Danika Wukich
Director of Digital engagement  
Daniele Latange
Quality Control Advisor  
Dick Wukich
Program evaluation
Alan Thompson
Silver technical advisor
David Webb
 

 
Manny Hernandez
Mechanical Engineer
Manuel Hernandez (Manny) has been serving as a volunteer chief technical advisor for FilterPure since 2006. Previously, he served as a board member and technical advisor for Potters for Peace (PFP) for more than ten years. He currently provides free consultation to projects by invitation of international NGO’s.

Manny’s educational background in Industrial Design (BFA University of Illinois) and Ceramics (MFA, Northern Illinois University), plus his professional background as a designer, qualifies him to provide needed technical assistance to potters in underdeveloped areas of the world.
His technical assistance is used to improve production skills and methods so their local pottery can be exported, regionally and to the first world nations.

Because the demand for CWFs has been so great, and the original method of manual production constrained output volumes, Manny devised a faster method of producing them. In January 1999, he designed the first filter press. It is still functioning and produces about 60 to 75 filters per day. The filter press is continuously re-engineered by Manny and today can be completely fabricated within the developing countries in which FitlerPure works.

 
Rodhames Carela
Advisor
Radhames was born on March 2nd, 1959, and from a young age was deeply passionate about art. His mother was a traditional potter and also worked with fibres such as anea, pachuli, cabuya, coconut and others to make rugs, purses, and more.

He began his studies of wheel-thrown ceramics in 1974 in a program directed and coordinated by a Dominican development foundation, Plan Nacional de Artesania” (National Craftsmanship Plan) or PLANARTE. He learned to make a variety of glazed ceramics, process the prime materials, and make his own gas kilns.
Radhames has explored and worked in many forms of pottery, using both high and low temperature methods to make both functional and decorative objects. He has participated in and organized many events related to his craft.

Radhames joined AguaPure in 2006 where he directs the daily operation of the Dominican AquaPure factory. He remains a valued advisor to FilterPure as well.

 
Daniele Latagne
Quality Control Advisor
Daniele is an Environmental Engineer (MIT BS ’96, MIT M.Eng. ’01, PE ’03). She is
currently pursuing her PhD at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and working half-time at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Upon finishing her undergraduate degree, she worked for five years at the Ipswich River Watershed Association and taught at the Edgerton Center) at MIT. She began working in household water treatment for developing countries during her Master’s program.
She continued teaching in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT and doing private consulting until 2003. She moved full-time to CDC in May 2003.

In her 3 years at MIT and 4 years with CDC, Daniele has worked to implement and study chlorination, filtration, and combined treatment household water treatment systems in over 30 countries. She is a member of the board of directors for Potters for Peace).


 

 

                                


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