Our Leaders

Tom Ranieri - Owner

Tom Ranieri

Owner

  • 11 years of Experience as Raft Guide in Costa Rica
  • WEMT, Vertical Rescue, Swift Water Rescue, WFA, WFR
  • Dog Lover
  • Environmentalist
  • Slow Runner
  • Global Warming Activist
  • Son & Brother
  • Former Car Owner
  • Story-Teller & Writer (at times boring)
  • Public Transportation Guru
  • Bilingual English/Spanish
  • Coffee drinker
  • Horrible dancer but not afraid to try
  • List of Forbe's 500 people to never pick up the magazine of Forbe's
Marlon Bustos - Rafting Head-Guide

Marlon Bustos

Rafting Head-Guide

  • 14 years River Guiding
  • Member of Costa Rica National Rafting Team
  • Mountain Rescue, Whitewater Rescue, WFA
  • Father & Son
  • Nature Activist
  • One-Time Visitor to Manhattan
  • Hates to Fly
  • Bilingual English/Spanish
  • Lives in Sitio de Mata

Diego Quesada - Naturalist Guide

Diego Quesada

Naturalist Guide

  • Biologist
  • Degree in Natural Resource Management
  • Executive Director of The National Park Arenal
  • 8 years experience as Naturalist Guide
  • Bilingual English/Spanish
  • Funny
  • Prankster
  • The guide everyone wants to bring home
  • Diego is not for SALE!
Luigi Sanchez - Naturalist Guide / Raft Guide

Luigi Sanchez

Naturalist Guide / Raft Guide

  • Professional Photographer
  • Smart
  • Funny
  • 12 years of Experience as a Raft Guide 6 as Naturalist
  • Lives at base of Turrialba Volcano
  • Relentless Hiker
  • Bilingual English/Spanish
  • Snowboards
  • Surfs
  • Listens to Reggae music
  • Wears mostly locally made Clothes

Edgar Brenes - Naturalist Guide

Edgar Brenes

Naturalist Guide

  • Degree in Turismo Naturalist Guide
  • Smart
  • Funny
  • 8 years of Experience
  • Lives in Arenal
  • Relentless Hiker
  • Bilingual English/Spanish
  • Loves to Scream during big rapids!
  • Good Dancer (Broken Leg 1 & 2)
  • Reads a lot
  • Has own clothing line named Edgalombia
Fressy Araya - Sitio de Mata Project Manager

Fressy Araya

Sitio de Mata Project Manager

  • 10 years working in Raft Warehouses
  • 6 years working for CRR full-time
  • Mother, grandmother, & great
  • Recycler, composter, Sustainable Advocate
  • Manager of Local Dance groups & Activities
  • A Patron Saint of Rural Eco-tourism Project
  • Hard worker
  • Prefers the Simple Life
  • Mother of 3 river guides and never been rafting
  • Craft maker

Viladys Rivera - Office Manager

Viladys Rivera

Office Manager

  • 10 years working in Tourism
  • Graduated with a Masters degree in Sustainable Tourism Development
  • Mom of Ella
  • Wife to Luigi
  • Passionate about CRR & did thesis on our Homestay Project
  • Practices Mix Martial Arts
  • Conservationist
  • Lover of all things Local
Mary Ranieri - Office Assistant

Mary Ranieri

Office Assistant

  • Dog Lover
  • 10 employees in one body
  • Wife & Mother of 3 boys (2 Conservationist Adventure Junkies and 1 FBI Agent)
  • Dog Lover (Max, Bruno, & Tuk)
  • Public Transportation Deamon
  • Lives in Rural Costa Rica Mountain village
  • CRR Meal Provider & Cook
  • Owner of Office Space for CRR
  • Has rafted Pacuare 6 times
  • Lifetime Educator
  • Relentness Composter, Recycler, & Herb grower
  • Rappeler of 3 different Costa Rican Waterfalls which happen to be off the grid falls (Not Commercial)

Regina López - Marketing

Regina López

Marketing

  • 15 years in Corporate America in Chase Bank (We saved one at least)
  • Resides in Costa Rica but markets in the USA
  • Bilingual Spanish/English
  • World Traveler (Should we count it if it was for the Corporate world?)
  • Degree in Business Marketing
  • Yoga Instuctor
  • One time rafter
  • Smoothest & Fastest to pass out a CRR business card
Jim Ranieri - Educational Specialist

Jim Ranieri

Educational Specialist

  • 15 years of guidance counseling in the USA
  • 35 marathons & counting (I know we ask the same question, WHY?!)
  • Trekker, rafter, & conservationist
  • White Nile Rafter (Class Gazillion Rapids)
  • 7th grade basketball Most Improved Player
  • Cirriculum Planner
  • Eco-Tourism schmoozer (TIES member & Attendee of all conferences)
  • Surfer (Really not that good)
  • Prefers the Simple Life
  • Travels with practically nothing
  • CRR's version of No-Impact-Man