Meet the Team
Founder & Executive Director
Joanna obtained her B.A. degree in Communication Studies (with a minor in art and an emphasis in Women Studies), her Master's degree in Public Health, and her Ph.D. in Mass Communication, all from the University of Iowa. She completed her M.P.H capstone research in Haiti, working to conduct a formative evaluation of an in-home water treatment system to help combat the cholera epidemic. Her dissertation was focused on strategic communication for water sustainability in the context of the agricultural midwest. Joanna currently is a professor and director of strategic communication at Flagler College.
The oppression of women and girls around the world, in conjunction with needless, preventable deaths from waterborne diseases continue to fuel Joanna's passion to help improve education and public understanding of the global water crisis.
Lindsay Giliam is a Flagler College graduate who received her Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communication.
Born and raised in Florida, Lindsay has witnessed the effects of climate change over time, especially sea level rise, as she attended a college located near the coast.
Lindsay attributes her confidence in her career pursuits to the women who held leadership roles in her life. Their status empowered Lindsay to accomplish anything she set her mind to. Lindsay is passionate about WaterWoman and her adventures, as she wants to instill the confidence in young girls to break through the social constructs in life.
CFO & Treasurer
Jessica Welborn graduated from the University of Iowa with Bachelor of Business Administration degrees in Accounting and Finance and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Illinois. She currently serves as the Assistant Controller of Century Aluminum Company. Earlier in her career, she was a senior manager in the audit practice at KPMG, LLP and a business unit controller for Honeywell.
Jessica's passion for water sustainability is genetic, as her grandfather, Robert F. Welborn, had a key role in drafting the water rights law that remains in effect in the state of Colorado. She is also passionate about the role water plays in opportunities afforded to women and improving awareness of women's issues related to water access.
Secretary & Media Strategy
Autumn Parker is a graduate of Flagler College where she obtained both a Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communication and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. She is also working towards a certification in Nonprofit Management. Autumn serves as the Director of Development on the WaterWoman team.
Autumn learned early on that her passions lie within the nonprofit sector. She has worked with many nonprofits, while also having spent time volunteering in orphanages in Haiti. Autumn is fueled by a passion for empowering people and creating sustainable solutions to some of the world's leading issues.
Environmental Science Advisor
Matt Tarnoff graduated from the University of Iowa with his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Masters of Science in Environmental Engineering. He currently works as a Senior Environmental Engineering Consultant advising clients on air and water compliance.
Matt has been interested in designing solutions for drinking water treatment in developing countries since working to create a wind powered water treatment system for a village in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as part of his capstone work as an engineering student. Matt has also been to Haiti and is passionate about helping to design solutions for the water issues affecting the people living in the villages around Arcahaie.
Media Strategy & Creative
Jordan is a graduate of Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communication with minors in Advertising and History. She is currently working to pursue a masters degree, and eventually a career in Non Profit Management.
Jordan is passionate about water conservation and community service. She has received a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to report on the water scarcity crisis in the country of Jordan and how it is effecting their refugee population.
Digital Media & Creative
Kaitlyn is a graduate of Flagler College with a Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communication and minors in Marketing and Advertising. She worked with several small businesses in the area, contributing PR and digital marketing work to help them thrive and grow.
Growing up in Florida has fostered her deep appreciation of nature, water, and the environment. Attending school in Florida, and in the historic city of St. Augustine, also cultivated her interest in the tourism industry. As such, she currently works as a Marketing Specialist at Discover The Palm Beaches in Palm Beach County, Florida. She hopes to in the near future combine her passion for tourism with her interest in sustainability, inspired by her time with WWSE.