Meet Our Team - Costa Rica Board

Lana Wedmore

Founder/President

Lana Wedmore is a pioneer, conservationist and community leader in Costa Rica.  Living on the Osa Peninsula for the past 28 years she has worked tirelessly for the benefit of the community, building infrastructure, culture, education, health, security, sustainable tourism and environmental protection to ensure responsible growth near the Corcovado National Park.

Lana is the owner and also built Luna Lodge, a leading sustainable rain forest eco-lodge, that has earned the highest sustainability ranking from the Costa Rican government. She is also the Vice-President of the Wellness Costa Rica Association, an organization committed to furthering the Sustainable Health of the locals and visitors.

 

Lana served as the President of the Association for Integral Development of Corcovado for 10 years. Her leadership was influential in building the 1st sustainable solar powered bamboo school in Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica.  She was also the President of the Chamber of Tourism of Corcovado for three years and her passion and drive helped bring the different communities together to promote Tourism on the Osa Peninsula. 

 

In 2008 Lana founded The White Hawk Foundation to respond to the growing urgency to protect the land surrounding Corcovado National Park.  Educating people locally and internationally about conservation is a passion of Lana and her team of guides. Lana's message is very simple "we must save the rain forests to save ourselves." The White Hawk Foundation is a place where individuals and philanthropic entities can make a tangible difference. In the last 10 years, the contributions have enabled the foundation to acquire and protect land that could have been devastated by commercial or agricultural development. This land has been donated to a conservation easement, protecting it into perpetuity. The foundation has raised over $250 000 which is 10% of their goal of $2.5 M to protect one of the most important biological corridors next to the Corcovado National Park.

Jim Cordoba-Alfaro

Vice-President and Scientific Advisor- Insects

Jim is the Founder and director of the Insectopia Insect Museum with over 10 years of experience working with Neotropical butterflies.  Jim has written and published  12 articles in international journals, discovered three new species of butterflies and one new mammal species, and has completed several taxonomic and ecological studies. Besides his work at the Insectopia Insect Museum, Jim is currently a naturalist and tour leader in Corcovado National Park. Jim's expertise in the interconnectivity between species is an invaluable asset in identifying key tracts of land as buffers and corridors which guide the Foundations acquisitions.

Jenna Lawson

Secretary and Scientific Advisor- Mammals

Jenna is a wildlife biologist having received  her undergraduate and masters degrees in England and Scotland. She has worked in the UK with Scottish mammals and in Peru with rare primates.  Her love for wildlife brought her to Costa Rica to work on the Osa Peninsula setting up a new conservation project where she learned about the White Hawk Foundation. Jenna is currently studying for her PhD with Imperial College London, which includes creating a biological corridor for the endangered spider monkey here on the Osa. Jenna's passion, research, and expertise is critical in the development of the Foundation's conservation strategy, education, and communication.

Charlotte Wattyen

Treasurer and Scientific Advisor- Plants

Charlotte is a biologist having received her master’s degrees in Biology and Forest & Nature Conservation at the university of Gent (Belgium) and Wageningen (The Netherlands) respectively. She is fascinated by all living beings on our planet; especially the interactions between plants and animals and the different uses of wild plant species. After several internships in Kenya, China and Mexico, she was sure that she will continue her career within the field of tropical biology, focusing on the combination of nature conservation and sustainable land use practices. She is currently working on her PhD at the university of Leuven (Belgium), in collaboration with the university of Costa Rica. She is very excited to be part of the amazing team of the White Hawk Foundation, where she apply her knowledge and experiences within the various ongoing projects, from environmental education to defining land use management plans.

Aida Soto

Municipality Representative

Soy Aida Soto Rodríguez, nativa de Puerto Jiménez, desde joven sentí la necesidad de colaborar en los comités para obras que ayudarán al progreso de nuestra comunidad, ya que somos  una zona alejada y por la ubicación geográfica, desconectados de las instituciones a las que les correspondía velar por mejorar las condiciones de vida de los habitantes de este distrito.
En el año 2002 fui elegida vice alcaldesa del cantón de golfito y en el 2004 asumí como alcaldesa debido a separación del alcalde titular, gestión que finalice en marzo del 2006.
Actualmente ocupó el cargo de regidora suplente desde el año 2016.

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Meet Our Team - USA Board

Willadell Ihrke

President

Willadell grew up in rural North America where her love of nature was established as a young child and has only grown stronger with her time spent on the Osa.  A lifelong educator at the college level, Willadell brings her passion for education to the Foundation highlighting the importance of education in changing and evolving perceptions about the value of preserving and enhancing the rainforest.  Becoming involved in the White Hawk Foundation has been a natural fit for her blending her education experience with the young and adults alike with her love with of nature

Geoff Blanco

Treasurer

Geoff Blanco is the President of an Outdoor Power Equipment dealership in Indiana.  After receiving his B.A. with a major in Anthropology and a minor in Sociology, Geoff turned to consulting in information technology and ended his time in the industry as the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for a consulting firm whose clients are the Fortune 500.  Leaving the industry to spend more time with his family and a career closer to his personal interests, Geoff became a partner and subsequently the full owner of his current company.  It was on his first trip to the Osa Penisula that he experienced the richness of the biodiversity within the Osa, the importance of it to the local community, Costa Rica, and the world.  Since that first adventure, he continues to return to the Osa and specifically to the White Hawk Foundation to further his knowledge of the vast ecosystems and consider the intersections between the natural world, community, and sustainable economic interests.  The White Hawk Foundation leverages Geoff’s academic and business backgrounds towards furthering the foundation’s mission.

Evalena Leedy

Marketing/Fundraiser Advisor

Evalena Leedy is a yoga teacher, owner/director of YogaSole. Having attended Temple University in Philadelphia, she built a career in New York City in the world of advertising and marketing. Creating and cultivating a connection between the Osa Peninsula and communities in the U.S- specifically New York is her mission.  Providing advertising and marketing expertise, she has hosted several successful events for the Foundation. Evalena's passion for protecting the environment and strong belief in the goals of the White Hawk Foundation is instrumental in enlightening perceptions regarding the importance of the Osa Peninsula to communities as far away as New York

Jordan Rigsby

Director

Jordan is a life long naturalist and dentist in his home state of Florida. Jordan and his wife Lindsay travel to Carate often to immerse themselves in the peace and biodiversity of the Osa Peninsula.
"The Nature brought my wife Lindsay and I to the Osa Peninsula. Among the immense and rare ecosystem, are people with a clear vision of what it is to exist among and protect one of the great last treasures that our planet has developed over millions of years. We are deeply dedicated to being one of these individuals, and helping in any way we can those that share the vision of the White Hawk 
​Foundation."

 

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