How it Began
The idea of Water at Work Ministry began in 2006 when Tom Flaim (our founder and current chairman of the board) visited the Dominican Republic for the first time on a short-term mission trip. As a trained civil engineer working in a water purification business, he knew that access to clean water might be problematic in the rural area where they would be visiting, so he brought a portable filtration unit with him. Tom used the unit to purify water at a cistern that was holding collected rainwater (and presumably a whole host of waterborne diseases). Soon enough, local women and children were lined up with various vessels desperately asking for clean water. After witnessing this great need, Tom felt God call him to use his training and resources to help bring clean water to the most vulnerable communities of this nation. He began setting up water purification systems with local churches in 2008 but discovered that approach would not be sustainable. Based on the idea that the water plants would have to be self-supporting, Water at Work Ministry, Inc. was incorporated in Georgia in 2012. Our in-country, non-profit organization, Fundacíon Water Work, was established in the Dominican Republic in 2014.
We believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy universal Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
The Board of Directors felt that the Apostle’s Creed could not be improved upon when it comes to our organization’s beliefs. So, by unanimous consent, the Board agreed to accept the Apostle’s Creed as our Statement of Faith.
We at Water@Work encourage corporations seeking to make a positive social impact in the world to consider entering into a partnership for social responsibility with us. For-profit corporations engage responsibly in society by finding connections to and supporting social enterprises, such as non-profit organizations, whose work aligns with their commercial mission, industry or technology. This engagement can take the form of professional advice or support, technological assistance, an employee engagement program with the non-profit, or direct financial assistance to the mission of the non-profit organization. Please contact us if your corporation is seeking a partner for social responsibility working in the water crisis, technical or international ministry, poverty alleviation, or community development in a poor country.
Our Statement of Faith
Corporate Social Responsibility
Meet Our U.S. Team
Dan serves as our Executive Director and works closely with our Dominican Director General Juan Luis Vilorio to run day to day operations. He is a retired chemist from Dow Chemical with a great passion for overseas community development. Prior to joining Water@Work, Dan volunteered extensively conducting water purification efforts around the world as a mission leader with Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church.
Tim is our former Board Chair and has been serving as Water@Work's Chief Financial Officer since our inception. He is Vice President of Innercomm Group and provides strategic planning, performance management, and leadership development to local governments and businesses throughout Georgia. He also provides great spiritual guidance for our group.
Jennifer serves as our Director of Communications. She is a former middle school teacher and now finds her passion sharing Water@Work's story with others. In addition to communications, she is our grant writer and event planner. She lives in Peachtree Corners with her husband Ben and two young sons.
Tom is the founder of Water@Work and currently serves as the Chairman of the Board, focusing on casting vision and developing the board. He is a civil engineer by training and repeat entrepreneur, inventor, and philanthropist. He is author of the book Thirsty for Christ and CEO of Greenlight, LLC. He enjoys speaking to church and civic groups about his passion for W@W and is currently working on his next book.
Renee & Ron Parker
Ron & Renee volunteer as our Senior Project Managers. Ron brings with him decades of experience focusing on rural water drinking water supplies and environmental sanitation throughout Africa and Asia with the Peace Corps, WHO, and USAID. After witnessing too many failed water projects, he was drawn to W@W's unique model for sustainability. Renee brings her expertise in urban planning, project management and business development to our team.
After creating several fundraisers supporting W@W throughout high school and college, Mitch formally joined the organization in 2019. He currently functions as the team's finance and data analyst and is tasked with supporting long term plant sustainability, increasing community financial literacy, and finding ways to better serve our local partners. Mitch works as a Senior Investment Analyst for PGIM Real Estate Finance.
Board of Directors
Jim is the VP of Platform & Technology at SAP America. He is responsible for database and analytics software license sales. He is extremely dedicated to W@W and currently serves as our Board President.
Angie is a passionate supporter of W@W and has a special place in her heart for the community of San Joaquin in particular. She is the owner of O'Farrell Group Web Solutions and assists W@W with all things technology related.
Melissa is an entrepreneur and award winning CPA. She owns her own accounting and tax firm in Atlanta and loves serving small businesses and non-profit organizations.
Kevin brings 30 years of experience as an Operational CFO, CPA with the “Big Four” and Private Equity Firms and has a proven track record of improving financial performance and building world-class finance and accounting organizations. He currently is the CFO at Aptean and has served on W@W's board since 2015.
Matthew has been a long time supporter of W@W. He has been serving as the Director of Christian Education and Missions at Parkway Presbyterian Church since 2010. He holds a BA in Biblical Studies from King College and brings an energetic level of creativity to the board.
Jacquie brings with her a diverse background in retail, teaching, and entrepreneurship to our board. She has served as an elder in the Presbyterian Church, director of Women's Bibles studies, and taken part in multiple missions trips worldwide. She has a strong passion for international missions.
James has a passionate heart to serve. He held a variety of volunteer positions at North Point Community Church in Atlanta while working full time in the IT industry for almost 40 years before he retired at the end of 2019. In addition to joining our BOD, he is actively involved with a non-profit that serves the local community and enjoys time with his family.