Drew Vogt — President/Co-founder
Drew Vogt is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Casa de Kids. His first sojourn in assisting Mexico’s children, was a successful fundraiser benefitting an orphanage in Tecate, Mexico in 2003. Since 2007 he has been instrumental in empowering Mexico’s orphaned children through private and public fundraising solutions. Drew served as President of Validating Individuals Deserving Autonomy (VIDA) for two years.
Working closely with Oaxacan leaders, he began learning how to assist the local children. He conceived of and leads an annual retreat to the city of Oaxaca to raise awareness and to benefit the children. His groups have donated over 1,500 items of clothes, school supplies and food. Most importantly, Drew and sponsors have made possible over 40 years of education to students in need.
Prior to founding Casa de Kids, Drew excelled in the fine art market in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he also founded a successful non-profit org and dedicated his life to empowering individuals. He has assisted with community projects such as Yaks in Tibet, water wells in Nepal, and shoes for children in Tehran, Iran. In 2011 Drew studied grass roots solutions for communities in Guatemala with Rainbow World Fund. On behalf of Loma Linda University he taught English in Tokyo, Japan for one year. Among other credentials, Drew holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Diego State University.
Loren Rice — Chairman
A native of the Pacific Northwest (U.S.), Loren Rice graduated from Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon, and then earned graduate degrees in Hospital and Health Care Administration at the State University of Iowa. After completing a residency in Seattle, Washington, Loren served in a medical administrative capacity at the Oakland, California Naval Hospital providing care to returning military personnel from Vietnam.
In 1966 he left the Navy as a Lieutenant Commander in the Medical Service Corp to work in the private sector. He excelled for eleven years as the Chief Executive Officer of John Muir Memorial Hospital, a general acute care hospital in Walnut Creek, California. In 1978 Rice established Loren W. Rice and Associates, a consulting firm assisting non-profits achieve excellence through planning, growth, development, structure, fund raising, marketing, and community involvement. Upon retiring in Palm Desert, California, in 2000, he continues active community leadership in several non-profit organizations.
Loren’s interest in Casa de Kids’ mission was inspired during his first visit to Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2016, when he met Drew Vogt and experienced the work of Casa de Kids in person. Rice, with his vast non-profit work experience, was inspired by Vogt’s work and was recruited to be an active board member.
Jim Fralin — Director/Treasurer
Jim Fralin grew up in rural Virginia and now works internationally. From an early age his parents instilled in him the belief that it is incumbent on those who have the ability to help others to share from their abundance. This deeply seated belief inspired Jim to become involved with organizations where he could share his abundance and talents.
Jim became acquainted with Drew Vogt’s Oaxaca work beginning in 2007 and has helped consistently ever since.
Through Jim’s professional life, he has garnered a wealth of business experience and acumen in industries such as healthcare, technology, public utilities, and as a business process consultant. He is currently engaged as a Senior Director for Gilead Sciences, a leading pharmaceutical company, based in Foster City, California. Managing a team focused on business conduct compliance and accounting takes him to work in many countries throughout the world.
Jim earned a BS in Business Administration from Mary Baldwin University, AAS in accounting from Virginia Western College and certificates as a Project Manager Professional, Certified Fraud Examiner, Internal Auditor, and Information Systems Auditor. Jim Fralin is Casa de Kids’ Registered Agent in California and Advisory Director.