Board of Directors of USAIDIS

Bio sketch of Quincalee Brown (National Director)

Bio sketch of Guillermo Davila (International Director)*

Bio sketch of Andy Karp (Vice President)

Bio sketch of Dick MacEwen (Secretary Treasurer)

Bio sketch of Jacqueline Rose (Immediate-Past President)

* An asterisk indicates a current or former President of USAIDIS (AIDIS-USA)

Note: One to three times a year, bio sketches will be added for one or two additional members of the Board of Directors

USAIDIS Board of Directors

 President: Joseph Cavarretta, CAE
Vice President Andrew Karp
International Director Guillermo Davila
National Director:
Dr. Quincalee Brown
Secretary-Treasurer:: Dick MacEwen
Immediate-Past President: Jacqueline Rose

Regional Vice President Upper Mid-Atlantic

Regional Vice President Southwest vacant
Regional Vice President Southeas vacant


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(written September 2009)

nQuincalee is currently serving as a Board Director for several organizations and is doing Independent consulting in the fields of water quality and association management.

Previously Quincalee was the Executive Director of the Water Environment Federation (WEF), an international not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the global water environment. She headed WEF from 1986 to 2001.

The WEF had 40,000 members located in 93 countries. Quincalee managed the 120 person headquarters staff with a $20 million annual budget, located in Alexandria Virginia. The Federation produced four monthly and bi-monthly periodicals, several newsletters, manuals of practice, and a wide range of training programs. Its annual conference, WEFTEC, was attended by over 18,000 professionals and is the largest annual water quality exposition in the world.

The Water Environment Research Foundation, which Quincalee helped found in 1989, and served as its initial Executive Director, has funded over $100 million in water quality research, has a staff of 24 and a $12.5 million annual operating budget - 87% of which goes directly to research. Quincalee also served WERF as a Board Director and as Corporate Secretary.

It was during her time at WEF that Quincalee became acquainted with AIDIS Interamericana. AIDIS members, many of whom were also involved with WEF, were instrumental in educating her about the organization, its goals, membership and programs; as well as about the long history of mutual involvement between AIDIS Interamericana and WEF. During her time at WEF there were many cooperative projects between the two organizations such as the translating and printing of books, the running of WEFTEC Latin America - a successful convention held in Brazil; and a very successful pre-conference program during the Miami WEFTEC in 1990. These along with many other projects and meetings helped to solidify her commitment to the success of AIDIS Interamericana. It was after her retirement from WEF that Quincalee was invited to join the board of USA AIDIS.

Prior to joining the Federation, Quincalee was the Executive Director of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), its Educational Foundation and its Legal Advocacy Fund. She served in that position for six years. The AAIUW had an annual budget of $6 million and the Foundation had an endowment of over $30 million in 1986. Today its assets are over $100 million.

Prior to AAUW, Quincalee served as the Executive Director of the Montgomery County Commission for Women in Rockville, Maryland. The Commission was appointed in 1973 to address issues of gender discrimination in all aspects of the County. Many of the programs established while Quincalee was at the Commission are still in place today, including a women's resource center, numerous educational programs and an employment resource center.

Quincalee earned a BA in Speech Communications from Wichita State University, an MA in Speech Communications from the University of Pittsburgh, PA, and a Ph.D. in Speech Communications and Human Relations from the University of Kansas. During her academic career Quincalee was an Assistant Professor of Speech and Director of Debate at both Wichita State University and Ottawa University in Kansas. She also taught at the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Maryland and the University of Kansas. She was named Debate Coach of the Year for coaching a National Intercollegiate Championship Debate Team.

During her Association career, Quincalee became a Certified Association Executive (CAE) in 1985. She served on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) from 1985 to 1988. She served in numerous offices of ASAE culminating in being elected Chairman of the Board of Directors for 1992-93. Quincalee was recognized as an ASAE Fellow in 1989 and received ASAE's highest honor, the Key Award, in 1995. In 1999 she was recognized as the Association Executive of the Year, by Trends Publications.

