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Rudy Shaffer – Founder & President

At the age of 23, Rudy was Founder and President of his first of three electronic service companies in the San Diego area. After 30 years in the electronics industry and helping to raise six wonderful children, he went on his first mission trip to Tijuana, Mexico. This last Christmas 2010, Rudy discovered something profound, which he will spend the rest of his life to help change


Team Member James Brown - Director of Digital Marketiing & Fund Raising

James Brown – Partner & Director of Marketing

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James met the founder Rudy Shaffer in the fall of 2010 when the two were looking to work together. A few months later, Rudy reached out to notify James that he had a change of heart and was dedicating himself to ease the suffering of children all over the world who lacked access to clean, safe drinking water.

The story was compelling and moved James to join Rudy in this great endeavor. He now works part as a partner in the organization and as the Director of Marketing with an emphasis on Digital Marketing.

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James grew up in southern ID and has lived in NYC, CT, NV, GA, SC, AL, OH, and most recently UT. He graduated from Boise State University with a degree in Business Management but feels is most fulfilling role is kid management. James loves kids and is thrilled to be adding to more 3 girls to his family with the recent engagement to Lindsey Leavitt, Water For Life’s Managing Editor. Lindsey is of the same ilk and inspires James daily to do more and be more in his life.With his extensive background in business ownership and management, and specific skills in digital marketing, James provides seasoned experience to a team of highly respected individuals. It is his goal to build an organization that will solve the world’s water problems; a goal that is attainable.

As an outdoor person, James can’t stay off his mountain bike or skis in Utah. He is most grateful for two parents who instilled in him the spirit of service both with his family and others. Martin Luther King said it best when it comes to evaluating what we should do with our time:

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or the darkness of destructive selfishness. This is the judgment. Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?”

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Lindsey Leavitt – Managing Editor

Lindsey Leavitt is a former elementary school teacher and present-day writer. She is the author of many books for teens and kids, including the PRINCESS FOR HIRE series, GOING VINTAGE, THE CHAPEL WARS, and SEAN GRISWOLD’S HEAD.

She lives in the awesome mountains of Utah with her awesome family, where they do awesome things (including supporting this awesome organization) because they’re just awesome like that.

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Clifford Yantz – Water Engineer

My name is Clifford Yantz and I’m very happy to be part of Water For Life. I have performed hydrogeologic investigations at over a 100 sites and specialize in the review and interpretation of hydrogeological data to determine groundwater flow characteristics and have designed or helped design over three dozen groundwater extraction systems. I have installed hundreds of wells and used groundwater flow models to evaluate hydrogeological resources and design groundwater extraction systems.

I’m excited to go to Kenya again and begin drilling wells for WFL.

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