Lisa Ballantine (Chief Executive Officer & Director)

Lisa is a Chicago area native and has been married to Michael (Director at Large) for 24 years. They have raised four children and now enjoy their first grandson.

The family moved to the Dominican Republic for a year (2000) to do mission work. This experience transformed the family and also fueled her interest in the need to bring clean water to the world. She had learned about ceramic water filtration and was interested in learning the technology.

On returning to the US, Lisa began attending art classes at Northern Illinois University. She consulted with Prof. Manuel (Manny) Hernandez, a Technical Advisor for Potters for Peace and her professor at NIU at that time.

She studied under his direction for three years and then moved with her family to the Dominican Republic.

The ceramic water filter and manufacturing processes were re-engineered for increased effectiveness and sustainability with the help of Radhames Carela, Prof. Hernandez, a major commercial ceramic water filter company, financial support from Insituform Technologies, and many local supporters and volunteers. From this, AquaPure and later, FilterPure, were formed.

Lisa has learned a lot from her years of experience developing AguaPure and FilterPure. She hopes to see FilterPure expanding to satisfy the need for safe drinking water in other countries.

Thomas S. Rooney, Jr.
Thomas S. Rooney, Jr. is the president and chief executive officer of Energy Recovery Inc (NASDAQ: ERII), a global leader in high efficiency technologies for the water desalination market. Energy Recovery helps its clients significantly reduce energy consumption and produce more than 6 billion liters of fresh water per day.

Mr. Rooney brings nearly 30 years of extensive experience in successfully leading companies through strategic transformations and helping them to capitalize on new market opportunities.

Prior to his role at ERI, Mr. Rooney was the CEO of SPG Solar, one of the largest solar integrators in the United States. Under his leadership, SPG dramatically improved operational efficiencies, expanded to a national enterprise and doubled its profits.

Mr. Rooney also served as president and CEO at Insituform Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: INSU)a global, publically traded company providing proprietary technologies and services for rehabilitating sewer, water, energy and mining piping systems. While at Insituform, he significantly strengthened the company financially, technically and operationally.
Mr. Rooney has served as a member of the technical advisory board for Advanced Energy Industries (NASDAQ: AEIS) a leader in energy conversion devices and control technologies.

Mr. Rooney is currently the Chairman of the Board of EnerTech Environmental, Inc. an innovator in the area of clean combustion technologies for biosolids for the waste water treatment industry.

Mr. Rooney is a graduate of Cornell University with a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering. He also holds a Masters of Business and Finance from the University of Chicago.

David Gray
Coming soon.

Jerry DiPietro
Jerry DiPietro grew up in the Detroit, MI area. He received his B.A. degree from the University of Michigan, a Diploma in Pastoral Theology from the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, and a Masterís of Social Work from University of Illinois at Chicago.

He has worked in law enforcement, social work and IT positions throughout his career. He has been involved with non-for profit groups since 1985, serving as a board member of the Tri-Village United Way, its President from 1989-1991.

He also served as a board member with the United Way of Suburban Chicago (UWSC) from 1991-1992, and received the President of the Year Award in 1991 from the UWSC. Jerry lives in the Chicagoland Area, is a Private and enjoys travelling. And, golf is not his forte.

Having met Lisa and her family over 7 years ago, it didnít take long to realize the importace of FilterPureís mission. He has gladly served in several positions at FilterPure as the organization continues to grow.

Matt Garretson
Coming soon.


Laurel Frisby
(Treasurer & Director At Large)
Laurel Frisby grew up in the Chicago area. She received her B.A. in Business Administration from Judson College (now Judson University) in Elgin, IL. For most of her business career she has served as Office Administrator and bookkeeper to several Companies and on contract. She has served as treasurer or bookkeeper for several charities and churches.  

The Frisbys have known the Ballantines since 1993 and have served in multiple outreach activities with them. Knowing the grave water situation around the world, they were glad to help form Filter Pure.

Honoria "Honey" Niehaus
Honey came to FilterPure after an extensive career with Family Star, a community based Montessori school with 3 locations in the poorest neighborhoods of Denver. She spent 20 years as a volunteer in various roles. In 2004, she was recruited by the board to take over as CEO and to improve financial and personnel management systems and fund raising efforts. She retired from her post as Executive Director in 2009.

Trained as an accountant and CPA, she has more than 30 years of experience in both for- profit and non-profit organizations as Chief Financial Officer, often in demanding ìturn-aroundî situations. She developed expertise in US tax law, governance standards (Sarbanes-Oxley compliance) and financial reporting for non-profits.
Honey has developed strong skills in budgeting, operations and administration management, and foundation funding. She has extensive experience as board member, officer, and appointed commission member at the local and state level.

She has developing country experience, having worked in Bangladesh for 3 years at the International Centre for Diarrheal Diseases Research. She has written successful grant proposals to international organizations such as Oxfam and WHO.

Honey earned an MBA from the University of Denver, and undergraduate degree in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis. She has held an active Colorado CPA license for more than 30 years.







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