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PEACE Punta de Mita introduces their New Executive Director!


It seems like it was yesterday when Ceci Paredes was taking on the role of Executive Director of PEACE Punta de Mita, but it’s been 4 years already!

Back in 2013, Ceci was critical to the start-up as it was due to her leadership and profound effort that the process of winding up the old Peace, and starting up the new PEACE was such a successful achievement. Her strong leadership abilities were the driving force behind the successful introduction of the new PEACE strategy of improving the lives of the local villagers by investing in the next generation, children & youths, focusing principally on education.

Not only overseeing already implemented programs such as Avanza and Computers, Ceci orchestrated new ones, including Campeones, and most notably the English Program which excels by reaching over 1,200 students in the community to improve invaluable second language skills, whilst creating social change. Four years on, Ceci is now closing this chapter of her life with PEACE to seek new challenges. With the reorganizing of the PEACE team, Ceci will be passing the torch to new Executive Director, Ali Elías and the team. Ali Elías, previously PEACE Education Supervisor, obtained her law degree at the University of Tepic, and moved to the Punta de Mita area in 2005. Ali began working with PEACE as a teacher over 8 years ago. Prior to the start-up of the new PEACE, she was a teacher at the PEACE Center and played the key leadership role in the success of the AVANZA program. When the PEACE English Program expanded in April 2015, Ali was promoted to Education Supervisor – responsible for over 80% of the PEACE operating budget, in which her experience and determination greatly contributed to the successful partnership between PEACE and SEP [Secretaria de Educacion Publica].

Following the foundations that Ceci has laid down, Ali will continue to meet PEACE’s mission that aims to influence social change within the local villages, focusing and investing in education for the younger generation. Ali’s enthusiastic child-centered teaching method has inspired and changed the lives of many local children, and her successful method has been adopted by the PEACE teaching staff. She plans to continue growing the solid PEACE relationship with the Punta de Mita local community, and will manage the various PEACE programs and initiatives, overseeing the positive impact on local’s lives.

Ceci will continue working with PEACE but now with a mentoring role, she will also be dedicating herself to some key projects, including an amazing new PEACE Learning Center which will be built on land provided by Dine.

We thank Ceci for all the hard work done for the community in the past years and we wish her nothing but the best in her new project. At the same time, we would like to con congratulate Ali for her new position wishing her a bright future with PEACE, we are sure that she’ll take this amazing organization to the next level.

For more information about PEACE Punta de Mita visit their recently updated website:

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