| I am a Sister of Mercy of the St. Louis Region. I am 63 years old (No, I don't mind telling.) I live in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and belong to the Southern Council.
Fresh warm water flies and trout flies are what I tie, teach and demonstrate most of the time, as that is the fishing we have around here. (I have taught and demonstrated a few salt water patterns, but not much.)
I am a nurse and have worked in health care for 32 years, the last 13 years of which were as the administrator of several (both for-profit and non-profit) Home Health, Hospice and Durable Medical Equipment companies. I retired in 1999.
I was the Educational and Program Director for the United States Youth Fly fishing Association at it's inception. In that capacity, I developed and implemented the “Streets to Streams” and “Tyme Flies” youth educational programs.I am a volunteer teacher at St. John’s Catholic Elementary School where I teach fly tying in the Art curriculum for 7th and 8th grades, Water Conservation and Aquatic Ecology in the Science curriculum and coordinate the St. John’s Stream Teams and Classroom Aquarium projects. I am an adjunct professor at National Park Community College where I teach Fly fishing and Fly Tying (beginning and advanced classes of each). I am also a Co- director of St. John's Parish ESL Program.I have taught fly tying and/or fly fishing for the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts, CFR, TU Rivercourse Camp, Southern Council Conclaves, Women's Outreach, and various other groups, as well as private individuals. I have spoken on fly fishing, fly tying and/or developing youth programs at local, state, regional, and international fly fishing club and organization meetings. I was a contributing author in “The No Nonsense Guide to Women’s Favorite Fly fishing Destinations.” I do fly tying demonstrations at several shows a year. I would like to see the group develop and promote more organized, long term youth programs, perhaps with Boys Clubs and YMCAs for after school programs and work with major suppliers to provide free materials to start and then sustain them at a reasonable cost...if not free.