In 2006, Tom Flaim, our founder, visited the Dominican Republic for the first time on a short-term mission trip. With a civil engineering background, he knew that access to clean water might be problematic in the area they would be staying, 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 wall mounted water purification systems with local churches in 2008 but learned that approach wasn't going to be a sustainable solution.
For this mission of clean water to work long-term, the system and process was going to have to be self-supporting. With that in mind, Water at Work Ministry, Inc. (or Water@Work) was incorporated in Georgia in 2012. Then two years later, our partnering in-country, non-profit organization, Fundacíon Waterwork RD, was established in 2014. Fundacíon Waterwork RD assists with site selection, oversees construction, equipment purchasing, staff training, water quality testing, and community development.
As of 2021, incredibly generous donors have funded a network of eight church-based water plants in communities across the Dominican Republic. Each water plant is registered with the Ministry of Public Health.
Each plant also employs half a dozen people to run water plant operations, bottle, and deliver the water. As of 2021, an estimated 13,500 people now have access to clean water through these eight plants that didn't before.
US | DR | BOARD
United States Team
Dan works closely with our Dominican staff 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.
Chief Financial Officer
Tim has been serving as Water@Work's Chief Financial Officer since the beginning. 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.
Director of Donor Relations
Jennifer is a former middle school teacher who connected with Water@Work after a lemonade stand fundraiser. She now finds joy in fundraising on a larger scale. Jennifer lives in Peachtree Corners with her husband Ben and two young sons. Check out this nonprofit podcast she was featured on to learn more about her and this ministry she loves.
Director of Communications
Kami communicates W@W's message via our website, newsletters, social media and more. She also spearheads our grant efforts and works with church partners. After spending a year serving across various cities through AmeriCorps, she knew she wanted to pursue nonprofit work long term. Kami has a passion for water and Jesus so W@W is an ideal fit! She is an avid swimmer and hails from Indiana. Read more here.
Devan is Water@Work's missionary to the Dominican Republic. He spent a summer serving as an intern with W@W and knew he wanted to return to the DR full-time when he was fully equipped. After earning an environmental engineering degree from NC State, he is now ready to use his skill set to help strengthen operations and ministry work in the DR. You can support Devan here.
Mitch formally joined the organization in 2019 after creating several fundraisers supporting W@W throughout high school and college. 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.
Dominican Republic Team
Modesto Adalberto Melo Peña
Modesto is father of 4 daughters, married, and a faithful believer of God. He lived 20 years in the United States and then returned to his country where he started working in a call center and later as an English teacher in different educational centers. He met his wife, Mariela, at church as well as some missionaries who worked as English interpreters. However, instead of pursuing missionary work he ended up connecting with Water@Work. Today he works as our Compliance Officer; tremendously helping the growth of these projects.
Juan Luis Vilorio
After being raised in Gaspar Hernandez, at age 18, Juan Luis moved to Baní and started his journey helping different ministries as a Translator (i.e. Bearden Ministries). Then in 2013 he officially joined Water@Work as community support and later as maintenance and technical support. In 2015, Juan Luis became General Director of Water@Work and ever since, he has been developing new strategies in benefit of everyone around him and all the communities involved.
Rosmery Vilorio Marmolejos
Community Development Manager
Rosmery is a faithful believer in God and pursued her university studies at Pedro Henriquez Ureña University. She has a master’s degree student in pediatric dentistry. Rosmery is also an active member in the Dominican Evangelical Church in Santo Domingo. Today she serves as the Coordinator of Community Development at Water Work Fundacion and is a promoter of oral health. She loves to work in the development of the people of her country.
Mariela Donaida Pérez Gonzalez de Melo
Mariela is mother of three beautiful children and is a faithful believer in God. She learned about Water Work and felt the need to belong to the team as she saw projects where she could help poor communities in her country. She is currently the Vice President of the Water Work Foundation and is in charge of accounting and human resources. She says, "It is a great satisfaction to know that you are helping very poor communities in your beloved country and that Water Work comes to provide you with physical water and especially the water of life that is the word of God."
Board of Directors
Founder & Board Chairman
Tom is the visionary that brought Water@Work to life. He is a civil engineer by training and also a serial entrepeneur, inventor, and philanthropist. He is CEO of Greenlight, LLC and is the author of Thirsty for Christ and Through Sacrifice: Freedom.
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.
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.
Melissa is an entrepreneur and award winning CPA with over 20 years of experience in the financial industry. 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 a CFO, CPA, 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.
Matthew 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 on multiple missions trips worldwide. She has a strong passion for international missions.
Julie serves as our event coordinator and has served in various leadership roles as a volunteer over the past 23 years through her church, including as an elder. She is gifted in administration and has a strong desire to help others.
Lesley has a background in non-profit development and management in the Atlanta area. She now serves locally at Perimeter Church, her children’s school and the area cooperative ministry. While new to Water@Work, she has always had a heart for international development and ministry.