Quincalee has long experience as a Board Director. She is a Past Chairman of the ASAE, and a Past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Greater Washington Society of Association Executives Foundation. She served three years on the Board of Directors of Trojan Technologies, Inc. in London, Ontario until its sale to Danaher Corporation. She also served three years on the Board of Directors of the New Zealand Water Environment Research Foundation in Wellington, New Zealand.

Currently Quincalee is serving on the Board of Directors of the Environment and Energy Study Institute in Washington, D.C. She is active in The International Water Academy; and is a Board member of USAIDIS. She also serves on the National Advisory Council of the Wichita State University Foundation.

Throughout 2007 and 2008, Quincalee was a consultant for the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), doing an organizational development study of the InterAmerican Association of Sanitary and Environmental Engineers (AIDIS-Interamericana) based in Sao Paulo. Her extensive study of the development, current status and future of AIDIS-Interamericana was presented at their Congress in Santiago, Chili, in 2008. Quincalee is pleased to be continuing her AIDIS work through the US Section.

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International Director of USAIDIS

(written October 2003)

nFor the past forty-six years, Guillermo has been an exceptionally active and valuable member of AIDIS. His involvement can be summarized as follows:

  • Guillermo joined AIDIS in 1957 early in his sanitary engineering career in his native Bolivia.
  • He was elected President of the Bolivian Chapter of AIDIS in 1960.
  • He joined AIDIS-USA in 1976 when the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) transferred him to Washington DC in order to work at its headquarters.
  • In 1983 he was appointed to the Board of Directors of AIDIS-USA as the PAHO representative, a post which he held until 1991, when he retired from the PAHO.
  • During the period 1991 - 1992 he served as President of AIDIS-USA, and from 1993 through 1996 he was the International Director.
  • Since 1996 he has continued as an AIDIS Director at Large.

Guillermo received his professional education in the USA: he holds a BS degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida and a Master in Public Health (Course for Public Health Engineers) from the University of Minnesota.

Guillermo began his professional career in 1954 in Bolivia, working for the "Servicio Cooperativo Interamericano de Salud Publica, SERVICIO". This was a cooperative project adopted by the Governments of Bolivia and the U.S.A., to run a public health program within the Bolivian Ministry of Public Health. Similar initiatives were also conducted in most of the Latin American countries. This novel technical assistance initiative from the USA, which was labeled by some as "the golden period of U.S. aid," started in the mid-forties and lasted until the early sixties, when such projects were transferred to the national governments. The results in building national health programs, including the provision of water supply and sanitation and the training of personnel, were highly successful. Internationally, the most important achievement was the creation in 1948 of the Interamerican Association of Sanitary Engineering, AIDIS, thanks to the initiative of the American sanitary engineers working in Latin America and their national counterparts. By 1961 Guillermo had become the Chief of the Sanitary Engineering Division of the Bolivian SERVICIO, when he joined PAHO for an assignment in Honduras.

He served with PAHO in Honduras for two years, he was involved in strengthening the Sanitation Division of the Ministry of Health and in the implementation of a national rural water supply and sanitation program which had the support of UNICEF.

What he thought would be just a two-year assignment with PAHO in Honduras, developed into employment with PAHO for the rest of his professional career.

His next PAHO assignment was Brazil where he spent seven years, beginning in 1964. The size of the country, its degree of urbanization, and the graveness of the environmental health problems brought him to a wide spectrum of experiences. He first spent a year in the State of Matto Grosso, assisting in the creation of an environmental health unit within the newly established Public Health Secretariat. Following this he was transferred to PAHO's office in Rio de Janeiro, where he worked in various national and state programs which had a major impact on improving water, air, and soil conditions, improving education in the sector, and strengthening Brazilian sector institutions.

