MEET OUR TEAM

Isis Mejias, PhD

Isis Mejias, PhD

Founder & Director

Isis has been a passionate Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) advocate for more than a decade. Her career in WASH started with her work in Kenya, with Rotary and Engineers Without Borders, while working on her Chemical Engineering and her Environmental Enginering PhD degree. She worked in various WASH programs in primary schools and health care facilities. Isis is also the founder of the WASH Research Network of the Venezuelan Science Incubator (IVC) and a Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (WaSRAG) Ambassador. Her mission is to create awareness of the impact that improved WASH has on living a healthier life and protecting our planet. 

Monica De La Torre, B.Sc.

Monica De La Torre, B.Sc.

Strategy Officer

Monica is a highly tactical, proactive and visionary professional with twenty five years of progressively responsible customer service, marketing, sales, entrepreneurship, global mobility and real estate experience with a proven international record of accomplishments – Latin America, Europe, and the USA – for major corporate organizations, small business owners, entrepreneurs and expats. This dedication allowed her to advise on strategic challenges and to devise effective solutions to drive her clients’ programs forward. Throughout her life she has made an effort to be well rounded, improve in all facets of her personal life, and find a balance between her personal interests and her social responsibility. She is committed to contribute meeting the needs of today’s access to WASH. 

Michael Matheny

Michael Matheny

Chief Financial Officer

Mike is an accountant who specializes in the nonprofit sector, where he has worked in staff, management and consulting roles for almost a decade. He is passionate about giving back and has served as a volunteer, treasurer and pro-bono consultant for several local non-profits, including animal rescue, educational, and anti-human trafficking organizations. He is excited to apply his skill and expertise to further solutions in the WASH sector, which represents to him such a worthy and important cause!

Alberto E. Paniz Mondolfi, M.D., M.S., PhD., FFTM RCPS

Alberto E. Paniz Mondolfi, M.D., M.S., PhD., FFTM RCPS

Tropical Medicine Health Advisor

Alberto is a specialist in travel medicine and infectious disease and is also a skilled pathologist with strong research and professional interests in molecular diagnostics of cancer and infectious diseases. He is the Academic Director and Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases / Tropical Medicine and Dermatopathology at the IDB Clinic (Barquisimeto, Venezuela) and the Assitant Director of Microbiology in the Department of Pathology, Molecular and Cell-Based Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He is also head of the Infectious Disease Pathology Laboratory and the Zoonosis and Emerging Pathogens Regional Collaborative Network (Venezuelan Research Incubator). He is the founder and academic director of the Venezuelan Science Incubator. 

Manuel Alejandro Prado, M.Sc.

Manuel Alejandro Prado, M.Sc.

Project and Talent Manager

Manuel Alejandro is an Environmental Advisor with extensive experience working in activities related to research and development, energy industry, education, biodiversity, water & waste treatment, nature conservancy, and public affairs. He has a Bachelor of Science in Renewable Natural Resources Engineering and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering. Manuel Alejandro is the kind of an environmental professional who really believes that sustainability is the technical and economical path that will bring us a better tomorrow.

Lara Lessa, M.Sc.

Lara Lessa, M.Sc.

Civil | Environmental Engineer

Lara is a civil engineer and chose the environment as her area of expertise. Fascinated by the sanitation area, she obtained a Master of Science at the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo (USP). With this, she began her academic experience, which extended through research, publishing academic articles, and teaching at the University São Judas Tadeu in São Paulo. She also coordinates field teams in the operation and maintenance of water supply, wastewater systems and treatment plants. Lara directs her professional career and skills in building a society aware of its role in developing a reality where sanitation is a priority.