Board Members

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Vanessa Caldarelli

President

Vanessa Caldarelli was raised in a family of conservationists. In 1991 her parents bought 1,000 of the 2,000 acres of Costa Rican rainforest that Eco Era currently protects. Throughout her upbringing Vanessa was taught about rainforest biodiversity, ecosystems, canopy, and watersheds. She holds a strong knowledge of and affinity to the rainforest, that fuels her motivation and perseverance in land preservation. Vanessa graduated with a B.A. from the University of Oregon in 2014. In 2015 and 2016 she worked at the San Francisco Zen Center in agriculture development until transitioning to Costa Rica to work for her father’s rainforest conservation project, Eco Era. After her father’s passing in 2018, Vanessa became the steward of 1,000 acres of Eco Era lands and other properties in Costa Rica. In 2019, she created the start-up company, Posada Natura LLC, of which she is the current CEO. She began developing travel programs that offer healing and spiritual opportunities in Costa Rica that are woven into rainforest conservation and education. In 2020 she became President of Eco Era and has begun to implement social service programs that support rainforest conservation.

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Celina De Leon

Treasurer

Celina De Leon, M.Div, is passionate about the interconnection of nature, spirituality, indigenous wisdom, and wellness. She is the founder and director of Circle of Sacred Nature 501(c)3 church, program director of Posada Natura Retreat Center, co-director of training at the UC Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics, and chair of the board of directors of Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines. Her greatest inspiration and influence comes from nature herself and from being the mother of her three children. She is also a Stanford graduate, a Fulbright scholar, has a Masters in Divinity from the Graduate Theological Union, and has received professional training in spiritual care through the art of chaplaincy. She is also a Stanford graduate, a Fulbright scholar, has a Masters in Divinity from the Graduate Theological Union, and has received professional training in spiritual care through the art of chaplaincy. Her greatest inspiration and influence come from being the mother of her three children.

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Jessica Nelson

Secretary

Born and raised in Southern New Mexico, a call to the water brought Jess to California nearly a decade ago.  Jess works as a Creative Director where she expresses her passion for people, stories and humor.  Jess and Vanessa met as residents at Green Gulch Farm in 2016 where they practiced Zen meditation and communal living. It's a dream to be able to finally put their hearts together to offer what they've learned to others.

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Bob Buckter

Bob Buckter was born in San Francisco October 15, 1946. He attended public schools, including S.F. State, where he graduated in Social Sciences and Business in 1969. Bob spent a portion of his youth traveling around the world, including an around the world trip in 1977. Through these experiences he acquired a deep appreciation for the natural world, and a keen desire to protect it. He founded a painting & contracting business in 1970 in San Francisco, which transitioned to color consulting for a living in 1978 which he still does today.  Bob bought, sold, developed, and traded real estate in San Francisco from 1970-1980, then retired at 31 years old.  In 1994, Bob went to see Gustavo Caldarelli's rainforest property in Costa Rica, which inspired him to begin buying properties there for the next six years. His land comprises 1,000 of the 2,000 acres that Eco Era protects. Bob has worn many hats, but he is first and foremost a protector of the rainforest.

Adrian De Leon

Mr. De Leon was a co- founder and shareholder of the Los Angeles law firm Worldwide Crossing Law Group. He has extensive experience in EB-5 immigration investments, corporate formation, preparation of Reg S / Reg D offering memorandum, subscription agreements, and cross-border planning for foreign individuals and companies doing business in the United States. Prior to Worldwide Crossing, Mr. De Leon was a law clerk with the Las Vegas law firm, Chesnoff and Schonfeld, P.C., where he worked on several high-profile cases. As a licensed attorney and entrepreneur, Mr. De Leon has served in an executive or advisory capacity for several companies. Mr. De Leon is the founder of Zalophus Global, LLC, a management and consulting firm focusing on cross-border transactions with special emphasis on Asia-United States and Latin America-United States transactions. Mr. De Leon is a special advisor to AI & You, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization focusing on Artificial Intelligence education and training for underrepresented communities.

Mr. De Leon resides in Los Angeles with his family. He is a certified scuba rescue diver and holds ASA 101 and 103 sailing certifications.

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Leo Raderman

Leo Raderman is Founder & Chairman of Psykia Institute. He has over two decades of entrepreneurial and business experience, having founded and run companies including the groundbreaking online film network IFILM.com, the world leader in large-scale and immersive video Obscura and "Silicon Valley's Toy Company" Nukotoys, as well as the non-profits miraclefeet and The Grof Holotropic Foundation (with Dr. Stanislav Grof). He holds a M.A. in Systematic and Philosophical Theology from The Graduate Theological Union at U.C. Berkeley and a B.A. in Psychology and Communication Studies from U.C.L.A.