Kaitlin Barnhart, Project Coordinator, Writer
Coeur'd Alene, Idaho
Kaitlin joined TMP in April, 2016 and has helped develop the program in several foundational areas. With a BA in Psychology, and over 15 years working in the mental health field with children in foster care, she understands the needs of this population, as well as the benefits of taking foster children fly fishing. As a project coordinator, Kaitlin connects mentors with their local Department of Child Services, supports start-up projects and provides program management and training along with the Westbrooks. Kaitlin is also a freelance writer, blogger, and a mother to three wonderful children. Check out her personal blog to read about some of the crazy things she is up to, balancing her fly fishing addiction and parenting: www.mammaflybox.wordpress.com
I love anything that is active and outdoors but fishing has always held my heart the most. Coming from an underprivileged home, fishing became my escape at a young age and has continued to fuel an unexplainable passion. Helping kids in need is also something I hold dear to my heart as I know without the help of my community around me I would not be the person I am today. I hope to be able to give as many kids as possible an escape in the way of fishing and show them they don't have to have the same hobbies and follow the path of those around them.
An Idaho Native, Cody grew up fishing Eastern Idaho rivers and lakes with his grandpa. His passion for fishing and the outdoors began when he was 3 years old, went on a fishing trip with his family and pulled a brown out of the stream with his hands. After that he was hooked. He made the transition to fly fishing after moving back to Idaho from Florida and settling down in Shelley, ID. He has been fly fishing for 8 years now, and has always wanted to teach kids about fishing and conservation. He is looking forward to starting his journey as the lead mentor for Southern Idaho!
Sylvan and Shayne Rathfon
Sylvan and Shayne started their lives together in the mountains, chasing mountain cutthroats and enjoying all the splendor East Idaho has to offer. Every summer you can find them backpacking, hiking, and camping close to a new river or stream. Sylvan grew up in a small town in Southern Indiana while Shayne was born and raised in Southeast Idaho. They met during the summer of 2015 where they realized they each had a love for the outdoors and a growing love for fly fishing. Both are always looking to share their love of fly fishing with others who are willing and able to learn. Shayne is currently a kindergarten teacher and loves to work with kids every day. Sylvan is finishing up his Bachelors of Science in Agribusiness and planning on seeking employment in Agricultural Marketing. Each shares a love for kids and know how important the future generation is in shaping the world we live in and are mentors for the Southeast Idaho Project.
Originally from Maine, Jaime started bass fishing with her step-father from an early age. After relocating to Idaho nearly a decade ago she has continued her passion for fishing, now as an avid fly fisherman and trout angler. As an Anthropologist her professional research focuses on subsistence use of salmon in the Alaska Peninsula; more specifically the integration of traditional indigenous knowledge and resource use in recreational fisheries management. Now, following the recent completion of her Master's degree Jaime is looking for new ways to inspire others to get excited about fishing, the environment, and conservation. The Mayfly project presented itself as a fantastic opportunity to continue working with people and their interactions with fish in a setting that has potential to have a positive influence on kids - our next generation of fisheries stewards.
I have been fishing all my life. My earliest memories fishing are with my grandmother on a small pond from a boat for blue-gills and with the old man across the street who taught me how to catch bass and catfish. I would get up in the morning and wait out in front of his house for him to say whether we were going or not. It wasn't just the fishing but the time he and his wife shared with me. My life has been blessed with mentors who helped me become the person I am now, and I strive to project that same positive influence for others. For the last 20 years, I have been a high school science educator, focused on getting kids to feel confident and excited about science. Now I can share my passion for fishing with kids via the Mayfly Project. Life is good.