Our Team

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Salva Dut, WFSS founder, Senior Advisor

Salva continues to support U.S. and South Sudan teams as the Senior Advisor, located in South Sudan with appearances in the United States. Read more about Salva.


Lynn Malooly, Executive Director

Lynn is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, and strategic plan of the organization. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame with experience in community relations and alternative education, Lynn joined WFSS in 2010 as the first U.S. employee.

E-mail: lynn.malooly@waterforsouthsudan.org

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Ater Akol Thiep, WFSS Technical Advisor

Ater, known to all as "Lion," serves as Technical Advisor, overseeing all drilling, well rehab, and hygiene projects and programs. He co-chairs our South Sudan Leadership Council, comprised of all managers in South Sudan. A former “Lost Boy” of Sudan, Lion met WFSS Founder Salva Dut in a refugee camp and relocated to the U.S. in 1996, working for Samsung in Texas. In 2008, Lion joined WFSS as a drilling team manager. After expanding his technical and leadership skills, Lion now serves as Technical Advisor and leads our Well Rehabilitation Team. Want to know more? Here is Lion's 2008 Interview

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Ajang Abraham Agok, WFSS Country Director

Ajang, more commonly known as AJ, serves as Country Director, overseeing projects at the WFSS compound in Wau, as well as new sanitation projects. He is also our coordinator for government relations and collaborative partnerships and co-chairs our Leadership Council in Wau. Also one of the "Lost Boys" of Sudan, he came to the U.S. in 2000, settling in Dallas and working for Samsung. In 2013, AJ joined WFSS as an intern on our drilling team. He quickly established himself as a valuable team member and also has served as assistant drilling manager and Associate Country Director before becoming Country Director for WFSS. 


Jennifer Cook, Office Administrator

Jennifer oversees the Rochester office, including all accounting and clerical duties, and also serves as Corporate Secretary. A graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo with a degree in French and Political Science, Jennifer joined WFSS in 2017.

E-mail: jennifer.cook@waterforsouthsudan.org

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Cheri Crist, Donor Relations and Data Coordinator

Cheri interfaces with donors and schools, managing the organization’s donations and data and supporting communications. She graduated from St. John Fisher College and holds two master’s degrees from the University of Buffalo. Her experience includes work as a librarian and archivist, most recently as a project archivist at the George Eastman Museum. Cheri joined the WFSS team in 2019.

E-mail: cheri.crist@waterforsouthsudan.org


Gary Prok, Operations Support Coordinator

Gary works directly with the operations team in South Sudan to support all WFSS programs, and assists in logistics with a goal of continuous improvement in all areas of WFSS operations. A graduate of Ohio State University with an MS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rochester, Gary has extensive engineering and management experience. He previously held positions at Eastman Kodak Company and Cerion, and joined WFSS in 2018.

E-mail: gary.prok@waterforsouthsudan.org


Elissa Rowley, Development and Communications Coordinator

Elissa manages development initiatives and communication strategies. She graduated from SUNY Brockport with a degree in Organizational Communications and Health Science. Previously she attended MCC where she was a member and VP of the Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Project, and chaired the 2nd Annual Walk for Water in support of WFSS. She previously worked at the National Kidney Foundation and joined WFSS in 2018.

Email: elissa.rowley@waterforsouthsudan.org


Additional staff located in South Sudan

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Board of Directors 


Our Board of Directors is a diverse group of people inspired by our founder’s life and personal example, and committed to fulfilling Water for South Sudan's mission.


Krystle Ellis Non Profit Executive and Cultural Competency Facilitator, Brighton, NY

Laura Hayden
Community Volunteer, Rochester, NY

Thomas McCarthy
Board Vice President; Resource Development Manager, MODIS: IT Recruiting, Rochester, NY 

Jim Myers
Operations Management/ Finance, Rochester, NY

Vicki Richardson English Language Arts Teacher, Greece Athena Middle School, Greece, NY

Angelique Stevens
Professor, Monroe Community College, Rochester, NY

Anne Turner
Non Profit Professional, Boston, MA


Bob Shea
Board President; Communications Consultant; Visiting Lecturer, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY

Christopher Moore
Financial Advisor, Rochester, NY

Glenn M. Balch, Jr.
Immediate Board Past President, Business Consultant, Rotary Past District Governor, Brea, CA.

Joseph Eckl
Board Treasurer; Senior Manager, Empire Valuation Consultants, Rochester, NY

Sue Coia
Operations/Engineer, Park City, UT

Tim Cook
President of Cook Communications LLC, Rochester, N.Y.

Emeritus Board Members:
James Blake, Founding Board Member
John Bevier, Founding Board Member
Nancy Curme, Founding Board Member
Nancy Frank, Founding Board Member
Rev. Nancy Reinert, Founding Board Member
Scott Arrington*, Founding Board Member
John Turner*, WFSS Chief Operating Officer, 2007-2011
  * Deceased