Board of Directors

Howard Greene

Director

Howard Greene, Ph.D., directs K-12 Education Outreach for the College of Engineering at the Ohio State University. Prior to OSU, Howard managed projects in medical device development at Battelle for 12 years and was an Engineering Technology professor at DeVry for 4 years. Howard has a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from OSU and Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from OSU and the University of Akron, respectively. Howard’s interest in humanitarian engineering started when he and his family served as short term missionaries in a native village in the Alaskan bush. While these annual trips were church-sponsored and did not incorporate engineering, Howard was encouraged to find this intersection in his career. In 2012, he had the opportunity to lead an OSU engineering service learning course and subsequent trip to an orphanage in Honduras. Howard is actively working to bring humanitarian engineering projects to the capstone design program for undergraduate students at OSU. Howard has also been instrumental in starting a humanitarian engineering scholars community on campus for students.


Bradley Bryant

Director

Bradley Bryant, CPA manages financial statement audit and consulting engagements within the manufacturing, distribution, and construction industries for Plante Moran, the 13th largest certified public accounting and business advisory firm in the United States. Starting his career with Deloitte, Bradley has experience providing financial services to public and privately held companies of various sizes and industries. Bradley became invested in the Design Outreach vision after hearing it from Greg Bixler at a meeting where they attend church together. He was truly inspired by the LifePump Total Water Solution and its ability to fulfill the essential water needs of thousands of villages and millions of people in third world countries. Bradley started working with Design Outreach in 2012 and has helped set up the organization’s treasury and accounting operations. He hopes to aide in furthering the Design Outreach vision as well as work to bring the LifePump to as many villages as possible. Bradley, his wife, Erin, and their son, Cullen, enjoy spending their time with family, biking and hiking in the outdoors and traveling to the Outer Banks. They reside in Pataskala Village on the eastside of Columbus, OH.


David Martin

Director

David Martin is a corporate and commercial transactions attorney with the law firm of Bailey Cavalieri LLC.  He advises for profit and nonprofit organizations on matters of corporate formation, corporate governance, commercial contracts, commercial transactions and commercialization strategies, including social enterprise for nonprofits.  David previously served as in-house counsel at Battelle Memorial Institute where he focused primarily on business transactions and commercialization efforts across various technical fields.  David has also served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps and as a federal judicial law clerk.  David serves regularly on the boards of various nonprofit organizations and has co-founded two charitable enterprises, one domestically and one internationally.  He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Notre Dame Law School.  He values investing his time in his faith, his family and community service.


Dean Jessup

Director

Dean Jessup is currently retired from daily operations of an animal agriculture products development company, Agrarian Marketing Corporation. However, he remains as President of the Board. In retirement, he has had opportunity to get deeply involved with Mission efforts. Some earlier Mission work was connected to a boy’s school in Honduras, El Sembrador, which operates a farm in support of the school. It was on a trip to Honduras that my wife, Jan, encountered a rural family, that had no water source. This opened our eyes to the world problem of access to clean water. Shortly after, we were introduced to Design Outreach, which provided us an opportunity to give back and help in alleviating this global problem. Dean and his wife Jan live in Goshen, Indiana.


Thom Haubert

Director

Thom Haubert is a mechanical engineer and a graduate of the University of Michigan (Go Blue!). He currently leads the mechanical engineering group of the Consumer, Industrial and Medical group at the Battelle Memorial Institute, the world’s largest independent Research and Development firm. He began working with Design outreach in 2012, and his role is the LifePump Engineering Director, where he is responsible for overseeing the design and sustaining engineering of the LifePump. Thom got his start in Humanitarian engineering in 2009 when he worked on a grain thresher and winnower system to process pearl millet, an essential food source for sub-Saharan Africa. His travel to Mali, Africa to test the system in 2009 was the first of his overseas work, and he has traveled to Africa many times since in his work with Design Outreach. The thresher and winnower system has been awarded several grants from USAID and The Gates Foundation for further testing and implementation in Africa. His travel for Design Outreach has included gathering and understanding user needs, initial installations of the LifePump and follow-up evaluation trips. Thom and his wife Kristin have 3 kids and live in Columbus Ohio.


 

Greg Bixler

Co-founder, CEO

Greg is a mechanical engineer and proud graduate of THE Ohio State University. (Go Bucks!) His passion for appropriate technology began during a short-term mission’s trip to Central Asia. There he witnessed firsthand the power of human ingenuity in using found materials to build everyday products. This sparked a life-long mission and set into motion the formation of Design Outreach. See more of Greg’s story HERE.


Abe Wright

Co-founder, President

Abe is a mechanical engineer with roots in Indiana and a heart for the world. His travels have taken him to Mexico, Central America, and parts of Africa. During a visit to the Central African Republic (CAR), he became acutely aware of the need use engineering to bring humanitarian relief and returned to the U.S. on mission to partner with other like-minded innovators. That determination developed to co-leading a team of engineers, creating a deep well water pump and co-founding Design Outreach. See more of Abe’s story HERE.