Foundation Team

Brett Danson – Board Chairman

Brett brings 33 years of experience, as a business owner, in the finance and development industries, to the environmental improvement industry. Realizing the need for new zero impact environmental products, Brett sought out brilliant minds to assemble an array of advanced technologies to tackle contamination. The idea is to create environmental systems that address complex pollution issues. Science background in Microbial Electrochemical Systems, Material Science, Desalination, and Wastewater Treatment. Advanced science/engineering integration with emphasis in water treatment systems.

Shawn Noetzli – Executive Director

Shawn Noetzli has dedicated her career to serving the nonprofit sector. She works as a catalyst, bringing together different teams of professionals to create impressive results. For more than 25 years, she has transformed grassroots and struggling organizations, enabling each group to create and implement programs and initiatives that better serve their audiences.

Shawn has a great deal of experience creating and executing large scale events, conventions, and charity galas.  She is one of the most versatile team members one can hope to be associated with and her list of referrals include countless prominent and very grateful recipients of her generosity of spirit.

She enhances her knowledge, and stays current of the latest developments in the world of philanthropy by studying the many aspects of nonprofit financial management with Cornell University.

Shawn lives in Southern California with her two extraordinary teenagers.  Her family and her personal values are her driving force, and she is compelled to make the world better for all our children and for future generations.

Kevin Eatherly – President

Kevin brings 26 years of project development experience and a passion for water advocacy to the environmental improvement industry. Kevin actively pursues means and methods of water conservation and purification in arid regions of the world to avert public health threats. Making his home in Yuma, Arizona–one of the most agriculturally rich areas in the world—he has an appreciation and understanding of the true value of water. Kevin has an extensive background in professional public and private project management, infrastructure finance, and government contracting. Additionally, his water policy advocacy expands through his volunteer appointments with agriculture and water councils.

Ron Imus – Marketing Director

Ron is a seasoned Marketing leader with 25-years of experience building some of the most iconic brands in the world. He has worked for several Fortune 500 companies including Toyota, Kellogg’s and Johnson & Johnson. Ron’s expertise is in developing insightful brand strategies and marketing executions that drive results. He is also committed to giving back to his community and helping to care for our environment. He was on the Board of Directors of Jr. Achievement of Southern California and he is a University Adjunct Professor and Brand Consultant.

Nobel Chang – Director Capital Strategy

Nobel is the VP of New Markets at Pine Gate Renewables, a utility-scale solar development firm. He is also the Co-Founder & CEO of Easy Streak. Nobel is an 10-year veteran in the solar space with his tenure as Managing Director at Radiant Sky Energy. His strengths lie in his ability to identify new opportunities and forming long-term relationships where all parties win. He has fully developed and transacted on over $100 million and utility scale solar farms. Nobel received his Masters of Business Administration from Pepperdine University. Nobel has been a core member of Global Environmental Legacy Foundation since 2016. He is insightful, strategic and cares deeply about the environment.

Tom Sephton – Chief Innovation Officer

Tom Sephton is President of Sephton Water Technology. He is currently conducting the VTE Geothermal Desalination Project at the Salton Sea. Tom Sephton received a B.A. degree in Biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley (1981) and an M.A. degree in Multimedia from California State University, Hayward (1999). Mr. Sephton′s work experience includes two years in biomedical research with HyTech Scientific, four years in biochemical research at U.C. Berkeley, four years as a software engineer for Extempo Systems.

Bruce Rittmann – Science Director

Dr. Bruce Rittmann, Ph.D., is the director of the Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University and is also a Regents’ Professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and Built Environment. A world-renowned leader in the field, Dr. Rittmann approaches environmental biotechnology from the perspective of “managing microbial communities that provide services to society.”  This is achieved through cross-disciplinary and team-based research in the areas of engineering, science, sustainability, and biological design.  Research topics include fundamental studies and practical applications such as microbial electrochemical cells (MXCs), microbial photobioenergy, and bioremediation.  In order to make “research meet practice,” Dr. Rittmann’s research teams integrate microbial ecology, chemistry, and process kinetics through mathematical modeling, and they regularly partner with practitioners

Steven Gruber – Director Engineering

With more than 20 years of experience in the environmental field, Steve is a project manager at Burns & McDonnell, working with clients to create high quality, safe and reliable water solutions. He managed numerous stormwater projects throughout California related to the state’s Construction General Permit (CGP), Industrial General Permit (IGP), and Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permits (Phase I and Phase II). He has a thorough understanding of watershed science and has conducted numerous studies related to National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) stormwater permits throughout the country. His extensive experience includes managing complex projects involving engagement with diverse regulatory entities and resource agencies throughout California.

Thierry Montoya – Executive Director Legal

Thierry as achieved successful results for both public and private sector clients in a variety of complex environmental, land use, construction, and eminent domain matters. Thierry’s practice includes environmental litigation under CERCLA, RCRA, the Clean Water Act, Proposition 65, and state and federal and common law. Thierry also represents clients in natural resources issues involving water, oil and gas interests, air and water permitting and violations including NPDES and Title V. On the land use side, Thierry provides permitting, zoning, CEQA/NEPA, and eminent domain expertise. Thierry also represents public and private sector clients in construction biddings, contracting, and litigation.

Senami Craft – Director Legal Mediation

I am an attorney with a passion for environmental law and startups. I represent toxic tort plaintiffs, environmental activists, environmental defense organizations, green tech entrepreneurs, as well as creative professionals with a concern for the environment. I promote rights of nature laws with the Earth Law Center and I am a member of Silicon Beach LA and the Environmental and IP sections of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. I am admitted to practice in all California state courts and in federal courts (United States District Court for the Central District of California and United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.)