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

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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

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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

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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

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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 traveling and nature and values her openness and sincerity.

Shannon Esrich, Program Officer

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Shannon believes her professional work can and should result in service to the global community. She is excited to work on the Program team, focusing on serving our partners and staff in Western Kenya and our global support network. Shannon ensures every project report is full of useful, accurate, and engaging information and photos.

Shannon comes to The Water Project after serving as staff to the Vermont House of Representatives. She also served in Peace Corps Senegal as a Sustainable Agriculture Specialist. Overseas, she and her village lived through the daily challenges of accessing enough clean water for basic needs.

Holding a Master of Science in Food Systems from the University of Vermont, Shannon is excited to once again be working with communities in Sub-Saharan Africa while focusing on one of the primary inputs at the heart of not just agriculture, but life itself: clean, safe water.

An avid outdoor adventurer, plant nerd, and bookworm, Shannon happily fills her downtime with anything that keeps her outside, her brain learning, and her hands busy.

Sihuli Andoyi Isaiah, Assistant Water Quality Officer, Regional Service Hub

When we asked Isaiah what he enjoys, he mentioned lab testing for water quality in the same sentence as playing chess, pool, and watching football (soccer). Maybe that’s his degree in BSC Industrial Chemistry with Informational Technology speaking, considering he’s also interested the anti-corrosion effects that aluminum sulphate and chlorine can have on well parts made of metal. Aren’t we all!

Isaiah helps to run The Water Project’s water quality testing program in Western Kenya, where he (and we quote) “runs water lab tests with utmost accuracy and procedural precision to ensure accurate results with null procedural errors.” If you are after safe water, Isaiah is the professional you want on your side.

When not working in the lab, he joins the Operation and Maintenance team in making sure that communities can count on safe water for years to come.

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.

Stanley Makwata, Operations and Maintenance Officer, Regional Service Hub

Stanley brings over 10 years of borehole maintenance and service experience to The Water Projects. Working within The Water Project’s sustainability program, his work to partner with communities and schools to maintain and repair water wells leads to what he really loves – seeing the happy, healthy faces of communities with water that they can count on, year after year.

Stanley is married with 3 children. When he’s not working on a water well or with his family, he is on his motorcycle enjoying competitive motor racing.

Justus Mukonyole, Lead Operation and Maintenance Officer, Regional Service Hub

Justus is married with 4 children and loves to cycle and read. He serves as The Water Project’s Lead Operation and Maintenance Officer, as he is motivated by sustainability. He loves to interact with local communities and sees clean water as the most critical essential service.

Keeping water flowing is Justus’ passion. He’ll often check on communities during his time off and on weekends – driven by a belief that every community should have uninterrupted access to safe water.

Tom Murphy, Reporting Officer

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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.

William Muruli, Water Point Service Coordinator, Regional Service Hub

William’s education includes a Diploma in Management Information Systems and Business Management. He is also a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya (CPA-K), and has worked in partnership with The Water Project for over 11 years to help implement audits of or our partners/teams. Today, he serves as Water Point Service Coordinator within our Regional Service Hub, where he helps to lead a program ensuring prompt and timely maintenance and repair of water wells in the region. In his role he helps lead The Water Project’s dispatch program – which responds to communities and schools in need of ongoing service and support on their water systems. William maintains a live inventory of spare parts and directly engages with Water User Committees on maintenance/repairs, as well as accounting for their contributions to The Water Project’s sustainability programs.

The most favorite part of his job is when a community calls our toll-free maintenance/repair hotline number, needing assistance with their water system – because he is confident that there is a system in place to keep water flowing for communities, long after projects are installed.

William is married and has two sons. He loves watching football (soccer) and listening to music.

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!

Fanice Atera Terry, Community Engagement Officer, Regional Service Hub

Fanice is a community development expert with 10 years of WaSH experience. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Community Development, a Master of Science in Development Studies, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Development Studies. As Community Engagement Officer, Fanice implements continuing engagement programs for the hundreds of communities and schools that The Water Project partners with in our sustainability program. These programs focus on continued hygiene promotion and community contributions alongside The Water Project’s maintenance and repair services. She’s especially fond of conducting menstrual hygiene management trainings in schools.

Fanice is married with three children – all boys! She loves poultry farming and being a good neighbor to the women and girls in her community.

Joan Were, Operations Manager, Regional Service Hub

Joan knows first-hand what it’s like to be a young girl coming home after dark after searching for water. As a teenager, she often survived on one jug of water for the day, and regularly experienced typhoid. Her belief in a world where everyone has clean water to drink led to a Undergraduate Degree in Environmental Science, which has equipped her to work across disciplines as part of a team providing sustainable solutions to environmental health problems. As Operations Manager, Joan has helped to establish The Water Project’s service and support office in Western Kenya, where we coordinate a unified strategy for clean water and sanitation among several teams and in cooperation with local government and communities. Joan manages pilots focused on the sustainability of water points, helps to manage The Water Projects ongoing service and support programs, conducts field visits, and helps to ensure that The Water Project is serving the current and ongoing needs of the region. She often spends her evenings cooking for her parents, and loves listening to music.

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.