Directors & Volunteers

FogQuest: sustainable water solutions, also referred to as FogQuest on this website, is a not-for-profit limited liability corporation that is incorporated in the Province of Ontario, Canada. It is also a Registered Charity with the Government of Canada.

Charitable registration number: 87420 1312 RR0001

Mailing address: 448 Monarch Place,
Kamloops BC, V2E 2B2
Tel: 250-374-1745 • Fax: 250-374-1746 

Introducing the FogQuest Team

Executive Director

Bob264-44Robert Schemenauer was a co-founder of FogQuest in 2000 and is in charge of the day-to-day operation of FogQuest. He has been working on water projects using fog collectors for more than 25 years, was the founder of the International Conference series on Fog and Fog Collection and Chair of the conferences in 1998 and 2001. He was also Chair or member of the Scientific Committees for the conferences in 2004, 2007 and 2010. He has a Ph.D. in cloud physics and a broad background in the atmospheric sciences.

Among the awards he has received is the University Medal and Distinguished Scientist Award from the University of Hawaii, Hilo in 2004 in recognition of distinguished and sustained research contributions in fog science.

He currently lives in Kamloops, British Columbia. He was a research scientist with Environment Canada for 25 years and then an emeritus research scientist for another 10 years.  He was an adjunct professor with Thompson Rivers University from 2008 to 2010 and remains active in the scientific community both in Canada and internationally. Gardening, genealogy and traveling fill his spare time.

Associate Executive Director

melisa_newMelissa Rosato started with FogQuest as a Co-op student in 2003 and 2004 working on developing projects, partnerships in Latin America and on fundraising. In the last few years she has led what is presently the largest fog collection project in the world, in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. She has also coordinated the involvement of school groups, volunteers and film crews in our projects.

As associate executive director, she looks forward to fostering successful operational fog collection projects worldwide through proposal developments and new partnerships. She is currently finishing a Master’s of Geography and Environmental Management degree from the University of Waterloo exploring the themes of poverty reduction, conservation and participatory approaches for sustainable development.

Her background in the social sciences is a good complement to the FogQuest team’s natural sciences expertise. She lives in Newmarket and enjoys soccer and hiking.

Board of Directors

tonyTony Makepeace is a Toronto based photographer and multi media developer.

He has contributed articles and portfolios to numerous magazines and maintains a sessional faculty position at George Brown College in Toronto.

He has also served as a director of the Canadian NGO The Nepal Community Development Foundation since 1995.

PeterPeter Schuepp had a very distinguished career in micrometeorology at McGill University in Montreal followed by a period as an emeritus professor. He has been a dedicated member of the board of directors of FogQuest since the charity’s formation in 2000.

He has a background in cloud physics, agricultural meteorology and aircraft measurements of fluxes of heat and gases. He is an award winning scientist for his career in research, teaching and science editing. He presently lives in Orillia, Ontario, Canada where he pursues his retirement occupation in art, with both gallery showings of his work and a large mural in a local church, as well as being actively involved in volunteer work.

RickRick Taylor is a chiropractor with a practice in Fonthill, Ontario. He was one of the founding directors of FogQuest in 2000. His initial involvement in FogQuest was as a tireless supporter and fund raiser for the fog collection projects in Nepal.

In recent years he has visited Guatemala frequently and has contributed greatly to the fog collection projects there. His contributions extend far beyond board meetings and include a strong desire to develop technological innovations to improve the fog collectors and the water measurements.

He keeps himself very busy with his family, his business, home construction projects and his dogs.

Advisors to the Board of Directors

sherrySherry Bennett was one of the co-founders of FogQuest when it was first incorporated in 2000.
She has been supporting and assisting FogQuest since that time and has worked for Environment Canada in King City, just north of Toronto, for many years. She has a great love for life, for family and for friends. This has served her well in her other endeavors such as event planning. FogQuest’s social media presence and fundraising are areas of particular interest for her in our charity.
David Phillips is perhaps Canada’s most famous weather personality. He is a senior climatologist with Environment Canada and regularly appears on television and in the print media speaking on weather and climate issues. He lives in Aurora, Ontario with his family and Winston the weather dog. David is a proud recipient of the Order of Canada.

