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2024-25 Board of Directors

Ricardo Mangione

Owner, Casa Caribe
Full-time resident of Akumal Norte 

Ricardo was elected President of Vecinos in 2023. He and his wife, Monica, have five children and three grandchildren.

His background includes:

  • Fluent in Spanish and English
  • Graduated in Universidad Central de Venezuela with Bachelors Degree in Cardio-Respiratory Science.
  • Graduated in NOVA Southeastern University Medical School with Bachelors Degree in Physician Associate Studies and a Master Degree in Public Health.
  • Worked as Interventional and Vascular Surgery and Neurosurgical PA-C for over 20 years in Miami Florida.
  • Worked as Assistant Professor Interventional and Vascular surgery fellowship for University of South Florida Medical School. 
  • Worked as Assistant Professor for PA program at Florida International University.
  • In charge of multiple medical committees and medical task forces that implemented guidelines and protocols at Baptist Health System during COVID 19 pandemic.
  • Excellent listener and communicator with extensive leadership abilities.

Scott Brown 

Vice President 
Owner, Playa Blanca #10
Property Manager in Akumal Norte 



Scott was elected Vice President of Vecinos in 2024 and chairs the Vecinos Membership Committee. His background includes:

  • First came to Akumal at age seven and has lived in the community ever since
  • Paid employee of Vecinos predecessor in early 2000s
  • Employed by Locogringo and Akumal Direct from an office in Akumal Norte for past 16 years
  • Member of Vecinos since 2021
  • Chair of Akumal Collectivo Committee along with his wife, Marieke, that provides affordable transit for tourists, local residents, and school children

Carly Flores
Owner, Yool Canal #2
Fill-time resident of Akumal Norte


Carly was elected Secretary of Vecinos in 2024. Her background includes:

  • Beachfront condo owner for 27 years
  • Full-time resident of Akumal Norte for past 17 years
  • Associated with AkumalNow newsletter since its inception in 2014
  • Vecinos member from its beginning
  • Former At-large Member of Vecinos board
  • Life-long volunteer in her communities
  • Officer and bargainer for local teachers' union 

Neil Canter      

Owner, Casa Cascadas   

Resident of Weston, Connecticut

Neil was elected Treasurer of Vecinos in 2023. He and his wife, Lisa, have owned Casa Cascadas since 2004.

Other Vecinos involvement:

  • Builder and administrator of Vecinos’ website
  • Established and manage Vecinos systems for membership management, online credit card processing, and accounting

Career highlights:

  • Degrees in engineering and finance
  • 33 years in statistical modeling and analysis for marketers and advertisers 
  • CFO, head of analytics, and principal at a start-up marketing analytics consultancy 
  • President oglobal analytic consulting division at Nielsen
  • Retired in 2015

Monica Gabriela Estrada Apodaca 
At-large board member

Owner, Coco Propiedades 
Full-time resident of Solidaridad, MX


Monica was elected Secretary of Vecinos in 2022 and re-elected to be an At-Large board member in 2024.  She chairs the Vecinos Fundraising Committee. Highlights of her resume include:

  • Associate Degree in Hospitality Management, Southwest Institute 
  • Texas Realtor since 2002
  • Akumal Villas Vacation Rentals Reservations 2007-2009
  • Coco Propiedades Property Management & Rentals, President and Owner since 2012
  • ADMAK (Akumal Property Managers Association) Founder & Secretary since May 2015
  • NAS (North Akumal Security) Assisted raising money from Businesses and Owners 2015-2018
  • As ADMAK member worked along Vecinos de Akumal Norte President Dan Freeman since 2016
  • Vecinos de Akumal Norte honorary member since 2016
  • Assisted with coordination of Solar Lamps for Akumal Norte 2017
  • Worked on Promotion Project #Come2Akumal in 2020
  • Created FB page Vecinos de Akumal Norte March 2021
  •  Vecinos de Akumal Norte Government Committee member since 2019 

Ingrid Datica       
At-large Board Member

Owner, Casa Balam Ek
Full-time resident of Akumal Norte

Ingrid was re-elected to the Vecinos board in 2024. She chairs the Vecinos Government Committee and has been involved with the Akumal Norte Security Program since its inception, before Vecinos took over managing it.

Ingrid’s experience includes ecology, event planning, real estate rentals, and property management, arts, dance, and theater, photography, and painting as a hobby.

She is currently John Allen's personal assistant and archivist and works with the institute of Ecotechnics. As vice president of ADMAK, the local Akumal Property Managers, Ingrid is active in the local community. 

    Peter William Swenson   
    At-large Board Member 
    HOA President, Mi Casa Del Mar
    Resident of Boulder, CO

  • Peter was re-elected to the Vecinos board in 2024. He and his wife, Barbara, bought their condo at Mi Casa del Mar in 1999 to enjoy the diving and the local culture, and now split time between Akumal and their home in Boulder Colorado. They typically spend 4-5 months in Akumal a year.  Peter is a semi-retired consultant in the nuclear engineering field, having spent his professional life as an executive in large programs world-wide. He is currently supporting the design of the next generation fast breeder reactor for ARC Clean Energy. Previous assignments include:
    • Program Director, United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority
    • Head of Project Office, ITER experimental fusion reactor, Cadarache France,
    • Deputy Director, FIFA World Cup, Doha Qatar
    • Director, Contracts and Procurement, CH2MHILL, Denver Colorado
    •  Director, Rocky Flats Plant, Golden Colorado
    • Senior Consultant Positions:

Paris 2024 Olympics

Dubai Work Expo 2020

West Valley Nuclear Plant

Express Canada Pipeline

George Ernest Pritchard     
At-large Board Member
Owner, La Bahia #4
egal Resident of both Quintana Roo and Kirkwood, MO

George was re-elected to the Vecinos board in 2024. He chairs the Vecinos Maintenance Commitee and also serves as treasurer for La Bahia.  He and his wife, Josie, started coming to Akumal in 2000 and bought their condo in La Bahia in 2012.  They usually spend a total of 6-7 months a year in North Akumal.

Before retiring in 2006 George owned and managed construction companies for 35 years.  He has served on many boards, both for profit and non-profit companies. Most notably, he was President of the Mid America show board, a 6-member board that held trade shows in 11 states.  George also helped form an education training program for training personnel in the swimming pool industry and was an instructor for the program.  

Beryl Van Lierop
At-large Board Member
Owner, Yalku Cai #2
Full-time resident of Akumal Norte

Beryl was re-elected to the Vecinos board in 2024. He is a past Vecinos
 Vice President, and is President of the Yal Ku Kai condominium Homeowners’ Association. He has owned his condo in North Akumal since 1994.  Highlights of Beryl’s resume include:

  • Attended schools in Buenos Aires, Beirut, New York, Mississippi 
  • Bilingual Spanish/English
  • Graduated in Political Science/Spanish 
  • Taught in the International Baccalaureate program in Jackson,Mississippi public schools. 
  • Chairman foreign language department Jackson Public Schools 
  • Led student and college alumni tours of Yucat√°n/QR.
  • Board member Belhaven Heights Homeowners Association 
  • Member of Vecinos and Akumal council until their dissolution 
  • Past Vice President Vecinos de Akumal Norte
  • Presiding President of Vecinos de Akumal Norte Annual Meeting 
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