BOARD OF DIRECTORS

DAVID ALBERT, Board, President

David is a full-time resident of Vista Pelicanos in La Cruz.  His passion is a clean La Cruz.   David has taken it upon himself to work with local businesses to promote clean streets and sidewalks. Dave owns a real estate company, Pierview Properties Real Estate in Oceanside, California.

 

Email David:  djabroker@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cynthia Del Pino, Board Vice-President and Legal

Cynthia is a practicing attorney and resident of La Cruz.  Born and raised in Mexico City, Cynthia has lived in the Vallarta area for ten years.  Formerly associated with Connell & Associates, she is now in private practice with her office located at Paradise Village in Nuevo Vallarta.  Cynthia graduated from law school at Metropolitan University of Mexico City where she focused on public administration and constitutional law.  Cynthia specializes in corporate, foreign investment, and real estate; as well as criminal and civil litigation.  Cynthia comes from a family of professionals, although her sister is presently a stay-at-home mother; her father, now deceased, was an attorney; mother a business manager; and her brothers, one is a banker and the other is an attorney. Cynthia and her partner John Whitten and son Elliot, enjoy outdoor activities and meeting new people.

 

 

Amy Welch, Board, Secretary/Treasurer

Amy hails from Portland, Oregon; she and her husband Bill have owned a home in La Cruz since 1996.  They co-founded Children’s Shelter of Hope Foundation, which primarily supports two children's shelters in Puerto Vallarta. In her work life, Amy was primarily with Portland Public Schools’ as an administrator working with gifted youth Kindergarten through Grade 12.  Bill is a practicing tax attorney and formerly a partner with CPA firm Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC).  Bill provides legal services pro bono to Banderas Bay Charities, Inc.  Presently, Amy volunteers as treasurer to PEACEAnimals and Amigos, serves on several boards in Portland and Mexico, and owns a property rental business for Puerto Vallarta area condos and houses.  She and her husband enjoy boating and travel.

 

We come to La Cruz with our own backstory and start all over again.   Meeting people like Lina Bureau, a Quebecois with a background in manufacturing, wholesale and retail linens is a world in itself. And now she’s here in La Cruz working with others to volunteer her services to collect the plastic for recycling and working with the landscape crew to provide a more welcoming appearance to our streets and village.

  

The Academy of LDS Dentists are coming again to the Bay, this is their 16th year of providing free services to the primary children. The Kids Club will be the site of their week-long service in January 2022. Prior to the Academy staff visit, Dr Adrian Malja's assistant will triage the children in terms of need.

 

This is why we do what we do – in service of others that touch our hearts and minds, and stir our souls.

 

Phone: +1 503 516 4757 WhatsApp & Messenger & US phone

Email Amy: amywelchpdx@comcast.net

 

 

Kids Club staff and programs

JOHN WHITTEN, Director of Kids Club & Environment

John is a 20-year resident of La Cruz, pictured with his wife Cynthia del Pino.  He has 27 years of experience  as an educator and education administrator. He has worked with many schools around the Bay Area. As a former Secretary of Public Education Coordinator in Mexico he is well-versed in the education system, curriculum, policies and demographics.  John has experience with Kids Club and Amigos De La Cruz as a volunteer at summer camps and dental clinics over the years. His primary goal with the Kids Club is to empower students and parents to take responsibility for their education and to provide resources to reach and maintain their maximum potential, as well as set high standards and goals for themselves and broaden their opportunities from which to choose their career and education options. Academics are not the only key, students need to have other outlets for their self-expression in the arts, health, nutrition, physical activity, as well self-confidence and self-esteem.  In his "off time," one day each week, he devotes to the PEACEAnimals clinics as the Clinic Coordinator. 

 

As coordinator of the Environmental program, John works with Chilo and his gardening crew to clean one or more streets, sidewalks and gardens one day each week in La Cruz.  The recycling program has been handed over to Chilo to operate as a private enterprise.

 

 

Abraham, Teacher

Hello, my name is Abraham Galeana.  I am 29 years old.  I was born in Guerrero, but approximately 4 years ago I decided to experience life in a different city and Puerto Vallarta received me with warm wide-open arms. I consider myself a very passionate and enthusiastic person. Singing is one of my passions, every time I grab a microphone, I become a completely different person. Working with kids has been an experience in all senses. I really enjoy spreading my knowledge with others and even more with the little ones. I recently graduated from Vallarta International Academy as an English teacher and ever since my life has changed completely. In the future, I would love to continue with this journey and also continue to grow professionally, as well as personally.
 

Lilly, Teacher

My name is Lilly Alcantara.  I grew up in Guadalajara and lived in Veracruz for 13 years.  I have been in Bahia de Banderas for 10 years.  I am an anthropologist by training, focusing on the dance, music and traditions of Mexico, especially those of African roots.  I have studied traditional dances in Africa, Cuba and many towns in Mexico, and belonged to various international artistic groups such as Duende and Luna Rumba, which some of you know. My husband and I founded the Quilombo Cultural and Sports Center in Sayulita, and we have two happy children, ages 8 and 5.  I love working with children in these times where technology is taking too much of the people's attention. I like to share with them the magic of rhythm, the poetry of a good song, and body language as a form of language to channel their emotions. I see that the music, dance and games we play have a positive impact on their academic performance and give them physical and emotional health and a lot of good humor!

