Drop in the Bucket – Co-founder/Director
Stacey spent over 15 years producing high-profile television programs for networks such as A&E, AMC, TLC, and FOX. In 2006, she decided to take her production experience and sensibility into the aid world. Using a fresh, creative and hands-on approach, she began developing the DITB Water and Sanitation Program, focusing on long-term and effective solutions. Stacey coordinates with local and government officials, and works hand-in-hand with the teams on the ground to implement DITB’s innovative program. She now spends over half the year in the field overseeing teams and managing everything from site selection, community mobilization, village trainings, field crews, all aspects of construction and regular follow-up. To find out more about Stacey’s work in Africa please go to http://staceytravis.wordpress.com
Drop in the Bucket – Co-founder/President
After more than two decades of working as a music producer, John decided to start splitting his time between making music and building wells in Africa. John is responsible for communicating with donors, coordinating volunteers, social media and some of the fundraising and provides the necessary support Stacey needs while working in the field.
Patty Ivins Specht
PB&J Television – Owner/President
Patty Ivins has been working in reality television and news/documentary for over fifteen years and since 2004 has been producing under her own company banner, PB&J Television, Inc. Ivins has executive produced NBC’s Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Model Search, Showtime’s Reversal of Fortune, three seasons of Style’s hit show Dress My Nest, TLC’s Date My House, The Miss America Pageant reality series for CMT and TLC, and ABC Family’s America’s Prom Queen. Patty produced season 1 of The Simple Life and The Simple Life Reunion and also produced and directed Making the Band, Road Rules, and Who Wants to Be a Playboy Playmate? In 2004, Ivins won a Daytime Emmy for the AMC documentary, Hollywood Rocks The Movies: The 1970′s, narrated by David Bowie.
Morrison/Foerster LLP – Partner
Colorado based attorney Scott Llewellyn is a partner in the Morrison Forster law firm. He has been involved in Drop in the Bucket since the very beginning and is very active as a board member and advisor.
Strategic Artist Management LLC – President
Music Manager, President & CEO of Strategic Artist Management is a 30 year veteran of the entertainment industry and is probably best known for guiding the Dixie Chicks’ career to superstardom. Over the years he has represented a diverse group of artist including Mary J Blige, Miranda Lambert, Tears For Fears, Paulina Rubio and Clay Aiken. Renshaw was the recipient of the 2000 Pollstar Personal Manager of the Year award, and a 2003 Bill of Rights Award from the ACLU. In 2007 he was named by Advertising Age as one of the Entertainment Marketers of the Year. Widely known as a fierce advocate of artist’s rights, he has testified before the Federal Trade Commission, The California Senate and The Copyright Tribunal.
Entertainment Manager – President Mad Mac Entertainment
In a career spanning almost twenty-years, Rob has worked directly with multi-platinum artists such as Linkin Park, Rob Zombie, Pantera, Staind and Static-X. Throughout the years, Rob’s strategic marketing skills have helped some of the largest musical acts in music history achieve insurmountable success. Rob was previously with the entertainment company The Firm as a Senior Manager, where he played an instrumental role in the careers of musical acts such as The Backstreet Boys, The Dixie Chicks, Michelle Branch, Korn, Enrique Iglesias, Limp Bizkit and Snoop Dogg, among others. Rob played a major part in helping Linkin Park establish their “Music For Relief” charity, which was formed in response the 2004 Tsunami in Indonesia and raised over one million dollars in the first year under Rob’s leadership.
Live Nation – Global Marketing Coordinator
Before joining LiveNation, Rebecca had worked at several accounting firms and the record labels including Interscope and Epitaph. She brings to the table a background in organization, coordinating, project management, finance and book keeping.
Advisory board – Finance
Perth, Australia – Hunter brings to the table a long and distinguished career in the field of Quantity Surveying. Hunter advises Drop in the Bucket on project costs, an amounts and is actively involved in new designs and development. Hunter is a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, an Associate of theRoyal Institution of Chartered surveyors and was Awarded the President’s Medal for services to the Profession in 2003.
Design & Engineering
Perth, Australia – After a very distinguished and extensive career as an engineer that started in 1963 and involved some very senior positions working in, amongst other places, Uganda, Bill retired to Australia. However since 2006 Bill has served as an Advisory Board Member to Drop in the Bucket overseeing designing water systems, training and project management. Bill was the main engineer involved in designing the Drop in the Bucket Eco-Sanitation System and the largest rainwater harvesting system built at any school in Uganda.
