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tta Projects works in Bolivia, the poorest country in South America. In rural areas of Eastern Bolivia, our current service area, the majority of families live without adequate water, sanitation and access to health care. In 2012, only 24% of rural Bolivians had access to improved sanitation. Studies show that the provision of safe water coupled with proper sanitation facilities can reduce deaths from diarrhea and water-related illnesses by 65%, and improve overall childhood mortality by 55% (2014, Unicef in Bolivia, Unicef).

Through our work, over 64,500 people in Bolivia have benefited with improved health and nutrition, water, sanitation and education. Over 100 community leaders (90% women) have been trained in health promotion in 19 communities. Also, 17 communities and 380 families now have environmentally sound sanitation systems. 21 villages now have clean water systems and water committees to manage them. All this is done with a budget of under $500,000 annually.

Meet Our Board

Tess Colby

Tess Colby

Board President

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 Dewine, Ph.D.

Board Vice President

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.

Barbara Willock, M.F.A.

Board Secretary

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 Genereux

Genay Genereux

Treasurer

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 Haas

Bruce Haas

Board member

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.
Joe Macias

Joe Macias

Board member

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 Dulrade, MD

Dr. Yolanda Dulrade, MD

Board Member

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 Vukovich

Jean Vukovich

Board Member

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.
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Etta

tta Projects was created in 2003 to honor the life and legacy of Etta Turner, a teenager who believed in the power of the individual to effect meaningful change. Though Etta Turner's young life ended tragically in November 2002 while she was in Bolivia as a Rotary International Exchange student, her inspiration lives within us.

Her charisma and energy continue to guide our projects, encouraging us to engage in open dialogue, harness community participation, and validate the ideas and opinions of all people. Etta stirred us to transcend poverty by creating true friendships and to find joy as we make a positive difference in our world.

Meet our Staff

Debbie Ranniger, Ph.D. Pennye Nixon, M.A. Amanda Martin Caterine Cenzano Jorge Lopez Camille Medema Martha Guzmán Barrios Rosa Caballero Quiroga Carolina Guzman Dagger Gonzales Arancibia Elizabeth Coronado Saavedra
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Debbie Ranniger, Ph.D.

Executive Director

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Debbie joined Etta Projects in 2014 with over 20 years of leadership experience including vice president for advancement at Clover Park Technical College, executive director of two college non-profit foundations and president of the Kent City Council. Debbie is a member of Tacoma 8 Rotary, serving as co-chair of the World Community Service committee. She has a B.A. in art and landscape architecture with a focus on sustainable practices and environmental design. Her masters and Ph.D. are in the field of speech communications with emphasis on small group process and decision-making, group and organizational leadership, and strategic planning.

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Pennye Nixon, M.A.

Founder, Director of Operations

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Pennye trained and practiced as a Child, Family and Marriage Therapist before founding Etta Projects. Pennye holds a M.A. in Psychology from Pacific Lutheran University and a B.A .in Human Services from The University of Tennessee. In the summer of 2009, she was awarded the RESULTS Kitsap Peninsula Global Humanitarian Award for her work with global poverty issues. In March 2008 she was awarded the International Woman of the Year Award by the city of Montero, Bolivia. Her goal is to help build communities where everyone can be safe and healthy. Her role as Etta's mom has been one of her greatest honors.

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Amanda Martin

Director of CTC

Amanda brings to Etta Projects two decades of international development experience. She offers an extensive background in program development, management, supervision, and evaluation at a director level. Amanda has worked to benefit agriculture, micro-finance, education and health projects in countries such as Bolivia, Columbia, Guatemala, Thailand and the U.S. Amanda has two masters' degrees (in public health and social work) in addition to being a Peace Corps Fellow at the University of South Carolina. She is a Rotary Peace Fellow (Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand) with a professional certificate in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies. Amanda began her work with Etta Projects in Bolivia at the start of 2014 as the Program Director and is now beginning a new initiative as the Director of Etta Projects' Community Transformation Center, in Bolivia. Amanda continues to work with Bolivian staff to plan and develop future projects.

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Caterine Cenzano

Coordinator of Health programs

When Caterine's uncle got sick with cancer and her family could not pay for his treatment, she decided to become a nurse. She followed her calling, attended nursing school, and later received a scholarship for a master's degree in Intercultural Community Family Health from USAID. Since 2010, Caterine has been practicing medicine and facilitating classes to nurses and doctors at a local hospital where she was awarded lifelong tenure. She also serves as Coordinator of Etta Projects' Health Program, teaching first aid, community health, health rights, and community organization for improved healthcare to local villagers.

