The idea of being involved in humanitarian missions begins at an early age. Bette's mother, a registered nurse, and she became members of the San Diego Chapter of the Flying Samaritan when she was 16 years old.
"I remember the excitment of arriving at the Aero Space Museum in the evenings to sort through donated medical items. I wondered when I would be able to travel with the volunteer medical team. My day finally came, and off to Cabo Colonet I went. There was so much to learn and my experiences as an exchange student to Mexico came to use. Seeing the misery and helplessness of many of the patients as they waited in that endless line, envoked deep compassion within me. I could make a difference."
Bette completed her B.A. through SDSU, worked as an orthodontic assistant for several years, and then she married. While dedicating her time to her three children, she completed her teaching credential. She became fully-employed at a local rural high school in San Diego County. She completed her Master's degree at National University in 2002. After 25 years of teaching, Bette retired from full-time teaching. She continues to teach Spanish on a part-time basis in a small rural school. She dedicates her time to family (including three beautiful grandchildren and six granddogs), home projects, gardening, travel, and ShuarHands, Inc. Projects.
The concept of ShuarHands, Inc.. was created in October 2006 with the assistance of her daughters Torrey and Tawny to provide humanitarian assistance to others.
Bette Wood Palovchik
|2021||Letter of Appreciation||Arbor Day Society|
|2019||Carta de Agradecimiento/Audiología||Niños Shecanos, L. Fuentes|
|2017||Inscribed cedar plaque of gratitude||Pere M. Allawi/ R. Ayoub|
|"Heaven's Joy" Kitchen, El Mina Lebanon|
|2015||Hand-made thank you gift||People of Tacana|
|2014||“Documento of Apreciación”||Niños Shecanos, L. Fuentes|
|2014||“Certificate of Appreciation”||Women for World Health, D. Cucurny|
|2012||“Certificate of Recognition: Medical Missions”||Niños Shecanos: Guatemala|
|2012||“Celebrate Literacy Award”||Greater San Diego Reading Assoc.|
|2011||Certificate of Appreciation||Women for World Health: D. Cucurny|
|2009||Appreciation of Service Tapestry||Ninos Shecanos: Guatemala|
|2008/09||Certificate of Appreciation||Women for World Health: D. Cucurny|
|2009||Humanitarian of the Year||Back Country Messenger: Campo|
|2009||Distinguished Service Award||Division 31 Kiwanis: Campo|
|2008||Certificate of Appreciation||Plasticos Foundation: Dr. Nichter|
|2008||Certificate of Appreciation||Angeles en la Tierra: Guatemala|
|2008||Certificate of Appreciation||Ninos Shecanos: Guatemala|
|2008||Plaque of Appreciation||Rotary Club International: Ecuador|
|2008||Most Likely to Receive Nobel Peace Prize||MEHS|
|2007||Nominated for "Teacher of the Year"||MEUSD|
|2005||Certificate of Appreciation||Plasticos Foundation: Dr. Nichter|
Torrey holds a Master's degree in Spiritual Psychology earned at the University of Santa Monica, and a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology earned at California State University Long Beach. She has over 12 years’ experience in the management and operation of commercial real estate. She is currently a Vice President of a real state company based in Southern California. Torrey and her husband enjoy experiencing quality family time with their three children. Her involvement with ShuarHands, Inc. was a natural next step in a life-long dedication to volunteering and humanitarian efforts.
Torrey and her husband Hugo were married in a Shuar ceremony in August 2007. They were the first foreigners to be granted this privilege in the Yaas Nunka Shuar Center located in Morona –Santiago, Ecuador.
Torrey Palovchik Chacon
Travis served as an Arabic-speaking linguist in the United States Air Force following his completion of high school. Upon his honorable military discharge, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from SDSU. Travis works as a substitute teacher at a local high school, is an assistant coach for track/cross country, and holds a California real estate license. Being a strong athlete, he spent four + months walking more than 2500 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), starting in Campo, California. In 2015, he spent three months traversing Europe by bicycle. The following year he cycled from his home in Campo to the Grand Canyon in Arizona.
Travis J. Palovchik
Tawny is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach. She holds Bachelor of Science degrees in both Finance and International Business.
Tawny lives in La Verne, California. Her interests include travel, hiking, sunshine, and dogs.