Candy Gonzalez
Candy Gonzalez
Board President
candybz [at] gmail [dot] com

 

 

Candy Gonzalez is an advocate for human rights and environmental justice.  She serves as President of the Belize Institute of Environmental Law and Policy (BELPO) and is active in using legal action, advocacy and education to bring to light threats to people and the environment.  Candy has been devoted to the goals of justice and equity for most of her life, from the early civil rights struggles in the United States (she was a member of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee working in Mississippi) to fighting for the rights of farm workers in California and potato farmers in Maine.  For these and other causes, she has always fought for the rights of the "underclass."

 

Jeremy Enriquez
Jeremy Enriquez
Board Vice President

 

 

Jerry's varied professional career has included teaching English Language, English Literature, Religious Studies and Social Studies at Belmopan Comprehensive School and Toledo Community College. As an Academic Director at the School for International Training, Jerry advised and evaluated over 300 academic papers done about Belize. He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of a number of Belizean conservation and development NGOs, including PRIDE/Belize, SPEAR, Julian Cho Society, National Garifuna Council, Belize Youth Conservation Corp and TIDE. He has worked as the Assistant Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Belize. Currently, Jerry is a development consultant for a number of local and international organizations. Jerry received his Teachers Diploma from Belize Teachers' College in 1981, his B.Sc. in Psychology and Sociology from Minnesota State University at Mankato in 1988, and a M.Sc. in Development Studies from the University of the West Indies in Kingston Jamaica in 1993.

 

Judy duPlooy
Board Treasurer
 

Judy, along with her husband Ken, founded the Belize Botanical Garden hoping to preserve the native plants of Belize by duplicating six of the diverse eco-zones found in Belize.  She also was one of the founders of the Caribbean Botanic Garden for Conservation.  She is concerned about what is happening environmentally and for the future of young people in Belize.  Part of that concern is demonstrated in a new project, the Belize Botanical Garden Professional Gardener and Horticultural Training Program to help unemployed and under-employed Belizeans to develop marketable skills.  

She is the owner of duPlooy's Jungle Lodge and part of the profit from the Lodge helps to fund the Garden. 

 

George GonzalezGeorge Gonzalez 
Board Secretary

 

 

George Gonzalez is a social activist in the struggle for social justice for all peoples.  He is Co-Chair of WeBAD (We Belizeans Against the Dams), and former treasurer of the Human Rights Commission of Belize.  He has also worked as a youth and drug counselor and worked with United Prisoners Union and been active in fighting racism in San Francisco and Maine, along with his wife, Candy.  He views the fight for clean water and a safe, healthy environment as part and parcel with the fight for human rights and social justice.

 

Audrey Matura-ShepherdAudrey Matura-Shepherd
Director

 


Audrey is an attorney by profession but also an advocate for the environment, human rights, and social justice.  She is the vice president of Oceana's new office in Belize.  Beginning as a journalist working in radio, television and print, she continues to host the talk show programme “Power of Attorney” aired on Belizean-to-dah-Bone.  She previously worked as an attorney for the Legal Advice & Services Centre after working as a criminal prosecutor at the office of the Director of Public Prosecution.  She served as a Senator from 1998 to 2000 and has also been a part-time lecturer at the UWI Open Campus in Criminal Law and A-Level Law.  A native of Corozal Town, she moved to Belize City to attend high school, SJC Sixth Form and University College of Belize.  She is a graduate of the University of Guyana and Norman Manley Law School in Jamaica and CARIMAC (Caribbean Institute of Mass Communication) in Jamaica. 

Thomas Caretela
Director

 

 

 

Thomas Caretela was a tour guide but has worked many jobs in his life thus far. He is Co-Chair of WeBAD (We Belizeans Against the Dams), His love of animals has played a big part in molding who he is.  He never called himself an environmentalist but if one had to put a label on him that would fit.  He became an activist when he heard of the plans to construct a second dam on the Macal River, the Chalillo Dam.  He had already seen what impact the Mollejon Dam was having on the river.  His love of the river made it impossible for him to keep silent.

Antoinette Moore
Antoinette Moore
Advisory

 

 

Antoinette is an outspoken advocate for the human rights of disadvantaged communities in Belize.  She was a member of the legal team representing the Sarstoon Temash Institute of Indigenous Management (SATIIM) in a lawsuit that challenged a government decision to prospect for oil in Sarstoon-Temash National Park.  Late 2006, the Supreme Court ruled that the permission to prospect was in violation of the law and required that an Environmental Impact Assessment be prepared.  Antoinette has her own private practice and has been a long-standing member of BELPO.

 

Melanie Mcfield
Melanie McField
Advisory

 

 

Dr. Melanie McField is the coordinator of the Healthy Mesoamerican Reef Ecosystem Initiative, a collaborative international initiative that generates user-friendly tools to measure and report on the health of the Mesoamerican Reef (MAR) to improve decision-making.  She has worked in this capacity for the Smithsonian Institution since March 2006.  She also maintains a Senior Fellow position with WWF, assisting with conservation science projects involving the design, evaluation and monitoring of marine reserves, coral bleaching events, and the assessment of chemical contamination in reef organisms and humans.  In 2001 she received her PhD in Marine Science from the University of South Florida, with assistance of the first International Society of Reef Studies (ISRS) Fellowship supporting her research exploring the role of disturbance events and the impact of management on coral reefs in Belize.  She now serves on the Council of the ISRS and is involved in numerous national (Belize) and regional advisory committees.