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About Us

Meet Our Team

Anthony Saner, ReefCI Director


Anthony is the Director of Reef Conservation International.  He believes the ultimate goal of ReefCI is to preserve and manage the Belize Barrier Reef for generations to come by inspiring, educating, and encouraging change via our volunteer citizen-scientists. Our volunteers are the change they wish to see in the world and ReefCI makes that possible.

Anthony is an environmental conservationist and a teacher who is passionate about protecting the environment and educating others about the natural world.

Anthony has two passions that have guided him throughout his life– environmental protection and education. As a wildlife biologist he worked on endangered species projects in several western states of the USA, from the cute and cuddly endangered pygmy rabbit to the majestic but critically endangered Mexican Wolf. As a teacher, Anthony has taught countless students and enjoys sharing knowledge about our fascinating natural world and various cultures. He has a B.S. in Fish and Wildlife Conservation from Oregon State University, a B.A. in History and Masters in Education from the University of Kentucky.

Willie Caal, Belize Team Manager


Willie has a lifetime of passion for the ocean.  He has a degree in Nature Resource Management, gained at University of Belize in 2014. Willie is ReefCI’s science coordinator and Marine Biologist. He is a PADI Dive Instructor and responsible for our marine conservation  programs.

Willie worked as a community researcher at Toledo Institute of Development and the Environment (TIDE) and was one of the longest standing and most accomplished member of the team. He was active within the research and monitoring department, regularly taking part in the marine program within the Port Honduras Marine Reserve in Southern Belize, surveying coral, fish, and commercial species.  Willie also worked with the Belize Fisheries Department and Belize Coastal Zone Management in research and monitoring throughout Belize. Willie has been working for ReefCI since August 2015. He is a great asset to our organization; in particular, the development of our invasive Lionfish program.

Willie was born in Punta Gorda in southern Belize. He has 3 brothers and 2 sisters. He comes from a fishing family, his Dad and all his brothers are fishermen; however, Willie has chosen a different path.  He is passionate about the ocean and made a decision to help protect what he loves.


Shadene Bennett, General Staff

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Shadene is a Belizean who was born and raised in the village of Pomona new site. She studied hospitality management at ITVET in the Stan Creek district of Belize. This is where she first discovered a love for the eco-tourism industry. Shadene enjoys meeting new people and making friends.

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