Board

Sara Archbald

Sara grew up in Pennsylvania Dutch farming country, north of Philadelphia, an area from which she was happy to flee in 1962 to attend college. Upon graduation she worked, in those early heady days of Peace Corps, as a literacy volunteer in Bogota, Colombia, and later with her husband, trained volunteers for other Latin American countries. Ultimately they settled in Maine, where Sara enjoyed an active community life with many volunteer positions in rural Maine while raising her two sons.

In 2000, Sara rejoined the Peace Corps as an agroforestry volunteer and served two years with the Ñgäbe-Buglé indigenous peoples of Panama in the isolated Nurun village of El Jacinto. Sara supported the activities of her village communal farm, as well as regional women’s and farmer groups, teaching practices of composting, planting of tree nurseries, rice and fish tank farming – plus more. Sara returned to Portland, Maine in 2002, where she currently works at the Maine Historical Society as Executive Administrative Assistant.

While in Panama Sara helped start a scholarship fund with the El Jacinto Bugle families working in the cooperative farm: shoes and uniforms are purchased for participants’ elementary children, tuition is paid for their few high school children. A reciprocal relationship has developed between Sara, who raises the funds, and her extended family in El Jacinto and beyond, who nourish her when she returns for two weeks every year to support the work of the scholarship fund. Sara is eager to work with Native Future in the fulfillment of the education component of its mission, while expanding and bringing more sustainability to the Ngabe Bugle scholarship program.

Paul J. Barrett

Paul BarrettPaul received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Bates College, Master of Science in Zoology from Arizona State University, and Doctor of Philosophy in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from the University of Arizona.  He worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for 27 years focusing on endangered species ranging from jaguars to butterflies but his emphasis was conservation of native southwestern fishes.

He was also the Southwest Regional Structured Decision Making Coordinator, a form of decision analysis, and continue to teach Structured Decision Making at the National Conservation Training Center.  As a result, he has been asked to lead decision efforts regionally and nationally.

In many cases these involved determining the best course of action to most effectively allocate funds and efforts to achieve a desired result.  His facilitation skills have been recognized and sought out and he has served as an officer for public hearings.

In his spare time, he enjoys skiing in the winter, and biking, kayaking, and rafting in the summer.  He also teaches Aikido and enjoy spending time with his wife and two dogs.

Julian Dendy

A founding member of Native Future, Julian became interested in working with indigenous peoples as a result of his Peace Corps experience in Panama. Living in the rainforest in a Wounaan village and working side by side with the locals, he saw firsthand the issues that affect their lives and land. His main projects there were aimed at dealing with some of the local priorities; the development of a small ecotourism venture, the construction of a new water treatment system, and the expansion of the market for the local artists’ crafts.

After leaving Panama and working for two years with The Nature Conservancy as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Palau, he moved to the Coral Reef Research Foundation-Palau (www.CoralReefResearchFoundation.org), where he currently works as a biological technician and collection manager.

Jim Deveau

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Janice Jorgensen

Janice is a native rural Californian living in Massachusetts since 1971.  She was a Peace Corps Volunteer working in Rural Community Development in Dominican Republic 1966-1968 and has professional experience in sales and marketing for small private companies to Fortune 100.

She was Peace Corps Country Director-Panama 1997-2002 and has served as a FEMA Disaster Assistance Employee working in hurricanes Charley, Ivan, Jeanne, Katrina, and Rita in Disaster Field Training Operations and Individual Assistance in Disaster Recovery Centers.  Janice also works as a gender consultant in Latin America and is an avid birdwatcher and basketball fan.

Marsha J. Kellogg

Marsha joined the board of Native Future in January 2007 and is happy to have an active role in supporting the organization’s mission and the indigenous of Panama.  For more than ten years, Marsha has been working as a consultant on conservation and development projects for non-profit organizations such as the Rainforest Alliance and CARE, and on USAID-funded projects managed by private firms.  Her work sends her to native lands in the Americas and Africa where she has worked with and learned from native peoples such as the Huarani of Ecuador, Maya of Guatemala, Boki tribes of Nigeria, and Mescalero Apache of New Mexico.  Marsha is a natural resources planner with background in cross-cultural communications and facilitation.  She works with community, government and non-governmental groups to develop action plans, make land use decisions, and to manage conflict over natural resources. She’s also a trainer and environmental assessment specialist.

A native Vermonter and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Panama 1992 – 1994) Marsha currently lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico where she happily roams the southwest desert with the roadrunners and her companion, Doug Erb.