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The Corcovado Foundation was established in 1996 by concerned neighbors of Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula. Our founding project involved working with ACOSA to establish patrols and rangers stations in the biodiverse area surrounding the national park, greatly reducing illegal hunting and logging. We are a hands-on, down to earth local leader in conservation, with an excellent reputation for our volunteering programs and our commitment to a practical and community led approach to environmental protection.

Our Mission

Fighting to protect Costa Rica´s natural heritage for future generations by uplifting communities through education and engagement.

Our Programs

The Corcovado Foundation currently has four main areas of work in the Osa Peninsula. You can also view or download our latest reports in the sidebar or on our news and events page.

Sea Turtle Conservation

Sea Turtle Conservation

Environmental Education

Environmental Education

Osa Rural Tours

Sustainable Tourism

Aliados y Convenios

Community Development

Why the Osa Peninsula?

The Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica is one of the most biologically intense places on earth. The area contains 25-30 different eco-systems and is home to a staggering variety of wildlife and plant life, many of which are endangered. It has one of the most significant populations of large endangered mammals in Central America, including predators
such as Jaguars and Pumas and is also home to many endemic species of birds and trees. The harpy eagle, believed to be locally extinct since 1989, was discovered in small numbers in Corcovado National Park and there are important calving sites for humpback whales in the waters surrounding Caño Island and Gulfo Dulce.

In short, The Osa Peninsula represents one of the world’s most important sources for future knowledge about rainforest ecosystems and the conservation of biological diversity on earth.

Meet the Team
Staff
Executive Director: Alejandra Monge

Alejandra Monge has a Bachelors degree in tourism and a Masters in Business Administration with a Specialty in Marketing from the University of Costa Rica. She has participated in numerous training courses such as The Organization for Tropical Studies course of ecological principles for sustainable development in Latin America.

Alejandra has been the executive director of the Corcovado Foundation since 2001. Under her lead, the organization has grown from managing $20,000 USD in projects to over $3,000,000 USD in projects.
With thirteen years of experience in sustainable tourism and eight years in conservation, Alejandra was responsible for writing the text book of sustainable tourism for the National Apprenticeship Institute in Costa Rica. She has organized massive workshops on the topic and was the creator of Expo Verde a very successful trade show for environmentally friendly products to encourage sustainable tourism in Costa Rica.

Administrative Director and Head of Marketing: Francisco Delgado

Francisco Delgado was born in San José, Costa Rica. Being an announcer and animator of Radio, he joined the Corcovado Foundation in 2006. He studied Business Administration at the Catholic University and later a Bachelor in Marketing from the American University – UAM. In 2015 he took a course in Project Management for Development, by the Inter-American Development Bank.

During his time in the organization he has participated in several workshops and seminars on Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainable Tourism and Entrepreneurship. Thanks to this, he has had the opportunity to get involved in these issues. He is currently part of the speackers that offers talks to the industry on how to reduce its impact on the environment.

At the organization has been responsible for project management and programs of Community-Based Rural Tourism. He is in charge of Marketing, Social Networks and Public Relationships. Due to his performance, he has been in charge of supporting the Executive Direction in the general administration of the organization.

Environmental Education Program Director: Helena Pita

Helena obtained her degree in Biology, with a specialization in Ecology, from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in 2011. She was certified as an Environmental Educator in 2012 by the environmental association Grefa, and has worked at the Asociación Conservacionista Gaia por la Conservación de la Naturaleza. Helena worked with Loggerhead sea turtles in Cape Verde in 2008 with the association Natura 2000, and was a Research Assistant at the Foundation’s Sea Turtle Conservation Program in 2012. Since then she has worked as a Coordinator for the Foundation’s Environmental Education Program.

Local Promoter: Mayra Cano

Mayra is a local woman that has shown great interest in community development. She started working with the Corcovado Foundation in October 2010 and since then, she has been very active representing the foundation among the communities. She works together with Álvaro, teaching environmental education in Drake Bay. She also helps the foundation in organizing activities within the local communities.

Accounting Assistant: Ana Margarita Suarez

Ana Margarita has been working for our organization since September 2005. She is a young woman who has shown great skills in keeping the office running. She is an accounting student who takes great pleasure in knowing that she is making a difference in protection the natural resources of the Osa Peninsula.

