Proyecto Amigo Colima, A.C.
Bev Oster Ornelas is Chairman of the Board for Project Amigo. She has worked with the organization through the GROW program since 2006. Bev is the president and creative director of Oster and Associates, a local marketing agency that she founded in 1986. The agency has been involved in many non-profit endeavors in the local area, but the outreach to Project Amigo came on behalf of their client, Organics Unlimited. Over the years, Bev has participated in volunteer work weeks and in a three week summer Spanish immersion program that uses Project Amigo scholarship students as tutors for English speaking volunteers who would like to learn better Spanish. She has a strong interest in seeing the Project Amigo students excel and become leaders in the workplace and in their communities.
Bruce Powell sold his contracting business in 2002 in order to dedicate more time to international service. Since then he has traveled extensively throughout Central and South America with various Rotary or Rotary-related projects. In addition to serving as a Director for Project Amigo, he serves on the Executive Board for YouthLiNC and is the Chairman of the Board for the Hope Alliance. He has twice been president of the Centerville-Farmington Rotary Club, was Group Study Exchange leader for District 5420 (to Mexico). He has been Chairman of the matching grants committee for the same District since 2004. Additionally, he has served his community as a planning commissioner for three terms and served as a Bishop in the LDS Church.
Jan Grimes learned about Project Amigo in 1991 as a member of Mission San Rafael Rotary in San Rafael. California, She and her family attended two work weeks, and then from 2005-2008 she and her husband served as the Volunteer Coordinators at Project Amigo. Since 1987 Jan has owned a management consulting practice specializing in human resources, serving clients throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. She now lives in Healdsburg, California where she is active in the Healdsburg Rotary Club and also serves on the Board of the Alliance Medical Center.
Sarah Ferris retired from Chevron Oil after a 30-year career. She started as a chemist in the Perth Amboy, New Jersey refinery and held jobs of increasing responsibility, traveling extensively and living abroad. She retired as Vice President of Marketing for Fuel and Marine Marketing, a division of Chevron. While with Chevron, she participated in junior Achievement and in local school activities. She joined the Project Amigo Board in 2006 and became President in 2010. She sees education as a priority for overcoming poverty, and serving on Project Amigo's Board gives her the opportunity to be part of an organization dedicated to making a difference through education.
Woody Hoyt joined Hamden Rotary in March 1987, and soon after founded the Rotary Club of Hamden Foundation and its fundraising arm, Hamden Rotary Convention Tours. Woody and his wife Sandy have long traveled the world with Rotarians and their families and have participated on many Work Weeks at Project Amigo since 2004. After retiring as CFO of Eastern Fuel Corp. in Hamden, CT he was elected to the Board of the Hilton Club NY. He is most proud of the roof erected in his name by the Hamden Rotary Foundation at the Queseria migrant camp school in Colima. Woody and Sandy enjoy living in Santa Rosa, CA, and Guilford, CT while enjoying their three children and two grandchildren.
Alan Hurst currently serves as CFO for Hermell Products, Inc. a home health products company. Alan has been in the finance arena for 38 years and is planning for retirement. When not working he is a volunteer, having been elected to his local town council and Board of Education (chair for four years). He currently serves on the Board of Finance. Alan is also Moderator for the East Hampton Congregational Church. Alan first joined Rotary in 1998 and as a Rotarian was club President in 2002 – 2003, served as District Governor in 2005 – 2006, Rotary Coordinator from 2011 – 2014 and is on the Rotary Peace Fellow Major Gift Initiative committee. He is a recipient of the Citation for Meritorious Service and the Service Above Self award. He participated in a Literacy Week in 2006 and still proudly displays his certificate of participation in his office at Hermell Products.
Maria Concepcion Fonseca, or Conny as she is known, received her Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Colima (in Colima, Mexico) in 2009. She now serves in rural Colima as Medical Director of a community health clinic.
Conny is the first member of her family to complete primary school. She grew up on a remote ranch where her father was a minimum-wage worker, and her mother worked in the home looking after their five children.
Conny is the first Project Amigo university graduate to serve on the Board of Directors of Project Amigo. In April of 2015, she made her first trip outside of Mexico to attend the Spring meeting of the Project Amigo Board of Directors. She spent a week traveling with different Board members to Rotary Clubs in the San Francisco Bay Area, sharing her story about how Project Amigo and its visitors and sponsors have changed her life.
Hal Kibby spent over 30 years working as a Research Biologist for the US Environmental Protection Agency in Oregon, including three as a senior science advisor with the UN in Switzerland. Hal joined Rotary in 1985 as a second generation Rotarian, his wife Francie is a Rotarian, and both of their daughters are Rotarians as well. Hal and Francie have been actively involved in Youth Exchange among many Rotary areas, and he is currently District 5110 RI Foundation Chair. He has served as District Governor, twice been District Rotarian of the Year, and also received Rotary’s Highest Honor, the Service Above Self Award. Several years ago Hal and Francie spent an eventful season as our Volunteer Coordinators. Hal serves on the Board of the Amigo Vision program; over two year period he and Francie accompanied Kurt Wilkening OD on Amigo Vision trips to Vietnam, Thailand and the Dominican Republic.
Mike Blevins discovered Project Amigo when he met Ted and Susan at the Rotary Intemational Convention in Salt Lake in 2007. Later that year he made his first of several work week visits to Cofradia. Mike, a Rotarian since 1993, led a Rotary GSE team to Denmark in 2008 and served as Rotary District Governor for Dist. 5770 in 2011-12. Now he serves as his District Rotary Foundation Chair for 2015-2018. Mike and his wife live in Sayre, Oklahoma where he has practiced law for more that 42 years.
Emeritus Board of Directors
Joyce Palmer, a retired Math teacher, has continued to be active in community activities in Novato, CA. She is Program Chairman for the local association of American University Women. Joyce spent more than 40 years singing and touring with the Winifred Baker/San Francisco Chorale (including several concerts at Carnegie Hall). She enjoys the game of bridqe, plays at tournament level, and currently is a bronze life master. After the death of her husband Clark in 2005, Joyce has carried on his work on the Endowment and World Service committees of the Novato Rotary Club. Her late husband was charter president of the Novato Rotary Club and was also a charter member of the Board of Directors of Project Amigo. Joyce served as Secretary of the Board for many years.
Will Haymaker was born in Winona Lake, IN and grew up in Lenoir, NC. He received dual bachelor degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Naval Science from Purdue University in 1952, then worked for Lockheed Aircraft and Motorola before founding Dataguard Systems, Inc., a technical marketing & consulting firm in San Rafael, CA, in 1970. In 1980 he joined Catherine Munson at Lucas Valley Properties as an Associate Broker for Commercial / Residential Real Estate Sales & Leasing. He later moved to Sonoma County, CA and formed Will Haymaker & Associates, Brokers / Consultants. He is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa, former Treasurer of Project Amigo, on the finance committee of St. Patrick's Episcopal Church and a Board Member of the Oakmont Community Development Committee in Santa Rosa, CA.
In Memory of
(1928 - 2014)
Founding Board Member: Catherine Munson passed away quietly of pneumonia on March 3, 2014 in Terra Linda, California. She was 86 years old. A native of Nebraska, and forever a pioneer, she earned dual bachelors and then dual masters degrees in microbiology and biochemistry in the 1950s, then moved with her husband and children to California, where she quickly became one of the leading real estate professionals in the region. She drove the formation of "Rotary Project Amigo" in 1996, serving as Board president and Board member for nearly 18 years. She was instrumental in the continuing development of Project Amigo, and was an inspiration to children, staff, and her fellow Board members.