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PCC Officers & Board of Directors


The Pasadena Casting Club is managed and served entirely by volunteers, a proud tradition since inception. The Board of Directors consists of approximately 20 members, with responsibilities delegated to individuals and subcommittees. Many Board members serve multiple roles. Please meet the current PCC Officers and Board:



Wenda Payan

President
Fund Raising Chair

Wenda is responsible for organizing PCC's Annual Fundraiser, an auction and raffle held in March of every year, as well as the raffles held at every monthly meeting. Wenda’s ideal vacation is a wilderness destination road trip with her camp trailer in tow and a trunk full of fly rods. She was introduced to fly fishing and fly tying by her father when she was a teenager living in the Eastern Sierra. After her husband, Paul, became interested in fly fishing, they signed up for classes at PCC. Paul and Wenda are now inseparable river partners, but still competitive with everything fishing, so it’s no surprise that Wenda warns Paul “game on” whenever they hit the water!


Leigh Ann Swanson
Past President
Casting Program Director

Leigh Ann has been a fixture on the Board for over a decade, handling everything from event planning to casting instruction. She grew up fly fishing in a family of serious fly fishers, taken on the stream at such a tender age that her father tied a rope around her to prevent any catastrophes if she fell in. Among other jobs, she spent a summer working as a guide in Wyoming. Her husband Ed has taken to fly fishing, and has been known to out-fish Leigh Ann.



Dennis Greninger
Membership

Dennis started fly fishing in 1973, joined PCC originally in 1976, drifted away, and rejoined in 2004. Both Dennis and his wife Erika are avid fly fishers. Their favorite fishing spots include Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park, Hot Creek, the Madison River, and the Big Horn River. Dennis retired in 2008 after 38 years teaching U.S. History in the Los Angeles Unified School District. His son Ethan is also an active Club member. Dennis is also a longtime photographer and railroad buff.



Alexa Thomsen
Treasurer




Andy Gantner

Awards Chair

Andy was previously responsible for PCC's Annual Fundraiser for a number of years, and is taking a little breather as just a "normal" Board member. Andy retired several years ago after 45 years as an executive in the car rental industry. A longtime Pasadena resident, he has been married to his wife Gretchen for 45 years, and has an adult son, Drew, who also fly fishes. A Club member since 1985, Andy has been instrumental in the Club’s fund raising process for years, and also plans the annual holiday party and serves on the Awards Committee. Andy spends part of each summer living in the Nova Scotia area fishing for Atlantic Salmon. Like others, his focus on fly fishing is occasionally distracted by the attraction of the silly game of golf.


John Tobin

Conservation Chair

A life-long fly fisher, John joined PCC in 2012. He and his wife, Marilee, have lived in Pasadena since 1988. John retired after a long career as a clinician and administrator in the child, family, and forensic areas of public mental health services in Los Angeles County. He fishes primarily in the Eastern Sierras, Montana and Alaska, and is looking forward to exploring northern California waters.







Paul Payan

Paul Payan grew up in Arcadia and currently resides in Pasadena with his wife Wenda, who is also a PCC Board member. He is relatively new to fly fishing but grew up deep sea fishing, taking his first overnight trip out of Point Loma at the age of five. Paul’s wife Wenda grew up fly fishing the Eastern Sierras. They discovered PCC in 2007, and fly fishing has become a shared passion. Paul and Wenda have three children who have all taken classes through PCC. Paul is a Vice President for a major California Bank and approves/underwrites commercial real estate mortgages. Paul's other interests includes cooking, camping, and hiking.





Carl Crawford
Youth Programs

A lifelong resident of Southern California, Carl wet his first hook as a 12 year old at Yellowstone Lake on a family vacation. A new addition to the PCC Board, he has coordinated multiple popular outings to our local beaches and streams, and serves as a Casting Instructor at PCC Fly Fishing Clinics.





