Tania 'Nena' Baltazar is a Co-Founder and the current President and legal representative of CIWY. In her role, she helps to plan and run the organization.
Born in the Yungas region of La Paz, Nena studied physiotherapy and later biology at the University of La Paz, where she met Juan Carlos Antezana. In 1992 they founded Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi, developing activities in defense of the environment and of wildlife.
In 1996 Nena, along with Juan Carlos, opened Bolivia’s first wildlife refuge in Villa Tunari, Chapare, Cochabamba. Nena volunteered for 14 years as the shelter’s Managing Director, before being elected into her current position.
Nena’s dedication to CIWY and love for animals makes her an inspirational leader to all that work for the organization. She has made the organization and its mission her life's work.
In 1998, Nena received the Prize for' Women's Creativity in Rural Life' from the Women's World Summit Foundation (WWSF) for her work towards the preservation of nature. She was the youngest woman to ever receive a prize from WWSF.
Verónica Gomez, born in La Paz, studied veterinary medicine at the University of Trinidad. From a young age, she got involved in voluntary work in many different areas; this is how she came to arrive at Paruqe Ambue Ari as a volunteer in 2004, becoming the Centre's first Veterinarian. Her contribution and involvement was vital to Parque Ambue Ari's development. She also worked as a Veterinarian in Parque Machía. In 2011, after a break from the organization, she took on the role of managing CIWY's education programme.
Marta Stuckenschmidt, born in Germany, studied Business Administratino in Berlin and Bilbao. She came to Bolivia in 2008 as a volunteer in a social project, the moment when she found out about her passion for this country and its people. In 2014, after finishing her degree, she came a across the job post for the director of administration at Machia. Since 2016 she has been doing all the communication for CIWY.
Juan Manuel Medina
Dr Luis Adolfo Morales, born in the city of Tarija, studied veterinary medicine and animal husbandry at the University of Tomás Frías in Tupiza. He worked as a Veterinarian in Parque Machía from 2005 to 2009. Motivated by his interest in helping wild animals, he is one of CIWY's veterinarians who travelled to Argentina to attend a course on the Management of Wild Animals. In 2011 he took on the role of Director of Parque Machía (CCFS), in which he oversees the running of the Centre and informs decisions concerning the management of the animals and the staff.
Friends of Inti Wara Yassi (FIWY) is our sister organization in the UK. They have been a major source of support since their founding in 2008. Find out more about FIWY here.
Quest Overseas organizes gap year trips for British and international students. Since 2001, Quest has worked with CIWY to bring much needed volunteers and funds. If you are interested in the programs they have with us, find out more here.