Volunteer Highlight

Tiyasha

Research Director

Tiyasha recently led a team to help our organization win the Energy Globe Award for sustainability in Ethiopia. She has found that technology can be a tool useful for study and research to educate society about the environment which is the source of life. Tiyasha previously worked with the Department of Civil Engineering, Institute of Technology (IOT) at Ambo University in Ethiopia. In addition to her regular work in the academic field she is also the project manager for an ongoing “Baseline Impact Assessment” with COWASH, a bilateral program jointly funded by the Government of Ethiopia, the Government of Finland, and IOT Ambo University. She was also the editor in chief of IOT Newsletter. She has also worked as Assistant professor, Discipline & Activity Coordinator, Tutor, Placement Coordinator, Newsletter Editor, Project Guide and magazine editor in Dept. of Civil Engineering, Poornima Group of Institution, India. She is a detail oriented, highly qualified, and experienced teacher with a good acquaintance in both practical and theoretical environmental engineering techniques. She has a natural desire to conduct research and she has published a number of her works in international journals and co-authored various environment related books. She is a member of the International Society for Environmental Information Sciences in Canada and she is fluent in English, Hindi, and Bengali. Tiyasha is currently pursuing her Ph.D. as faculty of Civil Engineering (Environmental Engineer) at Tôn Đức Thắng University, in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
 
Rajasthan Technical University, India
Master of Technology in Environmental Engineering with Honors
Vinayaka Missions University, India
Bachelor of Engineering with Distinction

Board of Directors

Caleb King

Secretary

 

Caleb King is a civil engineer who lends a comprehensive background in large scale project management and design actualization. He currently works in various capacities and with a variety of stakeholders as Partner/Project Executive at Giroux Glass. His past accomplishments and responsibilities include working for: Perini Building Company as Superintendent/Department Manager, Design Engineering & Consulting as Project Manager/Design Consultant, and Advanced Foundation Repair as Project Manager/Estimator. Caleb also served the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as United States Army Officer, Brigade Assistant S3 and United States Army Officer, Platoon Leader.

 

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California

Masters in Business Administration

United States Military Academy, West Point, New York

Bachelor of Science: Civil Engineering

Professional Engineer License (Texas, Nevada)

Member Society of American Military Engineers

Member American Society of Civil Engineers

Michelle Brogan Terrell

Treasurer

 

Michelle is a demand planner with Boeing - the world's largest aerospace company. She is a bold innovator and dreamer. She forecasts inventory needs and tracks incoming and outgoing product deliveries in support of customer demand dates.  Her job duties include analyzing, assimilating, and maintaining optimal inventory levels to achieve high customer fill rates while maintaining desirable financial and operational turn rates. Michelle has an ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks within a competitive cost and revenue conscious environment and is able to work under minimal direction. She performs in a teamwork focused environment with a diverse and experienced staff.  She creates and evaluates inventory reports, and completed a study abroad program in St. Helens, England where she served as a team leader on a community outreach to London, England with ACET (AIDS Care & Education Training).

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
Master of Science Global Supply Chain Management
Vanguard University of Southern California, Costa Mesa, California
Bachelor's Degree Field Of Study Sociology

Attorney at law (Hawaii) whose practice has been in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii for 39 years and includes extensive formation and representation of nonprofit corporations; and who has served on the Board of Directors of numerous community service oriented nonprofit organizations over the years to provide legal guidance and general administrative and business experience. 

 

Hastings College of Law, University of California

Juris Doctor

University of California at Berkeley

Bachelor of Arts

Hawaii State and American Bar Associations from 1971 to date.

Wallace H. Gallup, Jr, Esq.

Director

 

Volunteer Staff

Suraj  Bhagat

Operations Director

 

Suraj Bhagat is fervent to serve the basic needs for the economically disadvantaged as well as disaster distressed communities. He is currently working in the Department of Civil Engineering, at Ambo University in Ethiopia. He has administrative experience as the Head of Department at Sri Balaji college of Engineering & Technology, India. He earned 1st rank (Gold Medal) as a Master of Technology (Environmental Engineering) with Honors from Rajasthan Technical University, India and he earned the SF Research Fellowship in 2013 from IIT Delhi. He has a proven ability in coordinating large projects, teaching students, advising faulty and leading efforts to reduce human suffering through improvements in public health. He has published a number of his research findings in International Journals and he published a book on Rural Water Supply and Sanitation. He is also a reviewer of Recent Patents in Biotechnology published by Bentham Science International Journal. He has organised many International Conferences, Seminars and Workshops to foster the technically advantage of the future pillar of this world.

