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Who Is Bright Water?

The Bright Water Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation with an ambitious goal. Our mission is to transform lives by promoting and improving family health and self-reliance through water-borne disease prevention. This is accomplished by teaching effective safe water practices: rapid community water testing; household water treatment; and safe water storage.

We offer an innovative, extremely affordable and effective way to demonstrate and teach communities about water impurity, and the importance of safe water treatment and storage. Contact us to get involved and help us as we pursue this ambitious goal.

Meet Our Board Of Directors

Our executive team is a visionary group of health and science professionals. They are backed by a volunteer staff of industry experts who dedicate their free time to improving the world.

Rick Blodgett

Chair, CEO

Rick is currently the president/CEO of Blodgett Research, Inc. He has served on an international board for the non-profit, Solar Cookers International and is a pioneer in solar water pasteurization to reduce water-borne infectious disease in developing countries.

He has conducted extensive research in groundwater microbiology and he is currently investigating the impact of biofilm formation in well and distribution systems.

Ike Ferguson

Vice Chair

“Ike” spent most of the last two decades working on-the-ground in West Africa, where he initially served as the Area Welfare Manager for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ghana.

He recently accepted a seat on the Bright Water Foundation board of directors, where he is helping to implement the Bright Water Safe Water education model in Ghana. Since retirement, Ike and his wife have made 70+ trips to carry out volunteer training and international development projects.

Natalee allen

Secretary

NataLee Allen has a passion for Humanitarian work and has been blessed to volunteer with multiple organizations in Guatemala, Kenya, Rwanda, and recently Ghana when she went on a Bright Water Expedition to Sankubenase.

She serves in her family business, and has a supportive husband and two daughters. She is very excited to serve with Bright Water and help to bring Safe Water to more of God’s children. 

Nate Birchall

Treasurer

Nate is a seasoned financial executive with over 29 years of experience in a variety of industries and functions. He is currently an executive financial and transaction consultant, dba Lone Jack Capital, and a co-founder/executive of Goodboro Development, a real estate development and homebuilding company in Utah.

Nate began his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he worked for a total of ten years, including over four years in Eastern Europe, two of which as a partner leading the practice responsible for all audit and advisory services to technology and media companies in Russia. Nate and Patty, his wife, love the people and cultures of the world and are excited to contribute in a small way to make it a better place.

Jay Pimentel

Attorney

Jay has practiced business law in Northern California both as in-house counsel and as a law firm partner. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from University of California Berkeley and an MBA from California State University East Bay. He was a J. Reuben Clark Scholar in law school at Brigham Young University where he graduated in 1979. In addition, he has served the boards of directors of numerous non-profit organizations over the years.

sandi lunceford

Secretary

Sandra Lunceford, Executive Assistant, graduated with undergraduate and graduate degrees from California State University Sacramento.  Her education lead into a profession of environmental consulting focusing in minority and low-income communities.  She is also a board member of the California Pioneer Heritage Foundation which serves the California Living History Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.   

Taking part in providing clean water and a safe environment to underserved communities and strengthening families with the knowledge of heroes from their past brings great joy to her.  While her  husband, four children and 22 grandchildren are the brightest light to her life, building strong families for others is a natural progression of her career, education and pathway to happiness.  

Our Program Committee

Ike Ferguson

Chair

“Ike” spent most of the last two decades working on-the-ground in West Africa, where he initially served as the Area Welfare Manager for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ghana.

He recently accepted a seat on the Bright Water Foundation board of directors, where he is helping to implement the Bright Water Safe Water education model in Ghana. Since retirement, Ike and his wife have made 70+ trips to carry out volunteer training and international development projects.

Joy Allen

Vice Chair

Joy received a scholarship to Choinard Art Institute (now Art Center College of Design, owned by Disney). Her work has been exhibited throughout the country including the Museum of Tolerance in Washington DC. She became Art Director and later General Manager of Weiler Printing & Publishing.

After switching careers in 1997 to illustrating children’s books, she illustrated over 60 books for most of the major publishing companies. She has received the Banker’s Award and has been on the cover of Publisher’s Weekly and featured in Los Angeles Times up and coming artists.

Phil Dold

Committee Member

Phil believes access to safe water is a worthy goal that demands attention. Phil is a passionate collaborator and enjoys dissecting problems, planning, organizing and implementing projects.

Now retired from 34 years of technical management and support services, he finds working with Bright Water Foundation a fulfilling and rewarding opportunity.

Natalie Dalley

Director of Programs

Natalie Dalley is a Registered Dietitian with special concern for maternal and child nutrition. She collaborates with several programs to combat food insecurity and currently manages a weekend food backpack program.

After raising six children, she returned to receive her Master’s in Public Health with the intent to improve familial health and decrease health disparities in developing countries. With a firm belief, this world has enough and to spare, she endeavors to educate and empower the most vulnerable.

Sam eddings

Intellectual Property

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Martin Mortensen

Supply and Procurement

Martin loves figuring out how things work and making things. He earned a degree in Computer Engineering at CSUS and designed electronics at Intel for 20 years.

