Board Members 2016

PRESIDENT: Tom SwaleDSCF2152 (2)

“Together, we can make Amapas better”

Born and raised in the Midwest, service as an Army officer in Vietnam, a successful career writing and producing series & TV movies in Hollywood, and now, adventures in Paradise…which have so far included four years as a year-round Amapas resident & ANA member, co-founder of the Amapas Security Fund, and a year of service as ANA president. Stay tuned!

Don Pickens: Treasurer

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“My home and my business have been in Amapas for ten years. Amapas isn’t just important to me, it’s everything! Let’s make it better together.

Don lives on Callejon de la Igualdad and owns’Casa Cupula Boutique and HotelTaste Restaurantat Casa Cupula. He has lived in Vallarta full time since 2002, but owned a condo here since 1997. His educational background includes and MBA in business management and marketing. Don headed a successful neighborhood security effort last year during the rash of robberies. In 2011, Don served as a community coordinator.  He has served on the Board since 2012. Don is co-founder of which fights police corruption and promotes safety for tourists.  He is also co-founder of the PV Gay Social Media Alliance, and a former employee of Microsoft in Redmond Washington and Connectix Corp of San Mateo, CA.  He formerly resided in San Francisco.

Harris Spiridonidis: Secretary

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Gene Mendoza: Vocal (Focus: Security)DSCF2158 (2)

Gene, a Mexican national, ownsFusion Gourmetrestaurant in lower Amapas and has managerial experience in both USA (10 years) and Mexico. His background includes an MBA, MS, MIS, marketing, PR and real estate sales.

His restaurant, Fusion Gourmet, is also an AMAPAS SPONSOR.

Sylvia Toy: Vocal (Focus: Membership)

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Together We’re Creating A Community or Creating Community  One Person. One Building At A Time”


Javier Jimenez: Vocal (Focus: Streets/Infrastructure)

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Local Businessman, Amapas booster, and co-founder of the Pulpito Drag Derby,  which has raised $55,000 pesos for Pulpito Plaza.

Robin Spencer: Vocal (Focus: Events)

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Robin Spencer started visiting Puerto Vallarta about twenty five years ago, purchased Casa Del Angel 16 years ago and moved here to live full time 7 years ago.
“I love the magic of PV and the people are incredible. I care about the future of our paradise I call home and want to help keep the ambiance of Mexico here in Puerto Vallarta. Along with that I bring my event planning and food service knowledge of over 19 years of my own Restaurant and Catering company. I have been elected to serve on the Amapas Neighborhood Association board as the Event coordinator and a liaison for all the neighbors in Amapas. My wish is to be a part of my neighborhood in a positive way and to meet all the people that have found their paradise here as well and work together to keep it that way!”-Robin