• Patricia Shands, MD
    Patricia Shands, MD Chair

    Trish grew up on the Texas Gulf Coast learning to fish as a toddler.  Some of her fondest memories are sitting on the pier beside her grandmother, cane pole in hand, keeping her eye on the bobber.  Trish’s passion for fishing followed her well into adulthood, but it wasn’t until she attended a Casting for Recovery retreat in 2004 as a breast cancer survivor, that she discovered the magic and allure of fly fishing.

    Trish is a retired Orthopedic Surgeon.  She earned her medical degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center after completing her undergraduate studies at Baylor University.  She did her residency training in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Kansas Health Sciences Center followed by fellowship training in Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy at the Orthopedic Research Institute of Virginia.  Trish was in private practice in Seattle, Washington for the first half of her career before heading out on an adventure to Anchorage, Alaska, where she served as Chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.  While in Alaska, Trish traveled all throughout the state to small, remote villages providing orthopedic care to the Alaska native indigenous population.  A village trip often included travel via float planes, snow machines, small boats and the occasional dog sled team.

    Trish currently splits her time between Seattle, Washington and Sun Peaks, British Columbia. She enjoys snowboarding, fly fishing, skijoring, mountain biking, kayaking and jazz drumming.  Trish is passionate about all things CfR and is a strong believer in the healing power of nature and the magic that comes from the retreats.  She is excited and honored to be serving as Chairman of the Board of Casting for Recovery.

  • Charles Penley, MD
    Charles Penley, MD Vice-Chair

    Charles Penley, MD, FASCO, is a medical oncologist, and a partner with Tennessee Oncology, in Nashville, TN. Dr. Penley earned his medical degree in 1982 at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine and his internship, residency, and fellowship at Vanderbilt University.  Dr. Penley is a Diplomate of American Board of Internal Medicine, with certification in Medical Oncology.

    Over the course of his career, Dr. Penley has maintained associations with numerous professional organizations, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of ASCO 2013-2015.  His ASCO service includes terms on the Cancer Education Committee, Public Issues Committee, and Special Awards Selection Committee. Dr. Penley has been a member of the Conquer Cancer Foundation (CCF) of ASCO Board of Directors since 2005, has served as the CCF Treasurer, and was Chair of the CCF Board from 2013-2015.  He has served two terms on the Board of Trustees of the Association of Community Cancer Centers.  He currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he obtained his undergraduate degree.  He is proud to have been recently named to the Board of Trustees of Casting for Recovery, and looks forward to working with other volunteers engaged in providing vital support for breast cancer survivors.

    Dr. Penley enjoys a wide variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, fly fishing, and white water rafting.  He and his wife Connally reside in Nashville, TN.

  • Kristin Mellinger
    Kristin Mellinger Treasurer

    Kristin Mellinger is the owner of V3 Strategic Solutions, LLC. Specializing in assisting clients in creating and growing value, Kristin provides management and organizational consulting services, and strategic planning leadership to Boards of Directors and executive management teams. Through V3, Kristin has also led a number of equity transactions by providing buy- or sell-side advisory and due diligence services. Before founding V3, Kristin served as Executive Vice President / Chief Financial Officer and finally Executive Vice President / Chief Operating Officer of Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC). With revenues of approximately $2.4 billion and more than 10,000 employees worldwide, ASRC’s business activities include energy services, construction, petroleum refining, government contracting, and passive investments. Kristin worked for the ASRC family of companies for 18 years, serving as Chief Financial Officer at several subsidiaries until being appointed Chief Financial officer of the parent corporation. In addition to managing the Corporation’s financial functions, support service center, and then operations, Kristin was a member of the executive team, which contributed to the Corporation’s growth from $1 Billion to $2.4 Billion in revenues.

    Kristin is the Secretary / Treasurer on the Alaska Industrial Hardware Board. She also serves on several not-for-profit boards, including the Kenai River Sportfishing Association, Casting for Recovery Kenai Peninsula, and is Chair of the Kenai River Women’s Classic. Kristin is a pilot, certified flight instructor, and an avid fisherman and hunter. She and her husband live on the banks of the Kenai River in Soldotna, Alaska.


  • Kate Watson
    Kate Watson Secretary

    Kate is the principal of KCW Global Research, a qualitative research consultancy established in 2006, which focuses on helping Fortune 500 clients become more successful in their ability to develop products and convey product messages through packaging and other communication mediums in a thoughtful, strategic, and effective manner on a global scale.

