1995 Chevy G20
MEET 'N GREET
Being an avid fly-fisher, I spend most my time on the water. I love sharing my passion for the sport with others, particularly newcomers—introducing them to the physical and mental healing properties that fly fishing can bring.
Most Memorable/Meaningful Place I’ve Visited
Most memorable would be when I was traveling from Minnesota to Oregon alone at the age of 25 with everything I owned in my car. I stopped in Yellowstone for my first time and I was almost the only person there. I explored and befriended some bison along the way.
I adhered two bungee cords into small loop/circle openings, putting one on each end of my van’s ceiling. This lets me slide my fly rods onto them, which holds the rods in place when I drive from place to place.
What's your origin story? How did you start out?
I came from a rough childhood, you could say, with an absent mother. I used every opportunity I had to be successful and become mentally strong. I knew how much being outdoors impacted my mental health and utilized that with fly fishing.
GO-TO ROAD TRIP SNACK
Salt and pepper potatoes chips. I keep it classic 😉
Osprey! I wish I had their eyes; they can spot fish from so far away!
What would your TED talk be about?
Breaking out of your comfort zone and having the perspective that where you come from doesn’t predict where you’re going or where you’ll end up.
Any hidden talents?
I play the ukulele and banjo.
What's your guilty pleasure/indulgence?
How do you like giving back? What's the cause you're passionate about or your favorite non-profit/organization?
The Mayfly Project, which helps kids in foster care get time in the outdoors (mentoring them on fly fishing), and educates them on mental health, as well as activities that heal mentally and physically.