Our Team

Jessica Rosales Godoy -Administrative Professional

Jessica was born in the town of Puntarenas and holds a bachelor’s degree in Business and Finance by the National University of Costa Rica. She has been working for Asepaleco since February 2016 and has fallen in love with the association’s mission and the beauty of the Karen Mogensen reserve.

Arnulfo – Guide

Arnuflo is a world renowned nature guide and caretaker for the Karen Mogensen Reserve and Cerro Escondido Ecolodge. He was born in San Ranom de Rio Blanco, 3 kilometers from the entrance to the reserve. He has worked for ASEPALECO for 16 years alongside his wife Mery. His love for nature and the reserve as well as the enjoyment he gets from sharing this special place with tourists is his life. He manages the trails, takes tourists on guided hikes, helps Mery in the kitchen, and he genuinely loves his work because of the incredible people who come to see mother nature. He is grateful for this opportunity to spend most of his time in the reserve. Mery and Arnulfo have 5 kids together, and together take great care of all the wonderful tourists. 

Mery – Chef and Caretaker

Mery was born in Dominicas, a small town of Jicaral. She currently lives in San Ramon de Rio Blanco a small town 3 kilometers from the entrance to the Karen Mogensen Reserve. She started working for ASEPALECO 16 years ago alongside her husband Arnulfo. They have been happily married for 30 years and make the perfect couple to manage the Cerro Escondido Ecolodge. Mery is in charge of all the delicious meals, and the daily cleaning of the cabins, kitchen, bathrooms etc. The work that she does in the lodge is her life. She is very grateful for the opportunity to be in the reserve and feels very happy when the tourists come to visit. She would like to take the time to thank all of the tourists for their love of nature in visiting this special place, and has hope that the food is something very special to the guests as she prepares every meal with tons of love. She hopes to work in the reserve as long as her health permits, and does her work for the love of nature and the people who visit the reserve. 

Board of Directors

Patricia Slump– President

Elizabeth Mora Arguedas - Vice President

Alejandra Villegas Arroyo – Secretary

Rodrigo Zamora Murillo -

Victor Barboza Jimenez- Vocal 1

Rafael Angel Rodriguez Castro- Vocal Dos

Norma Sheila Boyd Farried- Vocal Tres

Luis Carlos Barquero Rodriguez - Vocal Cuatro

Luis studied Sociology and Pedagogy. He currently works in the PANI office in Paquera.  He has extensive experience working in environmental and community development projects, as well as those focused on the rights of children and adolescents.  He enjoys photography, environmental protection, watching movies, and homemade food.

Alexander Bolaños Brenes - Vocal Cinco

Alexander Bolaños is a student of forest management and wildlife at UNT.  He loves nature and enjoys walking in the mountains.  His passions include music and guitar his favorite pastimes are fishing and eating.

Benito Villegas Lopez– Fiscal

Benito holds a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Management from the Costa Rica Institute of Technology. He was among Asepaleco’s founding members while working as a manager for the Cantonal Agricultural Center of Puntarenas. Benito has also been the Mayor of Lepanto, a professor of agricultural studies and has served on the Board of Directors in the past. He is currently the director at the Rural High School on the Island of Venado.


Karen Mogensen Reserve

PO Box 25-5353

Jicaral, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

(506) 26-50-06-07


Office Hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

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