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Publicity Chair; Wife of Captain Jason Dahl

Sandy Dahl – May 7, 1960 to May 27- 2012

On May 27, 2012, the Captain Jason Dahl Scholarship fund suffered a loss unexpected by all. The loss of our founder and Chairman of the Board Sandy Dahl has brought the Board of Directors together, not only in grief but also in the conviction for what Sandy represented: the future of aviation.

It was immediately following September 11, 2001 that Sandy brought together a group of friends and Jason’s co-workers to organize a scholarship fund in her husband’s name. Sandy’s commitment to the memory of Flight 93 and her husband’s love of flying brought her to this decision. Her desire was not only to help students financially but to also support this community of students by encouraging them to believe in themselves and their abilities; a trait for which her husband, a Standards Captain with United, was so highly respected.

Sandy’s love of flying was no less than that of her husband. Sandy was a Flight Attendant for United when she and Jason met. Sandy’s career began with TWA and as an attendant for private corporate services. She had seen the world prior to September 11 and one of her fondest memories was flying American troops home from service post Desert Storm.

Sandy retired shortly after September 11 and committed her time to the memory of her husband’s name.

This year on May 12, just two weeks prior to Sandy’s death, our group gathered in Denver for our annual awards dinner. Several students, this year’s scholarship recipients from around the county, joined us. It was a night of celebration and distribution of scholarship funds. Sandy stood proudly before the crowd as students’ names were announced. Each was asked to speak and Sandy presented their check.

She later shared how vividly she recalled that first gathering, almost eleven years prior: a small group of friends and neighbors, all around a table, organizing their thoughts. It would be all volunteer, they decided. All donated funds would go toward scholarships, period. “We’re about the future of Aviation and remembering Jason Dahl,” said Sandy.

Nothing has changed. Nothing, except one thing:

Earlier that evening, just two weeks prior her passing, Sandy experienced perhaps her proudest moment: She entered the room and saw the large gathering. She saw the pride in the students’ faces and felt the heart of her Board. She looked over financial spread-sheets and marveled over the positive gains since year number one. With pure joy in her eyes, she smiled at those around her. “This is exactly what I wanted,” she said. Sandy Dahl’s dream was coming true.

We of the Board of Directors are committed to seeing Sandy’s dream continue to come true. We’re committed to continued growth. Our loss of Sandy is monumental but will not reverse our course. Sandy will remain Chairman of the Board in name, and though she has passed, her conviction has not.

We sincerely thank those who have supported us through these years and especially through this loss. It is in the name of Captain Jason Dahl, and now Sandy Dahl, we the Board of Directors will work feverishly to follow the original directive of our beloved Chairman: “We’re about the future of Aviation and remembering Jason Dahl.”


President and Scholarship Awards 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.



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.


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.



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.


Webmaster (Treasurer 2002-2007)

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.


Golf Tournament Chair; Fundraising Committee

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.


Scholarship & Fundraising Committees

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.


Publicity & Fundraising Committees

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.


Publicity & Fundraising Committees; Flyertalk Liaison

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.


Publicity & Website Committees

Sean has held various positions at Microsoft since 1997, and is currently the Senior Director, Xbox & Kinect Business Group at Microsoft Corp. in Redmond, WA. Prior to that, Sean spent two years as the Director of Online Development for the University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK. During this time, Sean conceived and led a multi-award winning student Web development organization, incubated via grants secured from Microsoft, Vyvx, and Williams Corp. He was a consultant to Prevue Networks, Williams Corp, and Dowell-Schlumberger. Sean has been recognized by NASA JPL, and USA Today for outstanding web development efforts as a member of the Mars Pathfinder project.


Treasury Committee

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.

Justin Dean



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.