Executive Assistance: Zoraida Tenorio

Zoraida joined to the Corcovado Foundation in January 2010. She gives support to all the office staff and is in charge of buying supplies and materials either for the foundation or any other project we administrate. She also takes care of the organization files, keeping everything organized. Zoraida is studying English as a second language.

Board of Directors
Steven Lill Coit

Steven is an American citizen, native of Chicago, who has lived in Costa Rica for 30 years. He created the Corcovado Foundation many years ago in memory of his friend Lon Willing Ramsey Junior, who was an environmentalist. He owns a hotel, called Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge, which is an upscale hotel in the Osa Peninsula and has implemented environmentally friendly policies to diminish their impact on their surroundings.

Bradd Johnson

Bradd is an American citizen native of Rhode Island, who has lived has Costa Rica since 1980. He came to Costa Rica when he purchased the hotel, Aguila de Osa, and successfully run it since then. He is has been known for his involvement in community activities, specially supporting the local health clinic and the school.

Don Miguel Madrigal

Don is the Ministry of Environment (MINAE)’s Protected Areas Manager for the Osa Conservation Area. He has worked with MINAE for 25 years and his career as a functionary protecting the country’s environment, is well known.

Bernal Aragón

Bernal a Costa Rican citizen. He has been very active supporting different social and environmental causes in Drake Bay. Because of his interest and willingness, was invited to join to the Board of Directors of the foundation. He is the General Director of the Clinica Biblica Hospital

Advisory Committee
Ann Becker

Ann has directed her own consultancy company for over 35 years. Working with non-profit organizations and government agencies, she has guided her clients in project management, organizational development, effective management of meetings and strategic consulting.

Recently, inspired by her own traveling adventures, Ann has combined her love for Costa Rica with her business experience. Since 2006, she has visited Costa Rica over 25 times and leads annual adventure expeditions for women in February and a Spanish-learning and cultural immersion excursions in April. In addition, Anna loves international travel with her husband, learning Spanish, enjoying bird watching and family outings to support the “Chicago Cubs”. Finally she is working hard to improve her Pilates movements.

Terry Peterson

Terri Peterson has spent the major part of her working life educating others in one aspect of conservation or another.

After obtaining a B.A. in Zoology from California State University at Fullerton, she began a 17 year career in the animal zoo business which gave Terri the opportunity to hone her environmental education skills and focus her efforts on bringing the natural world closer to individuals and providing motivation to embrace a conservation ethic.

After leaving the zoo world, Terri worked for 12 years in the recycling and waste field for Douglas County, Oregon. As the waste reduction manager, Terri was charged with bringing recycling to the populace by developing, implementing and monitoring programs to advance recycling.

Today Terri makes her home on the remote Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica and continues to live, practice, and share her conservation ethic along with her husband, Gary, 6 dogs and a 42 acre primary rainforest. Although Terri had hopes of retirement, she’s busier than ever and currently involved in their new business; an organic technologies effort making and selling compost, worm bins, and compost tea. In addition, Terri and Gary manage four nearby fincas for foreign owners and Terri plans and leads custom tours of Costa Rica.

Bill MacLachlan

William MacLachlan is a Director, Past Chairman, and Institutional Portfolio Manager at Mawer Investment Management Ltd., which he joined in 1993. Earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder with investment experience since 1977.

He was a Senator of the Calgary Zoo and is a past President of Aspen Family and Community Services. Mr. Is a member of the Rotary Club of Calgary South, a member of the Honourable Guard of the Museum of the Regiments, and a volunteer Sergeant of the 78th Fraser Highlanders.

He is a regular commentator on investment issues for CBC NewsWorld, CBC Radio, and BNN (Business News Network). He has contributed to the National Post, The Globe and Mail, the Calgary Herald, and other media. He has also written on ethical investing for the Institute of Corporate Directors and has been a speaker for the Canadian Investor Relations Institute, the Strategy Institute, and the Institute of Corporate Direc

Jim Damalas

“Looking back now, I was a Hollywood producer who fortunately escaped the frantic pace of Hollywood back in 1992. I soon became convinced that this tiny democratic oasis, with so many diverse tropical climate zones, and more biodiversity compared to all of North America combined, was the answer to my search for my own salvation.

