Meet your Board of Directors.

Officers

  Peter Mangarella    President   Peter grew up in a small Western Pennsylvania coal town, attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and Stanford University and worked as a Civil Engineer in consulting in the Bay Area, specializing in urban hydrology and water quality.  Peter retired in 2014 and now enjoys volunteer work with Trout Unlimited and the Chabot Space and Science Center, backpacking, learning Italian, reading, and, recently, how to use his new tenkara fly rod.

Peter Mangarella

President

Peter grew up in a small Western Pennsylvania coal town, attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and Stanford University and worked as a Civil Engineer in consulting in the Bay Area, specializing in urban hydrology and water quality.

Peter retired in 2014 and now enjoys volunteer work with Trout Unlimited and the Chabot Space and Science Center, backpacking, learning Italian, reading, and, recently, how to use his new tenkara fly rod.

  Patrick Kallerman    Vice President   Patrick is Vice president of the John Muir chapter as well as an Ambassador for Trout Unlimited's Wild Steelheaders United initiative.  A policy analyst by day, Patrick takes every opportunity to explore California's natural wonders -- usually with wife and fly rod close by -- and proudly supports a variety of conservation causes.

Patrick Kallerman

Vice President

Patrick is Vice president of the John Muir chapter as well as an Ambassador for Trout Unlimited's Wild Steelheaders United initiative.

A policy analyst by day, Patrick takes every opportunity to explore California's natural wonders -- usually with wife and fly rod close by -- and proudly supports a variety of conservation causes.

  James Wang    Treasurer   James lives with his wife Cathy and two kids, Alex and Sherry in San Ramon, CA. He was born and raised in Suzhou, China, a beautiful ancient city surrounded by many rivers and streams. He works as a software sales at a major enterprise software company. James likes fishing since early childhood but just starts start fly fishing from 2015, and has been passionate about it ever since.  Prior to joining the John Muir Chapter, James has been active in other environmental and humanity organizations.

James Wang

Treasurer

James lives with his wife Cathy and two kids, Alex and Sherry in San Ramon, CA. He was born and raised in Suzhou, China, a beautiful ancient city surrounded by many rivers and streams. He works as a software sales at a major enterprise software company.
James likes fishing since early childhood but just starts start fly fishing from 2015, and has been passionate about it ever since.

Prior to joining the John Muir Chapter, James has been active in other environmental and humanity organizations.

  Tim Silsbee    Secretary   Tim lives with his wife Kathy in Orinda, CA. A native of Hershey, PA, he spent years working and living in the Midwest before settling in California. He is the Executive Director of Human Resources for Bishop-Wisecarver Corp.  A life-long fisherman, he didn't start fly fishing until his 50th birthday, and has been passionate about it ever since. He credits the works of Hemingway, Norman MacLean and Jim Harrison for sparking his interest in fly fishing.  Prior to joining the John Muir Chapter, Tim has been active in other environmental and conservation organizations, including the Sierra Club, the Nature Conservancy, and others.

Tim Silsbee

Secretary

Tim lives with his wife Kathy in Orinda, CA. A native of Hershey, PA, he spent years working and living in the Midwest before settling in California. He is the Executive Director of Human Resources for Bishop-Wisecarver Corp.

A life-long fisherman, he didn't start fly fishing until his 50th birthday, and has been passionate about it ever since. He credits the works of Hemingway, Norman MacLean and Jim Harrison for sparking his interest in fly fishing.

Prior to joining the John Muir Chapter, Tim has been active in other environmental and conservation organizations, including the Sierra Club, the Nature Conservancy, and others.

