Youth Advisory Board

Carter Jenkins – Founder and President
Carter is a senior at USC studying at the Price School of Public Policy. In 2010, he founded Students For Safe Water to positively impact the lives of those living without access to safe water and basic sanitation and is passionate about ending this world crisis.  He is a three-time Gold Medal Presidential Volunteer Service Award recipient.

 

Rhys Spierkel – Co-Vice President
Rhys studies Ethical Philosophy at Loyola Marymount University and aspires to become an environmental attorney.  He is determined to make a difference through the protection and preservation of the world’s natural resources.  Deeply concerned about the planet and the welfare of its inhabitants, he has served with SFSW since its inception. Whether serving as a wrestling coach for the Special Olympics, making brown bag lunches for the Laguna Beach Friendship Center, or educating children about environmental issues, his passion and compassion shine.

Chase Hansen – Co-Vice President 
An Economics and Public Policy major at Michigan State University,  Chase serves as the Service Chairman for his fraternity. He is also a member of the MSU Business Sustainability Club.  His extensive experience in humanitarian efforts, ranging from  housing construction in Peru to leading funding campaigns for The American Cancer Society, serve him well as the Vice President of Students For Safe Water.  Passionate about assisting those living without safe water and basic sanitation, and alleviating the resulting inequities, particularly as it relates to  health and education, are his primary focus.

Max Ruhnke – Director of Project Development 
Max is a Construction Management major in the IRA Fulton School of Engineering with a minor in Sustainability in the Wrigley School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. An integral member since its founding, Max established a Students For Safe Water chapter on ASU’s campus.   His long-standing interest in  addressing the global water crisis, coupled with his understanding of life cycle analysis and hands-on construction experience are assets which have made him invaluable in assessing SFSW project development.

Grace Dennis – Co-Director of Reforestation 
Grace graduated with honors from Santa Margarita Catholic High School where she was a Student Ambassador and participated in MUN. Founder and president of the Students for Safe Water club at SM, she initiated expansion into reforestation and has led the St. John’s recycling program for over seven years. She is a three-time Presidential Volunteer Service and Carson Scholarship Award recipient, a Lion’s Heart Torchbearer Award winner and member of the Wounded Warrior and Pink Ribbon clubs. A freshman at Wesleyan University, Grace is a setter for the Cardinals volleyball team.

Jack Dennis – Co-Director of Reforestation
A junior at Santa Margarita Catholic High School, Jack carries a 4.3 GPA, is a Student Ambassador, serves as a Shadow Program Leader, is co-founder and president of the SFSW Club and plays varsity basketball on his high school team. He is acting president of Trabuco Canyon-2021 Lion’s Heart service organization, a three-time Carson Scholar and a High Honors Award recipient from John’s Hopkins Talented Youth. Participating in SFSW allows Jack to raise student awareness and help others. As a Presidential Volunteer Gold  Service Award recipient, his goal is to make the world a happier, healthier place.

Maddy Limb – Co-Director Health and Hygiene   Maddy Limb, a straight-A graduate of Rockland Academy, is a freshman attending Cornell University. After a Rwanda medical mission trip, she was moved to found The Clear Vision Project to provide recycled eyeglasses & funding for vitamin A supplements to prevent childhood blindness. She joined Students for Safe Water through partnership with Best Family Rwanda, benefiting many of the families she met on her trip. A violinist, Maddy serves as Director of Communications for Joyful Noise Project & teaches music at Genesis House, a transitional home. Maddy is a competitive saber fencer & loves to bake and make homemade pasta.

Matthew Limb – Co-Director Health and Hygiene 
Matthew is a straight-A freshman at Rockland Academy. Through sponsorship of children in Rwanda and friendships with members of BFR, he developed a love for the Rwandan people and a desire to serve their communities.  He is also involved in the Clear Vision Project and is active in the recycling program to raise funds.   He especially enjoys Latin and learning about ancient Roman history. Matthew is a nationally ranked saber fencer.

