Quechua Benefit was founded in 1996 by Dr. Mario and Barrie Pedroza, Mike and Julie Safley, and Don Julio Barreda. Quechua Benefit is governed by a diverse Board of Directors, with specialties in a wide range of services and skills.
Daryl Gohl spent his career as a Human Resource executive in the hospital industry in Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami and Portland, Oregon before retiring in 2008 to become a full-time alpaca rancher and to be able to volunteer more to third world countries. Daryl joined Quechua Benefit as Treasurer in early 2009 and went on his first mission trip with Quechua Benefit in November of that year. He became President in late in 2010. He has also served on the Board and Finance Committee of Qu… [more]
Dr. Wayne Jarvis graduated from University of Michigan Dental School in 1977 and has been practicing Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in the Western New York area since that time. Dr. Jarvis first read about Quechua Benefit in an Alpacas Magazine article written by Dr. Mario Pedroza. He made his first trip to Peru with a Quechua Benefit team in 2002 and has returned annually to help the Quechua Benefit cause. … [more]
Ursula Munro is a Registered Nurse and huacaya alpaca breeder. She lives in Freeport, Maine and along with her husband and two daughters, owns and operates Tripping Gnome Farm Alpacas. Her twenty years of nursing practice has covered a wide spectrum of experience including home-based care, HIV/AIDS specialty care and community educator and grant writer. Ursula Munro joined the Board of Quechua Benefit in 2010 after traveling twice to Peru with Quechua Benefit and seeing first hand t… [more]
Chuck Gulotta graduated from Virginia Tech in 1997 with a PhD in clinical child psychology. He has worked as behavioral psychologist for 15 years and is currently the Program Director of the Pediatric Feeding Disorder Program at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. The Kennedy Krieger Institute is an internationally recognized institution dedicated to improving the lives of children and adolescents with pediatric developmental disabilities and disorders of… [more]
Dwight Bailey, M.D. is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School and completed his family practice residency at Medical University of South Carolina. He has been in family practice in Lebanon, Virginia for 31 years. Dr. Bailey and his wife, Deborah, have been active in mission work around the world. He was asked...… [more]
Rhonda Deschner went to Baylor College of Medicine and did her Pediatric Residency at Children’s Hospital National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. She has been practicing Pediatrics for 20 years and currently lives and practices in the Wimberley/San Marcos, TX area. She and her husband, Kern have been raising alpacas since 1997 with their 4...… [more]
Mike Safley was born and raised in Oregon. He attended the University of Oregon and served in the U.S. Navy Seabees, doing two tours of duty in Vietnam. Mike was elected president of the fledgling Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association (AOBA) in 1990 and the Alpaca Registry (ARI) in 1996. While serving as president of...… [more]