Chief Operating Officer, Healing Waters Fly Fishing
David Folkerts is originally from the state of Nebraska where he grew up on a 400 acre corn and soybean farm near the town of York. His parents are Curtis and Mary Folkerts who still reside at the same home that David grew up in. His dad continues to run the farm while his mother spends her time as a Special Education teacher for a small Nebraska school system. David has 3 siblings, an older brother named Billy, a younger sister Janell, and another brother Michael. David’s youth consisted of working a lot on the farm for his dad and enjoying the country life. His love of fishing started at an early age where he spent many days during the summer down at a creek that went through his dad’s pasture land where he would catch Bullheads and Carp.
David is a 1999 high school graduate of Heartland Community Schools (Nebraska) and a 2004 college graduate of Wayne State College (Nebraska) where he majored in Industrial Technology Education. He enjoyed playing multiple sports in high school and college which included football, basketball, rugby, and track and field.
David first joined the Army in 1999 with the Nebraska Army National Guard. He remained a guardsman through his time as an ROTC cadet. He was commissioned as a 2LT in the Army Corps of Engineers after college graduation. Upon entering the US Army on active duty in May of 2004, David was first sent to Engineer Officer Basic Course in Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. He then earned his Army Ranger tab by completing Army Ranger School in Ft. Benning, GA. His first duty assignment was with the 70th Engineer Battalion, 1st Armor Division at Ft. Riley, Kansas. In March of 2005 David was deployed to Taji, Iraq for OIF 3. He was there only a short period of time before he was wounded by an IED bomb blast on April 22, 2005. In Baghdad he underwent emergency surgery to save his left arm and was then medically evacuated to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC. While an outpatient at Walter Reed David learned about Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing and quickly got involved in the program. It did not take long for him to fall in love with fly fishing. After being medically retired from the Army on Jan. 28, 2008 he contemplated many career choices before concluding that working for PHWFF was an amazing opportunity that he could not pass up and was hired full time starting on May 19, 2008. David is now approaching eight years of employment with PHWFF. He is very excited about the future of the organization and all the opportunities it will provide to positively affect the lives of recovering warriors, disabled vets and their families. David currently lives in Frederick, MD with his wife Lindsay and their 5 yr old son Jackson.