Who We Are

Martina G. Cervantes, Co-founder

Martina earned a Master’s Degree equivalent in Clinical Social Work from the Fachhochschule für Sozialwesen in Stuttgart, Germany, and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, California. She worked as the director of a therapeutic treatment home for children and co-founder for an alternative conference center in Germany. As a psychotherapist, she has worked with children and adults in both Germany and the US. Married to a Mexican citizen, she is fluent in the Spanish language. Martina has a deep interest in environmental protection and restoration work and a great love for birds. She lives in Tapalpa, Mexico, and over the past several years she has received strong support from professors and former students of CUCSUR, a branch of the University of Guadalajara, for Amigos Alados activities in the Sierra de Tapalpa.

Alison Quoyeser, Co-founder

Alison earned her Bachelor’s Degree in psychology and fine arts from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, her Master of Architecture Degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and her multi-subject elementary teaching credential from the University of California, Berkeley. She has taught at Ross Elementary School in Ross, California, since 1989 and worked with her students to create a habitat garden to attract birds and beneficial insects. Designing hands-on curriculum, project-based learning opportunities, and musical/theatrical performances to teach about the environment, Alison focused on the rainforest ecosystem for six years as a second grade teacher and then local watershed ecology for the last 15 years as a fourth grade teacher. She has enjoyed the support of STRAW (Students and Teachers Restoring a Watershed) and ornithologists from PRBO (Point Reyes Bird Observatory), as well as many other environmental education organizations. She has studied the Spanish language for many years as a child and as an adult.