BOARD BIOS

Erin O’Neill has a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Studies, and previously helped run an environmental education organization. She lives in Benzie county and loves gardening, cooking, canning, sewing, crafting, educating, and bottle feeding baby goats. Feel free to reach out at madrederio@gmail.com 
 
Scott Mills has sat on the HNS board of directors since spring 2019, and currently functions as the board chair. He is a poet and writer, a sometimes-teacher and in the summer works with the recovering piping plover population in Leelanau County. He’s energized by the work of renewal and cooperation that this year holds for HNS. 
 
Nicolas Piechotte was initially drawn in by the community spirit and clearly articulated vision, and has had his daughters involved with HNS programming all year long since they were 6 years old.  Now they are 10 and he is excited to serve on the board as a way to give back to the school, support enhanced programming and focus on the sustainability of the organization. 
 
Kevin Cain grew up at the base of the Old Mission Peninsula exploring the nearby woods, fields, and creeks.  He returned to the area to raise his family in 2011 and discovered the HNS community as a wonderful place for his whole family to interact with nature in a fun and fulfilling way.  Kevin has been a board member since 2020 and is currently the Treasurer. He can be reached at cain123@gmail.com 
 
Rachel Jones joined the HNS board of directors as Secretary in 2020.  She is excited to be part of an organization that weaves together many of the things she cares about – nature, working with kids, and building community.  She is interested in the intersection of mindfulness and nature connection, and feels passionate about the continuous work of creating an inclusive, supportive, and welcoming environment for all HNS participants and community members.    
 
Ronessa Butler joined the HNS board this past January. It’s been a few years since her kids were involved in programming, soshe is especially grateful to be able to reconnect during this time of growth. With a background in nonprofit community engagement, Nessa is looking forward to HNS’ increased visibility in our local communities. 
 
Carrie Crigier has been with Human Nature School for about 4 years. Starting off as a lead instructor she was excited to work in a program that was bringing youth into the natural environment. Currently she stepped away from her lead instructor position for the homeschool sessions to work at Woodland School, but will be back to help during Summer Camp programs.