Following his work in Brazil, in 1971 he was assigned to PAHO'S project at the US-Mexico Border, based in the city of El Paso, Texas, where he worked for five years. The opportunity to work in an important geographic area with two governments in different stages of economic and social development and not speaking the same language, among other disparities, was a challenge. Mechanisms for dialogue, exchange of information and joint action were adopted; a first meeting of the Undersecretary of the Environment from Mexico and the Chief of the International Relations Office of EPA was held in 1973 to discuss the need for a cooperative program; important environmental health topics and exchange information were discussed in border meetings; the University of Texas at El Paso and three universities in Ciudad Juarez signed an agreement to conduct research and cooperate in the training activities; and an Air Pollution Monitoring Program was initiated to operate in the border region.

When he moved to Washington in 1976 Guillermo was assigned regional responsibilities in the implementation of PAHO'S program in Water Supply and Sanitation. He participated in the United Nations Water Conference held in Mar del Plata, Argentina in 1979, where the "International Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation Decade 1981–1990" was designated, aiming for the provision of safe services to all the population in the world by 1990, if possible. An Action Plan was signed by all participating governments. Following this important event, Guillermo was designated as the focal point for the preparation and execution of PAHO'S Decade Program.

In 1983, Guillermo was designated Coordinator of PAHO'S Environmental Health Program. The Program components included Water Supply and Sanitation; Solid Waste and Housing Hygiene; Control of Environmental Health Risks and Worker's Health.

In the same year that Guillermo retired from PAHO, 1991, he began a two-year term as President of the USA chapter of AIDIS. Highlights of his period as President of AIDIS-USA, included the following:

He worked to strengthen the USA chapter;

  • He was guided by a vision that the main role for AIDIS-USA is to provide support to national programs in the Region, through the involvement of institutional resources in the USA to transfer technology, to share experiences, and to make technical assistance available;
  • A joint agreement to carry on cooperative activities with WEF was adopted. As a result of this, in 1995 both institutions organized an international meeting in Miami with the purpose of bringing together representatives from Latin America and staff of international and USA funding agencies and consulting firms, to discuss the interest and possibilities of joint ventures. This meeting was fruitful and a portfolio of projects was organized.
  • During this period AIDIS BOD member Monty Montanari prepared a proposal to secure a grant from the Tinker Foundation to support sector development in Latin America. Although the proposal was well received by the Foundation, at the time it lacked the necessary support from AIDIS-Interamericana (in 2000 this initiative finally was realized, with a grant from the Tinker Foundation to AIDIS for "Policy and Institutional Development for the Water and Sanitation Sector in Latin America").

While recognizing the major achievements attained in the provision of water supplies and sanitation during recent decades, Guillermo stresses that there remains a long and difficult road to follow in order to attain appropriate levels of coverage. The spectrum of needs is even larger when considering other environmental objectives which are also within the realm of AIDIS' mandate. To this end AIDIS must continuously strive to improve its capacity to function in the most effective manner. In support to such end in 1987 PAHO and AIDIS jointly evaluated the work of the Association and prepared a report with important recommendations. As a result AIDIS-Interamericana established a permanent Secretariat in Sao Paulo, Brazil, prepared a Ten Year Plan which is updated regularly, and adopted revised criteria to generate funding and improve its management.

Guillermo summarizes his current vision for our sector as follows:

"It is urgent to bring to the front line of attention the needs of the poor, giving priority to those considerations relating to health and the well being of the population. Sanitary engineers and other personnel need to exert a forceful influence to guide political will in public decisions. The general population needs to be educated to appreciate the importance of such services and to be participants in their provision and conservation. Governments need to be guided and lobbied at the time of drafting appropriate policies, adopting plans and in assigning funds. AIDIS can be an important actor in such movement, and for this reason the strengthening of national chapters constitutes an urgent task for AIDIS-Interamericana and its members."

In 1992 AIDIS/USA recognized his contribution to the Chapter with a plaque, and in 1996 AIDIS Interamericana granted him the designation of "Distinguished Member".

