Barbara Arizaga joined the Galápagos Conservancy in June 2022 with the intention of contributing to the global awareness of the distinctive ecological and social circumstances of the Galápagos Archipelago and of involving the general public and donors in the work of the Conservancy itself through written and visual storytelling on the Conservancy’s website and various social media platforms. Barbara came to us from Ecuador where she worked in the academic, political and non-profit sectors by producing a wide range of digital and printed communications. Barbara has a degree in Intercultural Communications, a Minor in Nonprofit Administration, and a passion for introducing people to the wonders of nature. Barbara’s ultimate goal is to keep spreading her enthusiasm and love for conservation to anyone who will listen in the hopes that she can assist in safeguarding this green planet for a very long time.
Xavier Castro is the journalist for Galápagos Conservancy. With a bachelor’s in social communication, Xavier has more than 20 years of experience in writing and reporting on conservation and sustainable development in the Galápagos Islands. He has developed and implemented communication strategies for the Galápagos National Park, the Galápagos Governing Council, Communication Secretariat of the Ecuadorian Government, as well as various NGOs and International Cooperation Agencies from Spain and Japan like Araucaria and JICA. He specializes in the design of communication strategies, environmental journalism, audiovisual production, photography, filmmaking and graphic design. His passion is to contribute to creating a well-informed society aware of the fragility of the Galápagos ecosystems, and using his communications experience and skills to promote a sustainable and environmentally friendly lifestyle.
Alexa Goldstein joined Galápagos Conservancy in September 2022. After having a varied career path in the arts and communications, she decided to switch careers to the non-profit sector to contribute to the conservation of Galápagos and the natural world. She hopes to raise awareness about socio-cultural and environmental issues through visual storytelling and social media. Alexa holds a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Fordham University and a master’s degree in Creative Business Leadership from Savannah College of Arts and Design. Her passion for nature and storytelling weave together seamlessly to push Galápagos Conservancy’s mission forward.
Estefanía Játiva Espinosa was born in Quito, Ecuador and studied International Relations and Law. She has gained professional experience from working in several public and private institutions in Quito.
In October 2022, Estefanía moved to the Galápagos Islands, which gave her a unique opportunity to appreciate the importance of the archipelago’s biodiversity for Ecuador and the world. This experience has inspired her to use her knowledge and skills to support the conservation and protection of the Enchanted Islands.
As a member of Galápagos Conservancy team, Estefanía is dedicated to preserving the fragile ecosystems of the islands. She is honored to be part of this organization and to work towards creating a sustainable future for the Galápagos. Estefanía is excited to contribute her expertise to this vital mission and to make a positive impact on the conservation of this natural wonder.
David Liberio has lived and experienced firsthand the effort and passion involved in conserving the natural beauty of the Galápagos Islands. This experience led him to pursue a university education that would enable him to capture and transmit the essence of life in the Galápagos.
In 2011, David graduated from the Christian Center for Communications in Quito, in conjunction with the University of Northwestern in St. Paul, Minesota, with a degree in Communication and Multimedia Production. He specialized as a visual artist and has a strong commitment to life and conservation that he believes is for a lifetime.
David is passionate about raising awareness and engaging new generations in the care of the Galápagos Islands. He believes in telling life stories that serve as examples of good living and promote the preservation of this natural wonder. The Galápagos Islands are David’s home, and he is dedicated to their protection and conservation.
Roger McDonough joined Galápagos Conservancy in November of 2022 after more than a decade in public radio journalism. Previously, he worked as a communications and fundraising specialist for organizations focused on the conservation of tropical ecosystems. He holds a BA from the University of Utah and an MA in policy and development studies from both Georgetown University and the Universidad Nacional de San Martín, Argentina. He brings with him an enduring passion for protecting wild spaces and the systems that sustain our rich and complex web of life. In his free time, you can find Roger hiking, kayaking, and photographing the birds in his neighborhood — and in the wild.
Jenny is an experienced educator with a master’s degree in psycho-pedagogy, specializing in early childhood and primary education with a focus on psycho-pedagogical intervention. She also has extensive knowledge and expertise in inclusive practices for children with autism spectrum disorders. In her role as a consultant and designer, she has provided invaluable guidance to teacher training institutes in the Galapagos Islands. Her contributions to education also include authoring a comprehensive methodological guide for the contextualization of the curriculum for the Initial and Preparatory Sub-levels for the Galapagos Islands. Previously, she worked as an English teacher at the Tomás de Berlanga Educational Unit for children in the initial level. Since 2010, she has been serving as the director and coordinator of the Acuarela Child Center, where she oversees the education and care of young children aged 2 to 4 years.
Since 2020, Navas has served as a field technical assistant for the Philornis downsi project, a bi-institutional initiative between the GNPD and the Charles Darwin Foundation. He contributes to various tasks, including data collection, field technical assistance, logistical preparation and planning for field trips, control of introduced species, population and habitat monitoring, and capture, translocation, and marking of endemic and native species. Furthermore, Navas has collaborated on the Terrestrial Birds and Mangrove Finch projects of the Charles Darwin Foundation since 2021, monitoring and treating nests on site. Currently, Navas is a member of the Galápagos Conservancy conservation team, serving as a conservation technical assistant.
Lenin Rogel is an environmental educator with a Master’s degree in Education and Social Development and am currently enrolled at the National University of Rosario as a doctoral candidate at the department of Humanities and Education. Over the course of his career he has worked both in public and private institutions as a teacher. Lenin was responsible for the Environmental Education Subprocess in the Directorate of the Galapagos National Park, Responsible for Environmental Quality in the Municipality of Santa Cruz, Executive Secretary of the Council for the Protection of Rights, Inter-Institutional Coordinator of the Cantonal Committee on Introduced Species in Urban and Rural Areas, Vice Mayor of the City, and now Coordinator of the Galapagos Sustainability Education Program.
Jana Stotler joined Galápagos Conservancy in 2023 and is responsible for all financial aspects of the organization. She has over thirty years of experience directing financial and administrative operations for numerous nonprofit and public higher education organizations. In 2022, Jana moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico, after living eleven years in the Costa Rican rain forest. While in Costa Rica she catalogued hundreds of birds in her yard, slothfully watched sloths, and protected iguanas, agoutis, and monkeys in her yard from her six rescued street dogs. She also volunteered with animal rescue organizations and was particularly involved in saving street animals and working with vets in the area to get them medical care. Jana lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico with her husband and five dogs.