Guillermo is a forestry engineer, and is originally from Monteverde. He worked as a teacher in the Santa Elena Public High School, and was later responsible for environmental education programs and human development in the Monteverde Conservation League. He has also served as manager of the Santa Elena COOPE (coffee cooperative). He is a person who has always been interested in the quality of life of the community, including environmental and social balance, which led him to belong to several boards of organizations in Monteverde. He is currently coordinator of educational programs in Life Monteverde. He has served on the MCF Board of Directors since 2012.
Katy VanDusen has focused her efforts in the last in 35 years on strengthening rural communities in Costa Rica. Among other efforts, she led a diversification study that launched CASEM, an aritisan’s cooperative with over 150 members; she published a book by and for campesinos in northwest Costa Rica about what they produce for home consumption; and currently, she is committed to making Monteverde’s resilient to climate change. She has served as president of the board of directors of the Monteverde Friends School, the Monteverde Institute, Monteverde Centro S.A., Monteverde Friends U.S. and as clerk of the Monteverde Friends Meeting. She also teaches yoga.
Freddy is a native of Monteverde and an agricultural technician with extensive expertise in installation and management of forest nurseries and ornamental plants. He has worked as an assistant technician in reforestation projects, as well as supervised plant nurseries. For the past 13 years Mejías Fonseca has worked as a naturalist guide and owns a small hotel in Monteverde. Freddy is a person concerned with the welfare of the community and the environment of the region where he was born; he has belonged to the MCF Board of Directors since its inception in 2012.
Fern was born in the United States and grew up exploring the forest and rivers of the Carolinas. She went to Appalachian State University and has a Master of Science in Biology, a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Environmental Biology with a concentration in Sustainable Development, and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. As an exchange student, Fern was enchanted by Costa Rica. She moved to Costa Rica in 2010 and kept working as an educator in the classroom, the lab, and the field. Everywhere she has lived, Fern has been involved in social and environmental projects, and Monteverde has not been an exception. Since moving to Monteverde in 2014, Fern continues promoting sustainability as international programs supervisor and now as part of the board of directors of the Monteverde Community Fund.
A sixth-generation Texan, Tracey Cobb came to Monteverde with her family in the summer of 2015 for what they thought would be a one-year adventure in the cloud forest. It didn’t take many Costa Rican sunsets for the family to decide to stay, and now they are proud to call Monteverde home. Tracey joined the board of the MCF as a way to give back to her adopted community and to help fulfill its mission to support sustainable community development. Tracey has holds a Bachelor of Arts in French from the University of Texas at Austin and a JD from the University of Houston.
Sindy Brown has lived in the beautiful city of Monteverde for 10 years. She visited this region full of nature and beautiful landscapes, with a cool climate all year round for the first time in 2007. She has worked in tourism for 8 years and loves meeting people from different parts of the world. She is a business administrator and organizer of trips and events. She loves having many friends, traveling, and, above all, providing an excellent service to all her guests.
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