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

James Brown – Founder and President

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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 Charity’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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Carlos Iglesias – Secretary / V.P. of Field Operations

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Carlos Iglesias joined Water For Life Charity as a board member and volunteer in the spring of 2018. Already a world traveler serving in remote countries for years prior, the WFLC team met Carlos when providing his group with needed filters for a humanitarian trip to Mali, Africa. Carlos has organized, funded and traveled on over 10 trips to Guatemala, Mali Africa and Mexico in the past 10 years.

Drawn to his passion for serving others made him a natural fit for the organization. What a great addition to have his energy and love of fellow humans as ongoing inspiration. Carlos was quick to accept an invitation to join the board and the International Outreach team.

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In his own words:

“What an amazing experience it has been to bring clean water to villages and communities throughout the world knowing that clean water saves lives. I love life and look forward to living every day with joy, happiness and sunshine in my soul.

Through my childhood experiences I have learned the greatest gift that God can grant humanity is that of pure love and joy through serving others. One of my favorite quotes is: ‘There’s nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer’ I look forward to serving alongside you and helping you in any way as your desire grows inside you to serve and donate. I challenge you to find uncomfortable ways to serve others and find the courage to look outside your life as you serve others! Let’s Go!”

With boundless energy, Carlos also likes to play! He is a successful Ironman triathlete and loves running with friends. He is a skilled basketball player who can show young guys a thing or two on the court. When is not traveling the world in developing countries he is at home with his sweet wife of 29 years, two sons and one grandson playing board games and cards.

As with all WFLC volunteers, Carlos works full-time in his professional career. For over 10 years now he has worked as the General manager of Ken Garff Volkswagen in Orem, Utah. In addition to his inspiration to donate his time and personal funds to serving others, Carlos brings a vast amount of professional knowledge and a wide-ranging network of resources to the team. His creativity at problem solving and “God will help us get things done” attitude are an equation for helping a lot of people out of difficult circumstances.

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Rudy Shaffer – Director of Humanitarian Outreach

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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.

 

 

Riley Harris – Director of Donor Outreach

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Riley Harris is currently attending BYU studying Communications. She served a mission for her church in Washington DC and met a lot of people that came from areas of the world struggling to receive life-sustaining supplies. When she was presented an opportunity to work for WFL by James Brown, she was thrilled! She has a passion to serve others and knows this is a cause worth her time. Her husband, Mitch, served a mission in Guatemala and he has a strong desire to bring clean water to the people he loves down there and people all over the world in general. Riley loves the outdoors and she loves life. She cannot wait to see all the ways Water For Life can change many lives.

 

Lindsey Leavitt – Managing Editor

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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.

Visit her online at www.lindseyleavitt.com

 

Clifford Yantz – Water Engineer

Clifford Yantz is very happy to be part of Water For Life Charity. He has performed hydrogeological investigations at over 100 sites as well as specializes in the review and interpretation of hydrogeological data to determine groundwater flow characteristics. He has designed and helped with over three dozen groundwater extraction systems. He installed hundreds of wells and used groundwater flow models to evaluate hydrogeological resources and design groundwater extraction systems. Clifford is excited to go to Kenya again and begin drilling wells for WFL.

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