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Board of Directors and Staff

Board of Directors

Steven Davis, President and Founder

Steve Davis began On River Time to introduce children to the joy of watching a trout rise to a well-placed fly. “The river and I have a special relationship—the scenery, nature and the sound of the water suspends me to another time,” he says.

With more than 22 years of fly-fishing under his belt, Davis is no stranger to the sport, and he enjoys teaching the children who attend On River Time camps how to master the basics of a good cast. “Fish are smarter than you might think. The cast and mend is 80 percent of making the fish eat,” he says. Davis is also no stranger at The Lodge at Palisades Creek; after 20 trips to this Irwin, Idaho getaway, he is considered a family member. When he’s not drifting down the Snake River or trading stories at the Lodge, he’s thinking about doing just that.

If you ask him about his fishing stories, be prepared to stay for a while. He once got up close and personal with a bull moose after bumping into one of these large creatures on the Yellowstone River. “I screamed like a teenager at a New Kids on the Block concert,” he says.

Davis is also a photographer, writer and golfer. He is the senior vice president and director of Construction Risk Services for McGriff, Seibels & Williams, Inc.

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Dave Roberts, Vice President

Dave Roberts was “hooked” on fly-fishing five years ago, and since then, has returned to the Lodge at Palisades Creek each year, bringing his family and employees to experience the river. “I love being on the water, engaged with nature and hopefully, catching a few trout,” he says.

Dave is also a past winner of the McGillicutty Award, which represents a dedication and love for the sport. Dave’s best day on the Snake River was this past year, when he caught a twenty-two inch brown trout with his son Brad. An avid duck hunter, he enjoys traveling to his cabin in Alaska and relaxing with his family on his farm in Mississippi.

He is President/CEO of Excel Contracting, located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and has been involved with On River Time since its beginning. “I wanted to share the river with children who may never have an opportunity to experience nature and the thrill of catching a trout on a fly rod.”


John Ahlswede

John AhlswedeContribution to those in need is what inspired John to join On River Time. With two sons of his own, John understands the significance of what positive and wholesome experiences can offer children. He is thrilled that On River Time creates an opportunity for children to experience the therapeutic value of nature.

John is President of Sun Country Builders, Inc. located in Vista, CA. and currently serves as a Board Member for The Staunton Farm Foundation located in Pittsburg PA. The Staunton Farm Foundation, established in 1937 by a family member, serves the mental health community of southwest PA.


Chris DeMarco

Chris DeMarco


Jim Hickey

Jim HickeyJim currently divides his time between Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Pocatello, ID with his wife Kim and their five children. Jim has been in the fly-fishing industry for the past twenty years, working as a guide, lodge manager in Patagonia, owner of his own guide service and as a partner at WorldCast Anglers, the largest fly-fishing outfitter in the United States.

Jim started fly fishing as a youngster on the rivers of North Carolina and Virginia. After graduating from Hampden-Sydney College in 1993, he moved to Wyoming to begin his professional fishing and guiding career. Fly fishing throughout the US and the world, Jim has enjoyed experiencing and fishing new places with an angler’s perspective.

Jim is a FFF Certified Casting Instructor, ClackaCraft and Orvis ProStaff member, professional fly tyer, and a former member of the United States Fly Fishing Team, competing in two World Fly Fishing Championships – Sweden in 2005 in Finland in 2007. He has appeared on numerous TV episodes for ESPN, the Outdoor Life Network, the Outdoor Channel and others. Jim won Orvis Endorsed Guide of the Year for 2008. Also in 2008, he won first place in the professional division of the Jackson Hole One Fly. In 2010 Jim finished first overall and first in the professional division of the One Fly.


James A. Jacob

James JacobJamie is the Chief Executive Officer of Ajax Paving Industries, Inc. Ajax is a privately held business established in 1951. Ajax Paving is the largest asphalt and concrete paving contractor in the State of Michigan and a related company Ajax Paving Industries of Florida (est. 1980) is a large asphalt paving contractor on the west coast of Florida. Current employment exceeds 800 people.

