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Who We Are

Founded on April 24, 2012, the Rotary Club of Playa del Carmen Seaside was conceived as a means of encouraging fellowship and facilitating meaningful and productive service within Playa del Carmen’s English-speaking community. Chartered by Rotary International on September 6, 2012, Seaside Rotary has 25 members from Canada, the United States, Europe, and Mexico, each dedicated to upholding the Rotary ideal of “Service Above Self”.

Board of Directors and Committee Chairs

President 2023-2024
Angel Mercado Carrera


Gayle Collins

Angel Mercado Carrera

Sergeant at Arms

Lou Hernandez

Past President
Tamara Scheibeler

Deborah Mahan
Teresa Ann Cleaver
Margaret Smyth

Foundation Co-Chairs
Michele Kinnon
Tamara Scheibeler

Public Image
Robert Bosse

Fundraising Chairperson
Deborah Mahan

Projects Chairperson
Lou Hernandez

Membership Chairperson

Social Chairperson

Feeding the Future
Angel Mercado Carrera

Clean Water Projects

To contact any of our officers, directors or committee chairs, please send an email to

Member Spotlight

Ana Maria Merico Seaside Rotarian

Ana Maria Merico

Ten years ago, I embarked on a life-changing journey that led me from the vibrant desert landscapes of Tucson, Arizona to the captivating beauty of Mexico. Enamored by its enchanting vistas and steeped in the rich tapestry of Mayan traditions, I chose this land to call home. With a career spanning two decades, I proudly retired as a tenured law professor from the University of Arizona College of Law, specializing in Constitutional Law, federal civil rights law, and litigation courses. I traveled the world teaching and speaking about different subjects that impact equality and education. I enjoyed mentoring students as well as participating in multiple volunteering projects designed to empower disenfranchised and vulnerable communities.

This passion for making a difference drew me to the welcoming embrace of the Seaside Rotary. As I reflect on my journey, I am overjoyed by my choice to join this dynamic group. The blend of cultural immersion, dedicated service, and the camaraderie of the Rotary community resonates deeply with me.

In retrospect, my voyage from academia to cultural exploration has been enriching and transformative, allowing me to embrace new traditions while continuing to serve with the same fervor that defined my years in the academic realm.

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