Our Team

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James DeWitt Wilde
President/Founder

Having been on many expeditions to remote areas of the world, James has had direct contact with the growing global water crisis. As a result, he founded TWF & Global H2O in 2009, working to offset many of the water and sanitation problems around the world. James has an MBA in International Business & Finance from The University of South Carolina and an undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University in Marketing. James is a passionate mountaineer and successfully completed the 7 summits on October 19, 2010. His book, MOVING MOUNTAINS, documents the journey and the creation of Global H2O along with his close friends, David Simons, Chris Wooten and David Humphrey.

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David J. Simons 
Administrative Officer/Founder

David Simons grew up in upstate New York and graduated from The State University of New York at Albany with a degree in Mathematics. His career at IBM lasted over 40 years, where he held various management roles in both the USA and Europe. David has vast experience and leadership in other non-profits and volunteer-based organizations (Capital City Jaycees- Founding member, held several offices including President; American International School of Nice, France- President of Parents’ Association; Habitat for Humanity-Participated in construction of 8 houses; Christ Church volunteer; Raleigh Sail & Power Squadron- Commander, Treasurer – 5 years, Administrative Officer and Executive Officer.

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Chris Wooten
Marketing Director/Founder

Chris is a lead designer and manages the marketing team at Ally Bank in the Charlotte, NC office. He attended Elon University and The University of North Carolina Charlotte. Before working at Ally he ran his own company Modry Design Studio for 10 years. He is an avid traveler and has always concentrated on giving back in any way he can. He has over 20 years of experience in the design and marketing field and tries to use that talent in helping to grow Global H2O. An avid cyclist he also started and ran one of the largest race teams in the east coast and also was the co-founder of the NoDa Grand Prix which is a bike race that also serves as a fundraiser for Global H2O.

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David Humphrey
Country Manager Germany/Founder

Based in Munich, Germany, David W. Humphrey is director of European research for a leading analyst firm. He was educated in North America and Europe and holds an engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology as well as a joint MBA from the Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (Vienna) and the University of South Carolina. His hobbies range from music to film-making to flying sports. A displaced New Englander, David has lived in Germany for over 25 years.

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Amy Jones Klabon
Country Manager USA

Amy Klabon grew up in Pennsylvania and graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in Political Science. Her career experiences include law firm management, marketing coordination and she currently serves as a director at Stage Door Dance Productions in Raleigh, NC. When Amy isn’t at the studio, she can be found volunteering in the community through the Welcome Baby Program at SAFE Child, the Moore Square Ministry, Hayes Barton Living Advisory Committee, various political campaigns, the Morning Glory Bible Study, and serves as a member of the Daniels Middle School Parent Teacher Association.

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Robert Shaw
Country Manager UK/Founding Member

Rob is based in London and has been involved in the UK arm of Global H2O since inception. Rob got to know Jamie through friends in Munich and succumbed to Jamie’s powers of persuasion to set up the UK arm in 2012. Rob is joined by Doug Rowe and Scott Lucas on the board of Global H2O UK. When not raising money for new boreholes, Rob works as CFO for a private debt fund and advisor for a global macro hedge fund. He is a Chartered Accountant and a graduate of the University of Cambridge and the University of New South Wales.

 

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Stefan Hoeh
CFO – Germany

Stefan grew up in Munich, and after graduating from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universtität with the German equivalent degree of an MBA he has lived in countries as diverse as the US, Japan and Egypt. He has an extensive background in senior finance management roles in the semiconductor and telecommunications industries, most recently serving as CFO for the E*MEA region of British Telecom. He is now again based in Munich and enjoys the region´s huge variety of outdoor sports activities like paragliding, hiking, golf or sailing.

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Kory Wilmont
CFO – Group USA

Kory grew up in Decatur, Illinois and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelors of Art in Urban & Regional Planning. He went on to obtain his Masters in Public Administration and a Certificate in Community Preparedness and Disaster Mitigation from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For the past decade, Kory has worked for AECOM, an environmental engineering firm, in the Raleigh, North Carolina office. Focusing in the field of urban planning, Kory has worked for federal, state, and local government agencies on infrastructure projects aimed at building stronger and more resilient communities. In his spare time, you’ll find Kory traveling, hiking, or catching a movie at the theater.

