Veronica was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and then moved to the Unites States, where she lived, studied, and worked for 25 years. She worked as an aquatic biologist after earning both her Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science in Zoology. She returned to school to earn a Masters of Clinical Social Work and worked as a licensed clinical social worker in various settings, including crisis intervention, private clinical practice and hospice care. She arrived in Monteverde, Costa Rica in 2008 with her son Stuart and soon thereafter founded PAWS Costarica (Promotion of Animal Wellbeing Society), a non-profit organization to educate people regarding the responsible and compassionate treatment of animals. In 2014, she co-founded the Sustainability Demonstration Center through her efforts to support the community in protecting the Rio Veracruz. She is currently the Director of the Sustainability Demonstration Center, as well as a Bach flower therapy practitioner. 

She believes that we each do the best we can with the level of maturity we have and the circumstances we face; and we can help one another mature into one healthy and peaceful human family.



Alexander was born in the San Luis Valley in the Monteverde region and has worked most of his life in conservation. At the age of 15, he began working for the Children´s Eternal Rain Forest in Monteverde as a research field technician. He then worked for Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (InBio) researching snails all over Costa Rica, often spending weeks alone in national park forests discovering new species. After his time with InBio, he worked for ProNativas, a non-profit organization that promotes the use of native ornamental plants as a conservation effort. In 2014, he co-founded the Centro Demonstrativo de Sostenibilidad, in an effort to protect the Rio Veracruz against an agribusiness development project. He is currently the Director of Rancho El Rio, where he actively experiments with sustainable organic agriculture, local trading and achieving food sovereignty on a regional scale.  

He believes in changing the world one person at a time, starting with ourselves.