Las Vegas's Premier Flying Club - Giving You A Reason to Fly!

Meet the Team

Club Board of Directors:

Nathan Whittacre
President

Nathan Whittacre is the Founder and CEO of Stimulus Technologies; originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, he moved to Las Vegas, Nevada in 1988, making it his new hometown. With a bachelor’s and master’s degree in computer science, Nathan founded Stimulus Technologies in 1995 with a goal to provide high technology solutions for his customers. His passion for innovation, analyzing hard issues, creating solutions and fixing problems has created a portfolio with a wide variety of Information Technology skills. When Nathan is not helping his customers or narrating stories of his missionary work in Peru, he enjoys spending time with his wife and five children, camping, running, biking, volunteering at church and flying his airplanes.

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Darcy Wood
Secretary

Darcy completed his B.A. in theatrical design at California State University Fullerton, and began his career working on the stages and film sets of the Greater Los Angeles area. His accomplishments allowed him to land a coveted position in the stunt rigging department for Franco Dragon's 'Le Reve', where he worked behind the scenes to safely put on over 3,000 performances of the water spectacular. Today, Darcy supervises trade show installations all over the US, and runs a rope access company, providing maintenance and access solutions to the Las Vegas area high rises. He looks forward to helping Desert Flying Club grow a local community of pilots centered around the joy and challenge of aviation!

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Mark Thome
Director
Mark “Thunder” Thome is a Veteran of the USAF encompassing 22 years of aircraft maintenance and many hours of backseat time in multiple fighter aircraft. Assignments included Technical School Instructor, The USAF Thunderbirds, 4477 th Red Eagles, and Red Flag Maintenance Liaison. Retired from the Air Force in 1999 and retired from the Clark County School District in 2014 after teaching AFJROTC at Palo Verde High School. Has been involved in General Aviation since 1985 and has a Private Certificate, seriously considering an Instrument Certificate.
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Joe Forti
Director

Joe Forti has been a pilot as long as he’s been an Air Traffic Controller. After attending the University of North Dakota, he joined the FAA in 2014 and currently works at McCarren Intl Airport in the tower serving as his second assignment. He was also assigned to Falcon Field in Mesa, AZ for a year and a half as his first duty location. He currently has a private certificate and enjoys flying all across the desert southwest. Aside from aviation, Joe is an avid snow skier making multiple trips to Salt Lake City every year and enjoys hockey, baseball, and golf.

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Nick Lynch
Director

Nick Lynch has been a member of Desert Flying Club since 2018. Since joining the club, he has earned his Private Pilot Certificate, served as the club’s Membership Officer and in 2021 became a member of the board. Nick’s professional background consists of extensive workforce management leadership and consulting experience in the contact center space, specifically within the hospitality, healthcare, and financial service industries. A Seattle native, Nick has resided in Las Vegas since 2018 and enjoys taking advantage of the Southwest region’s constantly good weather to go hiking, running, and flying as much as possible. He is passionate about serving DFC’s members and contributing towards the club’s growth in aircraft and training offered. Nick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and is actively working towards his MBA.

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Camille M.
Club Administrator

Camille is currently the Club Administrator at DFC. She recently joined the club in June of 2021.

Originally from La Jolla, California, a small quaint beach town, that lies on the outskirts of San Diego. She moved to Las Vegas a little over a decade ago.

Camille briefly studied business at CSN and is working towards obtaining a Bachelors degree in International Business at UNLV

In her free time Camille loves to travel whenever she gets the chance, volunteering in Baja California, free diving in California, snowboarding with friends or playing tennis.

She struck an interest in aviation about 2 years ago, when a former peer who now works for Jet Aviation, persuaded her to obtain a Pilot's License as a hobby. She currently holds a Student Pilot Certificate, however in the future hopes to finish her training at Desert Flying Club!

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