Mary Schaeffer


Mary has been fly fishing her whole life and has been lucky enough to incorporate her love of the outdoors into a career as a Retail District Manager for Orvis. She loves working with such a talented and fun group of anglers because there’s no shortage of people to fish with, and she learns from her Orvis coworkers every time she goes out. Mary’s dad taught her and her brother to fly fish when they were very young, and Mary grew up fishing the Carolinas for trout, bass and redfish. Remembering the importance of her own fly-fishing education, introducing new anglers to the sport through FF101 classes is one of her favorite aspects of her role at Orvis. She says that it’s awesome to see students catch their first fish on the fly and better understand the importance of conservation. While Mary travels all over the country for work, she tries to make time for as much fishing as she can.

Marsha Benovengo

Fly fishing became my place of solace after 9/11. Other women, as well as men, have always encouraged my excitement about learning as much as I could about the sport, and their generosity motivated me.

A fly-fishing school on the Upper Delaware led me to the Joan Wulff Fly Fishers, an organization built to educate women in the sport of fly fishing. I eventually became President. JWFF connected me to Casting for Recovery, which heightened my desire to serve breast-cancer survivors and help them explore the healing powers of fly fishing. I am now Program Coordinator for the CfR Eastern PA Program. I also serve as a Director and Diversity Chapter Chairperson for Central Jersey TU. This role keeps me thinking about paying it forward.

In September 2016, I joined the staff of the Orvis Princeton. Orvis has given me the chance to interact with women looking to break the barriers and get into the sport of fly fishing, by teaching FF101 and encouraging them. The 50/50 on the Water initiative provides an opportunity for me to mentor and empower women interested in becoming fly fishers.

Maggie Heumann

Maggie is an Alabama native, an Idaho resident, and is employed in the great state of Wyoming. An early love of fly-fishing led her to pursue a degree in Entomology and Poultry Science from Auburn University, making her somewhat of a bug and hackle expert. She has Master’s Degree in Entomology from the University of Nebraska, with an aquatic-insect-education specialty. After spending all of her college summers in the Jackson Hole area and a few years at grad school, Maggie finally decided to make the Tetons her permanent home. She likes to joke that the New England kids move West to ski, while the Southern kids head West to hunt and fish. It could not be more accurate in Maggie’s case. A true love for insects and the outdoors made a career in fly fishing a natural progression. After working for years at local shops as a buyer, she now manages Orvis Jackson Hole and does entomology-related outreach in the local community. She and her fly-fishing guide-husband, Hunter, live in Victor, Idaho with their two dogs, Bug and Missy.

Loretta Strickland

Loretta grew up in Washington D.C. and now lives in Oakland. She attended a fly-fishing clinic given by the East Bay Regional Parks District and fell in love with the sport. Her passion has led her to catch Atlantic salmon in Scotland; rainbow trout, grayling, and nase in Poland; and roosterfish, dorado and other species in Baja. I also have caught trout in British Columbia and other states.

Lesley Allen

Leslie Allen has been fly fishing and fly tying for almost 20 years, and both quickly became passions. She and her husband plan their vacations and days off around fishing, and their extended family is a favorite group of fishing buddies. Orvis has allowed Leslie to take her passion and turn it into a career. She says, “It is the funnest job that I have ever had!”

Laurel Monaghan

Fly fishing is a way of life for Laurel. It is both her passion and her profession! Through sharing her love for the water, she hopes to inspire others, giving them the confidence to get on the water. Currently,Laurel chases fishing seasons along the East Coast while teaching and introducing women and children along the way.

Kiki Galvin

Kiki grew up in Corning, New York, where she learned to fish at the age of five on Keuka Lake, one of the Finger Lakes. Ever since she hooked that first fish, she has carried that thrill and passion in her heart and has tried to share that passion with others. She attended Reel Women Guide School in 2002, and then returned to Northern Virginia, where she has been guiding in waters near and far ever since. Her motto is “Don’t be misled when you can be Ms. Guided.” Kiki is a former President of Chesapeake Women Anglers, serves presently as Vice President of her Trout Unlimited Chapter in Northern Virginia, and has volunteered for Casting for Recovery since 2001 and for Project Healing Waters since 2007. 

Kara Armano

My great grandmother taught me at a very young age to appreciate the outdoors and explore my surroundings. She did the same with my father, and he introduced me to fly fishing while I was young. I can’t recall exactly when I first started, but I really yearned to get on the water regularly at about age 10. Since then, I’ve fished mainly in the Rocky Mountain West on some of the most famed trout waters such as Rock Creek, the Madison, the Frying Pan and Colorado Rivers and many many small streams. Fortunately, I stumbled into making fly fishing my career about 10 years ago while working at a marketing and PR agency. I was the only one in the office who fished, so when a fly-fishing client came knocking I answered. Since then, I’ve managed the PR for several famed fly-fishing manufacturers and destinations and still do so today in a freelance capacity. Because of that, I’ve been fortunate to travel to many incredible destinations to fish like the Florida Keys, Mexico, Belize, the Dean River in British Columbia and many more incredible places. In addition to making it my day-to-day work, I also volunteer to educate and engage anglers in conservation efforts. Recently, that has been as one of the co-founders of Artemis, a sportswomen’s conservation organization hosting events, writing letters to the editor, calling elected officials, helping with advocacy trainings and much more. It’s very rewarding to see women’s eyes light up to know they can do more with their sporting heritage and to encourage and empower women to take leadership rolls around their passions.

Kayla Roys

Kayla was raised to appreciate the outdoors, whether she was out camping, hiking, hunting, or fishing. Over the last 10 years, fly fishing has morphed from simply a hobby to a passion and a profession. She has used my experience over the years to work with Alaska Fly Fishing Goods and Trout Unlimited to teach and encourage women about fly fishing.  Fishing is a way for Kayla to connect with the outdoors and leave the daily hustle of life behind for a while, and if she can help introduce that concept to another person, then she is happy. “Rain or shine, you can find me out on the water!” she says.

Kaitlin Barnhart

Fly fishing is an integral part of my life–it’s my passion, hobby, and career path. I’ve always treasured the therapeutic qualities found in rivers, and when I started fly fishing, it all connected for me. I take my kids fishing often, and I co-founded The Mayfly Project, a nonprofit that supports children in foster care via the sport of fly fishing, because I believe so strongly in the benefits of river-time for youth specifically. Many kids call me “The Fish Lady,” and I’m honored to have that title in my community.
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