Our Staff

Together with our supporters, we're just trying to be good neighbors
by lending a hand to people we know can change the world.
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, and after officially founding the organization in the U.S., TWP had raised its first $1 million of support for clean water projects - almost all through individual and small group efforts.

Together with early supporters and volunteers Peter learned how a lack of safe and reliable water stands in the way of hope. He also quickly realized that only together with local partners, the communities we serve, and you - through intentional relationships - can we change that one village at a time.

Water projects relieve suffering, open doors to education, stimulate economic development, and most importantly introduce a true and lasting hope.

Peter's vision continues to see access to safe water enabling thriving schools, people getting back to work, farming that provides enough food to earn a living, and needless suffering alleviated as health improves.

Most importantly Peter is convinced that providing water to those who need it most is a natural and humble expression of faith that teaches us to love all and serve the poor.

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, three children, twenty-seven chickens, two fish and a dog.

Stan Patyrak

Stan Patyrak, VP of Strategy & Development

Stan has been engaged in water programs for the last 12 years – and across 14 countries. He’s seen impact, seen challenges, and comes to this work asking hard questions to improve why and how we do what we do. His best days are connecting major investors with the meaning and impact they desire (and deserve) from their giving.

Stan joined The Water Project as VP of Strategy and Development in October of 2014. We’re excited to have him working directly with our Development and Program teams. To know Stan is to know his determination towards transparent water programs that last.

Stan lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and two kids. He enjoys good coffee, camping with his family, hiking, and his 1989 VW Westfalia.

Spencer Bogle, Director of Program

Spencer has a passion for building relationships with our partners so that local questions and local knowledge lead the way in developing solutions to local problems caused by lack of clean water, sanitation, and hygiene.

He envisions access to clean water as a right to life, and seeks to build partnerships that challenge political and economic commodification of life’s precious resource. He also believes that charity is best expressed through solidarity with those who are suffering, which opens doors for collaboration in restorative work toward justice in the water sector.

Spencer holds a PhD from Southern Methodist University where he researched intersections of theology and international development, with particular attention to water development in sub-Saharan Africa. Spencer lived and worked in the Busoga region of Uganda for 6 years, where he developed a local water, sanitation, and hygiene program. He loves the adventure of life with his wife and two boys, whether skiing, hiking, or watching baseball. He also loves to read and write about theology and global affairs.

Tess Crick, Director of Development

Tess is a relationship builder by nature. Connecting with people to help them achieve their goals in giving is the focal point of her work, and she’s fueled by the daily reminder that people are needlessly suffering without access to safe clean water in the developing world.

Before joining The Water Project in 2011, Tess became involved in water solutions in 2008 with her own personal fundraising effort to help a community. Traveling to Rwanda, Tess saw the impact water scarcity has on people. "I saw children with bright minds playing one minute, and going to get water from runoff under a road embankments the next. I knew I couldn't just donate and move on... my heart wouldn't let me."

Tess brings a diverse background to The Water Project that includes 25 years of relationship and project management experience in both for-profit enterprise software ventures, and non-profits development and advocacy work.

Living in Concord, NH with her cute dog Java, Tess enjoys cooking, travel, and almost anything that can be done outside in the fresh New Hampshire air.

Allison Fechter, Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, Resolution & Learning

Allison brings six years of international development experience to The Water Project. Most recently, she worked as a graduate research assistant for The Water Institute at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a focus on monitoring and evaluation of water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) programs. She helped WaSH implementing organizations leverage monitoring and evaluation data to maximize the impact of their WaSH programs. Allison loves data – collecting it, analyzing it, and most importantly, using it to identify strategic opportunities for improvement.

Allison has a Master of Science in Environmental Sciences and Engineering from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from Tufts University. Allison loves traveling, spending time outside, and finding exciting new ways to perfect her process of brewing pour over coffee.

Dan Kim, Director of Finance and Operations

Dan joined The Water Project in 2019 to help us continue operational excellence within the organization. He's a lynchpin in HR, finance, compliance, working with our partners and everything in between.

Dan spent the last 20+ years working in technology and consulting at both large companies and small startups across a variety of industries. His entrance into the non-profit world came in 2011 when he helped establish a microfinance organization working with the people of South Sudan. This breadth of experience has given him the opportunity to continually learn from different perspectives, to work with people globally, and to take risks and try new things. He is excited to be a part of bringing reliable clean water to the developing world and making a positive impact on people's lives.

Dan holds degrees in Computer Science and Math from Duke University. Originally from Canada, he now lives near Boston, MA with his wife and two daughters. When not working, you can usually find him leading music at his church or cheering on his girls in tennis and gymnastics. And while he loves Boston sports, he still has a soft spot for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Blue Jays.

Adam Torrey, Director, Regional Support, Dubai

Adam has worked in the water sector for over 15 years. He’s worked his way through many different roles, from public/private utility operations, government regulatory affairs, and international consulting. He has a Bachelor of Science in Water Resource Management and Master of Arts in International Development.