Guillermo continues to be a member of the Board of Directors of AIDIS-USA and to participate in various AIDIS commissions, while doing consulting work and devoting ample time to his family.

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Vice President USAIDIS

(written October 2017)

andykarpAndy has been a member of USAIDIS since 1981, and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2002. Over the years he has held various positions in USAIDIS, including Executive Director, newsletter editor, and now Vice President.

Andy has degrees from Columbia University (B.S. in Nuclear Engineering), Stanford University (M.S. in Mechanical/Nuclear Engineering) and the Georgia Institute of Technology (M.S. in Sanitary Engineering). He has lived in Latin America for a total of 14 years (Guatemala, El Salvador and Bolivia). Andy speaks fluent Spanish, and was once conversant in French and Portuguese, although he says that these last have become pretty "rusty."

It surprised us to learn that Andy began his career as an expert in radiation protection aspects of the design of nuclear power plants, a far cry from the handpumps and basic sanitation that he would later become expert in. Andy explained that although work as a nuclear engineer was interesting and challenging, it was more narrowly focused than what he hoped he could find in a career, and it didn't provide him with a sense of really making a difference in people's lives.

Andy told us that "After three years designing nuclear power plants, in 1973, I decided to open myself to new and unpredictable experiences. I quit my job, put most of my possessions into storage, put on a backpack, and headed south. The following four years profoundly changed my life and laid the foundation for all of my later professional work."

Andy attended Spanish language school in Mexico, and then continued on to Guatemala. In Guatemala he met a group of young volunteers who were assisting communities to build potable water systems. He teamed up with them and began to learn about what would become the profession that he has pursued for almost thirty years since that time: sanitary engineering aimed at improving conditions in rural and peri-urban communities. Ultimately, the group of volunteers that he had teamed up with, would organize itself into the NGO Agua del Pueblo, which has since become a completely Guatemalan organization and continues to help rural communities. One of the accomplishments that Andy is proudest of, is to have been a co-founder of this NGO.

After a year in Guatemala, Andy became a "field enrollment" in the Peace Corps, assigned to work with CARE. His two years in the Peace Corps were exceptionally productive:

  • He became Coordinator for all of CARE-Guatemala's water supply work;
  • He arranged a "joint venture" between CARE and Agua del Pueblo, which presented a funding proposal to USAID that was accepted and ultimately brought gravity-flow drinking water systems to 12,000 people in small rural villages;
  • He traveled to Belize and Nicaragua to advise CARE's water programs in those countries; and
  • After the 1976 Guatemalan earthquake that killed 24,000 people and left two million people without homes, he was in charge of creating an emergency response for CARE, which rapidly put 41 devastated village and town water systems back in functional condition.

Andy remained in Guatemala for a year after completing his two-year Peace Corps service, working with Agua del Pueblo.

After four years in Guatemala, Andy returned to the USA, where he earned an MS in Sanitary Engineering.

In the following years he worked for:

  • The international projects department of the Georgia Institute of Technology;
  • Hazen and Sawyer's Latin American projects (with leaves-of-absence to work short-term in Africa); and
  • The World Bank, as a Project Officer.

In 1988 Andy left the World Bank to return to Guatemala, where Agua del Pueblo was having serious institutional problems caused by internal conflicts. Andy went with his fiancé, Ann, and they were married a few months after arriving in Guatemala. They spent five years there, during which Andy spent about half of his time as a volunteer with Agua del Pueblo, and half doing consulting work in a number of Latin American countries, especially Bolivia, where they spent a total of eight months.

By 1993 Agua del Pueblo was back on its feet with its internal problems resolved, and Andy accepted a position in El Salvador as Project Director for a USAID-funded rural water supply project. He and Ann lived in El Salvador for five years, during which time their son Nathan was born.

In 1998 Andy and his family moved back to the USA, to Fairfax County, Virginia, where they have continued to live.

