Mario Mendez

Lead Program Staff Mario is a native of Colombia and carries with him a deep connection between people and our environment. Having lived in South America, the Middle East, Northern Europe, and various parts of the United States, he has an innate ability to learn from and adapt to diverse environments and cultures. After earning a degree in Business, Mario has continually found himself being involved in programs that benefit the youth, whether by working to find homes for older orphans, helping at risk youth find strength and support, or by sharing his passion for life and the natural world with students of all ages. After enjoying three years living in Lake Tahoe, Mario decided to move to Santa Barbara and continue in his path of education and mentoring. In addition to his passion for nature and education, Mario loves to dance, play music, ride his bike, and spend time with his family and friends.