Faculty

Samie Amidou
Y2 Researcher/ Professor in Microbiology
University of Venda
Email:samieamidou@yahoo.com

Professor Amidou is a Y2 researcher by the National Research Foundation at the University of Venda. His interest area includes diarrheal diseases, water Microbiology, schistosomiasis, and medicinal plants



Pascal Bessong
Head of Microbiology
University of Venda
Email:bessong@univen.ac.za
Professor Bessong is the Head of Microbiology at the University of Venda.

Nisha Botchwey
Associate Professor of Urban + Environmental Planning and Public Health
University of Virginia
Email:nhb2b@virginia.edu
Professor Botchwey is Associate Professor of Urban + Environmental Planning and Public Health at the University of Virginia. Her research investigates the creation of healthy communities through resident led efforts in the areas of obesity and diabetes, youth tobacco prevention and water access. She leads the Photovoice projects and community engagement components.


Rebecca Dillingham
Assistant Professor of the Department of Medicine and Infectious Diseases
University of Virginia
Email:rd8v@hscmail.mcc.virginia.edu
Professor Dillingham is Assistant Professor of the Department of Infectious Diseases and Public Health at the University of Virginia. Her research area deals with the development of improved nutritional approaches for patients infected with HIV and living in resource-poor countries, the use of cell-phone based technology to help vulnerable populations improve adherence to antiretrovirals, and the evaluation of the impact of changes in water and sanitation on the incidence of water-borne disease. In relation to this last interest, Dr. Dillingham conceived the WHIL project with her partners and has coordinated the WHIL project since its inception.


Karen Firehock
Lecturer for the Department of Urban + Environmental Planning
University of Virginia
Email:kef8w@virginia.edu

Ms. Firehock is a Lecturer in the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning in the School of Architecture. She has been an environmental planner for more than 25 years. She has been engaged in the WHIL project for 4 years. Her interests are community planning, watershed management an education concerning health and hygiene. She is assisting in the development of a water curriculum for children and adults to ensure clean water management in the home. She is also focusing on long term watershed health


Anita Thompson-Heisterman
University of Virginia
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Email:aat8a@virginia.eduMs. Thompson Heisterman Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Virginia and Nurse Practitioner with the Department of Neurology Memory and Aging and serves as faculty for undergraduate and graduate students in psychiatric, community and capstone clinical rotations. She is a member of the Health and Hygiene Team of the WHIL project and serves as liaison from the School of Nursing.


Gerard Learmonth
Research Associate Professor in the Department of Systems and Information Engineering
University of Virginia
Email:learmonth@virginia.edu

Professor Learmonth holds a joint appointment as a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Systems and Information Engineering and Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences at the University of Virginia. His research interested are centered on complex system modeling and simulation in the natural and behavioral sciences as well as in health care. He leads the Agent Based Modeling (WHIL-ABM) project in the design, development, testing, and use of the WHIL-ABM as a tool for evaluating proposed water and sanitation interventions.  


Garrick Louis
Associate Professor in the Department of Systems and Information Engineering
University of Virginia
Email:gel7f@virginia.edu

Professor Louis is Associate Professor in the Department of Systems and Information Engineering and Director of the Center for Small Infrastructure and Development (The SID Center) at the University of Virginia.  His research investigates methods to improve access to safe water and sanitation services in developing communities.Prof. Louis leads the community water supply component of the WHIL project. This includes water collection from river sources, slow sand filtration, water storage and disinfection, and distribution to standpipes throughout the village. He is also the project liaison to the village water committees and water supply volunteers.

 

Mary Maluleke
Lecturer in Department of Advanced Nursing Science
University of Venda
Email: mmaluleke@univen.ac.zaMs. Maluleke is a lecturer in the department of Advanced Nursing Science.  Her interest areas include community health, mental health,  and student’s academic success. Her contributions to the WHIL project have been in field coordination.


Vhonani Netshandama
Director of Community Engagement
University of Venda
Email:vhonani.netshandama@gmail.com

Professor Netshandama is the Director of Community Engagement at the University of Venda



Jeanita Richardson
Associate Professor, PBHS Public Health Sciences
University of Virginia
Email:jwr4f@virginia.edu

Professor Richardson is an Associate Professor in Public Health.


James Smith
Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Virginia
Email:jsmith@virginia.edu

Professor Smith is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Virginia. His research activities include the development and testing of point-of-use water treatment technologies for the developing world, environmental chemistry, and fluid, microbe, and solute transport in porous media. For WHIL, Professor Smith is studying the technological performance, social acceptance, and health benefits of locally produced ceramic water filters impregnated with silver nanoparticles for household-level water treatment.  He is currently overseeing the establishment of a ceramic filter factory that will be operated by a pottery cooperative.

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