Jamie currently serves as a Board member Michigan Chamber of Commerce and New Detroit, an organization committed to “closing the gap” in race relations in Detroit. Previously, he served on the Executive Committee of the Michigan Road Builders Association, Michigan chapter of the Nature Conservancy and was past Chapter Chair of the Detroit Chapter-Young Presidents Association.

Jamie is married to Denise for 36 years and has three married children and a grandchild. In 2009 Denise and Jamie established the Supporting Opportunity Foundation dedicated to supporting the welfare of children and parenting related charities.

Jamie is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Hobbies include fishing, skiing, horseback riding, photography and traveling.


Theresa Lipiro

Theresa LipiroTheresa Lipiro joined On River Time in 2012 with the hopes that her efforts, big or small, would have an impact in the lives of these young people. “ Growing up we all are meet with experiences that build our emotional, intellectual and spiritual intelligence, my goal is to help create those experiences.

Theresa is a driven and organized leader, in Theresa’s professional life she is a Marketing Manager at Turner Construction Company. In the 10 years that she has been with Turner Construction she has been responsible for marketing, special events and social events as well as charities. Theresa is very eager to help and wants to reach out to other people that share her passion to further this cause.


Emalyn Lovitt

Emalyn LovittEmalyn Lovitt joins the On River Time Board after being inspired by the opportunities that we provide for these young people. She believes it is so important to provide positive experiences for these kids, so that they can build on that and create a better future for themselves.

While she is not experienced at fishing, she loves the outdoors and plans on learning to fly fish right along with the kids. In her past she spent a lot of time outdoors with her 2 boys and their Scout Troop, on many adventures including rock climbing, white water rafting, biking to backpacking 80 miles in one week in New Mexico. In her professional life, Emalyn is a Casualty Broker and Sr. VP at CRC Swett, a Wholesale & Specialty Insurance Brokerage. She resides in Woodland Hills, Ca. In her spare time she enjoys traveling with her family, going to concerts and working in her yard.


Dave Nichols


Jessica Johnson Oufnac

Jessica JohnsonJessica Johnson is from Zachary, LA, and is a devoted mother to her daughter Kelcie. In her professional life, Jessica wears many hats. There is never a job too big or small in her eyes, from assisting at Excel Group to reaching out to abused and neglected children where she is a board member on the board of directors for the charity “On River Time.”

Jessica is launching her newest baby, LaLoux, which is an online, high end clothing boutique where every woman can get their clothing fix at the click of a button. LaLoux is a sister boutique to Lukka, where Jessica is also part owner.

Jessica enjoys anything and everything outdoors and everything extreme. From skydiving, snow skiing, scuba diving, off shore fishing, fly fishing and hunting, to being a beach bum and soaking up the sun and seeing live bands. She also enjoys landscape photography and is an avid tennis player where she is part of a tennis league at CCL. In addition, Jessica also takes private pilot lessons and can’t wait to fly her own plane one day.


Brad Robinson

Brad RobinsonMr. Robinson is the Head of Treasury Services at Lendlease, an international construction management/GC firm headquartered in Sydney, Australia. Located in the Charlotte, North Carolina office, Brad is responsible for managing all transactional treasury activities in the US. Prior to his tenure at Lendlease, he spent ten years with an international accounting firm working in its audit practice.

Brad has been an active member of the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) since 2001 serving as chapter President, Treasurer, and Board Member of the Charlotte chapter. He served on CFMA’s Carolinas Construction Conference Steering Committee from 2010 – 2012. Brad has served CFMA nationally serving on several committees and the national executive committee since 2010. He just completed his one-year term in March 2016 as CFMA’s national chairman – the highest ranking volunteer position in the association.

Brad is a CPA licensed in both North Carolina and Alabama and an alumnus of the University of Alabama.


