Main Office

Dr. Harry Knopke

Dr. Harry Knopke

President

Harry is President emeritus of Aquinas College. He joined ACI in 2010, bringing his years of management and administrative experience, along with his work in medical education, the sciences and the Safe Water Institute, to direct and help expand its impact in other countries with existing technologies and the development of new ones.

Dr. Ted Louden

Dr. Ted Louden

Chairman

Ted is the current ACI Board chairman and Emeritus Professor of BioSystems in the Department of BioSystems & Agriculture, Michigan State University. He created the laboratory at the MSU Bi0-e facility that houses Aqua Clara and is a member of the ACI Science and Technology Advisory Council. Ted actively engages in a number of ACI initiatives, particularly focusing on new sanitation models and systems, as well as overseeing installation in target countries.

Marcia Buck

Marcia Buck

Director of Program Operations

Marcia joined the AC Team in early 2007 and is a member of the Executive Team. She serves as Director of Program Operations, overseeing general AC operations and administrative support functions, financial management, donor and community relations, and directs the ACI guided service trips program.

Jon Bechtel

Jon Bechtel

Senior Design Engineer

Jon recently retired from Gentex, a major industrial company in Holland where he had worked for over 25 years and registered more than 160 patents. He has volunteered to help Aqua Clara bring clean water to those who need it. His industrial skill package and his perspectives on problems are unique. Jon supports our engineering both in current projects and in developing new projects.

Jay Vandenbrink

Jay Vandenbrink

Program Manager - Latin America

Jay, a graduate of Hope College and Universitat de Barcelona, has been with the Aqua Clara team since February of 2012 conducting several projects in Nicaragua and throughout Central America. His other responsibilities include translating several documents into Spanish and performing tests in the ACI lab. He is also the ACI web manager and the supervisor of laboratory and production operations.

John Judge

John Judge

Lead Chemist

John Judge is an experienced Analytical Chemist working for Michigan State University’s BioEconomy Lab, but also has part of his time assigned to Aqua Clara’s ongoing research.

Dale Spencer

Dale Spencer

Director of Training

Dale is a lifelong resident of Michigan. He holds advanced degrees in the Education field. Dale has 11 years teaching experience in Michigan Secondary Schools and 28 years experience in Nuclear Electrical Power Generation with American Electric Power. Dale is retired and serves as ACI’s Director of Training and travels to filter installations in target countries.

Jim Tuinstra

Jim Tuinstra

Special Projects

Jim Tuinstra, is widely recognized in West Michigan for his many years of distinguished service as President of Hope Network. He is an active participant in and advisor to the Nicaragua program, having first traveled to Nicaragua with aid funds after the 1973 earthquake. He is also a member of filter installation teams in target countries.

Bill Jones

Bill Jones

Technology Advisor

Bill retired from decades of service as a senior executive at Dow Chemical and then operating his own company, Metalamics. His business background and doctoral degree in chemical engineering have been of significant assistance to ACI in many areas.

Tom Doane

Tom Doane

Special Projects Manager

Tom is a retired engineer and tax accountant who has developed specific expertise in the construction and maintenance of water wells. Tom works with ACI in its training programs and program development initiatives, with particular emphasis on Haiti and Mexico.

Dr. Bob McDonald

Dr. Bob McDonald

Founder

A retired DOW executive, Bob founded Aqua Clara International in 2005. He was a retired executive with DOW Chemical and president of two manufacturing companies. Bob passed away in April, 2018, after a lengthy illness.

Aqua Clara Kenya

John Nyagwencha

John Nyagwencha

Chief Executive Officer - Kenya

John began volunteering with Aqua Clara in 2010 conducting water tests on filters in the Kisii area. John joined the team as Director of Operations in 2011 and is based at the ACI WASH Training Center in the Kisii region. He joined the team as Director of Operations in 2011 and was appointed CEO in 2015. He supervises ACK operations in Kisii region and also maintains the ACK office in Nairobi.

Benson Nyandusi

Benson Nyandusi

Sales Manager, NGOs

Benson originally became involved with ACI in 2009 when he attended a training session in the Kisii region. Benson became the Training and Supplies Officer in 2011 and is now head of all sales with partnered organizations.

