Friends of Homacho Board Members

John Walsh

John has worked in mortgage lending and development for over forty years. He is a past president of the Dubuque Historical Society and the Driftless Area Initiative. John has a passion for his Irish genealogy. He has worked diligently in the area of social justice on local, state, national and global levels.

Dr. Darryl Mozena

Darryl is retired from active practice as an internist at Dubuque Internal Medicine. He serves on several boards and is active in the local Rotary Club. He and his wife, Terry, helped a new immigrant get established in Dubuque more than twenty years ago. They are world travelers and have participated in nonprofits in other countries.

Terry Mozena

Terry is an artist of painted dishware and a volunteer at the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop in Dubuque, which raises funds to fight cancer. Terry and Darryl have supported a project to dig a well in India. She is a strong advocate for “Women for Women International”. They continue to support education in the country of India.

Don Koppes

Don is a retired teacher from the Dubuque Community School District. He was a volunteer at the Presentation Lantern Center in Dubuque, Iowa, where he met Argaw Oremo. He is the president of Friends of Homacho and has traveled to Ethiopia on five different occasions. Don has developed a passion and love for the people of Homacho.

Joe Wagner

Joe works for the United States Department of Agriculture in Anamosa, Iowa. He spent time in Paraguay with the Peace Corps after college graduation. Joe went to Ethiopia a little more than two years ago with another nonprofit that worked with widows and orphans. He has traveled to Homacho on one occasion and looks forward to returning in the future.

Simon Hoppman

Simon is a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. A civil engineering major, Simon has great interest in helping to bring sufficient water to people in developing countries. Simon is very interested in visiting Homacho and putting his talents to use on upcoming water projects in and around the village. 

Marcy Mueller

Marcy is from Dewitt, Iowa. She spent about eleven months teaching in the capital city of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa. She went as a volunteer for the Salesian Missions, and taught at a private school while there. Currently, Marcy works as the Youth Minister at St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Dubuque, Iowa.

David Palmer

Dave is the most recent addition to the board. He works in the Corporate Communication Department for John Deere Works. He works mainly out of their Moline office. Dave enjoys hunting and fishing, but has been looking for an organization to get involved with. Dave brings background knowledge about the necessity of water and food for developing countries.


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