I love fly fishing and it was totally worth going. All the people were nice and when i had a question, it was answered!
Boise, Idaho Project
Project Lead Mentor: Kimberly Cordero
Co-Lead Mentor: Jeremy Sanders
Project location: Boise, Idaho
Year project founded: 2021
Mentors on this team: 22
Children mentored to date: 16
Children to be mentored in 2023: 8
Local foster care partners: Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Family and Children Services, Region III & IV
Local companies that support this project: Idaho Anglers, Boise Anglers, Three River Ranch Outfitters, Vice Outdoors, Payette Brewing Company, Eureka.
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KIMBERLY CORDERO, LEAD MENTOR
Kimberly has lived in Boise, ID the majority of her life and enjoys the many opportunities to engage in outdoor activities with her husband, son, and two big dogs. She obtained her undergraduate degree in sociology from Black Hills State University and obtained her master’s degree in social work from Northwest Nazarene University. While living in Custer, SD she was introduced to fly fishing and has been hooked ever since! For over two decades, Kimberly has worked alongside children and families involved with Child Welfare. In 2016 she transitioned to private practice as a mental health therapist and enjoys coming alongside others on their journey of healing and exploration. When The Mayfly Project came across her radar she knew she had to be part of their team! Kimberly continues to look forward to giving back to youth in foster care and helping them develop life skills, self-care and resiliency through The Mayfly Project.
JEREMY SANDERS, CO-LEAD MENTOR
Jeremy was born in South Korea, but grew up in Pennsylvania after adoption. He made his way out west to Boise, Idaho in 2014 and has lived there ever since. As an avid sportsman, Boise has become his home; he loves being on the water and sharing our outdoor heritage. He’s no stranger to wading with new anglers and is eager to serve as a mentor for the Mayfly Project.
NICK PORTER, CONSERVATION MENTOR
I have been fascinated with the outdoors since I was a young boy. Growing up in Northern Idaho with the Saint Joe River in my backyard it was easy to quickly become obsessed with fishing for many different species around Coeur d’Alene. There is still nothing quite like an aggressive Cutthroat trout attacking a big dry fly on the surface. This love of nature led me to studying fisheries and wildlife resources at the University of Idaho. Several years later I pursued my masters degree in fisheries in Wisconsin and I am now a fisheries biologist living in Boise with my wife Sarah and our two golden retrievers. I feel fortunate to have a great job conserving these beautiful and wild areas we are lucky enough to call home. I can’t wait to share my love of the outdoors and introduce kids to the wonderful world of fishing.
JESSICA ALLEN, MENTOR
A Idaho native, Jessica grew up fishing and adventuring in the outdoors as a child with her father, grandfather and siblings. Her father was the one who first introduced her to fly fishing. It wasn’t until she was in her mid 20s that she really became hooked on fly fishing, spending annual trips in Montana fishing spring creeks and local Idaho rivers. She even managed to fly fish in Alaska for salmon; a memorable trip for her and her father. Working as a Registered Nurse for all ages and her love of outdoors and fishing, she is looking forward to sharing the outdoors and fishing as a mentor to the children in the Boise TMP.
KRIS REHN, MENTOR
Growing up in Idaho provided a lot of outdoor opportunities for Kris – from hiking to camping, from fishing to hunting. He first picked up a fly rod at age 13 and was ‘hooked’ immediately.
He primarily fishes his local waters around Boise, Idaho and Eastern Oregon, but he’s had the opportunity to fish various waters across the West. One of his favorite things is to share his passion for fly fishing – and has taught numerous friends, family members, and colleagues over the years. With a background in retail and corporate training, he loves to make something that seems complicated as easy to understand as possible, and is looking forward to sharing his love of fly fishing with the Mayfly Project!
ANDY HARL, MENTOR
My family and I have lived in the Boise area for the past 14 years. During the week I work as a software product manager to fund my weekend fishing adventures. I grew up salt water fishing with my dad but love fly fishing throughout southwest Idaho. As a father and foster parent I’ve seen how the outdoors and fishing can lift and inspire. I was fortunate to be able to connect with the outdoors as a kid and love all things camping, hiking, and fishing. Being able to go fishing and camping when I was young are some of the best memories I have. Being able give my family, as well as other kids an experience with being on the water and outdoors is a privilege and joy.
