Our informal network of families, friends, colleagues, donors and volunteers known as Friends of Cozumel continues to grow. Sandy and Ray Ham are now part of the volunteer team along with Karen & Larry Pedersen, Phyllis & Gary Larsen, and Ilene & Byron Kendrick that coordinates efforts to benefit children and families in need. Sandy and Ray have participated in several mission project work weeks and special projects throughout the year. Their knowledge of the island and connections to people and resources is a tremendous asset to Friends of Cozumel! About the Hams . . .
Ray and Sandy Ham’s journey to Cozumel began with a high school graduation trip to Cancun for their daughter Toni in 1990, that included a day trip to Cozumel. They began coming to the island once, twice, three times a year after that and fell in love with the people, the beautiful Caribbean and the astonishing world of diving. The Hams began construction of their home on the Island in 1998. Ray retired from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Sandy as Administrator of The Kinsey Institute at Indiana University and they made their move to full time retirement on Cozumel in 2004.
Sandy has been involved in non-profit and volunteer activities for over 25 years in the U.S in addition to community service efforts since relocating to the island; consequently she and Ray have become deeply committed to helping the community, especially the children in need.
With a lot of construction experience under their belts (including personally designing and constructing a two-story addition to their home in Indiana), they enjoy the hands-on work needed in many of the projects. As full time residents, they are happy to provide connections to new friends and resources, and help expand the reach of the Friends of Cozumel.