Amina Capaldi, Founder and Board President
IMPROVING LIVES, ONE WELL AT A TIME.
Amina Capaldi was born and raised in northern Togo, Africa. She and her family moved to the U.S. in 1996, and while she is proud to be an American, she always felt a calling to help the people back in Togo secure a very basic human need – water.
Amina Capaldi, Founder and Board President
When Amina Capaldi shared the struggles of so many Africans with friends in the U.S., she was moved by how many wanted to help and started to think about the best way to transform this desire into action. She knew, firsthand, how having access to a clean, reliable water source close to home could change so many lives for the better. She still remembers the days when she had to search for water in 100-degree heat with no shoes on. She remembers what it felt like to carry water for miles with no food in her stomach. And she knew she had to do something to help others still facing those same struggles.
In 2013, she formed Wish Them Well and began collecting money to build water wells in villages in Togo that have no access to safe drinking water. With Amina serving as a conduit between local volunteers, contractors and village heads, Wish Them Well built its first well in May 2013 and continues to build and repair more every year.
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Susan Wilson – Vice President, CMA, PCC
After 20 years working in corporate America, Susan co-founded New Leadership Distinctions, an executive coaching and leadership development firm committed to Evoking Leadership Mastery, a journey in which you challenge yourself and expand your perspective on what is possible in your world. Susan has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, is a Certified Management Accountant, a certified Integral Coach with New Ventures West and a Riso-Hudson Certified Enneagram Teacher. She also donates her time and expertise to the Enneagram Prison Project. She has also taught classical pilates for 17 years having the great honor of being trained by Joseph Pilates protege, Romana Krzyżanowska. Whether in coaching or pilates, each one of her clients reminds her that by fully showing up in the world, taking risks and trusting in self we can all live into our purpose.
Lisa Hynson – Secretary
Lisa Hynson is the Director of Operations for True North Financial Planning with over 15 years of experience in the financial sector. Prior to that she worked in the healthcare information services industry.
She focuses on providing exceptional service to clients, working with financial advisors to ensure the delivery of comprehensive solutions to each client.
When she is not working, she enjoys taking Pilates classes, cooking, biking, and spending time with her family.
Beth Ganss – Treasurer
Beth Ganss has long been active in raising funds for several Outreach programs in the Philadelphia area. These programs provide temporary food and shelter for battered or homeless women and their children. The goal of these programs is to raise awareness as to the unique needs of these women as well as to find permanent housing and employment that will enable them to independently support their families.
Beth has an undergraduate degree from Lafayette College and a Masters of Taxation from Villanova University. She has years of diverse financial experience at D. Crowley and Company Inc. as Co-Founder/Vice President, the Binswanger Companies as Head of Taxation/CFO, Vertex Inc. as a Senior Consultant, and currently, is at Steven Singer Jewelers and companies as Controller.
Beth enjoys spending time with her family, biking, and playing the harpsichord. With a Masters in Reiki as well as studying to become a Healing Touch Practitioner, her alternative interests include offering Energy Work to those that seek solace and self-healing.
Chris Stevens – Director IT
Chris lends her experience with IT to the Board of Wish Them Well Togo. Her previous volunteer experience includes Board level volunteer with Discover Doylestown, a local non-profit supporting the community of Doylestown; volunteering on the Village Improvement Society, another local non-profit supporting the Doylestown Hospital. Chris’ technology experience is routed in a employment with the West Virginia Medical Institute as a field consultant to physicians adopting medical records.
In addition, Chris is a Pennsylvania Real Estate agent, has a family of four children and five grandchildren.
We are an all-volunteer organization. We’ve seen the impact a local source of clean water can have on a village, and we simply want to install as many wells — and help as many people — as we can. We believe the best way to ensure that we are successful, and to maintain the trust of our donors, volunteers and communities we serve, is to work with complete financial transparency. So if you’re interested, please see our latest Form 990. 2020-Form-990 2021–Form 990