Meet our Board of Directors and Advisors

Our Board of Directors and Advisors relentlessly pursue creating a world where everyone has clean drinking water.

2023 Board of Directors

Passionately leading our organization’s accountability, transparency, and integrity on behalf of communities needing sustainable clean water.

Peter Chasse, Founder

Peter Chasse, President & Founder

Peter founded The Water Project in 2006 with a committed group of students in Saint John, NB, Canada where he was serving as a Pastor. Together they set out to complete one water project after hearing of a specific need in Kenya. It quickly became evident that by equipping people with the right tools for telling the story of water, a movement could take hold. Within three years, TWP had raised its first $1 million of support for clean water projects - almost all through individual and small group efforts.

Peter's background in software design, marketing, non-profit development and faith-based ministry enabled TWP to grow rapidly through grass-roots and deeply relational fundraising campaigns around the world. By leveraging and integrating modern cloud-based software solutions he also purpose-built the backbone of The Water Project's unique online project management and reporting tools together with our website. These solutions bring scalable and approachable software tools to the front lines of the water crisis where transparency and accountability are critically needed. Though his passion is helping others find reliable access to safe water, Peter finds his greatest joy hanging out with his wife and three young children.

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Todd Bourgeois, Member

Todd Bourgeois, Chairperson

A seasoned veteran of the Coca-Cola Bottling System, Todd held numerous leadership positions throughout his career in the areas of Sales Operations, Key Customer Management, Revenue Growth Management and Commercial Marketing. His strong operational experience in P&L Management ultimately served Todd well in his last role of VP of Business Integration for Coca Cola Southwest Beverages LLT where he led M&A and Synergy projects. Todd retired from the Coca–Cola system in 2018 after 36 years of service. Todd also brings with him Board experiences from small publically traded companies.

Todd is an avid outdoorsman and an active volunteer serving those most in need. He and his wife Kim have lived in Allen, Texas for the past 8 years. Todd has three children and two grandchildren.

Adam Chase, Member

Adam Chace, Treasurer

Adam holds a BS in Computer Science and has spent the past twenty years building and leading teams in the delivery of digital products. He has held engineering leadership roles at Staples, Panera, and several startups. Today Adam oversees engineering at Curriculum Associates, an edTech firm that builds products for use by K-12 schoolchildren. Adam is excited to have the opportunity to help the Water Project expand its impact in Africa.

Adam loves playing games (both digital and analog) with his wife and four kids in their log home outside Boston.

Jeanne McKinley, Member

Jeanne McKinley is a Spiritual Director from Portland Oregon. In 2000 she helped found Imago Dei Community with her husband Rick, a thriving congregation that has now served the city of Portland for over 20 years. Jeanne has also found the beauty of Jesus and belonging within the disability community as a caregiver.

Jeanne's love for clean water began over a decade ago when she helped to launch the Advent Conspiracy, a global initiative that replaces consumerism with compassion at Christmas helping to mobilize faith communities to address the world water crisis. Since then Jeanne has invested herself within Imago Dei’s partnership with The Water Project in Western Kenya and has seen first hand, and over time, the life changing impact clean water brings to communities.

In her spare time Jeanne enjoys making custom journals and spending time with her husband, daughter, three sons and two new daughters in law.

David Sacra, Secretary

Dave has an Engineering and MBA educational background and spent over 30 years in high tech manufacturing, including roles in Manufacturing Engineering, Materials, New Product Program Management, before moving into a career in Quality. Dave was the Director of Quality for a major electronics manufacturer for many years and in 2017 moved to be the VP of Quality for a division of Ingersoll Rand in NC. Dave is excited about applying his skills in global Quality leadership and operations improvement to The Water Project and the important work that TWP does. Dave and his wife Jean have recently moved Plymouth, MA, and have 4 daughters, and six grandchildren.

Ron Wamala, Member

Ron Wamala, Member

Ron was born and raised in Western Kenya. He and his family experienced water scarcity and the diseases related to it. Ron has a first hand, lived out experience of how unclean water negativity affects a community. In his mid-twenties Ron moved to the United States to attend college.

Ron Wamala owns and operates three adult foster homes for seniors and people with disabilities. Ron also has experience being a teaching pastor for two different faith congregations. Compassion is at the center of all he does.

Ron has been married to his wife Beth for over ten years and they have two young boys. They enjoy a busy life as a family in Portland, Oregon.

Ron enjoys traveling (often visiting Kenya), working out, and going on adventures with his family.


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Amy Karjala

Amy Karjala

Amy has been working in nonprofit fundraising since 1997, in a variety of direct fundraising and leadership roles. Today, she works with a team at RevJen Group, fueling the greater good by helping nonprofits rethink their approach to revenue generation. Amy lives in Oregon and devotes much of her time to her adorably spunky daughter, her family and “bonus” family, riding her mountain bike or paddleboard, and pursuing her love of good tea.

Tony Biaggne

Tony Biaggne

Tony Biaggne serves as VP of Global Brand Creative at Axon and co-author of “Archibald’s Next Big Thing”, a children’s book adapted as a NETFLIX animated series. Prior to Axon, Tony worked at Amazon as Creative Director on campaigns for new Amazon products and services and exploring new business opportunities between Amazon and advertisers. He has led global initiatives to raise awareness and funding for clean water and sanitation projects in developing countries. He frequently consults with brands on how to develop stories from brand awareness to the nitty gritty, metric swooning e-commerce purchase moment. Tony is an avid believer in the power of storytelling and its ability to connect people with those who need clean water. When he’s not working, Tony can be found playing videogames, exploring the Pacific Northwest, and tending to his goats, chickens, and ducks with his wife and two sons.