Martha Honey, Ph.D., CREST's Executive Director, has written and lectured widely on ecotourism and certification issues. Her books include Ecotourism and Sustainable Development: Who Owns Paradise? (Island Press, 1999) and Ecotourism and Certification: Setting Standards in Practice (Island Press, 2002). She worked for 20 years as a journalist based in East Africa and Central America and holds a Ph.D. in African history. She was the Executive Director of TIES from 2003 to 2006.
David Krantz is CREST's Program Director and is facilitating a variety of the center's projects. David’s background includes work as an international trade paralegal, in hospitality management at a DC hotel, and over two years of experience in adventure and ecotourism in the developing world as he backpacked through South America, Eastern Europe, and Southern Africa. Prior to joining CREST, David coordinated environmental conservation initiatives in the tourism industry with Conservation International’s Center for Environmental Leadership in Business. He holds a Masters of Tourism Administration from the George Washington University.
Samantha Hogenson is CREST’s Program Associate. With a love for art, culture, and travel from a young age, she graduated from Missouri State University with a major in Entertainment Management and minors in Geotourism and International Management Samantha spent four years working in operations/house management at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts, in Springfield, MO. She then received her Master of Tourism Administration from the George Washington University, with a concentration in sustainable destination development. During the MTA program, Samantha consulted in sustainable tourism in Campeche, Mexico, spent time as a geotourism apprentice at National Geographic's Center for Sustainable Destinations, and worked on the American Society of Travel Agents' "Green Program".