Staff

Staff

Amanda Garcia
Manager, Administration and Finances
Amanda has worked with WCS since 1997, starting in our Chaco program and eventually assuming responsibility for the Bolivia country program and the Central Andes and Amazon program. One of her major contributions has been to work with our technical coordinators to develop a system that allows us to move easily from line-item-based accounting to activity-based accounting. The system benefits WCS by supporting our program monitoring allowing us to be clearer with partners about the exact cost of activities and their results.
Angelica Benedetti
Coordinator, Administration - Peru
Angelica worked as secretary in the General Direction of San Ignacio S.A.C, within the distribution center of Backus and Johnston Peruvian Breweries S.A. in Huaraz, Ancash. In 2007, Angelica was moved to Lima as Assistant in Sales Management of the same company. In 2008, Angelica worked in the Center for Image Diagnosis-EMETAC for a year, before joining WCS as Administrative Assistant. She is the current Administrative Coordinator and is studying Business Administration and Management in the Peruvian American University.
Armando Mercado
Coordinator, Geographic Information Systems - Peru
Armando studied geography and is a Master’s candidate in Environmental Science, specializing in Hydrology, at the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina. He joined WCS in 2011 as a Landscape Ecology and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist. His work experience includes work as the GIS Coordinator for the Association for Conservation of the Amazon (ACA) and Remote Sensing/GIS Analyst for WWF in Peru. Armando has focused on models and landscape ecology metrics to understand the changing patterns of land use and wetlands.
Camila Germana
Project Manager
Camila is a forestry engineer from the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina in Peru and a master degree in Environmental and International Development from the East Anglia University in the UK. She has an extensive work experience in formulation, management and monitoring of conservation and development projects mainly in the areas of forest management, protected areas, landscape management and water stewardship. In addition, Camila has experience in the design, organization and facilitation of training events as well as in the facilitation of collective systematization of experience and generation of learning.
Carlos Cañas
Coordinator, Amazon Waters - Peru
Carlos studied biology in the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, before receiving his master’s (2007) and doctorate (2012) degrees in Hydroclimatology and Stream Ecology in the University of Florida. His research began in fish taxonomy, but later included Amazonian stream ecology and fisheries. Carlos has worked in various institutions such as the Natural History Museum-UNMSM, Conservation International, Association for the Conservation of the Amazon Basin, and since 2013, WCS. His studies have centered on basin headwater function and its role in fish productivity and biodiversity.
Cecilia Arellano C
Director Yavari Samiria Landscape
Cecilia is graduate in Forestry Science and Specialist in Agricultural Business Management in the National Agrarian University - La Molina. She has worked on the planning and management of development projects based on the conservation of natural ecosystems and the sustainable of the forest resources for the benefit of local populations in the southern raiforest of Peru, primarily developing issues of forest management, value chain, citizen participation in the management of protected areas and use of private conservation, rural ecotourism and strengthening forestry and environmental governance.
Cinthya Rynaby
Technical Assistant, Loreto - Perú
Cinthya studied biology in the National University of the Peruvian Amazon, where she also obtained a master’s degree in Sciences with a mention in Ecology and Sustainable Development. Before joining WCS in 2010, she worked in rescue and rehabilitation projects for the Amazonian manatee (Trichechus inunguis) and the Caribbean manatee (Trichecus manatus). Currently, she supports the development of community-based strategies for wildlife conservation, focusing on the Communal Regional Conservation Area Tamshiyacu Tahuayo and the strengthening of its management committee and local populations.
Edgar Gonzales
Administration and Accounting Cordinator, Loreto - Peru
Edgar is a Certified Public Accountant and studied at the University of the Peruvian Amazon, ranking 2nd in his class. He has expertise in computing and accounting programs, and has completed courses in Finance and Business Accounting. Edgar works with WCS since 2012 and is currently the Administration and Accounting coordinator in the Yavarí-Samiria Landscape and Loreto office.
Fernando Perez
Specialist in natural resources and environmental management
Fernando is a forest engineer graduated from the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina, with a master's degree in International Tourism at the MIB School of Management, Trieste, Italy. He began his professional life as an environmental interpreter in the forests of the Tambopata National Reserve and carried out dendrological research on the composition and structure of the forest in a biological station of Bahuaja Sonene National Park. He worked as a consultant on community based tourism and biodiversity issues in Andean and Amazonian destinations in Peru and El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve, in Mexico. In 2013 he was a technical adviser for the conservation of the coastal hills ecosystems in the Lomas de Lima program and now, at WCS, he works as a natural resources and environmental management specialist for the conservation of the Andean Amazon area in the Tambopata-Madidi landscape.
Jorge Luis Martínez
Program Officer
Jorge Luis studied biology at the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina. He has taken specialized courses on management of protected areas, monitoring of biodiversity and conservation workshops for trainers. His work experience includes management of protected areas in the Peruvian Amazon and planning, monitoring and evaluation of environmental projects. He is currently a member of the Amphibian Specialist Group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (ASG-IUCN).

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