Staff

Curt H. Mader, Chief Executive Officer & Secretary

Curt H. Mader is presently the Secretary President of Agua Viva International, Inc.  Through a God-orchestrated “parking lot” encounter with President Jim Allen, and then a post Hurricane Katrina introduction to Treasurer Jeff Rommel, the seeds of Agua Viva International (AVI) were cast onto fertile soil.

In 2009 Mader visited Guatemala three times with Colonial Presbyterian Church. Along with Allen and Rommel, the three volunteers (along with Doris McAfee) traveled to Living Waters for the World’s “Clean Water University” for project administration, health & hygiene and system installation training in preparation for our first installation.

Matthew tells us in Chapter 14 about the disciples encounter with Jesus walking on the water, when Jesus said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” It was through faith that Peter stepped out of the out of the boat and walked on water. It is my belief that each one of us should muster the courage and faith to step out of our own boat (i.e. “comfort zone”) to advance the Kingdom of God here on earth while we have the opportunity. “Stepping out” for me – to help in growing AVI to bring clean and Living Water to those in need – has created immeasurable blessings and numerous relationships in my life: literally God-breathed things I couldn’t have imagined in a million years!

Mader graduated from the University of Missouri Kansas City in 1983 as a Civil Engineer. He is employed by Olsson Associates as a Construction Services Team Leader, responsible for providing inspection and materials testing services on heavy civil roadway, bridge and development projects.

Mader has been married for 25 years to Leslie and resides in Overland Park, Kansas. They have one son, Nick.

Dale Bain, Administrator of Programs

Dale long felt his calling was to serve just his church, Colonial Presbyterian Church, and that the call to overseas missions was for others. His 35 years of Colonial membership has included service as an usher, Deacon and Elder as well as service on Nominating Committees and Pastor Search Committees.  For over twelve years he has lead a men’s ministry that takes local men to Colorado for fellowship and adventure by climbing some of that state’s highest mountains. It was on one of these Colorado trips that Dale met Jim Allen. Several years later as Agua Viva was expanding into the Andes Mountains of Ecuador Jim contacted the Colonial Men’s mountain climbing ministry looking for experienced high elevation climbers to come to Ecuador to help with a water system installation.  Dale and another mountain climber, Daryl Taylor, responded and in 2012 went on Agua Viva’s first installation in Ecuador. After years of watching others do overseas missions, Dale has since followed up with two additional installation trips to Ecuador and a Site Investigation/Follow-up trip to Guatemala with Agua Viva International and is ready to go where ever in the world there is a need for clean water.

Dale is a recently retired graduate of the University of Kansas and proud to be a more recent graduate of Living Waters for the World Clean Water University.

Dale and his wife, Sherlyn, have been married 37 years and have two grown and married daughters.

 

Nancy Allen, Administrator of Education

Nancy Allen joined the Board of Agua Viva International in 2012 as education coordinator.  While on her first mission trip in January, 2006 to Guatemala, Nancy became aware of the need for clean water at Colegio Mark School.  While teaching English, she noticed how often the children were either absent, or excused from class to go to the clinic for treatment for stomach aches.  She was also amazed at how small the children were:  fifth graders compared more in height to a second or third grade American student.  Some Kindergarten children looked more like three year olds.

On subsequent trips it became apparent that merely treating children for parasites was not solving the underlying problem: drinking contaminated water was not only causing digestive problems, but also affecting growth.  As an educator, Mrs. Allen became convicted that when kids are sick, they are unable to learn at their full capacity.

Mrs. Allen has been an educator for 25 years, an ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Coordinator for the Blue Valley Schools in Overland Park, KS for 16 years. She has been a deacon in the Presbyterian Church, a Sunday school teacher, a Bible Study Facilitator, and has served on mission teams.

She is married to Jim and has two grown children and 3 grandchildren. She enjoys traveling and meeting the wonderful people in other countries to learn language and culture from them.

 

Michael Springer, Administrator of Communications

Mike Springer joined the Agua Viva International, Inc. team in January of 2012. In 2009, as part of a Colonial Presbyterian mission trip, he met Curt Mader and participated in the first system installation in Guatemala as an adult education provider. In 2011, he volunteered again to assist with the second installation at Eglesia Eben Ezer in San Carlos Sija. After this effort, he was led to accept the organization’s request to become a regular contributor to the growing needs of the all-volunteer organization.

Mr. Springer is a Senior Consultant for a Chicago-based technology consulting firm specializing in Microsoft Dynamics Business Software and helps to maintain the AVI database, website, and social media sites.

He has been married to his wife Sandy for 34 years and has 4 children and 6 grandchildren.