CDR Derek Fry, USN (Ret)
CDR Derek Fry, USN (Ret) is the NHA Scholarship President.
Vice President, Operations
Kelly Dalton is a former SH-60F/HH-60H pilot who served on active duty from 1998-2007, deploying with HS-6 aboard the USS Carl Vinson and USS Nimitz. Passionate about the value of higher education, Mrs. Dalton holds a BA in English from Georgetown University, where she also earned her Master’s degree as a teaching fellow in Georgetown’s Graduate Writing Associateship – Community Scholars program. She currently works as a technical writer and copy editor. Mrs. Dalton is married with two young boys and in her free time can be found in her local ballroom dance studio.
Vice President, Fundraising
Juan Mullen retired in 2016 after tours at HC-11, HS-4, HSCWSP, HS-15, Naval Special Warfare Command and SRT-1. Passionate about food and wine, he is a classically trained chef and sommelier. After a brief stint as co-owner of a wine brokerage, he sold that business and has taken over his mother's real estate company. Juan is passionate about design and digital media and will bring those skills to the scholarship fund. As the VP for Fundraising, Juan is excited about the opportunity to give back to the helicopter community that gave so much to him
LT Kory Perez, USN
Kory Perez is a Lieutenant in the US Navy and current an Instructor Pilot at HSC-3, the Fleet Replacement Squadron for the MH-60S helicopter in San Diego, CA. Before his tour at HSC-3, he deployed to the Pacific and the Middle East with HSC-15 aboard the USS Carl Vinson. LT Perez holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the Naval Academy and is currently attending the Naval Postgraduate School in the Masters of Systems Analysis program. He enjoys running, biking, swimming, and climbing outdoors and launched a business in February of 2018 selling athletic apparel for beginner and intermediate athletes.
Vice President, CFC Merit Scholarship
LT Nick Engle, USN
Nick Engle is the Vice President, CFC Merit Scholarship for the NHA Scholarship Fund. He is a US Navy lieutenant and instructor pilot at HSC-3, the Fleet Replacement Squadron for the MH-60S in San Diego, CA. Before HSC-3, he deployed twice to the Mediterranean with HSC-28. Nick earned a Bachelor of Science (BS) with Merit in Economics from the United States Naval Academy and enrolled in the UCLA Anderson’s MBA program. In his free time, he enjoys taking his German shepherd to the beach, backpacking, and all things outdoors.
Prior to retirement, Jim managed the Applications Global Support organization at Applied Materials, supporting over 12,000 business and engineering customers. Before this, Jim established and managed the Project Accounting organization supporting various NASA and DoD initiatives. Jim holds an MA in corporate finance and BA in accounting. Now in retirement, Jim enjoys traveling with his wife, is an active scuba diver and underwater photographer, and does a variety of volunteer work including ushering for the San Diego Symphony.
George Hopson is NHA Scholarship Fund's webmaster. He served US Navy for 20 years as a Surface Sonar Technician. After retirement in 2004, he returned to his passion of art and design. He got hired as Art Editor for the Naval Helicopter Association, Inc. (NHA) in September 2005. For 12 years, George laid out and published the organization's quarterly magazine Rotor Review and did NHA promotional artwork for annual symposia and different NHA events. His interest in digital design came to fruition when he started designing websites in 2009. The NHA Scholarship Fund (NHASF) committee asked if George could redesign their website in 2010. This year, George went back to the drawing board to redesign the NHASF site to what you see now. Currently, George is bringing back his fine arts talents as a hobby, and finishing up his Master in Fine Arts (MFA) in Media Design.