Andy has consulted to numerous water and sanitation projects throughout Latin America, and in a number of African and Asian countries. Recently he retired, but he continues to volunteer his time to assist with projects in Guatemala.

nThis photo (2002) shows Andy's wife, Ann (far left),n
and son Nathan, helping to dig a pipe
trench for a water project in Guatemala.



Here Andy's son is using
a pipe-threading tool in
a rural Guatemalan village (2002)


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Dick MacEwen

Secretary-Treasurer of USAIDIS

(written October 2017)


Dick has been a member of the USAIDIS Section since 1978. In May 2002, the Board appointed Dick Secretary-Treasurer, to fill out the term of the then serving Secretary-Treasurer who had resigned to take on the demanding position of President of the Chesapeake Section of the WEF.  Dick has served continuously since then.

Dick credits Daniel Okun a founding member of USAIDIS, now deceased, for his decision to become a sanitary engineer. While Dick was an undergraduate civil engineering student at Duke University in the late 1950s, Daniel Okun, then a young professor at the School of Public Health at the University of UNC Chapel Hill, taught the undergraduate course in sanitary engineering at Duke. Dick says this was the best-taught engineering course he took at Duke. Dan Okun was sometimes referred to as the conscience of the sanitary engineering profession, for his leadership promoting ethical approaches and his readiness to take unpopular positions when called for.

Dick grew up in Bethesda, Maryland. After graduating from Bethesda-Chevy Chase high school, he attended Duke University under an NROTC scholarship, graduating in 1959 with a degree in civil engineering and a commission as an ensign in the US Navy. Dick spent the next three years on active duty in the Navy on board the USS Forrestal, the Navy's first super carrier. Dick found the Navy interesting, but he wanted to put his training as a civil engineer to use. After leaving the Navy, Dick worked for a short time as a construction inspector for Sverdrup & Parcel on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. Dick was tempted to continue working for Sverdrup & Parcel until this prestigious project was completed, but felt it would be better for his career if he got a master's degree. In 1962, Dick and his wife moved to Boston where he studied at MIT and did research in sanitary engineering and water resources. After receiving his MS degree from MIT, Dick stayed in the Boston area and went to work for Metcalf & Eddy (M&E) in their water supply division. Dick spent several years at M&E working on small town water systems in New England but yearned for something more exciting. In 1967 the opportunity came when M&E was selected to carry out a master plan study of the Manila Water System. Dick immediately volunteered and was off to the Philippines with his family for the next two years. This was followed by more international work for Metcalf & Eddy in Trinidad, Taiwan, Panama, Egypt and Vietnam. For two years in the 70's he was a resident engineer for construction of a water treatment plant addition in Monroe County, NY. After this job was completed, Dick left M&E for a short time to head up the design department of the newly formed Monroe County Department of Pure Waters. He was lured back to M&E with the offer of more international work.

In 1978, Dick left M&E for the last time, to join the World Bank, having spent his last three years at M&E as a project manager in their Miami Office. At the Bank Dick did water and sewerage project appraisals and supervision, first in Latin America and later in Europe and Asia. Having worked for several years on projects all over Yugoslavia, before the war which broke up that country, Dick found particularly rewarding his work on reconstruction projects in Croatia and Bosnia after the war. Dick also found rewarding his work in Hungary and Albania, after these countries became open societies and joined the UN and World Bank.

In 1999, Dick retired from the World Bank. Initially he spent his time biking, hiking, skiing, rafting and canoeing with his retired World Bank buddies and traveling to far off places with his wife.  He still bikes, hikes and travels with his wife.  His latest adventure was a four-week 700-mile bike ride in South Africa.  He remains active in his church, the World Bank retirement society and, of course, USAIDIS.

Dick has three grown children and six grandchildren. His oldest son is an ordained minister and works with faculty and students at George Mason University.  His second son is a local musician. His son's Band, the Grandsons, specializes in Roots/Rock and has performed at the Barns of Wolf Trap and the Kennedy Center, among other local venues. His daughter, a physical therapist, resides in Wilmington NC. 