 

Rajasthan Technical University, India

Master of Technology with 1st Rank (Gold Medal)

Vinayaka Missions University, India

Bachelor of Engineering with Distincti

Dr. Mona Hanouni works as a Neonatologist at Kaiser Permanente and in the Cardiovascular ICU at the Children's Hospital of Orange County. She is a Former Postdoctoral Fellow in Neonatal Medicine at the Harbor UCLA Medical Center and a Former Postdoctoral Fellow in Neonatal Medicine at the Children's Hospital of Orange County. She is a studied M.D. from the world renowned David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and she studied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the top ranking University of California, Irvine. She has also very notably served at the heart of the middle east conflict in Palestine. 

Dr. Mona Hanouni

Executive Medical Advisor

 

Seth is a graduate of West Point (Class of 2001) and is currently researching Sustainable Agriculture Education for his master’s thesis at Vancouver Island University. After graduating from West Point, Seth served 5 years in the Army Field Artillery. Upon leaving the Army in 2006, Seth worked in management roles in commercial construction and manufacturing before spending most of 2014 as a farmhand to learn the principles of permaculture at his friend’s farm in Pennsylvania. This proved to be a life-altering decision. He vowed to never spend another minute in a cubicle, and he has dedicated his life to educating others about sustainable agriculture.

Seth Kretser

Sustainable Lifestyle

Advisor

 

Thalia King is a mother of two boys, who is working towards her BA in faith based studies with an emphasis in biblical studies from Grand Canyon University. She has experience in curriculum development, finance, entrepreneurship, home based business, and network marketing. Thalia is committed to helping our women of courage develop a platform from which to inspire hope and help for others. Her heart for the nations is relationships based, action oriented, and she is compelled to support our women leaders in word and deed.

Thalia King

Women's Leadership

Director

 

James Aram Elliott, from Easton, Pennsylvania, earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Wheaton College (Massachusetts) in 2015 with a double degree in Psychology and Contemplative Studies.  During his time there, James served as the first student representative of Wheaton College’s Contemplative Studies Initiative, created his alma mater’s first Contemplative Studies curriculum, lead Wheaton’s meditation group, and received awards in its Eye on the World Photography Contest, in addition to volunteering at the Bhutan Centre for Media and Democracy while studying Buddhism & Social Theories at the Royal Thimphu College in the Kingdom of Bhutan.  Since graduating, James has pursued freelance photography and photojournalism, working with local artisans and Syrian refugees in Armenia, water protectors and allies at Standing Rock North Dakota, and different activist movements in New York City.

James Aram Elliott

Communications Advisor

Rachel, who prefers the tag RaRa since she is a cheerleader for humanity, is an artist and event producer living in Los Angeles. She produced art fundraisers for the Bernie Sanders campaign, a fashion show for LA Fashion Week, and has helped organize numerous star studded demonstrations, marches and rallies with Team Bernie LA, Bernie's Avengers, and California for Progress. For the last 10 years she has worked as a costume and fashion designer in Hollywood as well as performed locally and internationally as a circus aerialist and dancer. Since traveling to Standing Rock Reservation to be an ally for the protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline, she has been transitioning to a life of service. She hopes to bring her strong skills for bringing people together to help expand Agua International's reach. Growing up in Minnesota amongst the 10,000 lakes, she has always had a strong affinity for water.

Rachel RaRa Carlson

Performing Arts Director

 
Cody Kennedy

Director of International Substance Abuse Treatment Services

Cody recently graduated top of his class from California State University, San Bernardino with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, while minoring in Communications. Cody received numerous awards for student excellence in varying fields of psychological study, including multiple Dean’s List recognitions, and membership admittance into the international collegiate honor’s society, Phi Beta Kappa. Cody currently works at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, in Rancho Mirage, California, where he is dedicated to helping others overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges. Cody is also a long time author of fiction and non-fiction. Cody is currently serving as the Director of Substance Abuse Treatment Services at Health to Hope Clinics where he is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor II and Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. 

