It takes a village. This is some of our village.

We are 7 board members, 5 staff members, thousands of donors, volunteers, partners, and supporters. And we’re growing.

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Our Team

Friendly Water for the World embodies the words of Ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle, ‘the whole is greater than the sum of its parts’. The parts are committed, engaged, passionate people from around the world, only a few of which we have space to show on this page. The whole is the community of friends who contribute their time, money, and expertise to invest and amplify change. As each individual joins our community, we grow by one, but our impact, your impact, grows by many.

Our team is led by a Board of Directors, chaired by David Albert, and a staff led by Executive Director, Curt Andino. They work together with input from our entire community to create and bring to life the vision and mission of the organization.

Board of Directors

Much of the early history of Friendly Water for the World is the history of our Board. The organization was formed and guided by a volunteer board… as it is today. Operations have now migrated from our Board to staff, but our Directors are still a vital voice for the organization while leading committees and evaluating programs. Our current board combines many years of field experience and relevant expertise in our partner communities, technologies, and program operations.

Board Vice Chair Connie Vasek

Connie Vasek

Board Chair

Board Treasurer Denny Kautzmann

Denny Kautzmann

Board Treasurer

Board Secretary Dave Henry

Dave Henry

Board Secretary

Board Director Kathleen O'Shaunessy

Kathleen O’Shaunessy

Board Director

Board Director Steve Johnson-Storey

Steve Johnson

Board Director

Board Director Danny Stusser

Danny Stusser

Board Director

Board Chairman David Albert

David Albert

Board Director/Co-Founder

Staff Members

Our staff is both diverse in background and location. Working from Kenya to Florida to Washington, we are a team with backgrounds in nonprofits, government, and the private sector.

Curt Andino

Curt Andino

Executive Director

Heather Avery

Heather Avery

Finance and Administration

Eric Lijodi

Eric Lijodi

Africa Programs

Wayne Medrud

Wayne Medrud

Technology Training

Will Forester

Will Forester

Marketing and Communications


For our first eight years Friendly Water for the World was an all-volunteer organization. From board direction to fundraising, administration and event management, volunteers built and continue to be the foundation of our future. They provide valuable input and crucial perspective helping to guide us on our path to potential supporters and partnerships. Perhaps most importantly, our volunteers inspire a lot of joy and humor, essential ingredients to balance the seriousness of the work we undertake.

Different ways volunteers help

Much of this work can be done remotely with a virtual team.

Field Work

Due to the Covid-19 global pandemic, all volunteer participation in Field Work is currently suspended. When active, participants have an opportunity to join various aspects of Program Training in and around our partner communities.

Capacity Building

Collaborate with staff members to help us improve the way we work. Manage data, analyze information, create standards and best practices, or just get something out the door and in the mail.


Become a Board Director to govern, create policy, and help fundraise. Or sign up for one of our Board Committees (Finance, Marketing, etc) to provide input and help steer organization and program operations.


Work with our Marketing and Development staff to share the work we do through speaking opportunities, tabling events (when they return), digital advocacy, and other channels and mediums we haven't thought of yet.

How can you volunteer?

Complete this form and we’ll contact you about your interest.

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We believe that in every program we start, no partner is more important or necessary than another. Working in many countries over the years, we learned that our partners were and are our greatest asset. And that each program requires at least three of them to be successful. These partners include but are not limited to: a local partner who works to facilitate introductions, build relationships, provide local expertise and connections, and help optimize the program; a community partner with whom we produce technologies and build the program; a funding partner who is invested in the long-term program; and a training partner who helps teach the technologies, how they are put together and how they should be deployed. Below is a sample of some of our partners.

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Global Helps Network