Cassie moved from Indiana to LA in 2003 and has produced TV programs for The Food Network, HGTV, Discovery Health, The History Channel, CMT, TLC, Style Network, E! and The Travel Channel. She has spent the past six years traveling the world as a Supervising Producer on ABC’s The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. Cassie has traveled to Uganda, Kenya and South Sudan to photograph, film and participate in the installation of water wells. Cassie is involved with helping Drop on donor relations, development and outreach.
With over 15 years of experience in advertising and marketing as a writer, strategist, and creative director, Kristie Kershaw brings her unique brand of insight and passion to every project. Kristie has helped to both launch and advertise many successful brands and properties, ranging from the print campaign for the Academy Award nominated film War Horse, to Barbie, to Cirque du Soleil. Kristie works with Drop on creating the copy for the website, posters, informative materials and keeping the messaging consistent.
Head of Digital and Technology
Dan Gieschen is a highly accomplished, award winning software & technology developer and an expert in lean start-up and organizational management. In addition to over 15 years experience creating, managing, and supervising the development and maintenance of high-end technology applications and solutions for Fortune 500 companies, Dan was a founding member of a small 5 person entertainment software company that rapidly grew to support over 1 million daily players, 100+ employees, and went on to become one of the top grossing iPad and Facebook applications multiple years in a row. The company achieved successful, high valuation exit within 2 years. Projects he has worked on have won numerous awards including IDEA Gold Medal in 2007, Phase 2005 2 SBIR Award from US Department of Education, grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE), and a grant from the National Science Foundation.
President & CEO GE Power & Water, Water & Process Technologies
Heiner Markhoff is President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Power & Water, Water & Process Technologies, overseeing a worldwide company that brings together experienced professionals and advanced technologies to solve the world’s most complex water-related challenges. Employing approximately 8,000 people, Water & Process Technologies provides innovative solutions that address the growing demand for increased water availability and quality, while improving customers’ productivity and meeting more stringent environmental regulations. The business operates in over 100 countries. Heiner’s GE career began in 1994 as a member of GE’s Corporate Business Development team in Fairfield, CT. In 1995, he joined GE Silicones Europe as marketing manager. He subsequently held several leadership roles, including general manager-automotive for GE Plastics Americas, and CEO of GE Bayer Silicones. Before assuming his current role in October 2008, Heiner led GE Plastics Europe, Middle East, Africa for two years. Prior to joining GE, Heiner served as an associate with Booz Allen & Hamilton, a strategy and technology consulting firm. Heiner graduated from the University of Cologne, Germany, with a degree in business administration and economics. He and his wife have 3 children and live in the greater Philadelphia area.
Founder and managing partner of INSIGHT2PROFIT
Ryan helps B2B companies—including leading Fortune 500 Corporations and Private Equity firms—improve profit through better price management. Ryan’s drive for focus and measurable goals define INSIGHT2PROFIT’s unique value proposition. Ryan, a Six Sigma Black Belt, earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Lafayette College and MBA from Lehigh University. He measures success not by “what have I earned,” but by “what have I given back.” On the business side, this means Clients achieving measurable profit gains or they don’t pay. On the personal side, this means being actively involved—even traveling to Uganda—with Drop in the Bucket.
Executive Vice President of Marketing and Business Strategy for Crystal Geyser Water Company
Judy Yee is a seasoned brand marketer in the consumer products industry. She is currently the Executive Vice President of Marketing and Business Strategy for Crystal Geyser Water Company and was the Chief Marketing Officer at Earthbound Farm driving the company’s transformation from an organic produce to a food company. Judy was the Group Leader of Marketing and Business Development at Chiquita Brands International, finding new and innovative ways to bring fresh and healthier products to consumers and revitalizing the iconic Chiquita brand. Judy began her marketing career with The Clorox Company leading a variety of strategic businesses and new product innovation from Hidden Valley salad dressing to Glad food storage products. While at Nestle, she managed (and enjoyed) ice cream novelties brands such as Drumstick, Crunch and Butterfinger. Outside of work, Judy has served on Boards of nonprofit organizations focusing on women leadership and development and advised various early-stage companies.