We’re your International Women's Club of Mexico City Board Members.
Fareen Samer relocated from Moscow to Mexico July 2016 with two sons and husband, Eddie. This is their second expat assignment, they are originally from Michigan. She loves traveling, running and spending time with her family and dog Luna. In Moscow, Fareen was the Membership and Winter Bazaar Chair in the International Women’s Club of Moscow. She joined International Women’s Club of Mexico, as VP Operations and now she was elected President. She is very excited for her new role as a President 2017- 2018, and Thankful for all the wishes for the year to come.
Zoe June Sparks
Zoe moved to CDMX with her Peruvian other half and their 2 small very lively boys in August 2017, from London. Zoe has a Bsc in Mathematics and in London worked for 17 years in Corporate & Investment Banking in various roles, ending up in Market Risk covering emerging markets. She left her career behind to support her family in their first, of hopefully many, international assignments. Zoe likes to keep busy and enjoys a wide range of activities including; yoga, traveling, socialising and learning about almost everything (except for Spanish verbs!). Her love of socialising and meeting new people led her to this role and she’s excited to have her first unpaid job and to hopefully give a little back.
Raymie relocated from the Seattle area to Mexico City with her husband, Peter, and daughter, Claire. She is also mom to a son, Aedan, who is going to school in the States. She has lived in California, Texas, Arizona and Washington State. Before moving to Mexico City, Raymie was owner and operator of a wholesale eco friendly gift packaging company. She currently enjoys exploring CDMX and trying out its fabulous restaurants, volunteering, traveling and hanging out with friends and making new ones. She feels fortunate to have found the IWC which has made her life in Mexico all the more pleasant!
Reyna relocated to CDMX from Los Angeles, CA in February of 2017 with her husband, doggy and 10 month old baby, Mateo. Definitely one of the most exciting and rewarding decisions she’s ever embarked on. It didn’t take long before she fell in love with the city and everything it had to offer. Charity work has always been so dear to her heart and she is beyond grateful to have found a place where she can truly have an impact. Reyna studied communications and worked in hospitality up until becoming a full time mommy. On her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, working out, traveling and exploring the rich culture of Mexico City.
Judy has lived in Mexico since 2014. She moved here from chilly Chicago and absolutely loves it here due to the beautiful weather and rich culture. For 14 years, Judy taught 1st and 2nd Grade in both Bilingual and Dual Language classrooms. Back in college Judy questioned her decision to major in Spanish Literature; she didn't think she would ever speak the language after graduating...boy, was she wrong. Besides her charity work, Judy keeps busy selling Mexican pottery, crafting, cooking, baking, and spending time with her husband and two Yorkies, Lucha and Mia.
Nell moved to Mexico City in August 2017 with her husband, Chris, and pup, River, for their third expat assignment. Although a Louisiana girl at heart, other homes have included Texas, Australia, and Trinidad & Tobago. Nell has a Master's Degree in Public Administration and previously worked as the Policy Director for a public pension fund. Having stalked the IWC website prior to their move to Mexico, she joined right away and is excited to serve on the Board. In her spare time, Nell enjoys traveling, playing tennis, drinking wine, cooking gumbo, and watching LSU football.
Cheryl relocated from Miami Florida with her husband and furry dog Bella in June 2017. This is Cheryl's 2nd international assignment. Cheryl was a home health administrator for 12 years writing policies, maintaining compliance, budgets and assisting patients and their families during medical crisis’.
A quote Cheryl always loved from private Mexican tour guide Lynda Martinez during her "Welcome to Mexico Meeting" organized by the IWC for newcomers was: “If you don’t love art, start loving art you’re now in Mexico for however long - take advantage!”.
She was so right!! Now Cheryl absolutely loves Mexican art and appreciates the colors of the Mexican culture.
Susan moved from Houston with her husband, Jon, in June, 2017. They have one son, a lovely daughter-in-law and two adorable grandchildren who live in Austin, TX. After retiring from a career in publishing & HR, Susan has enjoyed volunteering for many organizations. Having moved quite often, she believes you bloom where you’re planted. Susan loves life here, meeting new people, trying as many of Mexico City’s fantastic restaurants as she can, exploring Mexico and golf. And Susan & Jon will take a piece of Mexico home, a street dog named Luca!
Claire moved to Mexico City in February 2016 with her husband, Joaquin. Originally from Australia they have previously lived in London (as "back packers" in the 90's) and most recently spent 2 years in Jakarta, Indonesia prior to this move to CDMX. Claire is a Chartered Accountant by profession and worked for many years at Yum! Restaurants (KFC, Pizza Hut & Taco Bell) - in fact they sometimes still call on her help, giving her the opportunity over the past 3.5 years to work in India, Russia, Thailand and The Netherlands. Clearly enthusiastic about travel Claire also enjoys eating out and pursuing all manner of craft activities.
Menna (Mac) relocated from London to CDMX in February 2017 with her husband Shane. Menna was born in Egypt, grew-up in Wales, went to university in Nottingham but lived most of her adult life in London. Following a one year Masters in International Business at Queens University Belfast; Menna moved back to London where she worked for the National Health Service in Medical Education. A true explorer at heart, Menna is happiest when she is visiting new countries, eating exotic food, making new friends and enjoying the outdoors. Menna joined the International Women's Club in her first week in Mexico and has not looked back since.
Haley Lavender made a solo move from Iowa to Mexico City in November 2012. At age 19, she began her career as an English teacher. She later transitioned into Talent Acquisition, and then into Business Operations. When she’s not working, she enjoys volunteering with the International Women’s Club of Mexico City, taking walks with her dog Emma, enjoying a nice meal out, and catching a baseball or soccer game. Haley travels as frequently as she can, and seeks out adventure wherever she goes – whether it’s motorcycle riding, whale watching, or rappelling 1200 feet down into a cave. She has a heart for charity and hopes to be a help to others along her life journey.
Kristen relocated from Dallas, TX to CDMX in September 2016 with her husband, Brian, and two dogs. This is their first expat assignment, they are originally from the Pacific Northwest and have lived all over the states. Kristen has a Masters in Education and taught in urban public schools in Arizona, Texas, and New York. Before moving to Mexico City, she finished her third year as a Middle School Assistant Principal in Dallas. In her free time, she loves to travel, cook, work out, and explore Mexico City.
Lesan moved to Mexico City in 2016 with her husband Carlo for his work assignment. Prior to moving here, Lesan lived in Dallas, Texas and worked as a Client Services Manager for an advertising company. She was also part of the Women's Leadership Forum at work and enjoyed collaborating with her female colleagues. Fast forward to 2018, Lesan and Carlo now have a daughter named Gabrielle Celine. In her spare time, Lesan enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, running and triathlon.
Jodi moved to Mexico City in September, 2016, with her husband, who is here on a foreign assignment with Ford. She also lived in Cologne, Germany in 2014 and 2015 and loved being the Events Chairwoman of the American International Women’s Club of Cologne. She has two grown children, a daughter who teaches English in Germany and a son working in logistics in Chicago. She enjoys traveling, reading, charity work and learning about the history of Mexico. Although she has traveled in Mexico her whole life, she is now discovering how much she has yet to explore.
Geraldine is the only Mexican in the group, happily married to Mike from England. She has a degree in Business Administration and 2 Diplomas (Administration of Material Resources and Public Policies). She spent a year in boarding school in Atchison, Kansas and one in year London, where she studied a business course. She has worked in the government and private companies.
Geraldine spends part of her time in her hometown where she is involved in family business. She loves to paint oil and acrylic and has participated in several painting exhibitions with her paintings.