Board Members

Meet our current board members

Rhett Morris

President (Jan 2023)

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I am 55 years old and moved to Tennessee in 2017. I have worked as a machinist, fast food manager, chicken farmer, owner/chef of my own restaurant. I have always fished all my life and my dad taught me to fly fish from a young age. I have always believed that we need to save our water sources and natural places for our future children. I have 3 kids a daughter 31, twin boys 26 and one grandson 2 years old. I fish usually once week or more. I also enjoy cooking and getting local foods from local farmers.

Rick Elliot

Treasurer (Jan 2024)


I have lived in Carter County all of my life.  In 2011 I retired from the Robert Bosch Corp. after 27 years there.  My wife Karen and I live in the Powder Branch area of Carter County.  My dad taught me the love of the outdoors at a very young age. I have fished and hunted as far back as I can remember.  Dad took me to Laurel Fork Creek to fly fish when I was twelve, and I have been hooked on small streams and fly fishing since.  Dad also taught me that we are the stewards of the woods and waterways.  I joined Trout Unlimited to add my support to their conservation effort.  Now that I am retired, I have time to take part in the chapter's projects, and enjoy the fellowship of others that have the same mindset about our area creeks and rivers, as well as others nationally.  Today, we face many threats to our fresh water sources, and need to take these threats seriously. We need to work to eliminate as many of the threats as possible through projects and making others aware of what the generations that follow us stand to lose.

Sam Henry
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Vice President (Jan 2023)

Hello, My Name is Sam Henry. I'm 42 years old. I have been married to my wife, April, since 2000. We have 2 boys, Christian and and Jaiden, 15 and 13 years old. I work at Eastman Chemical in the Power Distribution Group. We maintain the power grid for the Kingsport site. I have been there for 12 years. I enjoy fly fishing and love to go whenever I can. My youngest son plays competitive baseball for several teams, so my fishing time has been limited in the past years. I started fly fishing in 2001, and have been hooked ever since. The reason I wanted to be a board member was to more involved with people with same interests. I am especially interested to help with the trout in the classroom. I think that is a really good program, and will help kids become interested in the sport and help with conservation. 

Philip Tipton

Secretary (Jan 2024)

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I am from the region, originally from Erwin, TN and currently reside in Kingsport. I volunteered to join the board after my son and I volunteered for the past two years in the S. Holston River Clean Up. We enjoyed being engaged with our community, making it better, and being in the great outdoors. I would love to work with TU to bring more members in, especially our youth. I have fond memories of swimming and fishing in Rocky Fork State Park. I would love to help conserve our cold-water fisheries so our future generations can enjoy it too. 

Evan McDougall
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Events Cooridinator (Jan 2025)

Evan is from Louisiana and learned to fly fish for speckled trout in the surf. He has lived in Jonesborough for the last 2 years and fishes everything from brookies in tiny mountain streams to big bass in the area’s lakes.

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Mike Givney

TIC Coordinator (Jan 2025)

Mike has been fly fishing and tying for the past 40 years. He grew up on the New York / Vermont border fishing the Battenkill and it’s tribs, as well as as the brook trout streams in the Adirondack Mountains.  He guided for a few years in the early ‘90’s, built bamboo rods and avidly fishes old school tackle and techniques.  While living in the northeast he was active in “Trout in the Classroom” and was part of projects that reintroduced brook trout to their native waters. 

Liz Rutledge

Women's Initiative Leader (Jan 2025)

Liz grew up in a small, rural area of North Carolina, and when she left to attend Appalachian State University, she became a true mountain girl, falling in love with all of the outdoor activities available to her. After graduating from ASU, she returned to school and studied physical therapy assistance and worked in various facilities in North Carolina during the past few years. As a result of her love for the outdoors and camping, she met a group of women who encouraged her to join a fly fishing group, and fly fishing  has become a true passion for her! Even though she grew up on a lake, her family never fished; however, she has now introduced her Dad to fly fishing, and he too has caught the fever. When she found out about a job in prime fishing territory, she decided to apply and moved to the beautiful mountains of Tennessee, not far from her beloved Boone.

Stephanie Mann

Membership Chair (Jan 2023)

I am Stephanie Mann. I am married to Jeff. When I was a little girl, I always wanted to go fishing with my dad and brother. My dad had a fly rod and always used it in the small streams back home. As a little girl, I always dreamed of the day I would learn to fly fish. I loved the beauty of the fly rod and line as they seemed to dance together in perfect step. Fast forward to June 2016 after our daughter's wedding, Jeff and I made a trips to Cabela's to make that dream come true. Our first trip was to Elizabethton to fish the Watauga River. I have been hooked ever sense.  If I am elected to serve on the board of the Overmountain chapter, I will work along side the other members to help grow the love of fly fishing in the female community, help to educate the community on the importance of keeping our steams free from contamination, and serve the members to the best of my ability. 

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Ryan Turgeon

Board Member (Jan 2025)

Ryan is native of southwest Pennsylvania.  He currently lives in Johnson City with his wife and two sons.  He enjoys fishing, hunting, kayaking, and camping.