Our Team

about-pageOur team of experts includes experienced senior management, internationally-recognized entrepreneurs and engineers.


Anthony G. Marken, CEO/President

Anthony G. Marken serves as President and CEO of Water Generating Systems, (WGS), and he was formerly SVP of Government Markets and Business Development for the company. Prior to joining WGS, Mr. Marken was a Principal at Capitol Counsel, representing states, national developers and renewable-energy companies on issues including the DOD Base Realignment and Closure Act, military base retention programs, Pentagon-wide privatization efforts and public/private partnerships across many federal agencies. His most recent efforts focused on the participation of Port Authorities in harbor dredging programs managed by the US Army Corp of Engineers. Before his tenure at Capitol Counsel, Mr. Marken was Vice President at The Washington Group, where he represented clients on issues surrounding the redevelopment of former military bases and the privatization of military housing and utilities programs at DOD.

Melanie Estrella, Finance & Administration

Prior to WGS, Melanie was the General Manager of TWOBOLT a full-service print, mail and marketing firm.  There she managed Finance and Administration across the enterprise. In addition, Melaine directed all of TWOBOLT’s operations activities. Her financial and business acumen make her a valuable addition to the WGS team.

Ryan Larson, Chief Engineer

Mr. Larson serves as Chief Engineer of WGS products and technology through Trident Maritime Systems. He has spent the majority his career designing systems and products for the commercial maritime industry, United States Coast Guard, and United States Navy. Mr. Larson has managed the complex design, integration, and installation of numerous mechanical and electrical ship systems. This background has provided him with a broad range of engineering experience and expertise that is now being focused on the creation and development of innovative water generation technologies.

Audra Ames, Chief Research Scientist

Prior to her position as Chief Administration Officer with WGS, Audra Ames worked at the predecessor company, holding the position of Vice President and Health and Safety Officer. An experienced researcher and marine scientist, Audra has a strong background in business operations and health and safety oversight. She has managed multiple government contracts which included invoice submission, tracking funds, overseeing audits, budget preparation, tracking government owned equipment and closing accounts. She has B.S. in Marine Science from Long Island University and holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Marine Science for the University of South Florida.

Chris Larsin, Vice President of Marketing

Chris Larsin has over 25 years of business development, marketing and professional experience across a spectrum of industries.  He specializes in working with leading-edge technology companies to develop and optimize their global branding, messaging and business development strategies. He holds a B.A. in American Studies from Trinity College, Hartford, CT.


S. Steven Karalekas, Founder †

Honorable George A. Sawyer, Chairman

Honorable Robert Livingston

Anthony G. Marken

James W. Kyle

Brian Prenda