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.

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.

Lisa Sullivan, Director of Marketing & Communications

With a background in communications, group fundraising, and publicity, Lisa joined The Water Project team in 2015. Her passion for nonprofit work and clean water drives her to tackle her work with energy and enthusiasm. Her responsibilities allow her to share inspiring stories from the field, create and manage content, lead local community outreach efforts, and motivate others with the important work being done by our team, partners, and in the communities where we work. In addition, she oversees our intern program, works to promote fundraising efforts, and is our social media point person.

Lisa loves traveling, listening to live music, giving back to her community, and hiking with her husband and two unbelievably handsome dogs, Capone and Phineas.

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.

Humphrey Buradi Zadok, Regional Director, 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.

Lauren Armstrong, WaSH Programs: Monitoring & Resolution

Lauren has recently been promoted to Assistant Chief Happiness Officer, and her duties include following Java (CHO) around the office sharing smiles with all. In her spare time, she 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.

Michael Ballou, WaSH Programs/Operations

Michael has been with The Water Project for over six years and is responsible for day to day operational activities (he helps cross the t’s and dot the i’s). A B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary affords Mike the depth of experience he needs to tackle almost anything. Any particular moment might find Michael purchasing coffee beans to keep the office supplied, reconciling a bank statement, or working with one of our partners to address a key technical issue in the field.

Michael lives in Weare, NH, with his wife and 3 children. When not in the office, Michael stays busy serving at his local church, playing the guitar and enjoying the great outdoors.

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.

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.