Officers/Board Members

Jesse Bishop / NWA Chapter President

Jesse is a native Arkansan currently residing in Fayetteville, AR. Fishing has always been a hobby of his growing up, but became more significant when he picked up a fly rod in college. He now spends a lot of his time on the local tailwaters, and even spent a few weeks in Patagonia chasing South American trout in early 2017.

Jesse studied at the University of Arkansas from 2009 through 2013 and now helps manage the Petcare segment at Mars incorporated. We believe his business acumen and strong local relationships will be a great addition to Chapter 514’s Board. This is Jesse’s first position within the TU organization.

He spends a lot of time with his fiancé, Jessica, and their two dogs Bo and Cedar. He is passionate about conservationism and the sport of fly fishing and looks to further the improvement of the sport as well as the general wellbeing of Trout habitats.

Hailey Robinson / NWA Chapter Interim Vice President, Women’s and Diversity Initiative Coordinator, Trout in the Classroom Coordinator

I am an Arkansas native and a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences. After working as a microbiologist for Tyson Foods, Inc. for two years, I discovered one of my passions was in education. I pursued a career as an educator with Farmington High School with a Master’s degree in Education Administration from Arkansas State University. I also have two small children, that I like to include in my list of accomplishments, who also share a love for animals and the outdoors with me.

Growing up on a family farm in Farmington, AR, I have always enjoyed the outdoors. Trout Unlimited entered my life last year when I became a Trout in the Classroom teacher for TU’s Arkansas Chapter 514. The experience was so enlightening for both my students and me. I became friends with Brian Kick, Chapter President, and started volunteering for events and getting into fly-fishing along with conservation efforts.  Chapter 514 even sponsored my first fly rod and Brian Kick taught me how to fly fish. This Chapter has changed my life in so many ways and I look forward to giving back by helping others get involved in the amazing work TU and Chapter 514 do for conservation, youth outreach and the Women’s and Diversity Initiative.

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Ron Blackwelder / NWA Chapter Secretary and Treasurer and Interim Conservation Chair, Treasure Arkansas State Council

I am a long time member of TU and recently retired to Northwest Arkansas with the intent of doing more fly fishing. As Treasurer, my main goals are to engage chapter members, increase chapter membership and for us to collectively work on improving the NWA trout fishery and fishing experience.

Jeff Belk / NWA Chapter Youth Education Coordinator

Jeff and his son live in Fayetteville, Arkansas, in the beautiful Ozark Mountains. He graduated with a B.S. in Zoology from U of A in 1995, and M.A.T. Secondary Science from the U of A in 1998. He received his Wilderness Education Association National Certification for Outdoor Leadership in 1996. In 2004, he received the Arkansas Environmental Education Association’s Environmental Educator of the Year, Arkansas Wildlife Federation’s Conservation Educator of the Year, and National Wildlife Federation’s Conservation Achievement Award. In 2007, he received the Rogers High School Teacher of the Year Award and in 2017 Jeff was awarded the Ray Smith Conservation Award for his achievements in promoting and growing outdoors and conservation education for youth throughout northwest Arkansas.

Daniel Roberts / NWA Chapter Membership Chair

Daniel (@danielroberts_ar) is the newest NWATU Board Member, filling the Membership Chair responsibilities. Daniel was born and raised in Little Rock, AR and grew up fly fishing with his dad around the central AR area. Daniel spends most of his time tying flies, mastering his Striper Fishing fascination and everything outdoors in general. Most know Daniel as the local rep for Simms, Buff, St. Croix rods, etc. We know Daniel as a good friend and a great advocate for the sport of angling and conservation.

Open Position / Conservation Banquet and Auction Coordinator

Other Board Members /

Tom Emerick / Arkansas State Council Chair

Michael Wingo / Arkansas State Council Vice Chair

Bruce Darr / Arkansas State Council Secretary

Ron Blackwelder / Arkansas State Council Treasurer

John Sturgis / NWA Chapter Board Member at Large

Lee Ward / NWA Chapter Board Member at Large