James Rotenberg, PhD
Dr. James “Jamie” Rotenberg is an associate professor of tropical environmental ecology in the Department of Environmental Sciences at UNCW. Beginning as a Fulbright Scholar for his PhD research in 1997, Jamie has conducted avian monitoring and research projects in Guatemala, the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, and now Belize. Jamie arrived at BFREE in December 2005 and was a member of the original scientific team that rediscovered Harpy Eagles in Belize. Since then, he has led several avian-related research projects focusing on the eagles, the bird community, and most recently forest restoration using cacao agroforestry. Jamie’s passion for teaching includes sharing the tropics with his students and he has brought ~100 UNCW students to BFREE for study abroad experiences.
Pamela Garvin is a retired tax attorney originally from California, and she now claims Manhattan and Sarasota, Florida as home. She brings to BFREE her leadership and experience from serving on the Boards of a multitude of non-profits such as the Ventura County Community Foundation, Foundation for Diversity in the Arts, the Conejo Schools Foundation and most recently the Zonta Club of New York. Pamela had her own legal practice for over 30 years, was on the Small Business Council, and a sought-after speaker in her specialized field of pensions and benefits. She counseled clients on their estate and gift-giving plans, as well as assisting them in establishing businesses, and partnerships. Pamela is a strong supporter of BFREE and its missions, and looks forward to exploring Belize.
Jacob MarlinBelize Foundation for Research and Environmental Education
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Jacob had a passion for the natural world at a young age – especially snakes. After receiving an A.S. degree in Biological Park Management in 1989, he worked in the Herpetology departments of several zoos. On an exploration trip to Belize, Jacob fell in love with the country and eventually moved there in 1993 to found BFREE, serving as Executive Director ever since. Jacob is Chairman of Belize’s Monkey River Watershed Association, President of the Heirloom Cacao Preservation Fund, and CEO of Crioco Cacao, LLC, a for-profit cacao and chocolate company.
Gentry Mander, JDBelize Foundation for Research and Environmental Education
Gentry Mander is a staff attorney at the Georgia Heirs Property Law Center, a not-for-profit law firm dedicated to serving low- and moderate-income heirs property owners aiming to clear title to their inherited property and build generational wealth. Gentry began working with BFREE in 2012 as a law student in the University of Florida’s Conservation Clinic. She later completed her masters in sustainable development practice (MDP) field practicum studying the economic viability of shade grown cacao for smallholder Maya farmers in collaboration with BFREE. When not in the jungle, Gentry lives in Atlanta with her husband, son, and two domesticated mini-jaguars.
Tim Gregory, PhDBelize Foundation for Research and Environmental Education
Tim has a Ph.D. in Physiology and Pharmacology and retired, the first time, in 2007 after a twenty-five year career in the biotechnology industry making vaccines and cancer therapies. He then became a biopharmaceutical entrepreneur and co-founded a new company focused on new cancer therapeutics. He retired the second time in 2016 when the company was successfully sold. Since 2016 he has focussed his efforts on supporting conservation projects for freshwater turtles and tortoises, and cycads, worldwide. He is serving as co-chair of the conservation committee of the IUCN Cycad Specialist Group, co-founder of the conservation ngo Wild Cycad Conservancy, member and past chair of the Advisory BOD of the University of California Botanical Garden, a member of the BOD of the Turtle Survival Alliance, as well as a member of the BOD of BFREE and CRIOCO, LLC.