Meet WaterSchool's dream team. These are the women and men around the world who bring our programs to life everyday and impact thousands with their passion, commitment and expertise. 


Zepha Mukalere

Country Director | Kampala, Uganda  

Zepha is responsible for leading the WaterSchool team in Uganda. Zepha has been with us since 2007 and has been instrumental in building the organization from the ground up. Prior to joining our team, Zepha completed his Masters Degree in Management and was part of the leadership team at Compassion International Uganda. He is married to Rebecca and is very proud of their three children.

Jane Otai

Country Director | Nairobi, Kenya 

Jane has over 20 years of of experience in program development, implementation, evaluation and in fostering collaboration among communities, health facilities and government agencies. Her expertise, passion and tireless work ethic have impacted thousands of people across Kenya. She has advised with the WHO and the UN General Assembly on global health issues, is a contributing writer for the New York Times, and is a policy advisor to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Jane is also an Aspen Institute New Voices fellow and a community health educator working in Kenya for Jhpiego, an international health nonprofit organization and an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University. Jane works with WaterSchool to incorporate our water and sanitation program into her work in the slums of Nairobi. Jane and her husband, Clement, are happily raising their three teenaged sons.

Holly Bishu

Donor Stewardship Coordinator | Vancouver, Canada 

Holly Bishu is from the Lower Mainland, with roots in Ethiopia. She studied at UBC, completing a degree in Political Science and History. Since graduation, she has worked in the nonprofit sector and can't imagine herself anywhere else. She is passionate about social justice and stepping into doing social good. In her spare time, you can find her trying to solve the world's problems... or maybe just reading a good book. 

Richard Lau

Executive Director | Vancouver, Canada 

Richard is an Internet Consultant, and is the founder of NamesCon, the largest commercial domain name conference held annually.  He is a founding member of WaterSchool and has championed numerous WaterNight events - the organization's flagship fundraising gala.  When he's not shaving his head to raise funds for WaterSchool, he can be found enjoying the beauty of the West Coast with his wife and two teenaged sons.

Tony Woodruff

African Program Director | Burnaby, Canada

Tony has long had an interest in the developing world. As a young man, he joined the English NGO, Voluntary Service Overseas, and taught math and science in a small rural school in Northern Kenya before pursing an MA from Oxford and an MBA from the University of Chicago. In 2011, he retired from international business and took on his new role with WaterSchool. When he's not in Uganda with our team, he is often found in his garden on the Sunshine Coast with Peggy, his wife of 40 years, his three grown children, and his eight grandchildren.

Bruce Friesen

Board Member | Abbotsford, Canada

Bruce has served on the WaterSchool board since 2010. As the Founder and President of Baywest Management Corp, Western Canada’s largest residential management firm, Bruce brings extensive business and leadership expertise to our team. In his retirement, Bruce serves as a board member of several charities and corporations across North America including International Justice Mission. He has been married to his wife Sylvia for 31 years and together they enjoy four children and four grandsons.

Dave Ericson

Chair of the Board | Strathmore, Canada

Dave is the President of Hillcrest Financial, a Group Benefits and Retirement consulting practice. Following an inspiring trip to Uganda and Kenya in 2007 where he witnessed the tremendous power of the sun for improving the health of some of the world’s most vulnerable people, Dave became the Chairman of WaterSchool and has continued in that capacity. Dave is also on the Board of Briercrest College & Seminary and is an active member of the Strathmore Alliance Church. Dave lives in Strathmore, Alberta with his wife and two children.

Gregg McNair

Board Member | Panama City, Panama 

Dr. Gregg McNair is Centram’s Chairman and Co-Founder. Gregg (fondly known as "Triple G" among friends) has become well known in the domain industry as a forthright, insightful and successful businessman, always available to assist others and to share his broad entrepreneurial and commercial experience. From a background in farming, stock broking and investment banking, Gregg built the largest CEO education program in Australasia and has carried that skill, knowledge and experience into the domain industry making him one of the most credible and sought after speakers on the circuit. In 2015 Gregg was conferred an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration from CULA recognizing and honouring his business achievements and services to philanthropy. An Australian citizen, Gregg also holds permanent resident status in Panama.