Tess Colby has spent her entire career addressing poverty alleviation through the lens of affordable housing. She is currently the Manager of Housing, Homeless and Community Development programs for Pierce County. Prior experience includes financing and development of affordable housing programs in Tacoma, across Washington and in California. Ms. Colby has lived and traveled in Latin America, including conducting field research in Chile. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego, and a Master's Degree in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles.
David Dewine, Ph.D.
David is a Pediatric Psychologist at Mary Bridge Children's in Tacoma. He has worked for a variety of non-profit organizations, schools and medical centers over the past twenty years. David earned graduate degrees from Seattle University and Boston College and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Psychology at Dartmouth Medical School. David feels passionate about the intersection between poverty and health and is grateful to serve Etta Projects as a Board Member. David, his wife Mary and their kids (Jonah and Nina) love spending time outside with friends and family.
Barbara Willock, M.F.A.
Barb Willock serves on the board as secretary. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in 1986 and master of fine arts in 1989, both from the University of Washington. She retired in 2011 from a local daily newspaper where she had worked 20 years in the editorial department. Barb performed nearly every job in the newsroom except reporting and photographer, her last being page design (layout). She has been a volunteer with Etta Projects for many years and has traveled three times to Bolivia. In addition to her work for Etta Projects, she serves on the board of the League of Women Voters/Kitsap. She and her husband, George, live in Southworth with their mini-schnauzer, Mandy.
Genay is currently the bookkeeper and office manager for Encore Media Group, a local publisher that works with the arts community. She has previously worked as an accounting associate with the Bellevue Arts Museum. After getting her Business degree from University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA, she gained many years of management and customer service experience with a local music retailer as well as with Starbucks. She is excited to support the opportunities that Etta Projects provides to local communities, not only in Bolivia, but within the Puget Sound area.
Bruce is currently the managing member of Industrial Redevelopment, LLC. Bruce formed his new company after 15 years with Industrial Realty Group which also focusses on redevelopment of older industrial properties. Bruce currently resides with his wife, an ETTA volunteer, in Orange County, California where he enjoys mountain bike riding, paddle boarding and running with his dogs. Because of a large project Bruce has in DuPont, Washington he is often in the area and had become involved in ETTA to help with his real estate expertise and his contacts in Southern California. Bruce Graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a degree in Economics and Political Science with an emphasis on international relations.
Board Vice President
Joe Macias is a Leadership Development Consultant for Multicare Health System. As a member of the Leadership Development Team, Joe provides consulting and coaching to Auburn Medical Center and Mary Bridge Children's Hospital. Joe also serves as the program manager for Leadership Engagements and the InsideOut Coaching program.
Prior to joining Multicare Health System in 2010, Joe served in a variety of human resources, organization development, and leadership development roles with World Vision International. He designed and implemented leadership development and organization development programs in over 20 countries during his time with World Vision.
Dr. Yolanda Duralde , MD
Yoli has been the Medical Director of the Child Abuse Intervention Department at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital in Tacoma, WA for the past 15 years. She graduated from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, and did a Family Practice residency in Cincinnati, Ohio. Yoli came to the Northwest to work at a Migrant Health Clinic in Oregon. She has given numerous lectures and trainings in child abuse issues as well as drug endangered children. Yoli has volunteered in Bolivia with Etta Projects.
Jean is a business analyst. She has been with the Risk Management organization at T-Mobile for the past 7 years. Before that she worked for The Bon Marche for 16 years in multiple aspects of the business. She has more than a decade of volunteer experience with Seattle Opera and Pacific Northwest Ballet's gift shop and Pilchuck Glass School. She attended the University of Washington and the University of Puget Sound. Her favorite pastimes include photography, travel, a good beach (even a bad beach), live music, theater and reading.
David holds graduate degrees from Columbia University in NYC (MSEE) and the University of Puget Sound (MAT). He is currently a post-secondary math instructor at Tacoma Community College. In addition to his joining the Etta Projects board, he also serves on the board of Seachar. This project is focused on clean burning, efficient biomass cookstoves, which are an ideal technology for addressing the issues of deforestation and respiratory health in the developing world.
David is passionate issue of environmental sustainability and waste stream management. He currently coordinates a community garden in University Place. He was instrumental in coordinating the waste stream management of the local food bank with the operation of the garden and has spearheaded the processing of waste food into a high quality soil amendment.
Ahmis owns Loving Engineering & Consulting, P.S. Inc. and has over eighteen years working for local Tribes, non-profits and design and engineering firms. Ahmis enjoys the creative process of bringing restoration, natural resource and infrastructure projects to fruition. She has a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington. Ahmis enjoys traveling, hiking, biking and any other excuse to get outside. She grew up and currently lives in Poulsbo, Washington with her Great Dane and cat on 3 acres next to thousands of acres of woods, where she grew up playing.
Amelia is an environmental scientist and policy planner with the WA Department of Ecology. She has her BS in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and BA in Hispanic Studies from Rice University, and her MS in Ecosystem Science & Management from Texas A&M University. Amelia was a Rotary Youth Exchange student in Peru from 2005-2006 and has experience researching ecohydrology, remote ecotourism water quality, public policy effects on deforestation, and more in Latin America. In her free time, she enjoys writing, learning new languages, and playing piano.