Sandy Spain – Born in Colon, Panama and lived in Venezuela before moving to the U.S. at the age of 11, returning to Venezuela for the summers. Educated in California, High Scool in Burbank and College in Santa Barbara. Retired from City of Scottsdale after 23 years of service and 10 years service before that in Cypress, California. In both cities was involved in financial services and the environment. I am a widow with two married sons and two grandchildren. I purchased my home in Playa Encanto in 1986 and moved to Mexico full time after retiring in 2002.
Zack Paliscak is 10 years old and a 5th grader at Pope John Catholic School in Scottsdale, Arizona. Zack is totally into all sports especially swimming, football, basketball and baseball. In 2010, Zack was the Arizona state champion in the backstroke. He recently qualified for the Junior Olympics to be held in August in Virginia Beach, VA. He always keeps a little Rocky Point sand in his swim bag as good luck so please keep him in your prayers at the Junior Olympics. As Zack goes, so does Rocky Point! He has been a columnist for the Rocky Point Times for about a year and likes to write about fun things for kids to do in Rocky Point. He loves hanging out with his sister Olivia and the rest of his Bella Sirena family on Sandy Beach where he makes lifelong memories!
Nancy Phelan – Born in Boston, Nancy settled in Phoenix, Arizona, where she has three daughters and seven grandchildren. Nancy received her Masters degree from Northern Arizona University. Her computer career included Xerox and Control Data. She represented wineries in Europe working out of Libourne, France connecting wineries in Europe to the suppliers in the USA. Ten years ago, when she retired to Puerto Peñasco, she was appalled by the brutal way animals were treated and abused. Nancy started an animal rescue “Animal Adoption Center of Rocky Point”. Today she works closely with the city of Puerto Peñasco, conducting spay/neuter clinics and adoptions events.
Cap’n Greg – Escaped Iowa’s snow for Arizona’s sun in 1989, and immediately jumped the border to sample the culture and cerveza of Mexico. A US Navy veteran, his love for the ocean drew him to Rocky Point, which he has enjoyed immensely. Although he offers salty advice to Sea of Cortez visitors, the Cap’n also frequents the Northwest Ontario Bush, and has been writing a “North With Doc” humor column for In-Fisherman magazine for more than 20 years. Cap’n Greg, his wife Sandy, and their silky/pom pup Jezebel live in Tucson.
Eddie Wharez – Designer – Owner of Diseños Casa y Jardín, born in Pachuca , Hidalgo , raised in Guadalajara , moved to Puerto Peñasco from Puerto Vallarta in 2003. He enjoys developing lasting personal relationships with his customers by beautifying their homes and making their dreams come true, loves music and good wine, he himself has taken every photo for his ads, member of the Interior Design Society and also of the Puerto Peñasco Photography Club, favorite quote: “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” — Albert Schweitzer
Alice Omang – My husband, Bob, & I are from Helena, Montana. We first came to Rocky Point in 1995. I always say our motor home brought us there. We bought it in Tempe. AZ & it had always been used to go to Sandy Beach for camping on the beautiful Sea of Cortez. We decided to try it ourselves. We camped for a couple years at Palmar RV Park and then bought a small casita in Las Conchas in 1997. We have been coming to Rocky Point every year since that time. Tom & Sandy bcame great friends of ours early on. I think the first article I wrote for the Rocky Point Times was in April 2004, about a little girl who had found a very sick puppy on the beach. She had nursed it back to life and was then separated from him. Later, she had a very joyful reunion with him and, as far as I know, still owns and loves this dog. I have been writing articles ever since that first story, but sometimes on an irregular basis. I don’t seem to do very good when I am in Montana, but I have found writing for the RPTimes to be a very worthwhile and interesting experience.
Cora Doner began traveling in Mexico at the age of 5 with her parents and sister. By the age of 8, she was traveling in Mexico with classmates from Spanish Immersion, and her teachers and parents. She has spoken Spanish in school, in Mexico and for fun, since she was in preschool. Cora began volunteering in Mexico with school classmates when she was 8. Every Mexico vacation since then, she has sought and found volunteer opportunities. Cora enjoys photography and is often the photographer when she and her mother, Linda, write for the Rocky Point Times. Cora will complete her culinary degree in 2010; and begins her R.N./ BSN degree in 2011, and plans to complete that in 2012.
Anita Kaltenbaugh is a traveler with a love for Puerto Peñasco andthe Sea of Cortez where she resided for 2 years. Originally, a coal miners daughter from the mountains of Western Pennsylvania (a long way from the shores of Mexico), an unexpected visit to Rocky Point in 1990 captured her heart. Currently working on a new travel book “Travel Secrets- Inside guide to affording, planning and taking more vacations”, she spends her free time traveling the world with her husband and relaxing in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico at her favorite seaside town. Check out more of Anita’s articles on Rocky Point at
Wayne Corcoran – holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree, Project Management Professional (PMP) designation, and has retired from TransCanada Pipelines with 30 years management experience. Wayne is a partner in St. James Gate, Development and Market Services and he is a licensed realtor in the state of Sonora, Mexico. Wayne has been a Puerto Peñasco AMPI (Asociación Mexicana de Profesionales Inmobiliarios) member, National Association of Real Estate (NAR) member and an AMPI board member for five years serving in the roles of Secretary, MLS VP, Ethics VP and is currently the President for AMPI in 2010.
Rosarie Salerno – Has been a contributing writer, for the Rocky Point Times, since 2006. Rosarie has lived in Rocky Point for over 10 years. She has been a full time real estate professional in Rocky Point since she arrived and has been a licensed real estate agent in Arizona since 1986. She moved to Tucson, Arizona in 1972. Rosarie studied Accounting in N.Y.C., Fashion Designing as well as Video and Film Production in Tucson. Not only did she sell real estate in Tucson, but had a small income tax preparation service for almost 20 years. Rosarie is highly analytical in her work. She has an inquisitive mind and enjoys intelligent conversation.
Linda Sharp grew up in Tioga, ND where the only language taught was English. As a sophomore in college, she began to learn Spanish and to travel to Mexico. She has traveled from Cozumel to Cabo and Acapulco to Rocky Point. Linda loves the Mexican culture, music, food, arts, language and people. When she retired she began writing for the Rocky Point Times, and volunteers in Rocky Point with several different programs each time she is in town. Her retirement career is selling real estate in Arizona and in Alaska.
Gretchen Ellinger – Considers herself blessed with the privilege of living and working Cholla Bay, which she thinks is one of the most inviting areas of Puerto Peñasco. After years of visiting Puerto Peñasco, Gretchen purchased a fishing shack by the water in Cholla Bay. The idea was to fix it up for weekends and vacations, and perhaps operate a bed and breakfast after retirement. After rebuilding, and a big curve in life’s road, Gretchen retired and started a new life in Cholla Bay. Over 7 years’ experience in real estate in Puerto Peñasco has earned Gretchen the respect of the real estate community, where it is known that she can be depended upon and trusted. Her numerous clients have come to depend on her for exemplary customer service, and expert advice in the fields of Cholla Bay real estate and retirement south of the border. Gretchen is Vice President of Education for AMPI (the Mexican association of real estate agents), and coordinates the annual clean-up of Cholla’s estuary by U of A students. That bed and breakfast dream? After over 7 years in operation, Casa Monica Cholla Bay B&B has many devoted visitors who would not stay anywhere else!