MEET THE TEAM BEHIND THE SCENES

Maximo Bottaro

Co-Founder & Chair of Board

Maximo has been a professional environmentalist since 2001. In that time, he has worked for Greenpeace, Rainforest Rescue, Rainforest Trust Australia and operated a private rainforest regeneration business for 13 years. In this same time frame, he received two science bachelor degrees from SCU and then a First Class Honours for his research into the genetic diversity of rainforest trees. He developed and managed a rainforest tree nursery, volunteer and internship programs in the heart of the Daintree rainforest, and taught for 4 years for SCU across two subjects and two campuses before deciding to collaborate with long existing allies to found ReForest Now at the beginning of 2018. His research into rainforest tree nurseries vs remnant forests, inbreeding, landscape fragmentation, genetic diversity, endangered species recovery and bioprecipitation, have all been pressing realisations that have motivated him to take leadership in restoring Earth's ecosystems. 

Michael Mortin

Co-Founder

Michael has been a rainforest regenerator for the last decade. He has also been a contractor to Rainforest Trust Australia in developing a rainforest tree nursery in the Daintree, Michael has accrued a considerable set of trades skills that has enabled him with competencies and interests in; plants, tools, agricultural chemicals, as well as an exhaustive list of heavy machinery and vehicle skills. His rounded trade’s expertise make him an essential component to our team. Being a new father has given Michael an even greater sense that we need to come together now to make a serious commitment to the future of our planet.

Kim O'Sullivan

Director (General)

Kim’s background in corporate business allows him to assist RN with future planning, decision making, business sense and problem solving. His contributions are made ensuring that major steering decisions for the organization are complemented by his considerable experience.

Josh Fry-Hall

Field 

One of two youth directors, Josh initially completed work experience trips to the Daintree rainforest and soon became an essential part of the team. He has assisted the organization in everything from philanthropic support, site assessments, tree planting, rainforest regeneration, nursery construction, wildling and seedling collection, potting up and more. 

Odin Covington

 Director (General)

One of two youth directors, Odin has supported RN in the construction of the nursery from day 1 in construction, layout and design. He continues to contribute to organizational planning, logistics, photography, nursery work and drone video.

Tashi Maizey

Director of Nursery Operations

Although Tashi would speak humbly of her experience in rainforest regeneration, she’s worked in the field for 10 years and played an important role in establishing the RN nursery since October 2018, being a regular contributor to structural upgrades and plant care. Tashi is also active in tree planting events and organizational support.

Zia Flook

Director of Partnerships and Communications Manager

As the partnership and communications manager Zia has brought a background in environmental science and environmental management and communications having studied in Australia and Sweden. A lover of nature and a passionate communicator of the importance of nature for our wellbeing and for the Earth. 

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