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.

Michael Ballantine
(Director at Large)
Michael is a Chicago area native and has always been an entrepreneur with strong leadership skills. He has been married to Lisa (FilterPure Director) for 24 years. Together they have raised four children and are enjoying their first grandson.

After many years of owning a successful Chicago printing company, he and his family moved to the Dominican Republic for a year (2000) to do mission work. This experience transformed the family and fueled their interest in the need to bring clean water to the world.
Michael and Lisa returned to the Dominican Republic permanently in 2006.
He started la Jamaca de Dios, a first-class gated community and mountain resort in Jarabacoa. Michael helps FilterPure by managing many of the mission and business aspects of Filter Pure.

Michael’s business and mission leadership and insight has been a major help to FilterPure. His passion and enthusiasm for life and living for a higher calling is both inspirational and contagious.

Coming soon.

David Webb
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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 “turn-around” 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.

Salomonsson (Director at Large)
Mr. Salomonsson comes to us from Sweden, having grown up in a small town there. He is a graduate in Electrical Engineering and Marketing/Economy and has spent considerable time in various industries, in engineering, sales and management positions. Bengt currently is Regional Channel Manager – Region West for ABB North America. ABB is a Global company doing business in Process Automation and Power distribution. He and his wife, Birgitta, have been married 25 years and they have two daughters attending college. They are active members of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, IL

Bengt has shown that he is a devoted Christian with a servant heart, eager to help people in need.







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