Megan Lehtonen, Managing Director - A talent for collaboration and natural inclination to improve quality of life has transported Megan from an early career in construction management, to the international effort of ensuring the health and safety of the global community by increasing access to safe drinking water and sanitation systems.
Megan continues to expand educational models focused on efficiency throughout India, as well as leading IAPMO’s efforts in codes, standards and government outreach in India, Indonesia, and Australia – always with a water efficiency priority.
Megan envisions IWSH as critical to filling a gap that exists between public/private water accessibility efforts and the need for a “bridge” to effectuate safety and health standards in regions and countries that are extremely diverse. Success for IWSH will be creating impact at scale by working hand in hand with government(s), industry, non-profits, and communities to facilitate water accessibility while improving sanitation and hygiene on a commensurate basis.
Seán Kearney - As an International Project Manager with IAPMO, he is responsible for strategic design of programs and organization of related media, communications and logistics.
Seán has been connected with the WorldSkills International organization since 2005, first as a Competitor, then as a volunteer in various Secretariat roles before becoming a full-time Project Developer for WorldSkills Foundation in 2012. From this position he worked in collaboration with The IAPMO Group and Healthabitat to design and deliver the cross-discipline and student-focused ‘Water Innovation Challenge’ event which has since evolved into the ‘Community Plumbing Challenge’: an innovative and pioneering IWSH program. Seán joined IAPMO in 2015 to focus on development of the Community Plumbing Challenge alongside other IWSH partnerships.
Grant Stewart has a background in plumbing and education as well as strong links to WorldSkills. After competing at the WorldSkills competition in 1997, Grant has worked in many roles in WorldSkills up to Chief expert in Plumbing and now as Assistant Technical delegate for Australia. Grant worked full time as a Plumber and a Plumbing teacher in various regions of Australia throughout this time. Working in Zimbabwe on building classrooms, toilets and furniture projects in schools in the late 1990’s began a strong interest in water and sanitation projects and the sharing of skills that continues throughout developing regions around the world.
Grant joined IAPMO in late 2013 and has worked with World Plumbing Council, Health Habitat, RMIT and WorldSkills foundation on many projects including Sanitation Studios in Nepal and the Community Plumbing Challenge in India.
GP Russ Chaney joined The IAPMO Group in 1995 as Chief Executive Officer and has worked to further IAPMO’s public health, safety and environmental mission through the promulgation of the Uniform Plumbing, Mechanical, Solar Energy, and Swimming Pool, Spa and Hot Tub Codes. Since 2002, Russ has served multiple terms as a member of the World Plumbing Council Executive Board including the esteemed position of Chairman from 2011 – 2013.
David Viola, COO and Executive Vice President for IAPMO - Strategic and operational responsibility for a comprehensive array of IAPMO Group programs and services including product testing and certification, standards, training, and international projects focused on improvements to public health through sanitation and safe drinking water. He also provides leadership to IAPMO’s strategic planning process and the implementation of strategic initiatives.
Dave served as a founding director for the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE), and currently serves as the World Plumbing Council (WPC) technical liaison to the World Health Organization (WHO), including the WHO Advisory Committee on Water Quality and the Life Course Program. Dave also chaired the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Committee on Plumbing and served on the ASME Board of Standards.
Notably, Dave received the American Society of Sanitary Engineers Fellow Award, and works with the Bill Melinda Gates Foundation in developing an international standard for sustainable sanitation technologies for people worldwide who currently don’t have access to safe, affordable sanitation.
Gaby Davis participated in the development of Health Aspects of Plumbing, a publication with the goal of facilitating the adoption of good plumbing practices in developing countries to ensure the health gains and well-being expected from proper plumbing systems.
When the World Plumbing Council announced its plans to celebrate World Plumbing Day on March 11 every year, every where, Gaby immediately jumped on board. Since it’s inception in 2010, Gaby has served as an ambassador of World Plumbing Day – speaking with hundreds of elementary aged students every year about the important role the plumbing industry plays in maintaining our health.
As the daughter of a teacher and a career in the plumbing industry for more than two decades, speaking with children about clean water, proper hygiene and the importance of a plumbing system is near and dear to Gaby’s heart. She continues to visit schools in the Southern California area every year promoting the important work of the plumbing industry
Pete DeMarco is the founder of the Plumbing Efficiency Research Coalition (PERC), an organization dedicated to conducting research pertaining to plumbing systems in consideration of the emerging trends towards lower water consuming plumbing fixtures and appliances. He is the current chair of the National Institute of Building Science’s Consultative Council and is the lead facilitator for the American National Standards Institute’s Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative.
Notably, Pete also co-chaired the Steering Committee for Water Efficient Products which helped to foster the development of the US EPA WaterSense® program. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE).
Dain Hansen has over 15 years of global policy, philanthropic, nonprofit and international charity experience. Dain began his career living in Australia working with indigenous and immigrant populations. Since that time, Dain worked on Capitol Hill for Senators and Congressmen on domestic and global environmental issues.
Dain has worked with USAID, foundations and organizations from the WASH community on projects throughout the globe, including; Southeast Asia, the Middle-East, and Africa. Dain is currently based in Washington, D.C., and works with water-related charities, foundations, domestic and international policy makers, and governmental aid organizations.
This engagement is done to further expand and provide assistance to developing nations to increase quality of life through training and vocational programs, standardization and governance in the demand-side water.
Christopher Lindsay brings over a decade of nonprofit and international development experience to IWSH. He began his career serving in the White House where he played a pivotal role analyzing and reporting trends on the thousands of nonprofits who partner with the government – representing billions of dollars. In this capacity, Christopher also worked to rebuild the United States’ refugee program in the years following the attacks of September 11th, helping populations in the most desperate circumstances.
Later, he would work with corporations and high net worth families to structure their philanthropic activities on issues ranging from creating microfinance projects in Peru to rebuilding schools in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. An outspoken advocate for clean water and sanitation, Christopher has worked with government ministries in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and the MENA region to improve governance, develop human capital, and implement the mechanisms necessary to build supply chain capacity.