Board of Directors
Marcia Wallace is a Canadian whose background over the last 20 years includes an engineering degree, extensive project management training and certifications, emergency medical response certification as well as owning a successful safety training centre. She obtained her Veterinarian Assistant certificate after moving to Nosara in 2012 and has been active within the volunteering community from the get go, in roles such as President of the Community Service Committee, Director of Education for another animal rescue group and Logistics Coordinator for the Bomberos de Nosara, Fire Search and Rescue. She lives on a small farm with her family where she has various types of feathered critters and several rescued dogs and looks forward to seeing the positive changes AMOR Animales de Nosara will make within the community!
Vice President / Operations Manager
Jeanette Johnstone began working in vet clinics as a high school student, and realized early on that her calling was working with and saving animals. She continued her education and career in veterinary nursing for over 15 years, working with both conventional and holistic medicines. She received additional training and certificates in Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care, Canine Behavior and Training, Canine Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy, Equine Nutrition, General Horse Care and Reiki Levels 1 & 2. In 2011 she put her vet nurse career on hold to pursue another direction focused on dog training and behavior, and managing a doggy daycare. She also began volunteering for a cat rescue organization, involved in such areas as help for stray/rescues and trap-neuter-release of feral cats. She moved fully into the animal rescue/welfare sector in 2013 when she moved to Costa Rica to work as the Director of Animal Care for a local organization, living with the animals and seeing them through the entire process of recovery from neglect, abuse and disease to finding their forever homes. In late 2015 she accepted a contract in Thailand to help manage a dog rescue facility that housed over 200 animals with the goals of improving standards of care, animal husbandry and increasing adoptions. When that contract ended in early 2016, she decided to come back to Nosara to pursue her dreams of starting a nonprofit animal rescue association with like-minded individuals who share her passions, ethics and goals of rescue/rehab and education for all ages. In her “spare” time, Jeanette focuses on her other favourite things which include riding horses, photography and quality time with the ocean.
Janet Galbraith was born and raised in Chicago and made the permanent move to Nosara in 2010, when she and her husband, Mark, retired. She has a long work history as an administrative assistant for both the Woodstock, IL School District and one of the largest labor unions in the U.S., dedicated to protecting workers’ rights. She now takes her years of experience and skills and applies it to promoting and protecting the rights of those who can’t do the same for themselves – Nosara’s domestic and stray animals.
Cathy Wells is a veterinary practice manager, professional dog groomer and animal trainer from Austin, Texas who has over 38 years of experience working directly with animals and pet owners. Cathy has donated her time to serve as treasurer for 2 local animal welfare non-profit boards of directors and is a frequent volunteer for local spaying and neutering campaigns. She assists with medical care of the less fortunate animals of Nosara. She is a permanent resident of Costa Rica and lives in Nosara full time. Her hobbies are her dogs, cats, horses, herd of dairy goats and organic gardening. Helping animals is her passion.
Pamela S. Ellsworth claims to be a boring person who has led an interesting life, mostly swimming with dolphins and dogs. She is a long time resident of Nosara who has been in the trenches of animal welfare before the concept was even said aloud and has provided tremendous support to both the local animal community and rescue organizations throughout the years. Along with her work with AMOR Animales, she currently cares for several dogs who sing like opera starts and swim like dolphins!
Carl Wells, DVM is a veterinarian from Austin, Texas who came to Nosara in 1999 and immediately began donating his time for the animals and pet owners of Nosara. Dr. Wells holds veterinary licences in both the United States and Costa Rica. Since coming to Nosara he has worked on various community-minded boards and with non-profit groups such as the Nosara Civic Association, the Blue Flag Committee, Friends of Nosara, the Playas de Nosara ASADA, and was a founding member of both Nosara Animal Care and Amor de Animales, two local animal welfare groups.
Mark Galbraith was born and educated in the U.K. but spent much of his early life moving from place to place with his British Army family. The peripatetic existence continued in his first career spanning about twenty years. Mark toured extensively in various technical positions in music, dance, opera, theatre and trade show productions. He eventually changed direction after moving to Chicago and meeting his wife, Janet, and embarked on a second career in the trade show and convention world in various management positions. He retired in 2010 as regional vice president at Freeman Audio Visual Solutions and moved with his wife to Nosara in 2010. They live happily in a small house in the pueblo with a happy, but disabled dog and more cats than you can shake a stick at! He is extremely proud and excited to be a member of the passionate and committed board of Amor Animales de Nosara.
Lic. Manuel Yglesias Mora is a law school graduate from the University of Costa Rica. Proudly born and raised Costa Rican, Manuel specializes in Administrative, Real Estate and Maritime Zone Law. Apart from having worked in several projects related to those fields in the Nosara area since 2008, Manuel is also an accomplished writer, screenwriter, movie actor, poet and business consultant. Currently, he is working with several artistic and business projects, such as a screenplay for a movie, a sequel for his successful novel “Espiral Afuera” and a project of Creative Workshops. He is the founder of a Foundation to promote reading habits, called Leamos, established since 2013. He is also dedicated to defending property rights in the Maritime Zone of Costa Rica against Government abuse, and to help his clients navigate through the complicated Costa Rican legal ecosystem.
Cindy Bass is delighted to join the board of directors for AMOR Animales de Nosara and will be focused on organizational strategy, marketing, and development. She has her MBA from Emory University and her bachelors degree from the University of Illinois, as well as an Interdisciplinary background in yoga. She is a business consultant with a focus on small business strategic planning and start up. She also serves as the Vice President of the Board of Directors of Hope Springs Institute, and sits on the Board of Directors of Amazing Kids, LLC. Her love for animals goes way back and includes fostering and adopting animals through the Southern California Labrador Rescue as well as locally in Nosara. Her current menagerie of animals includes 3 dogs, 2 cats, 3 horses, a rooster and 22 sheep!
Dr. Mauricio Jimenez Rojas is the co-founder and a partner at Paradise Medical Services in Guiones, Nosara, Costa Rica. A native of San Jose, Costa Rica, and a graduate of San Jose’s UCIMED University of science and medicine in 2003, Mauricio made Nosara his home 11 years ago and has been serving the Nosara community as a general practitioner/surgeon since then. In addition to his medical work in Nosara. Mauricio has a great love of animals. This is what drew him to AMOR. His current expertises include Master feral cat catcher, and overall general well-being of any of the animals we bring him to our group. He is the current proud owner of three dogs, two cats, three horses and 22 sheep.