BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The individuals on The Ayin Project's Board of Directors work together in a friendly and supportive way to make important decisions that help the organization achieve its goals. They're all in on making the organization successful and bringing their unique skills and ideas to the table. They have open conversations, welcome different opinions, and ensure everyone's voice is heard. This way, they make sure decisions are well thought out and in the best interest of those the organization serves, guiding everyone involved to an even better future.
Joshua Kurtz is a seasoned sustainability specialist with extensive experience in international community development since 2004. He has been specifically focused on water development since 2008. As the CEO/Founder of The Ayin Project, Joshua established a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to tackling water accessibility issues in developing countries through sustainable solutions. With a Master of Science in Sustainability, emphasizing water management from Lipscomb University, he has led teams, engaged in public speaking, and successfully implemented water-based projects in developing countries. Joshua's commitment to global awareness, coupled with his background in education and project management, makes him a valuable asset to TAP's board of directors. His profound passion for addressing water challenges and fostering community development will undoubtedly drive positive change within the organization.
Cheryl Richardson, a Registered Nurse with a focus on public health, quality, and patient safety, holds a Doctorate in Public Health (DrPH) from Penn State College of Medicine. Her research centers around reducing medical harm events for individuals with intellectual disabilities, exploring factors such as living situation, social support, and healthcare staff comfort. Cheryl is also passionate about providing high- quality medical care in low-middle-income countries and has collaborated with the Global Health Center at Penn State College of Medicine on various projects. Currently, she is working on designing a Quality Improvement Framework to strengthen processes and resources in developing countries, aligning with The Ayin Project's mission of providing sustainable solutions and addressing water availability concerns in healthcare facilities throughout sub-Saharan and Eastern Africa.
Michael Johnson is a seasoned financial professional with over 15 years of expertise in bookkeeping, account management, and team leadership. He holds a proven track record of adept financial administration and cash flow management, along with desirable communication skills that foster positive relationships and trust with colleagues and clients. His diverse experience encompasses roles such as Associate Director of Student Accounts, Senior Accountant, and Controller, where he efficiently handled accounting operations, oversaw audits, managed tax payments, and led teams through successful financial processes. Michael's educational background includes a B.A. in Mathematics, a B.A. in Biblical Studies, and a B.S. in Accounting. With his strategic thinking, strong foundation in financial management, and extensive international experience in Latin America, Michael brings valuable skills and a collaborative approach to TAP's board of directors.
Alyssa Kurtz is a writer, educator and financial administrator with a passion for empowering marginalized demographics both here in the U.S. and abroad. As a financial administrator, she has a diverse background in bookkeeping, payroll, accounts receivable, and accounts payable. Alyssa is also an educator with 10 years in the education field (K-7th grade), teaching Language Arts, Math and ESL to East African immigrants. Alyssa's eye for detail and quick skill acquisition make her a valuable asset. Her international experience spans across the African countries of Kenya, Uganda, and Morocco – where she has engaged in teaching, working in elementary schools, prison ministry, and teaching English as a second language. Alyssa's dedication to the education/empowerment of the marginalized, diverse international experience, and financial expertise make her a great addition to TAP's board of directors.
Dean Fulmer is a seasoned aviation and aerospace professional with over 45 years of experience. He began his career as a pilot, working as a flight instructor and charter pilot. In 1982, Dean joined the Federal Aviation Administration as an Air Traffic Controller and also held various management positions in Farmington, MN, and at FAA headquarters in Washington DC. Post-retirement, he continued his contributions at The MITRE Corporation and CGH Technologies, Inc. Dean's expertise spans airport management, air traffic control, air traffic flow management, unmanned aircraft systems, and commercial space transportation. Beyond his career, Dean has led mission teams providing support to a church in Ukraine. Reflecting on his successful efforts in Ukraine, he is excited about TAP's mission to provide water security through modern solutions and empowering local communities. His experience, strategic planning, and dedication make him a valuable addition to the board.
Larry Greely is a financial professional with over 30 years of experience as a CPA in accounting and tax preparation. Currently, he owns and operates his own accounting and tax company in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Prior to this, Larry spent 24 years as the Corporate Controller at Starkey Laboratories Inc., overseeing worldwide financial and tax reporting for one of the largest hearing aid manufacturers globally. He has a strong commitment to non-profit organizations and serves as a financial advisor for a large inner-city organization in Minneapolis. He has extensive experience in various accounting structures, including individuals, partnerships, corporations, and non-profits, and has taught accounting and tax in multiple countries while collaborating with Ernst and Young, a global CPA firm. Larry's expertise in accounting and tax, along with his global experience, make him a valuable asset in financial and organizational matters.