Tracy Helmcamp Schieffer

Tracy Helmcamp Schieffer has been an avid outdoorswoman for most of her life. Learning and teaching sportsmanship was a key concept in raising two great children and she hopes to expand this opportunity with the ORT kids. She has served on numerous child advocacy boards and realizes that what children need is an opportunity to shine. Tracy is the Vice President of A. L. Helmcamp, Inc. a general contracting company in Buffalo, Texas.

Axel Schug

Growing up in the Napa Valley, I learned a good environment is so important to making great wine. The same goes for great fishing. Kids need a positive environment too, which is why On River Time has inspired me to help.

Flipping through my fishing pics, my favorites are those shared with my son Stephen. My daughter Bess and I share great times skiing together.

Stephen¹s in college now and a US Marine, but we still enjoy our “river time” together. Bess is in high school, a singer and plays soccer. She’s also a foodie like my wife Kristine, who is an accomplished chef for our family winery.

I hope that by helping kids less fortunate to have a caring, nurturing environment, they can go on to achieve great things too!


Dan Sullivan

Dan SullivanDan graduated from Concordia College with a degree in business. He began his career in the claims investigation industry in 1989 and together with his brother Edward, co-founded Terrier Claims Services, a full-service investigation company specializing in construction claims. As company president, Dan continues to bring industry-shifting ideas to claims investigation. He has been married to his wife Karen, a wildlife photographer, for 28 years and has two children. An accomplished cook, he translated this pastime into owner and chef of the Southbound restaurant in Valhalla, NY. Snow finds him ready to hit the slopes around the world and nearby in the Adirondacks and Vermont. An avid outdoorsman, he is always ready to fish regardless of the season. Tapping into two other loves of his early life, Dan mentors youth in his hometown of Pleasantville, NY, as the assistant coach for Dad’s Club football and trained young boxers as a volunteer at the Youth Services Bureau, and Cage Teen Center in White Plains, NY. Dan has a flair for finding the best in everyone around him. “I am looking forward to learning from the campers in the program, building connections with them based on my life experiences, and maybe even catching a few trout,” said Dan Sullivan.


Executive Director

Wendy Garner, Executive Director

Wendy Garner knows that a good story can connect, move, and inspire. As our new Executive Director, she is excited to share her gifts in a way that makes a difference in the lives of others. Wendy is an award-winning television veteran and small business owner. Through her company, Wendy Garner Media & Marketing, she has helped businesses and nonprofits tell their stories through media relations, publicity, and video production services. Prior to that, she worked as a news anchor, reporter, and show host for WVTM, NBC-13 in Birmingham, as well as stations in Montgomery and Tuscaloosa. She was also a show host at WDJC radio and for Alabama Public Television. Recently, she has produced a series of health and safety-related videos for Children’s of Alabama.

Wendy has been involved in many nonprofits over the years, serving on advisory boards for The Bell Center for Early Intervention, Kid One Transport System, and others. She has served as the emcee for major fundraisers, such as Smile-A-Mile’s Red Nose Ball. She recently traveled to Cambodia with Neverthirst to complete water projects.

Wendy is a native of Delray Beach, Florida, but transplanted to Alabama to attend Auburn University, where she later served on the Advisory Council for the College of Liberal Arts. Wendy and her husband, Tim, have two teenage sons.

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Junior Board

Mary Glenn Christopher, Co-Chairman

Mary Glenn ChristopherOriginally from Athens, Alabama, Mary Glenn graduated from the University of Mississippi with both her Bachelor’s & Master’s in Accounting. She moved to Birmingham in 2011 and began a career in the insurance industry. Mary Glenn has been involved in the creation of the junior boards for Kulturecity and Red Mountain Park, and she is an active member of The Junior League of Birmingham, where she routinely volunteers at Children’s Harbor of Children’s Hospital. She also serves as the lead female singer for 7th Avenue South, a band that donates its music to charity events. Mary Glenn is a member of Redeemer Community Church.