    Her involvement with Casting for Recovery began in 2007 as a hospitality helper at retreats and a volunteer at alumnae retreats. The time she spends with the women serves as reinforcement of the need and positive impact of what Casting for Recovery provides for its participants – and has fueled her desire to be more involved in helping further strengthen the organization.

    Kate’s passions for fly fishing and travel can only be outdone by her love of connecting with others, be they an excited brown trout, someone in the checkout line, or someone in a small town outside of Timbuktu.

  • Lakshmi Balasubramanian, MD
    Lakshmi Balasubramanian, MD Trustee

    Lakshmi is a Medical oncologist and partner with Texas Oncology where a large part of her practice is dedicated to treating women with breast cancer. Born in Zambia, Southern Africa  and growing up in southern India, she has lived in Austin, TX for the past 12 years. She completed her Masters in Genetics and internal medicine residency at the University of Florida and went on to complete her fellowship in hematology and medical oncology at Northwestern University.

    Lakshmi had never fly fished until she was blessed with the opportunity to be a medical volunteer with Casting for Recovery in 2009. Ever since, she has been hooked to Casting for Recovery and fly fishing. Extremely thankful for having been a medical coordinator and volunteer over the past decade for Casting for Recovery Texas and implementing the metastatic retreat for Casting for Recovery in Texas and nationwide and other special retreats around the country, she is delighted and honored to be part of the CfR board.

    She enjoys spending time with her teenage son Varun, dogs Oreo/Zoe/Cedric, and fiancé Peter, driving with her car club, and volunteering for various organizations that impact women’s, children and minority health including serving on the Board for Komen Austin. Happiest when outdoors, Lakshmi can often be found traveling and fly fishing the world, hiking, and  exploring new places in her airstream Nest trailer.

  • Diane Bristol
    Diane Bristol Trustee

    Diane is the Senior Director of Employee & Community Engagement at Simms Fishing Products. She’s been with SIMMS for over twenty-seven years. During her tenure at SIMMS, Diane has also managed Marketing/Brand, Product Development, and Customer Service.

    Diane has championed the relationship between SIMMS and CfR for almost a decade through unique product promotions and as a National Sponsor. Diane is currently serving as Vice Chair for Warriors & Quiet Waters Foundation Board of Directors, serves on the Board of Directors for the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, and was appointed to the Get Outdoors Montana Advisory Council in 2019 for a 2-year term. She has also served on the board for the American Fly Fishing Trade Association and the International Women Fly Fishers. Along with her board roles, Diane is also a program volunteer for the WQW Fishing eXperiences and Casting for Recovery retreat programs. Diane, along with SIMMS, was recently recognized by Greater Yellowstone Coalition for her role in helping to protect the Yellowstone Ecosystem with the successful passage of the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act.

    Diane has a BA in Psychology from Western State Colorado University. Diane and her husband, Bruce, are avid fly anglers, they also enjoy hiking, camping, skiing and many of the other outdoor activities that Montana provides.

  • Ronetta (Roni) Briggs
    Ronetta (Roni) Briggs Trustee

    From growing up on a farm in Eastern Oklahoma to the Big D in Texas, Roni Briggs has never forgotten her love for the simple things in life: enjoying family, our native land, including rivers, and lakes, laughing out loud and the sense of place you find in your community.

    Roni is a seasoned business executive. Her business insights were honed through years of increasingly higher leadership experience in a vast number of disciplines and industries. Before co-founding The OSIYO Group, Briggs was VP Business Capabilities & External Affairs for Diageo, the world’s leading premium drinks business. She also held leadership positions in communications, professional consulting, healthcare, and energy industries.

    A Cherokee Nation tribal citizen, Ms. Briggs graduated from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and Native Entrepreneurial Studied professional certification Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College, and professional accreditation in Cultural Heritage Tourism, from George Washington University.

  • Carol Butler
    Carol Butler Trustee

    What started as a desire for community service transformed into 32 years of contributing through work on various non-profit boards. Carol learned her primary strength was in fundraising, which morphed into chairing a variety of groups representing differing interests in her community.   

