NCA’s Directors and Officers are elected for a one-year term at the Annual General Assembly (AGM) held in the first quarter of each year. The NCA Board comprises four Officers, President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary, four Directors-at-Large, and the immediate Past President. All Officers and Directors must be Lakeside area residents. Officers may not be re-elected to the same post more than twice. Directors may be re-elected to successive terms without restriction.
Every current sponsor is a voting member of NCA, and is entitled to vote in person, or by a registered proxy given to another member. Proxies must be in written form to be acceptable.
NCA’s bylaws provide that if a Director resigns, or for any reason is unable to complete his or her term in office, the President, with majority support of the Board, may appoint another member of NCA to fill this position until the next AGM. Also, effective in 2006, the outgoing President remains on the board as Past-President.
On April 23rd, 2018, a new slate of Directors was elected. Officers and Directors elected at this AGM are:
Doug Friend, President,
Lana Ehlebracht, Vice-President,
Susan Johnson, Secretary,
Tyler Buhl, Treasurer,
Nicole Belinne, Director at Large
Dr. Tony Pinto, Director at Large
Cyndi Bosch, Director at Large, and
Ronald Hudson, Director at Large
Doug Friend, President
Originally from Montreal, Canada, I moved to Mexico with my wife and two children in 2007. My wife and I are now permanent residents of Mexico, living in La Floresta (where we’ve hosted the East Indian Butter Chicken fundraisers). We have been ongoing sponsors with NCA for the past ten plus years, usually with three or four children sponsored at a time. I’m the President of Register4Less.com, an ICANN-Accredited domain name registrar and full-service web hosting provider, and also own Lakeside Web Works, a Chapala based company that specializes in website development and search engine optimization. I hold a B.Sc. in Computer Science, with minors in Mathematics and Business.
If you have attended our “For the Love of Education” fundraisers held on or close to Valentine’s day, so will have seen me on the drums with Mike and the Suspects. Our band gladly donates our performance to the NCA fundraiser every year. For close to ten years I have been NCA’s web director. In 2016 I have focussed on NCA’s outreach program, and we are now working with the Presbyterian church, the Foundation for Lakeside Charities and Operation Feed in San Juan Cosalá to expand NCA’s reach for helping local children obtain a quality education.
Lana Ehlebracht, Vice President
Lana McCoy Ehlebracht retired ten years ago in Mexico after selling the majority of business holdings in the United States. A career specializing in consumer and commercial auto financing did not prepare her for the adventures waiting in this new homeland. She is now proudly a ‘Permanente´ in this wonderful little bubble of paradise. Education has always been a passion. In the ‘old days’, when the IBM desktop was the best thing on the market she earned a BS CS following her first field of study, computer programming. Necessity would dictate that she develop business and finance skills leading to an MBA with a finance emphasis. Lifelong learning is paramount and the love of learning was clearly passed to her daughter, Lily, who together started here, lakeside, Instituto Internacional. Giving back to the community which has so graciously accepted the newcomers has been rewarding. Offering world-class educational opportunities to our area and competitive programs open doors and minds to new experiences.
Tyler Buhl, Treasurer
My background is in finance which led to career in the music industry in New York. I stepped out of my role as CFO of a Warner Music division and into independent music promotion in 2001 taking the helm of a start up internet marketing company as COO, which brought me to Mexico for the first time in 2005 to interview and film a local band. I immediately found ‘family’ and a deep connection to Mexico and the people here. I was drawn back for regular visits and knew I had found where my heart belonged and made the move. I have known the work of the NCA organization for many years and greatly admired the dedication and drive of the volunteers and the respect and admiration from the community they serve. I am proud to take a more active role and be a part of changing the lives of children through education.
Susan Johnson, Secretary
My wish is to extend my 35-year involvement in education by serving on the Board of NCA. I have enjoyed classroom instruction in Spanish – elementary to college levels – and dedicated 28 years to the Federal Compensatory Migrant Education Program, working with a Florida Mexican farmworker community. This mission, plus projects with Educación Jalisco, the Mexican Consulate in Orlando, and the Farmworker Association of Florida led to my selection for the Reconocimiento Ohtli, Mexico´s prestigious civil recognition saluting persons who have lent exemplary service to Mexicans living abroad. I am a co-author of the Handbook for Educators Who Work with Children of Mexican Origin, published by the US Department of Education. I believe my graduate study in Spain, dissertation fieldwork in Brazil as a Pre-Doctoral Fellow, and at the Center for Latin American Studies, University of Florida will permit me to contribute to the noble goals of NCA.
Nicole Belinne, Director at Large
I moved to Ajijic in 2014 from the United States and found true love immediately. My passion throughout life has been to help children and their families experience improved quality of life. I began working with autistic children in 1996 while earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communicative Disorders at the University of Central Florida. My work involved teaching language, as well as social and life skills. In 2002, I earned my Master of Science degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from the Florida Institute of Technology, then accepted a position with the University of South Florida. The position involved educating foster/adoptive parents and facility staff with positive behavioural interventions while developing and implementing programs to reduce problematic behaviours, and stabilize foster and adoptive placements. In 2011, following statewide foster care budget cuts, I took a position supervising practicum students at Florida Tech’s Autism Center until 2013, when I decided to continue my education and move to Mexico. I look forward to contributing to the growth of Los Niños de Chapala y Ajijic.
Dr. Tony Pinto, Director at Large
Antonio Pinto was born in Guadalajara and is a renowned chef and ophthalmologist. Dr. Pinto’s father was also an ophthalmologist and his mother a kindergarten teacher. Dr. Pinto practiced his profession as a doctor next to his father for more than 25 years. Dr. Pinto also works as a program driver and as a reporter for over 16 years both on the radio in the radio drama group and for Aztec TV. Dr. Pinto left Guadalajara for health reasons and has lived in Chapala for 11 years.
To view the organization’s bylaws, please click here.