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Our Team


The Cal Water H2O Challenge launched in the fall of 2014. Since then Cal Water has hosted our classroom competition each and every year, and in 2021 we launched the Individual Challenge (a media competition) and the Grants Program as well. We at Cal Water are proud to offer these programs to our service areas and look forward to the years ahead and seeing all the wonderful work from classrooms and students across the state of California.

Behind this program we have a truly invaluable network of team members and partners that work year round to make The Cal Water H2O Challenge the program that it is; ensuring that it promotes strong education around E-STEM principles, caring for water, and the notion of water as a local and global resource, guaranteeing that the program aligns with state and federal curriculum guidelines, working to ease barriers to program implementation within schools, and offering support to teachers and students that wish to participate. With that network in mind, we are honored to introduce our team.

Cal Water Team Members

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Ken Jenkins

Chief Water Resource Sustainability Officer

DoGoodery Team Members

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Christiane Maertens

Founder & CEO, DoGoodery
Photo of Chris Hutton

Chris Hutton

Senior Director of Programs Administration, DoGoodery
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Kristen Kunkle

Senior Director of Sustainability Impact Strategies, DoGoodery
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Sydney Fujioka

Program Coordinator, DoGoodery

Teacher Ambassadors

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Barbara Elrod

Profile picture of Fa'auliulito Meni

Fa'auliulito Meni

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Tammy Janos

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Shawn McCarty

Image of teacher ambassador Emily Akimoto

Emily Akimoto

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Tiffany Rachal


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