H2O For Life Staff
Christy joined H2O for Life in 2016 after moving to St. Paul from Atlanta, GA. With over 20 years of experience in administration, finance and logistics, in the for profit sector she hopes to bring her talents to the non profit world. She is inspired daily by the teachers and school administrators who see the power in service learning and make the effort to implement an H2O for Life global project in their classrooms.
Director of Communications
Nick joined H2O for Life in 2012 as a graphic designer with a knack for writing and marketing. He manages the design and production of all digital and print collateral including annual reports, flyers, posters, booth displays, toolkits, and web graphics. A longtime animal advocate and founder of Compassionate Man Magazine, Nick lives near the Mississippi River in St. Paul but spends his spare time sailing, swimming, and hiking with his cattle dog in northern Minnesota.
Fun Fact: Nick grew up vegetarian and went vegan in 2003.
Director of Global Partnerships and Schools
Steve is responsible for managing relationships and leading the growth of our US and International school service-learning program. In addition, he acts as the liaison between H2O for Life and our many Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) partners around the world that provide our global partner school projects. He is also responsible for reporting on the status of all WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene education) in Schools projects our program supports. Steve began his work with H2O for Life in 2008 as a volunteer and in 2009 became a full time employee.
School Outreach Coordinator
Danielle graduated from Bethel University with a degree in Elementary Education with an Endorsement in Communication Arts and Literature. Danielle started her career path working as a 6th grade English teacher then transitioned into her role as a School Outreach Coordinator for H2O for Life.
Joe has joined our team at H2O for life as Project Assistant. His main focus is to help organize and coordinate school outreach around the Twin Cities, as well as, indulge in the world of social media and grant writing. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in Youth studies. Joe has dreams of beginning his own non-profit focused around STEM programming and youth employment. He currently leads a youth group on Saint Paul's Eastside.
Director of Development
For over 20 years, Ron Lattin has been a nonprofit and public affairs leader working with organizations, people and causes that promote corporate social responsibility, better government, cleaner political campaigns, and more effective nonprofits. Ron has spent the bulk of his career creating and implementing development efforts for nonprofit organizations and centrist public affairs campaigns.
Education Project Manager
Judy is a career science educator with more than 30 years of experience that include high school environmental science and physics, university level elementary science education for pre-service teachers and director of education at a nature museum. She holds multiple degrees in Botany, Science Education, and Physical Science and is passionate about sharing her science knowledge through curriculum development, teacher training and community outreach.
H2O For Life Board
Kate is a part-time Nurse Practitioner at the University of St. Thomas Health Services. She is active in the Harriet Tubman Northstar Youth Outreach Center, Project Home through Interfaith Action and the St. Paul Garden Club. Kate dabbles in both indoor and outdoor sports and has ventured out on mission-related trips including a visit to H2O for Life project sites in Uganda. Kate and her husband, John have raised two daughters and are happy grandparents.
Ashley is a CPA at Ramsay & Associates in Mahtomedi. In addition to Ashley’s work with H2O for Life, she is a member of the White Bear Lake Rotary and is involved in the Greater White Bear Lake Community Foundation’s “Leadership Tomorrow” program. Ashley is married to Nick and they enjoy traveling, camping, skiing and many other outdoor activities.
Jenni Gallagher is an Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education at East Carolina University. Her research is focused on social justice-oriented inquiry curriculum and pedagogy. She earned her PhD from Iowa State University in 2017. She was also a 7th grade Geography teacher in Colorado Springs, CO where she led students in supporting two water projects through H2O for Life.
Patty was a middle level educator at Highview Middle School where H2O for Life began as a service-learning program. Patty is a co-founder and has volunteered with H2O for Life since its inception in 2007. She is married, has 3 adult children, 6 grandchildren — all of whom are amazing water advocates. In her spare time Patty enjoys reading, travel, outdoor activities and is passionate about the global water crisis.
Nicole is a Partner at Brandt Criminal Defense. As a criminal defense attorney, she has committed her career to helping those who find themselves on the wrong side of the law. In addition to her law practice, she also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law and volunteers with local bar associations and committees. Nicole and her husband, Treye, have two young boys and reside in North Oaks.
For 18 years Frank worked in Electric Utility Management for Xcel Energy in Minnesota. He has been involved with Rotary International, the Electric Power Research Institute, and previously sat on the Board of Directors for Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio. In addition to volunteering for Children’s Hospital, his church, or the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, he spends his time traveling, playing tennis or golf, sailing, and skiing.
As a member of White Bear Rotary in Minnesota, Jim is committed to community service in his hometown, but also mindful of the broader service mission globally. He volunteers for the White Bear Food Shelf, Second Harvest, and St. Mary’s Catholic Church. In addition to his work with H2O for Life, Jim enjoys golf, reading, films, and the arts. He is a big sports fan and proudly owns stock in the Green Bay Packers.
Terri Williams is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Mains’l Services, Inc., a national company offering services to people and families who need assistance to live full and purpose filled lives in their home communities. As a lifelong entrepreneur, Terri is passionate about creating sustainable collaborations and partnerships improving the lives of others both locally and globally. For over thirty years she has held leadership positions in business and philanthropic organizations offering services to people of all ages and abilities.
Darin is Senior Vice President and Area Business Banking Manager for Wells Fargo, responsible for Business Banking in the Twin Cities region. In addition to Darin’s work with H2O for Life, he is also on the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Darin and his wife, Monica, have three children and live in Arden Hills. Darin enjoys running and coaching youth basketball.