About the Fund

Meet the Board Members

Anna Abbott

Anna Abbott

Treasurer

Anna received her accounting degree from Metropolitan State College of Denver. She has had her own practice, A. Abbott Accounting CPA, LLC since September 1998. She is a member of the AICPA, CSCPA and longtime member of the CPE Committee for the CSCPA. She has consulted Tom Bush with his company, Front Range Birding for the last six years. In that time she has learned through Tom how important the Captain Jason Dahl Fund is to student pilots and has volunteered to help manage the accounting.
David Dosch

David Dosch

President, Scholarship Chair

David graduated from Central Washington University with degrees in Psychology and Aviation Sciences.

After serving with the United States Air Force, David was a new United Airlines hire and close friend of Jason Dahl. David is a Boeing 777 Captain for United and an Airline Transport Pilot. His type ratings include 727, 737, 747, 757, 767 and 777. He has over 20,000 hours of flying total time, with over 15,000 of those as pilot in command.

David has spent over 25 years with United and is a former Flight Instructor (CFI, CFIME), Charter and Corporate pilot, and served as Captain for Simmons Airlines.

Denny Flanagan

Publicity, Fundraising

Denny Received a BS from Kent State University in 1974. He joined the United States Navy and during his career he flew the LC-130 Hercules and P-3 Orion. Denny retired from the Naval Reserve in 1993. United Airlines hired him in 1986 where he is based out of Chicago O’Hare Airport. He currently flys Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft.
Jeff Cramer

Jeff Cramer

Fundraising

Jeff met Jason in 1990 at United Airlines. Jason was a Ken Caryl neighbor, and Jeff’s mentor in the B-727 fleet as a Pilot Instructor. They shared a love of instruction and flying, raquetball, aviation stories, and a good practical joke.

Jeff’s a 1982 graduate of the US Naval Academy, and flew C-130s and T-37s in the US Air Force. A 21-year UAL pilot, he is an A-320/319 Captain and lives in Denver with his wife of 25 years, Pam, and three daughters; Caroline, Madeline, and Juliet.
Jewel Wellborn

Jewel Wellborn

Scholarship, Fundraising

Jewel recieved her BS in Geology from California State University, Los Angeles, and her MS in Geology from Colorado School of Mines. She is President of Hydrocarbon Exploration and Development, Inc., an independent consulting company located in Littleton, Colorado. Ms. Wellborn has worked for a number of companies, including Occidental Geothermal, Arco Coal, Conoco, Shell Oil, and Ocean Energy before becoming President of Hydrocarbon Exploration and Development, Inc. in 1999. Ms. Wellborn is a Certified Petroleum Geologist and a Wyoming Professional Geologist. Ms. Wellborn is an active member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), past president and member of the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists (RMAG), and the Denver Geophysical Society (DGS). Ms. Wellborn was a neighbor of Captain Jason Dahl and during the aftermath of the 9-11 tragedy, assisted in the local Memorial service for Captain Dahl.
Justin Dean

Justin Dean

Board Member

Justin is a 2004 recipient of the Captain Jason Dahl Scholarship. He graduated in 2007 from Metropolitan State College of Denver. Justin has previously flown for Atlantic Southeast Airlines and Frontier Airlines. He was hired by United Airlines in 2015. He is currently a 737 first officer based in Los Angeles, but lives in Denver with his wife, Krista and two sons, James and Jase.
Kevin Larson

Kevin Larson

Secretary

Kevin was a friend and neighbor of Jason Dahl. Kevin is a Controller for Xerox Corporation, and has a MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago. Kevin has served as Secretary of the Captain Jason Dahl Scholarship Fund since its creation. He has avid interests in sailing, and is a key participant in many local community activities in the southwest Denver area.

Michelle Bush

Board Member

Hi there! I am graduate from San Jose State University's Aviation department and am currently a First Officer at Spirit Airlines. I live in Santa Cruz, California. I am so excited about helping students follow their dreams with this wonderful organization.
Nathan Rau

Nathan Rau

VP, Chief Legal Counsel

Nathan Rau is an extremely frequent traveler in addition to being an attorney specializing in intellectual property law. Nathan currently works at Microsoft as a patent attorney supporting the Server and Tools Business. Prior to working at Microsoft, Nathan worked for private law firms in Dallas Texas and Minneapolis Minnesota. Previously, he worked as a contract engineer for the United States Navy in various research and development projects. Nathan has long been interested in aviation, and has flown both single and multi-engine aircraft as well as skydived. Nathan currently serves as the General Counsel for the Dahl Fund.

