Meet our Team

Susanne Wilson

Executive Director

Why I’m here: I’ve seen first-hand that there is no more basic need than water.

What I love about my work: Connecting with our supporters who are touched by our mission, and connecting with the villagers whose lives are changed by it.

Jamie Morris

Marketing Director

Why I’m here:  I found Water to Thrive through my research to find an organization working toward ending the water crisis in rural Africa, a cause near and dear to my heart.  Water to thrive knocked it out of the park when it came to transparency, professionalism, and impact.  I am extremely grateful to have this opportunity to learn new skills while sharpening existing ones, all the while in an effort to support a cause I’m extremely passionate about.

What I love about my work: My work with Water to Thrive has given me the opportunity to express both my creative and technical abilities.  I continually learn new skills and grow in an environment that is welcoming and open to new ideas.  I feel extremely fortunate to work for an organization driven to help those in need and transform lives.  Also, I love how connected I feel to the stories of the beneficiaries whose lives are forever changed by the work Water to Thrive is doing.  This organization has connected me to some of the most caring, selfless individuals I have ever met.  The team at Water to Thrive is extremely hard-working, and it’s an honor to learn from each of them on a daily basis.

Joyce Harmon

Bookkeeping and Accounting Manager

Why I’m here:  Four years ago I was offered the position with this remarkable non-profit.  It was just a job to me but it has become so much more.

What I love about my work: I am reminded every day that there are hundreds of generous people who give from their hearts to affect the lives of thousands. I am humbled and inspired by our donors and our recipients.


Claire Miller

Donor Support

Why I’m Here:
I am drawn to our mission because of the everlasting effects of clean water and aspiration to change lives for the better.

What I Love About My Work:
The compassion and generosity of our donors brings positive change even beyond water. It’s an honor to work here!

Kellie Shellaby

Office Manager

Why I’m here: I am forever grateful for the opportunity to work alongside a team of individuals who possess such wonderful hearts and compassionate spirits.

What I love about my work: The beautiful smiles and joyful hearts of children who receive clean, safe water for the first time is truly inspiring and amazing. Though they have very little, they are truly thankful for what they do have. You can almost hear the laughter when you look at a photo of their joyous faces. 


Gashaw Simeneh

Ethiopia Project Manager

Why I’m here: I’ve witnessed rural, marginalized communities in East Africa that benefit from our water projects, and how people’s lives are being changed.

What I love about my work: Working in partnership, bringing higher impact to a community with minimum administrative costs, sharing different experiences with various cultures


Dick Moeller

Founder and Chairman of the Board

Why I’m here: Providence….that sums it up best. From the beginning, there was no grand plan. Things just started happening…..hearts opened, minds went to work, contacts were made, word spread. So many generous, caring people have helped make this possible. It has been a blessed journey!

What I love about my work: Witnessing the joy and gratitude from the blessing of clean safe water! This photo of eight-year-old Alimetu splashing clean water on her face for the first time says it all.

Water to Thrive Board of Directors

Dick Moeller, Chairman | Joel Hinkhouse, Vice Chairman | Ed Scharlau, Treasurer | Carol Kaemmerer, Secretary

Sally Mallowa Obura, Paul Elbert, Janelle Dieken

Cathy an, Maddie Minnaganti

We’re always looking for talent

Got what it takes to work with us? We’re on the hunt for talented interns and volunteers.