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Jorge Lopez

Monitoring and Evaluation

When Jorge joined Etta Projects' team in 2014, he brought more than 22 years of community development work- including supporting WASH programs in Bolivia as well as homeless services in the U.S. Today, Jorge leads monitoring and evaluation efforts, facilitates workshops and designs new programs. Jorge studied theology at the Catholic University in Cochabamba and English at the University of Washington.

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Camille Medema

Program Director

Camille joined Etta Projects as Program Director in October 2015. She first learned about Etta Projects while working in Santa Cruz, Bolivia with another development organization that supports Comedor Etta Turner (the first initiative undertaken by Etta Projects). Inspired by the work being done there, she was eager to return to Bolivia, this time to join the Etta Projects team. Camille brings a wide range of experiences to the Etta Projects team, from clinical nursing practice to program planning and evaluation, She has a bachelor's degree in nursing, and a master's degree in public health. As a nurse she worked in intensive care in a hospital, and later in community health settings including triage, peri-natal case management with immigrants and refugees, and community-based programs in mental health and drug addiction case management. Her clinical knowledge is complemented by experience in program planning, monitoring, and evaluation. In Honduras Camille worked in programming for children affected by HIV/AIDS, and in Bolivia monitoring and reporting for projects in early childhood education, women's empowerment, water and sanitation, and sustainable agriculture. As Program Director she oversees all project activities carried out by Bolivian staff. This includes community needs assessments, monitoring and evaluation of past and present Etta Projects programs, and development of new projects and relationships with local authorities and partner communities.

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Martha Guzmán Barrios

Community Facilitator

Martha Guzmán Barrios, from the town of Saavedra, Bolivia, is a certified nursing assistant. She now works with Etta Projects coordinating projects in sanitation and hygiene education, and training health promoters. Martha says "I work at Etta Projects because we work in a team - for me that is the most important aspect of work at an institution." She has worked previously for USAID and other local institutions in the area of community health in her home municipality, and brings over 12 years of experience training health promoters and providing health education. Of her work with Etta Projects, she says "I help families put into the practice what they learn, help them change their habits, and in that way improve their health. I get great personal satisfaction from that."

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Rosa Caballero Quiroga

Community Facilitator

Rosa Caballero Quiroga is trained as a nursing assistant, and has completed part of a bachelors degree in nursing. As part of the EP team she coordinates programs in healthy families/domestic violence prevention and sanitation, hygiene, and health. She has more than 17 years of experience in the areas of violence prevention, basic sanitation, environmental management, leadership formation, and numerous Intercultural Community Family Health programs. Outside of work, Rosa is also a leader in her hometown of Saavedra. She is currently, and has been for several years, president of her community's leadership board. She says she began working at Etta Projects because she recognized it as an opportunity where her expertise could contribute to reaching the organization's goals. She most enjoys spending time in the communities where she contributes to improving the quality of life in the communities where she works.

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Carolina Guzman

Community Facilitator

Carolina Guzman, from Montero Bolivia, is a dentist, yet brings much more than expertise in oral health to the work of Etta Projects. She currently an active board member, and also helps coordinate the healthy families/domestic violence prevention program. As a member of a local Rotary club Carolina has been committed to volunteer work for several years, and believes that our actions can change our society for the better. She is passionate about awareness of the machista culture that is common in Bolivia, and sees her work with Etta Projects as an opportunity to actively change that reality, helping future generations learn about gender equity and achieve a life free of violence.

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Dagger Gonzales Arancibia

Construction Coordinator

Dagger Gonzales Arancibia is skilled as a master welder, mason, and studied civil construction. He started working with Etta Projects in 2015 constructing dry ecological latrines, and in 2016 was hired as construction coordinator. His knowledge of design and construction has helped Etta Projects improve the design and efficiency of the latrine and sanitation module projects. In addition to his technical skills, Dagger is effective in relating with community members engaged with EP programs; in his words, "I prioritize treating all people with respect at all times. I feel that is the foundation enabling achievement of many goals in life and to relate better with everybody."

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Elizabeth Coronado Saavedra

Office Manager / Accounting

Elizabeth Coronado Saavedra is the accountant for the office in Montero, and has been with the team since 2015. She has experience working in finances for large businesses and private institutions in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Elizabeth describes her experience with EP by saying: "When I first started working with Etta Projects I didn't even know what the organization was about – and like many people I thought the work for a non-profit would be easy. Today I realize how much effort each person here does to make sure each project is carried out well. We all depend on the good will of those who give, allowing us to serve families here and help them improve their quality of life. I'm very happy to work with Etta Projects, and hope that people continue to join us in helping those that most need it to achieve their dreams."