Board Chair, Robert (Bob) Wubbena
Bob was the International President of the Association of Boards of Certification of Water and Wastewater Operators (ABC) in 1975 and the International President of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) in 1995. He served on the board of Water for People for many years, and was Vice-Chair of WASRAG for 6 years. During his professional career Bob worked for the Washington State drinking water program and as a consultant to local and state governments throughout North America. During this time he worked directly with the National Rural Water Association and state governments in providing circuit rider and training programs for rural systems throughout North America. Bob is a member of the Rotary Club of Olympia, WA, and has instigated, nurtured and supported large WASH programs in Malawi, Papua New Guinea and elsewhere.
Vice-Chair, Pennye Nixon
In 2003, Pennye Nixon founded Etta Projects, a US and Bolivian non-profit organization working in Bolivia with rural villages to provide access to clean water, sanitation and improved village health. Prior to founding Etta Projects Pennye practiced as a child, family and marriage therapist. She holds an M.A. in Psychology from Pacific Lutheran University and a B.A. in Human Services from the University of Tennessee. Ms. Nixon was awarded the RESULTS Kitsap Peninsula Global Humanitarian Award for her work with global poverty and the International Woman of the Year Award by the city of Montero, Bolivia.
Secretary, Jim Goodrich
Before retiring in January 2011, Jim enjoyed a 38-year career in hydrogeology, water resources engineering and sanitary engineering. He spent the first 14 years of his career working for consulting firms with duties that ranged from engineering geology to hydrogeology to water resources engineering. In 1987 he started his long career in public services, culminating as general manager of the Groveland Community Services District, an agency that provides water, sewer, parks and fire protection in a rural community outside of Yosemite National Park, California. Jim joined Wasrag in 2008. He immediately started working with Bob Wubbena in developing Wasrag’s first Strategic Plan. He went on to help with the development of WASRAG’s Business Plan and Best Practices Guidance Document. He has served on the WASRAG Board of Directors and was the chair of the Technology Committee,
Greg Bucove, Director
After an early career in oceanographic research, Greg married his college sweetheart and they joined the Peace Corps to teach commercial fishing technology. Later, after post-graduate work in Fisheries, and in Chemical and Food Engineering, he had an international career in project management, equipment manufacturing, and executive management with several multinationals, and as an owner/officer in smaller entrepreneurial companies. Having lived in several countries and having worked in 48, he is fluent in three languages but is pretty bad at several more. Now after 22 moves, he and Connie have settled down in Olympia, WA, where Greg takes jazz piano lessons, sails, and works on humanitarian water and sanitation projects and international development.
Dave Fox, Director
Served as WASRAG (Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group) Team Leader for development of the Program Planning and Performance Evaluation process (PPP). Dave worked with The Rotary Foundation (TRF) to implement the Wasrag Model for improved project delivery through the Project Enhancement Process with TRF as part of the Future Vision program around the world.
Dave received his degree in Environmental Engineering from Iowa State University in 1965 and was involved in planning, design and construction of water and wastewater treatment facilities for 45 years. He retired from active practice with FOX Engineering in Ames, Iowa in 2008.
Dave is active in the Ames, Iowa Noon Rotary Club (District 6000). He is an active member of the World Service and Global Grants Committee and recently spent two weeks in Tanzania helping implement the initial water project in Kigogo village and training water operators and the Village Water Committee. He is married to Marilla and they have two sons and two grandsons.
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Board Chair, David Stocks
David graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada with a degree in Electrical Engineering. His career included service with the Army, IBM, several small business, and two large consulting companies.
David was a member of two Rotary Clubs from 1969 to 1982. He re-joined Rotary in 1998 and served as District Governor in 2011-2012. He is currently a member of the Rotary Club of West Shore (Victoria). He is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, a Benefactor, a member of The Bequest Society, and a member of WASRAG.
Richard Clarke, Vice-Chair
Richard served as a Canadian Public Servant for more than three decades. Currently, he is Vice-President Comox Valley Airport Commission. He is the Past President, and is currently Program Advisor to the Rotary Foundation (Canada). He is also Past President of Rotarians for Mine Action. As an active Rotarian, Richard is currently Endowment and Major Gifts Advisor – Zone 25, and a past Rotary District Governor of Rotary District 7070 (Toronto area).
Nancy Gilbert, Secretary and Executive Director
Nancy, a lawyer by profession, was formerly the Manager, Appropriate Technology Enabled Development program for PIND, an NGO in the Niger Delta, Nigeria. She is a doctoral candidate at Royal Roads University focused on sustainable sanitation in Niger Delta riverine communities.
Nancy practiced law for 8 years in Ontario and 2 years in New Brunswick before starting an advertising agency with her husband Paul. Subsequently she worked in marketing communications and brand strategy consulting until settling into her real passion – water, sanitation, and hygiene development. Having joined Rotary in 1994, Nancy served as District Governor of Rotary District 7810 in 2003-2004. She was the inaugural Rotary Coordinator for Zone 24 east in 2008. She also served as a member of the WASRAG board.
Nancy and her husband Paul live in Victoria, British Columbia (Canada), have a blended family of seven children and five delightful grandchildren.
Greg Bucove, Director
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