Meet Our People
At the heart of our organization is a profound love and appreciation for the amazing world under the surface of the sea.
In witnessing the systemic imbalance where we live, our love for the sea became an organization intent on taking action.
We’re a team of indispensable volunteers, generous experts, astounding apprentices, a motivated board of directors and administration support system that continues to keep pressing our organization ever forward.
Doug Marcy, Founder
Primed for a life of adventure and passion for the world, Doug traveled from Colorado to explore the Caribbean coast of Panama in the mid 2000’s. For the last 6 years, he has called the islands of Bocas del Toro his home.
When he saw what was happening to the coral reefs around him, and realized he could bring prople together to help, it was only natural that he spearheaded the founding of Caribbean Coral Restoration Center.
Emillio Hooker, All-Star
Emillio was born and raised in Panama not far from Bocas del Toro. He is the backbone of our operation – handling all kinds of projects from master captain of MUSA to building and fixing whatever it is that we need. He is an invaluable part of our team.
Recently he assisted teaching during our Community Build and is helping train an additional series of apprentices.
Robin Perreault, Construction
Robin’s devotion to the environment was fostered at sea. She learned to scuba dive in Maine and spent much of her adult life sailing in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. She instilled a similar passion in her family and even inspired her daughter to pursue a degree in marine biology.
Since relocating to Bocas, Robin has made a huge impact on Coral Restoration Panama. Her craftsmanship, positive attitude and passion for marine conservation make her a huge asset to the team.
Krista Shoe, Nursery Manager
Krista is a recent transplant to Bocas from Denver, Colorado. She has traveled to ~40 countries, diving all over the world. The effort of saving coral reefs is very near and dear to her heart.
She’s an essential part of the volunteer events, coordinating communication, nursery management and creating content for the organization.
Starlight Mundy, Program Director
Starlight fell in love with Bocas Del Toro, and very shortly after found Caribbean Coral Restoration doing work in her new home. With a few twists of serendipity, she met the founder, became friends and then began contributing her professional expertise to the organization.
She has since joined us as a member of our Board of Directors, and bringing reality to the CCR vision and mission in so many ways.
Jessica Perreault, Marine Biologist
Jess holds a degree in marine biology from the University of Rhode Island. Her research has taken her all over the world. Most notably, she spent time studying coral reef disease and immune health as it relates to eco-tourism in the British Virgin Islands.
She is an avid diver, sailor, fisher(wo)man and swimmer. She currently works in an advisory capacity to Caribbean Coral Restoration.
Vladimer Downer, Community Relations
Mr. Downer is the communications link between Coral Restoration and the residents most affected by our efforts. His practical experience and formed meaningful relationships within the industry and regulatory agencies by working in Panama City, Colon, and the Bocas Del Toro region. He’s learned the laws and become an active participant in helping residents and expats be able to navigate within the parameters of the system.
Mr. Downer has been influential in the establishment and ongoing success of Caribbean Coral Restoration from its very beginning. His ultimate intentions and goals evenly match those of our mission statement. We are very happy and very lucky to have him as a member of the team.
Yana Piulak, Research
Yana is a Masters student specializing in Environmental Studies at York University in Toronto, Canada. She is focused on anthropogenic impacts on tropical ecosystems, topics covering ecology, biological conservation, human-animal relations, climate change, habitat loss and degradation, protected areas, wildlife tourism, and sustainable development.
Yana conducts research for the project covering coral health, impacts, degradation, restoration, and management, helps to design and construct coral sculptures, and occasionally assists with social media activities.
Ruben Navarro, Legal Counsel
Ruben was the legal representative and manager of the International Blue Lagoon, S.A. company; he was a contractor and consultant to the International World Conservation Union (IUCN) and The National Conservancy for Central America (TNC).
Rubin is enthusiastic about the possibilities of coral restoration nurseries and immediately agreed to become a legal advisor for us. Using his professional skills and experience, he is helping us through the process of securing the administrative approvals to make our project truly effective.
We are delighted to be supported by volunteers of all types – construction help, divers, tending the coral, building a structure, asking for donations… what we do isn’t possible without our volunteers. Our gratitude is immeasurable.