The WEFTA Board of Directors serves four primary roles: establish and maintain identity and strategic direction; ensure resources; provide oversight; and serve in the highest capacity. By agreeing to serve, each Board member takes on responsibilities for actively participating in the work of the Board, staying informed, promoting WEFTA’s mission and vision, safeguarding ethics and values, and upholding their legal obligations, among other responsibilities.
Peter Fant, P.E.
Peter is the Manager of San Ildefonso Services, LLC, the business arm of San Ildefonso Pueblo, one of the 19 Pueblos of Northern New Mexico. He is responsible for economic and capacity development for the Pueblo particularly as it relates to federal contracting. Pete is the former CEO of Souder, Miller & Associates, a Civil and Environmental Engineering firm with more than 200 employees in New Mexico and the Southwest. His professional experience includes more than 30 years of working with communities, Tribes and Pueblos, designing and supervising the construction of water and wastewater systems. He previously worked as a senior field engineer for the U.S. Public Health Service with Indian Health Service (IHS), designing and constructing water systems on the Navajo Indian Reservation. Prior to the IHS, he was a facilities engineer with Intel Corporation working on high purity water systems. With WEFTA, Pete has worked on projects in Mexico, Panama, Peru and Bolivia, and is now working to develop WEFTA’s network of NGOs to help support projects in Tanzania, Ethiopia and Kenya.
Scott Rogers, P.E.
Scott is president of Aqua Engineering, Inc., a civil engineering firm in Utah specializing in water and wastewater treatment design. He has more than 30 years of experience designing and overseeing the construction of wastewater treatment facilities in the U.S. and Canada. He has been involved with WEFTA projects mostly in Bolivia and Peru. Scott has visited sites in Peru to assess the feasibility of wastewater projects and to design the wastewater treatment system for the sanitation project in Urubamba.
Lou Harrington, ASLA
Lou is a landscape architect and project management professional based in New Mexico, and has been involved in international development for over 30 years. He was a volunteer at a Jesuit high school in Tacna, Peru for two years and served as the International Representative for Habitat for Humanity for six years in Peru, Colombia, and Mexico. His expertise in project management, fluency in Spanish and familiarity with travel and customs in developing nations have made it possible to communicate and coordinate effectively with the local populations. With WEFTA, Lou has worked on projects in Panama, Mexico, Peru and Bolivia.
John Lincoln, P.E.
John recently retired after a 43-year career as a civil engineer, the last 35 years with the international consulting firm CH2M HILL. He has designed, managed, and performed senior review on a wide variety of projects, including streets and highways, water and wastewater transport, wastewater treatment, hydroelectric facilities, and mine site cleanups under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability (CERCLA) program. John currently lives in Idaho and has been involved with WEFTA in providing technical advice to communities in Bolivia, El Salvador, and in the Urubamba Valley of Peru for wastewater treatment.
Jason Gehrig, P.E.
Jason is Director of Infrastructure Engineering for Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) which is responsible for supplying water to two million people in North Central Texas. He holds a Civil Engineering degree from Texas A&M and a master’s degree in International Political Economy and Development. Prior to TRWD, he worked in consulting engineering for five years, followed by eight years in the Andean highlands of Bolivia with Maryknoll Lay Missioners serving as a water supply engineering adviser and capacity builder to the Bolivian NGO Suma Jayma and others. Jason enjoys continuing to support overseas water efforts as a volunteer engineer with WEFTA in Bolivia, El Salvador and Honduras.
Jennifer lives in Little Compton, Rhode Island where she is surrounded by salt water. She has launched several small nonprofits, dedicated to childhood food security, and literacy and reparations for families of color. She has a Master’s in special education and is currently supporting semi-independent housing for two young men with special needs. A longtime supporter of WEFTA, Jennifer has accompanied our volunteer engineers to visit projects in Latin America and Africa.
Stuart is partner with water science and construction company, Ground+Water Tanzania Ltd., and hydrogeologic services firm Ground Water Science, based in Ohio, working in the USA and internationally. Stuart is a leading expert on the diagnosis and treatment of well problems and performance deterioration. He is a Certified Ground Water Professional by the National Ground Water Association, a Registered Geologist with the State of Kentucky, and has been consulting in the ground water field since 1983. Previously, Stuart worked for the National Water Well Association (now NGWA) and as an instructor with Wright State University and Ohio Northern University. He has spoken and consulted on well maintenance, rehabilitation, and groundwater microbiology topics in North America and a variety of international locations. Relatively new to WEFTA, he has located quality project management talent in Ethiopia and Nigeria, and provided data analysis of well water quality in Bolivia.