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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.

Steve Swarbrick

Board Member

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.

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.

Louis Biggers

Board Member

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.

Joy Allen

Secretary

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.

Jim Stark

Board Member

Jim worked for 32 years at Intel Corp. with positions in manufacturing, engineering, and product development.

He earned a Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering & a Masters in Business Administration, and interrupted his school studies to serve a 2 year church mission in Peru.

It was while serving there that he learned first-hand how a vast majority of people in this world live, and of their lack of clean water, food, and shelter.

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.

Martin Mortensen

Committee Member

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.

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.

Jim Stark

Vice Chair

Jim worked for 32 years at Intel Corp. with positions in manufacturing, engineering, and product development.

He earned a Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering & a Masters in Business Administration, and interrupted his school studies to serve a 2 year church mission in Peru.

It was while serving there that he learned first-hand how a vast majority of people in this world live, and of their lack of clean water, food, and shelter.

Kenneth Reiersen

Web Developer

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 excited to be a part of Bright Water Foundation and loves to serve and lift others.

Debra Raphael

Communications
Donor Relations

Patricia Birchall

Marketing

As a Southern California native, Patty loves the beach and sunshine, but her sense of adventure has led her to colder climates, including to Warsaw, Poland for 2 1/2 years as a newlywed and later to Moscow, Russia for 2 years with her husband and 5 kids. She loves meeting new people, experiencing other cultures, making memories with her family, and serving others.

She currently coordinates volunteer service with many non-profits in San Diego for young adults. Patty has a BA in Humanities and an MS in Family and Human Development. She is passionate about volunteering with Bright Water Foundation, focusing on strengthening individuals and families.

Molly Honda

Committee Member

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.

Steve Swarbrick

Committee Member

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.

Our Finance & Administration Committee

Nate Birchall

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.

Phil Dold

Acting Vice Chair

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.

Scott Hayden

Finance Committee Member

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.

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.