Laura Celina Hunter – President, Administrator/Volunteer Coordinator
Dr. John Hunter – Founder, Board Member
Julio Cesar Perez – Board Member
Rob Fryer – Board Member
Daniel Horan – Treasurer
Nikolai Augustine Beope – Communications
Julio Morales – 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.
From: Los Angeles, CA
Julio Cesar Perez was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles.
He’s a graduate of California State University Long Beach with a B.S. In Criminal justice and Administration. Instead of joining the ranks of a broken criminal justice system, he opted to be self-employed.
Raised in South Central but “bussed” to westside and valley schools, Julio saw first hand the glaring inequalities between the ‘haves and have nots’ and in his life has tried to do what is right for those who can’t.
“I’m honored to be given custody of Water Station and will do my best to uphold the ideals set forth by Water Station’s founder, its board members and all the volunteers that have come out to help. Sometimes our volunteers brave 120 degree heat to help those that need it. Water Station’s commitment to the prevention of heat related death in the Sonoran desert should continue. No one should die for lack of water, and because I have accepted the responsibility, I will help provide it, it’s the right thing to do”.
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.
Dan joined the board in 2011, after two years as a field volunteer. Inspired by a meeting between the Water Station board and a group of migrant human rights activists from Thailand, he began studying undergraduate international relations at UC San Diego. In June of 2020, he completed a Master’s degree in Public Policy. Today, he is in the final stage of a decade-long journey to a new career as a Foreign Service Officer.
Currently lives in El Centro, CA.
Nikolai was born in San Diego, CA. He recently received his MFA in Writing from the University of California, San Diego. He is currently an English instructor at Imperial Valley College and Grossmont Community College. Nikolai continues to volunteer in order to combat the life threatening policies current and past administrations impose on our immigrant/migrant populations
Julio Morales lives and works in the Imperial Valley. A native of Simi Valley, he is an avid hiker, beer drinker and reader.