Meet our Board


Chad Walz, President


With a masters degree in Aquatic Chemical Ecology, Chad has a natural love of all aquatic life. He has grown up fishing in New Hampshire, and started fly fishing in 2002. Chad loves swinging flies for trout, bass and the occasional carp.




Barry Mayer, Vice President

Barry MeyerA retired radiologist, Barry has been fly fishing since 1965 and started fly tying around 1969. Barry began making bamboo fly rods in 1998 while living in the Portland, OR area. After retiring to Vermont, his output has been more brisk, as he has been making and selling rods seriously since 2006. Barry loves tropical fishing but anything that will take a fly will get his attention.




Brian Vargo, Secretary

brian-fishing-pic.jpgAs a lifelong “Vermonter,” Brian remembers fishing the same local waters as he still does today.  This connection combined with his passion for conservation has led to a great fit with TU. Brian enjoys all aspects of fishing, from sitting on a bank waiting for a hatch on a small stream in the Green Mountains to chasing the Striper bite on the coast of southern Maine. He enjoys time spent outdoors especially with others.

Gordon Batcheller, Treasurer

GordonGordon Batcheller is a career wildlife professional, retired as Chief Wildlife Biologist with the State of New York in 2015. A Certified Wildlife Biologist and graduate of the University of Maine and Oklahoma State University, Gordon began his career as a wildlife biologist in Western New York. He worked in the Albany headquarters for over 25 years and was involved in all aspects of New York’s wildlife management program, including deer, black bears, furbearers, and endangered species. He has worked both nationally and internationally to promote sound wildlife conservation practices and the wildlife management profession. He currently serves as the Executive Secretary for the Northeast Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies. A resident of Petersburgh, NY, he is an avid deer and turkey hunter, and angler in both fresh and saltwater.

Board of Directors

Chris Alexopoulos
Chris Alexopoulos with pitt-tagged brown -Batten Kill River .

Kathy Ehlers

kathy ehlers cartoonAs an aspiring artist, Kathy creates caricatures, cartoons, and pastels inspired by her time in the Vermont outdoors. She has chased moose, kissed a bear, hunted the elusive whitetail, and found friends that navigate slippery rocks to catch fish, only to let them go. She teaches beginner fly casting and fly tying lessons at Hawk Inn & Mountain Resort. Kathy enjoys volunteering for TU’s Trout in the Classroom program in area schools, bringing the wonder and science of nature into the classroom.


Joe Kraus

Joe Kraus

Jackie Kutzer

Jackie JordanJackie has been a part of TU since 2011 and has served as past President of the chapter. She is the Secretary of the NLC Diversity Initiative Workgroup and women’s ambassador to the northeast, helping chapters to facilitate women’s-centric events. She is also currently serving as State Council Secretary. Her favorite time on the water is spent either striper fishing around Cape Cod or steelheading in colder temps.

Peter Kutzer

Peter Kutzer

 Erin Lyons

Erin Lyons bio photo
Erin joined TU in 2017, just months after moving to Shaftsbury, VT, to meet fellow anglers. She has been fishing since she was a toddler in the Midwest and she now prefers dry-flying the small streams of southern Vermont. Erin is also a writer and strategy consultant with over 15 years of experience in nonprofit marketing and fundraising—skills she hopes to apply in service of protecting cold water fisheries through TU.

Joe Mark, Trout In The Classroom (TIC) State Coordinator

Joe Mark new bio photosSince retiring in 2012 after a 40-year career in higher education, Joe has has a lot more time for fishing- a sport he took up as a kid in Northern New Jersey. He especially enjoys fishing high gradient brook trout streams with his 2-weight. Over the last five years, he has devoted a great deal of time to supporting and expanding Vermont’s Trout in the Classroom Program, which now includes more than 80 schools state-wide.




Greg O’Brien