U.S. Team

Alexandra Spieldoch

Executive Director

Alexandra joined CTI as Executive Director in 2013. She has 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector with expertise in gender, food security, agriculture, and economic policy. She received her M.A. in International Policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Her B.A. is from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri with a major in French literature. She has a certificate in business from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Rouen.

Meghan Fleckenstein

Communications & Development Director

Meghan joined CTI in 2009 and provides leadership, coordination, and program development for CTI’s fundraising and communications activities. Additionally, she leads the in-country branding and marketing of CTI's technologies. Prior to joining CTI, Meghan received her Bachelor's degree in International Relations from Michigan State University, with a concentration in International Development. 

Wes Meier

Program Director

Wesley graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2008. After graduation Wes decided to take the road less traveled and signed up to serve as a volunteer in the Peace Corps in Nicaragua, Central America. He served in Nicaragua for two and a half years working with rural farmers to develop appropriate technologies. While he was serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer, he also formed Emerging Opportunities for Sustainability (EOS) International, an NGO that promotes low-cost appropriate technology which generate income, improve health, and reduce impact on the environment. EOS International is one of CTI's main partners in Nicaragua, aiding in the promotion and implementation of the Water Chlorinator. After returning from the Peace Corps, Wes worked as an engineering consultant focusing on healthcare construction.

Mounir Njah

Lead Mechanical Engineer

Mounir has spent the past 20 years working as a Mechanical Design Engineer in Minnesota and Tunisia. Mounir initially joined CTI as a volunteer where he had the opportunity to use his passion for developing new technologies to benefit impoverished communities. Mounir is fluent in English, French, and Arabic, and is originally from Tunisia, where he received his Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the National Engineering School of Monastir.

Lizzi Whittlesey

Communications & Development Associate

Lizzi joined CTI in 2015 as the Communications and Development Associate. A native Minnesotan, she recently moved back to Minneapolis after four years attending Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Her interest in food security and sustainable development grew after spending a semester studying in Quito, Ecuador, and she received her B.A. in International Studies with a concentration in Environmental Studies in 2014. 

Senegal Team

Aliou Ndiaye

Senegal Project Manager

Aliou has many years of experience working with small farmers, Senegalese governmental organizations, international NGOs, and the private sector. He has worked as an advisor on agriculture and rural development with the Senegalese agencies SAED and ANCAR, training farmers to improve crop productivity, connecting them to the market and facilitating access to capital. Before joining CTI, Aliou worked as a Value Chain Manager for a USAID funded project focusing on sorghum and millet in Senegal. Aliou has a degree in Agricultural Engineering and a Master’s in Development Practice (MDP) at University Cheikh Anta Diop Dakar. Aliou is also a Geographic Information System specialist and has used this skill to gather important agricultural data throughout Senegal. 

Nicaragua Team*

Sergio Jesus Romero Alvarado

Nicaragua Project Manager

Sergio manages our safe water program in Nicaragua, where he helps rural communities gain affordable, clean drinking water. He trains village leaders to install CTI’s water chlorinators and test their water to ensure it’s safe to drink. Sergio’s tireless efforts for the health of rural communities have earned him respect among village leaders, enabling CTI to provide sustainable, safe drinking water for thousands.

Prior to joining CTI in 2009, Sergio led a 20 year career in public health as an epidemiologist with the Matagalpa Department of the Ministry of Health. He graduated with a degree in Professional Hygiene and Epidemiology from the Cienfuegos Health Polytechnic Institute in Cuba in 1985.

Marlon Castro Averruz

Water Chlorinator Technician

Marlon joined CTI in 2011 and is responsible for the installation and training of the water chlorinators. Marlon was the second member brought on to help support the increasing demand of a water treatment device for rural communities. Once a community has interest in installing a water chlorinator, Marlon meets with the community’s water committee leaders, walking them through the steps to install the water chlorinator while also teaching them important troubleshooting and maintenance items. Marlon’s passion for providing communities with clean water shows in his excellent and persistent work.

Sergio Noel Romero Largaegrada

Chlorine Tablet Technician

Sergio Noel joined CTI in 2014 and is responsible for tablet distribution, chlorine bank management, and follow-up service to installations in the Central and Northern regions of Nicaragua. Previously, he gathered survey data in communities using CTI’s Water Chlorinator. Sergio recently graduated from Matagalpa’s Agriculture University with a degree in Agricultural Engineering.

*The Nicaragua Clean Water Program is led by CTI, in partnership with EOS International. EOS leads day-to-day oversight of staff in-country.