Team Coral Restoration Panama
The people listed below are the core group dedicated to restoring marine ecosystems and educating concerned people of all ages about the value of ecology-minded living.
doug marcy, founder
Attuned to a lifetime of adventure and passion for the natural world, Doug began traveling from the mountains of Colorado to explore the Caribbean coast of Panama in the mid 2000’s. For the last 6 years, he has called the islands of Bocas del Toro his home. When he saw what was happening to the coral reefs around him, and realized the results when motivated people became involved in coral nursery operations, it was only natural that he spearheaded the founding of Caribbean Coral Restoration Center.
ruben navarro, legal counsel
Ruben was the legal representative and manager of the International Blue Lagoon, S.A. company; he was a contractor and consultant to the International World Conservation Union (IUCN) and The National Conservancy for Central America (TNC).
Rubin is enthusiastic about the possibilities of coral restoration nurseries and immediately agreed to become a legal advisor for us. Using his professional skills and experience, he is helping us through the process of securing the administrative approvals to make our project truly effective.
KRISTA SHOE, Digital Content
Krista is a recent transplant to Bocas from Denver, Colorado. She has traveled to ~40 countries, diving all over the world. The effort of saving coral reefs is very near and dear to her heart. She is assisting Coral Restoration with digital marketing, fundraising, communications, photography/videography and the creation and maintenance of this website.
Yana Huntley, Research
Yana is a Masters student specializing in Environmental Studies at York University in Toronto, Canada. She is currently focusing on anthropogenic impacts on tropical ecosystems, with topics covering ecology, biological conservation, human-animal relations, climate change, habitat loss and degradation, protected areas, wildlife tourism, and sustainable development.
Yana conducts research for the project covering coral health, impacts, degradation, restoration, and management, helps to design and construct coral sculptures, and occasionally assists with social media activities.
Originally from the West Coast of the US, CJ worked in local government as an activist, administrator and fundraiser for three decades. Now she spends her time moving materials via boat between her island and Bocas in all types of weather (she’s very hardy). She is quickly becoming a local icon and is very grateful to be part of the Bocas community.
CJ holds a Master’s degree in Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to moving to Bocas, she was employed by the San Francisco transit agency assisting with the operation of the world famous cable cars. She now enjoys snorkeling around her island to look at the wonders of the tropical sea world and is committed to telling the story of Coral Restoration Panama to enable others be a part of preserving this unique part of our planet’s marine ecosystem.
robin perreault, construction
Robin's deep-rooted love for the ocean is rivaled only by her creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. Before retiring in Bocas, she built two successful businesses from the ground up and single handedly managed a vineyard.
Her devotion to the environment was fostered at sea. She learned to scuba dive in the frigid waters of Maine and spent much of her adult life sailing in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. She instilled a similar passion in her family and even inspired her daughter to pursue a degree in marine biology.
Since relocating to Bocas, Robin has made a huge impact on Coral Restoration Panama. Her craftsmanship, positive attitude and passion for marine conservation make her a huge asset to the team.
emillio hooker - everything
Emillio was born and raised in Panama not far from Bocas del Toro. He is the backbone of our operation - handling all kinds of projects from master driver of MUSA to building and fixing whatever it is that we need. He is a invaluable part of our team.