Meet the Volunteers

Mark Skofield

I was born in New York and lived there until I went to college.  For most of my working life I ran restaurants and worked throughout most of the United States.  In 2004 I decided to retire and move to Mexico.  After a substantial search of potential cities to move to I selected Mazatlan.  Mazatlan is the perfect size - large enough to offer all of the services one might need yet small enough to have a true personality.   I absolutely love it here and have not left Mazatlan in the six years that I have lived in Mexico. 

Nancy Morgan

I live in Centro Historico.  I was born and raised in Longview, WA.  I sold my home there in 2004 and moved to Carlsbad, CA.I spent most of my life in retail management and have been coming to Mazatlan for over 16 years. I fell in love with Mazatlan my first trip here and decided that someday I would return. In November of 2008 my dream came true, I moved here to Mazatlan year-round, and I hope to spend the rest of my years here.  My two daughters live here year-round as well.   I hold the title of the MTA's oldest volunteer, and my daughter Julie is their youngest. I have always been a very outgoing "people person" and really enjoy all the wonderful people I meet through volunteering - and promoting Mazatlan in the best light possible.

Julie Bojorquez

My name is Julie Morgan Bojorquez and I live in Centro Historico, along with my two Dachshunds.   I was born in Fresno, CA and raised in Longview, WA.  I first fell in love with Mazatlan in 1995 and moved here in 1996.  From that very first moment, I felt that I truly belong here.   I, along with my sister "Susie" first co-owned a bagel business here, "Two Sisters Northwest Bagel Company."   I now work at the Marina, attending to the Cruiser's boating needs.   I am very proficient in the Spanish language, and utilize every available opportunity to demonstrate my skills.  I am MTA's youngest volunteer.  Mazatlan is my home year round and where I intend to spend the rest of my life.  My goal is to help show visitors what an amazing, beautiful, SAFE city we have here and hope to extend upon them the love that I have for the place that I get to call "mi casa."

Lee Jacobs

Lee has lived in Mazatlan since 1999. Getting to know the Mexican people, their customs, traditions, language and history prompted Lee and her husband to buy a home where they'd be surrounded by their Mexican National hosts. Today, not fluent in Spanish by far, but able to communicate with her neighbors, Lee is happy with that decision, and calls herself a Mazatleca. As with many of the Volunteers, Lee has always enjoyed helping tourists who appear to be confused or looking for information, even spending half a day with a young couple from California last year after talking with them on a city bus and learning that they were interested in seeing parts of Mazatlan not usually on the tours offered on ship.  Mazatlan is home to Lee! 


Kathi Allen

 I visited Mazatlan for the first time in 2000. We loved it here so much we came back in the spring and fall every year untill we were able to retire here in 2008. Now I am busier than ever. Retired and living here full time from Surrey BC Canada. Where I worked at Scotiabank for 32 years and raised my 2 boys.

Roger Culbertson

I won a trip to Mazatlan in the early 80's. I was living in northern California at the time. (Ukiah)  Within a few years my wife and I and our two sons moved here full time. In the mid 90's I started Mazatlan Homes to sell real estate to North Americans. I have lived from California to Alaska, to Missippi, and Mazatlan is the BEST! I have always been involved in volunteer work, so when I saw a need for people from NOB (North Of the Border) to see a face from 'back home' who could answer their questions and make them feel more welcome, the idea of the MTA Volunteers came to mind.

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Next Meeting

Because we are a volunteers group, I try to keep meetings to a minium. (It can become a strain to volunteer and make meetings.) But 2 or 3 times a year we will get together just to share ideas and feedback. If you have any questions, just e-mail me at   and put "Tourist Aides Info" in the subject line. I will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Our Supporters

We receive a LOT of help from SECTUR which is the Sinaloa State Secretary of Tourism. They provide us with T-Shirts, maps, and ID badges so we are 'Official'! Our contacts with SECTUR are Pavel Jimenez and Ivan Pico. Their dedication and professionalism is a big reason why we are able to do what we do. It is also a nice fringe benefit that we get several 'extra's a year from SECTUR and from the support provided by the U.S. Consular Agent here in Mazatlan, Luis Ramirez. Between them we have had special trips, invitations to concerts, and sometimes special seating for concerts and shows. It is not ALL work!!

A big thanks to Beachfront Web who donated their time and talents to create this website.

We really appreciate Beachfront Host who donates the server space to host this website.

We want to thank Simon Lynds who paid the bulk of the cost for our first batch of T-Shirts. Thanks Si !! Since then, the Secretary of Tourism ( SECTUR ) has been supplying T-Shirts to all our volunteers. They also supply us with hundreds of maps that we give out free to tourists who can use them. This is a huge help.