Meet Our Board


Erin Lyons

Chapter President

Erin has been fishing since she was a toddler in the Midwest and now loves dry-flying the small streams of southern Vermont. Erin is a strategy consultant with over 20 years of experience in nonprofit marketing and fundraising—skills she enjoys using in service of protecting local trout populations through TU. Prior to moving to Vermont, she worked as a director of communications and fundraising for Harvard University and earned an MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence College. She currently runs her marketing business from her home in Shaftsbury and enjoys fishing, foraging, birding, and exploring every corner of the great state of Vermont.

Barry Mayer

Chapter Vice President

A 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.

Owen Duffy

Chapter Secretary

Owen Duffy has been an avid fly fisher since he was a kid. He particularly enjoys remote brook trout fishing with bamboo and dries. He loves the outdoors, likes to write, and play guitar. He lives with his family in Southern Vermont.

Greg O’Brien

Chapter Treasurer

Greg grew up trout fishing on the Mettowee River as well as exploring the waters of Lake St Catherine in VT. Through these experiences Greg developed a passion for pursuing adventure outdoors and an interest in environmental conservation. Understanding the importance of protecting our natural resources, Greg joined TU in 2017 to support the conservation and health of our cold water fisheries in southwestern VT. 


Gordon Batcheller

Gordon 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.

Seth Berger

Conservation Committee Chair

Seth grew up in Burlington, fishing Lake Champlain and its tributaries for anything he could catch. After discovering fly fishing, chasing native brook trout throughout the Green Mountains became his favorite hobby. After college, Seth moved to Manhattan, not exactly an angler’s paradise, but he quickly found a group of fellow anglers through the New York City chapter of TU. After a few years of exploring the Catskills and saltwater surrounding New York City, Seth moved back to Vermont to work for Orvis, helping anglers plan fishing trips to “bucket list” destinations around the world.

Joe Kraus

Joe joined the Board in 2012 and enjoys exploring small streams, particularly those that are wild and remote. Even more, he likes catching the fish that live in those beautiful places. When he’s not fishing, Joe enjoys working in the family sugarbush, hiking the Long Trail and traveling with his wife, Peg. He also enjoys teaching others the joys of fly-fishing.

Andrew MacArthur

Youth Education Committee Chair

Andrew grew up on Long Island where he developed a passion for targeting fluke, bluefish, and stripers with his surf rods. Blues and stripers are hard to find near SUNY Cortland, where he studied Physical Education, so he started chasing trout instead! Now a resident of Arlington, VT, Andrew teaches Health and Outdoor Education at Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester. He loves getting students involved with service projects on local streams and rivers. Since moving to the area in 2012, Andrew has fallen in love with fly fishing for anything with fins and an appetite. He is an avid fly tier and especially loves the Battenkill!

Joe Mark

Trout In The Classroom (TIC) State Coordinator

Since 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 six 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 95 schools state-wide.