(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
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
She studied under his
direction for three years and then
moved with her family to the
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,
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.
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
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
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
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.
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 MasterĂs 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 didnĂt take long to realize the importace of FilterPureĂs mission. He has gladly served in several positions at FilterPure as the organization continues to grow.
(Treasurer & Director At Large)
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
Honoria "Honey" Niehaus
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 Ă¬turn-aroundĂ® 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
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