Meet the Risers 4 Rett (R4R) committee members:
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 Risers 4 Rett (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.
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, answers, 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 norhtwest Denver with his wife, Sara, 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 pristine fisheries from Colorado to Idaho and beyond.
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.
Lindsey is a third generation Colorado native who has avidly pursued fishing and enjoying all this state has to offer. He works as a Captain for Littleton Fire and Rescue, serving the citizens of Littleton on Engine 11. Lindseyecame hooked on fly fishing while working on the Elk River in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, in the mid 1990's and has sought the thrill ever since. He has been supporting the silent angels through fishing for both Casting 4 A Cure and R4R since 2008. He and his wife Kim are the proud parents of three boys: Miles, Noah, and Lane.
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. Risers 4 Rett has some high aspirations, and thanks to the fly fishing community, Tim believes we can reach them with your help.
Erin was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio and moved to Conifer, Colorado just after graduating from high school. She started a career in Real Estate in 2005 working as a Transaction Coordinator for Paul Tamburello at Distinctive Properties, Ltd. In 2010 she moved with Paul Tamburello to his new brokerage, Red Chair Realty Advisors, LLC and three years later, Erin decided to switch to Commercial Real Estate accepting a job with Ringsby Realty, where she is still employed.
Erin’s parents instilled in her a very strong work ethic and a strong need to help other people. So in her spare time Erin has been a committee board member for Tunes for Barrett since 2011. It's an annual music-themed event and some of Denver's most talented and well known musicians show up year after year to show support. Tunes for Barrett is named after Barrett, Ed Kammerer's daughter, who has A-Typical Rett Syndrome called CDKL5 variant. Funds raised support Barret's music therapy to which she responds really well to.
After supporting Tunes for Barrett for so many years, Ed was impressed by Erin's hard work and drive to help other people and was convinced she would be a great addition to the Risers 4 Rett committee. Learning fly-fishing has been on Erin's bucket list for many years, so being part of two fantastic fly-fishing tournaments per year is just the icing on the cake for her.