BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Meryl Picard is an enrolled member of the Bishop Paiute tribe. She is the owner of Tribal Strong Coaching and the Language Manager for Owens Valley Career Development Center. Meryl received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Montana and has over 15 years of professional experience working with students and Native American communities. It has been her professional goal to work with and help strengthen the lives of our youth, and help work to eliminate the barriers they may face in our communities.
A middle school history teacher for the past 20+ years at Home Street Middle School, Meghan is grateful to be living in a place that offers so many outdoor activities. Many years educating students in school and also through outdoor education has demonstrated the need in this community for alternative places for students to be supported and feel welcomed in an environment where they can thrive. She was raised in Providence, RI and has continued to move west. She’s happily married with two children.
Stephen has lived in Bishop for over a decade and has a passion for education and community service. While he was getting his PhD in Astrophysics, he was heavily involved in teaching astronomy and physics to inner-city children. Once he moved out to the Owens Valley, he was director of Public Outreach at the Owens Valley Radio Observatory and started the popular "Explore Your Universe" public lecture series. He currently works as a Data Science Engineer, serves on the Bishop City Council, on various local non-profit boards, and spends a lot of time volunteering around the valley.
Grace has worked with kids and young families in community and healthcare settings for over 15 years. A relative newcomer to the Owen’s Valley, she’s been involved in various community groups since she arrived and is happy to lend administrative support to Eastside Student Center. When not working, she’s happily tinkering in the garden or playing with her young sons and pup.
Omar "Mikey" Santana