Me on my first day at the office
The men that run Tech Artista often bring their dog, Remi, to work; he likes to jump in laps and get attention.
CEO, Rachael Pace, gets some work done in the hammock hanging in the office. The hammock is from one of her previous trips to the country, and attracts a lot of passerby to come in and see what our organization is all about.
Tech Artista has a beautiful roof, and Rachael and I often sit up there while we eat lunch. We hope to be able to host a fundraiser there before the end of the summer.
To welcome everyone to the office, one of the Tech Artista founders, Eric (above), put on an apron and hosted a smoothie happy hour on the third floor of the office. He made me a strawberry, banana, and mango smoothie
As I write this post I’m sitting in the hammock in the office, enjoying a cup of coffee. Working at WFP has been an incredible and unique experience so far, and I can’t wait to see what else is in store for me the rest of the summer.
The entrance of Tech Artista
Left to right: Josh, Chief Financial Officer. Me, Chief Science officer. Rachael, Chief Executive Officer.
View of the inside of our office
Here’s the board room where we had a meeting with John, an engineer that knows a crazy amount about water purification systems. He helped us plan out some possible systems, and gave us advice about what kind of tests we should do on the water to determine what kinds of systems we need.
Rachael and I meet with Eric to start planning a fundraising event for WFP in August. In addition to running TechArtista, Eric has an event planning business, Bazaar Boy.
Rachael and I decided to work from the board room one afternoon for some more natural light, and a change of scenery. It doesn’t hurt that this room also has amazing speakers.
Remy decided he wanted to help us work
Wednesday morning the art gallery next door had a meet and greet. A group of TechArtista people went, and we mingled with some of the other professionals in the area among some stellar art. I meet a lot of interesting people, including a web designer who offered to help make some videos for WFP!
Josh, our Chief Financial Officer, came in and we had a meeting about our goals, concerns, and hopes for the next couple of months.
This is the graph I’ve been working on.
This is an abandoned church that I pass every day on my way to work.
This is Evangeline’s where I waitress a couple of nights a week.
Trinity is a church across the street from TechArtista with a cute little courtyard.
Cafe Osage is a combination cafe and plant nursery. Rachael and I had brunch there last weekend, and picked up some plants for our apartment!
The first building is the entrance to TechArtista. The building with the red detailing and umbrellas is Evangeline’s, so my jobs are neighbors.
These are the plants I’m growing on the porch of my apartment.
On the job at Evangeline’s
Epiphytes! I made the holders myself, and I bought the plants from Cafe Osage
I pass the arch every day on my way to work!
Josh, Chief Financial Officer, cuts a hole in the bucket for the filter.
Me, holding the filter in the WFP office.
On the left is the unfiltered water. On the right is filtered water. This is the power of our work. This is the difference we are trying to achieve in people’s lives.
To underscore my involvement and experiences at DePauw here is a picture of me manning the DePauw Environmental Club info booth at a science fair.
Josh, spilling water on himself, but mostly the floor.
Our poor wet floor
Rachael and I went to Fair STL to watch the fireworks!
Rachael got a kitten. She brought him to the office monday because he cries if you leave him alone.
His name is Toulouse, and he is crazy adorable. Just look at that little bow.
Rachael showing off our Sawyer hollow fiber membrane filter
Me, enjoying some of the awesome filtered water
We went down the street to Coffee Cartel to work one afternoon.
Me, sitting at my desk. Basically, what I did all week.
The “To Do” list Rachael made me
All our testing supplies!!!
Rachael organizing our testing supplies
The interpretation guide for the petrifilm tests
Ready to hit the trail!
On the trail!
My gear strapped to the back of my bike.
The Crew: (Left) Wes, William, Anthony, Rachael, Ashley, Josh (Right)