DayOne Response develops and supplies innovative solutions for disaster relief specifically for clean drinking water and is a distributor of P&G Purifier of Water™ packets. DayOne Response also distributes water and sanitation products globally to relief organizations, government agencies, and public and private entities. DayOne Response supports the Procter & Gamble Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program’s goal to deliver more than 2 billion liters of clean drinking water each year by 2020.
DayOne Response offers two water purification products globally, including the DayOne Waterbag™ and the P&G™ Purifier of Water treatment packet.
Tricia Compas-Markman – Founder and CEO
Tricia Compas-Markman is founder and chief executive officer of DayOne Response, Inc. Tricia has a civil engineering background with 6-years’ experience working on water treatment technologies for developing countries, such as Thailand, Nicaragua, and Haiti. Tricia is co-inventor of the DayOne Waterbag and her work has been recognized by President Clinton. She is an Unreasonable Institute fellow, recipient of the Junior Chamber International, Osaka Outstanding Young Person’s Award for social innovation, Creativity Foundation legacy prize winner, a North America Finalist for the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards, 2013 Engineers Without Borders Outstanding member, a Pipeline Fellow investee, and a 2014 “Mother of Invention”. Tricia received her BS in Civil Engineering and MS in Civil/Environmental Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Amy Cagle – Co-Founder and VP Global Business Development
Amy Cagle is Co-Founder and VP of Sales at DayOne Response because of her vision and dedication or passion to bring clean water to disaster relief victims. Amy is responsible for developing and expanding sales outreach and driving new revenue opportunities. Prior to DayOne Response, Amy was part of the original team leading Community at Payvment, an e-commerce platform company acquired by Intuit. Amy has held various positions at companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Amy received her B.S. in Business Administration with concentration in Marketing Management from California Polytechnic State University and was part of the first class of entrepreneurs invited to attend Innovation Quest, an alumni led incubator. Among her many accomplishments, Amy is a Social Capital Markets scholarship recipient, Winner of the William James Sustainable Venture Competition, and Unreasonable Institute Teammate. Amy has led teams of over 100 people to meet revenue goals and has a track record of exceeding sales goals. She specializes in sales and business strategy with extensive experience in company growth, communications, and marketing.
Yvonne Hanlon – CFO
Yvonne Hanlon is Chief Financial Officer and manages the accounting, finance and HR areas of the company. Yvonne is an experienced financial accountant with over 30 years in public and private accounting. Yvonne’s experience ranges from small businesses to Big Four (Peat Marwick) and large corporations in retail, wholesale, service and financial industries. Yvonne attended San Francisco State University and Golden Gate University majoring in financial accounting. She currently has her own consulting company which offers contract CFO and accounting services to small business startups. She has over 20 years of experience in small business startups in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Yvonne is also involved in Innovation Quest as their CFO, a non-profit encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship.
Duinseac Treanor – Operations Director
Duinseac Treanor is Operations Director at DayOne Response, Inc. She is responsible for the overall activities that contribute to the effective production of goods, services, and product fulfillment, including managing both the operations and inventory levels for the Day One Waterbag and P&G Purifier of Water and associated components. Duinseac previously worked for Cisco Systems, Inc. for eleven years and held numerous positions in<luding Project Manager in the Global Planning and Fulfillment organization and Executive Assistant in the Chief Development Office. Prior to working at Cisco Systems, Inc., she worked as a Facility Planner at NASA, Ames Research Center. Ouinseac holds a 85 in Business Management from San Jose State University.
Jason Noah – Business Development Director
Jason Noah is Business Development Director at DayOne Response. In this role, Jason is responsible for maximizing growth and revenue potential in both domestic and international settings. Jason joins the DayOne Response team with an array of professional experiences across the private and social sectors, most recently with a focus on startup success and global entrepreneurship promotion. Jason has worked with young startups in Egypt and Ghana, spending time with Flat6Labs, the premier accelerator program in the Middle East, and iSpace, a young co-working space in Accra. Furthermore, Jason has acted as a contributing researcher to a book on global entrepreneurship promotion for Koltai & Company. Jason has also worked in business development for MicroVest, a private investment firm that invests in microfinance institutions abroad, and in research for RATT Argentina, a human rights organization in Buenos Aires that strives to eradicate human trafficking in Latin America. Prior to these roles, Jason spent 4+ years on Morgan Stanley’s fixed income trading desk in New York City.
