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 Viall

Governor

Patty Viall

Patty started flying at the University of Illinois, first in gliders and then in powered aircraft. She completed her ASEL and 37 years later added her glider rating. Patty first became a 99s Oregon Pines member in 1982, worked 33 years in aviation, and was a member of other 99s chapters. She rejoined Oregon Pines chapter after retiring. She lives 15 miles southeast of Salem, OR, on the ILS approach, and under a PDX arrival route--life is good!

Karin Rodland

Vice 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.

Sherry Trapp

Secretary

Sherry Trapp

Sherry took her first ride in her Dad’s airplane when she was in high school. Unfortunately, her Dad sold the plane shortly after that ride. Sherry learned to fly later in life, after a traumatic fall from a height. She said she wanted to pick a difficult task after losing some function in her arm, and flying fit that challenge. The view from up above, as well as the accomplishment, enriched her life and sent her on her way to enjoy the world of aviation. She earned her private pilots certificate and joined the 99’s in 2004. She is a retired nurse and one of the most exciting jobs she had in the course of her career was flying in the air ambulance. When taking the patient to the hospital, she was busy with medical tasks, but on the way back to the home FBO, her fun began. She was allowed to fly right seat and she taxied the turbo commander and flew it on several occasions. Sherry is a member of the Oregon Pines Chapter and appreciates the comradeship of the group.

Sherry Kandle

Treasurer

Sherry Kandle

Before learning to fly, Sherry worked as a software engineer and project manager for many years. Then she co-owned and managed an airplane maintenance business for four years, a wonderful opportunity to be at the airport and learn to fly, finally earning her private certificate in 2009. The next year, she flew her little 150 to Oshkosh, a great trip! Sherry has been the Membership Chair of the 99s Idaho chapter and Treasurer of the Northwest Section since 2013. In 2012, she upgraded to a 1959 Cessna 175 to get enough horsepower and range to fly the Air Race Classic; this year she became an Assistant Director of that organization. She is also on the board of her local EAA chapter and flies Young Eagle girls.

Bev Clark

Director, Liaison for AK and Western WA Chapters

Bev Clark

Flying since 2001, Bev Clark has 650 hours under her belt. She has been an Oregon Pines 99 since she learned to fly. She is currently Chapter Treasurer and a Director for the Northwest Section. She flies a 1947 Cessna 140 out of Corvallis, Oregon. As a career, Bev is a horticulturist with the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

Marilyn Husser

Director, Liaison for OR, Mid-Columbia Chapters and Section Members

Marilyn Husser

Marilyn became a private pilot in 1976 and joined the Ninety-Nines in 1986. All of her flying has been for recreational purposes and almost always with her family (both her husband and son are pilots). She was originally a member of the Willamette Valley Chapter, then joined the Oregon Pines Chapter in 2003 after a period of limited involvement in flying. Since joining Oregon Pines, she has served as Chapter Secretary, Vice Chairman, Aerospace Education Chair, Amelia Earhart Scholarship Chair and is currently the Chairman of the Chapter and a NW Section Director. She is active in the local chapters of EAA and the Oregon Pilots Association. She and her husband are long time members of the Oregon Antique & Classic Aircraft Club (since 1987) and she is currently the newsletter editor. She has organized various flying activities for OACAC, including the biennial Oregon Air Tour, biennial Fly-Outs and Fly-Ins. She and her husband also fly with the Historic Trail Flyers (joined 2005) and have been actively involved in organizing their annual Trail Flying events. They fly their 1952 Bonanza on most trips, but are looking forward to flying their 1946 Taylorcraft (once restored) on shorter hops.

Patty Mitchell

Director, Liaison for ID, Eastern WA, MT and WY Chapters and the Dakotas

Patty Mitchell

Patty Mitchell has been a member of The Ninety-Nines for 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.

Andrea Chay

Immediate Past Governor

Andrea Chay

Andrea Chay flies a Cardinal RG from the airpark where she lives, south of Seattle. She earned her private pilot license in 1980 and joined the 99s the following year. Andrea has served as chapter chair for three chapters, and vice chair, on the nominating committee for chapter and section levels, international membership chair, section vice governor, endowment fund trustee, and governor. She retired in December 2014 with 30 years at FAA, 20 as air traffic control specialist in Flight Service Station and Flight Watch.

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