Dispatchers & Flight Instructors

Dispatchers and Flight Instructors


Two full-time dispatchers and several student dispatchers join the aviation management team in keeping things running smoothly at the Flight Operations Center.

Flight Operations Center

Cate Jurek - Dispatcher
Phone: (801) 832-2910

Education: B.A. Elementary Education, English minor, Westminster College; ESL Endorsement

Hometown: Rock Springs, WY

Hobbies: knitting, sewing, photography, reading, all very boring and grandmother-ish

What I like about my job: I learn something new every day.

What I like about Westminster: It's the best school on the planet! It's big enough to be interesting and small enough to get to know everyone.

What I like about Utah/Salt Lake City: I love the variety of people and activities and the funky vibe in Sugarhouse.

Favorite Restaurant: Killer garlic fries at The Bohemian. Love, love, love The Bohemian. In the summer, you've gotta try the garlic burgers at The Cotton Bottom. (I'm sensing a theme here).

Aviation Goal: I'm working on getting my FAA Dispatcher's certification.

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Jordan Tatton - Dispatcher
Phone: 801.832.2910

Education: B.S. Aviation Management, Economics minor; Westminster College; completing MBA; Private Pilot

Hometown: Helper, UT

Hobbies: running, hiking, camping, four-wheeling, playing soccer. I love to travel and experience new things.

What I like about my job: There is always something going on at Flight Ops!

What I like about Westminster: There is a great sense of community at Westminster.

What I like about Utah/Salt Lake City: Even if you're not willing to spend a lot of money, there's always something to do close by--especially if you like being outdoors.

Favorite restaurant: Masala in Sugarhouse is a great place to get spicy food.

Advice to students: Stay focused and organized.

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Flight Instructors

The following flight instructors work at the Flight Operations Center to provide the very best flight education experience for our flight students all year 'round.



Josh Bendixen - Flight Instructor 

Hometowns: Salt Lake City, UT and Hells Canyon, OR

Hobbies: spending time with my family, shooting, camping, working on trucks

What I like about Westminster: the flight program, the dedicated staff, and the well-maintained equipment.

Long-term aviation goal: Not sure. I like instructing.

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Mike Leaver - Flight Instructor, CFI, CFII, MEI; stage check pilot

Education: B.S. Westminster College

Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT

About Me: I am now employed by SkyWest airlines as a First Officer but help out with stage checks from time-to-time. Westminster was a great place for me to go to school and work and I'm happy to continue to help out.

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Brennon Scuderi - Flight Instructor

Education: B.S. Flight Operations, Management minor, , Westminster College CFI, CFII, MEI

Hometown: Sandy, UT

Hobbies: flying, hiking, fishing, hunting, camping, snowboarding, biking

What I like about Westminster: they set students up for success

Favorite Hangout: the Unita mountains

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Carl Berggren - Flight Instructor-CFI, CFII, and MEI

Education: B.S. Flight Operations, Westminster College

Hometown: Price, UT

Hobbies: Fishing, hiking, and hunting.

What I love about my job: Watching a student grow and develop from a student to a pilot and beyond.

Best thing about Westminster: The bonds you build and the friendships you make with fellow students and even professors. 

What I like about Utah & Salt Lake City: Snow-topped mountains, skiing, red rock cliffs, mule deer, and wide open spaces.

Favorite Restaurants: Pat's BBQ and Moochies--both have been featured on "Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives".

Long-Term Aviation Goal: Airline pilot or bush pilot

What you may not know about me: I passed a Utah falconry exam but I do not currently practice falconry.

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Kyle Coffman - Flight Instructor-CFI

Education: B.S. Flight Operations, Westminster College

Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT

Hobbies: musical instruments, motorcycles, and reading science fiction/fantasy

What I love about my job: sharing my knowledge with others who share my interests

What I like about Westminster: Teachers and instructors always make time for their students.

What I like about Utah/Salt Lake City: the views of the mountains and the landscape

Long-Term Aviation Goal: To try a variety of flying experiences and see what the aviation industry has to offer.

Advice for new aviation students: Make a commitment and stick with it.

Taylor Byers - Flight Instructor (Flight Operations 2012)

Hometown: San Antonio, TX

Hobbies: playing guitar, singing, cars, and flying

Long-term aviation goal: commercial airline captain

What I like about my campus job: I enjoy getting to be in the middle of everything! It's fun to interact with all of the students and instructors while out at flight ops.

What I like about Westminster: The personal attention! Everybody knows my name and what my goals are, and they're always willing to help me succeed.

What I like about Utah/Salt Lake City: The mountains. I'm from Texas where there isn't a lot to see, so seeing the mountains out my bedroom window is awesome.

Favorite Restaurants: Molca Salsa (now called Hectors) and Sugarhouse Coffee

Something unique about me: My high school marching band took 2nd place at the Grand Nationals competition.



John Pompa-Flight Instructor

Education: B.S. Fight Operations, Business minor, Westminster College

Hometown: Katy, TX

Hobbies: cooking, soccer, snowboarding, motocross, and mountain biking

Long-term aviation goal: International operations for an airline, perform aerobatics

What I like about my job: the people I work with

What I like about Westminster: new friends and networking opportunities

What I like best about Utah/Salt Lake City: The convenience of a small city surrounded by outdoor activities in every direction. The change in scenery with the seasons.

Favorite restaurant: The Farm at Canyons--amazing chefs work in an open kitchen with delicious, locally-sourced, organic food. 100% fresh.





 Brooke Lawrence-Flight Instructor-CFI

Education: B.S. Flight Operations

Hometown: Kamuela, HI

Hobbies: Beaching, snowboarding, reading

Long-term aviation goal: airline pilot

What I like best about Westminster: The atmosphere and small, community feel

What I like about Utah/Salt Lake City: The mountains! They're fun to play in and pretty to look at.

What I like best about my job: Interacting with students. I love that I get to give advice and help students through a process I've already been through.

Advice for students: Be prepared. Aviation is a lot of work but it will totally pay off in the end.

Favorite restaurant: Moochies!