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.
Vice President - Communications (Co-Chair)
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.
Vice President - Communications (Co-Chair)
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.
Vice President - Operations
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.
Joint Vice President - Member Services
Debbie, a self-described “Jersey Girl," moved to Mexico City with her husband Mike in March 2017 leaving behind their two adult children and a Tuxedo Cat. Debbie grew up in New Jersey, spending summers at the real Jersey shore - not the TV version. A graduate of Trenton State College, Debbie spent 26 years working for a media company in New York City before starting her own consulting firm a few years ago. In her free time, Debbie enjoys Tiki Bar hunts, chocolate tastings and traveling. She joined the IWC shortly after arriving and has been thrilled to meet so many wonderful people.
Vice President - Sponsorship
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.
Vice President - Charities
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.
Vice President - Finance
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 enthusiatic about travel Claire also enjoys eating out and persuing all manner of craft activities.
Joint Vice President - Events
Vanessa moved to Mexico City with her husband, Dan, and their cat, Diva in October 2016 from Detroit, Michigan on their first international assignment. Upon arrival, she promptly joined International Women's Club and enjoyed the help acclimating and connecting to a circle of friends from around the world. In Detroit, Vanessa worked a Regulatory Affairs Manager for a Pharmaceutical company developing and writing the manufacturing process of sterile injectable drugs. Her past positions at the company allowed her to travel quite a bit. She has worked with company clients throughout the US, China, India, Mexico, France, Germany, and Puerto Rico. During her free time, she loves to travel, cook, try out new restaurants, discover the museums around Mexico City and root for the Detroit sports teams.
Joint Vice President - Events
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.
Key Position - Non-Voting
Pilar relocated to Mexico City in November 2015 with her husband Casey and her dog Sammy. Although this is her first international move, Pilar has moved around the US. She grew up in Connecticut and then moved to Texas as a teenager. She went to the University of Texas in Austin where she gained an appreciation for Longhorn Football and got a BA in Economics. After finishing her MBA she moved to Chicago, IL and worked in the Finance. She most recently lived in Bellingham, WA where she spent a lot of her time hiking around the lovely Pacific Northwest. Pilar loves to travel and spends her free time reading, watching movies, and trying out all of Mexico City’s wonderful and endless restaurants.