Stanley L. Laskowski, President
Mr. Laskowski has been a senior executive, leader, teacher, scientist, advisor, and mentor during his career in environmental protection. Currently he is a lecturer/advisor at the University of Pennsylvania [PENN]. At PENN he develops and teaches environmental management and policy courses and advises students and professors in many Departments (e.g., environmental science, business, law, and medicine). His areas of special interest include U.S. and global environmental management, environmental policy, and issues related to the attainment of the U.N. Millennium Development Goals for water and sanitation. He has been and continues to be active in support of various non-for-profit organizations. In 2006, Mr. Laskowski, with other environmental leaders, founded the Philadelphia Global Water Initiative, a Regional organization dedicated to help provide basic water and sanitation services to everyone in the world. He was instrumental in establishing the Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL) at Wharton Business School at PENN. This business oriented Institute will have hubs around the world, conduct cutting-edge research and provide training for the business and environmental leaders of tomorrow. He is also a member of the Stroud Water Research Center board and the Advisory Committee of the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center.
John Steele, Treasurer
John Steele is Vice-President of the Rotary Club of Ardmore and Chairman of the Water & Sanitation Committee. One of the primary missions of Rotary International, the world’s largest philanthropic organization, is to provide clean water and sanitation (WAS) to the billions of people worldwide that lack these essential resources. Mr. Steele also serves as Chairman of the Water Resource Committee for Rotary District 7450 which includes 54 clubs in Pennsylvania that contribute substantially to this vital, humanitarian effort.
When introduced to the Philadelphia Global Water Initiative, Mr. Steele envisioned the mutual benefit of forging a union between Rotary and PGWI. The objective of this strategic alliance is to provide funding for PGWI projects and for PGWI to give professional technical expertise to Rotary clubs to access the sustainability of contemplated WAS projects. To further this goal, a series of Action Workshops have been initiated bringing representatives of PGWI, Rotary, Rotaract and Interact together to develop strategies and programs to educate and fundraise.
Mr. Steele has a background related to natural gas, coal and water. After graduating from St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA, he formed American Integrated Minerals, Inc. (AIM) which provided natural gas drilling and coal mining programs to major investment firms. In 1980, Mr. Steele sold his company to Control Fluidics, Inc. (CFI), New York, and became its President in 1982. CFI, at that time, was primarily involved in innovative water saving technology and industrial filtration systems. It was through the company’s involvement with the UN’s disappointing “Decade of Water”, that he became aware of the dire water crisis in the developing world. The lesson learned from this experience was that sustainability is essential to successful WAS projects.
Mr. Steele is a licensed agent with Prudential Fox & Roach, Realtors, and specializes in commercial, industrial and investment real estate properties. He has been a member of the PGWI Board and is currently serving as Secretary.
Christiaan B. Morssink, M.P.H, Ph.D,
Dr. Morssink holds Candidandus and Doctorandus degrees in cultural anthropology and non-Western sociology, respectively, from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, an MPH from Johns Hopkins, and a Ph.D. in Health Policy and Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health. Dr. Morssink has 30+ years of practice and teaching experience in public health and related fields in the Netherlands as well as in the Republic of Suriname, where he was head of the Department of Planning and Project Management in the Ministry of Health, and in the United States. His research and teaching interests include: professionalization, bridging social science and biomedicing, global health disparities, social inequality in labor markets and health markets, and multi-cultural communication, cooperation, intervention strategies. Dr. Morssink is a member of the American Public Health Association, the World Future Society, and he currently serves as Treasurer and Board Member at the Philadelphia Global Water Initiative.
Anthony S. Bartolomeo, P.E, VP for Development
Anthony S. Bartolomeo, is the President and CEO of Pennoni Associates. Mr. Bartolomeo is a civil engineering graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in several states. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Mr. Bartolomeo joined Pennoni in 1986 and has more than 30 years experience in environmental engineering, including comprehensive knowledge of industrial facilities reuse issues relating to Pennsylvania’s ACT 2 Program and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund program, Hazardous Waste Management programs, and the Clean Water Act. Due to his respected expertise in the environmental field, Mr. Bartolomeo has provided expert testimony in legal proceedings for technical support on environmental and environmental engineering issues.
