Board of Directors

We are currently actively recruiting for our Advisory Board. If you are interested in joining our team, please send a cover letter and resume/CV to Ryan Lynch, Research Director.

Isabel Davila, TMA's CEO & Director of Ecology, and one of its three founders.

Isabel Davila

A B.S. in International Commerce and an MBA from Universidad del Mar de Chile, Ísabel became interested in conservation after volunteering for an Italian NGO in 2006. Inspired by The Permaculture Manifesto, Ísabel began dreaming about a project that would show potential of human development through nature in the rain forests of her home country of Ecuador. Originally from Quito, she returned to Ecuador the following year and co-founded TMA. She was the principal architect of the Bamboo House, and helped to establish the Jama-Coaque Reserve (JCR) in the Pacific Equatorial Forests of Manabí. Ísabel is now living in Venezuela, where she is developing the implementation of two permaculture-based Sustainable Villages as economic initiatives for nature conservation and conscious tourism.
Bryan Criswell, TMA's Director of Research, and one of its three founders.

Bryan Criswell

Bryan grew up hiking and camping in the Southern Rockies where he developed a profound appreciation and respect for nature. His esteem for the environment led him to attend Colorado State University where he earned a B.S. in Restoration Ecology and a B.A. in Spanish. Upon graduating he moved to the Southern Cascades to work as a field ecologist, where he surveyed flora and fauna near and far throughout the western U.S. In 2007 he co-founded TMA and began migrating south for the winters where he worked to establish the Jama-Coaque Reserve (JCR), returning north for the summers to work with an environmental consulting firm. He currently lives with his family in Oregon where he’s studying to become a Doctor of Physical Therapy at George Fox University. Bryan looks forward to finishing his graduate program, when he'll be able to use his medical training to care for JCR’s friends and neighbors during his annual visits to Ecuador.
Jerry Toth, TMA's Director of Conservation, and one of its three founders.

Jerry Toth

Studied economics at the London School of Economics and Cornell University (B.A. '00), and briefly worked in investment banking on Wall Street before relocating to South America. After traveling through most of the continent, he founded Third Millennium Alliance with Isabel and Bryan and established the Jama-Coaque Reserve in 2007. The Reserve expanded from 100 acres to 1,000 acres during his five-year tenure as Director of Conservation. His current priority is strengthening TMA staff and integrating local community members into the management of the Jama-Coaque Reserve at all levels. One of Jerry’s favorite roles in the Reserve is the design and management of the experimental food forest, in which over 50 different species of tropical food trees are thriving in less than one hectare of area.