Meet Our Board
Alysson was first introduced to fly fishing as a young child by her father and has been actively participating in the sport for over 25 years. She currently serves on the boards of several fly fishing organizations and actively consults in the industry. When not fly fishing, Alysson enjoys cooking, gardening, and traveling with her wife and their Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, Gouda. She resides in the Port Richmond neighborhood of Philadelphia and works at Moore College of Art & Design. Alysson holds both a BS and MS from Drexel University.
Christine grew up in an outdoor-oriented family and started fishing at age 5. Fly fishing in particular became her passion in the late ’90s when she began working in the family business: The Sporting Gentleman (her dad was the “gentleman”) fly fishing & outdoors retail shop. Christine enjoys fishing for both saltwater & freshwater species, but especially enjoys the camaraderie and great friends she has met through the DVWFFA.
Mary Ellen is new to the DVWFFA Board and to fly fishing. A mostly-retired attorney, she comes to fly fishing from a birding background. She hopes that the Club will continue to provide fun and interesting fishing opportunities to our expert fly fishers and fly tyers, newbies like her and everyone in between.
Jill has been fly-fishing for about 6 years, but not nearly as often as she would like, saying that “Being a Center City, Philadelphia resident adds a layer of complexity to the sport.” No matter the catch count, she loves fly fishing when she is able to get out on the water. She has been treasurer for non-profits boards, various clubs and leagues for many years starting back in college. She looks forward to taking an active role on the DVWFF board and getting to know more of the members of the association.
Susan has been fly fishing for over 30 years and has been a member of the DVWFFA for close to 20 years.
Chris started fly fishing approximately 2 years ago. Originally a Jersey Girl, she has lived in the Media area for over 30 years. When not on the stream or watching fly fishing You Tube videos, Chris enjoys tennis, traveling, photography, and is an avid knitter. The life of a retiree!
Nancy Simpson has been a DVWFFA member for over 18 years. She grew up at the Jersey shore and spent time crabbing with her grandfather, father, cousins, and family, but didn’t take up fishing until she and her husband rented a place in Lambertville with a large pond, and she caught a huge smallmouth bass her first time fishing there.
Mary Kuss is a life-long avid angler. She began fishing at age 6 and fly fishing at age 15. She is a licensed Pennsylvania fishing guide, and has taught countless group classes and private lessons in fly fishing and fly tying over the past 35 years. She is the founder and an active member of the Delaware Valley Women’s Fly Fishing Association. Now semi-retired, Mary continues to do private instruction by appointment in fly fishing and fly tying, as well as instructional guiding on local Philadelphia area streams.
Joan Hackmann-Gaul has been fishing for 15 years or more. Many of those years were an on and off kind of fishing; interested but not dedicated to improving her skills. Then, one spring, she decided she’s either going to focus and improve her level of fishing or get off the stream. So, Mary Kuss kindly took her under her wing, and she now considers herself a much improved and happier fly fisher. “I love it!”
Having only taken up fishing a few years ago, Cynthia has found the DVWFFA a tremendous resource for mentoring and a variety of fishing opportunities. She hails from Southeastern PA and is enjoying her retirement from the pharmaceutical industry
Rabbit Jensen has been fly-fishing and fly-tying since 1972 and a DVWFFA member since 1998. In 1999 she began guiding and instructing in Potter County, Pennsylvania, where she now resides. She is a familiar sight fly-tying at local shows, and was one of the featured fly tiers at the Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Museum grand opening. She brought more than fifty years of experience in writing and journalism to her position of Newsletter Editor.