New Board Members and Officers

Lynn Mitchell - President

A native of Lewistown, PA Lynn moved across the Seven-Mountains in 2007 to State College with his wife Julie after he took a job in the Office of Sponsored Programs at Penn State. Much of his time in Lewistown was spent volunteering with a variety of non-profit organizations such as the United Way, Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis, and the YMCA. Lynn grew up learning to be a warm water bass fisherman on the Juniata River, and while fly fishing is very new to him, he is learning lots from the chapter monthly presentations and our helpful members. Lynn and Julie have a son who resides in State College and a daughter in Lewistown.

Lynn has been an active board member and volunteer's regularly with conservation, outreach and veteran service programs.  

He has BS in Business Management from Point Park University, Pittsburgh, PA and an MBA from Penn State.   

Ford Stryker - Vice President Frances Stevenson - Secretary
Ford was born and raised in rural upstate New York. As a kid he enjoyed fishing and hunting with his father.  He spent 25 years in the Navy after college, including a tour in Iceland where he was exposed to salmon fishing using flies. Ford worked at Penn State for almost 20 years. During this time he started fly fishing in the local streams. Always interested in environmental issues, he was Penn State's representative on the board of ClearWater Conservancy for 12 years and remains active with them. A member of TU and the chapter for several years, he helped facilitate development of the chapter's strategic plan. Now that he is retired he hopes to find more time to fish and become more active in the chapter. His other interests include: spending time with his grand kids, membership on the Mount Nittany Health System board, Penn State Sports, and figuring out retirement..." 
Frances was born and raised in Philadelphia PA, but spent weekends and summers in Ocean City NJ. She spent a lot of time on the ocean and fresh water fishing with her father and brother. She moved to Centre County, 48 years ago so that her husband, Dick, could attend Penn State as an undergrad. Her career has been in the banking and investment industries. Frances has served on the boards of several local non-profit organizations and chaired the Centre County Youth Service Bureau On the Fly Tournament for the past 4 years. Dick enjoyed fly and spin fishing most of his life and has been a member of SCCTU and served on the board for a number of years. Fran started to fish with him and joined TU about 15 years ago. They have had some great freshwater and saltwater fly fishing experiences on local streams, North Carolina, Alaska and the Bahamas and have made great fishing friends along the way.


Jamie SanFilippo - Board Member Bob Caccese - Board Member
 Jamie spent most of her childhood in Meshoppen, a small town in Northeastern Pennsylvania. She grew up spin fishing with her older brother and cousins in the backyard creek, Susquehanna River, and local ponds. During her Penn State career she worked part time at the local YMCA as a lifeguard and personal trainer. She also played softball at the collegiate level and was on the PSU boxing team. Jamie graduated from Penn State with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in Fitness Studies in 2010. She began her career working for the YMCA of Centre County. She often thought about starting a new and challenging sport and purchased her first fly fishing rod in 2013. As the Director of Community Outreach and a self taught fly fisherman, she partnered with the Spring Creek Chapter of Trout Unlimited on a Trout in the Classroom type tank at the YMCA - the highly successful Y-Trout Program.  As the proud sister of a United States Marine, she became actively involved the Veteran Service Program as a Stream Side Mentor. In addition to fly fishing, Jamie spends her time with her dog Jesse and enjoys hunting, going to country music concerts, wine tasting, and working out in the gym.  Bob is a Staff Attorney at Penn State University active in water law and policy, wildlife and fisheries issues, and the food-energy-water relationship. Prior to Penn State, he worked for the Pennsylvania Game Commission in Harrisburg, PA. He has published in several legal publications on water policy and the Endangered Species Act. Bob is a member of the American Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, and American Water Resources Association, where he serves on the policy committee for the national organization. He received his B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Penn State University and his J.D. from Penn State Law. In his spare time he is an avid bow hunter, fisherman, and enjoys backpacking in the Adirondacks. Bob has a passion for determining the future of eastern U.S. water management and the potential impacts on cold water fisheries from population increases, new users, and weather variability. In addition, he is a beginner fly fisherman.

Join us for the SCCTU
 45th Annual Dinner and FUNraiser

Come out and help celebrate the another successful year for the chapter.  It was an extremely active year - in community outreach, youth outreach, the veterans service program and conservation efforts.  The Annual Dinner and FUNraiser is our primary social event of the year and is also the largest fundraiser.  Come out and enjoy your friends and help to support our watershed.

An array of auction and raffle items will be waiting for you at this year's event. Add in friends and lots of laughs and it's sure to be a great night to support a good cause. 
Take a look at some of our 2017 accomplishments:
When:   Saturday, March 24th, 2018, 5:30 - 9:00PM
Where:  Ramada State College Hotel & Conf. Center
             1450 S Atherton St, State College, PA

Advance tickets:  Adults: $50  (Must be received by March 10, 2018)
                            Table of 8:  $360    Table of 10:  $450
                            Children under 15: $15
                            After March 10 and at the door adult tickets are $55
Premium Raffle: A chance to win an Orvis Helios 3D, 9' 5-wt, 4 pc fly rod.  Tickets are $10 each, or 3 for $25.  Let us know if you'd like to buy tickets and we'll try to arrange it! 


Letter of Invitation from President Mitchell:  Click Here
Registration form Word Format click here: Registration Form - Word Format
Registration form PDF Fromat click here: Registration Form- PDF Format
Can't attend? 
You can still help by making a donation or becoming a sponsor. We gratefully accept donated items for our auction, monetary donations or you can become an event sponsor.

For information on how to make a donation: Donate
For information on the benefits of becoming a sponsor click here: Sponsorship.
Sponsorship levels include Brook Trout - $500, Brown Trout - $250 and Rainbow Trout - $100.

Questions? Contact Paula Sowers at or 301-351-5930

National Recognition for Chapter


Congressman Glenn "GT" Thompson recognized the Spring Creek Chapter of Trout Unlimited at the 44th Annual Dinner and FUNraiser.  He read a proclamation that was presented to the US House of Representative in recognition of the chapter's accomplishments and for receiving the 2016 Gold Trout Award as the Nations most outstanding chapter.

2016 National "Gold Trout" Award


Chairman of National Leadership Council Mick McCorcle awards our President Robert Vierck the 2016 Gold Trout award as the nation's most outstanding TU Chapter

"The Spring Creek Chapter's conservation and angler science activities this year are more than enough to earn accolades: over 1.5 miles of riparian habitat planted, 13 in-stream structures built, water quality monitoring, redd count and angler surveys totaling more than 4,500 hours and valued at over $210,000.  However, behind all that conservation activity are the myriad was the chapter reaches into the community.  The chapter is constantly hosting events and activities, including their robust Veterans Service Partnership program where hundreds of vetrans have experience the power of both healing and community, thanks to SCCTU."  Mick McCorcle


Most Recent  Chapter News Available on-line - Click Here