Mr. Bartolomeo has broad experience in the relationship development among the federal, state and local government levels, all of which have a stake in the success of major civil infrastructure projects. He has integrated the engineering and financial aspects of major projects into the legal, regulatory and community objectives, to the benefit of Pennoni’s clients.
Mr. Bartolomeo serves as a member of the Board of Directors for a number of not-for-profit organizations in the Delaware Valley, including Philadelphia Academics Inc., the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. He is a Founding Board Member of the Philadelphia Global Water Initiative, and currently serves as Chair of the Finance Committee.
Arun K. Deb
Arun K. Deb, a retired VP of Weston Solutions, Inc. has 50 years experience in teaching research and consulting, and is internationally well known for his work in the field of water and wastewater management. Dr. Deb served 7 years in the Board of Water For People (WFP), a Denver based non profit organization dedicated to provide safe water and sanitation to poor people all over the world.
During the last 15 years, with the help of Water For People (WFP), he is intensely working in providing safe drinking water to poor people in the villages of West Bengal, India. He is the principal architect in developing WFP programs in India which provides one of the most successful projects on removal of arsenic from drinking water to provide safe drinking water to hundreds of villagers in West Bengal.
In recognition of his work, WFP awarded him the first Miller Award in 2002, PA Section of AWWA awarded him Life Time Achievement award in 2000, and ASCE awarded him the Bechtel Award in 2003, National Academy of Engineers awarded him the Grainger Challenge Silver Prize in 2007. The Arsenic Project was recognized by American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) as one of the best Civil Engineering projects for Opal Award for the year 2007.
Carol R. Collier, P.P., AICP
Ms. Collier was appointed Executive Director of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) on August 31, 1998. The DRBC is an interstate/federal commission that provides a unified approach to water resource management without regard to political boundaries. Before joining DRBC Ms. Collier was Executive Director of Pennsylvania’s 21st Century Environment Commission. Governor Tom Ridge formed the Environment Commission in 1997 to establish the Commonwealth’s environmental priorities and to recommend a course of action for the next century.
At the time Governor Ridge asked Ms. Collier to serve as executive director for the 21st Century Environment Commission, she was Regional Director of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) Southeast Region. Prior to PADEP, Ms. Collier served 19 years with BCM Environmental Engineers, Inc., Plymouth Meeting, Pa., beginning as a student intern and ultimately becoming Vice President of Environmental Planning, Science and Risk. Ms. Collier has a B.A. in Biology from Smith College and a Masters in Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a Professional Planner licensed in the State of New Jersey, a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). In 1997 she was presented the Touchstone Award from the Society of Women EnvironmentalProfessionals and in 1998 the Woman of Distinction Award from the Philadelphia Business Journal. In 2007 the American Water Resources Association (AWRA) presented her with the Mary H. Marsh Medal for exemplary contributions to the protection and wise use of the nation’s water resources.
She is a member of her township’s environmental protection advisory board, teaches environmental management courses at the University of Pennsylvania and has published on environmental and water-related topics. She has testified before the House of Representatives and the Pennsylvania Legislature. In 2004 she was a member of a nine person U.S./China/Japan team to assist the Peoples Republic of China with river basin management. She has also participated in water management and sustainable forest practice events along the Yangtze River in China and in the rain forests of Ecuador. She thinks proper management of water resources is the key to our economic and environmental future.
Godlove T. Fonjweng, Ph. D., V.P. for International Education
Dr. Fonjweng serves as Director of Global Education at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA. He was previously Special Assistant to the Provost and Director of Academic Advising at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania. He has also held the position of Assistant Dean for Advising at the College of Arts and Science of the University of Pennsylvania, and Program Director and Assistant Professor for the Environmental Science program at Philadelphia University. Dr. Fonjweng was President for Meta Cultural and Development Association (MECUDA-USA), which is based in Cameroon and the Diaspora. His current position at the Philadelphia Global Water Initiative is Vice President for International Education. Dr. Fonjweng has won “The Penn Commitment to Excellence Award” for exemplary work with student victims of the Katrina disaster in New Orleans in 2006 and “Models of Excellence Award” (Honorable Mention) for outstanding services as an undergraduate advisor at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his B.A. in Geochemistry from Swarthmore College, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Pennsylvania.
