Our People

STCB has four permanent staff members. Our team is strengthened by enthusiastic  interns and a large community of volunteers.


  • Mabel Nava, Manager

    Mabel Nava is originally from Venezuela; the island of Bonaire has been her home for 18 years and since 2005 she has served as the Manager for Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB). Mabel has a Bachelor of Science with a major in psychology from Canyon College U.S.A and holds an MSc degree in Sustainable Development Coastal Management from the University of Cadiz. She believes that conservation of species is based on the protection of the environments on which we all depend; because of this she is very interested in interdisciplinary work and cooperation among countries and institutions. Mabel previously worked with youth programs and continues to involve youth in the monitoring work of STCB. She is an experienced scuba diver who is strongly connected with the sea and who thinks that everyone can make a difference.

  • Dr. Sue Willis, Project Coordinator

    Sue came to live on Bonaire in 2011 and, as a marine biologist with a special interest in sea turtles, immediately began to volunteer with STCB. After six months the fieldwork coordinator position became vacant, a perfect fit for her experience and qualifications. Sue is responsible for coordinating nesting, in-water surveys and for STCB projects including the fishing line project.

 


  • Kaj Schut, Communication Coordinator

    Kaj Schut moved to Bonaire in 2015 and joined Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire in August 2016. She has a Bachelor of Arts in European Studies from the University of Amsterdam and holds a MSc degree in Environment and Development from the University of Edinburgh. Kaj is responsible for the development and implementation of the communication, education and public awareness (CEPA) plans that serve STCB’s entire program.

  • Gielmon ‘Funchi’ Egbreghts, Field Specialist

    Gielmon “Funchi ” Egbreghts is originally from Bonaire. Though Funchi spent some years in Holland he came back to Bonaire when he was a teenager. Funchi started to work for STCB in 2003 and was trained as a field specialist by turtle specialist Dr. Robert van Dam. Funchi is a part time fisherman and a trained dive master and used to do underwater photography as part of his work. Naturally Funchi is an expert when it comes to turtles and the ocean; he is fun, caring and enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge with everyone.

 


  • The Caribbean Research Programme of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research

  • Ger Bakker, President

    Rosa Hoes

    Viktor Wijnand

  • Allerd Stikker

  • Albert de Soet

     

  • On the initiative of founders Larry Gerharts and Albert de Soet, the foundation STCB-NL was formed in 1991 in Amsterdam. In 1992, the foundation based locally on Bonaire was established (STCB-Bonaire).  For many years, STCB-NL provided support to STCB-Bonaire, with fundraising in the Netherlands as one of their main objectives. At this time the STCB-NL organization is dormant.

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