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 March meeting (the Annual Membership Meeting), with positions commencing April 1. 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.
From Kris: “While I am obsessed with fly fishing, fly tying, and the conservation of the resources we utilize to enjoy this sport, I am also passionate about non-profit leadership and advocacy. We all share a love for that moment when everything lines up just right and we successfully tempt a trout with fake food, and we need to use our voices and our actions to insure that the next generations can enjoy that same thrill. I am also passionate about making our sport more accessible and inclusive. Feel free to reach out to me anytime via email at . I genuinely look forward to hearing from you.”
Previous 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 – Vacant
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.
Conservation Director – 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. She is an average runner, avid gardener, closet floral designer, and dreams of being a goat farmer.