Program Managers

Website and Product Engineering

BignellBioPicByron Bignell is a Toronto based digital media producer/developer and photographer with a deep interest in community and sustainable development.
His past projects have included accessible document and records management for the blind as well as foster care and adoption management systems for social service agencies in California and New York.

He was recently appointed to the board of directors of the Toronto-based Nepal Community Development Foundation. Byron is assisting with the design, operation, functionality, modification and upkeep of our website.


Field Projects Coordinator

VirginiaVirginia Carter holds a master’s degree in environmental management and planning from the University of Santiago, Chile. She is a project coordinator in the environmental department for the Chilean-Spanish private consulting firm Infrastructura y Ecología. Since 2004 Virginia has built up significant experience coordinating different fog collection projects as a FogQuest Field Coordinator in Chile (Falda Verde, Patache and Talinay), Guatemala (La Ventosa and Tojquia), and Eritrea (Nefasit and Arborobu). Virginia brings dedication, hard work and enthusiasm to both the large and small projects she assists with in FogQuest. She is very excited to be pursuing new project opportunities in Chile where there is still great, unexplored potential.


Technical and Capacity Building Specialist

fernandaFernanda Rojas Marchini is a Geographer and currently works as a researcher at the Territorial Intelligence Centre at Adolfo Ibáñez University in Santiago, Chile. She has volunteered with FogQuest since 2008, assisting and directing the recent construction phases of fog collectors in Tojquia, Guatemala. She also coordinated the logistics and oversaw a build in Boutmezguida, Morocco. She has developed a highly participative training approach with local builders to more effectively transfer the fog collection technology.

Core Volunteers

Pilar Cereceda>is a retired professor who still works part time in the Geography Institute of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile in Santiago. She is one of the founders of the fog collection technology and has been working on fog collection projects for over thirty years. She is an expert in the physical geography of deserts and in arid lands bio-geography. She was also the founder and original director of the Atacama Desert Center in Chile. She assists with technical correspondence and has been tremendously helpful in finding and training students to work with FogQuest on projects in Chile and in other parts of the world.

Mark Couture was the Financial Manager for FogQuest when its operating office was in Toronto. Now that FogQuest has moved its operations to Kamloops, BC, he assists with financial matters on an as-needed basis. He works in the research directorate of Environment Canada in Toronto. His background is in data analysis and technical support to field projects. The family cottage is a special place where he can get out of the city.

Tara Cracknell is a counselor, teacher, cycling advocate and coach in Toronto. She started her involvement with FogQuest in 2004 by fundraising and providing field assistance to the Guatemala and Dominican Republic projects. She is excited to coordinate FogQuest’s social media presence to help fundraise and to raise awareness of and popular interest in fog collection and development.

Jose Manuel Molina completed a Master’s degree in hydrologic sciences and engineering at Colorado State University in the USA before moving with his young family to Brussels, Belgium. After a period there he returned to Maryland, USA where he is now working at John Hopkins University in Baltimore. He is a native of Colombia, South America, and has guided the development of a fog collection project for a village there in cooperation with colleagues in a number of institutions. He is a member of the scientific committee for the 2013 International Conference on Fog, Fog Collection and Dew, and, as well as assisting with the fog project work in Colombia, helps answer questions and provide advice when queries are received from northern South America.

Pablo Osses was the Field Operations Manager of FogQuest in its early years. He assisted with the design and construction of the fog collectors in both the evaluation and operational projects. He was also responsible for data analysis and field staff. He worked on fog collection projects for 15 years and lives in Santiago, Chile, where he is an Associate Professor in the Geography Department of the Catholic University. The university and his young family take most of his time these days but he remains a valuable resource person for FogQuest to call upon and is a good mentor for students wishing to do thesis or reports related to fog collection.