Colibrí Sanfiorenzo-Barnhard, President
Colibrí Sanfiorenzo-Barnhard has a background in ecology and administration. For the past 13 years, she has worked in the nonprofit sector with community groups that develop education, conservation, and cultural grassroots actions in Puerto Rico. She is currently the Administrative Director of The Center for Landscape Conservation, a local nonprofit which focuses on regional management through community participation in decision-making and environmental education. She is the co-founder and president of HASER (Haciendo Acciones Socio-Ecológicas Resilientes), the first and only nonprofit in Puerto Rico created to offer fiscal sponsorship to community groups and to support group development. Her background in action-based field ecology research, and her experience with diverse community groups have shaped her vision for social change in Puerto Rico, which focuses on understanding that just and equitable actions done at neighborhood level can cause meaningful global change.
Melissa Armstrong, Treasurer
Melissa is the Director of Interdisciplinary Global Programs (IGP) at Northern Arizona University, supporting undergraduate students to add a comprehensive international dimension to their careers through language and culture immersion. Melissa’s own background is in Ecology and Spanish. Under Melissa’s leadership of the IGP programs have expanded to over 20 principle disciplines and six languages and has led to numerous partners and projects around the world. With a heart for social justice, diplomacy, and diversity in leadership positions, Melissa has always been drawn to grassroots efforts that affect positive social change.
Jonathan Frye, Secretary
Jonathan has been teaching environmental stewardship and biology curricula at McPherson College since 1993. He served for 16 years as a director and secretary/treasurer of a local, non-profit utility company in McPherson, KS, and is passionate about supporting grassroots initiatives, environmental education, and outreach.