President: Rebecca Kelly

Rebecca Kelly graduated from the University of Virginia in 2013 with majors in Biology and Psychology. She is now working as a research assistant at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. Rebecca got involved with PureMadi in 2011 because of her premed and global health interests. She traveled with the student team on a grant from the Center for Global Health to South Africa to help start filter production at the Mukondeni Filter Factory in the summer of 2012. She traveled to South Africa again in the summer of 2014 to work with the Mukondeni Facility as well as help start up the Hammanskraal Facility. Rebecca can be contacted at rkk4bs@virginia.edu


Vice President: Theresa Hackett

Theresa Hackett is a double hoo, graduating with a B.S. in Commerce with concentrations in Accounting and Marketing in 2014 and a Masters of Accounting in 2015.  She is now an Audit Associate with KPMG in Tysons Corner, VA, and is pursuing her CPA license.  Theresa has been involved in the ceramic water filter project since her first-year at UVa, traveling to South Africa during the summers 2011 and 2012 under Jefferson Public Citizen (JPC) grants.  During that time, she and fellow students and faculty worked to establish PureMadi's first filter facility in Ha-Mashamba.  She returned in summer 2014 to continue working at Ha-Mashamba, as well as begin preliminary plans to create our second facility in Hammanskraal.  Theresa  is excited about PureMadi's growth and can be contacted at theresamhackett@gmail.com


Treasurer: Molly Tyeryar

Molly Tyeryar graduated from the University of Virginia in 2012 with a BA in Economics. She currently lives in northern Virginia and works in IT Consulting. Molly traveled to South Africa in the summers of 2010, 2011, and 2012; participating in the ceramic water filter facility feasibility study, construction, and start-up. Molly looks forward to all of the PureMadi successes to come and hopes to return to South Africa in the future. Molly can be contacted at mtyeryar@gmail.com

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Secretary: Thy Nguyen

Thy Nguyen graduated from the University of Virginia in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and a specialization in Environmental and Biological Conservation. She is a medical assistant at an OB/GYN clinic in Austin, Texas, and is working towards applying to medical school. With an interest in increasing access to potable water, preventing waterborne illness, and improving community health, Thy joined PureMadi during her third year at UVA. She worked with a JPC team to disseminate and test the efficacy of the ceramic filters and the MadiDrop in Limpopo, South Africa. She is excited to be a part of this organization that works to empower communities and address the global water crisis. Thy can be contacted at nguyen.thy.bao@gmail.com


South Africa Technical and Cultural Coordinator: Rachel Schmidt

Rachel graduated from UVA in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering.  After graduation,  she moved to South Africa for 9 months with a Fulbright Grant to support the UVA, UniVen, and Mukondeni Pottery collaboration.  While in South Africa, Rachel worked closely with the potters, UniVen staff and students, and local government to technically understand, develop, market, and sell ceramic water filters. Upon returning from South Africa, Ms. Schmidt worked as a Water Resources Specialist for 3 years in Denver for a global engineering and consulting firm.  Ms. Schmidt is currently pursuing her MBA and MS in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Rachel can be contacted at rschmidt019@gmail.com


University of Virginia Student Liaison: Chloe Rento

Chloe Rento is a fifth-year student at the University of Virginia, studying Chemical Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering. She has been involved with PureMadi since the summer of 2013, when she traveled to South Africa on a Jefferson Public Citizen (JPC) grant to test the filters for technical efficacy in the field. She has continued to study the filters and another technology known as the MadiDrop while in Charlottesville, and returned to South Africa in the summer of 2014 for a follow-up study supported by grants from JPC and the Center for Global Health. She loves working with PureMadi and seeing the impact the organization has had on the people it aims to help.  Chloe can be contacted at ctr4nj@virginia.edu

Website manager: Veronica Son

Veronica Son graduated UVA in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering. She has been involved with PureMadi since 2013 and has studied the efficacy of the filters and MadiDrops at the university labs in Charlottesville during the school year. She has been to South Africa during the spring and summer of 2014 to perform follow-up studies on the point-of-use water filtration technologies. She is excited to continue helping PureMadi successfully build filter facilities! Veronica can be contacted at vs7bm@virginia.edu