Greg Cumberford – President – Bent Creek Institute
Robert Thomas – Founder and Sole Proprietor – Thomas & Associates
Nathaniel Grew Jr. – Executive Director – Grupo Bongo-Ario
Caroline Grew – Director of Communications – CIRENAS
Ric Scalzo – President and CEO – GAIA Herbs
Juan Carlos Crespo – Neotropica Foundation CR
Dr. Viviana Ruiz-Gutierrez – Post Doctorate Research Associate Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology
Lawrence Lunt – Armonilla llc.
Karla Cosgriff – Former Director of Cape Eluethra Institute
Our Board of Directors is a wonderful combination of Costa Rican and US professionals from a wide variety backgrounds.
“From the moment I came to Ario Ranch in 1998, I fell in love with this unique, ecologically rich and socially diverse place of awe inspiring beauty. More than a crucial natural preserve for Costa Rica, it is a living community in the crucible of rapid developmental change. But, unlike natural preserves in more developed nations with federal protective agencies, the only way that this community’s precious ecology and sociology will persist is through people actively, willingly engaging in its life-ways. CIRENAS organizes that opportunity, teaches and inspires us, and offers us an active pathway into the heart of this incredible place.”
- Greg Cumberford
CIRENAS Board Chair