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With 200 staff across 5 countries, our mission and vision are carried out from the field to the office and beyond. Use the dropdown menu below to meet some of the incredible staff who make it all possible. Can't find who you're looking for? Contact us, and we'll get your message to the right person!

Ana María Loose

Program Director
Galapagos

Ana María is an environmental communicator in Galapagos. During the past 13 years she has worked with social and environmental programs using strategic communication, environmental education, and public participation tools. For seven years she has worked directly to help reduce the gap between science and society – involving students, fishermen, farmers, scientists, and community members in conservation projects for sustainable development. She loves to see the sunrise at sea... Learn More

Eylen Zúñiga Acuna

Pacuare Reserve Manager
Costa Rica

Eylen is a biologist from Costa Rica, who enjoys sharing her knowledge and passion for the tropical forest and sea turtles with EPI students. She started working with EPI in 2005 as a Costa Rica instructor and has worked as a CR program coordinator, program manager, and has now moved into a new role as Manager of the Pacuare Reserve. While she is not in the office or teaching a... Learn More

Jerry Enriquez

Program Manager
Belize

During his previous work as the Academic Director of the School for International Study Abroad program, Jerry successfully planned and managed every aspect of the field based education program on natural and cultural ecology. Through his fourteen years of experience with that program, Jerry worked with over 400 undergraduate students from various universities. Their consistent reports about their life-changing experiences inspired Jerry to seek out ways to involve more local students... Learn More

Patricia Perles

Instructor
Costa Rica

Previously a Research Assistant at Pacuare Reserve and a scientific adviser for EPI Costa Rica's Biociencia alumni science event, Patricia is excited to join our instructor team for her second season! She's seen first hand how EPI students return home and become conservation leaders at their schools and communities, and is looking forward to having an even more powerful impact as an instructor. She has a degree in... Learn More

Megan Edgar

Program Coordinator
Hawaii

Originally from rural Maine, Megan now lives in Kihei on the island of Maui. A strong background in education, she has a bachelors in Zoology and a Masters in Secondary Education with a 7th-12th grade science teaching credential. She's taught field-based middle and high school science at a project-based learning, experiential charter school on Maui for over eight years. She also has experience leading students on backpacking, canoeing,... Learn More

Adam Bavier

Recruitment Coordinator & Instructor
Yellowstone

After 4 years and many thousands of miles as a field instructor for the Yellowstone program, in 2017 Adam joined the Yellowstone team full time to help recruit, enroll and lead local teeangers on conservation courses in the GYE. Adam finds peace and deep meaning in learning with Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho students in the field, and is never more engaged than when exploring the landscape with these kids. He is a... Learn More

Erin Clark

Program Director
Hawaii, Yellowstone

Erin brings a background in forest research and wilderness monitoring with the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to EPI’s Montana Program. A New York native, she’s left behind eastern white pines to embrace the whitebark pine and all of its associated critters. Her field work as a Master of Forest Science student at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental... Learn More

Celestina Davidson

Instructor
Yellowstone

Celestina is a recent graduate from the University of Washington, Seattle with a bachelor’s degree in ecology, evolution, and conservation. She fell in love with the Yellowstone ecosystem while on a field course in Yellowstone National Park, where she spent her time assisting in wolf and cougar research. She has been interning with the Woodland Park Zoo’s river otter research project, monitoring local river otter populations... Learn More

Diana Vargas

Finance Manager
Costa Rica

Diana joined EPI in 2013 after a long pause in her administrative-finance career with international for-profit companies. Her fascination for the administrative and finance challenges at EPI quickly made her multitasking abilities and eye for detail indispensable to the organization. Diana lead the project to create EPI's first Science and Conservation Education Center in Costa Rica. She enjoys making sure every visitor to the EPI Costa Rica campus has a... Learn More

Kimberly (Kimi) Brevik

Medical Review Coordinator
Missoula

Kimi graduated from The University of Montana with degrees in Anthropology and French Education. Before coming to EPI she spent several years in sales and customer service. Kimi is excited to be a part of EPI and work in a capacity that allows her to help in connecting youth with the outdoors and in cultural exchanges. Growing up in Missoula gave her a great appreciation for the outdoors as well... Learn More

