Who We Are

The Lighthouse team is made up of a collection of experts and practitioners representing a range of skills, content areas and geographic experience.  This technical team is supported by an administrative staff that includes expertise in project and event management,  marketing and branding, research and editing, and business management.


Mark Amaral, MCP

DSC_0347Mark is the co-founder and President of Lighthouse Consulting Group, Inc. (LCG). LCG specializes in strategic facilitation: the art and practice of helping people communicate and listen more clearly through innovative and always interactive workshop designs and approaches to achieve measureable results.

Mark’s twenty-plus years’ experience spans both national and international topics ranging from flounder fishing in Rhode Island to water allocation in Kazakhstan. As a facilitator he has helped hundreds of people clarify their issues and work towards tractable solutions. Go here for more information about Mark.

Mark’s clients include the Word Bank, Global Partnership for the Ocean, United States Coral Reef Conservation Program, the RI Department of Environmental Management, The Nature Conservancy, National Grid, Center for Tropical Biology and Conservation, and Common Cause Rhode Island. Go here for a full list of clients.

Meghan Gombos, MMA

MG-PhotoMeghan has been working in the field of marine conservation for nearly 20 years. She specializes in stakeholder driven planning for marine management and community based adaptation. To do this, she develops and facilitates processes that allow diverse groups of people to share information and experiences to identify collective goals and actions that support long term sustainability and community well being.

Meghan has coordinated and facilitated broad reaching social networks across the Pacific Islands and the Caribbean to build capacity of marine conservation practitioners. This work included capacity assessments, strategic planning, and facilitation of trainings. She has also led the collaborative development of several tools to support facilitation of community-based planning processes. These tools include topics such as climate change adaptation; effective locally managed area design; and understanding coastal change.

Meghan’s clients include the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – Coral Reef Conservation Program and Pacific Islands Climate Services, The Micronesia Conservation Trust, The Nature Conservancy, Conservation International, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute.

Lesley Squilante

lesleyLesley has over 30 years’ experience at the leadership level in local and international nonprofits and university centers. As part of this work, she has helped groups and organizations design strategic processes and engage in critical dialogue to define new paths to greater results.

Lesley was Assistant Director for International Relations for PLAN International and, until her recent retirement, Assistant Director of the Coastal Resources Center (CRC) at the University of Rhode Island. She is now a team member of Lighthouse Consulting Group (LCG) providing writing, editing, and strategic design and facilitation services.

Other clients have included program implementers for the United States Agency for International Development and Rhode Island Sea Grant; the nongovernmental organization committee of UNICEF; Sierra Club RI; Providence Parks and Recreation Department; and most recently— through LCG—the RI Farm Farming in Rhode Island’s Future Strategy Symposium.

Robin Martino, PhD

R martinoOver 10 years of experience with international conservation issues.  Technical background in both biodiversity conservation and international development; skills in design, management, and implementation of conservation programs including grants, development assistance agreements and contracts.  Throughout professional career and academic training have maintained a strong emphasis on capacity building of local communities, local conservation scientists, and local, regional, and national decision makers. Experience in providing coordination among conservation policies and activities of multiple U.S. government agencies.  Go here for more information about Robin.