West Denver Trout Unlimited


WDTU’s Board of Directors (the Board) guides the chapter’s activities and manages the chapter’s affairs, responsibilities, and finances.

The Board consists of four member-elected positions (President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer), as well as numerous other positions that focus on specific affairs of the chapter. The existing Board is responsible for appointing vacant, non-elected Board positions. Officers, Committee Directors, and other Board members should be (active) members in the WDTU chapter. Members are encouraged to volunteer to be an Officer or Director.

Voting for Officers occurs yearly at the chapter’s April meeting (the Annual Membership Meeting), with positions commencing immediately. The most recent past president is responsible for organizing the election, which includes forming a nominating committee. Multiple positions may be held by a single individual, without term limits. However, the president typically only serves a maximum of two terms.

Details about how WDTU’s Board functions may be found in the chapter’s Bylaws.  WDTU shares it’s financial information here.

Elected Chapter Officers

President – Ed Calmus

Ed grew up in Pittsburgh and moved to Colorado after graduating from the University of Dayton with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.  He later received an  MBA degree from the University of Wyoming.  Married to Jody, two daughters. Retired from University of Denver, where he directed Business Services.  Ed’s passion is preserving the fly fishing experience.


Vice President – John Semich

John has been a member of West Denver TU for about five years. He serves on the Membership Committee, Clear Creek Stream Management Plan team, New Initiatives Team, and the Peaks to Plains Stakeholders group.  His work has enabled him to speak to a wide range of professionals and learn about their fields of expertise. John also serves on the State Board of Directors for Friends of Colorado State Parks.

John was a managing Real Estate broker in residential and commercial sales, in addition to having a mortgage and appraisal business.  Prior to that he served as a petrochemical facility designer and construction manager.  John enjoys the fellowship of meetings and fishing trips, along with the feeling of accomplishment in supporting conservation projects and kids fishing events.

Previous President – Jackie Edwards

TU Activities: WDTU board member for over 20 years; Communications Chair; Volunteer Coordinator; former Membership Chair; Vice President 2014 – present.
Personal: Married to Glen, two daughters. BS degree in Criminal Justice from Metro State. Retired from Jeffco Public Schools. Jackie’s passion is conservation. She says the best reward for her work is that she is helping, if only in some small ways, to protect our waters for all our children and their children, far into the future. Loves fishing trips to Alaska.


Secretary – Ashley Giles

Ashley is a Colorado native and daughter of a gold prospector (aka geologist), so she grew up exploring the watersheds of Colorado. She is a self-proclaimed “Champion of Rivers,” which lends itself to a lifelong love of fly fishing. In college Ashley studied limnology, conservation biology, and ecological restoration, and she works as an environmental scientist on wetland and river restoration projects. With WDTU, Ashley is involved in collaborative Clear Creek watershed projects and the New Initiatives Team. She is an average runner, avid gardener, closet floral designer, and dreams of being a goat farmer.


Treasurer – Matt Rivera

Matt has been a West Denver TU Board Member since  2015.Besides serving as Treasurer, Matt has been instrumental in providing successful fishing outings like Rainbow Falls and Bartle Lakes.

Married to Denise; attended Regis College. Besides fishing, Matt enjoys shooting sporting clays and handgun shooting, bird hunting (especially waterfowl) and playing golf.  His favorite fishing spots are Rocky Mountain National Park and all over the Carbondale area.


Other Directors

Advertising Manager Jon Weimer
Anglers’ Edge Editor Mark Shulman
Chapter Counsel Bruce Ducker
Communications Ed Calmus
Database Manager Dan Sullivan
Fly Tiers’ Night Out Fred Portillo
Fly Tying Clinic (2021 cancelled) Ed Calmus
Meeting Programs Ed Calmus
Member Services John Semich
New Initiatives Team John Semich
Raffles Ed Calmus
Resource (Conservation) Keith Greenwell
River Watch Dennis Wiles
Stream Management Plan Ashley Giles
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