We go. We train. We send. We are doers, not talkers. Our success depends on earning the trust of indigenous community leaders. We equip them to change the lives of the people in their communities.
It's not about us. It's about people who need clean water. With knowledge comes responsibility.
Jim Keagy is a board member and Director. A chemist and a sales representative for Thermo-Fisher, Jim has been to Haiti over twenty times, and installed dozens of purifiers since the earthquake in 2010. Jim and his family live in O’Fallon, MO.
A retired Business Director from Becton Dickinson and Company, Hugh was trained in water chlorination in 2009 and made his first mission trip to Haiti in 2010, ten days after the devastating earthquake. He has continued to serve in Haiti every year since and hopes to continue for many years to come. His interest in making clean drinking water stems from his days in the US Navy where he was responsible for operating and maintaining the water evaporator system on the destroyer USS Bache to make fresh water from salt water. The Haiti disaster relief effort in 2010 was a life-changing event for Hugh and instilled in him a passion to help those who thirst.
Board member Ed Walter is a retired Navy Master Chief and Seabee. He was in Port-au-Prince within 72 hours of the 2010 earthquake. In 2011, he spent five months on special assignment aboard the USNS Comfort for “Continuing Promise 2011.” Ed assisted medical personnel as they conducted mobile clinics throughout Central and South America, and the Caribbean. He purified local water at each site for medical team personnel and patients. He also provided health and hygiene training for local community leaders. Ed and his wife live in O'Fallon, MO.
Roger Durkee is a Program Manager for Northrop Grumman – Cutting Edge Optronics and serves as a board member and SWT bookkeeper. He is active in local training and support and has participated in multiple mission trips to Haiti: repairing hand-pumps, installing water purification systems, and training local communities on system upkeep, maintenance and on the importance of proper health & hygiene. Roger and his wife live in O’Fallon, MO.
Amanda Stiles visited Haiti for the first time with Strategic Water Teams in 2014 and looks forward to returning in the coming year. She works as a Software Programmer at a company located in St. Charles County.