Member Directory

Claire Tyrpak retired to Mérida in 2021 after a career managing programs for nonprofits, government and a university in the United States. She has been a world traveler since the 1980s and Mexico is the fifth country in which she has lived.

María José Cisneros is a content creator based in Mérida, Yucatán. She’s a communications major, an avid bruncher, concert-attender and architecture wanderer.

Ralf Hollmann is the author of The Modern Yucatán Dictionary and owner of Lawson’s Original Yucatán Excursions. Raised in Canada, Hollmann has lived in Yucatán with his Mérida-born wife for 30 years. 

Mary Elizabeth Walberg is a longtime Progreso resident who is a member of the Merida English Rotary Club and serves on the board of directors of the Progreso Apoyo Program A.C.

Born in Yucatán, Yesica Benitez Chan is a marketer, avid gardener, softball player, baker, and a great lover of Yucatecan culture and cuisine.

Alvaro Amador Muniz describes himself as a Rednexican who hails from Ciudad Juárez, an adopted Tennessean, an amateur historian, and an average basketball player currently living in Costa Rica. He can be contacted at or via Twitter @AlvaroAmadorM.