A Vision for Clean Water is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All of our board members are volunteers who have traveled and worked at their own expense in developing countries. Since we are an entirely a volunteer organization, AVFCW maintains minimal overhead.
Eileen Heasley, Founder
Eileen has a Masters degree in Education. She has worked for 30 years with teachers and children, the Michigan Virtual High School, and Central Michigan University. She is certified in the construction and maintenance of the Biosand water filter. Eileen is the president of the Rotary in Troy, Michigan. She has been promoting water filtration for developing countries around the world since 2001 and travels to Nepal each year to check on water and health issues in adopted villages and to begin new projects there. She has facilitated the CAWST (the Center for Affordable Water) Biosand Filter Workshop since 2004. Eileen is a strong advocate for safe drinking water and has visited projects in India, Thailand, El Salvador, and Honduras.
John Heasley, Founder
John is a Fire Protection Consultant with a degree in Business Administration. He has over thirty years experience advising large manufacturing facilities through out the world on how to provide adequate fire protection. He has studied water filter technologies for developing countries extensively and has taught and/or facilitated the Biosand filter workshop since 2004. He received his Biosand filter training under the inventor, Dr. David Manz. John is the technical advisor for AVFCW and travels to Nepal each year to test and verify the water quality and health issues at project sites and to assist with new ones.
Dr. Jeannette Saquet has over twenty years experience in advertising, marketing, public opinion, business, and education research. Academic qualifications include Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology/ Anthropology with emphasis in Applied Research from Northeastern University, and B.A. in Sociology from George Washington University. Jeannette has traveled to the project sites of A Vision for Clean Water in Nepal and visited projects in India, El Salvador, and Honduras.
Erica Gwynn, Board Member
Erica earned her Bachelors in Biology and Masters in Toxicology and Environmental Health from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. With 10 years of professional and research experience, she has focused her career on water and its connection to pubic health and ecology. As an Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar, she conducted independent research on the ecological and socio-economic links between heavy metals in Lake Chapala, Mexico and the dietary habits of local populations. Most recently, she has concentrated her efforts on a multi-village Biosand Filter and WASH initiative throughout Ecuador.
Kathleen Zielinski, Treasurer
Kathleen Zielinski has extensive experience in training and consulting. She has worked with a number of firms including AT&T, Kepner-Tregoe, and the Sandy Corporation. Her work has taken her to numerous locations in the United States, Mexico and Europe. In addition she’s also traveled extensively in South America, Asia, and Europe. Kathleen’s interest and appreciation of differing cultures and her desire to be of service brought her to the Board at A Vision for Clean Water. She has traveled twice to Nepal to support the work A Vision for Clean Water there.
Scott Brills, Technologist
Scott is the owner of mSeven, an Internet technology consulting firm he founded in 2000. Since inception he has done business in more than a dozen countries throughout the world, with company and non-profits of all sizes. Much of his work focuses on web sites, Internet marketing, and technology usage consulting. Scott has traveled extensively—for both charity and leisure purposes—having visited over sixty countries on all seven continents. He is currently working on starting up a sustainable safari and trek outfitting company in Arusha, Tanzania.
A Vision for Clean Water does not have a paid staff.
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