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Jon Kohl, Costa Rican and American, founded PUP out of his work both at RARE Center for Tropical Conservation in the 90s and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre in the 2000s. He specializes in protected area management, especially visitor management and especially heritage interpretation and communications. He attempts to do this from a holistic or integral perspective. His book, cowritten with Dr. Stephen McCool, called The Future Has Other Plans: Planning Holistically to Conserve Natural and Cultural Heritage (Fulcrum, 2016) is a cornerstone publication for PUP´s holistic orientation. Jon also has written extensively on a variety of topics related to protected areas, heritage, interpretation, and international development. See his ResearchGate for his articles. He served as a US Peace Corps in Costa Rica where he met his future wife and now lives in Costa Rica with dual citizenship and his family. See his LinkedIn account for more details.


Shanti has worked with Sean Esbjorn-Hargens, the founder of the MetaIntegral Associates, focusing on teaching the MetaImpact framework through courses called “Designing Wisdom Economies” and on working towards the creation of multicapital value accounting software. He has spent a decade living at two different ecovillages that were also nonprofit education centers, spending a significant amount of his time in leadership roles at those organizations.

He spent three years on the board of the Sirius, Inc. nonprofit, including approximately two years as treasurer. He also spent a couple of years on the statewide steering board for the Massachusetts network. Over the length of his career, he has founded or worked for over half a dozen environmental nonprofit organizations.

Overall, he has worked in the nonprofit sector for most of his career. He also has expansive training and practice in ecological conscious raising work, having trained directly with Joanna Macy and others in Experiential Deep Ecology, along with training in similar work by the Pachamama alliance.

jean knaack - TREASURER

Jean Knaack is a PUP Board Member. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay with a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition, and, she earned a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in nonprofit management from George Mason University. Knaack is the Chief Executive Officer of the Road Runners Club of America where she has served in the role since 2005. Jean has extensive skills in organizational and financial development, board and member relations, and program planning and implementation.


Katie Ahern is an independent consultant who collaborates with museums, science centers, heritage sites, and cultural institutions to create exhibits and experiences that spark wonder, foster community, and deepen understanding of our world. With a background in education, she understands the ways in which diverse learners construct meaning and is skilled at crafting stories and developing experiences that not only educate, but intrigue and impact visitors of all ages. Through her work with the design studios, Local Projects and SKOLNICK Architecture + Design Partnership, Katie has guided interpretive planning and content development for a wide range of exhibitions and interactive experiences. She holds an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies in Education Design from Teachers College, Columbia University and an M.S.T. in Childhood Education from Fordham University. 

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