Get to Know Us

Founders

Qenut Amen

Qenut Amen

Founder

About Qenut Amen

Qenut Amen, formerly Roberta Ward Smiley, is the heart and soul of La Reserva. Her vision and passion is what drives us. She has almost a decade of experience working with reforestation. She also guides tours at our 100 acre forest in Costa Rica and is a experienced bird watcher as well.

Dan Spreen Wilson

Dan Spreen Wilson

Founder

About Dan

Dan founded LRFF along with his wife. His hard work and dedication leads the planting and maintenance of all the trees we plant. He is also responsible for most of the beautiful pictures you see on the site.

Board Members – LRFF-US

Matt Lee

Matt Lee

President - US Board

About Matt

Matt worked for the National Park Service, and after volunteering at LRFF in Costa Rica in 2009 he decided to study urban and regional planning. He has since worked and volunteered with a non-profit in Seattle that focuses on conservation measures within the metro region. Matt’s mission is to infiltrate green infrastructure and forest networks into the city, thereby creating biological corridors from city to wilderness.  Matt has been serving on the LRFF/US board since March 2013.

KC Woods

KC Woods

Treasurer - Board Member

About KC

KC is the Treasurer on the LRFF/US board of directors. He attended Pepperdine University in Malibu, California and earned his Bachelor Degree there. As part of his final year he led a consulting team of students who volunteered to help LRFF. He logged in over 100 hours of volunteer work and marketing consultancy for La Reserva Forest Foundation before becoming a member of the board.

Gretchen Engbring

Gretchen Engbring

US Board

About Gretchen

Gretchen studied Politics at the University of California, Santa Cruz before completing her Master’s in Environmental Policy at the University of Cambridge. As a researcher, her work focuses on the sociological conditions that inhibit or enable equitable Payments for Environmental Services programs, including but not limited to Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD).

Denys Sanftleben

Denys Sanftleben

US Board

About Denys

Dena grew up in Oregon and has lived there her whole life. She has a passion for travel and being out in the great outdoors. She has a special place in her heart for all things of nature and has made several trips to Costa Rica. She lives on a farm in the countryside of Canby Oregon.

Tom Miller

Tom Miller

US Board

About Tom

Tom worked for 37 years serving persons with intellectual disabilities in Michigan. For 31 of those years, he served as the Director of Community Services Development, Supervisor for Clinical and Social Worker Services at the Macomb Oakland Regional Center in southeast Michigan. He has lectured and consulted in numerous states, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. He earned a Masters Degree in Psychology.

John Witter

John Witter

US Board

About John

John is the volunteer coordinator for La Reserva after starting as a volunteer himself during the summer of 2014.  He is currently a Master’s student in Environmental Engineering and Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. His main interest is in water quality and resources, a vital industry that is often taken for granted in the developed world. He has worked in developing communities assisting in water and sanitation issues. He is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people while having a positive impact on the environment.