Board of Directors

James C. Allen, Chairman of the Board and PresidentJames C. Allen

James C. Allen (Jim) is presently the Chairman of the Board and Corporate President of Agua Viva International, Inc. He first visited Guatemala in 2005 with Colonial Presbyterian Church. As a result of his Christian accountability group with Curt Mader, Jim was compelled to join a short term mission trip to Guatemala where he first learned about the severe shortage of clean drinking water in Guatemala. Shortly after, in the fall of 2005, Jim joined Jeff Rommel, on another short term mission trip to Slidell, Louisiana to provide relief for Hurricane Katrina.  As a result of this Christian brotherhood, and the foresight of Dr. Craig Gaugh, Agua Viva was incorporated as a 501(c)3 in 2011.

Trying hard to follow God’s lead, Jim has developed many relationships in the United States, Guatemala, Ecuador, Honduras, Peru,and Tanzania, Africa. He has been very encouraged by the close friendships that have grown from this outreach. “I have seen God’s hand on every aspect of this ministry and I believe that this is why it continues to be blessed in so many ways”.

Jim graduated from the University of Missouri – Rolla in 1977. He is employed by Burns & McDonnell as a Senior Mechanical Design Engineer and travels frequently to NASA and Tinker Air Force Base.

Jim has been married more than 37 years to Nancy and they have two children and three grandchildren.

David Brown, Board MemberDavid Brown (2)

David has always had a heart for others, but his compassion for people from other parts of the world really began to flourish in his late teens.  It was the summer of 1976 when he was blessed to be part of a seven week mission trip to the vibrant island nation of Trinidad and Tobago in the southern Caribbean.  It was a life changing experience.  He discovered that our God is a Big God.  A God who is less interested in how much we can build with our hands for others, and more interested in how much of ourselves we have to offer in order to build relationships with others.

The passion for building relationships carried over to his collegiate life at Kansas State University.  While there he was the president of a campus organization that sponsored cultural events and activities to bring together US students with international students outside of the classroom.

After earning a degree in architecture he lived and worked in California for five years. The best part was that’s where he met his wonderful wife Joan. Today they have four children and one beautiful granddaughter.

David is a Principal with HMN Architects in Overland Park, Kansas and has been involved in the design of hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout the country.

When he heard the story of Agua Viva International, and the way they focus on relationships with deserving communities they serve around the globe, David was convinced that he had to get onboard.  What a great fit.

Mrs. Deanna Farris, Board Member

Deanna Farris is privileged to teach God’s Word to God’s People –specifically women in Bible Study Fellowship for the last 15 years. Her call to do this first came when sheDeannaFarrisand her family were living in Brazil.

“God picked our busy suburban family up and put us in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for my husband Jim’s job with Sprint. We thought it would be a great opportunity for our family. It was there God called me to teach the Bible, but it was also there God moved our hearts for the poor and persecuted.  When you watch street children dodge security at the grocery store week after week to plead with you to buy rice, beans and boxed milk for their siblings your heart is changed your eyes are opened and you must engage.“

Like teaching God’s word to God’s people Agua Viva’s work is eternal – it provides clean water to allow for a promising life on earth and opens doors to offer Living Water – the gospel of Christ for abundant eternal life.

Deanna graduated from the University of Missouri and has lived in Kansas City most of her life. She and her husband Jim, high-school sweethearts, have 3 grown children Bradley (KC), Catherine and husband Mike (Fort Worth), Nathanael and wife Betsy (Philadelphia) and an “adopted” daughter  Laura living in Berlin with her husband and two children.

Craig W. Gaugh, DDS.,  Board Member

Craig W. Gaugh is presently a board member of Agua Viva International. Over the years, Dr. Gaugh has volunteered for many leadership positions.  He has lead youthGaugh groups on local mission trips and he has served as “pack leader” for Cub Scouts.  Dr. Gaugh has coached softball and basketball for his daughters.  Professionally, Dr. Gaugh has volunteered for dental missions with Kansas Mission of Mercy, the PDS Mobile Dental clinic, and he has participated in the annual “We Serve Day” serving those without access to dental care.  He first became involved with international mission trips in 2008 and 2009 traveling with a dedicated group of volunteers from Colonial Presbyterian Church to Cantel, Guatemala.  It was there that he started working with Jim Allen, Curt Mader and Jeff Rommel.   A bond of brotherhood grew and the planning for Agua Viva International came alive. He has since been on one trip with Agua Viva International serving two communities in Ecuador in 2013.

Dr. Gaugh believes God puts people in front of you for a purpose.  “Sometimes we help them and sometimes they are there to help us. We never know which it is but we must always open our hearts and accept God’s intent”.

Dr. Gaugh graduated from Northwest Missouri State University before completing his DDS degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1982. He has practiced general dentistry for 33 years and is currently practicing in Blue Springs, Missouri.

Dr. Gaugh has been married for 38 years to his wife, Dr. Rhonda Gaugh. They have 3 grown children and 3 grandchildren.

Roy LoeppAgua Viva.Roy Loepp.Photo , Board Member

Roy first developed an appreciation for global food and agriculture growing up on the family farm near Inman, Kansas.  He began his career working 6 years with Cargill and has spent the last 20 years with Seaboard Corporation where he has been exposed to businesses and organizations across six continents.  Involvement with Seaboard affiliates in 13 sub-Saharan countries has enabled Roy to learn many roles including project management, procurement, engineering, finance, operations, and sales.  His professional leadership culminated with his recent election as president of the International Association of Operative Millers.

Service has played a role in Roy’s life for many years as an outgrowth of his faith.  Roy served many years as a Sunday School teacher at various churches in addition to numerous committees and presently leads a monthly worship service at a local retirement community when he is not traveling.  The involvement of his children in the arts community led to Roy’s involvement as sets coordinator or assistant for many productions with The Culture House and other organizations.  He looks forward to playing a greater role in delivering hope to those in need beyond our borders through Agua Viva International.

Roy, along with his wife of 25 years, Lydee, have three daughters and reside in Overland Park, Kansas.  Faith and Victoria are students at Kansas State University while Olivia is a freshman at Blue Valley Northwest High School.  Roy earned a B.S. degree from Kansas State in Milling Science and an M.B.A. from the University of Kansas.

Jared Riegle, Board MemberJReigle Bio Pic

Jared is an Associate of Harcros Chemical and manages International Market Development. Harcros has been serving the world since 1917. Its core business is the distribution of industrial chemicals with twenty-eight branches in twenty states, primarily in the Midwest and Southeast. The Harcros Organics Division produces surfactants, emulsifiers, defoamers, and a myriad of specialty products at the plant site in Kansas City.

Jared first traveled overseas in 2006 to Ghana to work with a catholic priest and family friend in a remote village in the Ashanti Region. This trip would be a turning point in his life and completely change his world view. After exposure to such endemic poverty he felt lead to make a change. Upon returning from West Africa and through the prayers and support of those around him he founded OEDI (Overseas Economic Development Initiatives) whose main focus is economic and education development in rural communities in Ghana and India. He has a strong passion for helping those less fortunate than him and strongly supports the mission of Agua Viva International.

Jared has been a great friend of Agua Viva International for several years, and has inspired Agua Viva to expand our operations into Africa. His insight and wisdom in international affairs has proved invaluable to the growth and success of Agua Viva.