Staff

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EcoLogic’s team at an all-staff retreat in Guatemala in January 2016.

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US Staff

Barbara Vallarino, Executive Director
Josh Kruskal, Development and Operations Associate
Laura Powell, Senior Finance Officer

Regional Staff

Marco Acevedo, Program Officer for Mexico
Mario Ardany De León Benitéz, Program Officer for Guatemala
Carlos Duarte Euraque, Program Officer for Honduras
Zayda Cleopatra Méndez Parham De Miguel, Bi-National Project Coordinator
Sergio Fabricio Pérez Estacuy, Regional Financial Assistant
Jacobo Gramajo Escobar, Regional Finance Officer

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US Staff

Barbara Vallarino, Executive Director

Barbara serves as executive director of EcoLogic and reports directly to the board of directors. A member of the EcoLogic team since 2004, Barbara has played a variety of fundraising and program development roles, most recently serving as director of development, managing the organization’s fundraising efforts. Prior to joining EcoLogic, she completed the Hydropower Reform Fellowship at American Rivers in Seattle, Washington, which focused on promoting meaningful citizen participation in licensing nonfederal hydropower projects. Barbara has been passionately involved in tropical conservation work since her early teens, when she conducted water quality sampling and analysis as a volunteer research assistant for the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), which was monitoring the Panama Canal watershed. She also wrote fundraising proposals for Panama’s National Association for the Conservation of Nature (ANCON). Barbara holds a Juris Doctor with a concentration in Environmental Law from the University of Washington and is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, as well as its Environmental and Land Use Law section. In addition she holds a BA cum laude in environmental earth science and anthropology from Dartmouth College. Barbara grew up in Panama City, Panama, and is fluent in Spanish and English and proficient in French.

Josh Kruskal, Development and Operations Associate

Josh helps to coordinate EcoLogic’s individual giving program and provides support to the finance and administration team. Prior to joining EcoLogic he worked with ESC of New England, a pro-bono consulting service that works with nonprofit organizations. He has also worked as an intern with the Institute for Policy Studies and the Instituto de Desarrollo Económico y Social (Institute for Economic and Social Development) in Argentina. He is a graduate of Middlebury College, where he earned his BA in International Politics and Economics. He has lived in Argentina, and is proficient in Spanish.

Laura Powell, Senior Finance Officer

As the senior finance officer, Laura manages EcoLogic’s regional and US-based finances, budgeting, and reporting. Prior to joining EcoLogic, Laura interned at the Boston Living Center, a community and resource organization for people living with HIV/AIDS, and also at the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, an independent state agency dedicated to the advancement of women in the Commonwealth. For the Boston Living Center, she often created and translated documents in English and Spanish, and at both organizations she provided logistical and fundraising support, undertook special-events planning, and developed and wrote publicity materials. Laura earned a BA in Spanish at Wellesley College, has lived in Argentina, and is fluent in English and Spanish.

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Regional Staff

Marco Acevedo, Program Officer for Mexico

Marco works on EcoLogic’s projects in Mexico. He has direct experience preparing, implementing, and monitoring and evaluating environmental conservation and rural development projects in Mexico, including some financed by United Nations Development Program’s Global Environmental Facility and the Inter-American Development Bank. He most recently worked at the “Grupo Ecologico Sierra Gorda” —an alliance of civil society organizations that contribute to sustainable management of the Sierra Gorda Reserve—where he was in charge of overseeing the implementation of eight projects. Marco holds a master’s degree in rural development from the “Colegio de Estudios Posgrados” in Mexico. He speaks fluent Spanish and is proficient in English.

Mario Ardany De León Benitéz, Program Officer for Guatemala

Mario is an agronomist by training, and specializes in environmental and conservation agriculture. He has more than 16 years of experience working with nonprofits and government organizations. His work has focused on agricultural resilience in vulnerable areas of Guatemala, development of forestry projects, community agroforestry, environmental education, fuel-efficient stoves, and public health programs and education. He lives in Totonicapán, Guatemala.

Carlos Duarte Euraque, Program Officer for Honduras

Carlos works with EcoLogic’s local partners in Honduras. Born in Olanchito, Honduras, Carlos has worked on a variety of conservation projects in Honduras focusing on rural development and watershed protection. From 2006 to 2010 Carlos worked in various managerial and technical capacities for the AGROVALLE Company before beginning to work with our local partner the Municipalities of the Central Atlantida Department (MAMUCA) in 2011. Alongside MAMUCA, Carlos conducted a baseline survey to identify potential sources of income as well as to develop a way to protect watersheds around the Pico Bonito National Park. A trained agronomist, Carlos has a strong background in agro-ecological farming practices, watershed management, and rural development; he is also fluent in Spanish.

Zayda Cleopatra Méndez Parham De Miguel, Bi-National Project Coordinator

Cleopatra works with communities on both sides of the Sarstún River in Belize and Guatemala to coordinate our bi-national project, Cross Border Alliance for Healthy Fisheries. She works with rural fisherfolk of Amatique Bay, located in the lower Sarstoon (Sarstun) River Basin, and the adjacent coastal-marine area on the border between Belize and Guatemala. Cleopatra was born in Livingston, Guatemala and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resources from Mount Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon, USA. She is a certified diver and has served as a cultural agent for the BALABALA Foundation, where she supported a number of Guatemalan communities in human rights. She has also accompanied communities living in Livingston, Guatemala with participatory project development and administration. Cleopatra has worked as a coordinator at the Tri-National Alliance for the Gulf of Honduras (TRIGOH) and as an environmental educator in the coastal and marine unit at the Foundation for Eco-Development and Conservation (FUNDAECO) in Guatemala.

Sergio Fabricio Pérez Estacuy, Regional Financial Assistant

Fabricio provides accounting support in EcoLogic’s regional office in Guatemala. He is a certified accountant and has studied business administration at the Universidad Rafael Landivar in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. He has professional experience managing finances for other nonprofit organizations, including Curamericas Guatemala, and is also trained in nonprofit business development.

Jacobo Gramajo Escobar, Regional Finance Officer

Jacobo coordinates finances, budgeting, and reporting for EcoLogic’s regional office in Guatemala.

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Field Technicians

Our field technicians are members of our partner organizations who contract with EcoLogic and help us work on our projects together. Meet EcoLogic’s team of field technicians > >

EcoLogic Field Technicians