VP for Education and Outreach
Ed Grusheski is currently retired from his previous position as General Manager of the Public Affairs Division of the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD). Ed has previously served as a Museum educator at Boston’s Children’s Museum, the New Jersey State Museum, the City of Philadelphia’s Civic Center and Port of History Museums, and was Director of PWD’s Water Works Interpretive Center before taking this current position in the Department in 1999.
Educated at the Boston Latin School, Georgetown University, and the University of Pennsylvania, he serves on many task forces and committees, including the PA Department of Environmental Protection’s Coastal Zone Management Steering Committee, the PWD Water Quality Education Community Advisory Committee, and the Strategic Planning Committee of the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary.
In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Fairmount Park Commission’s Fund for the Water Works, the Philadelphia Global Water Initiative, and is the President of the Board of Directors for both the Energy Coordinating Agency and the Oliver Evans Chapter of the Society for Industrial Archeology.
Richard R. Riegler
Richard R. Riegler, Vice President, Engineering and Environmental, for Aqua America, the nation’s largest investor-owned, publicly traded water and wastewater utility. In his position, Dick manages the company’s capital spending program totaling over $250 million annually, including project engineering and insuring compliance with environmental law. Dick served on the Board of Water for People for eight years, providing guidance and raising funds for water supply projects in impoverished locations through the world. He continues his work with Water for People serving on several committees. He also serves on the Board of the Settlement Music School, West Philadelphia branch.
Dick is a founding member of the Philadelphia Global Water Initiative and serves on its Board, responsible for Strategic Planning. Dick also serves on the Board of the Settlement Music School, West Philadelphia branch. He currently resides in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania.
Mary Rodgers began volunteering as an eight year old by giving tours at historic Washington’s Crossing National Park. Soon she began to hold yearly backyard fairs to raise money for CARE to purchase food and school supplies for an orphanage in Korea. As an adult, Mary worked with emotionally disturbed students who responded well to volunteering in the community. In 1999, she was named the Service Learning Facilitator for Abington School District. Since then, Abington students have contributed more than 650,000 hours of service to the community. Among her distinctions, she wrote a successful application naming Abington Township “America’s Promise: 100 Best Communities for Young People in 2005″
She was Invited by the American Youth Policy Forum to address a Congressional sub-committee on Capitol Hill on March 19, 2004 in support of Service Learning programs and funding. In 2003, Abington Senior High School was awarded the prestigious Harris Wofford Award by Youth Service America, naming it the Top Service Learning Institution in the United States. Abington High School is featured in a Corporation for National Service video, Bringing Learning to Life, and 2 commercials that promote service-learning throughout the nation. She then became the National Service Learning Conference; Committee Chair, Philadelphia, 2006. She received the Freedom Corps: Citizen Service Award, personally, from President Bush, December 2005 (Nominated as the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year in Philadelphia by Philabundance). Ms. Rodgers was appointed to the Congressional Award Foundation by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and was elected as Secretary of the Board in 2008. She has received a $100,000 grant for school safety and service-learning projects from State Farm Insurance Company, 2008 and was named ‘Service Learning Practitioner of the Year’ by the National Youth Leadership Council, 2008. Today, is served on the H2O for Life educational advisory committee.
J. Anthony Sauder, P.E., P.G.
Tony Sauder is a registered professional engineer and geologist with over twenty years experience in water resources, hydrogeology, and environmental engineering. His experience includes ten years working overseas on projects involving water supply and sustainable development in Chad, Sudan, Honduras, Dominican Republic, and Belize. Mr. Sauder was born in Lancaster Co., PA, and grew up in Honduras. A Senior Engineer/Hydrogeologist at Pennoni Associates, Inc., Tony shares from his experience through teaching Hydrology at Penn and serving as a professional mentor to the PennEWB Honduras project.
Tony has served as a general board member of the Philadelphia Global Water Initiative since it was formed. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering and M.S. in Engineering Geology from Drexel University.
