Board of Directors 2017

David Hibbard, President

David hails from Connecticut, lived his work years in Wisconsin, and now resides primarily in La Cruz and summers in New Hampshire. A graduate of Univ of Connecticut, he holds patents dealing with the processing, ultrafiltration and holding of dairy products.  The Hibbard family farm in Connecticut celebrated its 100-year anniversary in summer of 2015. David serves as El Presidente of the La Puntilla (La Cruz) homeowners association, serves as a producer for local thespian and talent endeavors in La Cruz, as well as serving as President of the local charity Amigos de La Cruz de Huanacaxtle.


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Patricia Spencer, Vice President

Patricia lives at Joya de Huanacaxtle in La Cruz, she's a theater buff and producing the play, Whose Wives are They Anyway? by Michael Parker

She is retired from a private law practice and Battle River School Div. in Digby, Nova Scotia.  She has a law degree from University of Alberta. So multi-talented and diverse!


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Amy Welch, Secretary/Treasurer & Communications

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 traveling.


Phone: 503 285 4007 Portland & Mexico, 322 120 1078 cell in Mexico

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Joanna Varvos, Director & Membership Chair

Joanna lives at Punta Esmeralda, and a recently retired attorney from Alberta.  She's been a tireless collector of silent auction items for Amigos events.  Now she's also lending her skills to chair Membership and the Sunday Market.


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Berenice Eugenia Uribe Guijarro, Director

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 a house in La Cruz.  Berenice has been instrumental in helping the Amigos with fresh ideas and enthusiasm.


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Lina Bureau - Environmental 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 directs the Recycling Program and the Street Beautification Program with the help of Chilo and his gardening crew.  Lina also works with the Cetmar students (local vocational technical school for students ages 15-19) and corrals volunteers to help her with Recycling.


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Carmen Tapia, Education Chair

Carmen is one of the most wonderful volunteers, she heads up the Education Program and helps Cynthia as coordinator in the Medical Program.

She is a recently retired special education teacher in a bilingual school in Tucson, Arizona.  Before that she taught in Hermisillo.  Two years ago, you could find Carmen sitting under a tree, teaching first and second graders to read and write Spanish.  Impressed with her dedication, last year principal Oscar Garcia gave Carmen her own classroom.  With joy and enthusiasm Carmen works with volunteers to teach young children to read and write Spanish.  During recess other children from the Gr 1-6 elementary school, can be found reading books while laying on the carpet in Carmen's classroom.


The Primaria (elementary) school needed the Library for their ever-expanding student body.  This year you will find Carmen at the new Kids Club by the Glorieta (Cross) on Coral, off Langosta.  The Kids Club was donated for one year to Amigos - thank you our mystery donors!


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Cynthia Del Pino, Medical Chair

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 is an attorney; mother a business manager; and her brothers are into banking and another is an attorney. Cynthia and her partner John Whitten and son Elliot, enjoy outdoor activities and meeting new people.


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This new building is still being put together for Amigos.  A La Cruz family donated this building for one year.

This will be Carmen's new home for the Education program; the Dental Clinic will also take place here.

Please stop by and visit us - and maybe we can encourage you to volunteer your time to teach English,

crafts, science - whatever is your passion!  The Kids Club is on Coral, near Langosta (the Glorieta with the Cross).