Susan is retired from the medical field. She had been involved in the improvement of children’s health issues, her church and Young Life before starting the Honor Flight Arizona hub. She travels frequently as Trip Coordinator. She is also the planner for the many aspects of our trips from flights to hotels.
Rick is retired from the field of Psychology. He is our photojournalist, documenting our trips with his ever present cameras and writing articles for local papers. Rick is the president of his local business association, on the board for A.D.O.B.E. and volunteers at a local museum. He also organizes tours for groups on cruise ships.
Robert is a scheduling coordinator for a Phoenix-area aviation academy and volunteers his digital media communications services to several non-profits including Honor Flight Arizona. His diverse business experience includes aviation, energy, and financial services. He is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona. Robert and his wife have served as a volunteers and event coordinators with Honor Flight Arizona since 2013.
Karen is retired from the medical industry where she spent the last 10 years of her career in Corporate Training and Development. She has been a volunteer for hemophilia and genetic emphysema organizations for the past 25 years. She became involved in Honor Flight Arizona to honor her father, a career Army WWII/Korea veteran and her husband Tom, a Vietnam veteran, as well all other veterans.
Dale served in the U.S. Army from 1963-1966, is a Disabled Vietnam Veteran and retired from the airline industry. After retiring and moving to Arizona, Dale became involved with the Elks organization and is a Past Exalted Ruler of Sun City Elks Lodge #2559. Dale was also involved with the Youth Activities and Veterans committees in the Elks Lodge. He is Past President of the Sounds of the Southwest Singers choir that performs concerts throughout the valley (Phoenix), the world, and the annual Sun City Elks Lodge patriotic concert.
Dale became involved with Honor Flight Arizona around 2011 as a volunteer, has been a Guardian multiple times, and enjoys immensely working with Veterans.
Diane retired from the corporate world in Human Resources, Training and Development more than a decade ago to start her own business in Arizona. Several years ago, she was in Baltimore waiting for a flight home when 28 WWII Veterans arrived and came off a plane to visit their memorial in Washington, D.C. After her experience with the Veterans that afternoon, she knew that was her calling. When she got back to Arizona that evening, she immediately looked up Honor Flight Arizona and signed up to volunteer. In doing so, she is honoring her father, both her brothers, her fiance and many many friends along with all veterans. Diane also enjoys flying as a guardian and coordinator with Honor Flight AZ.
Gene is a WWII Veteran and traveled on his Honor Flight trip on April 1st, 2013. He is so thankful for his trip experience that he devotes much of his time to recruiting WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War Veterans to sign up for their own Honor Flight trip. Gene is also very active in planning and coordinating fundraising events so that all HFAZ Veterans will have an opportunity to visit Washington, D.C. and be honored.
Robyn is currently is a Flight Nurse for Native Air in Gilbert, Arizona. Prior to becoming a RN, she worked in emergency medical services (EMS) as a Paramedic. Robyn has experience in management, education and work as a clinical support specialist, but prefers to be enrolled in hands-on patient care. She became involved in Honor Flight five years ago when she volunteered as a Guardian, enjoying it immensely she started volunteering as part of the rotational Honor Flight AZ Medical Team that accompanies each trip. Robyn is married to JC and has two children Ashley and Liam.
Lisa is a homemaker and has held various positions in the hospitality industry as well as positions in Arizona and Oregon schools running school lunch programs. Her main focus was raising her two boys and chairing her local church’s fundraising rummage sale. Prior to moving to Arizona, Lisa volunteered with the Portland Junior Hawks Youth Hockey Association as a team manager. Lisa is married to her husband of 28 years, Bruce, and they have two adult boys, James and Justin.
Lisa contacts each of the veterans family members and friends to generate and coordinate “Mail Call” for all of the veterans on the trip from the memorials in Washington, D.C. and acts as a Guardian as well.
Tony has been involved in many civic organizations, particularly the Lions. He has held the elected position of Yavapai County Tax Assessor. Tony served in the U.S. Army National Guard for six years. He served as Honor Flight AZ President for four years. Tony has been on a number of Honor Flight AZ trips as co-Coordinator.
“December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy…With the confidence in our armed forces – with the unbounded determination of our people – we will gain inevitable triumph – so help me God.”
–-Franklin D. Roosevelt