Meet WaterSchool's clean water 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. 

WaterSchool works in partnership with Africa Water Solutions for on-the-ground implementation of our programs and services. The team at AWS has been closely linked with WaterSchool for many years and brings an unparalleled level of formal education, local languages, behaviour change skills, clean water and sanitation expertise – and 110% commitment to helping their people.

John - member of our clean water team

John Ochieng

Operations Director | Kampala, Uganda  

John Ochieng grew up in eastern Uganda, and worked to support his family while a schoolchild.  Through success in education, he was sponsored into the Leadership Development Program at Compassion International.  He obtained a law degree at Makerere University, and is a qualified attorney.  John also holds an MBA and a Masters in Institutional Management.  He has over 10 years’ experience in developing and teaching best health practices in rural communities, and in social justice issues.  He is a Deacon and Youth Ministry Leader in his church.  Together, John and his wife, Naome, mentor and provide for several children.  John speaks English, Swahili, Luganda and several other Ugandan languages.

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Joseph Tumushime

Program Director | Kampala, Uganda

Joseph Tumushime grew up in western Uganda, close to the border with Rwanda and Congo.  He completed his teacher training qualification and became a high school geography teacher.  This led to becoming an examiner for the Uganda National Examinations Board.  Joseph also worked in the environmental field for Care International, the International Gorilla Conservation Program and the Africa Wildlife Foundation.  He moved to Kampala, obtained a Master’s degree in Management Studies, and worked for over 10 years developing and teaching best health practices in rural communities.  Joseph and his wife, Edith, have 5 children.  Joseph speaks English, Luganda and several other Ugandan languages.


Sarah Nsonga Lutalo

Chief Financial Officer | Kampala, Uganda

Sarah grew up in central Uganda and holds a BA in Accounting from Makerere University.  She also holds a Certified Public Accountant qualification.  Sarah has worked for several organizations, including Loving Hearts Babies Home and Africa Renewal Ministries.  Sarah’s passion is to work in situations which help others obtain a chance for a better life.  Sarah and her husband, Joshua, are proud parents of 5 year old twins.

Jane Otai - member of our clean water team

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 children.

Richard Lau - member of our clean water team

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. Richard is passionate about connecting people to WaterSchool's impact in Uganda and encouraging people to sponsor a child and their family's access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene.  When Richard'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 - member of our clean water team

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 ten grandchildren.

Bruce Friesen - member of our clean water team

Bruce Friesen

Board Member | Abbotsford, Canada

Bruce began his business career as the sales manager for a construction and development firm. He moved into the property management field in 1986 and founded Baywest Management Corporation in 1988. Under his leadership, Baywest became Canada’s leading residential property management firm.  At the time of its sale in 2012, Baywest cared for 40,000 suites in 550 buildings from its 3 offices. Bruce has been involved in church leadership and camp boards and currently serves several charities including WaterSchool, International Justice Mission and the Mennonite Central Committee Legacy Board.  He is most passionate about charities for children around the world that advocate for improving their safety, health and prospects for the future. Bruce lives in Abbotsford, BC with his wife Sylvia.  They have four children and six grandsons.  The Friesen’s love to entertain, travel and serve God wherever they find themselves.  

Dave Ericson - member of our clean water team

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 - member of our clean water team

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.