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 continue serving as Regional Coordinator for the Heartland Region.