Meet Our Team

Mick Daniel

Mick Daniel, Executive Director

2017 – Present

Mick Daniel is responsible for the day to day operations of SLV GO! and projects within the six counties of the San Luis Valley. Mick has a background of more than 30 years in trails and outdoor recreation and brings a wealth of expertise and knowledge to the projects. Prior to joining SLV GO in 2017, Mick was the Director of Student Life and Recreation at Adams State University. Mick completed the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute at the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Washington in 2017. Mick holds a master’s degree in Leisure Services Management from Oklahoma State University.

Patrick Ortiz

Patrick Ortiz, Operations Director G.O.A.T.s

2018 – Present

Patrick Ortiz is responsible for the planning and implementation of the projects that the SLV Great Outdoors Action Team (GOATs) works on. Patrick has experience in protecting public lands, environmental education, leading trail construction, maintenance, and restoration projects, promoting environmental stewardship, and cultivating community. Prior to SLV GO!, Patrick has worked on and led various types of trail projects for Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Southwest Conservation Corps in Salida, Saguaro National Park, Great Sand Dunes National Park, and the City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks. He is a native of Alamosa and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Geography: Natural Resources Management with a minor in Environmental Science from Adams State University.

Dani Gronhovd

Dani Gronhovd, Community Connections Coordinator

2021 – Present

Dani Gronhovd is responsible for building broad-based, sustained local support for SLV GO! by engaging the constituents of the San Luis Valley in events, programs, services, and resources that SLV GO! provides to the community as part of implementing its mission. Dani has experience in community outreach and engagement, event planning, donor and partner relations, communications and marketing, volunteer management, and outdoor stewardship. Prior to joining SLV GO! in 2021, Dani worked in trail construction and maintenance with the Rocky Mountain Field Institute and as an Outreach and Events Coordinator for the Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust. Dani got her B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Minnesota and her Master’s in Conservation Leadership from Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

Ellie Bollard

Ellie Bollard, Grant Writer

2021 – Present

Ellie Bollard is SLV GO!’s Grant Writer. As the previous AmeriCorps VISTA in 2021, she’s continuing her work on SLV GO!’s fundraising initiatives as a part-time employee. She graduated from Santa Clara University with dual degrees in Environmental Studies and Communications, focusing on Sustainable Development. Ellie has past experience working in environmental education, regenerative agriculture, marketing and social media management.

Brian Puccerella, SLV Generation Wild Program Coordinator

2022 – Present

Brian Puccerella is the Program Coordinator for the Generation Wild branch in the San Luis Valley. He has his B.A. from Texas Tech University and a Master’s degree in Sport Management from the University of Alabama. Brian’s background is in collegiate outdoor recreation with over 10 years of experience running various outdoor programs. Brian has experience in fundraising, teaching, and facilitation and specializes in teaching a variety of outdoor recreation activities.