    Carol was born in Montana. Growing up she enjoyed skiing and boating, snow machining and ice fishing. Carol had a full scholarship to the University of Montana, which was cut short when the senior student driving her back to the University on her 19th  birthday was involved in a rollover accident where Carol broke her back. Sitting in classes became too painful and she left the University.

     Prior to retirement in 2008, after 30 years as a top agent, Carol sold real estate specializing in corporate relocation in Anchorage, Alaska. Carol chose a career over family, and married her second husband, Blake. Blake is the love of her life, who brought two amazing daughters into her orbit resulting in 5 grandsons that are the joy of their lives! 

    Both pilots, Carol and Blake spend summers in Anchorage where they explore Alaska’s vast beauty in their Cessna 172. Winters are at their second home in Rancho Mirage, CA (Palm Spring area) where hiking the numerous trails in the Coachella Valley is a preferred activity. As Carol enters her 7th decade, volunteering continues to remain a passion. 

  • Marc Levey
    Marc Levey Trustee

    Marc Levey is a partner in the New York office of Baker & McKenzie. He has over 30 years of experience in international taxation and is a nationally recognized expert in his field, particularly in structuring and defending transfer pricing strategies.

    He has frequently been acknowledged by Euromoney as one of the “World’s Leading Tax Advisors,” included in its “Best of the Best” global tax experts. Marc’s practice focuses on transfer pricing and cross-border transactions; tax controversies and litigation; general corporate, international and partnership taxation, and restructuring multinational company’s global operations.

    He has also worked extensively in various capacities with not for profit organizations, as both counsel and as a Board Member. Marc and Janie have been married for 32 years and have 5 sons and 6 grandchildren. Janie has taught him to fly fish, but says he is still a novice at best. However, Marc is an avid skier and tennis player.

  • Linda Lovgren, APR
    Linda Lovgren, APR Trustee

    Linda’s passions are her family, friends, the outdoors and her career. Her love of the outdoors started when she grew up on an Iowa farm and was her Dad’s most trusted farmhand. From driving the tractor at age 10, to showing livestock at the Fair, to high school sports, if she could be outdoors that was her happy place.

    Linda is vice president of Emspace + Lovgren, a public relations and marketing strategy group, formed when she sold her 40-year old company and merged it into the new entity. She has a degree in English and Communications from Indiana University with certifications as an accredited public relations counselor and public outreach facilitator. She was elected the first woman board chairman of the Omaha Chamber of Commerce, is a member of the Omaha Business Hall of Fame and has chaired numerous community and professional boards.

    Linda discovered Casting for Recovery while reading a fishing magazine during recovery from  breast cancer surgery. It was 2010 when she, along with friends and fly fishing companions, began the CfR Program in Nebraska. Linda has witnessed first-hand and embraces the difference these retreats can make physically and emotionally for participants. The Nebraska program holds two retreats annually and continues to be dedicated the CfR mission.

    Linda and her husband, Bob, have an adult son and daughter and seven grandchildren. The family loves to hike and fly fish together. Bob and Linda are travel enthusiasts and are working on visiting as many of  the country’s national parks as possible.

  • Missy Sprouse
    Missy Sprouse Trustee

    Missy is a partner in the Dallas based photography business, Sprouse and Neuhoff.  She has been a professional photographer for over 26 years.  Missy also owns a small transportation company, The Big Love Bus based in Knoxville, Tennessee.  Missy lives with her husband, Kerry in rural Crowheart, Wyoming where they spend their time fly-fishing, riding and enjoying the outdoors.

    Kerry and Missy share their love of Wyoming and the mountain west with their family.  There are a bunch of boys in the Sprouse house….5 sons and 5 grandsons.  Missy first had the opportunity to photograph the Wyoming CfR Retreat in 2012.  She fell in love with the incredible mission, values, women and all folks involved with CfR.

    Missy’s passion for life, all things outdoors and one-one-one connection to people make working with Casting for Recovery and its mission a true joy.

  • Gwenn Bogart
    Gwenn Bogart Chair Emeritus

    Gwenn Bogart is a CfR founding member and chair emeritus. She and her husband Dave live in Wyoming. Gwenn’s life is consumed with taking care of and training competition sled dogs. She also enjoys fishing, flying airplanes, skiing, hiking, riding her road bike and pursuing her artistic skills. She has two grown daughters, Hannah and Molly. Gwenn continues to support Casting for Recovery.

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