Andrés Holgíun

Instructor
Costa Rica

Andrés is excited to share his love for conservation with students in Costa Rica! This will be Andrés' fourth season with EPI, having taught in both Costa Rica and Ecuador.  A native of Quito, Ecuador, Andrés passion is sharing his knowledge of Ecuador while empowering indigenous communities to protect the ecosystems of their homeland. Andrés has an... Learn More

Lisa Macki

Field Experience Coordinator
Missoula

Lisa gained an appreciation for field-based educational experiences while participating in and TAing for a Summer Ornithology course as part of her Masters of Environmental Studies degree. Having worked in a number of roles at EPI, including with the Yellowstone program, she is excited to help teachers and their students get out and have their own field research learning experience. When not at EPI she can be found... Learn More

Autumn Lee

Field Experience Coordinator
Missoula

Growing up in Montana, Autumn always had an appreciation for the outdoors. After graduating from the University of Oregon with a bachelor’s in Psychology, she spent five years doing school-based social work where she recognized the therapeutic value in having her students spend time in nature. This experience motivated her to go back to school for her master’s in Environmental Studies where she researched Montana Farm-to-School... Learn More

Miguel Fuentes

Regional Branch Director
Costa Rica

Miguel has worked in the non-profit world for over 14 years in various capacities and subjects. For the last 10 years he has served in different positions at the Costa Rica-United States Foundation for Cooperation (CRUSA). His academic background includes studies in systems engineering, international relations, and a Master’s degree in international cooperation and project management from the Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica. During his career, Miguel has worked in... Learn More

Haley Hanson

Global Identity Supervisor
Missoula

Haley joined EPI in 2008 after having worked with a broad range of non-profits and wildlife conservation organizations. Having lived and traveled in Central and South America, she is thrilled to be a part of an organization that shares her passion for the Latin American culture and language, natural resources and Lizano salsa. Outside of work, she enjoys camping with her family, working on their fixer-upper and tinkering with her numerous... Learn More

Katherine Mena

Instructor
Costa Rica

Katherine Mena Madrigal has been sharing her passion for tropical ecosystems and sea turtles with EPI students since 2013, and has taught in Costa Rica, Mexico, and Belize. She studied Natural Sciences and Environmental Education at Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica and also has a Masters degree in Organizational Development and Leadership. Since 2006 she has been involved with multicultural volunteer programs for local and international non-governmental organizations, both in Costa Rica... Learn More

John Kamman

Admissions and Systems Director
Missoula

Before joining the EPI staff, John spent his days as a biology instructor, a field guide, a sea turtle biologist, and a student of the nonprofit world. With EPI, he reaches out to schools, teachers, and students, inviting them to become part of EPI’s programs and mission. When he’s not navigating the intersections between conservation and education, John can usually be found stuck somewhere to a... Learn More

Julie Osborn

Advancement Director & Co-founder
Missoula

Julie strives to build collaboration between scientists and local communities to promote effective conservation. Julie’s background as an ecologist and analyst has always focused on global change. During her graduate studies at Stanford, she spent time in the mangroves of north Queensland, Australia, and the grasslands of California. She’s lived in the cloud forests of Costa Rica, researched raptors and wind turbines, contributed to national policy... Learn More

Klavdija Jenko

Fellowship Experience Coordinator
Mainland Ecuador

Born and raised in Slovenia, Klavdija has been working for EPI since 2014 wearing different shoes: from being an instructor in Belize, Mexico and Galapagos, to being the Program Coordinator of EPI's pilot Andes to Amazon program role in Ecuador.  Klavdija is currently helping with teacher fellowship experience. She finds working with EPI challenging, life changing, and lots of fun, and it also enables her to travel... Learn More

Heidi Porras

Program Coordinator
Mexico

Heidi studied Marine Biology in La Paz, Mexico, specializing in Pinniped Ecology. Her passion for nature, photography, and different cultures has taken her around numerous countries throughout South America. Heidi was able to live in Patagonia, one of her favorite places, for several years where she worked as a kayak instructor. She was also able to participate in several conservation and environmental education projects while living there. Heidi enjoys... Learn More

Roberto Rodriguez

Instructor
Mexico

Roberto grew up in Querétaro City, Mexico. He always felt drawn to the sea and the animals that live there – so much so, that in 2000 he moved to La Paz, the capital of southern Baja California, to study Marine Biology. As part of his studies, Roberto monitored biodiversity on Espiritu Santo Island. His thesis focused on coral biogeography of the Mexican Pacific. After graduation he worked in... Learn More