Adam joined The Water Project as Regional Director in October of 2017. We’re excited to have him directing our new branch office in Dubai and helping to expand our reach through new partnerships and projects. He is dedicated to the sustainable use of water for a better tomorrow. He is certified by UNDP as a trainer for the Human Rights Based Approach to Water Resource Management.

Adam lives in Abu Dhabi, UAE, with his wife and three kids. He enjoys desert adventures with his family, music creation, and watching New England sports teams win.

Humphrey Buradi Zadok, Director, Regional Service Hub, Western Kenya

Humphrey was born in Nairobi, Kenya and he has spent eleven years in and around Kakamega, Kenya developing the water and sanitation organization that he founded, the Western Water and Sanitation Forum. Humphrey is committed to developing leaders and connecting people. He feels happy to put a smile on the faces of the people after guiding them along a journey toward reliable clean and safe water and sanitation facilities. Humphrey believes that by saturating communities and regions with safe, reliable, and sustainable water access in partnership with The Water Project, Kenya will be a water secure state with healthy citizens.

As a committed Christian, Humphrey is married to Janet and they are blessed with 4 beautiful daughters named; Christine 25, Patricia 22, Daisy 19, and Caroline, 17. Humphrey considers his work with water and sanitation to be a gift from God. Since beginning this work as a family, their lives have changed through the services of “letting the water flow…” Humphrey believes that water is a foundational resource that elevates people from poverty.

Margaret Akinyi, Office Assistant, Regional Service Hub

Margaret Akinyi serves the entire Western Kenya team within our Regional Service Hub. She works hard, loves her work and her teammates. Prior to working with The Water Project, Margaret successfully started a beauty salon business and led it to become an established brand in the area.

When not working she is spending time with her husband and her three kids: Marvel, Rennitah and Bright. She loves travelling and nature and values her openness and sincerity.

Lauren Armstrong, WaSH Programs: Monitoring & Resolution

Lauren works on our Water Programs team, ensuring water project reports are accurate and engaging so our supporters can know the good they make possible.

After a couple of years living in China, Lauren returned to the US to pursue graduate studies and teaching. After joining the team, she quickly found a new passion for reliable and clean water in Africa. She realized that her love of serving others isn’t just limited to one part of the world, but instead stretches to all its borders.

Lauren loves to try new things, travel, snuggle with cats, do jigsaw puzzles, and play video games in her spare time.

Kasiti Felixis, Water Quality Officer, Regional Service Hub

Felix is an experienced hydrologist (water quality/water policy) expert within our Western Kenya Regional Service Hub. His days are spent coordinating water sample collections among hundreds of water projects, water quality testing, and maintenance of The Water Project’s water quality test kits. He’s also experienced as a technical manager for local water and sanitation teams, groundwater prospecting, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), hydrological assessments, groundwater drilling supervision. We’re proud to have his passion and experience within our Western Kenya Service Hub.

Susan Kamole, Water Quality Officer, Regional Service Hub

Susan brings 21 years of water quality lab technician experience to The Water Project’s Western Kenya Regional Hub. She is responsible for coordination of water quality sampling, water quality analysis, and maintenance of water quality testing kits. She lovingly refers to The Water Project's water quality testing laboratory as her second home.

Her passion for people, training in Analytical Chemistry and Bachelor's degree in Community Development have made her into an approachable leader. We're so lucky to have her on our team.

Tom Murphy, Reporting Officer

Tom joins The Water Project after working as a humanitarian journalist for the past 8 years. His work appeared in publications ranging from the Guardian to Foreign Policy to NPR, covering topics including water in India, agriculture in Kenya, public health in Haiti, and electricity access in Ghana. Prior to that, he managed AmeriCorps volunteers in Philadelphia and volunteered for a year with the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in Western Kenya.

Tom is a graduate from the College of the Holy Cross, where he met his wife. He lives in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire with his wife, son and labradoodle. He enjoys a good cup of East African coffee, a well-made craft beer, watching classic movies, skiing, Chelsea FC, the Yankees, and the lakes and mountains of NH with his family.

Maggie Reilly, Communications Coordinator

Maggie joined The Water Project team in 2017 and is responsible for working with our amazing fundraisers and groups taking the Water Challenge. After serving a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Southern New Hampshire University, Maggie wanted to continue to help others and at The Water Project she is doing just that!

She is excited to inspire and support folks as they raise money for clean water. She also supports our marketing and communication efforts, helping to create new and creative ways to spread awareness about the water crisis.

Maggie loves being outside, going to the beach, music, and in the fall cheering on her favorite sports team, the New England Patriots!

Java, Chief Happiness Officer

Java manages our day-to-day smile generating operations around the office. Her colleagues describe her as relentlessly affectionate, consistently pursuing excellence in attracting near constant belly rubs. Just look at that face. Who could say no?

Her hobbies include... No, seriously, look at that face! Java is very good at what she does.