Dr. Harry Knopke

Dr. Harry Knopke

President
Harry 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 and new technologies.

Harry 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 and new technologies.

Dr. Bob McDonald

Dr. Bob McDonald

Founder
A retired DOW executive, Bob founded Aqua Clara International in 2005. He continues his involvement in ACI operations in collaboration with the Executive Team, and directs the projects undertaken by the ACI Science and Technology Council.

Bob founded Aqua Clara International in 2005. He continues his involvement in ACI operations in collaboration with the Executive Team, and directs the projects undertaken by the ACI Science and Technology Council.

Dr. Ted Louden

Dr. Ted Louden

Chairman
Ted is the current 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.

Ted is the current 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.

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. She also works actively in developing the AC Kids to Kids program.

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. She also works actively in developing the AC Kids to Kids program.

Jay Vandenbrink

Jay Vandenbrink

Program Manager - Latin America
Jay, a grad of Hope College with a degree in Biology and Spanish, has been with the Aqua Clara team since February of 2012. His job has been translating several documents into Spanish and performing tests in the lab. He has performed several projects in Nicaragua and throughout Central America.

Jay, a graduate of Hope College and Universitat de Barcelona, has been with the Aqua Clara team since February of 2012 performing several projects in Nicaragua and throughout Central America. His other jobs include translating several documents into Spanish and performing tests in the ACI lab.

John Nyagwencha

John Nyagwencha

Director of Operations - Kenya
John began volunteering with Aqua Clara in 2010 conducting water tests on the 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.

John began volunteering with Aqua Clara in 2010 conducting water tests on the 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.

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.

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.

Jon Bechtel

Jon Bechtel

Senior Design Engineer
Jon recently retired from a major industrial company in Holland where he had worked for over 25 years. He has volunteered to help Aqua Clara bring clean water to those who need it. His industrial skill package and his perspective is unique and has marvelous depth. Jon supports our engineering both in current projects and in developing new projects.

Jon recently retired from a major industrial company in Holland where he had worked for over 25 years. He has volunteered to help Aqua Clara bring clean water to those who need it. His industrial skill package and his perspective is unique and has marvelous depth. Jon supports our engineering both in current projects and in developing new projects.

John Judge

John Judge

Lead Chemist
John Judge is an experienced Chemist working for Michigan State University's BioEconomy Lab, but also dedicated a part of his time to Aqua Clara's ongoing research.

John Judge is an experienced Chemist working for Michigan State University’s BioEconomy Lab, but also dedicated a part of his time 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 his current interests include, in addition to volunteering with Aqua Clara, gardening and woodworking.

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 his current interests include, in addition to volunteering with Aqua Clara, gardening and woodworking.

Jim Tuinstra

Jim Tuinstra

Special Projects
Jim Tuinstra, widely recognized in West Michigan for his many years of distinguished service as President of Hope Network, is currently President of the Kent Health Plan. He is also an active participant in and advisor to the Nicaragua program, having first traveled to Nicaragua with aid funds after the 1973 earthquake.

Jim Tuinstra, widely recognized in West Michigan for his many years of distinguished service as President of Hope Network, is currently President of the Kent Health Plan. He is also an active participant in and advisor to the Nicaragua program, having first traveled to Nicaragua with aid funds after the 1973 earthquake.

Tom Doane

Tom Doane

Special Projects Manager
Tom is a retired engineer 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.

Tom is a retired engineer 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.

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.

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.

Daniel Blanco

Daniel Blanco

Technician - Nicaragua
Daniel Blanco is a trained skills-man with welding and many other technical skills. He started working with Aqua Clara International in 2013 and has been key at problem solving issues faced with filter installations.

Daniel Blanco is a trained skills-man with welding and many other technical skills. He started working with Aqua Clara International in 2013 and has been key at problem solving issues faced with filter installations.

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.

Benson Nyandusi

Benson Nyandusi

Training and Supplies Officer, Kisii
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 works directly with the Community Development Entrepreneurs supporting their work and arranging for additional supplies.

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 works directly with the Community Development Entrepreneurs supporting their work and arranging for additional supplies.