As a lifetime maker he also found time to make all kinds of things including kayaks, backpacks, tents, furniture, and clothes and teach at the local maker space. He is now applying his fabrication experience to supplying BrightWater with resources.

Steve Hutchings

Ghana Project Director

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Our Development Committee

Louis Biggers

Chair

Louis has over 25 years of experience in the technology industry where he has held positions in engineering, planning, marketing and strategy. He is also a credentialed Project Management Professional.

Louis graduated from Virginia Tech in 1994 with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering and a minor in Computer Science. He earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from University of California, Davis in 2008, with an emphasis on Marketing, Strategy, Finance, and Entrepreneurship.

Steve swarbrick

Vice Chair

Steve Swarbrick has over 27 years of experience helping clients make sound investments, preserve their assets, and create strategies designed for a successful retirement.

Throughout his career Steve has worked in collaboration with CPAs, tax attorneys and other financial professionals to ensure his clients have a comprehensive and complete financial and retirement plan.

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Communications

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Kenneth Reiersen

Web Developer & Head of IT

Kenneth received a degree in web graphic design and is CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, and CompTIA Security+ certified.

He enjoys making websites and fixing computers for clients, and has assisted bright water foundation since its humble beginnings in 2014. He is glad to be a part of Bright Water Foundation and loves to use his talents to serve and lift others.

Joy allen

Donor Relations

Joy received a scholarship to Choinard Art Institute (now Art Center College of Design, owned by Disney). Her work has been exhibited throughout the country including the Museum of Tolerance in Washington DC. She became Art Director and later General Manager of Weiler Printing & Publishing.

After switching careers in 1997 to illustrating children’s books, she illustrated over 60 books for most of the major publishing companies. She has received the Banker’s Award and has been on the cover of Publisher’s Weekly and featured in Los Angeles Times up and coming artists.

marilyn goff

Corporate Fundraising

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Molly Honda

Events

Molly Honda is a current online student through Brigham Young University – Idaho. She is getting her A.A.S. in Computer Information Systems.

She is excited to work with the great people who keep the Bright Water Foundation serving people around the world.

Our Finance & Administration Committee

Natalee allen

Chair

NataLee Allen has a passion for Humanitarian work and has been blessed to volunteer with multiple organizations in Guatemala, Kenya, Rwanda, and recently Ghana when she went on a Bright Water Expedition to Sankubenase.

She serves in her family business, and has a supportive husband and two daughters. She is very excited to serve with Bright Water and help to bring Safe Water to more of God’s children. 

 

Nate Birchall

Vice Chair

Nate is a seasoned financial executive with over 29 years of experience in a variety of industries and functions. He is currently an executive financial and transaction consultant, dba Lone Jack Capital, and a co-founder/executive of Goodboro Development, a real estate development and homebuilding company in Utah.

Nate began his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he worked for a total of ten years, including over four years in Eastern Europe, two of which as a partner leading the practice responsible for all audit and advisory services to technology and media companies in Russia. Nate and Patty, his wife, love the people and cultures of the world and are excited to contribute in a small way to make it a better place.

Linda hansen

Administrative Assistant / Bookkeeping

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Phil dold

Planning

Phil believes access to safe water is a worthy goal that demands attention. Phil is a passionate collaborator and enjoys dissecting problems, planning, organizing and implementing projects.

Now retired from 34 years of technical management and support services, he finds working with Bright Water Foundation a fulfilling and rewarding opportunity.

Jay D. Pimentel

Legal Counsel

Jay has practiced business law in Northern California both as in-house counsel and as a law firm partner. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from University of California Berkeley and an MBA from California State University East Bay. He was a J. Reuben Clark Scholar in law school at Brigham Young University where he graduated in 1979. In addition, he has served the boards of directors of numerous non-profit organizations over the years.

Kenneth Reiersen

Head of IT

Kenneth received a degree in web graphic design and is CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, and CompTIA Security+ certified.

He enjoys making websites and fixing computers for clients, and has assisted bright water foundation since its humble beginnings in 2014. He is glad to be a part of Bright Water Foundation and loves to use his talents to serve and lift others.

Teri Swarbrick

Conferences

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Linda Colombo

Conferences

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Scott Hayden

Budget

Scott graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Brigham Young University and an MBA from Golden Gate University. Prior to this he served an LDS mission in Santiago, Chile. Upon Graduation from BYU Scott joined Intel Corporation with responsibilities in Finance, New Product Planning and working on the Human Resources aspect of Intel’s global Mergers & Acquisitions.

Now, after 28 years with Intel Corporation, Scott has retired and looks forward to applying his organizational and planning experience to the Bright Water Foundation.

Rick blodgett

Volunteer Coordinator

Rick is currently the president/CEO of Blodgett Research, Inc. He has served on an international board for the non-profit, Solar Cookers International and is a pioneer in solar water pasteurization to reduce water-borne infectious disease in developing countries.

He has conducted extensive research in groundwater microbiology and he is currently investigating the impact of biofilm formation in well and distribution systems.