Valeria is an Environmental Engineer graduated from the Catholic University of Honduras. She is passionate and enthusiastic about coral reef and marine conservation. Her happy place is the ocean. Currently, Valeria is working for the Bay Island Conservation Association (BICA) chapter Utila as a research coordinator leading the conservation efforts against Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease. With this grant, she plans to become a Rescue Diver and improve the quality of her diving skills, the opportunities that it brings, and ensuring her and her group’s safety.