 

Board Members

  Steven V. Cochrane    Chair, Fundraising Committee Member, Conservation Committee   Steven Cochrane is pleased to serve on the board of John Muir TU where he hopes to foster a conservation ethic and diversify TU’s membership. Steven has over 20 years of nonprofit management experience including fundraising, volunteer management, finance, diversity initiatives, and board development. He has served on non-profit boards, advisory committees and the California State Parks Nonprofit Taskforce. Steven earned his Masters of Nonprofit Administration at the University of San Francisco. Steven has developed and implemented education and habitat restoration projects in wetlands and watersheds around the Bay Area for almost 30 years. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biology (field ecology) at U.C. Berkeley. Steven currently works as a botanist and wildlife biologist for LSA, an environmental consulting firm. Steven enjoys fly fishing throughout the Sierra from alpine lakes, eastside streams and west slope rivers to local ponds and lakes. He lives with his wife and daughter close to East Bay redwoods, sword ferns, huckleberries, and native rainbow trout.

Steven V. Cochrane

Chair, Fundraising Committee
Member, Conservation Committee

Steven Cochrane is pleased to serve on the board of John Muir TU where he hopes to foster a conservation ethic and diversify TU’s membership. Steven has over 20 years of nonprofit management experience including fundraising, volunteer management, finance, diversity initiatives, and board development. He has served on non-profit boards, advisory committees and the California State Parks Nonprofit Taskforce. Steven earned his Masters of Nonprofit Administration at the University of San Francisco.
Steven has developed and implemented education and habitat restoration projects in wetlands and watersheds around the Bay Area for almost 30 years. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biology (field ecology) at U.C. Berkeley. Steven currently works as a botanist and wildlife biologist for LSA, an environmental consulting firm.
Steven enjoys fly fishing throughout the Sierra from alpine lakes, eastside streams and west slope rivers to local ponds and lakes. He lives with his wife and daughter close to East Bay redwoods, sword ferns, huckleberries, and native rainbow trout.

  Dave Geisser   David has lived with his wife, Judy, in Oakland for the past 30 years. He was raised in Illinois but settled in Northern California after being discharged from the Army. He is enjoying his retirement from the City and County of San Francisco after 29 years with the Water Pollution Control Department, spending his time traveling, fishing, gardening, mountain biking, never-ending home repair and most importantly time spent with his grandchildren.  He has memberships in: Cal Trout, Bay Area Flyfishers, Oakland Casting Club, Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club, Shasta Trinity Fly Fishers, Grizzly Peak Fly Fishers and Trout Unlimited.

Dave Geisser

David has lived with his wife, Judy, in Oakland for the past 30 years. He was raised in Illinois but settled in Northern California after being discharged from the Army. He is enjoying his retirement from the City and County of San Francisco after 29 years with the Water Pollution Control Department, spending his time traveling, fishing, gardening, mountain biking, never-ending home repair and most importantly time spent with his grandchildren.

He has memberships in: Cal Trout, Bay Area Flyfishers, Oakland Casting Club, Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club, Shasta Trinity Fly Fishers, Grizzly Peak Fly Fishers and Trout Unlimited.

  Dave Roche    Co-Chair, Conservation Committee   Dave is a retired project manager and an avid hiker and fisherman. He worked in the private sector for 37 years in various technical roles. He was born in Ireland and later lived in Switzerland where he developed a love of the mountains. Dave studied Biology at the University of Colorado and Wildlife Biology at Colorado Sate. He's been active with the Boy Scouts for many years and is a member of several local fly fishing and conservation groups.

Dave Roche

Co-Chair, Conservation Committee

Dave is a retired project manager and an avid hiker and fisherman. He worked in the private sector for 37 years in various technical roles. He was born in Ireland and later lived in Switzerland where he developed a love of the mountains. Dave studied Biology at the University of Colorado and Wildlife Biology at Colorado Sate. He's been active with the Boy Scouts for many years and is a member of several local fly fishing and conservation groups.

  Oleksander Stecyk   Oleksander (Olesh for short) is a graphic designer by trade, conservation devotee, and outdoorsman who spends as much time in the fresh air as possible and believes in the transformative nature of time spent outside.  He is new to both TU and fly-fishing, but very enthusiastic about both and is looking forward to making a positive impact in his local East Bay waters.

Oleksander Stecyk

Oleksander (Olesh for short) is a graphic designer by trade, conservation devotee, and outdoorsman who spends as much time in the fresh air as possible and believes in the transformative nature of time spent outside.

