Tamra Boltjes: CVIS President and Ninos del Sol Board Member and Co-Founder;
Tamra Boltjes and her husband moved to Sayulita from Venice California in the year 2000. Together they created and now and own and operate Sayulita Rentals, a local vacation rental business. In 2003, they welcomed their daughter, born in Sayulita Mexico, and the inspiration for them to start a school was also born. Together with the co-founders and a team of experts, they opened Costa Verde International School in 2009. Tamra currently acts as The President of the Board of Directors for Ninos del Sol and Costa Verde International School.
Anne Ackermann/Menke: CVIS and Ninos del Sol Board Member and Co-Founder;
Anne Ackermann is a German photographer (working under her maiden name, Menke) who has worked throughout Europe for well known companies such as Elle Magazine, Vogue Magazine, Cartier, Harrods, Neiman Marcus, Banana Republic and Ralph Lauren. She has photographed several celebrities such as Jennifer Connelly, Rachel Weisz, Hillary Swank and Christina Applegate and has written a book entitled "Our New York" in conjunction with clothing designer Tommy Hilfiger with all sales donated directly to the Twin Tower Funds. Anne currently acts as Board Treasurer for Ninos del Sol and Costa Verde International School.
Theodor Koch: CVIS Board Member and Co-Founder;
Theodor Koch studied theories of ecology and sustainability while achieving his B.A. in Philosophy and Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz. A few years later, Theodor acquired his teaching credential in California and worked as an elementary school teacher in the LAUSD public school system. After moving to Sayulita in 2000, Theodor ultimately began operating a successful property management service. In 2003, he and his wife gave birth to a baby girl. Realizing the need for a progressive school in Sayulita, Theodor became one of the founders for Costa Verde International School and is diligent is assisting when and whereever needed.
Lina Weissman: CVIS and Ninos del Sol Board Member;
Lina Weissman, Ph.D is a licensed child psychologist who has participated in non-profit management for over 10 years. Her interests lie in promoting evidence based practices, professional training and field research. With a background in school psychology, Lina has spent most of her life supporting administrative and educational issues faced by teachers and students.
Amy Cawrse: CVIS and Ninos del Sol Board Member;
Amy first came to Sayulita in 1997 and fell it love with the quaint town immediately. She and her husband returned yearly and invested in a piece of the magic in 2001. In 2005 they finished their home and spent a couple of months every year until 2012 when they made the permanent move to Sayulita. As a parent with a child in CVIS, she noticed a need for better invoicing and tracking of expenses for the school with the growing student population. She got involved and helped convert the school books to a usable system. With her interest in the financial aspect of the school, she was asked to be a board member in 2015 to help with budgeting and strategic planning. She uses her background in business administration from University of Washington and 15 years of experience in commercial property management and construction administration. Amy & her husband run a successful online sales business in their free time with a portion of the business profits supporting children through the CVIS Adopt a Scholar program.
Ian Hodge: CVIS and Ninos del Sol Board Member;
Ian graduated from Portland State University with a Business Degree in International Marketing and has lived/worked in multiple countries and international environments. He and his wife Kerry first visited Sayulita in 1999 and moved here full-time less than a year later. He is a founder of the community website SayulitaLife.com established in 2003 and still plays an active role with the website to this day. Ian places tremendous value on education and is honored to work with the CVIS school board to insure quality learning in our community for decades to come.
Summer Helms: CVIS and Ninos del Sol Board Member;
Summer Helms moved to Sayulita from Hawaii in 2004 after meeting her future husband Rogelio, a local surfer and shaper. In 2005 their son Nainoa was born. Thanks to the vision of Anne and Tamra, Nainoa was enrolled in the first K1 class at Costa Verde. In 2005, Summer also started her own consulting firm where she provides grantwriting, evaluation and strategic planning to indigenous-serving organizations. Her main clients are the University of Hawaii; a consortium of 12 Hawaiian-focused charter schools; and 14 Montessori-based preschools, the ‘Aha Punana Leo, where only Hawaiian is spoken. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Educational Psychology. She is also mom to Kekoa, 8, and Kawai, almost 2.