Board of Directors
Malcolm Stewart Morris is Chairman of Stewart Title Company. He served as Chairman of the Deacons at First Baptist Church of Houston; He was a member of the Council on National Policy and Real Estate Roundtable’s President’s Council. He is the past Chairman and current Executive Vice President of Living Water International. Mr. Morris is also heavily involved in working with Africa for Schools, hospitals, orphanages, churches, and communities.
Peter Lochery is an environmental engineer with over 30 years of experience in the water sector. He has worked in the private sector, with the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program, and latterly with CARE. Since joining CARE in 1995, he has been responsible for providing leadership to CARE’s relief and development programming in water and sanitation and water resources.
Eleanor Allen brings more than 20 years of experience in water and sanitation to Water For People, joining as Chief Executive Officer in summer 2015. Previously she was the Global Director of Water for ARCADIS, where she managed a water engineering consultancy. She previously spent 16 years in various positions at CH2M, including managing Latin America Water, which included water and wastewater projects in Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Puerto Rico. She began her career as a water and sanitation Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic. She has lived and worked over half her professional career in Latin America. Ms. Allen received an MS degree in environmental engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and a BS in civil engineering and environmental studies from Tufts University. She is a registered professional civil engineer in California, Washington, and Puerto Rico (lapsed), a Board Certified Civil Engineer, speaks four languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Dutch), and is a board member for US-Brazil Connect.
Since 2010, Agnes Montangero has been leading the water & infrastructure sector of HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation, a Swiss NGO implementing 40 water projects in 20 countries. An environmental engineer, Ms. Montangero has been working in the water and sanitation sector for 15 years in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. Prior to working for HELVETAS, Ms. Montangero conducted research at the Department of Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries (SANDEC) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag), an internationally renowned aquatic research institute. She wrote her PhD thesis on fecal sludge management and environmental sanitation planning. Additionally, Ms. Montangero worked for Skat, an independent Swiss organization working in development and humanitarian aid, as a water and environmental sanitation specialist. In the Skat team, she provided strategic program support and developing tools and manuals such as a sustainability assessment tool in addition to overseeing external evaluations. Ms. Montangero is fluent in French, English, and German.
Dr. Patrick Moriarty, is IRC’s Chief Executive Officer, and a Civil Engineer by first degree and Water Resource Management expert by experience, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary work on water service delivery and local water governance. Dr. Moriarty has more than 20 years of experience in a broad range of issues around water, primarily in Africa and South Asia. He has been with IRC since 2000 in several leadership positions, including as head of knowledge development, as IRC’s country director in Ghana, and as director of Triple-S. Dr. Moriarty’s main area of interest is in how IRC can ignite and support sector wide change that brings improved services and more sustainable water resource use to all.
Chris Palusky is a humanitarian professional with more than 15 years of international relief, development and fundraising experience. He has served in a wide range of emergency responses, assisting with natural disasters and complex humanitarian emergencies. Mr. Palusky served with World Vision from 2003 to 2006. Before returning to World Vision in 2012, Mr. Palusky served in senior leadership positions with leading humanitarian organizations, including CARE, MAP International, Samaritan’s Purse, and World Relief. He has worked in hot spots and crises for the majority of his time as a humanitarian worker, including Kosovo, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Sudan, Myanmar, Lebanon, and Mali.
Sarina Prabasi is the Chief Executive of WaterAid America, the world’s largest international non-profit dedicated exclusively to helping the world’s poorest people gain long-term access to safe drinking water, toilets and effective hygiene education. With 20 years of experience in international development work, Sarina most recently served as Deputy Chief of Programs at Orbis International, and as Country Representative at WaterAid Ethiopia. Prior to that, she spent nearly ten years at Pact Inc., serving both in Washington, DC and overseas. Originally from Nepal, Sarina lives in NYC where she is a proud mama to two young girls and co-founder of Buunni Coffee, a fair trade, organic coffee company.
Shep Owen is an experienced leader of complex responses to poverty in rapidly changing contexts. Organizations he has worked with include Habitat for Humanity, UNWFP, and The Carter Center. Mr. Owen studied History at the University of Oklahoma and Public Policy and Management at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. Currently the Senior Director of Partnerships with Food for the Hungry based in Washington DC, he works to develop strategic partnerships with corporations and foundations that leverage each partner’s impact for the poor. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Owen was the Africa Regional Director for FH Association responsible for operations in eight countries, 1600 staff and a budget of $65m. His technical experience includes strategic planning, resource development, project and financial management, monitoring and evaluation, and cross-sector partnerships.
Rich Thorsten is the Director of International Programs for Water.org. Mr. Thorsten oversees the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of Water.org’s water and sanitation programs. He also works closely with the Development and Communications teams on donor and special public relations projects.
Vanessa Tobin is the Senior Technical Adviser for Water Supply, Sanitation and Water Resources Development for Catholic Relief Services, based in Baltimore, Maryland. Until December 2011, Ms. Tobin led UNICEF activities in the Philippines for children and women; advocacy and resource mobilization; and emergency response. Prior to that, she served as Chief of Water, Environment and Sanitation (WES) in UNICEF New York Headquarters, 2001 -2006. For nearly 30 years, Ms. Tobin worked extensively in the field for the United Nations and other organizations, in South Sudan, Lesotho, Pakistan, Egypt, and Nepal. Ms. Tobin has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Birmingham (UK) University and Master’s degrees in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1985, and in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Dr. Dennis B. Warner is a Senior Technical Advisor for water supply, sanitation and water resources development with Catholic Relief Services. He has over forty years experience in international development, working on problems of water supply, sanitation, environmental health and emergency relief assistance. Dr. Warner has lived in Tanzania, Uganda, Switzerland and France and has held positions with the Peace Corps, University of Dar es Salaam, Duke University, World Health Organization, several engineering consulting firms, World Bank and USAID. Dr. Warner is a Member of Pax Christi, the international Catholic peace movement, and in 2000 served as representative of Pax Christi International to the United Nations in Geneva.
Jonathan Wiles serves as Vice President for Program Excellence at Living Water International. In that role, he leads a team of subject matter experts—integrating disciplines like public health, sustainability, engineering, and missiology—to focus on new approaches, policy, tools, and organizational learning. He also facilitates Living Water’s long-range strategic planning, advises other organizations on strategy and change, serves as Chairman of the Board at the Accord Network (North America’s largest association of Christian relief and development agencies), and was a co-founder of the Accord WASH Alliance. Mr.Wiles has been in leadership roles in the nonprofit sector for fifteen years. He holds an MA in International Development, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Organizational Leadership, both from Eastern University.