Advisors to the Board of Well Aware
The following exceptional individuals serve as advisors to Well Aware's Board of Directors.
Cody Hudson, PE - Engineering
Cody Hudson is an Engineering Advisor to Well Aware and is Water Resources Engineer for INTERA, an Engineering and Geosciences Consulting company headquartered in Austin, TX. His education includes earning a Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Texas and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Arkansas. He also currently holds a Professional Engineering License in both Texas and Arkansas. Currently, he is focused on developing state and regional water plans, and constructing water quality and water quantity computer models for various areas across the United States. Cody also has spent some time in construction. His first job was working for the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, where he was in charge of the construction of multiple bridge and highway projects. His work with Well Aware started in 2011 when he began working on the design of a spring water collection system for the village of Tot in Kenya. It was one of the best experiences of his life to then go and supervise the construction of this project.
Wendy Robertson - Hydrogeological Technical
Wendy Robertson is a hydrogeologist with a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Texas at Austin and a Masters of Science in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D in hydrogeology. Her research focuses on water quality and sustainability in arid and water stressed regions. In her spare time she volunteers for SafePlace and is a youth and young adult leader at her church, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin. Her work with Well Aware began in spring of 2011.
“I believe that the field of arid region hydrology is now and will continue to be an important area of focus due to growing population and increased demand for resources worldwide. People living in arid regions often have problems accessing enough water to equal community demand, and water resources in these areas are often susceptible to water quality problems. I am very excited to work with Well Aware to provide clean sustainable water supplies to the communities of rural Kenya." ~Wendy
Mike (Joshua) Mutuku, Field Advisor, Kenya
Mike Mutuku met Sarah several years ago when she and the team were visiting projects in Kenya. They hit it off immediately and from then on, Mike has been a part of the team as the Field Advisor in Kenya, overseeing and monitoring all the projects.
Well Aware is not the first humanitarian effort Mike has been involved in. In 1993-4, Mike served as a Peace Keeper in the former Yugoslavia. He mostly assisted elderly people, who were left behind when others fled their homes when the war broke out, providing them with food and water.
Following that experience, Mike wanted to get involved in community work and make a difference, but wasn’t sure how until he met Sarah. Working with Well Aware has been heart and soul fulfilling for Mike, being able to see people in real need get sources of water and changing their lives, children staying in school and learning without diseases which come with dirty water.
Serving as the Field Advisor for Well Aware not only allows Mike to provide for his family, but is work that he loves doing and is thankful to be a part of.
Daniel Lupton - Hydrogeological Technical
Daniel Lupton is a registered Professional Geoscientist and has eight years of experience in water resources/geological sciences and currently works at INTERA, Inc in Austin, Texas. His research and professional experience range from geophysical well log analysis to evaluation of groundwater and surface water system interactions. He has employed field techniques such as geophysical logging/correlation, water level sampling, and spring discharge surveys in conjunction with groundwater modeling to develop an improved understanding of complex flow systems. While in college Daniel interned for a water well drilling company and through various industry jobs, he developed a solid background in irrigation and backflow prevention.
Daniel’s volunteer work started in graduate school where he, along with his adviser, used old British geologic survey maps in an attempt to understand the complex hydrogeology of a small drought stricken region in Mali. A more complete understanding of the regional groundwater flow system was deemed necessary due to the fact that wells drilled in the area consistently struck undesirable quality water. Additionally, Daniel provided the San Antonio chapter of Engineers without Borders and the Center for Water Resources at San Antonio with hydrogeologic support on their various groundwater projects.
After graduating, Daniel started working with the newly created Hydrogeologists without Borders on a project in Kenya. His primary involvement was mapping and data analysis to support the field based volunteers. Daniel joined Well Aware in the beginning of 2013 and will be serving as a technical advisor.
David Hall- Major Gifts and Rotary International
David serves Rotary International as the Regional Major Gifts Officer for Zone 21B in Texas. Working from his office in Austin, Texas he represents the Rotary Foundation which is based in Evanston, Illinois. He works with Rotarians in cultivating charitable giving and as a resource for the Foundation of Rotary International in seven Rotary Districts in the state of Texas. He is a member of the Northwest Austin Rotary Club and is an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Austin. David is also a Paul Harris Fellow.
In 2010, David began serving as the first regional staff member for the Rotary Foundation to be based in Texas. He came to Rotary with more than twenty years experience in development and service to non-profits in the United States. He has served in many roles including as Executive Director and consultant with his own LLC, where he advised non-profits in building their development programs.
A fifth-generation native Texan, he is a graduate of Sam Houston State University and holds a Masters degree from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis. David and his wife, Michelle live in Austin, Texas where she practices as a clinician in the field of pain management. They have three children; Asher, Cherith and Levi.
David has graciously joined the Well Aware as our advisor on major gifts, donor relations and Rotary partnerships.