Board of Directors

Andy Danylchuk, Secretary Andy is on a personal crusade to ensure that fish are around for future generations to enjoy.  He is a professor of Fish Conservation at the Universtiy of Massachusetts Amherst, National Fellow of The Explorers Club, Research Fellow for Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, and a Patagonia Fly Fishing Ambassador. He is also a strong advocate for experiential education and using video media as a mechanism for sharing information and empowering stakeholders to make better decisions when it comes to fish and their critical habitats. 

Andy Danylchuk

Andy serves as Secretary of Indifly, and is on a personal crusade to ensure that fish are around for future generations to enjoy. 

He is a professor of Fish Conservation at the Universtiy of Massachusetts Amherst, National Fellow of The Explorers Club, Research Fellow for Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, and a Patagonia Fly Fishing Ambassador.

He is also a strong advocate for experiential education and using video media as a mechanism for sharing information and empowering stakeholders to make better decisions when it comes to fish and their critical habitats. 

 
Matt Shilling, Executive Director Matt is by far the worst fly angler of the group... but he's passionate about conservation and sustainable livelihoods! He has experience in both the private and public sectors having served in government and as an advisor, executive, and board member, of companies and nonprofit organizations. Among other roles, Matt has served as Associate Director of The White House Office of Public Liaison, and Deputy Director of External and Intergovernmental Affairs for a department consisting of 17 agencies and over 110,000 employees. 

Matt Shilling

Matt serves as Executive Director of Indifly, and is by far the worst fly angler of the group... but he's passionate about conservation and sustainable livelihoods!

He has experience in both the private and public sectors having served in government and as an advisor, executive, and board member, of companies and nonprofit organizations.

Among other roles, Matt has served as Associate Director of The White House Office of Public Liaison, and Deputy Director of External and Intergovernmental Affairs for a department consisting of 17 agencies and over 110,000 employees. 

Pat Murray Pat has worked for the Coastal Conservation Association for 20 years, serving in a variety of positions including both Assistant Director and Executive Director for Coastal Conservation Association Texas, and as CCA’s National Communications Director, Conservation Director, Executive Vice President and now National President. Murray was a light-tackle fishing guide in the Galveston Bay complex prior to coming to CCA. He has been a lifelong advocate for marine conservation issues and serves on a number of Boards, including the Board and Executive Committee of the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation, as Vice Chairman of the Texas A&M University Harte Marine Research Institute Board, and the Board of Trustees of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation. He was the founding Board member of the Building Conservation Trust and currently serves on its Board of Directors. He is a published author and is the publisher of TIDE magazine.

Pat Murray

Pat serves as a Board Member of Indifly, and has been a lifelong advocate for marine conservation issues.

He serves on a number of Boards, including the Board and Executive Committee of the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation, as Vice Chairman of the Texas A&M University Harte Marine Research Institute Board, and the Board of Trustees of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation. He was the founding Board member of the Building Conservation Trust and currently serves on its Board of Directors. He is a published author and is the publisher of TIDE magazine.

 
Peter Vandergrift Peter somehow turned a life as a trout bum into a career. An adventurer from a young age, he drove a van up the Alcan highway to Alaska when he was 16 and hiked the 2144 mile Appalachian trail when he was 17. Through his life the constant has been fly fishing and he began guiding in Alaska in 1994 eventually spending the better part of two decades shoveling water on the most beautiful trout waters imaginable. Peter was once a beat writer for a Montana newspaper and for numerous fishing and western lifestyle publications. More recently, he has worked for fly industry heavy hitters Simms Fishing Products and Costa Sunglasses. 

Peter Vandergrift

Peter serves as a Board Member, and somehow turned a life as a trout bum into a career. An adventurer from a young age, he drove a van up the Alcan highway to Alaska when he was 16 and hiked the 2144 mile Appalachian trail when he was 17. Through his life the constant has been fly fishing and he began guiding in Alaska in 1994 eventually spending the better part of two decades shoveling water on the most beautiful trout waters imaginable. Peter was once a beat writer for a Montana newspaper and for numerous fishing and western lifestyle publications. More recently, he has worked for fly industry heavy hitters Simms Fishing Products and Costa Sunglasses. 

