Founder and Executive Director
David Good was born on November 2, 1986 at the Bryn Mawr hospital in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. He attended East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania where he received his undergraduate and master’s degree in biology. He is a member of the Explorers Club, a visiting scholar at Rutgers University, and teaches at Northampton Community College of Pennsylvania.
As a Yanomami-Venezuelan-American, his ambitions lie in establishing dialogue, service, and cultural interchange for the Yanomami and the rest of the world.
Serena became involved with the Good Project when she wrote a screenplay called
Napagnum which was featured at the Sundance Writers Lab as well as the Plume et Pellicule
writers workshop sponsored by Dreamago in Sierre, Switzerland. Her first feature film, The Merry Graingers was written, directed and produced by Serena. She holds an M.B.A. from Texas Christian University and a BA in Economics from the University of Texas. What began as a script has evolved into a deep personal connection to the Yanomami. A people whom she believes the world should embrace for they can teach us many things including knowledge that was lost, or that we may have never had to begin with.
Hortenisa is an anthropologist and head of the Anthropology of Development Laboratory and Associate Researcher at the Center of Anthropology of the Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Research (IVIC). She received her Ph.D in anthropology at the University of Arizona (2003). Her work focuses on cultural, historical and political transformations among the Venezuelan Yanomami as well as intercultural processes and indigenous rights among Amazonian peoples. She currently serves on the advisory council for the Wenner-Gren Foundation and is on the Good Project board.
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Kenneth Good is a prominent anthropologist from the United States. A recognized expert on the Yanomami of Venezuela, Dr. Good received his PhD from the University of Florida. He conducated research at the Max Planck Institute of Munich with Nobel Laureate Konrad Lorenz, and is a Fulbright Scholar. His book Into the Heart, describing his life and work among the Yanomami in Venezuela was the subject of an award-winning film produced by National Geographic. He is widely published in national and international journals.
Born in Madrid, Spain Javier completed his undergraduate degree in History and Geography specializing in Americanist Anthropology at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He received his Ph.D in Anthropology (2005) from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Since 1990, he works among the Yanomami in the Upper Orinoco, (Amazonas State) Venezuela, serving as an anthropology advisor to the Yanomami association, SUYAO (Shaponos Unidos Yanomami del Alto Orinoco), the Upper Orinoco Biosphere Reserve Project for the Venezuelan Ministry of Environment, and the Yanomami Health Plan for the Venezuelan Ministry of Health. He is a visiting research collaborator in the Center of Anthropology at the IVIC (Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research).