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Northwest Section
of The Ninety-Nines
The international organization of women pilots.

Section Officers

Northwest Section of the Ninety-Nines

Who We Are

Northwest Section of the Ninety-Nines

The Ninety-Nines® is the International Organization of Women Pilots that promotes advancement of aviation through education, scholarships and mutual support while honoring our unique history and sharing our passion for flight. We are a nonprofit charitable organization.


Our Northwest Section of the 99s brings together more than 500 members in 18 chapters across the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, and Wyoming. We welcome all women pilots and student pilots to join the chapter nearest you to find and give support throughout the many possible aviation journeys. We support each other and our communities, and we help light the spark of aviation curiosity among our youth.

Stacey Budell

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.

Beth Chapple

Vice Governor

Beth Chapple

Beth joined the Western Washington chapter of the 99s in February 2003, where she is the current treasurer. She got wonderful encouragement from the 99s as she obtained her Private Pilot certificate in July 2004. The Northwest Section Webmaster since 2015, Beth has attended seven 99s Section meetings, most recently flying all the way to Las Vegas for the joint meeting with the Southwest Section, and three International Conferences. She has logged nearly 600 hours as pilot in command of single-engine airplanes. In the old days her two sons used to fall asleep in the back of her flying club's Cessna 172. She is now co-owner with her husband of an Evektor Harmony LSA based in Arlington, Washington.

Marian Jensen

Secretary

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. They attended the 2021 joint section meeting with the Southwest Section in Las Vegas. Marian is also Editor of the Washington Pilots Association’s state newsletter, so when she is not flying, she writes about flying.

Elsbeth Roach

Treasurer

Elsbeth Roach

Elsbeth is our 2021-23 treasurer. Bio to come!

Andrea Johnson

Director

Andrea Johnson

Andrea Johnson is learning how to fly in a Cessna 172 out of Lenhardt Airpark (7S9) in Hubbard, Oregon. She has been a member of the Columbia Cascade Chapter of the Ninety-Nines since 2017 and has served as chapter vice chair, nominating committee member, and secretary over the past four years. Andrea has also served as nominating committee member for the NW Section (2019-21) and has attended Section Meetings (either in person or online) each year since joining the Ninety-Nines. In 2019, Andrea received the NW Section “Behind the Clouds” award. In June 2021, she flew as co-pilot in her first Air Race Classic Derby with Karin Rodland as pilot in her 182. Her aviation goals include becoming a ground instructor, CFI, and to continue volunteering for/with the Ninety-Nines for as long as possible. Outside of flying, Andrea is Mom to two young boys, a birdwatcher, baker, and outdoor adventurer, and she enjoys learning/exploring new things.

Bonnie Molitor

Director

Bonnie Molitor

Bonnie is a new director for 2021-23. Bio to come!

Theresa White

Director

Theresa White

Theresa fulfilled a lifelong dream of learning to fly at age 50. She joined the Oklahoma 99s as a student pilot and is currently an active member of the Greater Seattle Chapter, where she has served as chapter chair, vice chair, secretary, and also as Aviation and Space Education chair. She flies a Cessna 172, which she has flown to all four corners of the U.S. and the Bahamas. She holds a private pilot certificate, single engine land and sea, a tailwheel endorsement, and has accumulated over 1000 fun flying hours. She also holds a remote pilot certificate. Theresa is on the board of directors of the Air Race Classic, has flown the race three times, and also volunteers as timer at the Reno Air Races. A favorite aviation activity is a biennial “barnstorming” air tour with the Puget Sound Antique Airplane Club that she and her partner fly in their Navy N3N biplane. Theresa retired from the FAA in 2017, where she had worked as a technical writer/editor in aircraft certification in Seattle. Before moving to the northwest, she supported the Aviation English training program in International Training at the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City. 

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.

Patty Mitchell

Passed Governor

Patty Mitchell

Rest in Peace. Patty passed away December 3, 2020, after a courageous battle with cancer. 


Patty Mitchell flew for more than 50 years and was a member of the Ninety-Nines for almost as long. She first joined the Ninety-Nines in Houston in 1979 and belonged to both the Montana chapter and the Idaho chapter. She started the Big Sky chapter in Billings a couple of years ago. She was a professional pilot for 41 years which included being a flight instructor, charter pilot, airline pilot and FBO owner. Patty's aviation background includes being the first woman pilot to be hired by Metro Airlines and flying 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, flying 747s and 747-400s until she retired in 2003. Please see the 99s Fly! blog for more about this wonderful lady, who will be sorely missed.

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