Pam Raitz-Rocho

Fundraising

Pam is a business and IT Solution Consulting Specialist. In the course of her career, she has worked with multiple community organizations and nonprofit organizations. Her Education includes a Bachelors of Science in Business and Masters degree in Communications & Information Technology (MSCIT) and on the Deans List from the University of Denver (DU).

Pam has been an avid Volunteer and organizer since childhood. Growing up in a large family there was always a need to lead, plan, and organize, which led her into volunteering as a passion. Pam has held a Vice President position in the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Colorado Region Board of Directors. She served on the Bod for many years as board member over the past 20 years was also a National Registrar, and the Race Chairman for many regional, national and international events, including the Indy Car Denver Grand Prix. She also led and organized numerous policy, credentialing, funding campaigns, as well as fiduciary responsibilities associated with large, complex organizations.

Pam was also chosen to be an inaugural member of the Colorado motorsport contingent to bring all Colorado based amateur racing groups to together to partner, support and work together through joint decisions and common goals, encouraging race tracks and local organizations to succeed.

She is an active Weight Watchers coach as well as motorcycle enthusiast her hobbies include NASCAR racing, Denver Broncos football , friends, family and volunteering.

Rocco Sangellino

Website

Sam Palamara

Board Member

Steve Jacques

Steve Jacques

Board Member

Steve attended Leigh High School in San Jose, CA. He graduated from Longmont High School, Longmont, CO, in 1969; and graduated from Colorado State University with B.S. in Business Administration, 1974. He was hired by Stone, Gray & Co, CPA’s of Denver, CO in June, 1974. Steve passed November, 1974 CPA exam. “I have maintained a small tax/accounting practice to date utilizing my 1960 Cessna 210 aircraft to serve my clients throughout the western USA.” Steve was hired by United Airlines as a Flight Attendant in 1977. During a 12 month Leave of Absence from UAL in 1980 and part time through 1985, Steve flew as Corporate Pilot for small manufacturing firm in San Jose, CA, and served as Flight Instructor at both Reid Hillview Airport in San Jose, CA, and Centennial Airport in Englewood, CO. He was hired as Flight Officer by United in April, 1985 and has served as a B-727 Flight Engineer. Steve’s ratings & certificates include ATP, Single and Multi-Engine Land, and he is typed in B-727, B-737, B-757, B-767, B-777.
Tom Bush

Tom Bush

VP, Fundraising Chair

Tom is a United Airline’s Airbus A-320 Captain. His aviation career includes extensive experience, both military and civilian. His military tour spanned over 30 combined years of active USAF service and Air National Guard duty both as a T-38 Instructor Pilot and as an Evaluator Pilot in the Lockheed C-130. He is a retired full Colonel in the USAF. Tom’s civil aviation career began in 1978 with Trans World Airlines where he flew the Boeing 727, Lockheed L-1011, and Boeing 767. In 1992 Tom joined United Airlines and became a Pilot Instructor on the Douglas DC-10. At United he has spent time as Captain of the Boeing 737, Boeing 727, and currently the A-320. Tom was a co-worker, neighbor, and close friend of Jason Dahl and now serves as the Fundraising Chair. When not flying, Tom and his wife Diane run a retail specialty store (Front Range Birding Company), enjoy outdoor activities, and spend as much time as possible with their 2 grandsons.
Tom Wellborn

Tom Wellborn

Charter Boardmember

Tom is an executive chemical engineer with over 30 years of experience in the energy industry. He holds a BS in Chemistry from Baylor, an MS in Chemical Engineering from Texas, and an MBA from Houston. Tom served in a wide variety of engineering positions with ARCO, Phibro Energy (Valero), Frontier Oil, and other major firms in the energy industry. Upon moving to Colorado in 1994, Tom met Jason as a neighbor and they and their families were friends ever since.

Besides his involvement as former treasurer and current webmaster of the Dahl Fund, he also serves in director and officer roles for the Rocky Mountain Section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the Colorado Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (COSSAR), and various Masonic organizations. He is an active member of the St Andrew’s Society of Colorado (SASC) and Clan Cunningham International. His hobbies include hiking, ice climbing, golf, model planes and trains, hunting, painting, and participating as a guitarist/singer in bands.