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Board of Directors

Angelo Alderete

Angelo Alderete

Board Member

Angelo spent most of his childhood years growing up in Colorado, where he enjoyed backpacking, fishing, photography, and all things outdoors. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force after graduating from high school and served for 30 years. During this time, he was stationed in many parts of the world, and took advantage of each location to enjoy the surroundings. After retiring he desired to learn more about nature and wilderness and find ways to preserve its magnificence. He volunteers time and energy to this cause. He has served on several Nonprofit boards and supports several more. As a regular citizen with no formal training in Conservation, Forest Management, Silviculture, or Wildlife Management, the only thing he brings to the table is an appreciation for nature, curiosity, and a desire to learn how to blend the many interests in the Yaak Valley, so all people can enjoy what’s left of one of the last truly wild forests. Angelo splits time between Thompson Falls, MT, and the Yaak, and in his spare time likes to draw and hike.

Douglas Balmain

Douglas Balmain

Board Member

Douglas is a writer and researcher whose work is focused on the intersection of human consciousness and environmental restoration. He moved from the Sierra Nevada region of Northern California to Wyoming in 2010 and has since spent the majority of his time working up and down the Rocky Mountain corridor of Montana and Wyoming. He continues to take on volunteer field work and writing assignments for a number of environmental organizations in conjunction with his own independent writing and research. He currently lives in an off-grid camp near the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest border in Montana.

Hannah Hernandez

Hannah Hernandez

Board Member

Hannah Hernandez, MS Hydrology, has dedicated herself to advancing the Rights of Water, Rights of Earth, and Rights of the more than human world. After learning the hard lesson that science is a useful tool but does not change opinions or behaviors, she has invested many years developing the capacity to understand human emotional landscape. For seven years Hannah has been a Mindfulness Meditation Teacher, Reiki Master of the Usui-Tibetan Tradition, and an original Earth energy medicine practitioner. Recently, she has become A Work That Reconnects Facilitator in the deep ecology tradition created by Joanna Macy, PhD. Hannah is also an Inland Waters Master Captain, accomplished sailor, and lives aboard her sailboat Moon Shadow. She is forever a student of Earth, honing to the language of wind, water, fire, landscapes, animal beings, avian beings, and plant beings.

Peter Leush

Pete Leusch

Board Member

Pete is a modern homesteader on Old Hwy. 2 in the Curley Creek area. He worked with YVFC on the Headwaters crew for 10 years and currently works in Home Health Care and serves as the Secretary of the Board for the Troy Farmer’s Market. Passions include the 4B’s: boating, biking, backpacking and skiing the backcountry.