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Regional Director, Upper Mid-Atlantic

(written April 2004)

Al has been the Regional Director of the Upper Mid-Atlantic region of AIDIS-USA for the last several years. He became interested in Latin America when he worked for Hydrotechnic Corporation, NY, in Peru in the 1960's. That was the first time that he joined AIDIS. Al worked on the water and wastewater facilities for the cities of Tumbes, Trujillo, and Tacna for a period of 4 years, and lived in Lima for one year where he was the Chief Sanitary Engineer of the office. He also worked on water resources projects in the Dominican Republic, and Somalia. His work for Hydrotechnic Corporation also included designing water treatment facilities in Vietnam, Italy, and Spain.

When Al worked in Peru and the Dominican Republic, and saw how many people were without the basic things that he took for granted, like potable drinking water, he realized that his skills could help many people. Since that time, he has been interested in Latin American environment, as well as in the different cultures (music, literature, and dance). In the 1980's, he was involved in the AIDIS Conference held in Puerto Rico as a moderator for one of the sessions. As Regional Director, Al tries to hold at least 2 meetings every year with topics of Latin American interest. Recently, AIDIS meetings have been held jointly with other organizations such as the NYC Bar Association's Environmental Committee and the International Private Water Association. This will also be done with an organization called "Water For People."

Al worked for a number of Consulting Engineers as a sanitary engineer, including his last position at Hydrotechnic Corporation, where he was a Vice President of the firm. He then joined the New York State Department of Health as the Assistant Director of the Office of New York City Affairs where he carried out all the State environmental programs in New York City. With the formation of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in 1972, he became the Director of Environmental Quality for NYC, and then was assigned to the Long Island Office where he organized the new office and served as Assistant Director, as well as the Regional Engineer for Environmental Quality, with responsibilities for regulating major solid waste, hazardous waste, air pollution, wastewater, drinking water, groundwater, and marine facilities. During that time, he was asked by the United Nations to take a consulting assignment in Ghana, where he was involved in a wastewater treatment facility for the City of Sekondi-Takoradi.

When he left New York State service, he started his own Consulting Practice , and worked as an expert for attorneys. He worked for AID in Egypt as a Consultant to advise vegetable and fruit dehydrating firms on how to conserve water and electricity, as well as the applicability of solar energy for that purpose.

In 1998, he co-founded the Environmental Technology Group, Inc. (ETG), a consulting environmental engineering and science firm that provides expert services to attorneys, industries, and governments. Some of ETG projects involve cleaning up of Brownfield sites, and working for Long Island municipalities on storm water, wastewater, and waterfront planning projects. He also gave a training course to technical personnel in Maracaibo, Venezuela, who were working for an oil company. One of the ETG projects is in Puerto Rico, for which Al is now the Project Manager, overseeing the compliance progress of PREPA, the Puerto Rico electric company, for a Consent Decree, which they have with the USEPA for correction of Air, Water, and Hazardous Waste violations.

When Al was in high school, he was good in science and math but didn't know what path he would follow in college. One day, he took a book out of the library entitled "The Romance of Bridges" written by a famous bridge designer. He became enthralled with the romantic idea of designing bridges and decided to study civil engineering. When he finally took courses in the subject (before the age of computers), he found it so boring, and realized that the courses in water and hydraulics were much more interesting, and thus was born a Sanitary Engineer.

Al is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the graduate school of the New York Institute of Technology, and also teaches in the graduate program at the State University at Stony Brook, N.Y. He is a Past President of the Metropolitan Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree and a Master of Science (Environmental) from the City College of New York, and a Master of Civil Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of New York. He is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, and was listed in Who's Who in the East. In 1985, he received a World Health Organization Traveling Fellowship to study and report on Reclamation and Reuse of Water in Israel and its applicability to Long Island, N.Y.