Taylor McGuire, Co-Chairman

Taylor McGuireTaylor McGuire was born and raised in Alabama and currently lives in Birmingham with his wife and 15 month old son . Taylor attended Troy University where he majored in Risk Management and Insurance. Taylor grew up around insurance and decided to make that his career path with no questions asked, where he now serves as Assistant Vice President for Towerstone, an construction and energy wholesale broker. Aside from Insurance, he has dedicated his time since living in Birmingham to many non-profits, all in which serve kids and low income children in many facets. Taylor enjoys anything outdoors and has a dedicated passion to automobiles, both new and classic.

Brian Dowling

Brian Dowling was born and raised in New Jersey and moved to Birmingham, Alabama, in November 2014. He has two siblings, a brother and a sister, and went to college in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. An avid sports fan, Brian grew up playing football, baseball, basketball and hockey.

Martha Lee Hawkins

Martha LeeMartha Lee Hawkins is an Account Manager Assistant and Executive Assistant with McGriff, Seibels & Williams, Inc. With the company for 15 years, she has served as the Birmingham State Council Director from 2009-2010; the President of the Birmingham Area Insurance Professionals from 2008-2009; and was awarded the Insurance Professional of the Year in 2007. In addition, Martha Lee has served in various volunteer roles, including: the National Association of Insurance Women; assisting with the children’s programs at Locust Fork First Baptist Church, The Bell Center Mereceded Marathon Team; Birmingham Sloss Furnaces Stokin The Fire BBQ and Music Festival; and the Alabama Psychotherapy & Wellness Center as an Individual Outpatient Support Counselor/Accounts Insurance Billing Administrator.

Erin Holtz

Erin HoltzErin is a personal and athletic trainer with a degree from The University of Alabama. She holds a personal training certification from American Council on Exercise as well as an instructor certification to teach CPR, First Aid, and AED for the infant, child, and adult. After moving to Birmingham, AL, following graduation she started working full time as an athletic trainer but part time as a personal trainer and began to realize her passion was not only on the athletic field but in the gym helping people achieve their fitness goals. She now has pursued her dreams and opened up her own local gym in Vestavia Hills, AL, named Pure Fitness LLC and is working one on one with her clients as well as teaching group classes. She specializes in cardiovascular endurance, plyometric training, core strength, rehabilitation after an injury, pre- and post-term pregnancy, weight loss, strengthening and toning, as well as maintaining a structured nutritional diet.

Katie Jernigan

Katie JerniganKatie is a North Carolina native and 2014 graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied public relations in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She has developed valuable experience in social media marketing through her various internships throughout college. Katie came to Birmingham, Alabama to begin here career at Intermark Group, a full-service advertising agency. She currently works at Knight Eady as the Public Relations and Digital Media Coordinator. Here she focuses her time primarily on social media, marketing and public relations efforts not only for our company but also for all of our events and partners including the Lutzie 43 Foundation, The NCAA, the AHSAA, Birmingham Corporate Challenge, Vestavia Hill High School, and Birmingham Tip Off Club. Katie also serves as the event manager for Elevate The Stage, a neutral-site gymnastics meet between Auburn and Alabama held at the BJCC, which supports Camp-Smile-A Mile and Ronald McDonald Charities of Alabama and includes over 1,000 Junior Olympic athletes. Katie is also a member to the Rotaract Club of Birmingham, and in her spare time, Katie enjoys cheering on the Tar Heels, swimming and traveling.

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Raines Welden

Raines WeldenA Birmingham native, Raines graduated from Auburn University with a B.A. in finance with a minor in economics. He works for Raymond James as a financial advisor who focuses on private wealth management, retirement planning and life insurance. Raines is a member of Canterbury United Methodist Church. In addition to his position with On River Time, Raines serves as a Chairman of the Junior Board for Magic Moments, which is the only Alabama-based wish-granting organization devoted exclusively to creating “Magic Moments” in the lives of children in Alabama with life-threatening medical conditions. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, golf and spending time outdoors.


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