Founded on April 24, 2012, 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 in September 6, 2012, Rotary Seaside 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

Lynn Behrendt-Luchs            

President Elect and Fundraising Chair
Deborah Mahan

Gayle Collins

Treasurer & Food Program Chair
Angel Carrera

Director and Water Projects
David Sanchez Garcia

Director and Social Chair
Steve Luchs

Director and Social Projects
Lou Hernanadez

Director & Public Relations
Michelle Kinnon

Deanna Gillingham

Rand Sisson

Foundation Chair
Michele Kinnon

Director Membership Chair
Jayne DeSimeo

Golf Fundraiser Chair
David Sanchez Garcia

Deborah and Family


Rotarian, Deborah Mahan has lived in Puerto Adventuras full time for the past 6 years. She
moved to Mexico from Annapolis, Maryland where she was also a Rotarian. Professionally,
Deborah was a teacher and Critical Care Nurse. She also worked as an Infertility Nurse
Specialist and Training & Development Director.
Debra is affiliated locally with Mexi Paws and Transformation Educanda – both non-profits
serving the Puerto Adventuras community. We are so lucky to have her in our Rotary Club
where she enjoys working with children and runs our fun and successful Chili Cook-Off
fundraiser. Deborah is our fundraising (funraising?) chair.
Texas is where her beautiful family lives. Daughter Brandi and granddaughter Sedona live in
Austin and grandson Kyle who graduated from Texas A& M. Her dog Murphy (actually a female
dog) is a soft-coated Wheaton Terrier. Deborah enjoys jewelry making and roots for Texas A &
She was attracted to Seaside Rotary because “I have always believed in giving back to the
community. I am fortunate to live in the beautiful country and enjoy helping the people of Mexico through Rotary