Joan Scheffer

Chief Medical Screener
Missoula

Joan is a Registered Nurse who has been working in surgical procedures and patient care since 1975. She teaches Wilderness Medicine courses at all levels and is a licensed Wilderness EMT. Combining a love for the outdoors with her medical knowledge, she makes for a good fit as the Chief Medical Screener at EPI. Joan loves to ride and train her horses and dogs as well as hike with her husband... Learn More

Juan Sebastian Torres

Program Coordinator
Galapagos

Sebastian was born and raised in Quito, Ecuador. It was there he began to build a career focused on environmental conservation. Sebastian studied Ecology and Tourism in school where he focused on species identification and taxonomy. Following school, Sebastian worked as a naturalist guide in the Kapawi Reserve near the Amazon basin. He also worked for a nonprofit organization Biciacción in Quito where he worked to... Learn More

Carlos Trejos

Instructor
Costa Rica

Carlos has worked with EPI since 2005, serving in a variety of staff positions and on numerous projects. He's always been passionate about the life-changing power that going on course with EPI has on our students. Trained in tropical biology and Natural Science Education, his early experience was in rainforest conservation, biological corridors, rural community development, service learning, and environmental education. Through the years at EPI, he’s taught... Learn More

Brant Warren

Program Operations Director
Mexico

Brant loves connecting people to nature and has worked in the outdoor and conservation world for much of his life. With a degree in Natural Resource Management and Environmental Studies, he's lead NOLS courses in Mexico, worked in tourism in Argentina, and been a ski instructor in Wyoming. He is currently EPI's Program Operations Director based in La Paz, Mexico with his wife and baby girl. Since 2010... Learn More

Kyle Watson

Field Experience Manager
Missoula

Kyle grew up in Wyoming on the east side of Yellowstone National Park where she developed interests in everything outdoors. Before joining the EPI team, she worked as a guide at a field station in the Bahamas and studied Environmental Education at the University of Montana. When not working to get students out to amazing field experiences, Kyle is usually hiking trails, floating rivers, coaching swimming, or snacking.... Learn More

Adriana Martinez

Instructor
Mexico

Born in Mexico, Adriana was fortunate enough to grow up with grandparents who instilled in her a respect and love for all forms of life and outdoor activities. Even at the age of twelve, she was working with local conservationists to protect sea turtles and local mangroves, a vital habitat for crocodiles. After several years of traveling and being a diving guide, Adriana earned a degree in Marine Biology from... Learn More

Juan Carlos Zuniga

Field Program and Outreach Facilitator
Costa Rica

Juan Carlos is a vertern EPI team member, having worked as an instructor in both Costa Rica and Mexico, and then moving to his current role as Field Program and Outreach Facilitator in Costa Rica in 2014. Originally from San Josè, Costa Rica, his academic background includes studies in biology at the University of Costa Rica where he also worked as a research assistant and lab instructor. He then... Learn More

Scott Pankratz

Executive Director & Co-founder
Missoula

Scott brings a passion for building innovative partnerships that create environmentally responsible citizens. Prior to EPI, Scott taught high school physics and biology and spent several seasons river guiding, ski patrolling, and leading wilderness trips for the National Outdoor Leadership School. After working on a sea turtle monitoring project with the National University of Costa Rica, EPI was conceived and then developed as Scott’s master’s thesis... Learn More

Stanley Prendiz

Instructor
Costa Rica

Stan is an avid naturalist and environmentalist who has spent the last eight years working with environmental education projects around the country. With NGOs such as the National Biodiversity Institute, the Organization for Tropical Studies, and the Foundation for the Development of the Central Volcanic Range, he has led nearly a thousand educational tours in Costa Rica in order to create an awareness and respect for the environment in young... Learn More

Isaac Rojas

Instructor
Mexico

Isaac’s connection with EPI goes all the way back to 2005 when he was a high school student volunteering with EPI Costa Rica in San Jose. As a student, Isaac felt the impact conservation education can have firsthand and is now pursuing that passion both at University and by instructing with EPI. With a degree in biology from the University of Costa Rica, he is now finishing... Learn More

Andrea Gaume Amao

Program Manager
Mexico

Born and raised in La Paz, Andrea grew up exploring the Baja beaches, ranchos and beautiful natural areas of her home peninsula. Although her academic background has been in business and finance she has always been deeply involved in her community, volunteering with local foundations that support scholarships, nutrition and other educational programs for underprivileged children- in addition to mentoring and lecturing about... Learn More

