John has a background in Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, bringing these expertise to our board of directors. He has served on other boards including: Tygart Valley Lions Club, Elkins Pool Committee, Mountaineer Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Elkins Chapter of Ducks Unlimited. John has been an Orvis-endorsed fly-fishing guide since 2010 for Elk River Touring Center in Slaty Fork, WV. He’s also an avid waterfowl hunter that trains retrievers and loves to introduce young hunters to the sport. He has coached for over 40 years and continues to coach the Randolph Area YMCA Swim team (RAYS). He has been a member of the Canaan Valley Resort’s Courtesy Patrol for more than 20 years. John has been married to Jean Lowry Schmidt since July 1981, with two adult children and one grandchild.