Our Team

Steve M. Silvestrini
Resident Botanist

Resident Botanist

Omar Collazo
Special Projects

Special Projects

Ingrid Datica
Special Projects

Name:  Ingrid Elizabeth Datica Urribarri DOB:  June 27, 1966 Born:  Cabimas Estado Zulia, Venezuela Nationality:  Mexican Address:  Lote 27 F, Villa Balam Ek.  Akumal Mexico Language:  English, Spanish. Life Work:  Dancer, singer, painter, marketer, organizer, photographer. Ingrid currently lives between Akumal, Mexico, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has experience in a range of fields: ecology, event management, real estate…

Carmen Haddys Torres
Outreach and Special Projects

Carmen Haddys Torres has been an educator for more than forty years. Graduated from Harvard Graduate School of Education, she has implemented diverse strategies in the field of Human Development and Psychology. Carmen has taught at the University of Puerto Rico, Universidad Ana G. Mendez, and directed the Communication Center at Universidad del Sagrado Corazon among others.  She has given…

Name: Thrity ‘3T’ Vakil, FLS DOB: 13th September 1965 b. Nairobi, Kenya Address: Las Casas de la Selva, HC 63, Buzon 3879, Patillas, Puerto Rico. Nationality: British (living in Puerto Rico since 2000) Thrity (3t) Vakil serves as President of Tropic Ventures Research & Education Foundation at Las Casas de la Selva, a 1,000 acre Sustainable Forestry & Rainforest Enrichment…

Andrés Rua
Technical Director

BIO Andrés Rúa González Date of Birth: 2nd February 1974 Citizen of Puerto Rico, Address: Tropic Ventures Sustainable Forestry Project, HC 63 Box 3879, Patillas, Puerto Rico, 00723 EMAIL: andresrua@gmail.com Andrés was born in Guayama, Puerto Rico in 1974, and grew up in Marin Bajo, Patillas. Andrés is a talented composer and musician who studied Comparative Literature and Pre-law at…

Magha Garcia Medina
Special Projects

Magha Garcia Medina is an eco-farmer and environmental activist in Puerto Rico. She is a member of the National Coordination Team of Organización Boricuá de Agricultura Ecológica de Puerto Rico, a grassroots group of farmers and allies who advocate for agroecology and are members of the Latin American/Caribbean Chapter (CLOC) of La Via Campesina. Magha also challenges agribusiness with the…

Norman Greenhawk
Herpetologist

S K I L L S PROJECT MANAGEMENT PROJECT &RESEARCH DESIGN GRANT WRITING & FUNDRAISING DATA COLLECTION  & STATISTICAL ANALYSIS STRATEGIC PLANNING ENVIRONMENTAL & BIOLOGICAL SURVEYS REPORT WRITING MARKETING & PUBLIC RELATIONS CONFLICT RESOLUTION L A N G U A G E S ENGLISH SPANISH TAGALOG DIRECTOR & PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR – JULY 2015 – CURRENT PROJECT PALAKA – Laguna, Philippines…