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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:




Leigh Ann Swanson
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
Past President

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.





Naomi Okamoto
Fly Tying Chair

Naomi is a first class fly tier, and finds innovative methods to transfer her skills to others as the chief instructor in PCC’s fly tying classes. A retired graphic designer, her first love is fishing spring creeks, whether in the Eastern Sierra or Montana. Whether due to her fishing skills or her diminutive size, photos of her holding trout she’s caught invariably make the fish look like record material. Naomi invites all members to contact her with questions about fly tying.





Seymour Singer 
Program Chair

Seymour joined PCC in 1976 as a ten-year old smart-ass, and not much has changed since then. He learned to tie flies in PCC’s annual fly tying class in 1973, and tied professionally for a short time in grade school. Seymour joined the Board as Program Chairperson in 1997, a position he maintains today. Seymour is two-time past president of PCC. A graduate of UCLA, Seymour is a portfolio manager/quantitative investment analyst, currently taking a little time off to enjoy raising his eight-year old son and PCC member Ross with his wife Tami. Seymour enjoys both salt and fresh water fly fishing, and the tackle associated with such endeavors. Seymour is also a budding photographer, to document the fish he doesn’t catch.



Wenda Payan

Vice 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!



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.



Tom Smith 
Membership

Tom is a native of San Diego, and grew up fishing his hometown lakes with conventional tackle. Tom received a PhD in Biology from USC in 1981, and recently retired from a career in software quality assurance. Tom joined PCC in 2003, and joined the Board of Directors shortly after that as librarian. Tom is a past president of PCC. Tom enjoys backpacking, and has planned backpacking/fishing trips for PCC.





David Bird
Grounds Chair

Pool Captain
David has been a PCC member since the early 80’s and a board member since 2009. David currently supervises the care of the grounds and landscaping at the Clubhouse. David is a retired civil engineer, now able to fully enjoy the pleasures and benefits of fly fishing the lovely streams and rivers of the world.






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
Outings Chair

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.





Manuel Camargo

Manuel Camargo is a past president of PCC, and has served in many other positions on the Board, including chairing the fund raising committee. His career experience as an executive in public relations and publicity has proven invaluable to PCC. He lives in Glendale with his wife Irene and junior members Alex and Isabella.







Adrian Cid Uribe

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.



Al League

Al is retired after a successful career in the banking industry. A long-time Board member, he previously served as membership chair, where his friendly nature and easy laugh made new members feel instantly at home. Al lives with his long-time wife and PCC member Dorsey in Altadena.







Guy Ferrante
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).