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Our committees form the backbone of our council, developing a variety of programs and policies which are adopted by the Executive Committee for dissemination to our chapters and other organizations as appropriate. Following is a brief description of each committee’s primary responsibilities.

Awards Committee
Chair: Ed O'Gorman (717) 580-3186  
Description: Solicits nominations and selects chapters and individual members for recognition on an annual basis.

Communications Committee
Chair: Brad Isles (724) 967-2832  
Description: Develops and implements all council print publications and website content, as well as being responsible for the issuance of media news releases.

Delaware River Committee
Chair: Lee Hartman (570) 224-6371   
Description: Monitors conditions and recommends actions to enhance flow regimes for preservation of the wild trout population in this premier fishery resource.

Development Committee
Chair: George Kutskel (814) 371-9290    
Description: Assumes the primary responsibility for matters pertaining to fund raising and capital giving.

Environmental Committee
Chair: Jeff Ripple (814) 442-7035     
Description: Develops statewide policies and programs relative to council’s conservation and environmental goals, including stream access issues..

Membership Committee
Chair: Russ Thrall  (570) 620-8677   
Description: Develops programs designed to promote continuous membership growth through the local chapters.

Trout Management Committee
Co-Chairs: Dick Soderberg (570) 662-4539  
                Ken Undercoffer ((814) 765-1035  
Description: Acts as a liaison with the PA Fish & Boat Commission to establish guidelines for effective cold water fisheries management programs.

Veterans Service Partnership
Chair: OPEN
Description: The PATU Veterans Service Partnership is a family fishing program for veterans conducted by the Pennsylvania Trout Unlimited chapters in our local communities and waters.

Youth Education Committee
Chair: Judi Sittler (814) 861-3277   
Description: Aids chapters in establishing and maintaining programs consistent with council's youth and family education goals. 

Diversity Initiative
Co-Chairs: Amidea Daniel (814) 359-5127  
                Kelly Williams (814) 765-2629  
Description: Develops new and innovative ways to increase and retain female membership and solicit more active participation from our female members.