Laura Celina Hunter – Board Member, Administrator/Volunteer Coordinator
Dr. John Hunter – Founder, Board Member
Frances Beope – President
Rob Fryer – Board Member
Richard P. Homick – Board Member
Ricardo Vidrio – Board Member
Daniel Horan – Board Member
Julio Cesar Perez – Board Member
Born in La Barca, in Jalisco México. Laura grew up in the border town of Mexicali. She is number three in a in a family of five boys and five girls. She is the mother of three beautiful daughters, 4 stepchildren and grandmother of four gorgeous grandchildren.
She was an Elementary School teacher in Mexico for ten years. She managed a tour company and worked as a tour guide for more than 8 years, taking groups from California to the Copper Canyon area in the Mexican State of Chihuahua.
Laura speaks Spanish and English and has lived in California for more than 34 years. She is a Naturalized US citizen.
In 2000 she became one of the first Water Station volunteers and also started working to stop the All American Canal drownings. Laura’s volunteer work in the office and the desert has been a great, enriching and fulfilling experience in her life. It has been an opportunity to help reduce the heat related deaths in the Southern California desert.
John and Laura Celina Hunter became husband and wife in March of 2004.
Laura and her husband John founded “Citizens for All American Canal Safety” in 2008 to help reduce the massive number of drownings in The All American Canal.
From: San Diego, Ca
John a physicist who has worked on satellite launch systems, hurricane mitigation, armored trucks, night vision and quarks. He designs sporting goods and toys and consults on defense related topics. He has been involved in trying to stop the large numbers of immigrant deaths along the southern US border since 2000. He believes that the US is entitled to control its border, however the government should create a worker program that fairly benefits both employers and immigrant employees.
John with his wife Laura founded both Water Station and Citizens for All American Canal Safety. Water Station volunteers install and maintain water stations at 150 locations along the Southern California desert border. In the 12 years of Water Station operation the deaths in that area dropped substantially but they are still not low enough. The more than 500 All American Canal drowning were recently featured in a 60 Minutes episode titled: The Deadly Passage of the All-American Canal. Due to the resultant publicity the IID which administers the All American Canal finally installed safety features. As a result the drownings in The All American Canal dropped substantially.
More than 100 heat/dehydration deaths per year continue on the Tohono O’odham reservation south of Tucson while many drownings still occur on the Rio Grande along the Texas border. John and Laura are looking for solutions there and welcome ideas and assistance.
John is married to Laura Celina Hunter and has 4 children and 3 stepchildren.
Location: San Diego, CA
Born and raised in Calexico, Ca, Frances Beope attended and graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor and Masters Degree. She was employed as a counselor at Imperial Valley Community College where she worked for 37 years.
Frances was raised in a family that believed in community involvement and has been involved as a volunteer throughout her life. “Now that I have retired I feel I can provide more time to helping Water Station maintain its good efforts”. “I truly believe our efforts have saved lives of those who have found themselves stranded without water in our desert”. She has adopted maintaining routes along Highway 98 and Coyote Rd 2 which currently has 56 water stations. Her volunteer work since 2004 has provided our nonprofit organization with a very reliable volunteer.
Frances has 2 sons, Alejandro and Mitchell, and a daughter, Natasha.
From: Solana Beach, Ca
Rob describes himself as a “retired chicken farmer.” He also steadfastly refuses to give information for web site mini-biographies.
Rob has been a long time WATER STATION volunteer, since 2001 His great willingness to help out is really appreciated.
From: Ocotillo, CA
Richard holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of California at Davis and prior to his retirement, worked for 35 years doing industrial research and product development for companies in California.
All of his grandparents were born abroad and, “remembering their struggles, I have great empathy with these migrants. I greatly admire the courage and determination of the people who cross the border and the desert, seeking menial jobs in the USA.”
Living year round in Ocotillo, he is greatly impressed by how quickly 105 degree heat at low humidity can dehydrate a person. “In the winter I drink less than a quart a day,” he explains. “In the summer I’ll drink upwards of two gallons. This makes the Anza Borrego desert a dangerous as well as a beautiful place.
It is a pleasure to work with Water Station and its ‘all action, few words’ approach. I feel good about how much we accomplish with the modest amounts of time we contribute.”
Richard Homick longtime WATER STATION volunteer since 2005.
Richard became Water Station, President in September of 2011.
Ricardo Vidrio is telecommunications specialist who lives in Calexico, CA. Born in Brawley, California, and raised in Calexico and Mexicali, B.C.N. Ricardo has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from CETYS University. Ricardo explains his motivation for working with Water Station by expressing his desire to “provide a life saving mini oasis to an exhausted human being. Also, love off road activities and found a good justification to perform rides along the desert other than just burn fuel.
His parents lived in several other cities in Mexico and the U.S., which privided him with “a profound education in local cultures beyond the border area, and a profound understanding of both cultures, ideologies, national heritage.” He lives with his “beautiful, wonderful, beloved” wife Alejandra and is the proud dad to Ale, 19, Ricardo and Laura, 14. Ricardo, Jr. (with his dad in the picture), is a frequent volunteer for Water Station.
Is the youngest Water Station Board Member.
Very dedicated and passionate new volunteer.
Adding much needed new energy to the group.
We really appreciate his dedication to help out.
From: Los Angeles, CA
Our newly elected Board Member. Julio Cesar Perez was born, raised and lives in Los Angeles, CA.
He is currently a bronze art welder. Julio volunteers, because he believes that we are one people on one planet and borders are a human construct that should not exist. Julio holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.