Stephen Anderson MPA
Founder and director of FEG Consulting (formerly the Food Economy Group), Stephen specializes in capacity building combined with extensive technical experience in the operational and strategic management of large-scale food security programs, and disaster preparedness & recovery. Recently he has facilitated and coordinated the multi-agency Safety Nets process for poverty alleviation in Ethiopia which targets 8 million chronically food-insecure people. He continues to work at the policy level and has designed a global conflict and livelihoods tool kit for USAID. Stephen has worked as a food security and emergency preparedness specialist in Asia and primarily Africa for over twenty years, including Ethiopia, Ghana, Eritrea, Malawi and Kenya.
Dr. Chuck Erickson MD-Phd
Dr. Erickson received his MD degree from the University Of Nebraska College Of Medicine and completed his residency at The University of Colorado School of Medicine and Denver Children’s Hospital. Dr. Erickson retired in 2003 from general and behavioral pediatrics after 37 years and sought new ventures. He received a Yale Scholarship in International Health in 2003 and served at the Livingstone General Hospital at Livingstone Zambia for 6 weeks. Dr. Erickson has since returned to Zambia on ten separate occasions to teach Community Health Workers and develop collaborative relationships with non-government organizations in Zambia. With funding from Rotary International and District 5650 he is working to provide additional borehole wells and health and nutritional education. Dr. Erickson is the recipient of the Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service and the Nebraska Wesleyan University Alumni Humanitarian Award.
On the Ground
Daniel F. Blankenau PG
Dan Blankenau is President of Great Plains Energy, Inc. an oil exploration company he established in 2004. He has also co-founded CGP Inc., an environmental consulting and contracting firm specializing in characterizing and remediating groundwater contamination, and Great Plains Well Service, which specializes in the installation of domestic water wells. Dan is a past president of the Nebraska Geologic Society and a board member of both Shallow Exploration Drilling Clinics and the Department of Geosciences Alumni Advisory Board at the University of Nebraska. He is licensed as a geologist and water well contractor. For the past five years Dan has served as a consultant to the East Lincoln Rotary and the SAM Project’s Zambian water supply initiatives. Drilling new wells, investigating potential water catchment dams, and refurbishing old wells have all been part of this process. Dan hopes to continue to support these efforts as well as to characterize area aquifers, and link new information to a data base in hopes of increasing the success rate of future drilling projects.
Kate Chadwick Project Manager, Kujana; Social Media Coordinator
Kate has a background in geology, sustainable development, and social engagement. She holds an undergraduate degree in Earth Science and is working on a graduate degree in Sustainability. Her main role with SAM is in grant writing, social media, and project management.
Taylor Josephy Project Manager, Water Operations
Taylor first volunteered for The SAM Project in 2014. The experience solidified in him a passion for rural water development and, since then, Taylor has been returning to Zambia to design and implement SAM’s water programs. In Canada, he studies Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan and works in water management with the Province of British Columbia. Taylor enjoys combining classroom theory with village experience in order to increase the sustainability and impact of rural water initiatives.
Nutrition Education Manager and Field Operations Co-Lead (2015-2018)
Project Associate - Water (2019)
Project Associate - M+E (2016)
Micro-enterprise Manager (2017-2020)
Project Associate - Water (2016-2017)
Project Associate - Nutrition (2016)
Project Associate - Water (2017-2018)
Project Associate - Micro-enterprise (2017)
Project Associate - Agriculture (2016)
Project Associate - Nutrition (2014-2019)
Project Associate - Nutrition (2017)
Project Associate - Agriculture (2015)