David GoodPresident and Executive Director
David Good was born on November 2, 1986 at the Bryn Mawr hospital in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. He attended East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania where he received his undergraduate and master’s degree in biology. He is a member of the Explorers Club, a visiting scholar at Rutgers University, and teaches at Northampton Community College of Pennsylvania. David is a unique member of the Yanomami people. His village, known as Irokai-teri is nestled deep in the Amazon rain forest of Venezuela. He is currently studying to enter medical school aspiring to collaborate in public health programs among indigenous groups. As a Yanomami-Venezuelan-American, his ambition is to establish dialogue, service, and cultural interchange for the Yanomami and the rest of the world. By raising awareness on Yanomami culture and their current-day threat to survival led him to create the Good Project. His personal account in discovering his Yanomami heritage can be read in his memoir titled The Way Around.
He is a proud father of two children and currently lives with his partner in Pennsylvania.
Serena Belsby became involved with the Good Project when she wrote a screenplay called
Napagnuma. The script has been to the Sundance Writers Lab as well as the Plume et Pellicule
writers workshop sponsored by Dreamago in Sierre, Switzerland. She is set to direct
Napagnuma in the winter of 2018. Her first feature film, The Merry Graingers was written, directed
and produced by Serena and shot primarily on her family’s ranch in Washington State. She
holds an M.B.A. from Texas Christian University and a BA in Economics from the University of
Texas. What began as a script has evolved into a deep personal connection to the Yanomami. A
people whom she believes the world should embrace for they can teach us many things.
Knowledge that was lost or that we may have never had to begin with.
Alan ReedTechnical Adviser
Alan Reed is the founder and owner of Reed Technology Solutions, a software development and engineering company based in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. He has a diverse technical background with experience in both start-ups and large public companies. Alan has a passion for web development and created the website you are using right now!
Kiara LeBronAdministrative Assistant
Kiara Lebron began working with The Good Project as part of her college capstone learning assignment in early 2018. She holds a B.S in Public Health from East Stroudsburg University and is currently working on a degree in Global Studies and a master’s in Epidemiology and Global Health. Her interest in the Yanomami people stems from her passion of public health in indigenous and other marginalized groups. She believes the preservation of the Yanomami people is essential to understanding and connecting cultural, health and lifestyle differences for the rest of the world.
Ryan DalySecondary Education Adviser
Ryan Daly is a Social Studies teacher at Westfield High School in Westfield, New Jersey. He graduated from Montclair State University with a bachelor’s in History in 2008 and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Educational Administration at Kean University. Ryan teaches a unit on indigenous cultures which includes a section on the Yanomami. He and his students support the Good Project through fundraising, speaking engagements, and serving as model for incorporating indigenous cultures in a high school curriculum.
Kenneth GoodExpert on Yanomami ethnography
Kenneth Good is a prominent anthropologist from the United States. A recognized expert on the Yanomami of Venezuela, Dr. Good received his PhD from the University of Florida. He conducated research at the Max Planck Institute of Munich with Nobel Laureate Konrad Lorenz, and is a Fulbright Scholar. His book Into the Heart, describing his life and work among the Yanomami in Venezuela was the subject of an award-winning film produced by National Geographic. He is widely published in national and international journals.
Javier Carrera-RubioExpert on Yanomami ethnography
Javier Carrera Rubio is from Madrid, Spain. He completed his undergraduate degree in History and Geography with a specialization in Americanist Anthropology at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He received his PhD in Anthropology (2005) from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Since 1990, he has been working among the Native American Yanomami in the Upper Orinoco, (Amazonas State) Venezuela, serving as an anthropology advisor to the Yanomami association, SUYAO (Shaponos Unidos Yanomami del Alto Orinoco), the Upper Orinoco Biosphere Reserve Project for the Venezuelan Ministry of Environment, and the Yanomami Health Plan for the Venezuelan Ministry of Health. Most recently, he has been a visiting research collaborator in the Center of Anthropology at the IVIC (Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research). He is now an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Maryland, College Park.