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We’re your International Women's Club of Mexico City Board Members

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

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.

Christina Nicholas

Vice President - Sponsorship 

Christina moved to Mexico City in August 2016 from Charlottesville, Virginia along with her husband and infant son.  She is a registered nurse and was working at UVA hospital prior to moving to Mexico.  This is her second time living in Latin America: after graduating from college, she worked with two non-profit organizations in Nicaragua serving orphanages and impoverished communities.  She enjoys playing soccer, reading, being involved with her church, indulging her sweet tooth with delicious Mexican pastries, and exploring Mexico with her family and new friends!

Sabine Douellou

Vice President - Operations

Sabine relocated to Mexico City with her husband, Xavier, in November of 2016 from Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. She’s native from Grenoble, France and has lived as a “nomad” since she was born. Thanks to her father and her husband, she’s been exploring several parts of France as well as foreign countries: Algeria, Belgium, Texas, Poland and Minnesota. Being involved in non-profits and welcoming newcomers has often been part of her life style. She has a visual therapist degree and has been taking care of visually impaired children until she moved to Warsaw in 2010. Since then, she improvises herself as a story teller as she loves being with kids. She’s a big fan of art and has many crafty hobbies!

Lesan Malana

Vice President - Member Services

Lesan moved to Mexico City with her husband Carlo in June 2016 from Dallas, Texas.  Lesan has lived in various cities including San Francisco, California; Manila, Philippines; Beijing, China; and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In Dallas, Lesan was a Client Services Manager for an advertising marketing company and was a member of their Women's Leadership Forum. During her free time, she loves to travel, cook, try out new restaurants, run, bike and do triathlons. 

Judy Kim

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.  

Debbie Reyes

Vice President - Finance

Debbie relocated to Mexico with her husband, Rudy, and son, Ricky, two years ago from the NJ/NY area.  She has a Master’s degree in Accounting and has worked for two of the Big Four public accounting firms.  She has also worked in the industry as a Director of Accounting
and Senior Director of Internal Audit for a non-profit membership-based professional association in the US. Debbie enjoys spending her time with her family exploring Mexico.

Vanessa Fermer

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. 

Jodi Slankard

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.

Erin Nolan


Erin has lived in various cities in Mexico since 2003 when she moved from Chicago to volunteer "for a year" with an orphanage in Cuernavaca, Morelos. During that year of service, she happened to meet her husband, who is Mexican, and they moved to San Luis Potosí and Mérida for several years before returning to the Mexico City area. Erin has a degree in Spanish and works as a Spanish/English translator and copy editor while raising three bilingual, bi-cultural children. Despite not being new to Mexico, Erin has been a member of International Women's Club for six years, she is happy to lend her bilingual skills to help the club and its members. Erin enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading, practicing yoga, and writing.

Key Position - Non-Voting

Pilar Castillo

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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