Mr. Bustos has over 25 years of executive experience in the automotive, industrial and telecommunications industries managing global operations, executing complex restructurings, and forging new business development in Europe, Asia, and the Americas, with emphasis in emerging markets and China.

By age 30, he founded and led the General Motors Advance Purchasing organization, which grew to oversee up to $50 billion in annual purchase value.

He earned his MBA as a Sloan Fellow from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

While at MIT, Mr. Bustos authored the thesis, “We All Matter: Changing the Way We Fight Hunger.”

The OHorizons Foundation is the brainchild that grew out of this thesis and is one of Mr. Bustos’ many contributions to establishing a world in which everyone is able to live healthy, productive, and dignified lives. Mr. Bustos founded OHorizons with the belief that some of the world’s toughest problems need simple solutions. Our efforts focus on bringing innovative solutions for the ‘Four Horizons’ of Life: Water, Agriculture, Energy, and Economic Development in order to end hunger and poverty around the world.

OHorizons seeks to address these global issues by designing and engineering simple, scalable, sustainable, and empowering solutions that can be implemented locally, and we partner with on-the-ground organizations to deploy them. We call these solutions “Low-Tech, High-Thinking.” Our simple, low-tech solutions ensure the long-term sustainability and success of underserved communities, particularly women and children, around the world.

Mr. Bustos is the Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of OHorizons Global, an international private investment and management consulting firm that works on multi-billion dollar projects for investment firms and strategic conglomerates who focus on the automotive, industrial, and energy sectors.

Mr. Bustos is currently on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Science Center, serves as an officer and on its executive committee, the organization serves hundreds of thousands of children in Michigan.

Previously, he has been on the Board of Directors of Axalta Coating Systems, and served on its compensation committee, the Board of Directors of Cooper-Standard, and served on its compensation committee, the Boards of GMI Diesel Engineering in Japan, Isuzu Motors Polska in Poland, and DMAX in the U.S.



OHorizons Leadership Team



Laura Loughridge Richardson is a 25 year veteran of the very competitive world of philanthropy. She has served at an executive level for many respected non-profits.  She has successfully led and supported all aspects of financial development, from grass-roots fundraising to multimillion dollar campaigns, and has developed a personal philosophy of philanthropy: “Motivations for giving are as diverse as the people who give. Listen to your donor.”

Laura began her career while still earning her undergraduate degree.  Upon graduation, she moved to Chicago to dive deeper into the nuances of this unique and fascinating field.

Laura’s personal passion lies in foreign travel, the developing world, humanitarian aid, geography, theology, meditation, philanthropy and yoga. Her immense desire to understand foreign culture led her to resign her job, on her 30th birthday, pack a 50pound backpack and trek around the world. She purposefully spent time working and living in developing countries. In Brazil, she lived on a small island and taught yoga, kayaking, rock climbing, and surfing. Later she lived on a Hare Krishna ashram, studied with the Dalai Lama in Northern India, and survived the Tsunami in Thailand. Along the way, she volunteered at several non-profit organizations as well as founded an orphanage in Tanzania (after climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro).

In 2005, Laura moved to Michigan and has since become a staple in the community. She sits on the President’s Advisory Council at Wayne State University and is a Leadership Detroit Graduate, Class of XXXI. In 2012, Laura represented The March of Dimes on two episodes of the Discovery Channel’s “American Chopper.” In 2012 and 2013, she served as Charity Preview CoChair for the North American International Auto Show. She is a “40 Under 40” awardee, one of Florine Mark’s “Most Remarkable Women of Michigan,” and a DBusiness “Woman to Watch” nominee.

Laura is a graduate of Grand Valley State University and earned certificates from The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. She lives in Sylvan Lake with her two sons, husband, and two dogs.

The opportunity to be the CEO of OHorizons Foundation is a perfect symphony of Laura’s passions and professional acumen. When asked about the position Laura said, “This position is truly a dream come true.  It is the culmination of every decision I have made in both my personal and professional lives.  I am grateful beyond belief for the opportunity to expand such a beautiful and truly humanitarian cause.  It is humbling to say the very least.”

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chief marketing officer

For over two decades, Hugo Pérez has dedicated himself to being a great storyteller, finding the compelling thread in brand stories that makes consumer connections come to life. His personal story weaves across agencies and firms of all types, fueled by wide-ranging global experiences.

