Meet the Team The Team
Marieke Brown (La Tortuga)
Environmental & Mexican Corporation Sub-Committees
Marieke’s passion for scuba diving brought her to the Riviera Maya from the bonnie shores of Scotland in 2005. Together with her husband, Scott, and their two children Marieke has made Akumal her home. Working in property rentals and real estate has given her an in-depth knowledge of the area, a close-up look at some of the challenges facing our community, including the negative impact sargassum infestations have on the local economy and environment.
Steve Hamilton (Playa Blanca)
U.S. Corporation Sub-Committee
Steve Hamilton has been involved in the financial services industry for over 30 years, including co-founding his own firm 27 years ago. Three years ago, he also co-founded a real estate investment firm in Denver, CO. He and his wife, Jacque, have been vacationing in Mexico for many years. They fell in love with Akumal on their first visit and fortunate to own a condo in Playa Blanca. Steve is committed to being part of the solution to various challenges facing the Riviera Maya, including sargassum.
Alex Malison (Casa Fortuna)
Technical Oversight & Mexican Corp. Sub-Committees
Alex is an electrical engineer by training with a proclivity for all things technical & maritime. He developed an underwater navigation system for unmanned submarines that aided in surveying the civil war battleship, USS Monitor and was also used in locating the Korean jetliner shot down by the Soviet Union in 1983. Alex has upgraded his property in North Akumal to operate fully “off the grid” with solar panels, a reverse osmosis water generator, and a self-contained water treatment system, etc.
Liane Perry (La Bahia)
Communications & Condo Sub-Committeess
Liane is a retired marketing and sales manager, having worked for most of her career selling IT solutions and industrial controls. She has also been very active in the leadership of her non-profit singing organization, having been in musical direction, judging, event coordination, and coaching roles. Liane and her husband enjoy spending time in Akumal, as well as their home in New Hampshire and traveling in their motorhome.
Ron Stern (Villa de los Suenyos)
Technical Oversight Sub-Committee
Ron is a retired university mathematics professor and science dean, a long-time Mexican permanent resident, and president of the Playa Caribe HOA. Together with his wife Shari, a retired university public health professor, they spend their time either diving in Akumal, traveling the world, or at their home in southern California. Both are active in their community and professional related associations. Together with their two daughters, spouses, and grandchildren (all avid scuba divers), they look forward to a sargassum free Akumal.
Peter Swensen (Mi Casa del Mar)
Government Relations & Mexican Corp. Sub-Committees
Peter and his wife Barbara came to Akumal in 1999 to enjoy the diving and the local culture. Peter is active in our local community, serving on the board of Vecinos de Akumal Norte and as the president of the HoA at Mi Casa del Mar. He and his wife split time between Akumal and their home in Boulder, Colorado.
Peter is semi-retired consultant in the nuclear engineering field, currently supporting the design of the next generation sodium-cooled fast reactor, to be fueled by spent nuclear fuel. He spent his professional life as an executive in large programmes world-wide, including with the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, the ITER experimental fusion reactor in Cadarache France, the FIFA World Cup Programme in Doha Qatar, and various projects for the Department of Energy in the United States.
Amy Wall (Luna Azul)
Amy has more than 25 years of experience in Sales Management. She currently serves as a Senior National Account Manager who is responsible for a $35M portfolio for herself and her team of AMs. She has been traveling to the Mayan Riviera and Akumal for 30 years and is an active supporter of the community and ecology. She works remotely from Akumal as much as possible and has many wonderful family memories of the area.
Lisa Wilson (Casa Fortuna)
Environmental & Communications Sub-Committees
Lisa is a retired marketing executive with professional experience in non-profit fundraising and membership development for environmental organizations. She remains active in many environmental orgaizations and recently joined the board of the Yucatan Environmental Foundation. Lisa and her husband Alex live in the suburbs of Washington, DC but have recently become Mexican residents and enjoy spending at least 3 months a year in Akumal.
The HMB Sargassum Project was started in 2019 by a group of neighbors in North Akumal committed to addressing the sargasso problem on Half Moon Bay (HMB) and across the wider Caribbean. Our team includes Americans and Mexicans of diverse backgrounds with experience in engineering, environmental policy, scuba diving, non-profit management, sales, contract management and communications. After more than 500 hours of research on a wide range of sargassum mitigation methods, we UNANIMOUSLY recommend the installation of a seasonal sargassum barrier outside the reef in Half Moon Bay.