VP of Fundraising
Shannon P. Márquez, M.ENG, PH.D., Board Member
Dr. Márquez is an accomplished educator, researcher, administrator and “public health engineer,” who has garnered local, national and international recognition for research and practice in the field of global environmental health. Her international areas of focus include safe water systems, health systems strengthening and health governance, and agricultural health. Dr. Márquez also lead research on sustainable solutions to address the environmental burden of disease and health disparities in developing countries of Africa, and has also worked in Asia, and Latin America and underserved communities in the United States.
Prior to joining Drexel as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Director of Global Health Initiatives, Dr. Márquez was the associate dean for academic and faculty affairs, and associate professor of health policy and public health, at the Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy at the University of the Sciences
She has also held positions at The University of Iowa College of Public Health, The University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston School of Public Health, and at Temple University, where she was the MPH program director and founding director of the Temple Center for Global Health. Dr. Márquez has served on the Association of Schools of Public Health Diversity and Global Health committees and is a Council on Education for Public Health trained site visitor.
She is also a member of the Philadelphia Board of Health, Board of Scientific Councilors at the Centers for Disease Control, and Agency for Toxic Substance Disease Registry.
Dr. Marquez holds a PhD in environmental sciences and engineering from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, a Masters in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Prairie View A&M University.
Vincent W. Uhl
Mr. Uhl is a water resources and environmental consultant for Uhl & Associates, Inc. He is one of the founding members of the Philadelphia Global Water Initiative (PGWI). Mr. Uhl began his career in water supply development and management in Central India where he initiated a water development project for the Lutheran Church at the age of 25. This project evolved into an organization with over 50 employees and provided a full service approach to water supply development from the siting of production wells utilizing geophysics and remote sensing applications to well repairs and drinking water quality evaluation. The project installed over 3,000 wells in the hard rock regions of central and southern India and provided a training ground for other projects in the region including UNICEF – WES.
Since that time, Mr. Uhl has specialized in the exploration, development, protection and management of water resources for public, industrial and agricultural uses and in the investigation and remediation of soil, groundwater, and surface water contamination incidence. He has investigated and characterized hundreds of industrial sites, large municipal landfills, interstate petroleum and gas pipelines and formulated monitoring and remedial strategies with regulatory authorities. While with Geraghty & Miller, Inc. he led a 2-year project that culminated in the preparation of the Underground Injection Control (UIC) regulations for the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
At Malcolm Pirnie, Inc., an international civil engineering firm, he managed the firm’s Groundwater Group. In 1984, he opened and managed a New Jersey office for Geraghty & Miller, Inc., a highly respected groundwater and environmental engineering consulting firm. In 1991, he started his own consulting practice that provides water and environmental consulting to industry, municipalities, international governments, consulting firms and legal clients on all projects with water and/or environmental components. He has worked extensively in the United States, southern and eastern Africa, the Philippines, and India, and in 10 other countries on short-term assignments. He has managed and directed many large water-supply development, management, planning, and protection projects in the United States and abroad.
He has a seasoned, field-based background that is invaluable for detailed analysis of groundwater systems as a basis for sustainability/recharge evaluations and optimal groundwater systems management. Mr. Uhl has taught graduate level courses in Hydrogeology at the University of Maryland, the University of Akola in India, and at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, New Jersey. He has given many presentations at seminars, international conferences, universities, and for corporate forums.
Mr. Uhl holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and he received his Master Degree in Agricultural Engineering from the Oklahoma State University and a Master Degree in Hydrogeology from the University of Arizona.
Walter A. Walker, E.I.T., P.E.
Walt is president of the Mid-Atlantic Professionals chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB-MAP), a non-profit humanitarian organization established to partner with developing communities worldwide in order to improve their quality of life. The partnership involves the implementation of sustainable engineering projects initiated by EWB’s engineers and engineering students while maintained by local communities. Walt is also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Philadelphia Young Professionals Network (YPN), and is a frequent collaborator with Greater Philadelphia Cares (GPC).
Walt holds a B.S. and M.S. degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Rowan University. He is currently a project engineer at BCM Engineers in Plymouth Meeting, PA. His interests and specialties include water/wastewater design, environmental consulting, and geographic information systems (GIS).