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Boise, Idaho Project
Project Lead Mentor: Kimberly Cordero
Project location: Boise, Idaho
Year project founded: 2021
Mentors on this team: 7
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: Legacy Roofing LLC, NTJ Properties LLC.
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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
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