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 co-founder of HASER. 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. She 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. She was News Director at Radio Universidad de Puerto Rico and Director of Development at a Chicago elementary school. She returned to Puerto Rico in 2014. She has since worked for the Latino Public Radio Consortium, la Asociación Nacional de Derecho Ambiental, Kinesis Foundation, Beta-Local and HASER.
Carmen A. Morales Berríos
Carmen is a social worker and retired lecturer professor. She worked in the areas of medicine, education and community health with teenage mothers. She has been a member of member of the Cimarrón Music and Theater Group for 30 years, with emphasis on historical theater and musical presentation of Puerto Rican and Latin American poets. She managed a recording studio between 1991 and 2018. These experiences integrated service, administration and representative and musical art in the pursuit of individual and collective well-being.
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.