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Meet our stellar team members who are committed to providing you with an outstanding experience.

Ángel Estrada

Ángel Estrada | Multimedia Communication Engineer

Position: Web Strategist Director

I am a Multimedia Communication Engineer from Centro Universitario de la Costa at the Universidad de Guadalajara. As Director of Web Strategy, I have experience in interface development, user experience, and Front-End developer. I am a father of two girls, a Hidrocálido (from Aguascalientes, Mex) by birth, “Pata Salada” (from Puerto Vallarta, Mex) by adoption. I am a lover of technology, digital marketing, and well-written code, a geek, and the family cook.
Michel Medellin

Michel Medellín | Graphic Designer

Position: Graphic Designer

I am a proud “Pata Salada” from Puerto Vallarta, Mex where I have lived my whole life. I graduated 3 years ago from Centro Universitario de la Costa with a degree in Design for Graphic Communication; I hope to enroll in a master’s soon and above all, to acquire more tools that help to develop my design projects. I really like cats and dogs, but mostly cats. My favorite saying is “be happy”. I enjoy traveling, getting to know new places and people. I like drawing plants and I love going to music festivals. My favorite bands: The Killers, Phoenix and The Strokes

Juan Gradilla

Juan Gradilla | BS Engineer in Computer Systems

Position: Web Developer

I was born in the city of Guadalajara, but I have lived all of my life in Puerto Vallarta. I studied Computer Systems Engineering at ITESO in Guadalajara. Since I was a child I was fascinated with computers, but I never imagined that when I grew up I would work with computers. I had always thought that I was going to be a chef. When I´m not working coding cool sites, some of my hobbies are cooking, listening to music, playing video games and watching movies and TV shows.

Aline Castañeda

Aline Castañeda | BA in Modern English Literature

Position: Translator

I am a Mexican English/French translator with BA in Modern English Literature from the UNAM, in Mexico City. I worked for 15 years as a translator for a law firm dedicated to industrial and intellectual property, which was extremely boring. Then I was so lucky to come in contact with the Center for World Indigenous Studies and the fun began. I am the Managing Editor of the Fourth World Journal, Executive Assistant to Dr. Rudolph Rÿser and translator of Dr. Leslie Korn’s website. I’ve translated her book Preventing and Treating Diabetes Naturally which helped me not only to learn more about the disease but to improve my cooking skills. My main interest in life is food and the way we nourish ourselves physically and spiritually. I am happily married and have an 18-year-old son and an 18-month-old baby girl.

Max Montalbán

Max Montalbán | BA in Audiovisual Media

Position: Multimedia Director

I am a documentarian filmmaker with studies in cinema, anthropology, and history. I am passionate about cooking, eating, adventure, prehispanic cultures, music, art, and all things experimental. I like learning new things and working with different people. Thanks to my profession I have been able to live and collaborate in very different places in Mexico, trying to portray everything I have learned.

Nadine Brown

Nadine Brown | BA in English

Position: Producer

I studied at Pembroke College in Cambridge, England and graduated with a BA in English from UCLA. I have worked in the communications field since my environmental internship in Washington DC. I bring my skills and production chops to LKIIM educational videos. I have produced projects for numerous organizations including University of Washington, United States Postal Service, Google, Microsoft, PBS, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox Family Channel, The Health Network and The Learning Channel. I produced films including “The Bones Brigade – An Autobiography” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival; Sean Dunne’s film “Oxyana”, a feature length documentary about Oxycontin abuse in West Virginia that premiered at Tribeca Film Festival, and the short film “The Rhino Guardians” which focused on the Black Mambas, an all female anti-poaching organization in South Africa. In 2019 I produced two episodes for Vice China, focusing on the opinions surrounding cultural appropriation. I love to hike in the mountains and travel the world.



Position: Resident Dog Herbalist

My name is Xoco pronounced “sho-ko,” it’s short for Xocolatl, the Nahua name for Chocolate. I am so named because I am a chocolate Havanese. My body is small but my ideas are big. When I am not eating, sleeping or walking, I earn my keep by helping to soothe Dr. Korn’s patients who are anxious and distressed. Love comes naturally to me and I am always in a good mood. I eat freshly made food daily with my many vitamins so I can keep on top of the latest happenings.

Alma Mendez holding a camera, profile picture

Alma Mendez | BA Communication

Position: Multimedia

I am from Colima, México. A beautiful city very close to the ocean, a volcano, and the mountains –many landscapes in one place. A while ago I fell in love with Puerto Vallarta and, one day I just took my whole life, my 5 cats, put everything in my car, and brought it here, where I’m really happy. I’m an ocean lover, so… I’m in heaven! I have a bachelor’s degree in Communication, and I found my passion in photography and videography, which allows me to express the way I see the world and people. I think you can find amazing stories in real life, that’s why I love documentaries, and probably you will find me taking photographs or videos without you even notice.

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