Meet the Risers 4 Rett (R4R) committee members:
Brad is a native of Southern California where he grew up spearfishing and flyfishing the kelp beds of Catalina Island and exploring remote bays of Baja looking for snook. He attended University of Colorado at Boulder where he played linebacker for Coach Bill McCartney in the good ol’ days of the Big 8 Conference. Go Buffs!
Brad and his wife Amy enjoy traveling the world with backpacks and ball caps, experiencing the local cultures of Asia, the South Pacific, and Latin America -- ALWAYS with a 4 piece 6 weight and a box of clousers. More than anything, Brad enjoys experiencing adventure with his kids Reese (14) and Jack (11) – flyfishing and bowhunting around the west. Brad and his kids frequently host “Dad Trips” where they take busy Dads and their kids on cool adventures (canyoneering, rafting, fishing, rock climbing and hut skiing to name a few). The goal is to help these Dads build more loving relationships with their kids through nature and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Brad and his family believe that it is our responsibility while living in our great nation to give back and help those that need our support and love. Risers 4 Rett is an amazing organization that is at the heart of their charitable efforts!
Chad Bowers was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota and received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Montana. He has always had a keen love of the outdoors and a desire to help others.
In 1996, Chad moved to Denver and became a successful sales professional and business owner. Soon after establishing himself in Denver, he married, and is now a dedicated husband and proud father. While he was growing up, Chad’s parents instilled in him a strong work ethic, and a commitment to caring while helping others. Driven by his sense of caring, he has dedicated his time as an active member of the R4R Event Committee. Chad also gives back with ongoing donations and financial support for the R4R events, the Casting 4 A Cure event (which also benefits Rett Syndrome research) and other causes that are dear to him.
Patrick Callahan grew up in LaGrange, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. After receiving an undergraduate degree in 1987 from Drake University he moved to Colorado, where he vacationed as a kid and always knew he would return.
Since moving to Colorado, Patrick received a graduate degree from the University of Denver, has worked in the environmental engineering industry, and currently works in the energy sector.
During his time in Colorado, Patrick has continually dedicated time and resources to charities and organizations that are compelling and close to his heart. As the son of a coach, and as an athlete and sports enthusiast, Patrick understands that with effort, a strong team, and good leadership we can all RISE to life’s challenges and achieve great things!
Patrick now serves as the R4R Event Director, and serves on the Board of the Rocky Mountain Rett Association (RMRA). The R4R fly-fishing events help to fund the RMRA’s programs, primarily the Rett Clinic at the Children’s Hospital Denver.
As Patrick says, Rise to life’s challenges doing something you love, while helping someone else.
Chris was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado where he learned to fly-fish at age 7 from his Dad who is an avid angler. He spent time growing up exploring local creeks and rivers and finds spending time on the river as his personal sanctuary.
Spring of 2017 was the first time Chris participated in a R4R fly-fishing weekend and was so impressed with the organization and the connections and friendships he was able to make that he wanted to get more involved as a committee member.
Chris currently resides in Frederick with his wife, Sarah, two boys Mason (14) and Riley (11), and their English Labrador retriever, Aspen. Chris works as a recreational ranch broker for Live Water Properties and enjoys watching his boys play youth hockey and baseball. He also spends plenty of time on the water passing along the nuances of fishing to his boys while on the oars.
A long-time angling fanatic and transplant from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Brian Hartley arrived in Denver several years ago. He quickly formed a great friendship with fellow R4R Committee Chair, Ed Kammerer, over grand tales of fishing adventures throughout the Rockies and beyond. While getting to know Ed at his Highland Pacific restaurant, Brian enjoyed many interactions with the Kammerer family, especially with Ed’s twin daughters, Barrett and Brennan. Prior to meeting Barrett, Brian was unaware of Rett Syndrome. He was moved by the many challenges the families of girls affected by the disorder face. Their daily needs include support, full-time care, critical research and belief in the possibility of an eventual cure for families everywhere. When invited to participate in the 2014 R4R annual charity fly fishing weekend in the Roaring Fork Valley, Brian jumped at the chance. It was an honor and a truly enjoyable experience to participate, but he felt compelled to take his involvement and support to the next level. In early 2015, Brian joined the board to help raise critical research dollars and increase awareness for Rett Syndrome through the Rett Clinic at Colorado Children’s Hospital.
Brian currently resides in northwest Denver with his wife, Sara, son Kelton, and Labrador retriever Logan. Brian is a seasoned ranch broker specializing in the trophy recreational ranch properties throughout the Rocky Mountains with Live Water Properties, and can often be found waist deep in the coldwater fisheries from Colorado to Idaho or on the flats of Southern Belize.
A chef by trade with an extreme passion for fly-fishing, Ed lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife, Yvette, and their twin daughters Barrett and Brennan. In 2008, their lives changed forever. After three years of unanswered questions and countless tests, Barrett was diagnosed with a very rare form of Rett Syndrome called CDKL5 with intractable epilepsy.
Since the summer of 2009, Ed has been heavily involved with Casting 4 A Cure, another fundraising effort for Rett research and support. This event allowed Ed to do something he loves while helping his daughter and other girls like her.
