Extraordinary Women Leaders in Speleology © 2017
I am President and founding member of Xanvil, a Mexican organization dedicated to the promotion of Mayan culture and the conservation of the natural environment of Mesoamerica.
At Xanvil I closely work with rural and indigenous communities to promote sustainable development through independent and community based initiatives in the agriculture, tourism and artisan sectors. This year (2014), the organization is celebrating an important milestone and many achievements; the organization is 15 years old now!
I´m an archaeologist and one of my principal focuses since 2003 has been the Mensabak Archaeological Project (MAP) in the SouthernLacandon Rainforest of Chiapas, Mexico. As co-director I have been exploring the surrounding landscape and studying lithic artifacts. I became involved with speleology thanks to a group of friends who joined the project to assist us in exploring numerous caves associated with the site that had ritual uses.
I have been based in the city of Prince George, British Columbia since 2013 where I have been enjoying the incredible natural environment there. Of course the weather is a lot different from Mexico.
I´m a member of the Jaguar Speleological Group in Mexico and recently joined the British Columbia Speleological Federation and the Northern British Columbia Caving Club. I also serve on the Board of Directors with EscaparARTE, an association that promotes the arts and culture in the State of Chiapas.