Advisory Board

The Bodhi “surf-board of advisors” consists of people of diverse backgrounds: attorneys at law; non-profit gurus; carbon neutral specialists; marine mammal biologists; experts on systems thinking and design; professors of sustainability; insurance planners; ecopreneurs and more.

Bringing people together from all walks of life

Each advisor will serve an important role in the overall functioning of the “surf-board” — together we will make sure Bodhi Surf + Yoga is a change-maker in the world of surf and yoga camps. In order to accomplish this, we will leverage the group members’ collective knowledge, skills, and positive attitudes. This team will advise, evaluate, play devil’s advocate, give us a reality check, strategize, co-develop, mentor, coach, connect, and commemorate Bodhi Surf + Yoga’s achievements, together.

There are over 300 surf and yoga businesses in Costa Rica alone, and countless more globally. To simplify it: collectively, we will be the change — to make surf and yoga businesses better for the world.

B Corporation buddies

Caroleigh Pierce

Nonprofit outreach guru, Klean Kanteen

Caroleigh is the Nonprofit Outreach Manager at Klean Kanteen based in Chico, Ca. where she manages their 1% For the Planet giving program. In her role, Caroleigh oversees financial and product support as well as facilitating conversations between sales, product, marketing, and the nonprofit partners in order to create new ways to get the partner stories in front of the Klean community, raising dollars and awareness for plastic pollution, land and water conservation, safe consumer products, and getting families outdoors. Her work in the outdoor industry has inspired her to explore our national parks and wild spaces and she is currently an ambassador for both The 5 Gyres Institute and The Conservation Alliance.

Bernie + Christie Geiss

Closet Activists, Co-owners of Cove Continuity Advisors

Bernie and Christie are co-owners of Cove Continuity Advisors Inc., an independent insurance brokerage agency that does so much more. They specialize in do Life, Disability, and Critical Illness insurance, but do it differently. They provide continuity of income, assets, businesses, wealth, and impact through insurance and planning, as well as impact planning; to help businesses meet their environmental and social impact goals. They became the first insurance-related B Corp in Canada in 2016. Bernie’s unique ability is planning, exploring, testing, and sharing the results to inspire others to act, and he applies this same way of thinking in both his personal and professional life, in his travels, and when he shops. Christie’s unique ability is coming up with strategies, prioritizing opportunities and dealing with the unknowns in complex problems. She thrives when quantifying an opportunity and prospecting ways to enhance it. She loves solving problems and finding answers. She is an Activator with SheEO, a women run organization that helps fund women in business. Both strive to leave the world a better place then when they arrived, and to do as little harm as possible.

Evan Goldsmith

Corporate impact investment strategist for climate impact and sustainability goals, NativeEnergy

Since 2015, Evan has been with NativeEnergy, developing corporate impact investment opportunities to help clients address their climate impact and meet their sustainability goals. Previously, he founded Hope For Women/ReStyle, a company that developed fair trade, sustainably sourced products for B2B and B2C clients, and managed this company for 12 years. He developed mutually successful relationships with national and multinational brands, and created partnerships that generated profit while benefiting the environment and global communities. Evan holds a M.A. in Environmental Policy from Brown University and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Bucknell University. Evan lives in downtown Burlington, Vermont with his wife and children, and enjoys spending time with them running, hiking, skiing and biking in Vermont’s mountains all year long.

Tico family

Daniel Villafranca

Passionate advocate of systems thinking

Daniel has Master in Science of Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability from Blekinge Institute of Techonology in Sweden. For 9 years he was Executive Director of Reinventing Business for All (RBA) — implementing sustainable development projects and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives. He is passionate and advocate of systems thinking, community psychology, social development and local economic development strategies. At RBA, he was responsible for the design and execution of sustainability programs for 23 companies, organizations and projects in the financial, commercial, tourism and agro industrial sectors in Central America. He also has been auditor of several sustainable development and CSR standards, procedures and management systems. Overall, he has always been characterized by his strong sense of purpose and his will to make the world a better place.

Jose Miguel Alfaro

Attorney at Law, Global Shaper

José is an Attorney at Law and Senior Manager at EY Centroamerica, leading seed by EY. In 2018, s.e.e.d., a boutique law firm founded by Jose, became seed by EY, EY Central America’s business unit in charge of serving “strategic growth markets” including venture capital, start-ups, small-to-medium-sized enterprises, social enterprises, and impact investors. Additionally since late 2016, Jose has been engaged as Legal Counsel for Carao Ventures assisting the firm and its portfolio companies in a wide variety of legal matters ranging from day-a-day legal advice to financing and mergers and acquisitions.
José holds an MBA at Oxford with a Skoll Scholarship, he was selected as Global Shaper, a World Economic Forum community.

