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Boise, Idaho Project
Project Lead Mentor: Kimberly Cordero
Project location: Boise, Idaho
Year project founded: 2021
Mentors on this team: 15
Children to be mentored in 2021: 6-8
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.
SCOTT BLACKHURST, MENTOR
I’m Scott Blackhurst and I have lived in the Boise area for the past 50 years except for the time I served in the United States Marine Corp. My step dad introduced me to fly fishing and the love of the outdoors at the age of 9. We spent a lot of time in the water throughout the state of Idaho. At the same time he introduced and encouraged me to learn the art of fly tying. Today I juggle tying, fishing and working for Micron Technology where I’ve been employed for the last 32 years. I’m a graduate of BSU with a degree in electronics. I’m an addict and alcoholic in recovery for the last 5 years and an important part of my recovery is service work and have enjoyed volunteering for Project Healing Waters, Idaho2Fly and Woolly Buggers.
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!
JOHN HARGROVE, MENTOR
A west coast native, John spent his childhood summers chasing brook trout in alpine streams of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. His passion for all things fish related led to a career in fisheries biology. In 2018, John moved to Boise to take a position working on salmon and steelhead in the Snake River basin. With over 25 years of fly-fishing experience, John loves exploring new waters, learning new techniques, and spending time outdoors. Most importantly, he has volunteered with kids in various capacities and is super excited to share his passion for fly fishing through the Boise Idaho Mayfly Project!
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.
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