Board of Directors

Jack Jones – President

Jack Jones is a retired pilot, real estate developer and principal in a myriad of other businesses. He has been involved with several non-profits for children, and was the unpaid Director of a church preschool for 2 years. Jack has a villa at Villa Amor and is the Administrator of the Home Owners Association. He lives in Sayulita year-round except for travel and family visits.

Carol Ashwell – Secretary

Carol Ashwell is a retired teacher from Vancouver who loves living in Sayulita. She has participated in education and recycling projects and also helped organize the Fiesta Fundraiser. “It’s a wonderful experience to be a member of the Pro Sayulita Board, a caring group of volunteers who help Sayulita in so many ways.”

Charles Knittel – Treasurer

Charlie Knittel lives in Sayulita year-round with his wife Joan and their dog Koko. Charlie and Joan first came to Sayulita in 1999, and see the “Sayulita spirit” as a bond that brings people together and makes many community achievements possible. Before retirement from paid employment, Charlie worked for Social Service agencies as a provider and as a manager accounting for spending public funds.

Janet Moeller – Member

Janet Moeller was born in New York, but lived in Guadalajara for 30 years, where she owned a language school. She has lived in Sayulita full-time for 13 years, and is happy to be involved and working on projects to make Sayulita a better place for all.

Damien Porter – Member

Damien Porter is a Los Angeles native who graduated from UC Berkeley in 1992. He has traveled throughout Mexico with his family since he was a child. He discovered Sayulita in the early 90’s and bought property soon after. Since opening Don Pedro’s restaurant bar in 1994, Damien has been involved in numerous projects for the betterment of Sayulita, including sewer upgrades, malecon, etc., and is one of the founding members of Pro Sayulita.

Cap Sparling – Member

Cap Sparling was raised near Seattle, Washington and first came to Sayulita in 1973 when his parents bought land here. He bought his own land in 1977, knowing that he had found where he wanted to live and retire half the year. He’s a former Montessori teacher who also ran an international business, and finally retired to Sayulita in 2002. As a past President of Pro Sayulita, and now as a new Board Member, Cap remains committed to helping the town grow while retaining all of the amazing things that make Sayulita so special.

Ruben Rodriguez Trujillo – Member

Ruben Rodriguez is from an old Sayulita ejido family, and owns Ruben’s Deli and other businesses in and around Sayulita. Ruben and his wife, Monica, are strong supporters of Pro Sayulita and were instrumental in designing elements within a recent street beautification project that saw the planting of palm trees on major thoroughfares from the Plaza down to the beach. Ruben and his wife also hosted the El Ranchero fundraiser for Pro Sayulita in December 2014.

Billie Taylor – Member

​Billie first ​lived in Mexico as a young child while her father attended Medical School in Monterrey, and has explored Mexico avidly since then. She developed a deep love for the country, its people and speaks fluent Spanish. Billie is a Life Coach, Parent Educator and head of the Northwest Center for Council in Seattle, WA. Billie and her family have lived in Sayulita since 2007, and looks forward to working for a healthy community that serves all of its constituents.

Marcie Cavanagh – Member

​Marcie Cavanagh lives in Sayulita full time since 2005. She has traveled throughout Mexico for the past 20 years, landing in Sayulita in 1996. Originally from Northern California where she raised her four children while starting and working at a private elementary school that focused on the arts and technology. Later starting a foundation in Guatemala that worked with a Spanish language school which was the first indigenous, cooperative school in Quetzaltenango. Looking forward to working with the board of ProSayulita helping to maintain the unique culture and environment of Sayulita.

Barry Dumont – Member

​Barry discovered Sayulita in 1995 and moved here full time in 2003. The perfect climate, amazing jungle, warm water surfing and friendly people were all major factors in the move. His major goal as a board member is to see that the inevitable growth that we have been witnessing in Sayulita evolves to a more environmentally sensitive and logically planned outcome. He lives here with his wife, daughter, son-in-law and grand daughter.

Laura Maiz – Member

Laura discovered Sayulita in 1980. She has both Spanish and Mexican citizenships. She is concerned about environmental degradation in this community, is also the owner of Mundo Verde, a vendor of renewable energy and water systems. She is a world traveler and wants to be a guardian at this time of great change and innovation in Sayulita.

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