Dr. Maretzki was a board member of the Marjorie Grant Whiting Center through 2012. This foundation supported social, cultural and environmental projects throughout the world including our Ampiyacu Project in Peru. Audrey and MGWC also introduced us to Robin van Loon (CACE’s most recent Advisory Board member) and his group Camino Verde and supported our joint efforts to launch a rosewood reforestation and essential oil project in the Bora native village of Brillo Nuevo and develop other non-timber forest products in northern and southern Peru.
Audrey spent much of her twenty years at Penn State helping to lead two food production initiatives in Kenya and Namibia. These programs enabled rural women farmers to develop and market nutritious, culturally-appropriate, and stable food products using locally produced commodities. Earlier in her career she worked on other nutrition and health related research and projects at the University of Hawaii and the US Dept. of Agriculture. See Dr. Maretzki’s biographical profile.
CACE welcomes Audrey as a Director who has already demonstrated her support for our mission and appreciate her willingness to share her deep experience as a non-profit board member, grant writer, and advocate for people and conservation.