About

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. As a nonprofit, we do not engage in political actions, do not affiliate with any particular religious organization, and do not become involved in causes not directly related to our stated purpose. 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.

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.

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.

Medical Advisor

Trina is a family physician (graduate of UC Davis) who is semi-retired after 35 years at the Occidental Area Health Center in Sonoma County. She is grateful for a career with a non-profit community clinic that provides high-quality, comprehensive and accessible health care for all, regardless of ability to pay.

With her husband and sons, she has enjoyed extensive travel–much of it in developing countries. She enjoys hiking, wildlife, art and baking.

She believes society should work hard to correct disparities in opportunity and access to resources. She believes health care is a human right, and access to safe water is essential for good health!

Our Program Committee

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.

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.

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.

Program Expedition Teams

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.

Ghana Project Director

Steve is retired Civil Engineer having over 30 years of experience in the various aspects of water and wastewater services, both in the private and public sectors. Steve has collaborated, over those years, with various governmental agencies that oversee water development and quality. Steve joined BWF is
2014. Steve recognized that there have been many organizations that have helped many countries throughout the world in developing clean water sources, such as wells. Steve joined the BWF group because of its unique mission of focusing on water quality in the household, that is water that is free from bacterial contamination. Steve has made three trips to Ghana with other team members to help
establish the BWF program of maintaining safe drinking water in the household.

Latin America Projects

Jim was raised in the simplest of environments but always had desires to expand his experience beyond that available in a rural lifestyle.  He earned a Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering, interrupting his school work for two years to serve a church mission in Peru. It was while serving in Peru that he learned first-hand how a vast majority of people in this world live, and of their lack of basic human needs such as clean water, food, and safe shelter.  Jim was employed by Intel Corporation for 32 years holding various positions in manufacturing, engineering, and product development.  While employed at Intel, he earned his Master of Business Administration. At Intel, he had the opportunity to travel much of the world and interact with and learn from multiple people and cultures. Furthermore, for the past 11 years he has also taught chemistry at Folsom Lake College. Jim recently retired from Intel and can now devote more time to pursuing his passions, including helping people around the world have access to clean water. Jim is honored to serve the Bright Water Foundation.

Ghana Project Manager

Dennis is an experienced teacher (15 years). He has taught in both the public and private sectors. He earlier served as an education coordinator for World Joy. In 2020 Dennis earned a Master’s degree in Education
Administration from the University of Cape Coast. He has a wife and two children. His love for humanity and a better life for all fueled his ambition to work with World Joy and now with Bright Water Foundation. Dennis is a team player and self-starter who works effectively little supervision. He is a great addition to the BWF family.

Ghana Finance Manager

Frank is an aspiring and talented young professional. He served a 2-year mission for the LDS Church in Sierra Leone. He earned a Diploma in Basic Education and has worked as a teacher. He is currently completing a BS degree in Educational Psychology, as well as a BS in Public Health. His long-term objective is to work full-time in the public health sector. Frank serves as a counselor in the Abomosu
LDS Stake Presidency. He is happily married and has two small children. His educational achievements and high standard of integrity has qualified Frank for this important field assignment.

Our Development Committee

Chair

Jeff has spent 30 years serving others and protecting property as a professional firefighter. Now,  as a retired Fire Captain, Jeff’s desire is to continue serving others.

Jeff has a degree in Fire Science and a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Brigham Young University, in addition he has served as President of the San Rafael Firefighters Association. He has worked in an advisory/steering capacity on various local and county political campaigns and on numerous professional committees and boards. Jeff has also done humanitarian work in the Dominican Republic.

Jeff believes that “service before self” is always a good idea.

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.

Our Finance & Administration Committee

Assistant Treasurer/Bookkeeper

Linda has spent the last 12 years involved in humanitarian work in Ghana, West Africa. She helped manage the office for a non-profit organization, spear-headed golf tournaments, and dinner fundraisers, and organized and lead volunteer expeditions to Ghana. Her love for the Ghanaian people continues drawing her back, time and time again. The Ghanaians truly are the happiest people on earth … and
happier as Bright Water Foundation teaches, tests, and treats their water to keep them healthy.

 

Conferences

A Northern California Native, Teri enjoys being involved within the community having worked as a P.E. teacher and volunteer for community organizations. She has eight years of experience planning and executing service and educational events for the community. She is excited to be part of the Bright Water team and educating communities. 

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.

 

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