Al is married to Sue, who is an "English as a Second Language" teacher at Lehman College in NY. Sue is an aficionado and writer of poetry, as well as a lover of nature and an expert about Central Park in NY. Sue and Al have three children, Loraine, Ken, and Daniel, and two grandchildren, Jonathan and Jeremy.

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(Farewell note written April 2006)

nWe at the USA section of the Interamerican Association of Sanitary Engineering and Environmental Sciences (AIDIS-USA) were fortunate that from April of 2004 until April of 2006, Ivan Montalvo served, ably and enthusiastically, as our Executive Director. Ivan recently completed his term as Executive Director, confirming that he considers this position to have been a combination of a challenge, a great responsibility and a distinct honor.

Two years ago, when the Board of Directors offered Ivan the position of Executive Director, he expressed his commitment "to support the initiatives and programs of the Board, to maintain the lines of communication as fluid as possible, to be a resource for the membership, to be a channel to exchange information with AIDIS-Interamericana and other organizations, and to follow the trajectory already defined by previous Executive Directors." His commitment was amply fulfilled.

When Phil Braswell, President of USAIDIS, asked Ivan at the beginning of his term, in April of 2004, to write a few words about the Association and explain why he felt it was important to accept the Executive Director position after having recently retired from the Inter-American Development Bank, Ivan gladly responded saying that "he joined the Association about thirty years ago, when he was a young professional, and he had, he has, and will continue having great respect for its mission and the professionalism of its members in the Americas."

Also when Ivan was asked why he chose to become involved in areas of interest for associations such as ours and for development banks like the Inter-American Development Bank, he responded that "a willingness toward those areas existed first as a dream, and that a real positive motivation occurred while attending a conference given by the first President of this Bank, Felipe Herrera." Ivan was impressed with the objectives of this multilateral institution, and for him "economic growth with environmental sustainability, social equity, and reduction of poverty" resounded as fundamental elements of a strategy for the social and economic development of the Latin American and Caribbean countries. This eventually led Ivan to join the Inter-American Development Bank after he worked for the public and private sector.

We asked Ivan to tell us about his latest experiences and remembrances in institutions and associations with which he had been involved. He said that "he will remember among other institutions and associations the Inter-American Development Bank and the Inter-American Association of Sanitary Engineering and Environmental Sciences for the friends he made in the USA and other countries; the diverse experiences he had, and the opportunities he was given for learning the values and qualities of so many different places." Ivan added that he "will not forget the two year term as Executive Director of USAIDIS, working with a Board of Directors composed by very experienced professionals and special friends, serving the entire membership in the chapter's regions, and helping to strengthen institutional relationships at national and international levels."

We at USAIDIS wish Ivan all the best in his future endeavors, and will continue to value him as a good friend and active member of our association.

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President of AIDIS-Interamericana, 2002-2004, and former President of AIDIS-USA

(written June 2002, updated November 2003)

nHorst Otterstetter is presently (as of November 2003) the President of the Inter-American Association of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering and a freelance consultant in the area of environmental management and environmental health. He is also an adjunct professor of Health and Environment in Sustainable Development at Georgetown University in Washington.

For the two years prior to assuming the presidency of AIDIS-Interamericana in October 2002, Horst was President of the USA chapter: AIDIS-USA. We know him to be an enthusiastic and dynamic leader, who has a wealth of experience, speaks several languages fluently, and is a pleasure to work with. We asked Horst to provide us with some information about himself for this article, and he responded with the the following.

A few years ago, when I still was at PAHO, I was asked to write an article for one of the PAHO periodicals. That article started by saying: "First of all, let me tell you a little secret of my life." I do not want to burden you with the whole article, but the secret that I had referred to is that when young and living in Brazil, I had always wanted to be a physician. Unfortunately, at that time financial resources were short and I wound-up studying chemical engineering at the Catholic University in Sao Paulo, Brazil. This led me to a job in water treatment and distribution with COMASP/SABESP in Sao Paulo. Although I liked my job, in the back of my mind there was always that question, "what if I had studied medicine?" The question was not without a certain sentiment of frustration.

