Our Team

The Water Institute’s WASH MEL team includes a wide array of practitioners and researchers with extensive experience in monitoring, evaluating, and implementing projects in the WASH sector. In addition, the team includes experts on learning and quality improvement, as well as technical advisors with a wealth of experience.

Project Leads

Jamie Bartram – Principal Investigator


Dr. Jamie Bartram is Director of The Water Institute at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he has worked since 2009. Previously, he was the Coordinator of the Water, Sanitation and Health Programme of the World Health Organization where he led reform of its monitoring and standard-setting activities, including the Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation.  Dr Bartram has over 20 years’ experience of international policy, research and advisory work in public health and disease prevention, especially in environmental health, water supply and sanitation; and in more than 30 countries. His career has focused on the connections between water (including sanitation and hygiene) and health – especially the links between science, policy and practice.

Pete Kolsky – M&E Advisor

Kolsky1bDr. Pete Kolsky is the Associate Director of The Water Institute at UNC. He has over 30 years of experience in international water and development projects, including broad experience in WaSH program evaluation. He is currently working on operational monitoring and evaluation (M&E) in water for the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, and the PLAN-CLTS operational research on sanitation programming. As the Associate Director of the DFID-funded WELL Resource Centre at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and WEDC, Dr. Kolsky led an expert evaluation team of UNICEF’s WaSH programs in India from 1966 -1998.   He has since worked 12 years for the World Bank on (a) basic sanitation, and (b) water sector M&E, and served on the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme’s Technical Advisory Group.

Rohit Ramaswamy – Learning Advisor and CQI Expert


Dr. Ramaswamy’s research interests include methods and tools for implementation of global health programs, quality improvement of health systems, use of technology for workforce capacity building and monitoring and evaluation. In addition to developing this Virtual Learning Center to share best practices on monitoring and evaluation of global water programs in nine countries, Dr. Ramaswamy has led a range of other projects including: 1) developing processes for introducing smoking cessation interventions into state operated alcohol and drug treatment facilities in North Carolina. 2) Introducing mental health interventions through the primary health care system in India. 3) Developing neonatal centers of excellence in Ghana 4) Developing process monitoring and risk management systems for a maternal clinic in Kenya 5) Developing metrics for assessing public health quality for the US Department of Health and Human Services.


Kaida Liang – Project Manager


Kaida Liang, MPH, has extensive international program and project management experience specializing in water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) and humanitarian emergencies. She has led lab and field research and projects focusing on point-of-use household water treatment. Her nearly 20 year career, managing implementation programs for WaSH, spans over 30 developing countries worldwide. She was the acting Chief of Party for the UNC-USAID joint WaterSHED program in Southeast Asia. Ms.Liang holds a Masters of Public Health degree from The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, with a focus on environmental health and water. Kaida serves as the Project Manager for the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) project in partnership with the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

Mike Fisher – Core Team Lead on Learning and Improvement


Mike Fisher joined The Water Institute in 2012. His current work with the Institute focuses on leveraging monitoring, learning, and evaluation to maximize the impact of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WaSH) interventions. His research and fieldwork experiences have included work on developing, implementing, and evaluating technologies for low-cost water treatment and safe water access. This work has spanned both rural and urban developing country settings in Mexico, Ecuador, Bolivia, India, and Ghana.

Ryan Cronk – Research Assistant

Ryan Cronk

Ryan Cronk is a Research Associate with the Water Institute at UNC. His research interests include monitoring, policy, practice, and sustainable delivery of drinking water in the developing world. In his work with the Water Institute, Ryan has investigated the safety and sustainability of water supply technologies and provided technical support on post-2015 monitoring, standards, and guidelines for WaSH in settings beyond the household (e.g. schools, health facilities, and markets). Ryan has WaSH-related field experience in 9 developing countries across Oceania, Central America, and Africa.

Shannan George – Training Specialist

SGeorge PhotoShannan George has joined The Water Institute in 2014 as a Training Specialist. Shannan has wide-ranging experience in Environmental Science as both a practitioner and educator. Most recently she was the Director of Sustainability at Life University in Marietta, GA. Mrs. George holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science and Public Policy from George Mason University. Her interests include water quality, environmental health and adult education. As a training specialist, she will be working to develop and implement practical teaching and learning tools for the WaSH community.

Kate Shields – Research Associate

DSC_4746_cropped2Kate Shields joined The Water Institute in 2014 as a Research Associate. Her research interests lie in the community-level factors that connect water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH), health, and water resource management. Her work has included multi-level analysis of determinants of diarrheal disease, participatory research on WaSH marketing, and analyses of water point sustainability and functionality. She has worked in Turkey, Scotland, Ecuador, and Ethiopia. She holds a Master’s of Public Health in Epidemiology & International Health from the University of Michigan.

Technical Advisors


Peggy Bentley

Qualitative Methods, Anthropology


Mark Sobsey

Water Quality, Environmental Microbiology


Kavita Singh-Ongechi

Maternal and Child Health, Program Evaluation


Suzanne Maman

Behavioral Science, Gender and Violence