He is new to both TU and fly-fishing, but very enthusiastic about both and is looking forward to making a positive impact in his local East Bay waters.

  Loretta Strickland   Loretta started fly fishing about 15 years ago. It soon became one of her passions along with her dogs and cooking. She loves fly fishing for all types of fish and has fly-fished in Scotland, Mexico, British Columbia, and several US states as well as California.  She is also a Trout in the Classroom volunteer for several schools in East Oakland.

Loretta Strickland

Loretta started fly fishing about 15 years ago. It soon became one of her passions along with her dogs and cooking. She loves fly fishing for all types of fish and has fly-fished in Scotland, Mexico, British Columbia, and several US states as well as California.

She is also a Trout in the Classroom volunteer for several schools in East Oakland.

  Richard Unger   Richard started fishing the waters of Biscayne Bay at age eight. After moving to Berkeley in 1966, earning a Ph.D. and working in Molecular Biology, he changed gears and took an MD at UCSF. He is now a psychiatrist practicing in Berkeley and the CFO of a 25 member medical specialty group. He finds his own therapy by standing in cold, flowing water trying to be smarter than fish. A dedicated conservationist, avid fly-fisherman and fly tyer for 35 + years he is also former chair of the Oakland Public Ethics Commission. He’s looking forward to deepening his involvement in Trout Unlimited's mission.

Richard Unger

Richard started fishing the waters of Biscayne Bay at age eight. After moving to Berkeley in 1966, earning a Ph.D. and working in Molecular Biology, he changed gears and took an MD at UCSF. He is now a psychiatrist practicing in Berkeley and the CFO of a 25 member medical specialty group. He finds his own therapy by standing in cold, flowing water trying to be smarter than fish. A dedicated conservationist, avid fly-fisherman and fly tyer for 35 + years he is also former chair of the Oakland Public Ethics Commission. He’s looking forward to deepening his involvement in Trout Unlimited's mission.

  Kristen Van Dam    Co-Chair Conservation Committee   Kristen is an East Bay ecologist and Master of Forestry with 14 years of experience in ecological research and restoration.  Her areas of interest include conservation of native fish populations, urban ecology, and the use of reference information to guide restoration objectives and strategies.  Her favorite fish is Cottus asper.

Kristen Van Dam

Co-Chair Conservation Committee

Kristen is an East Bay ecologist and Master of Forestry with 14 years of experience in ecological research and restoration.

Her areas of interest include conservation of native fish populations, urban ecology, and the use of reference information to guide restoration objectives and strategies.

Her favorite fish is Cottus asper.

  Roger Wachtler   Roger is passionate about fly fishing. He loves to teach others about the connection between fly fishing and the peaceful healing powers of natural world and the need to protect it. His grandfather was a miner in Butte, Montana which gave him the rich opportunity to fish the revered rivers of Montana for over 50 years.  He is Director at East Bay Trout Unlimited, Vice President of Outreach for the Northern California Council of the International Federation of Fly Fishers and past President of Grizzly Peak Fly Fishers in Berkeley, CA  He is a volunteer instructor for the Northern California Casting for Recovery program and the City Albany Adult Education Program.  Roger is host of his own Introduction to Fly Fishing Southwest Montana event based in Dillon, Mt. for local east bay anglers. Sharing the beauty of a place never too far from mind.

Roger Wachtler

Roger is passionate about fly fishing. He loves to teach others about the connection between fly fishing and the peaceful healing powers of natural world and the need to protect it. His grandfather was a miner in Butte, Montana which gave him the rich opportunity to fish the revered rivers of Montana for over 50 years.

He is Director at East Bay Trout Unlimited, Vice President of Outreach for the Northern California Council of the International Federation of Fly Fishers and past President of Grizzly Peak Fly Fishers in Berkeley, CA

He is a volunteer instructor for the Northern California Casting for Recovery program and the City Albany Adult Education Program.

Roger is host of his own Introduction to Fly Fishing Southwest Montana event based in Dillon, Mt. for local east bay anglers. Sharing the beauty of a place never too far from mind.