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Jim Jozwiak Jim Jozwiak
Executive Board, President

Jim "Joz" Jozwiak is starting his seventh year as President of the ISA and is a member of the Jackson Kayak Fishing Team. In addition to his ISA duties, he regularly gives seminars on smallmouth fishing, stream conservation and kayak angling. Jim resides in Plainfield with his wife and has three children -- one living in Los Angeles, one in New York City and one in Boston. Jim owns a music education company that runs music programs in elementary schools throughout Chicagoland. His main areas of interest are stream smallmouth fishing, kayak angling, conservation and the ISA. Jim is proud of what the ISA has accomplished for conservation and smallmouth in Illinois over the last 15 years.

Scott Ferguson

Scott Ferguson

Executive Board, Treasurer, Membership

Scott produced
the Bronzeback Bulletin newsletter from 2001 to April of 2012 and has been the treasurer and membership director since 2002. He has been married to wife Crystal for 27 years and has been working as a service technician for Hobart Corporation for 26 years. In addition to smallmouth fishing in Illinois streams, Scott likes to travel to the Northwoods of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Ontario in search of smallies as well as Manitoba and the Northwest Territories in pursuit of big northern pike. His ISA duties and fishing keep him pretty busy but he also finds some time to play a little golf, go hiking and do some bird watching.

Mike Clifford

Mike Clifford

Executive Board, Conservation Director

Accomplishments include recipient of Lt. Governor Pat Quinn's Environmental Hero Award, implementation of the ISA pollution and poaching enforcement signs, overseeing the club's overall conservation agenda and working on various youth and educational programs throughout the year. Mike recently moved to Bradley, IL in order to raise his two daughters and one son (Jessica, Caitlin and Michael) within close proximity to the Kankakee River and the infinite outdoor opportunities it provides year-round.

John Loebach

John Loebach

Executive Board, Fly Fishing Director

I joined the ISA in 2002 to pursue local opportunities to catch river smallies. An avid fisherman for 40+ of my 52 years I still can’t travel past water without looking for possibilities. A professional remodeller self-employed for 25 years I live in Lombard with my wife Pat and son Malcolm. My first ISA experience was at the Fox River water willow planting where I met some of the 30+ volunteers and fellow conservation-minded fishing fanatics. Two years later I added running that event to helping with the Bassbugger program and now serve as Fly Fishing Coordinator. To further participation of our membership I urge you to come join us at monthly tying outings, local fishing outings or some of our events: Flies of the ISA in March, fly casting lessons in summer, and Cast & Compare in the fall. As always, I emphasize that all members, fly and spin fishers are welcome at Bassbugger events and I look forward to sharing with all skill levels of fly tyers and fishers.

Rich McElligott

Rich McElligott
Executive Board, Western Region Coordinator
Rich grew up in Berwyn, fishing the Des Plaines River and nearby forest preserve lakes. He graduated from Morton West in 1975 and married in 1978. Rich and his wife Trudy have three daughters and lived in Carol Stream until moving to Shabbona in 1990. Rich has been active with the Shabbona Lake Sportsman Club and joined the Illinois Smallmouth Alliance in 2000.

Paul Trybul

Paul Trybul

Northwest Region Coordinator

Paul grew up in Sycamore, Illinois. There he learned about the outdoors by hunting, trapping, and fishing the Kishwaukee River and local farm ponds. Now he lives and works in Rockford, Illinois in sales for the R.K. Dixon Company. Paul has 2 children and he introduces them to the outdoors by taking them hiking, canoeing, and camping. He also enjoys sports being a big Cubs, Bears, and Blackhawks fan. His favorite pastime is fishing remote sections of scenic streams in search of aggressive smallmouth bass.

Terry Dodge

Terry Dodge

Northwest Region Coordinator

Terry grew up in Rockford, Illinois near the Kishwaukee River and Kilbuck Creek. These waterways hold a lot of childhood memories fishing with his father. After high school Terry served his young adult years in the United States Marine Corps. After serving, Terry returned to Rockford and started a family and found peace from the everyday hustle and bustle of life by chasing smallmouth bass in his home waters. Terry is a forger with Estwing Mfg. Co. and has been employed there for over 20 years. Terry also enjoys laughing, fly-tying, writing songs and playing the guitar.

Tim Goodman

Tim Goodman

Northwest Region Coordinator

Tim grew up in Northern Illinois. After high school he served four years in the United States Marine Corps. After returning to Illinois Tim began working in construction and enjoying outdoor activities with his growing family.  In the spring of 2010, Tim bought his first kayak for fishing. After catching a few smallmouth bass from local rivers he discovered a new passion. He began pursuing river smallmouth from a kayak as a way to unwind and enjoy the outdoors. In 2011, Tim came across the ISA website while searching for smallmouth info online and joined the organization soon after. Tim is married to Jacqui and they have five children.

Ed Buric

Ed Buric

Chicago Region Coordinator

Ed grew up along the banks of Salt Creek in North Riverside, Illinois in the 1950s. Having watched that beautiful little creek being turn into a virtual sewer is what has fueled his interest in stream conservation. Now retired after 47 years as a carpenter foreman installing architectural millwork, he is able to do just that with the ISA. Ed now lives in Darien with his wife Bonnie of 50 years. They have two adult sons and a new basset hound named Rusty.

Eugene Collins

Eugene Collins

Chicago Region Coordinator

I signed up at the Rosemont show in 2009. I had visited the website and fished with other ISA members many years before joining. I like the opportunity to volunteer for events like Sgt. Tommy’s and Hunting & Fishing Days. I like to help today’s youth by teaching them about fishing and enjoying the outdoors.

Bart Durham

Bart Durham
Chicago Region Coordinator

Bart practices law and lives in the southwest suburbs with his family. He is an avid kayaker, often floating and fishing small rivers with friends.

Rob Grider

Rob Grider
Fly Fishing Coordinator

Rob grew up in central Illinois and began fishing at a very early age. His nomadic fishing career began as soon as he was able to ride a bicycle and visit all the nearby rivers, lakes and ponds. He later attended University and obtained a Bachelor's degree in Zoology. Afterwards he went on to attend the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago where he received an additional Bachelor's degree in Visual Science along with a Doctorate in Optometry. Upon moving back to central Illinois, his love for chasing any species of bass was again able to flourish. He soon developed a special admiration for the hard fighting smallmouth bass of the Lower Vermilion River system and his fondness for building fly rods and fly tying only contributed further to that terrible affliction. Today, just as when he was very young, he still loves combining the riding of his bicycle and fishing as you will often find him bicycle touring all over the country and you can bet he will have a small pack-down fly rod with him in the hopes of discovering new and inviting water.
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