Cristina Vindas

Start up mentor and number cruncher, Impact Hub San Jose

Master in Data Management and Technology Innovation from the University of Barcelona and Licentiate in Business Administration from University of Costa Rica. A certified Project Manager and start up mentor, in love of business modeling, systemic thinking and philosophies such as Design Thinking. Passionate about numbers, technology, analysis and design — best if all four are combined. She loves to capture the soul of each country (their people) through photography. She is currently in charge of the Business Development area of Impact Hub San Jose.

Travel + tourism amigos

Samantha Bray

Managing Director, Center for Responsible Travel (CREST)

Samantha Bray is the managing director at CREST, providing administrative, research, and consulting support for a wide-range of sustainable tourism projects. Samantha earned a degree in Entertainment Management, with an emphasis in performing arts management, from Missouri State University. During her time at Missouri State, Samantha also had the opportunity to become one of the world’s first students of geotourism. She went on to apprentice under Jonathan Tourtellot, the director of the National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations, and obtain a Master of Tourism Administration from the George Washington University School of Business, with a concentration in sustainable destination development. She is a strong advocate for sustaining and enhancing our world’s cultures and environments through travel, and using tourism as a mechanism for community empowerment. Samantha is a trained Climate Reality Leader.

Todd Comen

Dean, School of Hospitality Management, Endicott College

Dean Todd Comen is a champion for hospitality education and has been a Professor of Business and Hospitality Management for over twenty years. He knows the field of hospitality first hand having worked in hotels, resorts, tourism, and food-related enterprises. He is an innovative leader in project-based teaching and learning, and in designing business curriculum which emphasizes sustainable business practices and the triple bottom line of people, planet, and profit. Dean Comen has research interests in a wide range of topics, from service excellence and destination marketing to sustainable agriculture, hotel and resort design, and rural and ecotourism.

Past guests aka The Bodhi Tribe

Jay Sinha

Ecopreneur, Life Without Plastic

Jay is an ecopreneur, scientist, and lawyer from Manitoba, Canada. He is the co-founder and co-owner (with business partner Chantal Plamondon) of Life Without Plastic, an online shop and information resource for safe, high quality, ethically-sourced, Earth-friendly alternatives to plastic products for everyday life. An honors degree in biochemistry from Western University taught him about the microscopic world. He completed civil and common law degrees at McGill University, followed by a dip back into science with a graduate diploma in ecotoxicology from Concordia University—all the better to understand the toxic effects of plastics. He and Chantal are also co-authors of the timely bestselling book, Life Without Plastic: The Practical Step-by-Step Guide to Avoiding Plastic to Keep Your Family and the Planet Healthy.

Susan Hopp

Strategist and professor, University of San Francisco

Susan is a strategist, educator, and practitioner of sustainable and regenerative management. Since 2007, she has applied her years of experience with technology companies, both startups and multinationals, to building sustainability momentum in business. She spotlights the business case for sustainability as a key integrated strategy informing culture and organizational practices and has worked with organizations across industries to help them formalize their sustainability strategy and execute sustainability initiatives. An alum of Presidio Graduate School of Sustainable Management in San Francisco, Susan co-teaches a Presidio MBA class, “Implementation of Sustainable Practices” and is an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco in the graduate school of Environmental Management.

Izzy Szczepaniak

Marine mammal biologist + avid surfer, Oceanic Society

Isidore (Izzy) is a marine mammal biologist and an avid surfer. His research is focused on the whales, dolphins and porpoises in northern California but he has been all over the world studying marine mammals and has led Humpback whale research expeditions in Osa, Costa Rica. Izzy has a graduate degree in Marine Biology from San Francisco State University, is a founding member and senior scientist of Golden Gate Cetacean Research and currently a Research Associate at the California Academy since 1976. He is the Senior Naturalist for the Oceanic Society and has been leading local whale watching and international expeditions for the Oceanic Society since 1983. An avid surfer for over 50 years, Izzy participates in contest up and down the California coast, serving as contest coordinator, judge, and participant.