Great Lakes Workgroup

There is 21 % of the world’s freshwater contained within the boundaries of the Great Lakes. In fitting with Trout Unlimited’s Mission Statement to protect, restore, reconnect, and sustain coldwater fisheries, the Great Lakes NLC Workgroup (GLWG) is bringing to light the many complex issues affecting the Great Lakes Region. In doing so, the GLWG is seeking to provide scientific input and leadership into the resolution of the many problems in front of the Great Lakes Region. It is paramount that recognition and attention is given to the single largest source of coldwater in the United States.

The NLC’s Great Lakes Workgroup recently released A Case for the Great Lakes, a comprehensive look at the many challenges facing the region. Click the link above to download a copy.

Committee Members

Chair, Robb Smith, Michigan

Illinois                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Ed Michael
Jerry Sapp
Greg Prosen
Walter Bock

Jim Kelehan

Al Woody
Bryan Burroughs
Greg Walz
Robb Smith
Tom Mundt
Tom Quail
Michael Sipkoski

John Lenczewski
Stephen Carlton
John Hunt

New York
Chuck Godfrey
Scott Seidman

Chris Steffen
Donald Dean
Jim Augustine

Joe Greco

Linn Beck
John Rennpfred
Kim McCarthy

TU Staff Contacts, Keith Curley and Taylor Ridderbusch


TU Volunteer Leaders trainings are a powerful way to connect with resources, learn from fellow volunteers and grow your impact locally. Join us for the following in-person and online events:

In-Person Trainings:

2020 Annual Meeting
TBD Online Event Planned

2021 Northeast Regional Rendezvous
June 26-28 – Connecticut


Online Trainings:
View recordings of past webinars online at Online webinars are held at 8 p.m. EST unless otherwise noted.

June 4 – Planning for the Fall: What Activities Work Best (8PM)

June 9 – Tactical Succession Planning (8PM)

June 15 – Council Chair & Vice Chair Roundtable (5PM)

June 22 – Leaders Only Tools Section: Fedback from Volunteers (2PM)

June 23 – State of Eastern TU: Stories of Impact from the Field (8PM)


Your Volunteer Operations Staff is here to help! 

Nick Halle
Volunteer Operations Coordinator
(703) 284-9425
Contact Nick for:

  • Volunteer Leader Login Issues
  • Insurance Requests / Questions
  • Fundraising Program & Support
  • Membership Recruitment Tools
  • L.L. Bean Rod Donations

Lisa Beranek

Leadership Development Manager
(907) 205-0974
Contact Lisa for:

  • Leadership Recruitment & Development
  • Embrace A Stream Grants Program
  • Strategic Planning Support
  • Diversity Event Planning