Board of Directors
Alan Ashbaugh is a chemist, manager and quality specialist who retired not long ago from the Eastman Kodak Company. He holds a BS degree from Colorado State University and an MS degree from the University of Colorado, both in chemistry. He has been involved for several years in numerous water projects in Central America and Africa. For five projects in El Salvador and Guatemala he was the primary person responsible for grant application preparation, fundraising and partner-organization communications. Alan has traveled in Central America visiting partner communities and meeting with community members, municipal officials and other partnering organizations. He lives in Fort Collins, Colorado and is an active member and webmaster of the Rotary Club of Fort Collins.
Craig Clement lives in Cedar Hills, Utah, where he owns and operates Clement Drilling and Geophysical, a company that provides environmental drilling services and geophysical consulting. Craig was one of the founding directors of Water for the Americas. He taught geology classes at the university level and has worked in geology and geophysics for 15 years. His work includes projects ranging from water supply and environmental cleanup to geological hazards evaluation. Craig has been involved with water and other aid projects in Latin American countries. He has also helped recent Spanish-speaking U.S. immigrants work through our complicated legal immigration systems. His older children are now getting to participate with their father in this exciting work.
Gabriel Miller is a native of Fort Collins, Colorado; however he has spent much of his life in developing countries including Egypt, Ghana and Nicaragua. Gabriel currently works as a water resource engineer for Riverside Technology, Inc. in Fort Collins. He has a M.S. in Hydraulic Engineering from Colorado State University. While at CSU, Gabriel served three terms as president of the CSU chapter of Engineers Without Borders and was one of the founders of the CSU Global Impact Program. Gabriel has worked extensively in bringing clean water to communities in El Salvador.
Ken Morrison Ken was raised in western Colorado. A Navy veteran and Colorado State University alumnus, Ken has worked at the City of Fort Collins water treatment facilities since 1987. Certified as a Water Facility Operator (Class A), and a Certified Control Systems Technician by the Instrument Society of America, Ken is currently the Instrumentation and Electrical Supervisor. He is passionate about sowing the seeds of appropriate water treatment technology for people in Latin America. Creating successful sustainable solutions is all about understanding the culture, creating relationships and a willingness to provide advice and technical support long after the faucets are turned on. Ken speaks Spanish comfortably and appreciates “el calor humano”, the human warmth, found throughout Latin America. He met his wife, Claudia, in Bogotá, Colombia and they currently reside in Fort Collins with their four bilingual dogs.
Gary Sammonds Gary started his career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco and has over 20 years experience working internationally in very diversified fields. While in Morocco, he helped establish a rural water program for the Province of Al Hoceima, developing water sources for small villages. By implementing pump and water delivery systems, the number of infant deaths was drastically reduced for communities within the province. Professionally, Gary continues to work in the manufacturing sector establishing factories throughout the world including Singapore, Thailand, Japan, and China. Currently he is building a factory in the U.S. for AVA Solar, a company developing low-cost solar panels. The long-term goal of the company is to provide electrical solutions that can be incorporated into projects providing electrical capability for remote villages in developing countries.
Keith Thompson lives in Greeley, Colorado with his wife Susan, their two adopted Guatemalan daughters and close to their two adult daughters. Keith and Susan have worked on various projects in Guatemala since 1995 and are founding directors of Water for the Americas. Keith is a hydrogeologist who has worked on water and environmental projects for 30 years in the western U.S. and Latin America. Susan is a professor of elementary education, teaching social studies and early childhood courses at the University of Northern Colorado, and is the author of more than ten books including (with Keith and their friend Lidia Lopez) Mayan Folktales / Cuentos folkloricos mayas and (with Keith and with art by their daughter Rosalie Thompson) the bilingual children’s book Gabriela’s Beautiful Carpet / La bella alfombra de Gabriela.