PLC Staff

Executive Director


Ray Tschillard is the Executive Director of the Poudre Learning Center.  He has over 31 years of educational experience working with students of all age levels and has been active in developing and promoting science curriculum that focuses on inquiry based methods. Ray is passionate about the development of students through outdoor education.

He completed his MA degree in Earth Science at the University of Northern Colorado and received a bachelor's degree in Earth Science from Simpson College.  He and his wife Debbie have two adult children and three grandchildren, Hayley, Owen and Scarlett.

Please contact Ray with any questions regarding programming, sponsorships or other opportunities for engagement. 

Project Manager


Susan Payne is the Project Manager for the PLC and is able to help you with all your Field Experience scheduling.  Susan and her husband, Rick, have three grown children and 6 beautiful grandchildren: Kieran, Rowan, Hazel, Asa, Violet and Archer.

Susan has lived in Greeley since 1986 and loves helping the visitors and volunteers who come in to the PLC.  Susan loves the opportunity to contribute to the many different learning experiences that are part of working here.  

Please contact Susan with your questions about Field Experiences and other events. 

Curriculum Coordinator



Amy Nicholl is the Curriculum Coordinator at the PLC.  She taught elementary school for 34 years in Windsor and also at the University of Northern Colorado.  Amy has been involved in the Colorado science community for many years serving on state standards committees, providing workshops for teachers throughout the state, and serving as president and on the board of the Colorado Association of Science Teachers.  Amy has also served as Conference Chair and Vice President of Colorado Council of the International Reading Association.  

At the Poudre Learning Center, Amy gets to share her passion for outdoor education, science, and engineering as the InSTEM Curriculum Coordinator working with teachers all over Northern Colorado.  Helping teachers and students as they visit our special facility is another part of the joy Amy finds working at the PLC. 

Water Program Coordinator


Ivonne Morales was born and raised in Greeley and graduated with degrees in Environmental Studies and Sociology from CU Boulder in 2017.  She first got involved with the PLC as a student in high school through Field Experiences and Caring for Our Watersheds.  Ivonne started at the PLC as an intern in 2017 and now helps run the Well Watch and Caring for Our Watershed programs.  She also assists with secondary school field experiences.  Please contact Ivonne to discuss these program opportunities.

PLC Development


Ryan Brennan is originally from Illinois and graduated from Monmouth College in 2016 with a degree in Business and Political Science.  He came to Colorado in 2017 as a VISTA volunteer and has been here ever since.  Ryan wears a lot of hats at the PLC and focuses on marketing and development.  Please contact Ryan for event scheduling or to discuss a sponsorship opportunity.

PLC Steward


Jeremiah Sewald manages and maintains all the facilities and grounds on the PLC property.  He takes pride in making sure that everything runs smoothly.  Please contact Jeremiah if you have facility or grounds questions.