Skip Hughes is the Regional Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Region after serving as the Program Lead for the Erie Pa program since Sept 2011. He is a custom Fly rod builder starting his business in 2008 after retiring. He works hand in hand with the behavioral health department at the Erie VA Hospital. He was able to increase the number of participates and volunteers tri-fold.
Skip and his fellow volunteers attend many area events, and enjoy promoting Project Healing Waters name and mission…therefore also opening up more fishing trip opportunities and donations for our events for our much deserving veterans and helps in reaching out to our veterans. Once a year Erie Chapter holds a Steelhead Slam event. The event includes food, fishing and fun. The veterans all receive various needed fishing gear. Skip looks forward to sharing his love of fishing, rod building and great memories with our veterans. Giving back to those that gave all for this country is something he’s proud to be able to do. Skip feels that seeing the veterans smile/laugh does more for him than anything he can do for them.
Skip’s background includes retail management so managing his Program came as second nature. He also gets help with events and organization from his wife Debi also with retail management in her background. He was introduced to Project Healing Waters through a great friend and Vietnam veteran John Nichols. After hosting eight veterans on an outing he became hooked. He looks at it as a way to represent family and friends who are military past and present.
Skip has been married for thirty-two years. Skip has four children, Jennifer, Melinda, Katherine and Pete. He is very proud to say he is pappy to eleven beautiful grandchildren, eight girls and three boys. When not fishing he enjoys time well spent with wife, his loved ones and his fishing family.