Hugo specializes in thought leadership, creative ideation, innovation strategies, and integrated marketing communications. As a digital native, his unique points of view and creative skills have allowed him to lead content strategies that have impacted all types of audiences for wide ranging clients including Turtle Wax, Starbucks, Taco Bell, Cricket Wireless, Scotts Miracle-Gro, Allstate, MTV, Mars Inc., Frito-Lay, and AT&T.

While in leadership roles at various PR/advertising/marketing agencies, he helped launch new initiatives focused on multicultural marketing, shopper marketing, pharma social media, and content strategy and creation.

Hugo is also an independent filmmaker, producing three different award-winning short films, and currently working on development of his company's first feature film.

A civic minded leader, passionately engaged in helping the next generation of leaders, Hugo is an active mentor, speaks frequently about storytelling in the marketplace, and serves on a variety of boards, committee and task forces. He earned his Bachelor's degree at Moody Bible Institute, and holds a Master of Arts from Northwestern University.


Natalie Relich
Executive Director

Natalie has served as Executive Director of OHorizons since August 2013. Throughout this time, she has been privileged to watch the Wood Mold BioSand Filter grow from a concept into successful pilot projects and now into one of the largest BioSand Filter programs in the world.

Natalie has spent most of her professional career working for various nonprofits on international development issues and has lived and worked in a variety of countries. 

Natalie has a BA in Public Policy from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Public Administration from New York University.  

Read Natalie's Q&A on our blog.



Network of Innovators

Our international coalition of volunteers plays an important role in every aspect of our operations. We wouldn’t be where we are today without the large number of people who have believed in our movement and dedicated their time and skills to make OHorizons what it is. We'd like to thank the people below for their contributions to our Low-Tech, High-Thinking mission. 



Nahida Akhter. Brooklyn, New York. 

Emmy Dallas. New York, New York. 

Saratu Mahama. New York, New York. 

Amanda Low. New York, New York. 

Karla Boza. New York, New York. 

Dylan Lunney. New York, New York. 

Peng Lu. New York, New York. 

Devon Roberts. Troy, Michigan. 

Me-Rae Kim. Troy, Michigan. 

Bailey McFarland. Troy, Michigan. 

Katherine Liu. Troy, Michigan. 

Ben Karczewski. Troy, Michigan. 

Lauren Montemurri. Troy, Michigan. 

Charlotte Herring. Troy, Michigan. 


Wood Mold Engineers and Testers

Aaron Howard. Ypsilanti, Michigan. 

  • 2” x 2” supports, designed the Wood Mold to be cut from a single 4’ x 8’ sheet of plywood.
  • Designed original Wood Mold Constructional Manual

School of Engineering Technology, Eastern Michigan University. Ypsilanti, Michigan. 

  • Numerous faculty members and student at EMU gave their time, expertise, and use of their facilities to OHorizons on a number of projects including durability testing of the Wood Mold and plug flow testing of our BioSand Filter. 


Volunteer Researchers

Sulakshana Seshadrinathan 

Kellie Doucette 



Miranda Rensch. Seattle, Washington. 

  • OHorizons Intro Sheet


Volunteer Translators

Aline Guidry. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

  • Portuguese Introduction to BioSand Filters, Construction Manual, Appendix, and Technical Resources Kit.

María Lago. Vigo, Spain. 

  • Spanish Introduction to BioSand Filters.

María Florencia. Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

  • Spanish Construction Manual (2nd draft) and Appendix.

Karla Boza. San Salvador, El Salvador. 

  • Spanish Construction Manual (1st draft)

Miguel Lopez Virués. Jerez, Spain. 

  • Spanish Technical Resources Kit (1st draft)

Julieta Cordone. Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

  • Spanish Technical Resources Kit (2nd draft)

Servanne Vandenbroeck. Prague, Czech Republic. 

  • French Appendix and Technical Resources Kit

Sophie Candille. San Francisco, California. 

  • French Introduction to BioSand Filters


Volunteer Web Developers

Vithya Swaminathan. Phoenix, Arizona. 

  • Every website update you could imagine!


Past Team Members

Stephanie Doud, Project Coordinator. 

Liz Dunn, Executive Director.