Who We Are

Community Development & Social Inclusion

MedWater believes access to safe water and basic sanitation are essential for a socially inclusive society where all people feel valued and can live in dignity, their differences respected, and their basic needs met.



Sterling Baker


 Deborah Payne, MPH

Director of Health Education

Lynn Smith

Technical Director

Tammy Truong

Director Fundación MedWater Ecuador

Chana Gwynette, co-founder, President.

Chana served the Louisville medical community in various roles ranging from Gastrointestinal Research, Internal Medicine to Emergency Medicine. She left traditional medicine in 2010 to pursue and create a collaboration between medical organizations and safe water. Chana has participated in numerous trips to developing countries including the US Navy hospital ship Comfort’s 2011 humanitarian mission where she co-led health/ hygiene practice and water chlorination in nine countries. In 2012 she co-lead a trip that would directly involve a medical service team in taking safe water to remote clinics in Kenya.

Darrell Adams, co-founder, Executive Director.

After graduating from Oklahoma Baptist University in 1971 Darrell served at West Virginia University as a Campus Minister for two and a half years. Two years of graduate study in Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, 1975-1977 followed. Not desiring religious ministry as a profession Darrell spent the next twenty-eight years traveling the country as a musician/advocate on Peacemaking and Justice issues. He performed in a wide variety of performance venues, universities, and for business and professional organizations including several performances with Garrison Keillor on A Prairie Home Companion. Before MedWater Darrell spent eight years working in community development, group culture learning modalities, and local distribution models for safe water management.



Alice Adams – teacher, dePaul School Louisville, KY

Nathan Busse – Medical Physicist, Colorado Associates in Medical Physics, Denver CO

Steven Cole – Facilities manager, Crescent Hill Baptist Church, Louisville KY

Nick Foster – Executive Director, Voluntary Action Center, Columbia MO

Dr. Justin Kingery – Global Health Research/Instructor of Medicine, Cornell University/New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York NY

Francesca Kingery – Student, University of Louisville School of Medicine where she is pursuing a dual MD/MA degree in Bioethics and Medical Humanities, Louisville KY

John Stanley – Farmer, Waco KY

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