Adrian Cid Uribe
Vice President
Recording Secretary

Adrian Cid Uribe was born and raised in Northern California where he grew up fishing alongside his cousins and uncles as a boy. His passion for fishing expanded as he grew into an adolescent jumping at every chance he got to fish with his Uncle Manuel for steelhead, salmon, and stripers in the Sacramento, Feather, Yuba, and American Rivers. Adrian had to put his fly rod down temporarily to focus on his studies at UCLA, but returned to his passion shortly after graduation, when he moved to Miami to join the Teach for America program. Adrian took advantage of the many fly fishing opportunities available in South Florida, and now he enjoys both the fresh and saltwater water fly fishing the Los Angeles area offers. He has a particular affinity for fishing the rivers he once fished as a little boy with his spey rod. Adrian is an attorney practicing civil rights and criminal defense law in Pasadena.


Jim Bading

Librarian

Jim joined PCC in 2010 and became a board member in 2014. He grew up tight-lining for channel catfish in central Texas and caught his first trout (on a worm) in the Gallatin River near Bozeman, MT, in 1987. Jim was introduced to fly fishing in 1998 by an old track and bible-selling buddy from Baylor days and continues to aspire to “successful independent fly fisherman” status. He received a Ph.D. in physics from Brown in 1978 and has enjoyed a career in medical imaging research, specifically positron emission tomography (PET). A job at USC brought Jim, his wife Karen, and their daughter Anne, to LA from New York City in 1992. Jim took a new position at City of Hope in 2005 and retired from there in 2013. The Bading family lives in South Pasadena.


Guy Ferrante
Pool Captain

Guy is grew up in the San Gabriel Valley and now lives in Rosemead. He is an engineer, and has worked for the same company for 25 years as a structural designer. Guy started fishing as a teenager in freshwater lakes and streams. He took up fly fishing about ten years ago, and his other hobbies include baseball and his cherry 1967 Chevelle.








Ed Swanson

Ed was born and raised in Connecticut, where his father instilled in him a love for spincast fishing for bass and perch in that state’s many ponds and lakes. He moved to California after working at the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C., and gave up fishing for a number of years. Ed was introduced to fly-fishing when he met his future wife Leigh Ann in 2007, and since then has been a dedicated fan of our sport. He practices corporate and securities law when not fly-fishing or looking for petroglyphs. Ed enjoys fly-fishing in Wyoming, due to the beautiful scenery (not to mention the affinity of the trout there for large flies).

Scott Boller
Outings Chair

Scott was raised in Sierra Madre and Idyllwild California and learned fishing from his father (who was a PCC member in the mid 1960s) and grandfather at local lakes (Legg, Puddingstone, and Big Bear).  He started fly fishing in the mid 1970s when his father moved to Bend, Oregon.  Other than fly fishing, interests include rock climbing, skiing/snowboarding, spear fishing, scuba diving, hiking, and backpacking.  Scott is an Aerospace Engineer, spending the last 27 years at Rocketdyne, including 15 years on the International Space Station program.  Scott is a member of TU, CalTrout, and IFFF.  He is married to Sonia with two children who also fly fish, Samantha and Sebastian.

 

 

Justin Bubenik

Corresponding Secretary

Justin Bubenik was born and raised just outside of Portland, Oregon where he grew up fishing the Deschutes, Clackamas and Sandy River for steelhead and the multitude of local lakes and streams for trout. Following his initial introduction to fly fishing in the high mountain lakes of Oregon at the age of 8, he hasn’t turned back.  After receiving his undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University, Justin moved to Los Angeles to pursue his Juris Doctorate at the University of Southern California. Since moving to California, Justin has been exploring the local fresh and salt waters, taking regular backpacking trips into the Sierras in search of trout and breathtaking scenery, and pursuing his other passion of upland bird hunting.  During the workweek, Justin is an attorney at a law firm in Downtown Los Angeles with a practice focusing on real estate law.

 

 

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