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How long have you been a TU member? Actually not sure how long I’ve been a member but think it’s been since the early 2000’s and I have mostly been a business member.

What drew you to joining TU? Really started working with TU in 2006 when I saw they aligned so well with the work I was doing with the National Wildlife Federation to protect public lands and wildlife and fisheries habitat.

Are you a chapter board member and/or officer? I have been on the BOD for 6-8 years.

When did you move to the valley and join CPC? Moved to Chaffee County in 1985 still at that same location in Nathrop.

Where are you originally from, and what did/do you do for a living? I grew up on a small ranch outside of Ranchester, WY, about 17 miles north of Sheridan. I started fishing the Tongue River when I was about 6. I’ve been a school teacher both here and in Australia. I also set up and ran the second Outdoor Education Center in Australia. I was an Outward Bound and a mountaineering instructor in NZ, had a scuba diving charter boat on the Great Barrier Reef and been an outfitter in USA for over 40 years. I ended up in CO for college: Mesa Junior College, 1967-68. I then spent 7 years in Australia, New Zealand and a year traveling home across Asia. I returned for my master’s degree in Alternative and Experiential Education at CU, 1979-80.

What section of the Arkansas do you think fishes best, and when? My favorite section of the Ark to fish is Browns Canyon later in the afternoon into the early evening.

What is your favorite Ark River fly? Favorite fly is Flashback Pheasant tail as a dropper under an indicator dry fly.

How long have you been a TU member? Since 1993 I believe. Now a Lifetime Member.

Are you a chapter board member and/or officer? Yes. I’m the secretary for 2020 and have served in that capacity previously as well as chapter president for several years. Before Keith I was the Youth Education Coordinator and helped start Fly Gals in about 2001.

What drew you to joining TU? My husband was a founding chapter member and after a while I decided I should get involved with their mission as well. We use state waters and public lands a great deal and I feel we need to monitor and
protect them.

When did you move to BV and join CPC? I moved to BV in 1976 and joined CPC in 1993.

Where are you originally from, and what did/do you do for a living? I grew up in Miami, FL when it was a “small town.” I met my husband at Ohio State doing graduate work. We taught in Rochester for a couple of years when we took our first raft trip. We started our rafting company in 1976 in southwestern Colorado when we were teaching. When I got my teaching job with Buena Vista schools, we were the 2nd rafting company in BV. I taught physical education, careers, decisions, economics, and coordinated a work experience program. I also coached 3 sports,

What section of the Arkansas do you think fishes best, and when? Float fishing I like Brown’s Canyon in the evenings in late July. Wade fishing, I like the river park in BV in spring before runoff.

What is your favorite Ark River fly? PMX and sparkle dun.