Michelle Hentschel is the treasurer for Friends of the Big Sioux River. Michelle received her undergraduate degree from USD, then went on to earn an MBA from Gonzaga University. She currently is a CPA, working as a Financial Auditor at Sanford Health Plan and riding her bicycle into downtown Sioux Falls from Brandon most days. Michelle’s love of the environment was fostered by her father, who taught her to fish and take care of the water at a very early age.
Travis Entenman serves as the outreach director for Friends of the Big Sioux River. In addition to his work with FBSR, he works in digital marketing at KeyMedia Solutions and is pursuing his Masters of Environmental Law and Policy at Vermont Law School. Travis enjoys spending time with his fiancé and dog as they travel the country in search of the next national park.
Eric Cleveringa has served as an attorney for FBSR since 2015 and joined the board of directors in 2017. He is a Sioux Falls attorney and member of the South Dakota Air National Guard. Eric's practice focuses on water law and related property issues. He enjoys spending time with his family on South Dakota's waters and looks forward to the day he can swim with his kids in the Big Sioux River.
Peter Carrels serves at print strategist for Friends of the Big Sioux River. Since 1979 Peter Carrels has been committed to environmental activism, writing, and public education campaigns, working with and for regional and national organizations on matters related to land and river protections, ecological restoration, pollution reduction, and clean energy. In the 1980s, Carrels organized a large-scale restoration project of the James River and successfully stopped a plan to channelize the river.
Ted Thoms serves at develop coordinator for Friends of the Big Sioux River. Thoms works for Thoms Company Real Estate in Sioux Falls.
Mike Scott serves as member-at-large for Friends of the Big Sioux River.
ADDITIONAL TEAM MEMBERS
A special thanks to Directors Emeritus Paul Connelly and Joe Kirby and our advisors Jay Gilbertson, Dr. Craig Spencer, and John Davidson.