Meet our Board Members:
Xavier Carbonnet - President:
I have never belonged to any kind of club in my life, not even as a kid, yet it is with great honor and privilege that I feel compelled to contribute my time and resources to help ensure the GGACC thrives as the most unique and relevant institution in the sport of casting and fly fishing.
The diversity, experiences and background of our membership are what make our Club unique. Here are a few things you might want to know about me: I grew up living in the South of France but my family is from the Loire Valley where I spent my youth fishing and hunting. For 200 years all of the men on both sides of my family have been officers in the Royal and merchant navy. My father was a merchant sea captain and I was born during a trip to North Africa on a naval base in Tunisia. I have been self-employed since I was 23, as an art dealer and artist agent for 30 years as well as the owner of a fly shop for eight. I do all the cooking at home and would rather prepare and cook something wild than something purchased from a store. Until now I have never confessed that I shot the swan than attacked me when I was 13 with the 410 my father gave me at Christmas. Our family property had a river that would flow through the village and a pair of swans would migrate back and forth. The male would charge and attack anyone standing next to the water and one day he jumped on me and tore open my fishing boot. To this day I do not like swans. I have a visceral fear of spiders too after getting bit in Africa. I have logged a million miles traveling the world with a fly rod. The more exotic and wild the destination, the happier I am. I do not consider fly fishing a hobby or a past time. It is a philosophy - a way of life. My girls are growing up with a great love for fishing and traveling - they want to go with me on every trip.
Libby Wolfensperger - Vice President: Spey O Rama Chair, Conservation, and BAYFF
I became a member of GGACC about 8 years ago, when I had decided to take the LTFF classes. I got the fly fishing bug after I had fished off an on with my brother. I wanted to learn more about trout fishing and be more independent, so I signed up for LTFF at GGACC and here I am years later volunteering, doing Board and committee work and enjoying fishing more than ever.
The club is a wonderful place to meet interesting new people and spend time with old friends. The diversity of the members and fishing interests is amazing and being a part of the club has added to the fun of living in San Francisco.
I have spent most of my life in the Bay Area thought I did spend seven years in Japan. I really enjoy traveling and now blend it with my love of fishing. I am really proud to be an active member of GGACC and look forward to continuing to contribute to the club.
Richard Yerian - Secretary
Growing up in upstate New York, my boating and fishing experience was pretty much limited to the Finger Lakes. Although my father had some exposure to fly fishing in eastern Washington and northern Idaho, where he grew up, spinning rods and plugs were the norm on the lakes for bass, perch, crappies, and the occasional lake trout.
I left the Syracuse area for college in New York City at N.Y. Maritime College. I graduated with a B.S. in Marine Transportation, a license as a deck officer in the U.S. Merchant Marine, and a commission in the U.S. Naval Reserve as a line officer. I sailed on cargo ships and tankers for a few years before taking shore side employment as a marine insurance underwriter, where I spent the next 37 years insuring cargo and ships of all types, working in Philadelphia, New Orleans and finally moving to San Francisco in 1978.
Twenty-one years ago I joined the GGACC after one of my wife's co-workers introduced me to fly fishing and fly casting at the ponds. I've loved it ever since and have fished mainly in northern California for trout, as well as Montana and the occasional GGACC fish out. My wife and I travel a lot and I'm always trying to take advantage of fishing opportunities elsewhere during those travels - even back to streams and lakes in NY and Pennsylvania.
The past few years of serving on the Board of the GGACC has given me the opportunity to meet many more members and to give back to the Club and the people who have taught me so much. It's an honor to part of the Board as it moves forward with new ideas and finds more ways to respond to the needs and interests of Club members.
Gene Weber - Treasurer
My grandfather taught me to fish for bluegills in suburban NYC. I recall first casting a fly rod about age 10 - a close family friend taught me by cinching his belt around my chest and upper arm. I progressed to trout fishing in the Adirondacks, and when I moved to California in 1977 I discovered the Sierras, and then Alaska. Next it was on to saltwater flats fishing in the 80s; it was then that I realized my fly casting needed a lot of work. I found my way to the GGACC in the early 90s, and joined with my two young daughters. It was at the Club's ponds where I had my first spey lesson in 2005. Now my fishing life revolves around the GGACC, coastal steelhead, the Trinity, Lower Sac, and McCloud, and annual trips all over the world with my buddies.
My day job is Managing Partner of an investment management firm I founded in 1994. I received a MBA from Wharton and a BS from the School of Electrical Engineering at Cornell, where I am on the Advisory Board. My daughter Scotty has a career in commercial real estate, and her sister Pinky is a muralist; both live in Brooklyn, NY. Neither fishes, but hope springs eternal.
I am honored and proud to have served as a GGACC Board member since 2014.
