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Fareen Samer


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. 

Menna McDonnell

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.

Haley Lavender

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.

Nell Dixon

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. 

Debbie Hoffman

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.

Kristen Economaki

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. 

Judy Kim

Vice President - Charities (Co-Chair)

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.  

Reyna Flores

Vice President - Charities (Co-Chair)

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.

Claire Jackson

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.

Zoe June Sparks

Vice President - Events (Co-Chair)

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. 


Jodi Slankard

Vice President - Secretary

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.

Lean Malana

Board Secretary 

Key Position - Non-Voting

Erin Nolan

Bazaar Coordinator/Retail

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.

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