 

California State University, San Bernardino

Bachelor of Arts

Psychology & Communications

Member International Honor’s Society

Phi Beta Kappa    

Barkeal Beyene
Business Advisor

Ethiopia

Barkeal is an emerging young social entrepreneur who believes that social entrepreneurs are the future of this world to alleviating poverty and create a sustainable and habitable planate. In 2011 Barkeal earned his BA in Sociology from Addis Ababa University. After graduation, he has been involved in various developmental and relief works in International and local NGOs in Ethiopia. Currently, he is a Program Coordinator in Kidmia Foundation and a Country Office Representative for World Merit Ethiopia. Barkeal is passionate and committed to develop Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Leadership in Ethiopia. Moreover, Barkeal is pursuing his MBA in general Management in Unity University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

 

Unity University, Addis Ababa

Masters in Business Administration (In progress)

Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa

Bachelors of Arts

Sociology

Rajan Kunwar is an aspiring social activist with a rich history of facilitating the connection and involvement of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and international nongovernmental organizations (INGOs) within Nepal. Working in conjunction with INGO Possible (formerly Naya Health) he served as the Superintendent of Naya Health Sanfe Bagar Medical Clinic from 2007-2009.  Rajan was also the President at Achham District Nepal Student Union 2003-2013. He has a desire to shape the future of Nepal into one where there is a reduction in poverty and improved access to education and health care. His plan to actualize this vision is to remain focused on capacity building and infrastructure development from within the country while promoting inter-organizational cooperation. Rajan enjoys soccer, marital arts, singing, and listening to music.

Rajan Kunwar

Country Representative

Nepal

 

Dr. Mustafa Omid is fluent in English, Pashto, Dari (Persian) and French. He wrote several articles on youth’s issues and their civil rights and was the member of (board of directors) of the 2013 national conference of youths in Kabul city. Mustafa began his job at ASHOAS legal organization, campaigning for women’s rights then he established the (IYSAA) Independent Youths Scientific Association of Afghanistan, the only academic association of youths in Afghanistan. Through the IYSAA, he managed and supervised several programs and projects, mostly scientific and educational, for capacity building for Afghan teachers and students. He has been the author of several reports and research papers including a concept paper for establishing the special office of United Nations for Afghan youths. His main endeavors include reinstating the roles and functions of youths throughout the country after decades of destructive war which demolished the civil society of youths and to develop civil society in order to empower Afghan men and women to lead the process of improving their lives. 

Dr. Mustafa Omid

Public Health Advocate

Afghanistan

 
Kawtar El Kadi

Director of Youth Leadership

WAY Program

Kawtar is a highly motivated social activist and inspiring young leader. She is committed to serving her local community, training and educating youth, and impacting the world for the global good. She is a member of the Community Service Program of the American Language Center in Rabat, Morocco, whose purpose is to change people's lives for the better, and to teach leadership skills to its volunteers. Kawtar took the National Entrepreneurial Challenge in 2014 in Ben Guerir City, Morocco and she participated in Startup Weekend in Rabat in 2014. Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities. Kawtar also served with NAIMUN (North Africa International Model United Nations) in the American Leadership University in 2015. Kawtar speaks four languages, English, French, Berber, and Arabic, and she recently earned her Black Belt on 31 March 2015. You can follow her women's and youth initiatives on Instagram @empowered.pple

Babai is from Mayapur, India. He attended Nabadwip Vidyasagar College where his focus of study centered on computer technology and government administration. He has experience with financial services and he has a servant’s heart. His hope is to see his community transformed and he is willing to do something about it. He identified that this will require more educational services, an increased capacity for food and nutrition, and local health care services. Babai played an integral part in coordinating local volunteers to install a clean water system in Ballaldighi. Babai also demonstrated how to prepare materials and taught others how to do it. 

Babai Pramanick

Community Development Officer: India

 
Menuka Magar

Project Manager: Nepal

 

Menuka Magar is from the Sindhupalchok District in Nepal. This area was at the epicenter of the tragic May 2015 earthquake. Immediately after the earthquake she had to relocate to Katmandu. Over 95% of the homes and buildings in her village were completely destroyed. While readjusting to life in Katmandu, Menuka selflessly went back to her village to coordinate two emergency relief efforts with our organization providing clean water to over 250 people and reconnecting two schools to their water source. In the process, she received a certification in project management for biosand filtration and she demonstrated an incredible ability to facilitate material acquisition, logistical support, and communication in multiple dialects. She continues to provide monitoring support for the project we implemented and she is now connecting other organizations with our mission to bring clean water to the world.

