Meet our Board


Chad Walz – President

Having his 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 Meyer

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.

Brian Vargo – Secretary



Gordon Batcheller – Treasurer

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.

Board of Directors

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

Kathy Ehlers
Kathy Elhers
Joe Kraus – Membership Chair
Joe Kraus
Jackie Kutzer
Jackie Jordan
Jackie 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
Joe Mark – Trout In The Classroom State Coordinator
Joe Mark 1
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 five years, he has devoted a great deal of time to supporting and expanding Vermont’s Trout in the Classroom Program, which now includes 70 schools state-wide.

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