DAVID ALBERT, Board, Vice-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.


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Berenice Eugenia Uribe Guijarro, Board

Berenice started her career in Guadalajara, working six years as an auditor for the international accounting firm, Ernst & Whinney (Freyssinier Morin in Mexico).  She is cofounder  of “Colegio de Contadores Costa Vallarta, A.C." and member of Colegio de Contadores Públicos de Guadalajara Jalisco, A.C.  Since 1986, Berenice was instrumental in identifying important goals, such as how to make decisions about economic resources to build the property where they are now located in Guadalajara. 


She is an innovative and driven accounting professional. Berenice strives to learn new ways of doing things and takes on challenges that are sometimes out of her comfort  zone.  She rolls up her sleeves to get the job done by finding solutions. She owned her own accounting and business solutions firm, where she assisted Mexican and international companies by providing not only basic accounting needs but helped entrepreneurs build their business plan and scope.


She recently moved to Bahía de Banderas with his husband Javier and opened the restaurant “Langosta DIEZ La Cruz” – International Cuisine and Art Gallery. They live in Valle, but also own houses in La Cruz. Berenice has been instrumental in helping the Amigos with fresh ideas and enthusiasm, as well as navigating the political landscape.


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Amy Welch, Board, Secretary/Treasurer, Dental 

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 15th year of providing free services to the primary children. The Kids Club will be the site of their weeklong service in January 2020. More great people who bring along a staff and assisted by Dr Adrian Malja of Bucerias, and assistant Lucia.


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

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LINA BUREAUEnvironmental Chair

Living full-time in La Cruz, Lina is formerly from Quebec where she co-owned a wholesale and retail linen company.  While most of us gringos have a Spanglish way of communicating, the multi-lingual Lina flavors her Spanish and English with French. She's even teaching French to the ladies who own the grocery store near her house.  Lina has handed off the Recycling Program to Chilo, a local resident.  She continues to work with Chilo and his gardening crew, one day each week. (here pictured).  


I don’t know why I do it ha ha…  I guess for the Love I have for La Cruz. The thank you’s from all my Mexican friends and the willingness they have now to keep our town clean and recycle keeps me committed. I feel I am now a part of the La Cruz family.


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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.


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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."


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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.



Cynthia Del Pino, Advisory Board 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.


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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).