 

 

Catherine trained as an agricultural extension officer with the Kenya Ministry of Agriculture in General Agriculture, Livestock, and Home Economics. Additional achievements include training in soil and water conservation, grain storage, and conservation agriculture, safe use of chemicals, small shareholder extension programs, environment, and climate change. During her service in the agriculture sector she did a base line survey of Misikhu, Bungoma District in Western Kenya, on why 58.5 % of the farm families live at the poverty level. Her findings were that people are poor because they spent most of their income on hospital bills. This inspired her to train on biosand water filters, construction, sanitation, hygiene, and maintenance. She is now certified in biosand filtration from Friendly Water to the World and biochar filtration from Agua international Water Relief. She formed a group of 12 people, 8 men and 4 women called Kwalala Self Help Group, dealing with the construction of biosand/biochar water filters and training on sanitation, hygiene, and maintenance.

Catherine Waswa

Project Manager: Kenya

 

Aryam is a highly creative young philanthropist, who dedicates her energy, commitment and hard work to serve her country for a better future. She has been doing voluntary work at America world adoption, Mothers and Children Multisectoral Development Organization (MCMDO) and Abebech Gobena Children's Care and Development Association Image(AGOHELMA) and currently works part time at Hope for children (Australia) as a letter translator. Aryam believes that it is the right time for our generation to fight, eradicate and make poverty a history so as to create a better world for future generations. Aryam is pursuing her bachelor of arts in social work at Addis Ababa university and strives to become a successful and influential social worker.

Aryam Hiruy

Social Work Assistant

 

In 2013 Lazarus responded to Typhoon Haiyan aboard the United States Navy's USS George Washington (CVN-73). During Operation Damayan the United States contributed $86.7 million dollars in aid in a supranational humanitarian relief effort involving 40 other countries. As a result of his service in this effort Lazarus, now a veteran, has committed to continue in his service through the same promotion of life and the application of his life saving skill set. Lazarus was also awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service ribbon, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

Lazarus Isidoro

Environmental Protection 

Vets for Life

 

Andrew was born and raised in Paramount, California where he earned the opportunity to be the Graduate Speaker in 2006 at Sierra Vista High School in Whittier, California. He decided to join the United States Marine Corps early on when he was young. He celebrated his 19th birthday during his second phase as he completed boot camp training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in the Western Recruiting Region of San Diego, California in April of 2007. He started his Marine Corps  journey by making his way to his assigned unit where he carried out very important administrative duties to include preparing travel plans. In the past, he has traveled in service to complex environments and put his life on the line in the support of one of the world's most prestigious units where he served as the Company Admin Chief as a junior Marine. Currently, he is continuing his education towards an Associate of Science degree in Accounting at Rio Hondo College.

Andrew Negrete

Admin Chief: Vets for Life

 

Chelsea, is a social activist, change agent, single mother of three, who served  in freezing temperatures as a front-line water protector, volunteer support coordinator, and communications liason at Standing Rock, North Dakota. She is redefining what the world expects from women by what she does fearlessly in the face of physical aggression and oppression. Let's put it this way, in her picture to the left she is wearing mace under her eyes - not make up. She never gives up, she tells it how it is, and she will not rest until until the world wakes up. 

Chelsea Lyons Kent

Standing Rock Water Protector 

 
Gregory K. Gallup

President

Executive Director

   

         

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Greg has responded with relief supplies and sustainable clean water initiatives to natural disasters in four regions circling the globe to include the “Martian Tides” in El Salvador, “Super Typhoon Kuppo” in the Philippines, the “War in Afghanistan”,  the “Category 1 Humanitarian Emergency” facing East Africa caused by prolonged drought and abnormal weather events. In 2009 he earned his MBA in Non-Profit Management from Hope International University and was chosen to represent the School of Graduate and Professional Studies, as Grad Student Speaker, at Commencement. His undergraduate experience at the United States Military Academy, West Point, earned him Dean's List Honors and impressed upon him a lasting appreciation for servant-leadership. Greg's international development strategies focus on environmentally sustainable solutions and they incorporate innovative and appropriate technologies. He also hopes that his recent disclosures about his struggles with mental health, homelessness, and addiction pave the way for others to find freedom in their truth.

Hope International University, Fullerton, California

Masters in Business Administration: Nonprofit Management

United States Military Academy, West Point, New York

Excelsior College, Albany, New York

Bachelor of Science: Political Science and Systems Engineering

American Water Works Association, Denver, Colorado

Certified Water Treatment Operator, Level 1

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