• Mary Turney
    Mary Turney Chairperson

    Mary is a former executive in the telecommunications industry and has a proven track record leading diverse organizations as well as establishing strategic partnership with clients, vendors and service providers. Mary’s background includes project management, financial, business and organizational strategy. In 2005, Mary retired as President of Telcordia Technologies in Piscataway, New Jersey. She has a degree in English and an advanced degree in management.  She and her husband launched the Wyoming Casting for Recovery program in 2011, and Mary continues to serve as the CfR Wyoming Program Coordinator. She and her husband split their time between Lake Hartwell in Fair Play, South Carolina and Dubois, Wyoming. Mary loves to travel and has been to all 7 continents … but she is happiest when on a trout stream!

  • Patricia Shands, MD
    Patricia Shands, MD Vice Chair

    Patricia is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon with a medical degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Dr. Shands completed her residency in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Kansas Health Sciences Center followed by a fellowship in Sports Medicine/Arthroscopy at Orthopedic Research of Virginia. She was in private practice in Bellevue, Washington for ten years before accepting a position at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium where she served as Chairman of the Orthopedic Department in Anchorage, Alaska for six years. She currently travels throughout rural Alaska providing orthopedic care to the Alaska Native population. In her spare time she enjoys snowboarding, skate skiing, backpacking, mountain biking, fly fishing, ice hockey, piano, drums and photography.

  • Brenda Towell, MD
    Brenda Towell, MD Trustee

    Brenda Towell was born in Saskatchewan, Canada and grew up fishing with her grandfather there.  She graduated from UTHSC Houston medical school in 1979, and did an internal medicine residency followed by a hematology/oncology fellowship in San Antonio, Texas. After her husband, Dennis Tweedy, completed his time in the Air Force, they settled in Austin, Texas, where she practiced oncology and hematology until retiring in December 2013. She was the only female medical oncologist in Austin for more than a decade, and thus, a large part of her practice was treating women with breast cancer. One of her patients was a participant in the first CfR retreat in Texas in 2004, and came back on fire with passion about CfR. Dr. Towell was encouraged to become a medical volunteer at the next retreat, and has attended every central Texas retreat (and several of the north Texas retreats) since. Upon retirement, one of her goals was to participate more fully in CFR, hoping to enhance the medical education portion of the retreat. She also participates in medical mission work in Honduras, and enjoys quilting, hiking, traveling the world, and spending time with her family and friends.

  • 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 Wagenlander Watson
    Kate Wagenlander 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.

  • Patricia Rae Kennedy, MD
    Patricia Rae Kennedy, MD Trustee

    Patricia Rae Kennedy MD FACS is a fellowship trained breast surgeon and the Clinical Director of the Saratoga Hospital Center for Breast Care in Saratoga Springs, New York.  Dr. Kennedy’s career has been focused on providing state of the art patient centered care for women with breast disease.  She also serves as a surveyor for the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, traveling to breast care programs across the country to ensure that they are meeting the highest standards of care.  Dr. Kennedy has been a volunteer medical facilitator with Casting for Recovery since 2006, and she believes in the healing power of the retreats.  She enjoys both fly fishing and photography in her spare time.

  • Charles Penley, MD
    Charles Penley, MD Trustee

    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.

  • Pat Luzier
    Pat Luzier Trustee

    Pat is a “retired” health care/retail executive experienced in organizational design and development, strategic planning, information technology and human resources management.  She grew up in the greater Cleveland area, attended Baldwin Wallace College (BA and MBA) and realized a successful and rewarding career focused on consumerism.  In 2004 Pat and her husband, Ray, relocated to Colorado where she created her own strategic planning/human resources consulting business – and took up fly fishing!  She has been an advisor to CEO’s, managed merger and acquisition activities, and has taught undergraduate courses in communication and human resources management.  Pat has served as an independent Board Member and Committee Chair for both publicly and privately-held corporations as well as advising not-for-profit boards.  She is passionate about the Mission of CfR, and understands the power of healing that comes from the outdoors.

  • 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.

  • 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 an avid skier and tennis player.

  • George Bernstein
    George Bernstein Trustee

    George currently serves as a Lead Operating Director for Partners Group, A.G. For the past 15 years, he was the Chief Executive Officer for Nobel Learning Communities, Inc., an operator of over 200 private preschools, K-5, K-8, and K-12 schools serving children in 18 states and the Laurel Springs School, an online K-12 serving children in all 50 states and over 70 countries. Prior to that, George operated a number of national retail organizations. When he was much younger and lacked wisdom, he got a law degree and was a management consultant. George currently sits on a number of corporate boards, where he sometimes day dreams about going to his house in Maine to sit on the dock, read, and listen to the loons (while eating chocolate and avoiding black flies).  George and his wife Julie currently split their time between Rangeley, Maine and West Chester, PA.  Helping CfR and the women it supports is personal for George, as breast cancer has struck both his mom and his wife’s mom. He is a novice fly fisherman and is not happy that every other member of the CfR board can out fish him.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Danny Canale
    Danny Canale Trustee

    Daniel Canale MD, FABP is a retired surgical pathologist who lives in Nashville, Tennessee with wife, Lori. Dr Canale earned his medical degree at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1971, after completing his undergraduate education at the University of Notre Dame. He did his residency training in anatomic and clinical pathology at Yale University School of Medicine. After serving four years as the Chairman of Clinical Pathology at the University of Alabama in Huntsville School of Primary Medical Care and as a staff surgical pathologist at Huntsville Hospital he moved to Nashville, Tennessee where he practiced surgical pathology and directed the clinical chemistry department at St Thomas Midtown Hospital for over thirty years. During this time, as a member of the Clinical Faculty of both schools, he taught medical students and residents at both Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the University of Tennessee Nashville program and he directed the School of Medical Technology at St Thomas Hospital Midtown. He is an avid outdoorsman and has fly fished since he was 11 years old. He says his goal is to land 40 permit before he puts his rod down. (He allows he has a long, long way to go). Dan feels it’s a privilege to work with the Casting for Recovery team and be part of the wonderful service and support they provide.

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