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Carolyn Nickols
Founding Member

Carolyn Nickols grew up in Central Illinois and graduated from The University of Illinois. With a degree in French, she was a stewardess for Pan American World Airways and subsequently worked for Air France and American Express. Carolyn has traveled extensively and has always been committed to giving back. She is a member of Delta Gamma, the focus being “doing good”, and has volunteered for the chapter at North Carolina State University for 12 years as an advisor to the collegians and on the House Corporation Board. She has been involved with other charitable organizations such as Service for Sight (a Delta Gamma initiative), Christ Church Outreach Program, SPCA Wake County, Habitat for Humanity, and Global H2O’s programs at the Raleigh Rescue Mission and Adopt-a-Shore community service for North Carolina.

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Chrystal Wooten
Member at Large

Chrystal is Senior Vice President on the Enterprise Social Media team for Bank of America Corporation. She is a social media creative strategist for Signature Enterprise Marketing campaigns such as (RED) that fights to end HIV/AIDS in Africa, Military that supports financial education, hiring and career-advancement opportunities for our Veteran communities and Student Leaders that works with community-minded high school juniors and seniors on skills, employment and community service opportunities.  She also oversees the Bank of America Instagram, Twitter and Youtube Accounts. Prior to Bank of America, Chrystal began her career in healthcare as a respiratory therapist at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. She was part of the air and ground transport  team specializing in the Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units. After a few years she decided to focus on her creative side and commenced her marketing journey. Chrystal launched a small, full-service boutique interactive marketing agency in 2004.  She joined the bank in 2010 and has been happily part of the social media team ever since.

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Dwen Andrews
Member at Large

Dwen Andrews grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana and lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.  She graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Spanish and earned her Paralegal degree from Meredith College. Fluent in Spanish, she lived in Madrid, Spain for one year. She works at Re-Entry Inc. as a Bilingual Case Manager.  She is on the Board of Directors at Raleigh Sail and Power Squadron, an organization espousing community service, safe boating education, and social activities.  Dwen is active in the Raleigh Ski and Outing Club and volunteers on a variety of civic activities.

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Louis LoPraeste
Global Grants Director

Mr. LoPraeste served as a senior global marketing strategist at Omnicom, Dentsu-Aegis, and the Interpublic Group of Companies and was instrumental in developing some of the earliest agency forays into digital/social marketing and analytics. Today Louis serves as Executive Director of the School Fund providing scholarships to gifted students in Africa, advising on structural and developmental issues, fundraising, and strategic partnerships. . Louis was named a # 8 globally as a LinkedIn “Top Voice” for Management and Culture in 2015. He is a contributor to the New York Insitute for Finance, Huffington Post, Elephant Journal, and various other publications and venues. His first novel “Capernaum” was released in July 2016, and a collection of essays on political economy entitled ‘Vague Apocalyptica’ was released in May 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

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Stefan Ufer
Director of Technology

Stefan was transplanted from his home town of Ulm in Swabia/Germany to Chapel Hill, NC when he was accepted to grad school at UNC. After moving to Raleigh around 2001, he met Carolyn and Dave Simons through the Raleigh Sail and Power Squadron (a non-profit boating organization), where Stefan serves as Secretary and webmaster. Dave and Carolyn told him and his family about the Global H2O Raleigh Octoberfest a few years ago, which ended up being a lot of fun to participate supporting at the same time a great cause. When Dave asked for help with the Global H2O website earlier this year, it did not take much arm twisting for Stefan to jump in and help.

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Michael Sosnowy
Founder

Michael has lived in numerous states around the US and three different countries. Since graduating from the University of North Carolina – Charlotte with a BA in History and Economics, his domestic and international professional experience spans industries ranging from financial services, telecom, oil and chemicals. In his off time, he can be found hiking, fishing or golfing.