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Koffi Kpachavi

The Grand Traverse Conservation District has hired a new executive director, Koffi Kpachavi. Koffi has been a leader in the non-profit sector for over 25 years.

Much of his career has been with the YMCA, leading camps and youth programs in various parts of the country: Camps Mason, Ockanickon, Matollionequay in New Jersey, Camp Colman in Washington State, Camp Loma Mar in California and Camp Echo in Michigan. Most recently he has worked at TrueNorth community Services in Fremont, Michigan where he supervised an after-school program for several local school districts. The program was funded through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers, a federal grant administered by the Michigan Department of Education. Koffi holds a BA in English and French literature from the University of Lome in West Africa.

Koffi and his wife Teresa have three boys: Arnaud, Ian and Yannick. Arnaud, the oldest, is a Conservation Officer for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Ian starts graduate school this fall at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Yannick studies information technology systems at Ferris State University. Teresa works remotely for Stanford University managing online courses for the Continuing Studies program.

When he is not working, Koffi is passionate about environmental issues and is involved in Agriculture. He is the founder and former president of the Fremont Area Bee Club. He is also an enology enthusiast with a focus on geology and wine-grape growing around the world. He co-leads educational sessions in France and the US. Koffi and Teresa own and operate a small hobby farm following sustainable practices in Fremont. Koffi who is a life-long learner enjoys reading, running and has coached High School Track/Cross Country.

Phone: 231.941.0960 x14