Jon Kohl - PRESIDENT & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Jon, American and Costa Rican, founded the PUP Global Heritage Consortium in 2013 after having developed the PUP Process and PUP Manual starting in Honduras in 1998 under RARE Center for Tropical Conservation. He has a keen interest in identifying new theories and approaches and turning them into practice. Based in Costa Rica, Jon has worked with PUP around the world, always focusing on the visitor management side, especially his passion for heritage interpretation, but with an eye to learning beyond just visitor management to all kinds of planning. Ultimately he sees a spiritual connection to the value of heritage and management that he shares in his blog on heritage interpretation, his writing, and his work. For more information about his publications visit his ResearchGate profile.
LAURA CALANDRELLA - VICE PRESIDENT
Laura Calandrella partners with mission focused organizations to develop collaborative solutions to the most pressing social and environmental challenges of our time. As a facilitator, consultant, and coach her mission is to grow the capacity of leaders to take transformative action -- individually and collectively. She has spent nearly 20 years convening dialogue with diverse stakeholders that unlocks potential and results in meaningful change. She has worked across the globe in different cultural and organizational contexts, primarily in the Southeastern United States and Latin America. Her experiences in the theories and practice of systems thinking, adult development, and collaborative conservation provide her clients access to a unique skillset. She holds a B.S. in Biology, a B.A. in Spanish, and a Masters in Development Studies. She is passionate about activating the power of individual and collective leadership to build a more sustainable world.
CLARK HANCOCK - TREASURER
Clark, American, is an Interpretive Consultant and Trainer working out of Austin, Texas. He retired from the City of Austin in 2015 after serving for 25 years as the Austin Nature & Science Center’s Exhibit Coordinator. His professional focus is on community networking, open space management, resource protection, and heritage interpretation. His work has included the creation of natural and cultural exhibits, oral history and archive project management, community engagement and institution development, interpretive planning and training, and event planning. He holds degrees in Public Affairs from the University of Texas’ LBJ School and Theatre from Tulane University. His career has been diverse but with the common thread of creating opportunities for individuals to find for themselves new or enhanced connections with the wonders of creation and encouraging them to pass on to future generations this strong foundation from which to navigate the vagaries of life.
MARINA ROTHBERG - SECRETARY
Marina, American, has a Bachelor’s Degree in archaeology and biological anthropology. She has had extensive training in excavation in Israel and museum work at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Her undergraduate Honors thesis at Wesleyan University was titled, “Grave Concerns: The Sacred Corpse and Burial Re-Entry in Antiquity.” Marina’s interests range from ancient archaeological disturbance to modern heritage conservation and she has done research for the Penn Cultural Heritage Center’s database of destruction to cultural heritage sites in Syria. Marina taught writing at an international school in Tokyo following graduation and currently serves as a STEM instructor with the Boys and Girls Club of Philadelphia.