Eliot Logan-Hines, Executive Director, has worked for over six years in the non-profit sector in Latin America. Prior to working with Fundación Runa, Eliot served as Executive Director of Finca Project, a reforestation and environmental education initiative in Costa Rica. He has worked as an environmental consultant and advisor to climate change negotiations at the United Nations. Eliot received his masters degree in environmental management from Yale University where he studied tropical forestry and conservation finance. Eliot brings to Runa his expertise in agricultural cooperative development, tropical forestry, and non-profit management. He is a professional adventurer and a good cook.
Aliana Piñeiro, Director of Monitoring and Evaluation, first came to Fundación Runa as a community development intern in the summer of 2011. After five years of working in asset management in New York City, Aliana realized that her true passion was development. Following her experience in Ecuador and the completion of her masters degree in International Affairs at The New School, she joined the team to measure all the good that Runa does in the region. Aliana is our resident Runa mom and brings New York style to the jungle.
Juan Dueñas, Director of Research, is from Quito but recently returned from New Zealand where he completed his Masters degree in Bio-protecion and Ecology at Lincoln University. Prior to that, Juan worked as a research assistant at the herpetology division of Universidad Católica Zoology museum and as a naturalist guide in sustainable tourism operations both at the Amazon and the Galapagos Islands. Juan is passionate about nature and outdoor sports. His training as a scientist had a strong focus on translating knowledge from biological sciences into applications that help to protect our ecosystems, and he is particularly interested in mitigating the impacts of human activities within natural ecosystems while searching for potential synergies between primary industries and nature. In his free time, Juan is always keen for some rock climbing, mountain biking or scuba diving.
Maureen Stimola, Program Manager and Science Coordinator, is a Princeton in Latin America fellow and recent graduate of Columbia University with a degree in Environmental Biology. Her laboratory and field research experience includes involvement in microbiology, conservation ecology, botany, and animal physiology projects. While working on an organic farm in her home state of Vermont, she discovered a passion for sustainable agriculture. She loves learning languages, new recipes, and salsa and bachata moves.
Ian Cummins, Director of Cartography and Supply Chain Mapping, joins the Runa team after working for the last two years in Indonesia doing conservation, concession valuation, sustainable supply chain mapping and REDD+ development. He is a graduate of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies specializing in GIS, remote sensing and tropical forest management and has prior work and research experience in Honduras and the Peruvian Amazon. Ian likes to argue politics, make maps and play soccer.
Lindsay McGeehon, Peace Corps Volunteer, lives in Archidona. Lindsay is an agricultural volunteer and studied Animal Sciences at the University of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She is currently working on community needs assessment, compost projects and agroforestry research with Runa. In Rukullacta, Lindsay is helping to build family gardens in the community and teach English. Lindsay likes to go hiking in the jungle and has earned the nickname "Mud Queen."