Our People

Board of Directors

Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) has a vibrant membership program and diverse local staff administered by a seven member Board of Directors that can serve from four to six years maximum.


Mick Fleming


Dr. Elma Kay

Vice President

Valerie Woods Smith


Susana Vanzie


Tony Rath


Tanya Santos


Mark Wilkins


Our People


The entire staff of FCD are from communities located nearby the Chiquibul-Maya Mountains. These are young individuals that have a personal aspiration to grow and make a positive difference in society through environmental conservation efforts. Presently, FCD has a cohort of eighteen park rangers, four forest rangers, one educator, two research station maintenance personnel, four field research assistants, three Karst management personnel, seven Eco-Guards, one Extension Technician and five highly qualified Managers and administrative staff. All FCD employees speak and write both English and Spanish.

Rafael Manzanero

Executive Director FCD

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