Board of Directors
Benjamin Redmond, Board President – Ben works tirelessly behind the scenes, soliciting some of the largest brand names in the industry for support. He also assists with the Conclave, Film Tour and other FFIM events. He is a native Mainer who grew up in New Gloucester before leaving to serve in the United States Marine Corps for six years. Ben has been fly fishing since he was in grade school, having learned the sport from his grandfather. When he is not chasing down funds for FFIM projects, he can be found fly fishing the remote ponds and rivers near Moosehead Lake, or wandering the miles of Maine’s coastline after midnight in search of giant stripers. Ben is also a Registered Maine Guide.
Dan Tarkinson, Board Vice President – Dan founded FFIM in 1995, initially as a college project, and for the lack of being able to find any information about fly fishing in his home state of Maine on the emerging “World Wide Web”. Initially a limited set of static pages, FFIM has grown into a dynamic community of thounsands of anglers from across the globe, and a 501(c)(3) non-profit orgainzation that has raised tens of thousands of dollars to benefit Maine’s fisheries through education and conservation. Dan has been fly fishing in Maine for over 20 years, and routinely spends time chasing both trout and salmon across the state in rivers and streams, as well as stripers and blues among the estuaries and flats closer to home in Casco Bay.
Courtney Nickerson, Board Secretary – Courtney is a native Mainer growing up fishing ponds, small brooks and streams, eventually discovering fly fishing shortly after high school, That discovery has led to a lifetime of debt. He enjoys talking with those in the flyfishing community and is dedicated to seeing it grow. Courtney ties flies for fly shops in Maine and can be found at the tying desk with several good beers close at hand, or not so easily found exploring the small streams of Maine discovering what is around the next bend.He has been guiding for FFIMs Casting for Recovery day camp for several years and enjoys the many friendships he has made along the way. Courtney is a Registered Maine Guide and is always quick to seize the opportunity for a smart remark or a quick laugh, and has a long standing record of never wading a river without tripping on a boulder or bruising a shin.
Maura Halkiotis, Board Treasurer – A 17-year survivor of breast cancer, Maura (a.k.a. Biscotticatcher), was introduced to fly fishing through Casting for Recovery and FFIM. Her love of standing in a river in her waders supercedes her love of actually catching fish (which she rarely does). Her favorite place to fish is a secret (naturally) and her favorite fly is anything with pink in it although she has been known to use biscotti in a pinch. Maura’s love of the outdoors extends to hiking, camping, cycling and snowshoeing. In her spare time she runs a CPA practice in Yarmouth.
Brian Foley, Board Environmental Steward – Brian spent his childhood fishing the brooks and ponds of Downeast Maine – ever since then his passion has been exploring remote streams, chasing wild, native Brook Trout and trying to protect the places they are found. He has been fly fishing for 44 years and is a Registered Maine Guide. At the moment, the corners of his fishing world are Newfoundland, Alaska, New Zealand and Venezuela. He currently lives and works in Orono. Brian’s duties at FFIM will include event support and spearheading the Spring Cleanup and Grassroots Grant Program.