 

 

Allegra, teaching assistant

My name is Allegra Rubboli Ramírez, I was born on December 23, I am a Capricorn (loyal, hardworking, team player), I consider myself a creative, objective, warm, responsible, fun person. It has been difficult for me to develop my patience, I have a great imagination. What I like to do most is speak and read. For that reason, I aspire to attend the University of Buenos Aires this spring and major in Philosophy and Literature.  Providing knowledge to a person seems to me a valuable pursuit.

 

 

Fiona, teaching assistant

My name is Fiona Foster Franco, I was born in Puerto Vallarta, but have been living in La Cruz with my family for the most part surrounded by nature. Since childhood I have been developing my artistic skills. I love creating and sharing my art. I studied painting for two years. I recently graduated from High School and would like to major in visual arts.  Most of my working experience has been with children. I love spending time with them and show them what I have learned, as well as learn from them. I love dancing and spending time with my friends. I also enjoy listening to music and swimming in the ocean. I consider myself an empathic person, outgoing, passionate and always willing to learn new things.

 

 

JOSHUA, Volunteer

Hello my name is Joshua Echegoyen, I am 21 years old, I was born in Mexico City but after a year of life, I came to Vallarta, I feel like I was born here. I like meeting new people and traveling to extravagant places, I love to go to the beach and watch the sunset. I am learning to play alto saxophone, my favorite sport is American football, I decided to volunteer for The Kids Club. Why? I wanted to do something valuable with my time and it is rewarding to go and spend time with the children and to be able to teach them something.  If someone has the opportunity to volunteer, they should, it is very enriching to help and contribute to a cause.

 

 

Creative Arts Momentum

Students are participating in a 15-week residency with the Creative Arts Momentum program. Colleen Macomber who has been teaching for more than ten years through the Celebrate the Beat program with performances in the area is instructing the students in this music and dance spectacular that will culminate in a public performance in March. The students really enjoy her energy and enthusiasm. Colleen is working with students in Punta de Mita, Sayulita, Higuera Blanca and now La Cruz.  Stop by and take a peek - Philo's on Wednesday. Gr 1-3 from 10:15-11:15 AM; Gr 4-6 from 11:15-12:15 PM.  Professional dancers and musicians work with the students weekly.  Final Performance on Sun, Mar 21, Marina Amphitheater, 11-11:30 AM.  Educating and inspiring children through the art of dance and live music.

 

 

ADVISORY BOARD

Dawn & Jon Moss,  Advsiory Board Kids Club

The Moss's are owners of the building we call the Kids Club.  In April 2019, they committed the next 3-5 years for Amigos to use the Kids Club.  They hail from Vancouver, BC, Canada and are owners of a lovely home in La Cruz. 

 

Dawn recently retired as Corporate Secretary for Eldorado Gold.  Dawn joined Eldorado as Corporate Administrator in November 1998 and was appointed Corporate Secretary in October 2000. Dawn became Vice President, Administration in March 2009 and Executive Vice President Administration and Corporate Secretary on July 1, 2012. She has over 25 years of administration experience in the resource industry. Dawn is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Canada, the Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries and is an Accredited Director.

 

Jon is with Homelife Benchmark Realty Corp. and has worked in the property acquisition development and marketing for most of his 42 year career in real estate. Combining his skills of architectural design, development, and project management he offers a unique skill set that many of his clients draw on, as new projects are conceived and renovations are contemplated.

 

  

Carmen Tapia, Co-Founder, Kids Club

Carmen is one of the most engaging volunteers. She is a recently retired special education teacher in a bilingual school in Tucson, Arizona.  Before that she taught in Hermisillo.  Four  years ago, you could find Carmen sitting under a tree, teaching first and second graders to read and write Spanish.  

After a year's hiatus in Tucson, Carmen is returning when school starts, to work with the struggling first and second grade students at Kids Club.

 

"I’m proud to be a member of an association focused on community service like Amigos de la Cruz. We all share the common goal of improving the environment and people’s lives. I’m a strong advocate of fulfilling children’s educational needs and Amigos de La Cruz make good things happen for the children in the community."

 

 

 

Cindy Bouchard, Advisory Board Auctions

Cindy Bouchard and her husband Chris offer their constant assistance for events. Chris is often the MC at the event and Cindy is in charge of the Auction items as well as getting the award for most ticket sales at any event.  They own a local boutique hotel Villa Amor del Mar.

 

What began for us as a mid-life sabbatical has become a full time Mexican lifestyle.

 

Too young to retire, we decided the best way to celebrate our love of the area was to share our Mexico with others from around the world. During our parallel careers in Vancouver as Interior Designer (Cindy) and Project Manager (Chris) we were involved in the completion of numerous luxury hotels such as Four Seasons, Fairmont, Ritz Carlton, etc. A chance visit to La Cruz led to our purchase of a beachfront villa in need of considerable updating. It was a match (our background/the villa’s need for some serious love) made in heaven. We are gratified by the affirming reviews we have received, and we will continue to pursue excellence as your hosts.

 

In addition to this, we are actively involved in local community groups such as Amigos de La Cruz as well as participating in the very lively cultural scene, and other altruistic pursuits. Life is good.

 

 

KIDS CLUB - Coral 5

 

Thanks to a La Cruz family, Dawn & Jon Moss, who donated this building for the next 3-5 years, ending June 2024. This is the  home for the Education program; the Dental Clinic.  Summer School has taken place at Secundaria in 2019. Please stop by and visit us - and maybe we can encourage you to volunteer your time to teach a class - crafts, science - whatever is your passion!  The Kids Club is on Coral, near Langosta (the Glorieta with the Cross).