TURNER WILFERTH , MENTOR
Turner is from East Tennessee and spent his years there fishing as much as possible. In 2017, he made his way to Maryland for school and tutored local high school students as well as peers. In 2021, graduation was nearing and he set his sights on Boise, Idaho where he wanted to immediately become a mentor with The Mayfly Project. The most exciting thing about fishing for Turner is being able to watch someone who is new to it become electrified with interest, passion, and love for fly fishing on the first hook-set. From that moment on, ones life will change and Turner can’t wait to share the life changing activity with children and help cultivate the relationships that are organically rooted in a culture built around giving back.
CHRIS ISELEY, MENTOR
As a child, fishing was the only thing that could get Chris to sit still. He had moved all around the country by the age of 13, finally settling in Southern California. He had learned to fish ponds in the Midwest, streams in the West and worked on fishing boats along the coast. As Chris settled down and started a family, the mountains started calling. He found peace and serenity in fly fishing streams and rivers. That passion led him to relocate his family to Eagle, ID in 2021 to live a life of adventure with his wife and 3 kids. With a background at the Boys and Girls Clubs and a lifelong passion for fishing, Chris looks forward to combining the two and mentoring on the river’s edge.
CORY KERR, MENTOR
As a Colorado Native, Cory spent much of his childhood fishing high mountain lakes various rivers. He attended Colorado State University to study Fish and Wildlife Conservation. He now works as a fisheries technician in Idaho and spends much of his free time targeting trout on the fly. He is eager to share his passion for fisheries, and conservation as a mentor for the Boise chapter.
JERRY SCHWANBERG, MENTOR
Recently retired after 28 years in the Orthopedic device industry. Raised in Minnesota, moved to Boise, Idaho in 1985 to get out of Minnesota winters. Have been fly fishing over 40 years. With my recent retirement I have the time now to mentor young adults. Excited to be involved in The Mayfly Project
ROB GRIGGS, MENTOR
Rob Griggs is from Littleton, Colorado and has been in Idaho for almost 5 years. He started his fly-fishing journey in 1992 while exploring the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. Rob moved to Colorado in 2002 with his beautiful family and has been living “out west” since then. Rob is the father of 3 teenage kids that love and enjoy being outside and going on as many fly-fishing adventures as they can. His wife has always fully supported his passion for fly fishing throughout the years has loved being a part of his fishy lifestyle. An experienced fly-fishing guide for the past 12 years he loves meeting new people and has a passion for teaching. Rob feels the future of fly fishing resides in the youth of today. He looks forward to passing his knowledge of the sport to younger anglers and helping them learn mindfulness, as well as getting them excited about fly fishing!
SETH EISELE, MENTOR
As long as I can remember I’ve enjoyed fishing in all its forms. Learning it from my father, I appreciate the knowledge he gave me as he fueled a lifelong passion for the outdoors and fishing. I have been blessed to have fantastic life mentors throughout my journey in life. I understand the life changing impact mentors can have on a person’s life. I am looking forward to sharing my knowledge and passion of the great outdoors to all the mentees.
JOSH MARTINEZ, MENTOR
Josh grew up in Colorado and Idaho fly fishing small streams and high mountain lakes throughout the two states. This meant growing up, he spent most of his time outdoors hiking, camping, or fishing. The one thing he loves more than fly fishing is to teach fly fishing. Having coached sports like basketball, ultimate frisbee and even cross country he is passionate about making any activity fun. As soon as he became aware of the Mayfly Project, he knew he wanted to be a part of it, and he’s looking forward to sharing his passion for fly fishing and the outdoors!
GREG COLBY, MENTOR
A retired middle school science teacher and high school swim coach, Greg has been fly fishing for 30 years and has caught 29 species in 18 states and 3 countries. All in the company of his loving wife, Jenny, who is an accomplished fly fisher in her own right. With encouragement from a teaching colleague, the Mayfly project seemed a perfect fit for Greg. He is looking forward to sharing his variety of fly fishing experiences, love for the outdoors, enthusiasm, and humor with young people.
