Board President & Executive Director

Though raised in Switzerland and upstate New York, Elly has always had a professional and personal interest in Latin America. Elly graduated from Tufts University with a double major in International Relations and Latin American Studies, and has substantial experience living, researching, and working with non-profits throughout Latin America. Elly began working with Investours in 2011 and served as Program Director for two years before initiating the transition to Human Connections in June 2014. She is thrilled to continue living and working in Bucerias as the Executive Director of Human Connections.

Phone Number: (011-521) 322-191-5309

Staff profile of Victoria Thompson, Director of Student Programs


 Director of Student Programs

A Toronto native, Victoria has always been passionate about foreign language acquisition, cultural exchange, and exploring the world around her. She has a degree in Spanish and History from Queen’s University, and later went on to complete her Master’s in Latin American Studies from King’s College in London. She has since spent most of her time living and working in South America, volunteering with Kiva microloans, and most recently working with La Comunidad que Construimos, a start-up NGO based in Peru. Victoria is thrilled to join the Human Connections team and excited to immerse herself in the wonderful Bucerias community.

Phone Number: (011-521) 322-105-7573


 Tour Program Director

Maya was born in the city of San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and studied Tourism Administration. Her understanding of tourism has been deeply shaped by her professional experiences with indigenous communities, working closely with the Teenek and Nahua cultures of her home state, and with the Mayan culture of the Yucatan Península. Maya is a lover of nature and passionate about the Ultimate Frisbee, and convinced that every trip is an opportunity for learning and cultural exchange. She is excited to find in Human Connections a social commitment between the visitors to and the culture of her country.

Phone Number: (011-521) 322-157-0805


Communications Coordinator

Kenzie is from the small town of Hood River, Oregon. A recent University of Oregon graduate, she earned degrees in Spanish and Journalism with a focus in public relations. As a student, she completed several public relations internships and spent time abroad, studying in Spain and volunteering with a nonprofit in Peru. Kenzie is interested in both communication and cultural exchange as vehicles for positive change. She is honored to join the team in Bucerías and combine her two areas of study in her work at Human Connections.

Phone Number: (+521) 322-118-9355

Staff member in Bucerias, Mexico


Global Fellow

Tess is a resident of the greater Chicago area, but has lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota for the past four years. She attended the University of Minnesota and studied Spanish and international relations with an emphasis in social justice and human rights within Latin America. During her undergraduate career, Tess traveled abroad to Buenos Aires, Argentina where she engaged in both academic and cultural experiences. She has extensive involvement in the non-profit world working as a domestic abuse advocate and as an executive member of Gopher Global, a Minneapolis NGO.Tess is excited to collaborate with not only the members of Human Connections but with the community of Bucerías.

Phone Number: (+521) 847-400-7445


Molly Fisher

Molly Fisher

Vice President

Molly is an accomplished educator and social entrepreneur who has dedicated herself to serving the needs of local communities through education, economic empowerment, animal welfare, and environmental program development. She founded two successful nonprofits and three social enterprises, several of which were in the Bucerias region. Molly, an Indiana University graduate with a B.S. in Biology and graduate certificate in Secondary Science Education, is currently the Executive Director of a nonprofit organization based in Chiapas, Mexico called Escalera. Molly spends her free time in the outdoors, traveling and hanging out with friends.

Corrina Jacobs

Corrina Jacobs


Corrina served as Investours’ Chief Operating Officer for close to two years and is thrilled to be part of the founding team of Human Connections. She believes strongly in the power of travel and intercultural experiences to foster understanding and create a more compassionate world. Corrina graduated from Tufts University in 2010 with a degree in Psychology and Art History and currently lives in Austin, Texas, where she works for the child mentoring organization Big Brothers Big Sisters as a customer relations supervisor. In her free time, Corrina can be found doing yoga, taking painting classes, and seeing live music around town.

Kurt Mansperger

Kurt Mansperger


Kurt is currently a Senior Project Manager with a small technology consulting firm, Twin Technologies. Earlier in his career, he worked at Deloitte Consulting, building large scale eligibility systems for state welfare. He has a dual degree from the University of Maryland in Finance and Computer Engineering. He was a founding member of Investours, the company from which the idea for Human Connections originated. He is excited to be a part of Human Connections as it evolves to fit the needs of the Puerto Vallarta region. His excitement about using innovation to help people and educate tourists makes him a great asset to the team.