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The Mayfly Project

Phoenix, Arizona Project

Project Lead Mentor: Stephanie Serritello

Project Co-Lead Mentor: Emily Higuera

Project Conservation Mentor: Jen Graves

Project location: Phoenix, Arizona

Year project founded: 2022

Mentors on this team: 8 (Currently taking mentor applications)

Children to be mentored in 2022: 4-7

Local foster care partners: Brother and Keeps Corporation

Local companies that support this project:  Currently searching for community support and partnerships!

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Contact Phoenix, AZ Lead Mentor: Email: serritellos@yahoo.com

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Phoenix, Arizona Project

As fly fishers we know the therapy and joy of being out on the water. Children in foster care often do not have the same opportunity to connect with nature. This project will work to bridge that gap and help these incredible kids to experience the happiness that being outdoors can bring. Whether we help them find a lifelong passion or find a few days to escape their worries, we cannot wait to share the love of fly fishing with these kids. Nothing compares to your first fish on the fly!

Stephanie Serritello

Lead Mentor, Phoenix, Arizona Project

Project Mentors

STEPHANIE SERRITELLO, LEAD MENTOR

Phoenix, Arizona

Stephanie is a native New Yorker but has been exploring the fisheries of the west and southwest for the past several years. She loves fish so much that not only does she spend her weekends chasing them; she also made them her career. As a Fisheries Biologist, she has spent a lot of time poking dead fish and snorkeling face first into rocks. When not hanging out with fish she can be found chasing her two crazy cattle dogs around and telling them not to eat whatever it is they are eating at the moment. She cannot wait to share her passion with the incredible kids of The Mayfly Project!

EMILY HIGUERA, CO-LEAD MENTOR

Phoenix, Arizona

Emily grew up spin fishing the warm water lakes of Oklahoma before moving to Arizona in 2017. Having always loved the outdoors and conservation, she joined the Arizona Game and Fish Department to make it her full-time job and found her passion for fly fishing. When she’s not chasing the next big catch, she is likely tending to her plants/mini jungle or playing with her golden retriever, Lucy. Emily has spent time in informal education both at the Phoenix Zoo and Desert Botanical Garden and can’t wait to share fly fishing and the outdoors with the next generation of anglers!

ANDREW GRAVES, MENTOR

Peoria, Arizona

Andrew was born and raised in Michigan, home to some of the best trout waters in the country. He moved to Arizona in 2007 and has called it home ever since. Newer to the fly-fishing sport, he has spent hours upon hours researching and learning everything he can, as well as getting out as much as possible, including practicing casting in his own backyard pool. Andrew is passionate about connecting with youth. He has served with his church’s youth group and looking at ways to get kids outdoors more. Andrew and his wife are also looking to become foster parents themselves someday. “I couldn’t think of a better way to connect and understand what some kids go through, than to connect through fly fishing.”

NICK ELIAS, MENTOR

Flagstaff, Arizona

I’m an Arizona Native. I grew up spin fishing for bass, crappie, and sunfish with my dad and brother. I discovered fly fishing about 3 years ago and I never looked back. It’s not always about catching the biggest fish, but about creating long lasting memories on the water. My heart lies in wildlife and fisheries conservation. I volunteer with a couple different organizations in the state that run projects to educated and inspire the next generation of safe, and ethical hunters. I am excited to kick off this project with TMP to inspire our next generation of responsible anglers.

AVERIE ELIAS, MENTOR

Flagstaff, Arizona

Originally from Sweet Home Alabama but a self-proclaimed Arizonan, Averie is an avid outdoorswoman! Hunting, hiking, rock climbing, and fishing are the key to this lady’s day to day sanity. Although she had a late start to the wonders of the outdoors, she spends most of her time outside of being a nurse enjoying the beauty and fun of nature and fly fishing.

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