We want to be change makers in the world of surf schools. We believe that surf schools have the opportunity to connect people with Mother Ocean, educate them about her importance, and empower them to change their daily actions for a more sustainable future. To be a change maker we need the positive attitude, knowledge, and skills of a variety of smart and dedicated people, so we decided to develop the Friends of Bodhi Surf “Advisory Board”. This “Surf Board” will help do the following:
- play “devils advocate”
- give us a reality check
- commemorate our collective achievements
We are thankful for the commitment from our Surf Board of Advisors and look forward to working closely with them over the next few years. Learn more about each of them below.
Rafael Sanchez & Walter Brenes of Bahia Aventuras
Rafael “Rafa” and Walter are community and regional business leaders. They are the successful entrepreneurs of Bahia Aventuras, the leading marine boat tour operator in Uvita and the Osa and Golfito regions. Recently, because of their hard work and dedication to sustainable marine best practices, they were awarded with the highest level of sustainable marine tour certification in Costa Rica. Combined they have over 40+ plus years living in Bahia Ballena, Osa, Costa Rica and, naturally, are the local experts.
Tania is manager of Bahia Azul Hotel, secretary of the local Bahia Ballena – Uvita water office, and a recycle-art entrepreneur. Her recycle artwork has motivated other community members to REDUCE, RE-USE, and RECYCLE. Tania has worked with many high school and university student groups that visit the area, such as the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and Case Western Reserve in Ohio. She leads dynamic Costa Rican cooking classes, recycle-art workshops, and still finds time to attend key community meetings and provide high quality service to her clients at her family-run hotel, Bahia Azul.
Patricia Márquez is an associate professor of management at the University of San Diego (USD) and the Director of the USD Changemaker HUB. Before coming to USD she was a professor at IESA, Venezuela’s leading business school. Profesor Márquez was also a Cisneros Scholar at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) and visiting scholar at Harvard Business School for the academic year 2005-2006. Her current research seeks to better understand the role businesses can play in alleviating poverty worldwide. She currently teaches courses on social entrepreneurship and business initiatives with the socio-economic base-of-the-pyramid.
Patricia received her MA and Ph.D. In Socio-Cultural Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.A. from Bowdoin College.
Carter Hunt is an Assistant Professor of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management at Pennsylvania State University. He is interested in enhancing the sustainability of travel by improving outcomes of tourism for host communities and for travelers. On the community side, he leverages a background in environmental anthropology to explore innovative mechanisms for biodiversity conservation and community development, with a focus on ecotourism, protected areas, private reserve networks, and the ways in which rural residents negotiate the livelihood changes associated with them. In recent years, these interests have led him to
research opportunities in Guatemala, Ecuador, Peru, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and most recently, South Africa.
His other research interest assesses the transformative effect of travel of the subsequent behavior of travelers. Carter has explored this interest along with Stanford collaborators in research on the capacity that visits to the Galapagos Islands have for promoting pro-environmental behavioral changes in tourists, as well as philanthropy to the parks they visit. This concept is also now being explored
in a line of research at Penn State on the outcomes of university alumni travel programs.
Carter received his M.S. and Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in 2003 and 2009 respectively, and a B.A. from the University of Kentucky in 1997. Between 2009-2012, he was a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer in Environmental Anthropology and the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University. During that time he also maintained an affiliation with the Center for Responsible Travel. He joined the faculty at Penn State in January 2013.
Michelle Coffey is the Director of Programs for the Costa Rica-USA Foundation (CRUSA). She has extensive experience improving organizations and their interactions between private citizens, corporate citizens, non-profit organizations and government institutions for strategic partnership development. Her interests are corporate social responsibility and public private partnerships. Before working at CRUSA, Michelle served as an expert consultant with the World Bank, USAID, and the Carana Corporation.
She has a law degree from the University of Costa Rica, and is fluent in English and Spanish.
Dr. John N. (“Jack”) Kittinger is a social scientist with broad interests in understanding and advancing sustainable solutions to complex problems that face society and the ocean environment. His research explores how social, economic, and cultural factors influence the ways in which people use, perceive, and govern marine resources, with a particular emphasis on using applied social science to inform environmental management, planning and policy. He has extensive experience coordinating multi-disciplinary teams in cross-cutting research and frequently works with other researchers on social-ecological systems research. A lifelong surfer, he is committed to ocean-based learning experiences and tries to get in the water as often as possible. Dr. Kittinger works primarily in Hawai‘i, the Pacific Islands, and the Asia-Pacific region.
He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Geography at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, his M.S. in marine science and environmental studies from the University of San Diego and his B.S. in biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Emily Arnold is the Project Manager of the Osa and Golfito Initiative (INOGO) at Stanford’s Woods Institute for the Environment. INOGO, a concept that was co-developed by Prize Capital, seeks to create a plan for the Osa and Golfito cantons of Costa Rica to improve the well-being of their human populations, while supporting and strengthening the conservation efforts that support one of the richest biodiverse regions in the world.
Ms. Arnold holds two masters degrees: one in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development from the United Nations Mandated University for Peace in San Jose, Costa Rica and another in International Affairs from American University in Washington, DC. She received her BA from Smith College in Sociology and French.
Ana Maria Camacho
Since 2008, Ana Maria Camacho has served as the coordinator for environmental programs at the Costa Rica-USA Foundation, a non-profit Costa Rican-based organization that contributes to development projects in the fields of Environment, Education and Science & Technology. In her role as environmental coordinator, she has given legal and technical support for the Nature for Debt Swap between the governments of Costa Rica and USA and for the Osa Conservation Endowment fund.
Prior to joining CRUSA, Ana was the land trust director for CEDERANA (Center for Environmental Law and Natural Resources), working on key legal instruments (laws, acts, and contracts) to enhance the value of the natural patrimony: sustainable use, preservation, and private property zoning. She participated in the consultancy to develop the national strategy for control of illegal logging in Costa Rica Forest Reserves and elaborated the interactive manual and permits for the harvesting and transport of forest resources as well as the action protocol for reporting forest crime, within and outside protected areas. She was also part of the advisory body responsible for the formulation of the legislation necessary for granting concessions in the maritime zone of wildlife refuges.
Ana has a Masters in Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility from Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED) Madrid, España and an environmental law degree from the University of Costa Rica.