Considering the international projection of the objectives of its environmental initiatives, the FTO Executive Board has decided to form an Honorary Board with personalities whose outstanding trajectory can ensure that the changes we can forge are truly reliable and transcendent. These are its members:
Mary Crowley is the founder and CEO of Ocean Voyages Institute (OVI) established in 1979 as a nonprofit, public charity based in Sausalito, California, with the goal of preserving the maritime arts and sciences, the ocean environment and island cultures. OVI's efforts since 2009 have focused on ocean cleanup of consumer plastics and derelict fishing gear which entraps sea wildlife, kills reefs and marine habitats. Using innovation such as GPS satellite trackers and drone patterns in 2019 and 2020 allowed to achieve the largest ever mid-ocean cleanup of plastic trash and ghost-nets from the North Pacific Gyre to date; which constitutes a promising connection and key role in the partnership developed with For the Oceans foundation in order to achieve the goals of the “Ambassadors for the Oceans” initiative.
Successful singer-songwriter and actress, she has participated in multiple productions both in film and on television; she also received several gold and platinum records, and she was nominated three times for the Grammy Awards. María Conchita is a champion of the fight against HIV and in the defense of animal rights, working with many groups for the protection of biodiversity around the world.For these purposes, she has created the non-profit organization Vee Fauna, with the objective of raising funds for both the HIV patients in Venezuela, as well as for animal aid associations, and she has also decided to join the efforts of FTO in the protection of migratory marine life of the Eastern Pacific.
Recognized internationally as a skilled pop singer, actor, speaker and a humanitarian, he has sold 45,000,000 records, had 38 top 40 hit songs on the Billboard charts, and starred in 12 motion pictures.Pat has also had a number of best-selling books, starred in 115 episodes of his own variety television show and is in the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Today he is a motivational speaker, a father of four wonderful daughters and a solid supporter of environmental initiatives.
Graduated from the University of Costa Rica as an Agricultural Engineer, Mr. Boza has a Master's Degree in Forestry from the Inter-American Institute of Agricultural Sciences and two Doctorates in Sciences Honoris Causa (Drexel University, United States, and International Cooperation University, Costa Rica). He was promoter and one of the "fathers" of Costa Rican national parks, the first Chief of the National Park Service and Vice Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mines. He was also Director of the Faculty of Environmental Sciences of the National University, and served as Conservationist and Representative in Costa Rica of the Wildlife Conservation Society as Coordinator of the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor Program. He served as Director of the Development Office of the Ministry of the Environment and Technical Advisor of the program Elimination of Barriers for the Sustainability of the Protected Areas System of Costa Rica (Ministry of Environment and Energy). Mr. Boza was an Academic Advisor to the International Institute for Wildlife Conservation and Management, at the National University of Costa Rica, Board Member and Legal Representative of The Leatherback Trust in New Jersey, United States; co-founder and Board Member of FASP (Front for the Protected Wild Areas, in its Spanish acronym), this organization advisor to the Ministry of Environment and Energy carries his name on his honor.
Even when Mario passed away in October 2021, his ideals and his conceptual guide will continue to be part of the ideology that rules our foundation forever.
He graduated as a Forestal Engineer, Master in Wildlife Management from the National University of Costa Rica (UNA), and PhD in Wildlife Conservation and Management at the University of Massachusetts, United States (Fullbright scholarship). He worked as a technical assistant for the IUCN office for Central America, head of the Department of Protected Areas of the Tropical Agronomic Research and Teaching Center (CATIE), Coordinator of field projects for Mesoamerica of the Jaguar Program of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and Professor of the Master's program in Sustainable Development at the University of Costa Rica (UCR). He published more than 50 scientific articles in international journals, six books, and contributed chapters to books by various authors. Since 2008 he has been a member of the Tropical Science Center (CCT) and is currently a professor and ad hoc researcher at the UNA's International Wildlife Management Institute, as well as an associate professor at the University of Massachusetts.
Lawyer and notary public, with a Master's Degree in Environmental Law from the University of the Basque Country, Spain, as well as an Academic Master's Degree in Sustainable Development from the University of Costa Rica (Honorable Mention). He is also Academic in Environmental Law at the Faculty of Law and for the Master's Degree in Sustainable Development of the University of Costa Rica (UCR). Writer of papers specialized in environmental law (Costa Rica, Argentina, Brazil and Spain).Mr. Sagot is author and co-author of 13 books on environmental law and sustainable development(Costa Rica, El Salvador and Brazil), and speaker both in national and international rangeon issues of participatory democracy, environmental law, animal rights, ecosystem rights and sustainabledevelopment.
For the past 60 years he has been the president of David Mirisch Enterprises, the international PR & promotional firm. He has been involved in 2,500 fundraising events throughout the United States and 7 countries including two in Ecuador. He and his wife Sandy of 40 years have been the guests of the King of Malaysia, the Queen of Denmark and the Royal Family of Japan. He has helped rais over $35,000,000 for charitable organizations, hospitals, schools and Service Clubs like Rotary, Eagles, Lions and Elks. He is a member of the Mirisch Motion Picture Family that has produced 72 motion pictures, won 24 Academy Awards including 3 Oscars for “Best Picture of the Year.” Some of the 500 stars he did PR for were Omar Sharif, Johnny Mathis, Petula Clark, Pat Boone, Raquel Welch, The Supremes and Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman).
Specializing in Negotiation and Conflict Management in Cambridge, MA, Mr. Alpizar gained experience on planning and cargo operations sector for the aeronautical industry, and in supply chain management. After fulfilling various roles in several international and local companies, in 1995 he founded Rex Cargo Costa Rica and, since 2010, has served as CEO of Rex America Group, Inc. He added to this an intense performance in business organizations and chambers such as the Costa Rican Chamber of Exporters, of which he was vice president in 2013, and president of the Board of Directors of the World BASC Organization, from 2015 to 2019. However, this prominent Costa Rican businessman, beyond his professional performance, gathers traits that distinguish him as a citizen who is particularly committed to the well-being of his community, such as being an experienced volunteer for the Costa Rican Fire Department. And that commitment is also reflected in its active support for environmental causes, for which for years it has provided transportation facilities and logistical support with units of its fleet for cleaning beaches and removing waste from local Conservation Areas, like Coco’s Island and the Pacific coast.
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