Ken Dahl, President

Ken originates from the San Francisco Bay area, most recently from San Jose, California.  In 1986, Ken earned degrees in both Finance and Economics from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.  Ken spent over 19 years working in Corporate Finance positions for various companies within the Santa Clara, California region, also known as "Silicon Valley," most recently as Director, Financial Planning and analysis for @Road, a leader in Mobile Resource Managment Solutions.  Ken has extensive experience in Corporate Financing, Mergers, Acquisitions and Corporate Restructuring efforts. 


Ken is currently General Director of Riviera Ventures S.A. de C.V., a residental developer located in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  Ken also provides assistance to various local entities involved in the areas of education, healthcare and daycare for underprivileged children.  Ken is a full-time resident of Puerto Vallarta and now considers the area his new "home."

Valerie Ewell, Secretary/Treasurer

Valerie earned a B.S. from the University of Arizona in Tucson in 1974, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and an additional B.S. and Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois in 1978.  From 1978 to 1982, she worked as a veterinarian and Chief of Staff at the Emergency Animal Clinic of San Diego.  For the next twenty years she was co-owner and operator of the La Jolla Veterinary Hospital.  After Dr. Ewell sold her interest in the hospital, she parlayed her rich experience as a business owner to provide financial advisory services to small business owners and individuals.  She then formally pursued her interest in financial planning and investment strategy by completing a rigorous course and national board exam toward the Certified Financial Planner certificate through the Denver-based College for Financial Plannng and UCLA.  She has also successfully completed the examination to become a Registered Investment Advisor with the state of California.  She is presently associated with WheelerFrost since 2011.  Valerie was raised in Illinois and has lived in Califonia since 1978.  She has been actively involved in San Diego civic and professional organizations through many boards and advisory groups. She and her husband Charlie were married for thirty years, until his recent passing in April 2014.  Charlie was a driving force in Mita-area civic organizations, including the Men's Group and the Punta de Mita Foundation.  Valerie lives in La Jolla and Punta de Mita with two dogs, a cat, and a bird.

Cecilia Paredes, Director

Living and working in the Punta de Mita area, Ceci is the executive director of Peace Punta de Mita, A.C. (non-profit status in Mexico). She is currently earning an online BA in Business Administration from the University of Guadalajara.  Born and raised abroad as the daughter of a Mexican diplomat, she has lived in Romania, the former Yugoslovia, Czech Republic, Honduras, India and Mexico.  Ceci is a person deeply committed to leaving a positive legacy of social change in the Punta de Mita area. 


Linda Fricke, Director

Originally from Illinois, Linda migrated to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado in 1974 to pursue a BA in secondary education, majoring in English education. She taught and implemented programs ranging from curriculum development for gifted and talented students, coaching the State speech team, and diligently worked as a lobbyist for the inclusion of ADD and ADHD as part of the Disabilities Act. Linda also taught in an alternative high school for students “at risk” where her programs received critical acclaim amongst her peers for her pioneering teaching styles and models with “at risk” young adults.

After 20 years of pursuing a career outside of teaching; interior design and Construction Project Management for her own company, Linda returned to her passion; teaching. It was those past teaching experiences that guided her to the doorway of the Peace Punta Mita Avanza school, where she found a home in necessity, and opportunity amongst the beautiful staff and children there who were dedicating themselves to promoting positive social change through learning. Linda agreed with the Peace philosophy that knowledge is the key to empowerment, individually and collectively. She crafted an after school workshop that utilized literary classics to establish dialogues of understanding, acceptance, success, trust, and hope amongst the kids. Gifted with an abundance of realistic possibilities through the Peace Foundation’s donors, curriculum, volunteers, and staff, the kids flourished.

The greatest affirmation Linda witnessed, living part time in the Punta Mita community since 2007, is that indeed, “It takes a Village” to insure the safety, well-being, and hope that education has to offer these bright and shining stars of tomorrow.

Linda is proud to be affiliated with the Peace Foundation, which stands behind every child who walks through the doors of a Peace supported classroom. It is there, within those walls, that the magic of possibility happens.

Linda and husband David, reside in Golden, Colorado. They share 5 children and 2 grandsons.