JUAN GARCIA, MENTOR
From the streets of LA to a small, rural Idaho town. From Dodgers and Lakers to lake trout and German Browns. The talk of town went from 1992 LA Riots to 2008Fiesta Bowl wins. Juan’s pickup sports a USC and BSU stickers side by side. A California native that called Idaho home before it was cool.
His journey into fly fishing was typical: he started out dunking worms, moved on to spinners, and finally found himself with a fly rod in his hand. These days he spends his time teaching high schoolers, coaching wrestling, fostering teens, and fishing Idaho water. In reality, his arrival at the Boise Mayfly Project could have been predicted as it gives him the opportunity to combine his two passions of helping kiddos and fishing.
MAC CHRISTIAN, MENTOR
Mac, a 4th generation Idaho native, grew up around hunting and fishing. His first fly fishing experience was at 8 years old, running up a small creek with a rod, one fly, and a hat made out of a large leaf tied to his head. He has been fly fishing ever since. Mac lives in Boise, Idaho, and spends his time fly fishing as many nearby waters as he can, as often as he can. He has fished extensively throughout the Northwest as well as in Italy and Spain. Teaching his wife and sons how to fly fish has been one of the most profoundly impactful events in his life. He jumps at the chance to teach any other individuals who are curious about the sport and cannot wait to participate in The Mayfly Project.
RICHELLE MILLER, MENTOR
As a small-town Northern Nevada girl, Richelle has always had a passion for fishing. Since she could remember, bass fishing was always one of her favorite things in the world. Richelle attended college at LCSC in Lewiston, ID. She graduated with her Associates Degree in 2012, moved back home to Nevada, then she moved to live in Idaho in 2016. You’ll usually see her with her spinning reel in hand, but in 2021 she got hooked on fly fishing and enjoys every second of it. Being someone that has worked through trauma, she looks forward to making a difference for children in foster care. Richelle is excited for her adventures as a mentor with the Mayfly Project and everything it stands for.
TIM OLSEN, MENTOR
Tim grew up fishing the Northwest for Salmon, Trout, and Steelhead and settled in Boise in 2001. As a traveling salesman Tim is sure to take the fly rod to fish the many small creeks and large rivers along the way. He has enjoyed teaching fly fishing and fly tying to his kids and those in Scouting. Being able to give back to others and help them experience fly fishing is a great privilege he enjoys.
MARK ALDRIDGE, MENTOR
Horseshoe Bend, Idaho
Mark has fly fished numerous far-flung places around the globe as Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory; Antarctica (the water was hard); Alaska and Scotland. He is a technical educator who loves to teach and see that light bulb illuminate in his students. He looks forward to working with the Boise Mayfly Project.
CALLIE SURBER, MENTOR
Callie grew up in western Colorado spending time in the outdoors with her family. Her father introduced her to fly fishing at a young age – teaching her how to cast in the backyard, practicing in the park pond, and taking her on trips to high mountain lakes. Callie attended college at the University of Wyoming where she combined her passion for people and conservation by obtaining a bachelor’s degree in social work and a minor in environment and natural resources. After moving to Boise, Callie was excited to learn about the Mayfly Project. She looks forward to continuing being a mentor for TMP and sharing the positive impact of nature and fly fishing with youth in foster care.
PAIGE ELLESTAD, MENTOR
Originally from a small farm in Virginia, Paige grew up fishing the small rivers and creeks of the Appalachian Mountains. It wasn’t until she moved to Idaho in 2018 that she was introduced to, and immediately fell in love with, flyfishing. Paige enjoys the serenity of wading in rivers and the thrill of observing river life. She currently teaches at BSU and is pursuing her doctorate degree in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior. She is excited to be a part of the Mayfly Project and eager to share her passions for ecology, conservation, and fly fishing with others!
WILLIAM ARGUELLO, MENTOR
I am retired and have been married to my wife, Karen, for 31 years. I have 2 grown children. I was born and raised in Idaho and I am a graduate of the University of Utah. I spent 20 years in the Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer. After retiring from the Navy I worked for POWER Engineers in Boise, Idaho for 19 years. I retired in 2022. I have been fly-fishing for 20 years. I am looking forward to giving back to the community.
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