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The Alliance for the Monteverde Institute is a 501c3 public charity providing financial & other support for the programs & initiatives of the Monteverde Institute as one of its highest priorities.

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Board of Directors, Alliance for the Monteverde Institute

The Monteverde Institute has friends all over the world.  People who have come and spent time at the Institute are often inspired to continue their relationship and stay involved.  The Alliance for the Monteverde Institute (AMVI) is a vehicle for continued engagement.


AMVI devotes its resources to educational outreach within the United States regarding Central American rainforests and matters of sustainability, including the promotion and support of the Monteverde Institute and educational groups in Monteverde, Costa Rica.  We are able to receive tax deductible donations from the United States* and serve as a conduit for individuals and groups in the United States and Canada to continue their support of Monteverde and the Institute.


For more information about our work, please link to our newsletter for Alumni and Supporters here.


Let us know if you would like to be involved by contacting one of the Board of Directors introduced below.


*The Alliance for the Monteverde Institute, incorporated in the State of Vermont, is organized solely for educational, scientific, cultural and charitable purposes as outlined in section 501c(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

President, Lynda Schneekloth

Lynda Schneekloth is Professor Emeritus at the School of Architecture and Planning, University at Buffalo/SUNY. She first traveled to Monteverde in 1989 when she wrote a book with Robert Shibley, Placemaking: The Art and Practice of Building Communities, a book dedicated to Monteverde. In 1991, she and Shibley brought down the first group of planning and architecture students and by 1995, they had instituted the Sustainable Futures Study Abroad program with the Landscape Department at the University at Maryland. Over the last twenty years, she has worked on organizational development, planning and design projects professionally and with students in their service learning program.

Vice President, Robert Howe

Robert (Bob) Howe has been visiting Monteverde since 1987 and actively supporting the Institute for several years. He has recently retired from 47 years of operating guest ranches and summer camps in Wyoming and Colorado so is looking forward to being even more active in supporting the goals of the MVI. Bob is also the author of the MVI alumni and supporters newsletter: Read here


Secretary, Leslie Burlingame

Leslie Burlingame is a science and environmental historian who has been visiting Monteverde since 1991. She took (1992) a short course on rainforest ecology and conservation through the Monteverde Institute (MVI) and began research on conservation organizations in Costa Rica, including the MVI. Some of her findings appeared in Narkarni and Wheelwright (eds.), Monteverde: Ecology and Conservation of a Tropical Cloud Forest.  She is a retired professor in the Science, Technology, and Society Program at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., and writes histories of MVI and other conservation and educational organizations in Monteverde.

Treasurer, Lynn Morgan

Lynn Morgan (standing between her in-laws) is a medical anthropologist who first visited Monteverde more than 30 years ago and has been returning ever since. When she is not in Monteverde, she teaches anthropology at Mount Holyoke College in western Massachusetts. In Costa Rica, Lynn has conducted ethnographic research on community participation in the government’s rural primary health care, and more recently on health and gender policy. She has been affiliated with the Monteverde Institute since its inception, teaching in the Globalization and Community Health Field School and serving as first academic director of the Mount Holyoke-Goucher College semester-long program in 2009.

Director at Large, Ward Kane

Ward received his BA from St. Lawrence University and his MS in Geology from the University of Colorado, Boulder.  His career, however, has been primarily in the arts and construction. He is the owner of Ward Kane Wood Carving ( with shops in both Monteverde and Vermont.  He first joined the MVI board in 2004 and is still an active Board member.  He is married with  seven children, who are scattered all over the world, including two here at the Monteverde Friends School.