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. In June 2018, Stephanie retired from The Pacific Financial Group, Inc. where she was 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. In June 2018, Stephanie retired from The Pacific Financial Group, Inc. where she was 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

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 three delegations to Ghana (2012, 2015, 2018). Chris has a passion for international healthcare, graduating with Honors in Biology from Pitzer College and serving as a Fulbright Fellow under the U.S. Department of State education and international diplomacy program in Malaysia. Chris currently is pursuing graduate studies at Northwestern University.

Chris Norwood joins the Water Access Now board overseeing media outreach. Chris has accompanied Water Access Now on three delegations to Ghana (2012, 2015, 2018). Chris has a passion for international healthcare, graduating with Honors in Biology from Pitzer College and serving as a Fulbright Fellow under the U.S. Department of State education and international diplomacy program in Malaysia. Chris currently is pursuing graduate studies at Northwestern University.

Chris Norwood | Media

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


Water Access Now Intern

Destry Seiler

Destry Seiler will be working with Water Access Now in 2019.  She initially fell in love with development work by volunteering with Esperanza International in Tijuana, Mexico for many summers until she was eventually the long term volunteer for the organization from May-August of 2013. Destry graduated from Washington State University in May of 2016 with a degree in Civil Engineering, Water Resources. Her goal was to help find clean and reliable water sources in developing communities, so she set off to Panama with the Peace Corps in June of 2016 as a Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) volunteer through August of the following year.  While in Panama Destry began a groundwater research project in her community by partnering with Engineers Without Borders (EWB) at WSU.  After returning from Panama Destry decided to continue her education to be able to better serve rural communities and is currently working towards earning her Masters Degree in Civil Engineering. Destry hopes to graduate in May of this year, and is very excited to apply what she has learned to assist Water Access Now in bringing sustainable water to villages in Ghana, “I can't wait to keep learning on this next adventure!”

Intern Alumni

Sheena Lahren

Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Intern for Water Access Now (WAN)
June- August 2015 in Tamale, Ghana: Project Outcomes and Service Delivery Exploration (Tamale, Ghana)
- Designed methodology for assessing service delivery and qualitative impact of WAN funded potable water facilities on rural communities, with particular focus on women and girls
- Conducted key informant interviews, surveys, and focus group discussions
- Analyzed qualitative data on health and education indicators related to potable water
- Conducted site visits/fieldwork in at least 10 rural communities in Northern regions of Ghana to record observations, photos, and interviews about the impact of WAN projects
- Produced marketing materials, such as Powerpoint presentation, photos, and a case study publication for donors
- Liased with in-country partner, Catholic Relief Services
- Presented study findings and recommendations for future projects to WAN board of directors and Catholic Relief Service Ghana staff via written report and oral presentation

Education
University of Washington Evans School
Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.), International Development; Global Health
2014 – 2016 -Activities and Societies: Mark Lindenburg Endowment for Excellence (2014), D-Prize Winner (2015), Ottenberg-Winan Fellowship (2015), GO Health Fellowship (2016), Global Action Prize (2016),
Sheena co created and directed Power2Girls in Ghana in 2014 to 2016. Since 2016, Sheena has been Ghana Country Director of Lively Minds, a U.K non profit. She leads the program in implementing and scaling an Early Childhood Intervention in rural communities in Ghana through the Ghana government.


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.”