About Us

Jane Ratzlaff – Green Kids Foundation




Helping people become good stewards of our environment and animals through education, quality outdoor education experiences and engaged with the Green Kids stories.

BOARD MEMBERS

Sylvia Medina, Founder

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Sylvia Medina is the Founder of the Green Kids Foundation.   She established this so she can help share the message to children to help preserve our planet and its animals.

Ms. Sylvia Medina is the President and CEO of Green Kids Club, Inc.  Green Kids Club specializes in writing children’s books related to Environmental Stewardship and learning concepts for children. The stories highlight two children that drink water from a magic spring giving them the power to communicate and talk with animals. Together the kids and animals work towards ensuring they have a healthy ecosystem (www.greenkidsclub.com).  Green Kids has won a number of awards including the 2016 Green Company of the Year by Dr. Toy, Family Choice Award in 2015, the Mom’s Choice Award (2014), and the Dr. Toy Best Green Award (2014).  In 2017 we have been awarded the Dr. Toy Award for Top 10 Socially Responsible and the Top 100 for 2017.

Ms. Medina was also past president and owner of North Wind, Inc. an Environmental engineering and construction company.  She attended college at New Mexico Tech in Socorro, New Mexico, where she received Bachelor’s of Science degrees in Environmental Engineering and Biology.  After graduating from New Mexico Tech, Ms. Medina relocated to Idaho to work for the Idaho National Laboratory. While working she also obtained a Masters in Waste Management.

In addition to her work in the environmental industry, she is also an accomplished Jewelry Artisan (Sylvia Medina Jewelry).

Anne Riedesel

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Ann Riedesel has 20 years of multi-faceted experience in communications and public relations in federal and state government, private industry, and non-profit organizations. She is experienced in public affairs, media relations, and employee communications. She has a proven track record of working successfully with media, elected officials, activists, and the general public. Ann has a significant depth of experience developing and implementing strategies for public relations and corporate communications. She is a trained facilitator, as well as a skilled writer and editor with experience ranging from large technical documents and public information materials to marketing materials and websites.

Prior to joining the Fluor team, Ann served as Communications Director at two Idaho small businesses – 6 years at the North Wind Group and 5 years at Portage Inc.  Prior to that, Ann was the Public Affairs Manager for BNFL Inc., managing the communications program for the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project through design, permitting, construction, and start of operations.

Dr. Gerry Sehlke

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Dr. Sehlke has 31 years experience in various topical areas, including; regulatory compliance, environmental restoration and water resources policy programs, in designing and implementing, groundwater monitoring, groundwater protection and environmental sustainability programs, and designing and implementing energy, water-, watershed- and climate-change adaptation and resilience research and development projects/programs.   His professional interests are focused on developing a nexus between policy/law and science; that is, ensuring that ongoing environmental/natural resources related science can support policy and legal needs and evaluating whether environmental/natural resources policies/laws are scientifically sound.

Professionally, He has been a Principal Compliance Engineer at the Naval Nuclear Laboratory, an Advisory Scientist at the Idaho National Laboratory, an Adjunct Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Utah State University, an Affiliate Researcher at the Energy Policy Institute at Boise State University, and a Legislative Affairs Fellow for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).

Dr. Sehlke has earned a Ph.D. in Water Law, Management and Policy, a M.S. in Hydrology, a M.S. in Entomology, and a B.S. in Biology.

Ann Voilleque

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Anne Voilleque is an artist, non-profit volunteer and philanthropist.  She is active in the arts and education with her Foundation supporting hundreds of technical college and university students!

 

Dr. Terri Neese

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Serial entrepreneur Dr. Terry Neese, is a lifelong Oklahoman and has spent over thirty (30) years finding careers for men and women. She is the founder of Terry Neese Personnel Services (TNPS), National Grassroots Network, Women Impacting Public Policy and the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women (IEEW).

Current and previous roles include:

  • Board of Director to the Euro-American Women’s Council
  • U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council, through which she traveled to Afghanistan in 2007
  • National Advisory Council on Indian Education
  • Les Femmes Chefs d’Entreprises Mondiales (FCEM) Regional Commissioner for the Americas
  • National Women’s Business Council (a bipartisan federal government council created to serve as an independent source of advice and counsel to the President and Congress)
  • Advisory Council for the United States Committee for United Nations Development Fund for Women

Frederica Wheeler-Johnson

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Graduated from Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY in June, 1963, Major Field, Political Science. Minor Field, French
Studied for a Master’s Degree in International Relations at the University of Virginia 1963-64
International Trade Specialist at the U.S. Department of Commerce, 1971-1995
Summers in Glacier National Park, Montana at the family compound of Grandmother and Grandfather, Senator and Mrs. Burton K. Wheeler. Senator Wheeler was U.S. Senator from Montana from 1924-1946.
Presently resides in Montana, Maryland and France.
Present and recent affiliations: Member, Chevy Chase Club, member of the Colonial Dames of America, Chapter Three. Former member of the National Society of Colonial Dames where I was on the Board of Directors and served as Secretary and First Vice President. Member of the Potomac Bridle and Hiking Trails Association where I have served on the Board of Directors for 10 years. Former Board Member of the Glacier Park Conservancy. Present Board member and Secretary of the Montana Outdoor Legacy Foundation. Member of the Potomac Valley Dressage Association. Patron of the National Gallery of Art. Participant in the Adult Recitals of the Washington Music Teacher’s Association.

Jane Ratzlaff, Interim Executive Director

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Jane has spent 30+ years in the non-profit world and is serving as our interim executive director/consultant. From volunteer, development director, executive director, vice president of development to a consulting business, Jane has been active in growing non-profits that follow her passions of education, wildlife and wildplaces. Her love for the outdoors and all that it has brought to her life, is why she is engaged in the Green Kids Foundation. She spent most of her career in education before taking the job with the Glacier National Park Fund and becoming passionately involved in preserving, protecting and sharing the outdoor experience which she has enjoyed all her life. In addition to her consulting business, Ratzlaff Consulting, Jane also helps her husband, Henry, run his company, A2Z Electric, and daughter, Brittany, with her Glacier Coffee House and Bearfoot Relexology. Together they have four kids, Garry, Pete, Brittany and James and five grandkids. Jane can be reached at cell 406-871-0601 or Janelratzlaff@gmail.com.

 

 

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