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Who We Are


Board of Directors (U.S.)


Project Amigo was first registered as a U.S. public charity (501c3) in 1996 headquartered in Novato, California. Today’s Board of Directors has both functional and fiduciary oversight of the project, and individual members of the Board contribute time, talent, and resources to sustaining the organization.

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Kirk Dretzka

Executive Director

Kirk was raised in Tecomán, Colima (70kms South of Cofradía de Suchitlán) where he went

through local public elementary and junior high school before returning to the USA for high school

and university in California. After 8 years working in the offshore oilfield diving industry he changed

to purchasing and supply chain working in the USA, China,Mexico and South America. After

retiring as Senior Manager for Purchasing and Distribution at Electrolux North America, he

returned to Colima and in 2017 joined the Project Amigo Staff.

Dora Zuñiga

Donor Guidance Director

Dora E. Zúñiga serves as the Donor Guidance Director for Project Amigo.  Her career has always
focused on helping children achieve their highest potential.  She has previously served as the CEO
for the Madison WI Big Brothers Big Sister chapter, served as Director of Leadership Giving at
United Way and began her career as the Executive Director for Centro Hispano.  She is a graduate
of University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been an active Rotarian since 1994—she is a member
of Rotary Club of Tampa.  Dora has volunteered as a Big Sister to 2 young ladies and currently
serves on the UW Alumni Tampa chapter and is a trustee on the Rotary Club of Tampa

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Staff in Mexico


Since hiring its first full-time Mexican employee in 1998, Project Amigo has carefully and patiently added new faces to its very capable staff as it has grown. All but one are native Mexicans, and many are former Project Amigo scholars.      



California businessman Ted Rose first visited the state of Colima in 1984, coming down to climb a volcano. Instead, he took the wrong bus and found himself in the poverty-stricken village of Cofradia de Suchitlan. That "mistake," and a few other fortuitous events, led to his decision with his wife Susan Hill to trade their comfortable lives for one surrounded by poor children who would need a helping hand to break the bonds of poverty.

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