Philip was born and raised in Bedford, Pennsylvania. After moving to the Pittsburgh region for school and work, he returned to Bedford, where he resides today. Philip is pursuing a bachelor of science in Environmental Policy and Management from Purdue University and currently works as a design consultant in the luxury fashion industry. As a young child, he spent countless hours fishing and exploring the small freestone streams near his home. Philip soon discovered fly fishing and has been an avid fly fisher for thirty years. His fascination with fish led to his involvement in water and fish conservation. Over the last several years, Philip has been involved in conservation projects, including at an international level, with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Conservation International. More recently, he served as national vice-chair of Native Fish Coalition, building relationships with state government agencies such as the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Department of Environmental Protection, Fish & Boat Commission, and conservation non-profits. His primary focus is informing and educating anglers, negotiating with stakeholders in the government and the private sector, and protecting and enhancing wild native brook trout habitats in Pennsylvania.