Al Perkinson, Chairman Executive Vice President of Marketing for Simms, brand builder, avid angler, and "one of the most influential people in fisheries conservation". Al has been recognized for his extensive conservation contributions, including being named one of the 25 most influential people in conservation by Outdoor Life Magazine. He received the Lefty Kreh Sportsman of the Year Award from Bonefish & Tarpon Trust in 2014 and was named Angler of the Year by Fly Rod & Reel Magazine in 2015. He's also a member of the prestigious Explorer’s Club in New York City.  

Al Perkinson

Al serves as Chairman of Indifly, and is also Executive Vice President of Marketing for Simms, brand builder, avid angler, and "one of the most influential people in fisheries conservation".

Al has been recognized for his extensive conservation contributions, including being named one of the 25 most influential people in conservation by Outdoor Life Magazine. He received the Lefty Kreh Sportsman of the Year Award from Bonefish & Tarpon Trust in 2014 and was named Angler of the Year by Fly Rod & Reel Magazine in 2015. He's also a member of the prestigious Explorer’s Club in New York City.

 
Oliver White, Vice Chairman Oliver explores the world one fish at a time. He is a leader in all aspects of the flyfishing industry, and a sought after expert on global fisheries and tourism.   He has observed first-hand how angling can impact communities and offer new strategies to protect indigenous homelands. You can read more about Oliver's fascinating story in Men's Journal.        

Oliver White

Oliver serves as Vice Chairman of Indifly, and explores the world one fish at a time. He is a leader in all aspects of the flyfishing industry, and a sought after expert on global fisheries and tourism.  

He has observed first-hand how angling can impact communities and offer new strategies to protect indigenous homelands.

You can read more about Oliver's fascinating story in Men's Journal.

 

Team

Matt Breuer

Matt Breuer

Matt serves as Country Director - Guyana, and has worked in the fly-fishing industry since 1998. He has served as a guide and lodge manager in Montana, Alaska, Argentina, and Russia. Matt works alongside the young Amerindian men and women on the ground in Guyana. With a focus on empowerment and sustainability, Matt works tirelessly to conserve local resources and culture vital to the healthy future of the Rupununi region.  

 
Robert Lennox, Fellow Robert recognizes how important fish are to ecosystems as well as to people that depend on them for food, jobs, and ecosystem services. A PhD candidate form Carleton Universtiy, his research aims to identify actionable solutions to challenging fisheries issues that can simultaneously promote ecosystem conservation and sustainable development. Robert strives to promote recreational fisheries with science-based best practices that can generate long-term security for small economies while also contributing to conservation of fish, fish habitat, and aquatic ecosystems around the world.

Robert Lennox

Robert serves as a Fellow, and recognizes how important fish are to ecosystems as well as to people that depend on them for food, jobs, and ecosystem services.

A PhD candidate from Carleton Universtiy, his research aims to identify actionable solutions to challenging fisheries issues that can simultaneously promote ecosystem conservation and sustainable development.

Robert strives to promote recreational fisheries with science-based best practices that can generate long-term security for small economies while also contributing to conservation of fish, fish habitat, and aquatic ecosystems around the world.

Hayden Dobbins

Hayden serves as an intern and a full-time student studying economics and finance. Since finding fly fishing in his early teens, Hayden has become incredibly passionate in the sport and conservation, and hopes to bring exposure to fly fishing culture through his photography. Hayden is also an avid traveler and hopes to utilize his passions to enable growth and opportunities for generations of anglers to come.

 

Alex Filous, Fellow Alex is a Universtiy of Massachusetts Amherst PhD student whose focus is to conserve fish populations by helping local communities study the biology of culturally important fishes while developing sustainable practices for both subsistence fisheries and recreational fly-fishing. Alex considers it his mission to work with communities to pave the way for healthy fisheries, the growth of recreational fly-fishing ecotourism, and sustainable economic opportunities. 

Alex Filous

Alex serves as a Fellow, and considers it his mission to work with communities to pave the way for healthy fisheries, the growth of recreational fly-fishing ecotourism, and sustainable economic opportunities.  

Alex is a Universtiy of Massachusetts Amherst PhD student whose focus is to conserve fish populations by helping local communities study the biology of culturally important fishes while developing sustainable practices for both subsistence fisheries and recreational fly-fishing.