Advisory Committee

Harris Friedberg

Harris Friedberg

Harris Friedberg’s longtime association with Bonaire began in 1993 and deepened when he and his wife built a cottage on the island in 1997. An enthusiastic scuba diver, Friedberg has traveled the world and seen changes in the environment firsthand. He began supporting Echo’s work with the Bonairean parrots when the foundation began and, with his wife, proudly supports anti-poaching efforts every summer. Friedberg was Vice President of the Fundashun pa Bon Koral on Bonaire and is an active member of the Board of Directors of the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (www.REEF.org). He spends around 3 months a year on Bonaire.

Friedberg is a professor of English at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and lives in New Haven when not enjoying Bonaire.


Caren Eckrich

Caren Eckrich

Caren Eckrich has lived in Bonaire for over 15 years. She has a BS in Wildlife Fisheries Ecology and an MS in Biological Oceanography. She runs Sea & Discover and is currently working with STINAPA as a Wildlife Biologist and a Pride Coordinator on their shark conservation campaign. She and her family share a love for the nature of Bonaire, below and above the sea.


Stuart Goldstein

Stuart Goldstein

Stuart Goldstein is Vice President, Legal Affairs at NBCUniversal Media, LLC, where he has worked since 2005. At NBCUniversal, Stuart has negotiated a wide variety of entertainment-related agreements, including talent deals, production agreements, collective bargaining agreements, and executive contracts. He currently oversees Legal Affairs for a number of NBCUniversal’s Cable Entertainment networks, such as E! and Esquire. From 2000-2005, Stuart was an Associate at the NYC-based office of Proskauer, in their Labor & Employment department. He graduated from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2000, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the law review, and as intern to the Honorable Judge Samuel A. Alito, Jr., then on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a life-long lover of animals and conservation, and shares his home with Winston, a small dog who helps clean up after Chiku, the African Grey.


Mary Mel McCombie

Mary “Mel” McCombie

Mel McCombie’s commitment to Bonaire’s environment has grown stronger since her fist visit in 1993. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (www.REEF.org); a former board member of CORAL; and has been on the advisory board of the Bonaire Nature Alliance for 15 years. Over the years, she has become more involved with Echo Bonaire and parrot conservation, and each summer, she and her husband help sponsor Echo’s work to protect Lora chicks in their nests.

An avid diver and PADI Divemaster, McCombie has dived around the world, and seen firsthand the effects of best (and worst) practices in conservation. She lives on Bonaire around 3 months of each year.

McCombie is a professor of American Studies and art history when she is not underwater or working with parrots, and lives in New Haven, Connecticut. She is the devoted human companion of Dickens, a cockatiel.


Cheryl Rutherford

Cheryl Rutherford

Cheryl is a professional graphic and web designer. With a passion for conservation and animal welfare (generally focused on parrots), Cheryl has been volunteering for a variety of organizations since 2008, primarily by donating technical expertise, web and graphic design, Facebook and website administration, as well as photography. In addition to helping parrots, Cheryl also spent a summer feeding and caring for wild baby birds and animals at the Burnaby Wildlife Rescue Center. In 2000, she helped care for wild birds who were victims of a Canola oil spill (Vancouver, BC).