Catherine Schloegel, Executive Director
Catherine Schloegel joined our team in 2008 and currently serves as the Foundation's Executive Director. Prior to joining FCT, she worked with the Pinchot Institute`s sustainable forestry project on the coastal plain of Ecuador. She has a B.A. in geography from Vassar College and a M.E.Sc. in social ecology from Yale University. She enjoys spontaneous adventures, soccer, hiking, birding, and travel.
Daniela Mendieta, Accountant
Daniela Mendieta joined our team in 2012 as the Foundation´s accountant. She earned her degree in Accounting and Audits from the University of Azuay, Ecuador. Currently, she is studying to obtain a Master's of Accounting and Finances. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, playing soccer, dancing, and walking in the rain.
Omar Laudázuri, Environmental Educator
Omar Laudázuri has collaborated since 2011 with the Foundation as a researcher, culminating in the recent publication of his undergraduate thesis, ¨Estimation of the Abundance of the Andean Bear in an Andean forest in southern Ecuador¨ and graduation from the Department of Biology at the University of Azuay, Ecuador. Currently, he is working as an environmental educator to build an environmental ethic in the next generation of local landholders. He trains local school teachers, park staff, and community leaders to conserve Andean forests and páramos. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, long walks in the mountains, and all types of artistic endeavors.
Renata Márquez, Project Coordinator
Renata Márquez joined the FCT team in mid-2011 and is responsible for coordinating our environmental education programs. Prior to working with the foundation, she collaborated with water and forest resource projects, and provided support to a diversity of community initiatives. She received a degree in biology from the University of Azuay in Cuenca, Ecuador and a Master's of Environmental Agrobiology from the Public University of Navarra in Spain, and the Basque Country University. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading good books, listening to music, travelling and thinking about the small details of nature and everyday life.
Becky Zug, Senior Scientist
Becky Zug joined the Foundation as a senior scientist in mid-2011 and has been a Foundation scientific collaborator since 2008. She is currently a candidate for a Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and will continue to research the role of private and communal lands adjacent to protected areas in Andean bear conservation. She received a Master of Science degree in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009. As part of her thesis to better understand the ecology and habitat requirements of Andean bears, she pioneered the use of camera traps in the montane forests of southern Ecuador. Her research has contributed toward regional conservation programs and targeting. She currently lives in Quito, Ecuador with her husband and two labradoodles.