Board of Directors

Peter Lochery
MWA Board Chair
Peter Lochery has been on the MWA Board of Directors since its inception, serving in various board roles, including Vice Chair...

...and currently Chair.  He is an environmental engineer with over 50 years of experience in the water sector.  He has worked in the private sector in the UK, Middle East and East Asia, with the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program in West Africa and South Asia.  During his time in West Africa, he was seconded to government for six years.  In 1995, he joined CARE and led its global development programming in water security, sanitation, and hygiene.  While working at CARE, he was involved with several start-ups focused on advocacy and systemic change, and now sits on the Boards of Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor and a new organization focused on water security.  He was awarded the University of Oklahoma International Water Prize in 2015.

Stephanie Ogden
Stephanie Ogden is the Senior Water Policy Advisor for the Water Team at CARE. In this role, she works with country offices...

...and key programs to identify and develop strategic approaches for addressing policy gaps, and confronts WASH issues at the policy level in order to achieve a more systemic and lasting impact. Ms. Ogden is also responsible for engagement in domestic advocacy towards improved U.S. policies that enable sustainable water use and resource management. Prior to joining CARE, Ms. Ogden was the WASH Advisor and WASH/NTD Coordinator for the Task Force for Global Health, where she worked to encourage joint efforts between the WASH and neglected tropical disease (NTD) sectors and incorporate WASH into strategies for the long-term control of the NTDs. Ms. Ogden has a master’s degree in International Environmental Policy and a graduate certificate in Water Conflict Management and Transformation.

David Tsetse
Catholic Relief Services
David Tsetse is a Ghanaian-American with over 22 years of professional experience in water, sanitation, hygiene...

environment program design, resource mobilization, strategy development, and implementation. He is the Global Lead of the Water, Sanitation, Hygiene, and Environment at Catholic Relief Services. Before joining Catholic Relief Services, Dr. Tsetse worked at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for over 14 years with long-term assignments in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Sudan, Denmark, and the USA. Dr. Tsetse also worked for the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development in Sudan, and as an environmental scientist and exploration geologist in Ghana. He has a Ph.D. in Environment and Development from Leiden University, an MBA in Engineering Management from the University of Manchester UK, an MSc in Environmental Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark, and a B.Sc. (Hons) in Geology from the University of Ghana.

Rod Beadle
Food for the Hungry
MWA Treasurer
Rod Beadle, PE serves as the Relief & Humanitarian/WASH Lead for... Food for the Hungry (FH). Rod is a registered civil... with nearly 40 years of experience designing and constructing infrastructure projects throughout the world. He holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and an MS in International Public Service from DePaul University. He supports humanitarian response and WASH activities in 18 countries where FH implements development and relief programs.

Elynn Walter
Elynn Walter is an international advocacy expert with IRC, a Dutch organization focused on supporting governments to achieve the...

...Sustainable Development Goals for water and sanitation by 2030. She is part of the Watershed – empowering citizens strategic partnership. Based in Washington DC, she also leads IRC’s partnerships in the United States.

Prior to IRC, Ms. Walter was the Sustainability Director at the former WASH Advocates (2012-2015) and worked with corporations, foundations, civic groups, academia and implementing organizations to improve their WASH investments and programs. She has worked both in private industry as well as for the US Department of State. Her interest in water, sanitation and hygiene stems from her experience as a Community Health Educator for the Peace Corps in Turkmenistan. Ms. Walter received her Master of Public Health from George Washington University and her Bachelor of Arts from James Madison University.

Natalie Mantel
Living Water International
Natalie Mantel is the Director of Grants Management and Legal Counsel for Living Water International. She manages Living Water's... institutional funding portfolio which spans Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Born and raised in the Midwest, Ms. Mantel earned her B.A. in English and Business from Calvin University in Grand Rapids, MI and her J.D. from Valparaiso University School of Law.  Her past experience includes school teaching, vocational training, corporate software and hardware support, research consultant, editor, and private law practice. Natalie and her husband, Mike, have four daughters and reside in Houston, Texas.

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Stephen Sara
Save the Children
Steve Sara is a Senior WASH Advisor at Save the Children and has 10 years of experience working on global health and international...

...development.  Mr. Sara has been a member of Save the Children’s WASH team since 2014 and has led the team since 2018. His work focuses on implementing WASH activities to support improvements in maternal, newborn and child health across high burden countries. Mr. Sara is a former adjunct professor at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health. Prior to working at Save the Children, he served as a Captain in the U.S. Army for six years, where he served as an operations manager and a liaison to USAID and various partner governments and militaries. Mr. Sara holds a bachelor’s degree in History from Purdue University and a master’s degree in Global Environmental Health from The George Washington University.

Laura MacDonald
Mortenson Center, CU Boulder
MWA Secretary
Dr. Laura MacDonald is the Managing Director of the Mortenson Center in Global Engineering & Resilience. She holds a PhD in Geography...

...and Environmental Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University and a BS in Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University. In her role as Managing Director, Laura provides administrative, programming, and financial oversight of the Center's graduate certificate, Professional Master's programs and undergraduate residential academic program. Additionally, she manages the Mortenson Center's research program in Rwanda and provides support to the Mortenson Center's broader research portfolio in sub-Saharan Africa.

Evan Thomas
Mortenson Center, CU Boulder
Evan Thomas is the Director of the Mortenson Center in Global Engineering, the Global Engineering Residential Academic Program...

...and holds the Mortenson Endowed Chair in Global Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is a tenured Associate Professor jointly appointed in the Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering and the Aerospace Engineering Sciences Departments, and an affiliate faculty in Environmental and Occupational Health at the Colorado School of Public Health. Dr. Thomas is a currently a member of the NASA and USAID SERVIR Applied Sciences Team.

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Kelly Parsons
WaterAid America
Kelly Parsons joined WaterAid as CEO in 2019. She holds a Masters in International Development from the John's Hopkins School...

...of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. She started her career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Guatemala. Before WaterAid, Parsons led the Corporate Partnerships and Philanthropy team at Population Services International (PSI). Previously, she led the Marketing Leadership Council, a network of Fortune 500 marketing executives and served as CEO of Melcrum Inc., a corporate and employee communications startup.

Jordan Smoke
Jordan Smoke
World Vision
Jordan Smoke is the Director of WASH. He brings almost a decade of experience working in various positions on the WVUS WASH team.

He has served as a Sr. Program Manager, Sr. Technical Advisor, and Sr. Manager of WASH Programming and Partnerships. Jordan has managed a multifaceted portfolio of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects across West Africa and Latin America being responsible for program start-up, scale-up, and monitoring implementation. He is an engineer by background and has spent time implementing WASH projects in the field. He brings unique set of skills that focus on program effectiveness, innovation and global operational strategy. In addition, he has coordinated the strategic planning of WV WASH partnerships with foundations, universities, and other non-profits.

Dennis Warner
MWA Board Member Ex-Officio
Dr. Dennis B. Warner has over forty years experience in international development working on problems of water supply, sanitation...

...environmental health and emergency relief assistance. Most recently, he served as a Senior Technical Advisor for water supply, sanitation and water resources development with Catholic Relief Services. 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.