Jason holds a BA in Political Science and International Relations from Tulane University and an MA in Global Human Development from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service where he was a Global Social Enterprise and Development Fellow. Having lived on 5 continents and visited over 65 countries, Jason looks forward to continued work in the international arena.
James J Compas – Executive Assistant
James Compas recently retired from Westinghouse Electric Company spending 38 years in the commercial power plant business. Compas’ last position held was Vice President, Key Accounts, responsible for the support of Operations, Maintenance, Engineering, Fuel, and Sales activities to major utilities in Arizona and Southern California. He held this responsibility since 1996 developing business and new sales of between $50 Million to $100 Million/year. Compas was responsible for the business development, sale and execution of several large scale projects during this period. Recent example was the agreement for fuel contract of greater than $150 Million.
Previous to this position he was responsible for the project management of Asea Brown Boveri/Combustion Engineering supply of equipment, engineering, technology transfer, construction and startup of new power plants in South Korea in support of the Korean utility. This also involved business development activities and commercial operations for the project. Compas held this position for 7 years which included the on-schedule startup and commercial operation of two new power plant units.
Compas started his career in 1976 involved in licensing of power plants, and successfully worked his way up through a number of increasing responsible positions, including assistant project manager, engineering manager, startup manager, and business development director.
He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara (1976) and did graduate study at the University of California, Los Angeles (1977).
Adam Wegener – Lead Systems Engineer
Adam Wegener is Lead Systems Engineer at DayOne Response. In this role, Adam facilitates a variety of tasks, including analysis and reduction of manufacturing cost for the Waterbag, expanding the DayOne website, developing new packaging concepts, and streamlining international shipping logistics. Adam was part of the initial DayOne team when the product was first conceived in 2008, and has rejoined the team as of June 2015. Adam loves working with DayOne Response because he is passionate about solving real-world problems like access to clean water, food, shelter and basic health needs for people in need.
Adam has a degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo. In 2009, Adam started a small business called Trash Amps. Trash Amps designs, manufactures, and sells portable speakers made out of old soda cans and mason jars, to play music from your phone or electric guitar. Since the company’s start, Adam has sold more than 10k speakers, built by hand with only one other co-worker. Along the way, Adam has picked up experience with sourcing, online store creation, marketing, graphic design, product photography, patents, trade show booth design and more. Adam loves applying the skills he’s learned from Trash Amps to further the purposes of DayOne Response.
In his personal life, Adam enjoys playing music, kicking around the soccer ball, and cooking. Adam is an active member at his church and organizes volunteer events to support local Bay Area foster families.
Board of Directors
Kellee Joost – Board Member
Kellee Joost is a managing director at Golden Seeds, an investment firm and angel network focused on the empowerment of women entrepreneurs. She is also part of the Pipeline Fellowship whose mission is to increase diversity in the angel investing community and generate capital for women social entrepreneurs. Passionate about advancing women’s rights on a global scale, Kellee also provides operations counsel to social enterprises and start up companies.
Kellee has a diverse professional career as an entrepreneur and in digital media and governmental affairs. Most recently she was co-founder and managing director of Integrative Pet Care in Chicago, a veterinary hospital specializing in rehabilitation for companion and service animals. Prior to that she was vice president of product development for the digital content syndication company GolfServ/Golf.com. Kellee’s governmental affairs background includes operating IMPAC, the political action committee of the Illinois State Medical Society as well as managing the US Chamber of Commerce legislative briefing center in Washington, DC.
Kellee holds a BA in Communications Arts and Sciences from the Pennsylvania State University.
Wendy Kozica – Board Member
Wendy Kozica BA LLB (Mon) is a lawyer, company director and investor. She has been extensively involved in philanthropy and the non-for-profit sector for many years. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is a member of Scale Investment Angels and the Female Founders Committee of Start Up Victoria. She has been a member of the board of Ardoch Youth Foundation since 2012 and between 2001 and 2011 was a member of the committee governing the Autism Behavioural Intervention Association. She is also a member of Family Business Australia. She has practiced law both as a solicitor and a barrister. Her other roles have included the following: 1997-2000 Board Member, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Conn (1997-2000); Member, Greater New Haven Arts Council, New Haven, Conn (1997-2000); Director, Invicta Group Industries (1990-1996).