In 2011, Children’s Hospital in Denver opened their first Rett Clinic, which Barrett was able to be a part of. Ed was anxious to become a part of R4R to help fund the Rett Clinic and help support all the Rett families in the Rocky Mountain region.
Sandi is an avid salt and freshwater fly-fisher. When she moved to Colorado in 1996, a friend introduced her to the world of fly-fishing. At first cast she had a spiritual connection with the sport, being out in nature, her sanctuary. Her first catch was on the Madison River in Montana, where she landed a 21” brown. Sandi’s been “hooked” ever since!
Sandi was educated about Rett Syndrome by her long time collegiate friend, Ed Kammerer, whose daughter Barrett was diagnosed in 2008. This cause became close to her heart, as Sandi is a caring and loyal friend to all she encounters. Sandi lives in northwest Denver with her husband, Mark, and their Labrador retriever Lily. They all enjoy the outdoor Colorado lifestyle, whether through hiking, biking, camping or just enjoying beers on the patio. Sandi is a talented artist and graphic designer who lends her time and creativity to the R4R events.
Jessica Lindsley grew up in Massachusetts. Immediately after earning her bachelors degree from Babson College, she went west to find new adventures. Along the way, she married a fly-fishing guide and picked up a few fly-fishing skills. After living in Wyoming for almost a decade, she and her husband decided to move to Colorado to be closer to family. Throughout her time in the west, Jessica has been involved with various nonprofits as a volunteer and executive. She now serves as the event coordinator of R4R and program liaison for Rocky Mountain Rett Association (RMRA). She lives in Denver with her husband and two daughters.
Michael's dedication to fly fishing began when he moved to Fort Collins, Colorado from Duluth, Minnesota and his new high school buddies introduced him to the art of fishing the Poudre River. In 2001, he took his passions north to start a fly fishing program at Eaton's Ranch in Wolf, Wyoming. Upon moving back to Colorado in 2013, his fly fishing opportunities became limited with the introduction of two daughters, that is of course, until his wife began working with Rocky Mountain Rett Association. Since attending his first R4R event, Michael has fallen in love with the cause, the group of people involved, and yes, the opportunity to fish.
Ever since his daughter Tatum (now eight years old) was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome, Tim has always had a flame burning. It still burns hot and every time Rett Syndrome stokes another flame Tatum's way, Tim is reminded that he has to keep fighting for his daughter and the many other girls who are affected by Rett Syndrome. Instead of standing on the banks, Tim is lucky enough to get his waders wet and join an amazing team with R4R.
Tim’s first experience with fly fishing was actually at a Casting 4 A Cure event for Rett Syndrome up in Steamboat Springs. Tim learned quickly that fly fishers are some of the most amazing people. R4R was created because Rocky Mountain Rett Association partnered with The Children's Hospital of Colorado and started a clinic to support families and to help their children deal with the harsh ramifications of Rett Syndrome. R4R has some high aspirations, and thanks to the fly fishing community, Tim believes we can reach them with your help.
Growing up in Utah, Ken Smith spent his youth in the outdoors at every opportunity, with fly fishing being at the top of list. Whether fishing lakes, small streams, or blue-ribbon rivers, that love of fishing continued throughout his life. Having spent his career moving around the country as an executive in the telecommunications industry, Ken moved full-time to Colorado in 2008, and in 2014 started his own consulting company in Greenwood Village. Ken and his wife Lisa, have three grown children and three grandchildren. All who share a love of the outdoors, and more importantly, share a common commitment to aligning with worthy causes.
Ken was introduced to R4R in early 2016, and has not missed an event since. He would be the first to admit that the fishing and accommodations, though exceptional, are not the reason for his passion for the event. Having the opportunity to get educated on Rett Syndrome, triggered a genuine drive to share that knowledge with others in a way that will motivate others to contribute their support and resources for those impacted. If you were to ask Ken, having the opportunity to positively contribute towards raising funds and awareness for R4R, while spreading the word to others, is a true privilege.
Dave or “Big Daddy” as he’s affectionately known, is a pillar in the community and has given his time and talents to many great nonprofit organizations through the years. He’s a long-time business owner focusing on the Technology Integration space.
Dave has been married to Carolyn for 32 years and has two awesome kids – Adele (20) and Austin (23). They are a flyfishing family, with all four enjoying time on the water together as they travel the US to watch Austin’s collegiate hockey games or vacation as a family.
One of Dave’s great contributions to the Colorado Community is hosting Johnny’s Jamboree for the past 18 years. Each June, 175 Dads and kids (3 til their 20s) descend on Jefferson Lake campground to camp, shoot BB guns, play capture the flag, tell ghost stories and build memories for a lifetime. Many kids have learned a love for the outdoors from Dave’s unique and heart-felt efforts to provide an opportunity for Dads to build more loving relationships with their kids with nature as the backdrop.
Today, Dave helps to “herd the cats” of our Risers committee and loves being part of a grass-roots effort to make a difference for kids and families affected by Rett Syndrome.