Jeff Hutchinson - Rondy Outings Program and Technology
I was born and raised in San Francisco, and have always been drawn to the water. I grew up surfing Ocean Beach, scuba diving the kelp forests of Monterey Bay, sailing SF Bay, and fishing for leopard sharks in Bolinas lagoon. As a young man I could never get enough time in, on, or around the water, and Northern California is my ultimate playground. I still feel that way! Although I have been fishing all my life, about five years ago I caught the fly fishing bug and there has been no going back. I joined the GGACC to work on my cast, and immediately felt like I had found my tribe - interesting characters, adventurers, protectors of the environment, and (of course) skilled anglers and teachers. I started leading the Rondy Program in 2017, and joined the board of directors in 2019.
When not pursuing aquatic adventures, I can be found working as a human resources leader in the tech sector. I hold a B/S in Organizational Psychology from SFSU. I've lived in San Diego and Lake Tahoe, and have traveled near and far, but San Francisco is forever my home. I have to say that my biggest catch is my wife, who always supports and encourages my passion for fly fishing. Our family includes two adventurous, beautiful, water-loving daughters and a parrot named Mitch.
John Murphy - Events Calendar and Learn to Fly Fish Program
I first joined the GGACC Board of Directors in 2015 and have served since as the club's Events Calendar Coordinator, responsible for the online posting of all club events (other than Rondies) and the resolution of conflicting activities that use the clubhouse and ponds. I joined the GGACC in 2010 after first learning to fly cast that year in the club's free casting lessons.
I registered as one of the first students in the club's then brand new 3-year long Learn to Fly Fish Program in 2011. As a 3rdyear student, I volunteered to take over the management of the first two years of this program and helped teach the classroom instruction. Two years later, I became the LTFF program director, while still helping to teach the classes and clinics, as well as both leading and/or mentoring its many students on their fish-outs each year.
Having retired in 2014 from an extremely demanding and long-hour career as a mechanical construction estimator and project manager for large high-tech commercial and industrial construction projects throughout the state (and some out-of-state), I am very happy to have more time now to give back to the club for helping me to find my great passion (fly fishing!) and all the joy it brings me.
I was raised in Montana as an avid hunter and a spin fisherman (I just didn't know any better then). I attended Stanford University where, after a stint in the Marine Corps, I graduated in 1975 with BS degree in Civil Engineering and later a BS degree in. Construction Management. My wife Linda doesn't care to fish, but has (thankfully) been understanding of my desire to do so, especially on my visits to Montana each summer. We have one son, who is married and living in North Carolina now – much too far away for his parents.
Lisa Pardini - Membership and Womens Program
I've always been drawn to rivers, oceans, and the outdoors. My "Zen" is wading in coastal rivers, throwing my spey rod, in hopes of catching a wild, chrome, steel head. Becoming a member of the GGACC 8 years ago was the catalyst for me learning how to fly fish and spey cast. Thanks to all of the great programs offered here, I have honed my skills as a fisherman and caster and have built lasting relationships with like-minded people.
I am a native San Franciscan, and live and work in this dynamic city. My other passions include my meditation practice and conservation work focused on keeping Northern California rivers and the wild fish populations that use them healthy and strong.
Ryan Stahl - Historian
I’ve fished my whole life, or at least since before I can remember. I grew up in Tennessee and Indiana and used to explore the ponds in our suburban neighborhood in elementary and middle school with a spinning rod my dad made for me. In the summer, we would travel up to Ludington, Michigan, and catch pike, salmon, and perch in Pere Marquette Lake and along the coast of Lake Michigan.
I bought my first fly rod in the late nineties at the Boat, Sport, and Travel show in Indianapolis. It got used mostly for panfish and bass early on, and I didn’t catch a Rainbow until a buddy of mine took me to the McCloud after I moved to the Bay Area in 2009. Since then, I’ve tried to explore wherever I can with a fly rod and especially love the Pit and Klamath Rivers and the Eastern Sierra. I’m a lawyer by profession, but have always been drawn to craft and am a self-taught rod builder and fly tier. I’ve lived in a lot of places - including two years in Ukraine where my wife and I met as Peace Corps Volunteers - but I’ve called California home since 2006 and have lived in Alameda since 2012. I discovered the World Series striper bite a few years ago, and now look forward to fall evenings each year casting in the Bay with a view of the nighttime San Francisco skyline. My wife and I have a son, and we both hope he'll grow to love the outdoors as much as we do.
The richness of the history of fly fishing in San Francisco amazes me. I’m excited to be a small part of stewarding that through involvement with GGACC.
Sarah Trenschel - Communications, Casting Instruction, and Womens Program
Born and raised in beautiful Santa Barbara, I have been living in the Bay Area for the past 6 years. I grew up an avid golfer, competing in tournaments throughout high school and college.
I enjoy small streams, Steelheading, foraging in the woods and birding casually. I am passionate about nature, Spey casting and helping support women casters and fly fishers to share the sport that has offered me so many opportunities. I like to teach and also to learn and I am very excited to be a part of such a venerable club.