Monteverde Community Fund

Provincia de Puntarenas, Monteverde, Costa Rica

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TIM CURTIS

Executive Director

Tim came to Monteverde in 1981 to teach, eventually marrying and settling here. While he and his wife Helena raised their two sons, Tim served as an administrator at Monteverde Friends School, worked as Communications Assistant and Coordinator of Educational Programs at the Monteverde Institute, and served on the board of both institutions. In addition, for nearly 20 summers, he directed Journey's End Farm Camp in his native Pennsylvania. 
He is strongly committed to sustainability through cleaner technology, reduced consumption, community-building, and a strengthened connection to the natural world.  When not at the Community Fund or working on his house, Tim loves to play folk music, read, and walk the trails of Monteverde, including his daily 8km commute to work.

GRACE BACHMANN

Development and Communications Specialist

Grace joined the Community Fund in 2018 by way of The Suddes Group | For Impact, where she worked with "for impact" organizations and mission-driven businesses to help them tell their story and fund their vision.  She comes to Monteverde with experience in development, community outreach, environmental education, and cross-cultural communication, having spent stints in Senegal, Switzerland, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Costa Rica.
Grace was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, and holds a bachelors in Geosciences from Denison University.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

JANNELLE WILKINS

President

Jannelle has implemented education and development projects in the U.S., Costa Rica, and Spain. A resident of Monteverde, she formerly directed the Monteverde Institute.  During her tenure, helped develop Travelers’ Philanthropy program and co-hosted the 3rd International Conference on Travelers’ Philanthropy.  While living in Spain, Jannelle worked for the World Tourism Organization of the UN and founded Altamira Tours.
Jannelle holds a Masters in Public Administration.

FREDDY MEJÍAS FONSECA

Vice President

Freddy is a native of Monteverde and an agricultural technician with extensive expertise in installation and management of forest nurseries and ornamental plants. He has worked as an assistant technician in reforestation projects, as well as supervised plant nurseries. For the past 13 years Mejías Fonseca has worked as a naturalist guide and owns a small hotel in Monteverde. Freddy is concerned with the welfare of the community and the environment of the region where he was born; he has belonged to the MCF Board of Directors since its inception in 2012.

KAREN FALLAS MONGE

Treasurer

Bio coming soon.

SINDY BROWN

Board Member

Sindy Brown has lived in Monteverde for 10 years. She visited this region full of nature and beautiful landscapes, with a cool climate all year round for the first time in 2007. She has worked in tourism for 8 years and loves meeting people from different parts of the world. She is a business administrator and organizer of trips and events. She loves having many friends, traveling, and, above all, providing an excellent service to all her guests.

GUILLERMO VARGAS

Board Member

Guillermo is a forestry engineer, and is originally from Monteverde. He worked as a teacher in the Santa Elena Public High School, and was later responsible for environmental education programs and human development in the Monteverde Conservation League. He has also served as manager of the Santa Elena Cooperative. He has always been interested in the quality of life of the community, including environmental and social balance, which led him to belong to several boards of organizations in Monteverde. He is currently coordinator of educational programs in Life Monteverde. He has served on the MCF Board of Directors since 2012.

HUGH GRAY

Board Member

Bio coming soon.

JUDY WITT

Board Member

Bio coming soon.

DEV JOSLIN

Boad Member

Bio coming soon.

OUR INTERNATIONAL FUNDERS

INTER-AMERICAN FOUNDATION

GLOBAL FUND FOR COMMUNITY FOUNDATIONS

COSTA RICAN USA FOUNDATION FOR COOPERATION

CHARITABLE GIVING PARTNER

Contributing to the well-being of Costa Rica by connecting donors' values and resources with vetted non-profit solutions

Enables Monteverde Community Fund to receive tax-exempt donations in the United States, as our our 501(c)(3) partner.