A few years later I had the opportunity to host a delegation of rural water managers from China. To my surprise the chief of the delegation was a physician with many years of experience. When I asked him why a physician would bother to deal with water supply, he told me that on a busy day in a clinical facility he could bring comfort to not much more than 20 people, yet, as responsible for rural water supply he could benefit every day at least one billion people. Like magic my frustration disappeared. It had taken that many years to get to where I already was. I had found my true vocation, which is to maintain and improve people's health through the provision of potable water.

In order to be a much better professional, I went back to school to seek a degree in sanitary engineering and a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of Sao Paulo. Later on I was given the opportunity to obtain a diploma in occupational hygiene and safety. All this educational background and the accumulated experience allowed me to take a position as manager for training and technology transfer at CETESB – the organization responsible for environmental quality in the State of Sao Paulo. This started an intense relationship with foreign and international agencies, leading to a job offer from the Pan American Health Organization – PAHO.

In 1980 my family and I arrived in Washington DC for me to begin employment with PAHO, and since that time has been home for us. After 20 years as Regional Advisor and Director of Health and Environment with PAHO, I retired to take on new challenges.

Today my professional time and my efforts are totally dedicated to teaching activities at the Georgetown University and to AIDIS. PAHO was quite an experience for me. It taught me that international agencies like PAHO are mostly limited to being advisors to governments, and can benefit immensely from working with organizations like AIDIS, which is free to advocate and even lobby for matters fundamental to people's health and quality of life. PAHO left great memories: the joint efforts with governments after the return of cholera to this hemisphere; the gathering of ministers of health with the ministers of environment and economy; the environmental health activities in Central America through the MASICA project and many more, remind me of the hard work of my colleagues at PAHO.

AIDIS has long been an important part of my life. Through the Brazilian and US Chapters, AIDIS has kept me up-to-date with successes and needs of my fellow professionals in the Americas. I have seen AIDIS grow from an association that in practice only existed for one week every two years (during the biannual Congress) to a true Inter-American body, known and respected by all in our field. A great future lies ahead for AIDIS. From its 35,000 members today, AIDIS could easily grow to be a 50,000 or even a 100,000 member association, considering that it unites all countries in this hemisphere. The potential and the challenges that AIDIS offers, motivated me to take on another challenge – to be its president for the period of 2002 – 2004. At the Congress in October (2002), I will formally take the office of President of AIDIS Inter-Americana, and I hope to count on your support to make it an even bigger and more effective association.

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Senior Vice President of USAIDIS (AIDIS-USA)

(written May 2005)

nJacqueline Rose has been an active member of the AIDIS-USA Board of Directors for the past four years, contributing well-argued analyses of issues that the Board has dealt with.

Jacqueline is an architect who currently works at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in wastewater management. She has served as an appointed commission and advisory council member in state, regional, and local government for total transportation policy and historic preservation policy and as a program manager, a regional liaison specialist, procurement analyst, and a contracting officer in the areas of engineering, energy, and the environment in the federal government. After joining the federal government Jacqueline focused on program management, budget planning and reporting, contract negotiation and innovative procurement policy. At the Department of Energy she managed an international environmental technology transfer program of 15 federal agencies. This included involvement with seminars on energy efficiency technology in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as at the Hemispheric Energy Symposium in Washington. While at the EPA she served on the Organization of American States' (OAS's) international water working group on water law and related challenges. Ms. Rose served on the jury for the American Institute of Architects National Top Ten Green Buildings for 2003.

Jacqueline was born and raised in Philadelphia, and as a teenager moved to Kansas, where she was high school valedictorian. She attended the University of Oklahoma at Norman, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy New York, earning a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design in addition to the five-year professional degree, Bachelor of Architecture, from Oklahoma University. She has also done graduate work in international relations, energy, and the environment. Her hobbies include gardening, hiking and writing.

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