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.

Tiera Guerena

Tiera Guerena, Program Coordinator GenWild

2020 – Present

Before making the San Luis Valley her home, Tiera grew up exploring the deserts and mountains of rural Arizona. Having been passionately involved in community development through the arts and outdoors since she was 16, Tiera moved to Colorado to help forward the mission of SLV GO! through the Americorps VISTA program. Upon completion of her term, Tiera was hired onto the SLV GO! team as the Program Coordinator for San Luis Valley Generation Wild, a coalition of organizations working together to connect San Luis Valley youth and their families to the outdoors, for which SLV GO! is the backbone organization. Tiera graduated in May 2020 from Arizona State University with a BS in Nonprofit Leadership and Management, as well as the Certified Nonprofit Professional credential.

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, Development Coordinator AmeriCorps VISTA

2021 – Present

Ellie Bollard is SLV GO!’s AmeriCorps VISTA for the 2021 calendar year. She is responsible for fundraising initiatives as well as marketing campaigns. She recently 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.