Carson Chen – Board Member
Carson Chen is a driven executive responsible for creating new markets, growing multiple companies, teams, industry standards, and products from prototype to over $1 billion sales. An electrical engineer with over 30 years of experience in the development and marketing of broadband and high-speed telecommunication technologies, Carson has held senior positions with National Semiconductor Corporation, Ford Aerospace and West Coast United Broadcasting Co. He is also a retired member of Cisco’s executive team where he led teams of over 700 employees and was a true visionary. Carson is responsible for issuing over 30 United States Patents and holds six, himself. In addition, he authored the book titled “Active Filter Design.” He is an Electronics Engineering Alumni of Cal Poly, Class of 1973. Carson is now very active in Innovation Quest which he cofounded in 2003, to catalyze innovation and entrepreneurship and …”Empower young Leaders to discover their Own Possibilities.”
Rod Jackson – Board Member
Rod Jackson has spent nearly all of his working career in the water sector, with extensive experience in both developing country and developed country contexts. He has significant experience in senior management in a major Australian water authority and around 13 years’ experience in developing country work, in both emergency response and development contexts. In the three years to June 2013, Rod was based in Nairobi, Kenya, with responsibility for providing leadership and support to World Vision’s global activities in the Water, Sanitation, Hygiene (WASH) sector.
Rod is now establishing himself as an independent consultant to the developing country WASH sector, with a focus on equipping organisations, particularly government institutions, to plan and implement sustainable and scalable WASH interventions. Rod uses a methodology built around a ‘complex adaptive systems’ approach which is readily adapted to different contexts. Information Technology and Knowledge Management are integrated into the approach as appropriate to each organisation and context. Rod’s broad experience in the sector in a variety of roles provides an ideal foundation for this work.
His experience includes the leadership of World Vision’s water and sanitation work in major disaster response efforts such as the Ethiopian famine, Iraq post 2003 war, Darfur, Myanmar (Cyclone Nargis), and Haiti Earthquake. For a period of 12 months Rod also led the overall World Vision response in Banda Aceh to the devestating tsunami which struck at the end of 2004.
For the five years prior to leaving Brisbane Water in July 2003, Rod was a Senior Executive in Brisbane Water, recognised globally as a successful, commercialised Water and Sewerage authority.
Rod holds a Degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Engineering Science in Public Health Engineering.
Jill Tate Higgins – Board Member
Born in the Bronx, New York, in 1956, daughter of a U.S. Army physician and a Registered Nurse. Early childhood spent in La Rochelle, France. At age 7, moved to Southern California. Primary education in Palos Verdes public schools.
Attended Cal State Long Beach, and the University of Miami (FL) Certificate from UCLA Anderson School of Management (1985) Stanford University’s Continuing Education program on Board Membership (1986)
Was a majority shareholder and director in some of the first personal computer software companies. She held several salaried positions in the early 1980s at the software publisher, Ashton-Tate (publisher of dBase II — one of the first database management systems) before becoming a major shareholder and director.
She was a director and shareholder of several other companies, including Softeam (a software distributor bought by book distributor Ingram), Shiva, Navisoft (bought by AOL). In these capacities she was involved in the IPOs of Government Technology Systems, Inc. (GTSI), and Dayrunner, Inc. (DAYR).
More recently, she has invested and/or sits on the Boards of several small companies in the Lifestyle Of Health And Sustainability (“LOHAS”) sector, including supplements, information, high-end resorts, environmentally responsible consumer products, and a special interest in B corporations. It was on one such board, gDiapers of Portland, Oregon, where she first became acquainted with members of the Golden Seeds group. After 26 years as a private investor, she joined Golden Seeds in December 2011.
From 1998 to 2008, she served as a Trustee on the Board of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a not-for-profit environmental advocacy group with offices in Washington, New York, San Francisco, Chicago and Santa Monica. She is now on the NRDC’s Global Leadership Council.
She has been a member of the Los Angeles Assistance League and volunteer for its Operation School Bell for over ten years.
She is currently a Trustee of the Buckley School in Sherman Oaks where her 6 children attended and graduated from this K-12 school.
Ms. Higgins is happily married and living in Los Angeles.
Kathy Salmanowitz – Board Member
Kathy Salmanowitz is an angel investor with a focus on social impact companies. She is also a managing director at Golden Seeds, an investment firm and angel network focused on the empowerment of women entrepreneurs, and a member of the Pipeline Fellowship whose mission is to increase diversity in the angel investing community and generate capital for women social entrepreneurs.
