Why We Created this Resort
Mickey Powers, owner and his wife left for Belize on a couples vacation while also looking for property in early 2020. There, they found a beautiful property and more than they could’ve ever dreamed. In front of them were the necessary ingredients to provide truly holistic health experience; ranging from the organic food sourced from the Mennonite neighboring community, to the blanketing tranquility of the undeveloped Caribbean and local culture.
When speaking with the locals, they discovered the overall concept of health in northern Belize was based not on treating the problem, but creating a physical and psychological environment that freed the soul from the unhealthy patterns we have become so accustomed to living. From that point Jaguarundi Shores began to create itself.
MICKEY POWER II, M.S.LPC | FOUNDER/CEO
Mickey Power, Founder/CEO, possesses Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health and has practiced in the mental health field since 2012. He has treated a variety of patients with both psychiatric and chemical dependency needs. He has also served with a multidisciplinary advocacy team to address severe sexual trauma in children of impoverished areas of Southeastern Oklahoma. In October of 2016 he opened his own private practice in Texarkana, Texas where he continues to work. There, he has a thriving practice focusing on trauma, anxiety and couples therapy. When he is not providing therapy, Mickey spends his time with Makaelea (Mak) and his two daughters (Matti and Loklyn).
MAKAELEA POWER | PUBLIC RELATIONS
Makaelea Power, Mak as her friends call her, is head of public relations for Jaguarundi Shores. She does a little bit of everything, from our interior designs to coordinating our clients' stay at Jaguarundi Shores. She will also serve as your guide to some of the most culturally interesting experiences at the retreat. Mak was an accomplished athlete until experiencing medical complications that she now attributes as the catalyst to her strength and genuineness as a person. Mak’s chosen identity is her traditional role as a supportive wife to her husband and dedicated mother to two beautiful girls. Anyone who knows Mak describes her as having an old soul. According to her husband, her unwavering strength is the stability that emotionally creates and protects the family. Mak enjoys outdoor explorations with her family, creative designing, but most of all, travel with her family and friends.
KARLA MEEKS | DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Karla Meeks received her Social Work degree from Texas A&M and has worked in the field of Mental Health since 2003. She began her career as a Juvenile Probation Officer and served in that capacity for 11 years. In 2012, she found herself wanting to venture into the business aspect of social work. She began working for an inpatient mental health hospital as their Director of Marketing and most recently transitioned to Marketing Director for the Mental Health Clinic of Greenville while joining us on the adventures of Jaguarundi Shores. In her hometown she oversees the children’s ministry while serving her community in multiple capacities. When she is not busy working, she is enjoying the great outdoors with her family.
ASHANTI GARCIA | YOGA INSTRUCTOR
Ashanti Garcia is the founder of Airbender Yoga studio and is on online advocate for promoting positive body image through self-acceptance and self-love. Ashanti enjoys guiding students through a variety of yoga styles to meet their specific health and wellness needs. Ashlanti earned two 200-hour certifications. The first was earned through Ma'Alabi and the second through The Baptiste Institute. She is currently doing a 300-hour training through Lit from Within Yoga, which she will complete in November 2021. When she is not teaching or doing yoga, she enjoys dancing, modeling and spending time with her family.
LISA LOVE, MS-LPC | THERAPIST
Lisa Love earned a Masters in Mental Health Counseling at Texas A & M Texarkana. Lisa has worked in an under served area of Oklahoma since 2013. She also has a private practice in Texarkana, TX. Lisa works with patients dealing with anxiety, trauma, grief, addiction issues and other life challenges. Lisa uses an eclectic mix of therapeutic techniques so that she can best meet the needs of her clients. She believes each person has the potential to live their best life if only given the tools and encouragement to do so.
KATIE WALKER, MS,LPC,RYT 200 | THERAPIST & YOGA TEACHER
Katie Walker is a yoga instructor, business owner, mother and an online advocate for promoting mental health. Katie earned her Bachelor degree in psychology and her Masters degree in Counseling Psychology, from Texas A&M University in Texarkana. She is a licensed counselor with nine years of experience in the mental health field treating individuals, couples, families, and groups. She is the founder, owner, and counselor for Hope Centered Counseling LLC. She especially enjoys working with couples. Her therapeutic approach has been shaped by her professional and personal experiences, as well as her ongoing education and training. Katie is a certified yoga instructor through the Purple Lotus Yoga Program and a certified Restorative-Flow Yoga Teacher through the Om Balance Restorative-Flow Yoga Teacher Program. When she is not in the office or teaching, she enjoys spending time with family, friends, and practicing self-care.
MYRA LOVING,MS,LPC | THERAPIST
Myra Loving is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been practicing therapy since 1998. She earned her Masters degree in Counseling Psychology at Texas A&M University-Texarkana, where she also taught various psychology classes for over 13 years. She also taught at Texarkana College for over 11 years while working as a therapist. She has worked with various populations of clients over the years. Since opening her private practice in 2011, she counsels adults, couples and families using various modalities with an eclectic blend of therapy models. Myra counsels’ individuals with depression, anxiety, trauma, and grief. She is an EMDR Trained Clinician and has also completed 2 years of training as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. She founded an emotional support group in Texas called “Left Behind” for those who have a loved one who died by suicide. When not working, she enjoys time with her family and friends. Myra loves to travel, enjoys good food, learning about different cultures, exploring, and watching football/baseball. Myra is a ‘people-person’ by nature and is passionate about being in a helping profession.
ROBERT PIERCE | CHEF
Chef Robert Pierce better known as Hop, comes from Colombian, Cuban, French/Italian and southern cooking styles. His background comes from being the Executive Sous Chef of the Westin Jekyll Island in South Georgia U.S.A. for the past four years. He brings a strong background in group caterings, private tastings, and recipe and menu development. He is great at helping to explore not only local culinary but regional experiences, as well. He is happy to help with any specific dietary needs, all while expanding your culinary adventure. Growing up in the culinary world he was taught to love his food and the people he shares it with. All of our food will be locally sourced from the local Mennonite Farms, butchers, and markets all the way to the fish that you potentially catch while staying at Jaguarundi Shores, upon your request. Hop can plan and prepare meals for you specifically or even serve family style meals, intimate private meals, and maybe even themed cookouts at the tiki hut/bar. He looks forward to assisting you with your healing adventure.
YANELA CRUZ | CULINARY EXPERT & EVENT COORDINATOR
Yanela Cruz provides exotic culinary styles from Peru. Mak, Mickey and Hop met Yanela vacationing in Peru and quickly became friends there and even after leaving Peru. As a native of Lima, Peru she has spent years teaching native South American cooking styles to even those with the most novice of culinary skills. Her renditions of Lomo Saltado, Ceviche and Causa Calpulcra are just a few of her signature dishes, along with authentic Pisco Sour drinks. Her style in conjunction with Chef Hop makes for culinary experiences found nowhere else in the world. Yanela speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese, with a degree in marketing and a sweetly, warm personality. She will be your connection with everything Belize has to offer after your arrival and help you with any needs around the resort.