Terri Peterson has spent the major part of her working life educating others in one aspect of conservation or another.
After obtaining a B.A. in Zoology from California State University at Fullerton, she began a 17 year career in the animal zoo business which gave Terri the opportunity to hone her environmental education skills and focus her efforts on bringing the natural world closer to individuals and providing motivation to embrace a conservation ethic.
After leaving the zoo world, Terri worked for 12 years in the recycling and waste field for Douglas County, Oregon. As the waste reduction manager, Terri was charged with bringing recycling to the populace by developing, implementing and monitoring programs to advance recycling.
Today Terri makes her home on the remote Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica and continues to live, practice, and share her conservation ethic along with her husband, Gary, 6 dogs and a 42 acre primary rainforest. Although Terri had hopes of retirement, she’s busier than ever and currently involved in their new business; an organic technologies effort making and selling compost, worm bins, and compost tea. In addition, Terri and Gary manage four nearby fincas for foreign owners and Terri plans and leads custom tours of Costa Rica.
A graduate of The University of the Pacific with a BA in Political Science, Bill began his marketing career at Procter & Gamble, then moved to the ad agency side in New York and Los Angeles. His career as a brand strategist and as a creative director includes marketing and production projects for dozens of global brands in technology, automotive, aerospace, hospitality, and other categories. Bill is the founding partner of Dauntless Creative, which serves a global client base from offices in Dallas and Los Angeles. In addition to working with The Corcovado Foundation, Bill is the strategic advisor to the Kidsbridge Tolerance Museum in Ewing, New Jersey, and volunteers creative and production support for the National Charity League and the American Cancer Society in Dallas. His relationship with Costa Rica now spans some 30 years.
Michelle is an accomplished social entrepreneur who helps nonprofits, collaboratives, and government agencies increase their social impact through discovering their intentional voice. Her specialties are organizational strategy development, fund/resource development, community engagement, and workshop facilitation. Ms. Long’s vision and thought leadership in the nonprofit and philanthropic communities have been recognized nationally and locally, evidenced by her acceptance into multiple leadership programs and nomination for numerous awards.
As founder and CEO of NP Voice, Ms. Long coaches organizations in planning and visioning to reach the next level of performance. Prior to founding NP Voice, she worked with several large and small nonprofits, the State of Georgia, and in the corporate world. Michelle earned a Master of Public Policy (MPP) with a concentration in Organizational Effectiveness and Sustainability from Georgia State University; a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Sociology from the University of Houston, completing post-baccalaureate work in communications and social work and also a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Marketing. Michelle was awarded the 2012-2013 Legislative Fellowship Award from Georgia State University, where she studied performance-based budgeting through the lens of strategic planning and program evaluation. She also participated in a study abroad program in Mexico where she studied Latin American politics and Spanish.
A United States resident, Michelle lives in Brookhaven, Georgia with her husband, Chris, three children – Ryan, Lindsay, and Graham, two dogs – Cam and Betsey, kitten Tilly, two turtles – Meany Greenie and Sweet Brownie, and a lot of fish.
Rayna J. Levin
Rayna originally comes from Virginia where she graduated James Madison University with a degree in Biology and worked as a landscape designer for 8 years designing and installing eco-friendly landscapes with an emphasis in native plants. Before moving to Costa Rica in 2005, she designed and helped to build Liberty Park in central Harrisonburg, Virginia, served as Vice President on the Friends of Blacks Run Greenway committee, was an active participant in the community heading up flower and tree planting programs, beautifying of the downtown area of Harrisonburg and in stream bank restoration together with the local forestry service. Now having lived in Costa Rica since 2005, she is once again active in her local community and has been involved helping the Corcovado Foundation since 2008 and is currently serving as Vice President to the Sierpe de Osa tourism board, CETURS. She also owns and operates 2 local businesses: MuchaCostaRica Travel Agency and Sierpe Outfitters tour company and is in the process of starting a new business manufacturing and selling attractive and reusable bags that will last a long time as Eco Bolsas Costa Rica. Her passion for conservation and nature resonates in her daily actions and her passion for the pure life here in Costa Rica.
Josie Humbert is an 18-year-old teen from Chicago, Illinois. She spent her summer of 2021 in Drake Bay, Costa Rica volunteering for the Corcovado Foundation on regenerative agriculture and reforestation projects. She fundraised $2,250 for the foundation’s environmental education programs. As a participant in the young ambassador program, Josie donated cleats for 50+ children in the Rancho Quemado and Progresso as well as directed and organized two free soccer clinics for the kids. She blogged her experiences daily on social media to raise money for the foundation and inspire others to say yes to the adventure that changed her life in so many ways.
As an emerging leader in her school and community, Josie is a captain of the cross country team this year and captain of her soccer team for multiple years. She is the president of her school’s business competition called DECA and an executive board member of the Business Club. Further, she represents the 4,000+ students of her high school as the Vice President of the Student Council. She is a member of her community’s Future Philanthropist Program which grants over $30,000 in endowments to various community, teen-led volunteer programs.
Currently, Josie is conducting independent research on algae’s response to carbon dioxide stressors in their environment as a solution to rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. She is mentored by university professors and will be competing at state and national levels. She is planning to study business and environmental science in college.
Josie is ecstatic to become a Foundation Youth Board Advisor and hopes to motivate young people across the world to step up and support the Corcovado Foundation who was pivotal to trailblazing her path in the world of climate change and environmental science
Sara obtained her M.S. in Water Resources Science and B.S. in Natural Resources from Oregon State University, and has had a rich and varied career to date, with a strong background in business management, leadership and natural resources sciences. She has worked for The Nature Conservancy as well as for Watershed Councils in Oregon, which is a successful non-profit model for collaborative, community-run watershed management. Sara’s scientific background has been primarily focused on stream and riparian ecology, wetland ecology, field monitoring and GIS. In addition, Sara has spent years as an executive leader and is skilled in strategic planning, resource management, team collaboration and development, and building positive partnerships.
Sara is a lifelong environmentalist and spent her honeymoon volunteering at the Corcovado Foundation in 2021. This experience inspired Sara to reduce hours at her corporate job to redirect focus back into her true passion of environmental sciences and service.
Sara and her husband reside in Bend, Oregon and actively work to live a sustainable lifestyle by buying organic, local foods whenever possible, gardening, reducing waste, supporting sustainable organizations and maintaining a carbon-negative balance.