The Ninety-Nines for over 40 years. She first joined The Ninety-Nines in Houston in 1979 and was there until she joined the Montana chapter from 1979 to 1992. At that time, she transferred to the Idaho chapter where she is currently a member (although she lives in Columbus, MT). She has been a professional pilot for 41 years which included being a flight instructor, charter pilot, airline pilot and FBO owner. She is a Gold Seal CFI, II. Patty has worked for Montana Aeronautics as director of search and rescue and conducted mountain search-pilot seminars and other various safety seminars in the state. She also has written articles for the state Aeronautics newsletter. Patty's aviation background includes being the first woman pilot to be hired by Metro Airlines and flew Twin Otters. She also was the first woman smoke-jumper pilot for the Forest Service on contract in 1980 out of Missoula. For 15 years, Patty flew for United Airlines as pilot flying 747 and 747-400s until she retired in 2003. For six months, Patty lives on a boat with her husband, Robert and Maggi Montana, and Wonder Dog of the North, traveling to the Bahamas, Florida, Texas and the Great Lakes. She also is a proud mother and grandmother.

Stacey Budell

Vice Governor

Stacey Budell

Stacey started working for the local Mosquito Abatement District prior to getting her private as a right-seat spotter in the spray plane. Not long after, she purchased her first plane, a 1956 Piper Tri-Pacer 150, and started hauling supplies into the Idaho backcountry and spraying mosquitos from a modified C182 with spray booms and a belly tank attached. She flew ag operations in Ag Cat, Weatherly and Pawnee Spray planes. Stacey joined the Idaho 99s in 1993 and is a past chapter chair, past international 99s director, and Amelia Earheart Scholarship recipient in 2011. The owner/operator of a 1958 Cessna 182 since 1996, Stacey is a current CFII, MEI rated and OAS carded. She is the broker and owner of Delta Land Real Estate Company, started Idaho4Homes.com and has been licensed as a realtor since 1994. It's a passion of hers to promote aviation and the 99s to every woman and especially young girls, often giving presentations to grade school children and donating all her flight magazines to the kids.

Judy Masura

Secretary

Judy Masura

Judy learned to fly in 1984 at Gray Army Airfield, Fort Lewis, WA. She was a member of the flying club there until her husband found a derelict airplane and they rebuilt the 1952 Piper Tripacer. They enjoyed flying their airplane. Judy joined the 99s shortly after receiving her license. She served in varied positions in the chapter and section. Judy supports aviation-related activities and enjoys the camaraderie of the 99s. Judy is retired and promotes aviation whenever she can.

Aileen Coverdell

Treasurer

Aileen Coverdell

Aileen passed her checkride to become a private pilot in February 2018 and is excited to expand her flying adventure and share it with her family and friends. She joined the Ninety-Nines over two years ago and has been overwhelmed by the support provided by such an exceptional group. Aileen is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and currently works as Financial Administrator for Benton County in Washington State. Her employment experience includes working in the “accounting trenches” to Chief Financial Officer. She earned her accounting degree from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, where she grew up. Aileen has served on several boards including the local chapter of the Red Cross and her homeowner’s association. Currently, she is the secretary for the Mid-Columbia 99s.

Fran Postma

Director

Fran Postma

Fran Postma, member of the Mt Tahoma Chapter of the 99’s, was born in Pontiac, Illinois. She taught school in public schools for 34 years and Pierce College for 10 years. Fran has portrayed Jackie Cochran and told Jackie’s life story to local clubs and organizations to enable others to appreciate the history of women in aviation. Fran has helped crew the International Flying competition in Fort Worth, TX, and helped airmark many local airports, and helped staff booths at the Arlington Fly-In and NW Aviation Trade Fair. Fran holds a private license, is instrument rated, and flies her own Beech 23 Sundowner. She has taken glider training and extensive commercial training. Fran and Judy Masura flew the 40th Palms to Pine Air Race from Santa Monica to Bend, OR. Fran is listed in the publication entitled “THE NINETY-NINES Yesterday – Today – Tomorrow” by Turner Publishing Co., 1996. Fran has held the following positions in the 99s: chapter treasurer, secretary, vice chairman, chairman, Northwest Section Aerospace Ed. chairman, vice-governor, governor, and has served on the International 99’s Nominating Committee.She continues to support aviation in every way she can.

Pat Jenkins

Director

Pat Jenkins

Marian Jensen

Director

Marian Jensen

Marian Jensen grew up in Texas, attending Texas Tech University, and obtaining a BA in Communications with a minor in English. Her first job was as a stewardess with Pan American World Airways, which sparked an interest in aviation. A number of years later she had the opportunity to take flying lessons, and did so though she was not really interested in obtaining a pilot’s license. Then came the solo!! Life has not been the same since. Her ratings include private pilot and glider. Marian’s life has revolved around flying, attending aviation gatherings in her Flutter-Bug, then a Tri-Pacer, and finally a Citabria. Marian joined the 99s in the late eighties and has been active in the organization on and off for several years. Now retired after 30 years with the Washington State Patrol as an emergency dispatcher, Marian and her husband Tom currently have her Citabria, his C-180, and their Navy N3N. Through the summer they attend aviation gatherings nearly every weekend and in 2019 were even able to go to the Reno Air Races. Marian is also Editor of the Washington Pilots Association’s state newsletter, so when she is not flying, she writes about flying.

Karin Rodland

Immediate Past Governor

Karin Rodland

Karin Rodland learned to fly at Aurora Aviation in 1993, earned her instrument rating in 1999 and her commercial rating in 2006. Over time, Karin has been an owner or part owner of a Cardinal 177A, a Beech Debonair, a Piper Warrior, a Cessna 182 and a Cessna 140. The C140 makes Karin an unofficial member of Ladies Love Taildraggers. Karin has been a member of the Mid-Columbia 99s since 2003, and has served as Mid-Columbia Chapter Chair, and Northwest Section Scholarship Chair and Nominating Committee Chair. Karin also flies for Angel Flight West, and is a Mission Orientation Pilot who is able to give, provide and certify the initial mission orientation checklist for Angel Flight. Karin's day job is working as a biomedical research scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and she also holds a joint appointment on the faculty of Oregon Health & Science University. Flying that 182 comes in handy when commuting between Richland WA and Portland.

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