Seth Bichler – President

Seth is an attorney licensed to practice in the courts of Minnesota and several federally-recognized tribal jurisdictions in Wisconsin and Michigan currently working as a Tribal Attorney for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. He earned his JD from the University of Oregon in 2014 with a concentrations in Public Interest Law and Natural Resources Law.  Since law school Seth has worked as a judicial law clerk for the Judiciary of the State of Alaska and more recently as a public interest attorney representing indigent Native American persons in tribal courts.

Seth is originally from Wisconsin and has recently found himself back in the Northwoods where he belongs.  Prior to law school Seth participated in three different AmeriCorps programs as a volunteer or employee: the Northwest Service Academy, the Washington Reading Corps, and the Nevada Conservation Corps.  Seth has also worked as an instructor at public university in Quito, Ecuador, and as a backcountry wilderness guide leading canoe, kayak, backpacking, and climbing expeditions.  Seth’s best friend is an eccentric eight-year old Spring Spaniel named Rocky and his favorite activities are skiing, hunting, paddling, and going to see live music.

 

Kyra Alvez-Moats – Vice President

Kyra has been a teacher at Golden Oak Montessori Charter School since 2014. Before her current position, she worked as an assistant teacher. She has held many different positions over the years at AmeriCorps, Student Conservation Association, Brightwood Vineyard and Farm, and Southwest Conservation Corps. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies and French Language and Literature from Washington University in St. Louis. She also has a Secondary Education Certificate from American Montessori Society. She is a Wilderness First Responder, and she is fluent in written and spoken French.

 

Jodi Nelan – Board Member

Jodi is a social worker who is currently working for Medicins Sans Frontieres/ Doctors Without Borders as a Mental Health Officer. She’s held a variety of positions throughout her career from answering a sexual assault hotline to designing suicide prevention programs for at-risk Bhutanese youth. She also has extensive experience working in the community mental health sector treating children, families, and adults. The common thread joining these diverse experiences is a driving belief in the value of service, social justice, empowerment, and the dignity and worth of the individual, family, and community. Jodi holds a Masters in Social Work from Colorado State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Georgia. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Addiction Counselor in the state of Colorado.

 

Armand Peloquin – Treasurer

Armand Peloquin is a twenty year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Originally from the state of Rhode Island he and his wife settled in the the San Luis Valley in 1995. Armand served as a Secondary Education teacher and a Special Education Generalist in the San Luis Valley school systems for fourteen years.

Armand also worked for a valley youth ranch during summers as a Wilderness Therapy Instructor and program director. He was also a high and low ropes course instructor. He served as a trail crew supervisor and program director with a juvenile offender program.

His academic credentials include a B.A. In History and Government, a Masters in Secondary Education, Colorado Special Education Generalist License, an ABD in Teacher Leadership. He specialized in differentiated instruction and literacy.

Armand and his wife make their home in Crestone, Colorado.