 

Ryan Jenkins
Ryan graduated Summa Cum Laude from Crean Lutheran High School and is a freshman at Princeton University.  Co-founder of Step Into Their Shoes, a youth service organization, she enjoys writing, earning a Scholastic gold key for her poetry, two silver keys, and publication in Best Teen Writing 2014. She is passionate about improving literacy and co-wrote a book in support of higher education for those in the developing world. A 4-time Presidential Volunteer Service Gold Medal and Carson Award recipient, she is dedicated to improving lives. Ryan is a 4-time national fencing champion.

Morgan Jenkins
Morgan graduated Summa Cum Laude from Crean Lutheran High School and is attending the University of Pennsylvania.  She has had pieces published in the LA Times, earned several Honorable Mentions in the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition, and wrote a hygiene book for the children of Nicaragua. She is an  nationally ranked, A-rated saber fencer.  A co-founder of Step Into Their Shoes, she believes empathy is inspired through service. A 4-year Presidential service gold medal recipient and Ben Carson Award winner, she is honored to serve.

Kevin Kwak 
Kevin is a sophomore at Harvard-Westlake School. He has earned numerous computer science awards and won competitions, including ACSL and HSPC.  He developed a project that assists doctors in determining whether a patient has ataxia and is currently working on a computer program to develop water purification systems.  He is honored to use his talents and ideas to help others.

 

Dara Santana 
Dara is a sophomore at Woodbridge High School and carries a 4.3 GPA. She has received numerous achievement awards in history, English, and science. A twelve-year soccer player – she currently plays for the LA Galaxy Orange County 2004 flight one Premier team and her high school team, where she serves as captain. She is a volunteer coach for Ambassadors Soccer Camp -providing mentorship and instruction to kids living in OC foster care. A member of Eco Pals environmental club, whose mission is to make the earth a cleaner, healthier place – her service with SFSW is a natural fit.

Jake Hira
Jake is a junior pre-med student at UC Berkeley.   He previously served as president of the Operation Smile Club at Tesoro High School and was a dedicated Clinic in the Park volunteer.  He has been a member of the board for six years and aspires to attend medical school to become a surgeon and help the underserved.

 

Isabella “Bella” Zintel 
Bella has always strived to make a difference in the world. Through Students for Safe Water she has helped build water and sanitation projects, wrote and illustrated an educational book for village children and spearheaded a micro finance program to assist the families in the villages we serve. In addition, she founded a program and taught dance and women empowerment at The Boys and Girls Club of Capistrano Valley.  She is currently a sophomore and merit-based scholarship recipient at UC Berkeley.

Julia Hill
Julia graduated with a 4.2 GPA as a senior at San Clemente High School and is a sophomore at UC San Diego.  She is a nationally ranked saber fencer and was named rookie fencer of the year on her college team.  Inspired by her 2015 SFSW service trip to Nicaragua, Julia  founded a SFSW chapter at SCHS and also volunteers on various projects to combat local hunger and homelessness issues. A Presidential Volunteer Service Award recipient, Julia is committed to raising awareness about the water crisis. She also loves to travel and cook.

Bailey Harrison
Bailey graduated West Ranch High School with honors and is a sophomore studying communication at USC. In addition to serving with Students For Safe Water, she founded a school club, For the Love of People. An advocate for the homeless, Bailey has raised funds for Box City and spent nights in a box at public parks to raise awareness. She also assists the SVC Food Pantry and distributes food to her neighbors in need. An accomplished singer and musician, Bailey regularly performs for the elderly and for youth at the YMCA and Boys and Girls Club. She hopes to use her talents to better the world.

Anita Grigore 
Anita graduated with distinction from Pacific Palisades Charter High School and is a sophomore at UCLA.  She is a founder of a campus club that rescues and assists abused animals and volunteers with numerous organizations that help the homeless, including #lunchbag. She is passionate about helping others and accompanied SFSW on a service trip in 2015. She is a valuable addition to Students For Safe Water’s Youth Advisory Board. In addition to academics and humanitarian outreach, Anita is an avid photographer.