OUR TEAM

CORE TEAM

Niyanta Spelman


Niyanta Spelman is the founder and executive director of RP. Knowing from an early age that she wanted her life’s work to be about protecting tropical rainfo...


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Niyanta Spelman

Executive Director

Juan Millan


Juan Millan, as RP’s Director of Projects for Latin America, oversees all aspects of RP’s projects. He was formally RP’s legal representative in Peru and was instrumental in implementing and man...


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Juan Millan

Director of Projects, Latin America

Aubrey LeBlanc


Aubrey LeBlanc has a multifaceted role including web development, donor outreach, and event coordination. Fundraising is one of her biggest focuses as she helps build donor retention and maintain part...


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Aubrey LeBlanc

Rainforest Partner Coordinator

Beth Caplan


Beth is responsible for the planning, development, implementation, evaluation, and oversight of mutually beneficial partnerships. Her involvement with Rainforest P...


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Beth Caplan

Chief Strategy Officer

Eusebio Alanya Quiñones


Eusebio is a natural leader from the Colibri Cloudforest region. With his wife and their two children, Eusebio lives in San Antonio and grows coffee in his chakra, ...


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Eusebio Alanya Quiñones

Community-based Coordinator, Colibri Cloudforest project, Peru

Mariela Palacios Gonzalez


Mariela currently works directly with the Executive Director as a Project Coordinator. She is responsible for over-seeing the development of all project objectives and their implementation. She works ...


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Mariela Palacios Gonzalez

Project Coordinator

Volodymyr Izerskyy


Dr. Volodymyr Izerskyy, an entomologist specializing in the breeding and reproduction of the insects of Europe (Ukraine and Russia), Africa (Kenya), and Asia (Philippines and Laos), and 18 years of ex...


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Volodymyr Izerskyy

Entomologist Specialist

Madelline Weidanz


Madelline works directly with our Executive Director in helping set-up her meetings, coordinate with current and potential new donors and prepare for presentations...


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Madelline Weidanz

Executive Assistant

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Hazel Barbour


Hazel Barbour is a founding and current board chair of Rainforest Partnership.

Hazel worked for many years at the Texas Commiss...


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Hazel Barbour

Board Chair

Joel Kenty


Joel is our newest board member and he brings to the board 22 years of business experience.  Joel had a long and successful career as a personal financial advisor, and has recently retired to focus o...


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Joel Kenty

Board Secretary and Chief Governance Officer

Bob Warneke


Bob Warneke is RP’s current Board Treasurer and a founding board member and re-joined our board in 2015.  He is a Texas lawyer who has been involved in habitat ...


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Bob Warneke

Board Treasurer

Leah Barclay


Dr. Leah Barclay joined the RP board in 2015.   She created Rainforest Listening, the augmented sound reality project made in partnership with RP.  Leah is an A...


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Leah Barclay

Board Member

Luis Felipe Duchicela


Luis Felipe joined our board in 2015 and has known Rainforest Partnership’s work and the team since its inception.  He introduced RP to its Ecuadorian partner C...


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Luis Felipe Duchicela

Board Member

Nathan Dooley


Nathan joined our board in February 2017. He has worked for over 20 years for Baker & McKenzie, a major international law firm, where he is currently Director of Practice Operations. In ...


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Nathan Dooley

Board Member

BOARD OF ADVISORS

Ladeene Freimuth


Ladeene serves as a strategic advisor to the RP. She advises and represents RP in Washington DC while working to identify, and connect RP to potential strategic en...


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Ladeene Freimuth

Advisor

John Doggett


John Doggett served as Board Chair for Rainforest Partnership from 2011 – 2014, where he used his expertise in research and teaching interests in internation...


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John Doggett

Advisor

Will Wynn


Will Wynn served as two-term mayor of Austin, Texas from 2003-2009 and was a speaker at the first RP event in February 2009 since when he has continued to advice R...


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Will Wynn

Advisor

Gurpreet Singh Rai


Gurpreet Singh Rai, affectionately known as Gurps by his friends, supports RP with strategic advice and introductions. He has headed the Carbon Market where he cre...


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Gurpreet Singh Rai

Advisor

Sergio A. Lira


Sergio A. Lira (Alejandro) has serves as advisor, translator, connector and has even served as gentle mediator in RP’s partner community. Alejandro is a lawyer, ...


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Sergio A. Lira

Advisor

Karla Johanning


Karla Johanning, a native of Costa Rica, is the CEO and founder of KJ Scientific LLC, an environmental chemical testing company located at the Texas Life Sciences Collaboration Center in Georgetown, T...


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Karla Johanning

Advisor

CONSULTING ADVISORS

Eileen Keller


Eileen is recognized as one of the foremost media authorities in the world of Advertising.  Recently she worked as Cabletron’s Marketing Director for one of their spin-off companies. She was respon...


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Eileen Keller

Social Physicist

Lavanya Selvam Alli


Lavanya worked as Director of Projects at Rainforest Partnership through 2016 and as a Project and Research Associate prior to that, focusing on the organization’s projects in Peru and Ecuador. Lava...


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Lavanya Selvam Alli

Project Consultant

VOLUNTEERS + INTERNS

ALEXANDER SANTA

Videographer

ALLIE BAJEW

Graphic Design

CHEYENNE ROHMANN

Digital Media

CASSIE DEXTER

Blogs and Research

COLE FIELDS

Event Support

GYUNGMUN HA

Outreach Intern

HANEE CHOI

Outreach Intern

HICHAM EL MANSOURI

Salesforce

KEN ANNAN

Graphic Design

JAMAL YOOSUFANI

Analytics

JENNIFER JEN

Event Coordination and Outreach Intern

LESLIE LINDSEY

Event Coordinator

NANCY KINSTLER

Social Media Intern

NATALIA SAAVEDRA

Administrative Intern

NIKO ARCHER

Social Media Intern

PENNY POTTER

Operational Infrastructure

PHILIP RUSSELL

Translation

REBECCA LAWRENCE

Project Development

REED CROSSLEY

Digital Media

ROBERT JOHNSON

Graphic Design

SHRUTHI CHANDRASEKARAN

Salesforce

SRI SARANU

Salesforce

TIFFANY WANG

Projects Intern