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Chelsea Raiche
Executive Director

Chelsea has been with Friends of the Rainforest since 2013 and has filled a variety of roles in that time.  She graduated from Drury University and has over 15 years of experience working with non-profits in different capacities.  Chelsea has served locally on the Ecological Restoration Corps and in AmeriCorps Emergency Response Team where she engaged in conservation, disaster relief, and wildfire fighting.  She has a lifelong passion for ecology, conservation, and Costa Rica and is excited to share that enthusiasm with you.

Sophie Arp
Development Coordinator

Through her volunteer work with a variety of organizations, Sophie was introduced to the development side of non-profit work and found her passion. Her interest in documentary filmmaking and all things media led her to earn a degree in Media Communications - as well as International Relations - at Webster University in the Netherlands. Having the opportunity to study in the Netherlands, as well as live in Ecuador prior to university, Sophie is also passionate about creating and maintaining cross-cultural connections. She is excited for the opportunity to learn and grow with Friends of the Rainforest!

Jamie Kisela
Education & Outreach Coordinator

Jamie is passionate about environmental justice and education. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Washington, and a M.A.Ed in Urban Environmental Education from Antioch University Seattle. In her early career in Seattle, she worked with several outdoor education programs and schools, working with students of all ages in the city, in the woods, and even on a historic schooner! In her free time, she does pottery, paints, and gardens. She is excited to bring her experiences to Friends of the Rainforest, and work to preserve and educate about this precious, vital ecosystem.