Betty Nyamwaya

Betty Nyamwaya

Administrative Officer, Kisii

Betty joined the ACI team in 2010 and works from the ACI WASH Training Center in the Kisii Region.  Betty inputs all the information from the filter sales receipts and filter monitoring forms into the ACI data base, and also welcomes and explains the program to guests and visitors.

Peter Kihuria

Peter Kihuria

Chief Operating Officer

Peter joined the Aqua Clara Kenya team in 2018 and has over 7 years experience in Finance. Peter previously worked with SOTENI Kenya where he was Grants Manager and with Uzima Foundation Africa. Peter has a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance from University of Nairobi and is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA 6)

Brian Andanje

Brian Andanje

H2OPE Accelerator Manager

Brian joined Aqua Clara Kenya in 2018 and has over 6 years work experience cutting across fields in Finance, Renewable Energy, Business/Entrepreneurship training and WASH. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing from Kampala International University (Uganda) and is currently pursuing an MBA in Project Management with the University of Roehampton-London (Online).

Jeremiah Ouko

Jeremiah Ouko

Training and Technical Support Officer

Jeremiah joined Aqua Clara Kenya in 2015 as the Training and Consulting Support Officer having initially interned in 2013. He is also a young expert under the Dutch government sponsored Young Experts Programmes (YEP). Jeremiah holds a BSc. Environmental Health from Moi University.

Emma Chepkoech

Emma Chepkoech

CHP Manager

Emma first joined Aqua Clara Kenya as a Community Health Promoter in 2012 and was promoted in 2015 to manage a team of CDEs and CHPs in Bomet and Kericho Counties. In 2018, Emma was again promoted to be CHP Manager under the H2OPE Accelerator. She has a diploma in Human Resource Management and has been trained by Techno Serve in Entrepreneurship.

Douglas Makora

Douglas Makora

Sales Manager, SACCOs & MFIs
Douglas Makora joined Aqua Clara Kenya in 2014 as an intern while undertaking his BSc. degree in Population Health at Kenyatta University. Douglas has gained experience working in different capacities for Aqua Clara Kenya and today serves as Sales Manager overseeing all SACCO and Micro Finance Institution-based sales. Douglas is currently undertaking an MSc. in Public Health at Mount Kenya University.
Dominic Makori

Dominic Makori

Product Assembly & Supply Officer

Dominic joined Aqua Clara Kenya in 2014 and oversees the assembly of various products. Additionally, Dominic oversees the storage and supply of different materials and products.

Peter Moindi

Peter Moindi

Customer Service Officer

Peter joined Aqua Clara Kenya as a Community Development Entrepreneur and installed Biosand filters for over 300 customers.

Jane Oburi

Jane Oburi

Customer Service Officer

Jane joined Aqua Clara Kenya as a Community Development Entrepreneur and installed Biosand Filters for over 200 customers. Jane currently supports customers through follow-up and repairs.

Aaron Misati

Aaron Misati

Monitoring & Evaluation Manager
Aaron joined Aqua Clara Kenya in 2017 having previously worked with Aquaya, a research institution, and University of Eastern Africa, Baraton as a Public Health Lecturer.
Sijmen Weesie

Sijmen Weesie

Household Sales Manager

Sijmen joined Aqua Clara Kenya in 2017 and has a varied experience working in the Netherlands, Portugal, and Brazil. He has a Masters in International Land and Water Management from Wageningen University (Netherlands

Daniel Nyakundi

Daniel Nyakundi

Sales Officer, Hardwares

Daniel is a technician involved with the installation of rope pumps and rain water harvesting systems. He has a wide experience in promotion and installations of different WASH solutions.

Aqua Clara Nicaragua

Mario Benavides

Mario Benavides

Director of Operations, Nicaragua

Mario is native of Nicaragua and a chemical engineer with extensive experience in a broad array of endeavors in the business, engineering and agricultural sectors. He has been with Aqua Clara since 2009 and is now Director of AcquaNic, our in-country organization in Nicaragua.

Daniel Blanco

Daniel Blanco

Technician - Nicaragua

Daniel Blanco is trained in many areas and possesses a number of critical technical skills. He started working with Aqua Clara International in 2013 and has been key at problem solving issues faced with filter installations.