Our Board of Directors are advocates for and close advisors of CREST. They are leading practitioners in responsible travel with a strong commitment to the triple bottom line of people, planet, and prosperity. They specialize in nonprofit management, fundraising, hotel operations, strategic planning, tour operator management, and other skill sets. Our Board aims to be diverse in backgrounds, skill sets, and subject matter expertise. 

Andrea Pinabell, Chair | Founder & CEO, AC Impact Advisors
Ella Messerli, Vice Chair | Director, All Baja Solutions
Eric Bergstrom, Treasurer | President, Bergstrom Capital Advisors, Inc.
Richard Bangs, Director | Founder, MT Sobek
Melissa Biggs Bradley, Director | Founder & CEO, Indagare
Jessica Blotter, Director | Co-Founder & CEO, Kind Traveler
Kimberly Daley, Director | Founder & CEO, Daley & Company
K. Denaye Hinds, Director | Managing Director, JustaTAAD, LLC
Andrea Holbrook, Director | President, Holbrook Travel
Sophia Hyder-Hock, Director | Founder & CEO, Papilia
Judy Kepher-Gona, Director | Director and Lead Consultant, Sustainable Travel & Tourism Agenda (STTA)
Jake Kheel, Director | Vice President, Grupo Puntacana Foundation
Bob Shevlin, Director | Co-Founder, UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa
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Wes Espinosa, Ex-Officio Member | Interim Executive Director, CREST

Honorary Advisory Board

The CREST Honorary Advisory Board is comprised of distinguished leaders and influencers in the field of responsible tourism. The knowledge, insights, and opinions of these individuals provide valuable aid in advancing our mission and activities. The Honorary Advisory Board complements the Board of Directors.

Elizabeth Becker | Author and former New York Times correspondent
Ewald Biemans | Owner and CEO, Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts, Aruba
Chris Blackwell | Founder, Island Outpost Hotels and Island Records, Jamaica
Dorinda Elliott | Editorial and Communications Director, Paulson Institute and former Condé Nast Traveler editor
Susie Ellis | Chairman and CEO, Global Wellness Institute
Dennis Pinto | Managing Director, Micato Safaris
Sonu Shivdasani | Chairman and CEO, Soneva Group; Founder, Six Senses
Jonathan B. Tourtellot | Founder & Director, Destination Stewardship Center
Kathy Van Ness | General Manager/COO, Golden Door Resort