I began my second career as a part time resident, commuting between cultures while pursuing my dream. That dream was to build a boutique hotel practicing sustainable hospitality, starting with a few rooms in 1993, and ended up taking me back to the very same destination where I first pitched my tent to camp on a beach that was to become the world famous National Park of Manuel Antonio. All that eventually led to creating Greentique Hotels.

It now has been 20 years of sharing our unique boutique brands of Costa Rican hospitality. It has evolved from the 7 hours it took on a 4×4 journey of pot filled dirt roads and flat tires to a super paved highway that now takes us just 2.5 hours to get to our resort at Si Como No from the capital of San Jose. Lots of progress has come to Costa Rica’s infrastructure, and though it’s had its costs on the simple pace I discovered back in the seventies, the country still remains committed to sustainable development.”

Bill Callejas

A graduate of The University of the Pacific with a BA in Political Science, Bill began his marketing career at Procter & Gamble, then moved to the ad agency side in New York and Los Angeles. His career as a brand strategist and as a creative director includes marketing and production projects for dozens of global brands in technology, automotive, aerospace, hospitality, and other categories. Bill is the founding partner of Dauntless Creative, which serves a global client base from offices in Dallas and Los Angeles. In addition to working with The Corcovado Foundation, Bill is the strategic advisor to the Kidsbridge Tolerance Museum in Ewing, New Jersey, and volunteers creative and production support for the National Charity League and the American Cancer Society in Dallas. His relationship with Costa Rica now spans some 30 years.

Gerlinda Anna Maria Scheepsma

Anna directed her own consultancy company in Holland, specialized in documentary information automation and management for over 10 years before coming to Costa Rica in 1994, first, as a well-deserved travel adventure in Central America. Falling in love with Costa Rica she decided to stay in the country and to develop projects for students in ecotourism and conservati  on.  Falling in love with her Dutch husband Luuc Van Wezel, they developed together Hotel Restaurant Villas Gaia in the South of Costa Rica. She has been managing the hotel and restaurant as a sustainable enterprise obtaining the Certification for Sustainable Tourism from the Costarican Institute for Tourism (ICT). Anna studied project management at the University for International Cooperation in San Jose. Independently she worked for a Dutch consultancy company in several development projects in Central and South America.  Anna has over 20 years of experience in sustainable tourism and became a strong leader in the theme of community development and rural tourism, working closely with the Foundation Corcovado.

Special Thanks
Sea Turtle Conservation Program Director: Dr Robert James

Rob obtained his PhD in molecular biology from University College London in 2007. He has held research management positions at the Royal College of Art and the Wellcome Trust in the UK, and has conducted research at SymbioticA at the University of Western Australia. Rob has worked as a Coordinator and Research Assistant at various conservation and wildlife projects in Latin America since 2009, and joined the Corcovado Foundation as Program Director in 2011. In 2014 he co-founded the Foundation’s non-profit hostel, Drake Bay Backpackers.

Aida García Solà: Coordinator of Sea Turtle Conservation Program

Aida is a Marine Biologist from Barcelona, Spain who completed her Masters in Oceanography and Marine Management at Barcelona University in 2008. Her passion for sea turtles began in 2005 when she worked with a scholarship at CRAM Barcelona, rehabilitating sick Loggerhead turtles and other sea creatures. She worked in several conservation projects in Spain, Greece and Australia, and as the Biologist at Reserva Pacuare throughout the first half of 2014. Aida has worked as a Coordinator at the Foundation’s Sea Turtle Conservation Program since 2013 and has played a major role in the development of the program.

Elías Fernández Couso: Coordinator of Sea Turtle Conservation Program

Elías graduated in 2011 with a degree in Marine Biology from the University of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain, and worked as a researcher at the Azores islands in 2011-2012. He first discovered sea turtles in 2014 while working as a Coordinator at the Iniciativa Carey del Pacífico Oriental in Estero Padre Ramos in Nicaragua, under the supervision of the Corcovado Foundation’s former sea turtle biologist, David Melero. Elías joined the Foundation’s Sea Turtle Conservation Program as a Coordinator in 2014 and has made a major contribution to the development of the program ever since.

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