Meet our Volunteer Board

As the President of Water Access Now, Bob overseas strategy and planning which includes working with partners in Ghana, raising awareness and funding, and managing the operations of the organization. Bob works for Microsoft where he is responsible for global software partner alliances. He has a bachelor's degree in Biology from Cornell University and a Masters of Business Administration from Yale. He and his wife, Amy have two children and love to ski. Their family has made very close friends with Water Access Now's partners in Ghana and have travelled to Ghana together.

As the President of Water Access Now, Bob overseas strategy and planning which includes working with partners in Ghana, raising awareness and funding, and managing the operations of the organization. Bob works for Microsoft where he is responsible for global software partner alliances. He has a bachelor's degree in Biology from Cornell University and a Masters of Business Administration from Yale. He and his wife, Amy have two children and love to ski. Their family has made very close friends with Water Access Now's partners in Ghana and have travelled to Ghana together.

Bob Maher | President

Jan Kline is a Seattle 3rd generation native and graduated from the University of Washington. Jan has coordinated youth and outreach activities at St. John Vianney Parish in the Seattle area since 1990. She served as a Seattle Archdiocese youth ministry committee member, on the board of Youth Migrant Project, and 11 years (including board chair) of Esperanza International. Jan cofounded Water Access Now after serving on the board of the preceding W.A.T.E.R. organization. Jan enjoys travel and grandchildren.

Jan Kline is a Seattle 3rd generation native and graduated from the University of Washington. Jan has coordinated youth and outreach activities at St. John Vianney Parish in the Seattle area since 1990. She served as a Seattle Archdiocese youth ministry committee member, on the board of Youth Migrant Project, and 11 years (including board chair) of Esperanza International. Jan cofounded Water Access Now after serving on the board of the preceding W.A.T.E.R. organization. Jan enjoys travel and grandchildren.

Jan Kline | Vice President

Stephanie Larson joined the Board of Water Access Now in 2014 and became their Secretary in 2015. She traveled to Ghana in 2008 and again in 2016 with her son, Benjamin Larson. Stephanie works with The Pacific Financial Group, Inc., and is involved with managing the compliance process, developing marketing strategies, and planning meetings and company events. She began her career in finance in North Dakota, and worked for U.S. Bank for 16 years after she moved to Seattle.

Stephanie Larson joined the Board of Water Access Now in 2014 and became their Secretary in 2015. She traveled to Ghana in 2008 and again in 2016 with her son, Benjamin Larson. Stephanie works with The Pacific Financial Group, Inc., and is involved with managing the compliance process, developing marketing strategies, and planning meetings and company events. She began her career in finance in North Dakota, and worked for U.S. Bank for 16 years after she moved to Seattle.

Stephanie Larson | Secretary

Steve Zeller is the Treasurer for Water Access Now. He has been a member of the board since its inception and had the opportunity to visit Ghana in 2008. He is a graduate of the University of Washington with a B.A. in Economics. Steve is employed at Avier Wealth Advisors as their Portfolio Implementation Specialist. In his spare time, you can find him hiking and exploring the beautiful Northwest.

Steve Zeller is the Treasurer for Water Access Now. He has been a member of the board since its inception and had the opportunity to visit Ghana in 2008. He is a graduate of the University of Washington with a B.A. in Economics. Steve is employed at Avier Wealth Advisors as their Portfolio Implementation Specialist. In his spare time, you can find him hiking and exploring the beautiful Northwest.

Stephen Zeller | Treasurer

Ercenk Keresteci | Board Member

Nicky MacInnes, a retired judge, traveled with Water Access Now on a delegation to Ghana in 2011. She has been a board member since 2012.

Nicky MacInnes, a retired judge, traveled with Water Access Now on a delegation to Ghana in 2011. She has been a board member since 2012.

Nicky MacInnes | Board Member

Tonyia is from Washington, is the mom of Nate and Luke and the wife of Mark. She loves life and believes in empowering others. Tonyia’s involvement with Water Access Now started with a spiritual challenge to take action and make a difference. She believes water is life and providing clean accessible water to the villages in Ghana is like saying 'I love you’.

Tonyia is from Washington, is the mom of Nate and Luke and the wife of Mark. She loves life and believes in empowering others. Tonyia’s involvement with Water Access Now started with a spiritual challenge to take action and make a difference. She believes water is life and providing clean accessible water to the villages in Ghana is like saying 'I love you’.

Tonyia Cairns | Events Coordinator

Chris Norwood joins the Water Access Now board overseeing media outreach. Chris has accompanied Water Access Now on two delegations to Ghana (2012 & 2015). Chris has a passion for international healthcare, graduating with Honors in Biology from Pitzer College and currently serves as a Fulbright Fellow under the U.S. Department of State education and international diplomacy program in Malaysia.

Chris Norwood joins the Water Access Now board overseeing media outreach. Chris has accompanied Water Access Now on two delegations to Ghana (2012 & 2015). Chris has a passion for international healthcare, graduating with Honors in Biology from Pitzer College and currently serves as a Fulbright Fellow under the U.S. Department of State education and international diplomacy program in Malaysia.

Chris Norwood | Media Coordinator

 
Thomas was orphaned before the age of ten; his youngest two brothers died of malnutrition and lack of care. His search for food led him to an elementary school, where he was fed a small meal every day. He survived, studied, and eventually won scholarships to attend college. He later earned a master's degree from California State University. Thomas works with Catholic Relief Services and lives in Ghana with his wife and four children. He serves as a partner and host for Water Access Now delegations to Ghana.

Thomas was orphaned before the age of ten; his youngest two brothers died of malnutrition and lack of care. His search for food led him to an elementary school, where he was fed a small meal every day. He survived, studied, and eventually won scholarships to attend college. He later earned a master's degree from California State University. Thomas works with Catholic Relief Services and lives in Ghana with his wife and four children. He serves as a partner and host for Water Access Now delegations to Ghana.

Thomas Awiapo | Ghana Partner & Host

 

Intern Alumni

Courtney Plummer

“I served as an intern back in 2010 to 2011 and spent 3-months in northern Ghana in the summer of 2010 as a student of the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. During my time there, I visited 11 of the 22 water projects installed between 2006 and 2010 with Catholic Relief Services/Ghana. These visits to communities across northern Ghana served to observe the structures post-installation and to speak with water and sanitation committee members and other community members about the effects of the safe water source and how the community was working to keep it running, amidst many challenges. During one visit at a water project located beside a health clinic, I even had the opportunity to witness firsthand how important water was to the birthing process! Were it not for the available safe water source, the midwife would not have been able to wash any of the instruments, clean the mother or her newborn baby, nor would the family have been able to prepare a meal for the new mother.

I’m really grateful for the time spent with dedicated staff and community members during those few months. And, as it turned out—those three months collaborating with CRS/Ghana were just the beginning of my time with Catholic Relief Services. From 2011 to 2018, I worked with CRS overseas in Nicaragua, the Philippines, Pakistan, and Guatemala. During that time I had the privilege to serve alongside highly committed and qualified colleagues on projects including emergency responses; water, sanitation, and hygiene; dignified transitional shelter; HIV/AIDS care and support services; food security; nutrition, agricultural livelihoods; youth development; education; and community development. I’m now based in our headquarters office in Baltimore, serving our CRS projects overseas as one of our support liaisons for U.S. Government funded projects.”