Board of Directors, President
Edgardo has maintained a forestry consultant practice and manage technical projects with NGOs in aspects of conservation initiatives in forest areas and at landscape level. He has a bachelor’s in science with concentration in biology from the University of Puerto Rico and a master’s in forestry from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He worked for twenty years in the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (DNER) of Puerto Rico and directed the Forest Bureau from 2003 to 2009. In 2009, Edgardo started to work with the “Centro para la Conservación del Paisaje” (CCP), an organization focused in professional aspects of conservation initiatives at a landscape level. In 2013 he was appointed as the Executive Assistant of the Secretary of the DNER and Administrator of the Natural Resources Administration of the agency; position that he maintained until March 2014. He is now Executive Director at the CCP.
Board of Directors, 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.
Board of Directors, 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.
Colibrí Sanfiorenzo Barnhard
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.
Anahí Lazarte Morales
Development & Communications Director
With a background in journalism and radio, Anahí has worked in the last 10 years in the fields of development and communications for non-profit organizations. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Puerto Rico and a master’s degree in communication from the University of Illinois at Chicago where he lived and worked for a decade. She was Director of News for Radio Universidad de Puerto Rico and Director of Development and Market of Our Lady of Grace School in Chicago. She returned to Puerto Rico in 2014. She has since worked for the Latino Public Radio Consortium, la Asociación Nacional de Derecho Ambiental and Kinesis Foundation.
Ury Natalia Vega
Natalia is in charge of administrative duties at HASER. She joins our team after working as coordinator of activities, promotions and admissions at Atlantic University College for six years. She was an Account Executive at the public relations firm Hill + Knowlton Strategies, where she attended to administrative matters and gave support to account managers. She has worked in the coordination and direction of various projects in Crescendo Music Academy. She worked for several years in the accounting and payroll department at Caribbean Restaurant and at the Río Piedras campus of the University of Puerto Rico. Natalia holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Puerto Rico.