PAMELA BUCUR DE AREVALO, from the United States, has been living and working in Iquitos since 1986. Previously having been a science teacher in the States, she brought organizational and teaching skills with her. It was her vision that brought the Adopt-A-School program to fruition. As a principal with Explorama and founding member of CONAPAC, she has been steering CONAPAC every step of the way as it has grown and evolved over the years to meet each new challenge.
BRIAN LANDEVER, originally from Baltimore, Maryland, joined CONAPAC as its executive director in 2017. Along with a master's degree in economics, Brian brings a wealth of management and fundraising experience to the CONAPAC family. He manages all administrative tasks, employee and project oversight, and coordination of our programs: Adopt-A-School, Water, and the Amazon Library.
ALBERTO VELA MUÑOZ, a native of Iquitos, is our education specialist. He has been a teacher in rural schools, a teacher educator, a member of the Board of Education in Iquitos, and an administrator in the Ministry of Education’s Rural Education Office in Iquitos. As our educational program coordinator, Alberto is responsible for CONAPAC’s teacher and community leader workshops, water workshops, and evaluations.
JAMES PASMIÑO ESCOBEDO is an accredited school teacher who has had extensive experience working in the rainforest. He visits our partner communities on a regular basis, answering questions, finding solutions, and encouraging cooperation among community authorities, residents, teachers, parents, and students. He has been instrumental in improving our water program by handling implementation, training, and monitoring. James' blog here
FERNANDO SAAVEDRA ORDINOLA studied psychology at university. He worked as a consultant in Lima at CEDRO, a leading NGO in Peru for a rescue and reintegration of street children. In Iquitos, Fernando worked as a teacher at a local college and as an advisor for an insurance and retirement fund company. Fernando is director of CONAPAC's Amazon Library and Community Learning Centers near the village of Palmeras II. He has worked at the Library since 2007, and is responsible for coordinating administrative tasks and managing human and educational resources for library programs and the library computer program as well. Fernando also helps with Adopt-A-School community workshops and year-end evaluations. Fernando's blog here
OSCAR QUIROZ FAJARDO has joined the CONAPAC team. He is a trained high school teacher, having worked in rainforest communities, and most recently in Sapo Playa. For the last two years, Oscar has been working at an administrative level for the Ministry of Education, monitoring teachers in the field. He has taken a three-year sabbatical to join CONAPAC. Oscar is pleased to work with us and feels the skills he brings will help solve problems and advance our goals in our partner communities. Oscar will handle education monitoring and promotion of clean water consumption in communities. We are delighted to have him as we strengthen this aspect our Adopt-A-School program.