Previously, Kathy spent 15 years in the nonprofit and philanthropy sector, leading a probono consulting organization that offered business and management advice to a diverse group of nonprofit organizations including the Bay Area Red Cross and Mercy Corps, and serving on nonprofit boards including Goodwill of Northern California and the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund. She began her career at Procter & Gamble in brand management, and also worked in account management at Young & Rubicam and SRI International as senior consultant working in the areas of strategy and competitive analysis. Kathy has a BA in Economics from Wellesley College and MBA from Harvard University.
Suzanne Stout – Senior VP Global Strategy and Operations
Suzanne Stout is the Vice President of Business Operations for the Data Center Group at Cisco Systems, previously holding the role for Nuova Systems, a silicon valley start up. Prior to Nuova Systems, she held multiple roles at Cisco, culminating in leading engineering operations for the entire engineering organization. She has consulted for multiple multinational companies, and she was a business professor at schools including INSEAD (area coordinator), University of Texas, and University of Washington. She has a PhD in Management from Stanford University, an MBA (emphasis in finance) from SMU, and a BA in Physics from the University of Texas.
Nelson Chen – Strategy and Sales Advisor
Nelson Chen is a retired executive, an experienced leader, strategist and negotiator with over 28 years experience in sales, sales management, and business development with Fortune 500 and start-up companies focusing on software, SaaS (Software As Service), hardware technologies/platforms, and professional services. He has held various Vice President & Area Vice President positions with Oracle Corp., Stratus Crop., Crocker/ Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Watkins Johnson, and has been a board member of many private companies. Targeted industries include Retail, Consumer Packaged Goods, Wholesale/Distribution, Financial Services and Hospitality. Proven ability to analyze complex business situations and develop and execute solutions. Guided disparate organizations to common solutions in order to drive successful sales campaigns and corporate initiatives.
Tryg Lundquist – Co-Inventor and Technical Advisor
Dr. Lundquist has worked on the development of low-cost, simple water and wastewater treatment technologies for over two decades. He is an associate professor at Cal Poly where he teaches wastewater reclamation, water treatment, water chemistry, agricultural waste management, and the capstone design course. As co-inventor of the Waterbag technology with his former student Tricia Compas, Tryg has advised DORI over the past four years on development of new water treatment designs and treatment testing programs. Together, Tryg and Tricia, have gained support from the Clinton Global Initiative, the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance, and traveled to Thailand to test the Waterbag with the US Navy. He has a B.A. in Environmental Science and M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, all from University of California, Berkeley.
Keith Fox – Brand Advisor
Keith is currently the CEO of the Keith and Pamela Fox Family Foundation focused on children’s health and education. His philanthropic work also includes a board seat at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital Foundation at Stanford. He also sits as an advisor to the Dean of the School of Business at the University of Connecticut. Keith is also managing partner at Innovation Quest, an innovative program that partners with Universities to help create new businesses from our college age population. Keith has been an operating executive, founder, investor, and board member over his 30-year career. Most recently Keith was a board member at the University of Connecticut Foundation, and also held an executive cabinet position for the President of Cal Poly before terming out. Keith was founder and CEO of Brandsoft, an enterprise software and consulting company focused on brand management. Before founding Brandsoft, Keith was Vice President of Worldwide Corporate Marketing at Cisco Systems 1996-2002. Prior to Cisco, Keith was with Apple Computer from 1980 -1995 holding a number of sales, sales management, marketing, and general management positions over his fifteen-year career with the company. Keith graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Business with a major in marketing. He also holds a M.B.A. degree from Babson College in Massachusetts.
Pete Rukavika – Technical Advisor
Pete, as SVP of Operations, was responsible for Data Domain’s worldwide operations including manufacturing, supply chain management, IT and global customer support. He came to Data Domain from Cisco Systems, Inc., where he last served as Vice President of Business Operations. With over 25 years of operational experience, Pete was previously General Manager of the Cisco Content Networking Business Unit, where he was instrumental in making Cisco a leading vendor in the application and content delivery systems market. Pete also held various executive positions within Cisco manufacturing and operations. Prior to his tenure with Cisco, Pete held management positions at Corning Glass and Conoco. Pete holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Purdue University and a Master in Business Administration from Harvard.