Connally Canto

Instructor, ProgramCoordinator
Belize

A proud Belizian, Connally grew up in the Belize District and now lives outside of Belize City. She loves living outside of the city because of the abundant wildlife, starry skies, and peace and quiet. She has an extensive background in environmental work, with an associates in Environmental Science and a bachelors in Natural Resource Management. Now, she works in EPI's Belize office as the Program Assistant and an... Learn More

José Andres Rodriguez

Instructor
Costa Rica, Mainland Ecuador

Born and raised in what used to be the small town of San José, José has lived his entire life in Costa Rica. He loves traveling the country both as a biologist and also just for fun! He has worked in a variety of fields including architecture and stockbrokering, but finally discovered that biology was his passion. Since then he has been involved in... Learn More

Iris Hidalgo

Instructor
Costa Rica

Her second season at EPI, Iris is excited to continue empowering students as the next conservation leaders. Iris has been working in environmental education, natural resource preservation, and ecological tourism for many years, and has also studied Ecological Tourism and Design of Education Spaces at the University of Costa Rica. When she's not working in the field, she enjoys doing anything outside, especially hiking and bird watching.... Learn More

Jesse Weiland

Instructor
Hawaii

Jesse has a passion for conservation, traveling, teaching, and Hawaii! Originally from New Jersey and currently living in Philadelphia, he has a Bachelors from University of Delaware and a Masters in Environmental Science from Drexel University. At Drexel, he worked in the Gonder Primatology lab and spent time in Cameroon tracking and collecting date on primates and African biodiversity. His first season with EPI Hawaii, he is excited... Learn More

Catalina Gomez

Instructor
Costa Rica

Born and raised in Costa Rica, Catalina's been working the past four years with different foundations and companies specializing in environmental education, tourism, and other projects with young people. She studied Ecological Tourism at University of Costa Rica and is currently working on a degree in Administration of Non-Formal Education. Catalina believes EPI courses are great opportunities to capture the energy and creativity of youth and channel that towards... Learn More

Amanda Tveite

Instructor
Yellowstone

Originally from Minnesota, Amanda graduated with a degree in Math and Classics from St. Olaf College in 2015. After graduating, she worked as environmental educator at Camp Widji in northern MN and realized this was her true passion. She's spent the past winter and spring working with a professor at University of Minnesota on Ecology research while also teaching outdoor skills with REI's outdoor school. She can't wait... Learn More

Kaitlyn Hanley

Instructor
Yellowstone

This will be Kaitlyn's first season working with EPI. Originally from the Southeast, Kaitlyn has been working in Yellowstone National Park for the past year as part of her graduate work in biological sciences at Clemson University. She's wrapping up her research on American pikas, which helped her fall in love with the Northern Rockies and Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). She was also the... Learn More

Kelsey McMullen

Enrollment Coordinator
Missoula

Kelsey is originally from Bremerton, WA and moved to Missoula almost 10 years ago to pursue a degree in Resource Conservation at University of Montana. She stayed because she loves the laid back Missoula culture (there is always something fun to do!) and the access to public lands. While at UM, she studied the policy of the Tongass National Forest and land ethic in Southeast Alaska ... Learn More

Anna Johnston

Enrollment Coordinator
Missoula

Anna was born in Missoula, but grew up on her parents horse farm in Stevensville, MT. She currently lives in Missoula- a mere 5 minute walk from EPI- with her husband Luis and her dog Lance. She has a BA in Political Science from Seattle University, where she focused her studies on social justice. Anna is passionate about leaving our world better for the next generation;... Learn More

Joel Coronado

Instructor
Mexico

Joel was born in Culiacan Sinaloa and moved to the Baja Peninsula in Mexico with his family when he was a child. At a young age, Joel developed an interest for the sciences. His interest led him to study Marine Biology in La Paz at the state university. His first contact with EPI was as a high school student when he participated with his school in an Island Ecology... Learn More

Maria Cevallos

Instructor
Costa Rica

Born in Ecuador, Maria started traveling the world at an early age, exploring Germany, South Africa, East Africa, and California. While earning a degree in Environmental Studies from San Francisco State University, she worked for Eco Students teaching environmental awareness and education.  She also assisted in ecological studies of rare species and habitat restoration with the National Park Service in Redwood National Park. This will be Maria's third... Learn More


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