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John Tillotson, CEO
CEO of Microbe Detectives for the past 5 years. 25+ years water innovation experience – Nalco, Suez, Phigenics, Water Council. M.S. Civil Engineering, Tufts University. B.S. Geochemistry, West Chester University. Member of the New England Water Environment Association (NEWEA) Innovative/Alternative Onsite Wastewater Treatment System (I/A OWTS) Task Force. This group is focused on solving excess Nitrogen and Phosphorus loading in salt and fresh water resources, creating toxic algae blooms and other outcomes detrimental to the health of people, aquatic life, and the environment.
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Dr. Alison Ling, Advisor
Alison Ling, Ph.D., P.E., is an Advisor to Microbe Detectives and an Environmental Engineer with Barr Engineering Company in Minneapolis, MN. At Barr, she is engaged in front-end design and troubleshooting for water and wastewater treatment projects and holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering and Molecular Biology from The University of Colorado at Boulder. Her work includes process modeling, bench testing, and technical advising for clients in the power, mining, food and beverage, and municipal sectors. Ali completed her PhD at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she split her time between the Environmental Engineering and Molecular Biology departments.

Dr. Trevor Ghylin, Founder and Advisor
Trevor Ghylin, Ph.D., P.E., is Founder and Advisor to Microbe Detectives, and a Wastewater Process Engineer with Jacobs Engineering. Trevor received a Ph.D. and M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of North Dakota, and holds a Professional Engineers License.

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David Geltner, Advisor
David Geltner has over thirty-years experience as a leader in high tech with a focus building leading Internet-of-Things, M2M solutions and winning teams. He has served as the CTO and VP of Engineering with firms such as nPhase, Qualcomm, Verizon, Numerex, Computer Associates, and Tibco. His experience ranges from startups to enterprise software and wireless technologies. Dave was the CTO for IoT pioneer nPhase, acquired by Qualcomm and Verizon and holds 5 IoT related patents. Mr. Geltner has been an executive colleague and trusted advisor of John Tillotson’s for over fifteen years.

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Melissa Nyssen, VP Marketing
Melissa has over 30 years of experience in building winning brands for tech start-ups, small and medium sized business. She excels at creating fully integrated marketing strategies and brings a robust skill set in graphic design for a wide range of multimedia projects, including corporate id systems, packaging and print, website development, e-commerce solutions, social media presence, search engine optimization, email marketing and advertising.
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Walter A. Foskett, Legal Counsel
Walter A. Foskett is legal counsel for WaterTrust/Microbe Detectives and is Of Counsel with Duncan and Allen, a Washington, D.C.-based law firm serving the U.S. domestic energy and international natural resource communities since 1970. Walter has maintained a corporate and securities law practice specializing in the energy and electric utility arenas for over thirty years. He has significant corporate and transactional expertise including stockholder and operating agreements, executive employment agreements, mergers and acquisitions, asset purchase and sales, etc. Walter holds a JD from Boston University Law School; an MBA from Babson College; and a BA from Boston College.

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