We are pleased to announce that Denise Miller has been named Regional Coordinator for The Heartland Region of PHWFF! Join us in welcoming her! As long-time Program Lead for the PHWFF Cornhusker Program in Nebraska, she will be taking over from Clint Carpenter, our long-time dedicated Regional Coordinator for the area. We thank Clint for his great leadership and monumental contributions to our cause and the veterans we serve.

In her words, “I’ve been happily married for 28 years to my wonderful husband Allen and we have two daughters in their early twenties attending college at the University of Nebraska.  I picked up fly tying and fly fishing several years ago as a way to deal with the sadness I felt when I my mother passed away, and it was a great way to spend time with my dad who was also grieving.  I found the calming benefits of tying my own flies, often late at night when I couldn’t sleep, to be extremely helpful, and the serenity of being on the water fly fishing became my favorite way to deal with the pain.  I knew early on that I would want to share this wonderful activity with anyone who might display even a little interest.  Volunteering is not new to me, as I have been a Sunday School Teacher, Girl Scout Leader and Soccer Coach, among other positions, over the years.  I became more involved with my local IFFF club, Cornhusker Fly Fishers, serving 2 years as President of the Board, and now as Program Committee Chair.   I also joined my local Trout Unlimited Chapter, TU710, and more recently joined a group of ladies, Sisters on the Fly.  I absolutely love this sport and am committed to helping others learn.   So, I was thrilled when I met Clint Carpenter almost two years ago and had the opportunity to get involved with PHWFF.  I am not a veteran, but my father and several family members are, and I am always so proud of their service and wanted to be able to honor them and give back to others who have served.   I was the PL for the Cornhusker Program as it took off and look forward to my time serving as Regional Coordinator for the Heartland Region.”