DAVID ZIELSKI - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
From the early age of 12, David worked with his father drafting for the family mechanical-engineering firm. His love of computers and building things led him to Boston in pursuit of a degree in electrical engineering. In the early 1990s, he used his knowledge of mechanical, electrical and computer engineering to help launch the first commercially available Caller ID product.
Driven by the growing environmental push in the 2000s, David and his wife started a company that manufactured and marketed all-natural products. Besides achieving national and international distribution, their products were used exclusively in a sustainable off-the-grid community in Taos, New Mexico where he gained first-hand expertise in sustainable energy and water systems.
David’s interest was piqued and he continued to study sustainable living systems. While back in school part-time for his MBA in Marketing, he met RainCatcher’s founder was captivated by how simple, effective and sustainable rainwater harvesting can be and the significant impact that can be made in the lives of many. His appreciation for the RainCatcher mission and his love of energy and water systems led him to get involved. With the RainCatcher team, he helps combine the ancient art of rainwater harvesting with today’s technology, providing sustainable, affordable sources of clean drinking water to people in need.
JILL TYLER - DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Jill demonstrated an early affinity for fundraising when she sold the most cookies in her Girl Scout troop several years in a row. The drive to support a cause she cares about manifested into a twenty year career in the non-profit and public sector.
It was always clear that she wanted to be of service. This is part of what prompted her to join the U.S. Army and receive training in military intelligence applications. After completing four years of service she used her G.I. Bill benefits to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and Master’s degree in Public Health Policy and Administration from the University of Arizona.
Jill has enjoyed working with nonprofit and public organizations dedicated to diverse issues. She began her career at the Alzheimer’s Association where she honed her professional fund development skills. Jill was then appointed to lead an innovative community-based restorative justice program for juveniles at the Pima County Attorney’s Office. She was later promoted to serve as director of the nationally recognized Victim Services Office. Her strong interest in education led her to a role as national director of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. She is now thrilled to be able to combine her interest in public health matters and her experience in fund development to serve such an important global cause.
TYSON MAYR – GLOBAL WATER AMBASSADOR
Tyson has been traveling the world and making a difference where he goes for more than 4 years and over 50 countries. He is currently Chief World Explorer for Jauntaroo and they both strongly believe in “travel with a cause”.
Tyson has helped install water filters to hundreds of different schools, orphanages & villages around the world & helped raise thousands of dollars through fundraising initiatives, which he organizes on his own. The last fundraiser, Tyson decided to do 10,000 pushups in 10 days. Even though the local children were sitting on his back for most of these pushups, he managed to raise several thousand dollars & a raise a large amount of interest from other groups & individuals wishing to help support the cause. From this interest, Tyson is now developing a program that will make it possible for other individuals to install the same water filters & travel & volunteer with RainCatcher.
In 2013, Tyson helped RainCatcher on over 30 projects & also helped install 100 water filters through Uganda in 30 days. He continued to fundraise when he returned to Australia, speaking at local primary schools & was even able to organize Pen Pals with children of America & part of Europe & the children from Africa that the donations were helping.
MARTHA McBRIDE - AFRICAN PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Martha McBride started as a volunteer for RainCatcher. A former broadcaster, she’s spent much of the past 20 years leveraging her journalism training and love of connecting people. She’s primarily worked with small businesses, with specific focus on bringing out the best in others.
In recent years as a leadership and sales-performance coach and consultant, she’s had the opportunity to work alongside clients as they changed direction or transformed their lives. Realizing there is more to a fulfilling life than just making money, she began seeking opportunities to apply her business and communication skills to service.
As a freelance commercial copy writer and voice talent, Martha’s flexible schedule allows her the freedom to travel freely and work from almost anywhere. With RainCatcher, she’s able to apply her team-building and program-management experience to effectively get things done, both while in the field and in cooperation with partners. She is a tireless traveler and feels so blessed that she lives in a world where she can write, see the world, forge connections and help people, all at once.
SARAH SAVEDRA - OFFICE MANAGER
Sarah has been with RainCatcher and Armfield Design and Construction as office manager for over three years. Her management and organizational skills have led to the continued growth of both RainCatcher and Armfield design. Her tenacity, drive and experience make her an essential member of the board. She is currently working towards her Degrees in Management.
DENNIS SSEBUGGWAWO - COUNTRY DIRECTOR, UGANDA
Dennis has been working with RainCatcher in his native Uganda area since 2011. Knowing first hand about the clean water problems his country faces and how quickly and efficiently RainCatcher can get clean water to those in need, he first volunteered his time before we quickly realized his passion for his people and brought him into our mission.
FRED MANGO - COUNTRY DIRECTOR, KENYA
Fred has been working with RainCatcher in his native Kenya area since 2011. Having a background in rainwater harvesting, he aligned with RainCatcher and formed RainCatcher Kenya so we could implement more projects in this area in need of clean water.